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  1. I finally got around to ordering some Corydoras, and decided to get some Peppered Corys (C. paleatus) because I liked the way they look and are good beginner fish. I ordered six, and sadly one did not make the shipping, but the other five appear to be okay and are in quarantine. Now I have some questions. The fish I got were really small, less then a half of an inch. I was expecting them to be a little larger. With them being so small, I am actually a little worried about doing a de-worming treatment, after the trip and with them being so young, would that be too much for the little guys? Any idea how fast these guys grow? My main tank is a heavily planted 55 gallon with lots of wood, and currently has four Varitus Platys, six Lemon Tetras, six Black Neon Tetras and one female Pearl Gourami. Everyone in the main tank is very peaceful, the gourami is one of the most docile fish I have kept, but I am worried about the little guys being overwhelmed when I add them to the main tank with them being so tiny. I added some rocks and little shelter areas in the hospital tank, but the Corys mostly seem to ignore them right now and stay in the open. Is this normal? Also a number of them seem happy to go to the top to grab food, but I want to make sure everyone is eating. I am limited right now for getting live food, and the only frozen stuff I have are some blood worm cubes and some shrimp cubes. I have a ton of different freeze dried foods (daphina, bloodworms, brine shrimp and bug bites) though. Any food items they would really like? I did get a pack of catfish wafers for them too.
  2. I have a new betta in quarantine tank with the med trio. Tomorrow I start water changes. Can/should I also add a carbon filter?
  3. I’ve had a zebra danio and albino corydora community in a 15 gallon long for a year and a half now, and I decided to risk bringing in a centrepiece fish. Decided to pop into a local shop to check out their selection, and came home with this wee fella after watching him for nearly an hour. He’d jumped from his single tank to a community tank during feeding one day and was chilling with the female bettas, gouramis, and some other species. He seems to be getting along well with the danios and corycats, and is happily feeding with them all - although he doesn’t approve of the snails. His fins look kinda ripped, but they’re actually just clear along the edges and I’m hoping they’ll colour up as he grows. There’s some red and purple appearing too. Edit: now know that the clear edges are a sign of finrot but I automatically medicate every fish I get so I seemed to have caught it early and he’s on the mend. I’ve named him Sir Charlie.
  4. I picked up a group of 8 Embers on Monday - right away there was one that was kind of off on his own and never really came out and seemed to kind of hide on the bottom of the tank...he did swim around normally, there doesn't seem to be any outward signs of illness...today I came home from work and found him stuck to the sponge filter, I thought he was dead - well, I moved the filter and he swam off. He seemed kind of pale and I wasn't sure if he was sick or what was going on...luckily my quarantine tank was already set up and cycled so I scooped him out and put him in there (tested again just now and all good, 0 Ammonia, 0 Nitrite, 5 Nitrate). He seems to be still a little pale and is still kind of hiding in the quarantine tank (QT is 10, main is 29). My thought is that he may just be too small for the bigger tank - he is definitely smaller than the rest (who are all pretty small, so that is saying something). I am planning on getting another 7-9 Embers this weekend, so my question is...should I try to find a few more little ones to put in the QT with him so he's not alone (truly don't think he is sick, I'm not sure he's gotten much to eat though) or should I just leave him alone and let him grow a little and then try to reintroduce him to the bigger tank? any other suggestions on what to do? the other 7 all seem to explore and swim around the tank fine, so my only guess is his size and maybe just fear?
  5. So, I just added my first group of fish to my tank today - 8 ember tetras...they have been in the tank for a couple of hours and so far seem ok...they hung out in the rotala for a while but, seem to be swimming around a little more now (but, mostly all on one side of the tank). My biggest "fear" is that one of them is hiding on the substrate on the opposite side of the tank from the other 7...when exactly should I start to get concerned? I did turn the light off and am not planning on feeding until tomorrow... I do have a quarantine tank if needed, but since these are the first fish I put them straight into the display tank... Any thoughts/ideas/reassuring advise would be greatly appreciated...first tank I have set up in ~15 years Thanks!
  6. Hi, 3 days ago I purchased 10 Glowligh tetras from a pet shop. Upon arrival at home I noticed one of them had some white spots on the tail and some white on the fins. Another one had some redness on their stomach which now turned into what's seen on the photo, I assume fungus? I'm not sure what the disease is and what medication to treat it with. Water parameters are all perfect. As of now in the house I have: Seachem's Prime, Stability, Clarity Interpet's Anti Fungus and Finrotn, Interpet's Aqualibrium first aid salt additive, AllPondSollutions Aquarium Rescue, King British Disease Clear and King British White spot Control Since I don't have a hospital tank and other fish now started showing some white on their fins I will be treating the whole 58L tank at once. The two fish with the most visible symptoms are in the photo. Any help is much appreciated
  7. For at least a week now my two Dwarf Gouramis (1m/1f) are showing some alarming signs, eating and moving less, losing some scales, one of them has damage to his eye that's not healing. I have purchased them a month ago. They're sharing a tank with 4 Corydoras (bought from the same shop) and 3 snails. Is there any way I could help them? Is it possible that it's Iridovirus and I won't be able to do anything to help them heal? If its the Iridovirus, what do I do about the tank inhabitants and environment/ decor (live plants, rocks, substrate/ gravel)? The water parameters are as follows: pH is 7.4, ammonia, nitrites and nitrates are all 0. Lights are on from 4 to 9pm on a timer. Fish were fed once every two days like suggested by our fish shop until the cycle is stable, Stability was added daily, Prime every other day.
  8. how many fish can I add to my 20G high tank after its been cycled, and wish kind its best for beginner tank.
  9. @Robert Any possibility of bringing in Brachirus Panoides or freshwater clams? What are your thoughts on these?
  10. I fell in love with this guy when I picked up some fish for my 30G and I picked him up today. He’s the most pale yet colorful opalescent rainbow unicorn betta I’ve ever seen 💕✨ I will get around to properly scraping his tank soon but what are some names ideas?? welcome to the fam!
  11. Lemme get this straight there is a... National Waffle Day National go to work naked day National Pizza Day Mothers Day But theres no Get New Fish Day This is outragoues!!! Well that ends today.... APRIL 1st is now officially NATIONAL GET NEW FISH DAY!!! Post on all of your social media on APRIL 1ST of your new fish with the hashtag #nationalgetnewfishday Everybody must know of this holiday....
  12. Four days ago I added 5 chili rasboras and an amano shrimp to my 5 gallon planted tank which has an hob filter. My water parameters had been at ph 7.2 ammonia .25 (api test) nitrite 0 and nitrate 5 for a month before I added the fish. I am new to the hobby so I be overreacting (feel free to tell me if I am) but when I tested my water today I found that my nitrite had jumped to .25 and my nitrate had gone up to 10 ppm. I did a water change to get the nitrites down. Was this an overreaction and really just my tank leveling out with the new fish?
  13. Hey all. I have 1 20 gallon tall tank that has been cycled with plants and has excellent new growth and water parameters. Now it just needs some livestock! The plan is to add 8-10 guppies (males), 2 nerite snails, and 3-6 neocaridina shrimps. Because they are all going into 1 tank that doesn't have anything but plants and hardscape at the moment, I wanted to know what kind of quarantining to do. Should I put the guppies in the main tank, and quarantine the snails and shrimps separately? Can I put the shrimps and guppies in the tank and quarantine the snails? Should I hold off on ANYTHING in the main tank until all have been properly quarantined? Help! Sincerely, New to the hobby and doesn't want to kill too much!
  14. Last Sunday, I bought 3 of the locally bred super red plecos that you guys brought in. They all looked fine until one of them dropped dead on me out of the blue yesterday. The other two are looking fine and haven't had any problems. I performed a water test (120-180GH/20-40kh/7-7.5ph/0 ammonia/<40ppm nitrates) and examined the others for signs of disease or injury and saw nothing. I thought I knew all the main signs to look for but I can't seem to find anything. Every single other fish in the tank is fine, even the days old guppy fry. Is it possible that I simply got a weak fish and the stress of being moved killed it? Please help @Robert
  15. I am considering buying my next batch of Amano shrimp and some CPDs from Aqua Huna. I saw that the acclimation process he outlines is different than what others say and do. He specializes in shipping fish and must have reasons for his process, but it does seem like it might not be ideal. My notes in brackets [like this]. Acclamation AQUAHUNA.COM Acclimation Proclamation FACT: Fish are 99% water. Water has an enormous effect (good or bad) on all fish. FACT: Fish are quite resilient. They can tolerate gradual changes, and can adapt to a variety of living... #1- Float all new arrivals in your tanks for up to 15 minutes. This helps the water in the sealed bags slowly equalize in temperature (become the same as) the surrounding aquarium water. [others say NOT to float these gas permeable bags] #2- After 15 minutes, make a cut in the bag just below the clip. Be careful not to cut off the “tail” (the portion of the bag above and including the clip), you will need that later. Open the “new Hole” you have created with your fingers and dip the bag down into the tank, thereby adding an inch or two of aquarium water in the bag. Use the tail of the bag to anchor it at the surface of the tank by closing the lid of the tank on it. [Others say this will cause toxic ammonia levels. The ammonia in the bag is high, but the pH is very low which reduces toxicity. When you add new water the pH goes up and that ammonia now becomes far more toxic.] #3- Wait 15 minutes- repeat step #2 (adding tank water to the bag) at least twice, more if time allows. By mixing “tank water” into the “bag water” you help your fish acclimate (adjust) to their new environment. [This might make the toxicity worse and exposure time higher] #4- Finally, pour the fish with the water from the bags into the tank. Make sure the water from the bag is poured directly into the tank, even if the water is discolored. The fish NEED this water in order for them to adjust to their new home. [I'm not sure how 500mL of water in a tank of any size will make that much of a difference. Not to mention how so many say not to pour the new water into the tank...especially with so much ammonia.]
  16. I had a plan but things change sometimes. I am adding 3 cories to my 36bf. It has 4 already plus a dwarf gourami. 10 neons, 3 siamese algae eaters and 3 nerite snails. Had 4 to add but one died in quarentine. I think the lfs lady squished it while catching it. Anyway i also have 8 rasboras. The plan was to add them to a 20long that has 11 male guppies. But in the mean time I took my betta out of the quarentine tank and instead of putting him back in the 10 with 10 cherry shrimp he is with 2 assasin snails in a 5.5gal. He seems to be doing really well in the smaller tank so i think i will leave him there. So that begs the question what to do with 8 rasboras? Put them in a 20 long with the guppies or in the 10 with the shrimp? All my tanks are planted so its more of a size/tank mate question. Ideas???
  17. I got a new baby Blood Parrot a few weeks ago. I forgot how cute they are when they're little. 😍 It was pretty shy and timid, so I put a handful of Platies in the quarantine tank to make it a little more comfortable. Now not only does it come out more, but follows the Platies around like everything they do is the most interesting thing it's ever seen. ( the photo looks like it's thinking about snacking on the Platy, but it has never gone past getting unusually close, staring, and just general creepiness that I've witnessed so far) It's got awhile before it joins the big fish in the big tank, but it's settling in with it's new temporary friends nicely. This little guy destroyed an entire population of small bladder and ramshorn snails within a matter of days.
  18. I have a 75 gallon planted tank with 20 tetras and ~90 red cherry shrimp (RCS). Everyone in the tank gets along well and I started with 10 RCS and they keep having babies, which is great. The tetras aren't aggressive and only occasionally will nip at the shrimp if they are swimming during feeding time, but only briefly and they don't chase the shrimp once they realize they aren't food. I want to add 20 or 30 more tetras to the tank but I haven't added anything new to the tank in over a year. Should I have any concerns that the new tetras may behave differently and could be aggressive towards the shrimp? Or can I assume that since there is already a school of tetra in the tank that the new tetras wouldn't adversely affect the behavior of existing tetras and, more likely, will follow their lead and leave the shrimp alone? I've also considered getting the new tetras and setting up a quarantine tank and then every few days take 3-5 from the quarantine tank and place them into the main tank. The idea behind this is the smaller number of new tetras would join the current school of tetras and fall in line instead of adding such a large number all at once and possibly having some chaos. I may be over thinking this as I selected tetras for my RCS tank because they are not usually aggressive. Any advice is appreciated.
  19. Hi, I currently have a 125 litre (roughly 33 gallon) community tank that I want to add more fish to but I’m scared about stocking to much. Currently in the tank are: gold opaline gourami panda garra Khuli loaches (3) red eye tetras (5) blue king tetras (3) my plan was to get more blue kings and red eyes, and then a small group of cory cats. how many of each could I get before I’d be full? I do weekly water changes and it is a planted aquarium that I am hoping to add more plants too very soon (I’ve posted about my struggle with plants in the plant thread if you wouldn’t mind nipping across, mines the one with plants turning brown/having brown algae on them) Thanks in advance x
  20. Pea Puffers Back In Stock! Frogs, Inverts, Snails African Dwarf Frog Amano Shrimp Bamboo Shrimp (Nice sized ones) Cherry Shrimp Orange Shrimp Yellow Shrimp Blue Velvet Shrimp Red Rili Shrimp Assassin Snails Nerite Snails (Zebra) Mystery Snails (Ivory) Bettas (all betta splendens are male unless noted) Veil-tail Crowntail Halfmoon Halfmoon Dragon Scale Halfmoon Dumbo Ear Nemo Koi Gouramis and other Labyrinth Fish Powder Blue Dwarf Female Gourami Sunset Honey Gourami Sparkling Gourami Blue Paradise Fish (Locally Bred) Cichlids Apistogramma Agassizii "Fire Red" Apsitogramma Borellii "Blue" Corydoras Panda Cory Similis Cory False Julii Cory Pygmy Cory Salt & Pepper Hi Fin Cory (Locally Bred) Plecos L183 Blue Seam Pleco (Good sizes) Imperial Ranger Pleco LDA33 Snowball Pleco Calico Longfin Bristlenose Pleco (Locally bred) Loaches Reticulated Hillstream Loach Kuhli Loach Tetras Rummy Nose Cardinal Tetra (Wild) Ember Tetra Green Neon Tetra (Wild Colombia) Neon Tetra Rasboras Neon Green Rasbora Brigittae Rasbora Strawberry Rasbora Pygmy Spotted Rasbora Barbs and other Cyprininds Reticulated Siamese Algae Eater Cherry Barbs Minnows Gold White Clouds Livebearers Assorted Male Endlers Assorted Fancy Female Guppies Assorted Fancy Male Guppies (Cobra Red, Eclipse, Japanese Red Tail, Luminous Purple, Moscow Blue, and Neon Blue) Gold Sailfin Molly (Freshwater and AMAZING!) Flexipenis Vittata (Sold fast, really cool liverbearer) Blue Tuxedo Platy Killifish Gold Australe Killi Pair Norman's Lamp Eye Oddballs Pea Puffers (Back in stock!) Ornate Bichir Burmese Zebra Eel Australian Desert Goby (These guys are crazy looking!) Black Ghost Knife
  21. Two species of fish belonging to a new family of fish, dragon snakehead, were discovered in India. Dragon snakeheads—strange new underground fish—discovered in India WWW.NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC.COM The primitive fishes, which scientists call “living fossils,” represent a new taxonomic family, a rare finding.
  22. Got in some really cool killifish this week plus more of Deans famous Midnight Rams! Frogs, Inverts, and Snails African Dwarf Frogs Amano Shrimp Cherry Shrimp Red Rili Shrimp Yellow Shrimp Blue Velvet Shrimp Bamboo Shrimp Assassin Snails Nerite Snails (Zebra) Mystery Snails (Gold) Bettas (All Betta Splendes are male unless noted) Black Orchid Crowntail Halfmoon Dragon Scale Halfmoon Dumbo Ear Super Halfmoon Black Avatar Betta Imbellis (aka Peaceful Betta or Peacock Betta) Wild Goruamis Powder Blue Dwarf Female Gourami Sunset Honey Gourami Pearl Gourami Cichlids Super Red Koi Angels (Dean Bred) Philippine Blue Angels (Dean Bred) Gold Rams (Dean Bred) Midnight Rams (Dean Bred) German Blue Rams Corydoras and other Catfish Corydoras Hastatus (aka Black Diamond Cory) Corydoras Loretoensis (Loreto Cory) Pygmy Cory (Wild) Sterbai Corydora (Tank Raised) Panda Cory (Tank Raised) Albino Marble Hoplo Catfish (Tank Raised) Plecos Long Fin Blue Eye Bushynose L264 Sultan Pleco L067 Lot Spot Pleco L34 Medusa Pleco Common Colombian Otocinclus Loaches Reticualted Hillstream Loach Tetras Black Neon Tetra Black Phantom Tetra Cardinal Tetra (Wild) Diamond Head Neon Tetra Ember Tetra Green Neon Tetra (Wild Colombia) Neon Tetra Eques Pencilfish (Wild) Red Arc Pencilfish (Wild Peru) Rasboras Neon Green Rasbora Brigittae Rasbora (Chili Rasbora) Exclamation Point Rasbora Strawberry Rasbora Barbs and other Cyprinids Odessa Barb Siamese Algae Eater (Tank Raised) Panda Garra (Wild) Danios Kyathit Danio Ricefish Daisy's Blue Ricefish Livebearers Assorted Male Endlers Yellow Tuxedo Endlers Pairs Fancy Male Guppies (Cobra Green, Cobra Red, Japanese Blue Lyretail, and Neon Metallic Blue) Vienna Guppy Pairs (Locally Bred) Flexipenis Vittata (Really Cool Livebearer and will school) Sunset Platy Marble Swordtails (Came in Halloween colors) Killifish Simpsonicthys Constanciae Pairs (Very interesting fins on this SA annual) Norman's Lampeye Killifish Six Barred Panchax (Very comparable to Golden Wonder Killi in body, nice yellow on the males fins) Oddballs Endlicheri Bichir Pao cf. Leiurus (aka Chao Phraya Puffer, treat as a specimen only puffer tank)
  23. Sorry in advance this is so long. I recently bought 13 fish from my lfs on Wednesday September 30th. I had already set up a 5g quarantine tank for them because I refuse to introduce new fish to my shrimp tanks without quarantining and medicating them to make sure they're okay. I bought 8 rasbora hets (3 jumped out of their acclamation vessel so ended up with 5), the last 4 kubotai rasboras, and a blue platy (for hair algae control). I was already skeptical about purchasing from my lfs because just by looking at their stock over multiple visits I could tell they were not being correctly taken care of. After my purchase I had asked the owner of my lfs if the water systems were shared between tanks because I noticed that some rams had very bad ich. I hadn't even had time to let him know that some guppies and other fish looked out of sorts before he gave me the excuse that he had changed too much water out of the rams tank and that each section of tanks shared their own system. That's when he let the cat out of the bag, "I never medicate unless I HAVE to." .....uuuuhhhhhh, what?! I kept thinking no wonder these poor things look like crap most of the time I come in here. He also gloated about how their tanks had been updated to planted tanks, an "all natural system you've never seen before," were his exact words in conjunction with not medicating unless he had to..... Yeah, I've seen systems like that before, and just because your tanks have plants doesn't mean they magically heal your fish when you get them in. Needless to say I'd rather drive ALL the way to petsmart to get fish than shop there again... so sad. So I got my "rescues" home and set them up with a quarantine med schedule. I used General cure, erythromycin, and ich x. By day 3 everyone was fine so I fed some frozen daphnia and micro pellets. Day 4 one of the rasbora hets disappeared and another began to act very odd. It would swim with little fin movement then suddenly would jerk its head violently for a while. After this it would swim off like nothing happened. The platy and kubotai all seemed fine. They were active and seemed normal. By day 5 I was missing a kubotai and and 2 hets. The remaining fish seemed fine except a kubotai began to swim and jerk erratically like the het that had already passed away. Within a few hours of noticing the kubotai behavior it was dead. This morning, day 6, after I got home all I have left alive are 2 hets and the platy. Viewing their current behavior I'm not sure they will be okay, and I have found very odd looking items on the floor of the tank. They look like fish poo, or maybe large worms (possibly dead ones) that the fish passed. I'm hoping someone may have an idea of what they are from the pictures. Truthfully I have little hope the 3 remaining fish will make it through quarantine.
  24. What’s more fun than getting a bag of new fish?! 😀 I was in the neighborhood, stopped at the store and got 9 glow light tetras. They are eating and exploring so I expect them to acclimate and color up nicely. Anyone else get new fish?
  25. Hi there, I recently upgraded my aquarium to a 50 gallon for my existing butterfly telescope with an external filter so I could get him some friends and keep him separate from the invertebrates in the original tank for ease of using medications. I did a fishless cycle of the tank using some bio-media from my existing tank and by adding plants to the aquarium + nite-out and I have been testing with an API kit. Before adding my telescope the levels were 0 for ammonia and nitrite and 10 for nitrate. I added my fish and a few days later I was still reading zero ammonia and nitrite for several readings. After adding two more goldfish (a ranchu and an oranda) the tank was initially cycling fine but a couple of days later I got an ammonia spike of 1.0ppm, 0 nitrite and 10-20 nitrates before I could dose the new fish with prazi or salt as a precaution. (I don't have access to a quarantine tank.) I have been doing daily tests with 50-60% water changes using Seachem Prime to bind the ammonia. I also have not fed the fish to try and get it under control and have checked for any rotting plants. After 2-3d the ammonia decreased to 0.25ppm but there is still no nitrite??? Nitrates have continually been between 10-20 before water changes. I felt bad for the fish and gave them a really small amount of food, checked the ammonia today and it's increased to 0.5ppm, still no nitrite. Meanwhile some of the fish have been rubbing on the sand and I have noticed some red veins visible in the fins. Ideally I'd like to remove the plants and do a salt treatment but I'm worried this could set back the tank cycling even further. I've dosed them with praziquantel this evening and added an airstone but I'm just not 100% sure what to do next....any suggestions would be highly welcome!
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