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  1. Hi everyone, I’m new to the hobby. I haven’t even set up my first tank yet. I’m excited to be in a good community.
  2. Hello all, I'm new to the hobby and it's been amazing, wonderful and sometimes baffling so far. I have a biocube 32 with 2 oto's, 6 dwarf glassfish, 11 nerite snails and 17 aquatic plants, with rocks, pebbles, driftwood and a soil substrate topped with gravel. It's nice to meet all of you, and I have to say Aquarium Co-op's advice has been absolutely instrumental. Your videos on Youtube are pure gold and the info is clear and helpful. I have some questions and issues and wonder if anyone else has gymnochanda ploegi suggestions. Cheers, Daniel
  3. Hello all my name is mike and i am from the inland empire area of southern California. Happy to be here. Ive always wanted a tank and as of yesterday I was finally able to get one. A little treat to myself for my birthday which happends to be today. I am now setting up a 55 gallon tank and im sure i will be on here alot looking for answers on questions i may have.
  4. Hey co op family. My name is Aaron from NC. Brand new to the hobby. I have wanted a tank for a long time. Started with a 37 gallon and can't wait to add more. Doing reno on the house and plan on building stand for double 125s. That's the next goal.
  5. Hey everyone, I finally got my very first tank started on Saturday! Everything seemed to be going fine yesterday, but today I woke up and had two deaths. I have a 40 breeder, 6 platys, 7 ottos, and a betta. I lost one platy and one otto so far. The tank is brand new and was not fully cycled, I was told by two LFS that I could just add some Fritz Turbostart 700 to get it going. I have a Seachem Tidal 55 filter packed with sponges, and a few plants/moss bunches (getting many more today). I tested the water yesterday with an API master test kit because I was worried I was over feeding cause I have no idea how to feed a community tank. I tried the 2 minute rule but not all the fish got food, especially my betta. After the test, the ammonia test was a pale yellow so I’m thinking the ammonia is between 0-.25. Nitrites were 0, I didn’t test for nitrates. This morning I immediately tested after removing the bodies, and ammonia was between .25-.50. Nitrites are 0 and Nitrates were between 10-20. I’m not 100% sure the issue is water quality cause the rest of the fish seem fine, not gasping or anything and moving around like normal. One platy is very aggressive and almost constantly chases the females and my betta. I’m removing him ASAP, but I’m not sure if that’s why one of the platys died. As for the ottos, they’ve been sucking on the wood I have in there, but I haven’t been able to feed them cause I know there’s no algae in my tank yet besides on the wood from soaking it. I bought some Hikari algae wafers but they have fish/krill in them and the ottos wouldn’t touch it, and the platys were attacking it so they couldn’t get some anyway. So I’m not sure if it’s water, harassment/stress, or starvation. I know the level of ammonia is toxic right now, I’m going to be doing a water change ASAP but I would expect the other fish to not be doing well if it was water quality. After the water change I’m adding another 1oz of Fritz Turbostart and keeping an eye on everything for the day. Does anyone have any thoughts/suggestions/theories?
  6. Hi. I recently got started with fishkeeping this past March. I had issues at first, but have had 3 Dwarf Endlers for almost 4 1/2 months now in a 10-gallon planted tank and they are doing well 🙂 I'm happy to be a new member of the Aquarium Co-Op Forum to learn and grow as a Fishkeeper along with all of you wonderful people!
  7. Hello to anyone reading this message … I am new to this forum and to my new hobby. I look forward to figuring it all out. I have a new 10 gallon tank. I really want to make, Buddy, my Betta, happy. I have had some problems and lost Buddy’s Tetra roommates. I am bummed. With help, it is my hope, to get my tank safe for Buddy and get him some new roommates. Thank you for listening ☺️
  8. Newbie here just build my first fish room.This forum is awesome hope to learn a lot of knowledge from this forum
  9. as you may or may not know, i am new to the aquarium world, i have guppys in a tank, but i would like to try and place a male and female Angel fish in it as well, can someone help me and let me know what the proper water readings should be, i mean like PH, Am., nitrite, ect. i dont want to get a pair and watch them die, i have a master water test kit but would like the proper levels to keep angels alive. thanks
  10. 1st week in the hobby and I’m solidly hooked! I’m really enjoying learning so much and guppies quickly got my attention. I currently have two tanks setup, a 5 gallon and a 10 gallon. My 5 gallon is my community fun tank and the 10 gallon is my guppy tank. I will come back and edit this post and add everything I have in my tank. Hope you all enjoy it as much as I do!
  11. hey guys, just discovered aquarium co op has a forum, cant wait to absorb some serious freshwater aquarium knowledge. Just stared in this hobby and i have guppys and mollies, looking to expand my skills in keeping a tank healthy and active.
  12. Hello everyone, Greetings from upstate New York, My name is Joe and I am new to the hobby. I’ve had my tank for about two days now and am excited to start this adventure. I am open to all sorts of ideas and look forward to learning as much as I can. I am blessed that a good friend of mine was nice enough to set me up with my first 5 gallon tank. He walked me through the process and did 90% of the work but explained it all in great detail. He strongly encouraged me to join the forum and started a new hobby for me. I look forward to learning , growing, sharing, and enjoying my time with any and all of you. I was given (sorry if I mess up names I’m terrible with that) 2 Ember Tetra, 1 Neon Tetra, 2 guppies (males), 1 Khuli Loach, 1 Amano shrimp, 2 Neocaradina shrimp, a couple corkscrew vallisneria, a couple of Dwarf sagittaria, and a cryptocorynes plant.
  13. Hi all, I recently set up a 10 gallon tank with my 6 year old daughter. This forum and the YouTube channel have been so helpful getting started. I've watched so many videos by Cory and Irene. I really appreciate Cory's view of keeping fish and recognition of how many variables there are. Both my wife and I work in horticulture but this is my first time growing aquatic plants. I've definitely caught the bug and just dug out an old 1 gallon pickle jar to set up a simple cherry shrimp tank for myself. The aquascaping being done by people on this forum is incredible and inspirational. We've got 3 otocinclus catfish, 3 glofish tetras, and 1 mystery snail. Hoping to add a few more of the same once I'm confident in their happiness and my abilities. I can't believe how fast the hornwort and frogbit grow. The dwarf sagittaria is sending out runners, the java fern is growing babies, and the amazon swords have tons of new leaves emerging. Most of the plants have been in for about 8 weeks. I've been growing the algae intentionally to ensure that the catfish would have plenty of food. I'm starting to reduce the lighting now that I have a better idea of how much they eat. Remember this tank belongs to a 6 year old. 😃
  14. Hello, Father and son freshwater hobbyist's from Canada. Started January 2020, have grown from one 10g tank to now three 10g's, one 40gb, and one 55g. Have bred A.Cacatuoides, Danio rerio, and now Guppies/Endlers! A very rewarding hobby, and a testy one at that lol. But the enjoyment is worth the occasional failure, and the abundant info out there now makes it that much more enjoyable. One has to sift through it though, as many aspects of this freshwater hobby seem to come down to personal opinion or region where the hobbyist lives. Or worse just plain old bad info. Will add some pics soon, hope to share some Guppy breeding and other projects we have with the community if interested. Thanks, Have a good 1
  15. Hello, Name is Travis, got into the hobby because of a request from 3 and 5 year old daughters in April, started with a 60 gallon live bearer tank and now have a 75 angel tank, a 55 gallon community, and a 10 gallon shrimp tank all planted. Addicted and loving it, learning everyday.
  16. Hello fellow Nerms! So here is a short, about me: My name's Nathanael, I've been a glassblower for sometime now and like many was affected by the past years events leading me to new hobbies with all my downtime. I had an interest in water features (home fountains etc) related to my work in glassblowing, which led me down the YouTube rabbit hole till I came across a YouTuber called Asu. This gentleman made amazing diorama style paludarium tanks, well being artsy already, I was hooked. This kicked off months of research, any fish/aquarium info I could find I was digging into, culminating in me building my first tank from glass up. Shortly there after helping setup a tank for my roommate and again shortly after that decided to build another larger tank. That brings me up to my current journey in fishkeeping. Here is some images of the 40 gallon paludarium again built from glass up.
  17. https://streamable.com/mixmp0 Just a quick video of the tank that makes me really happy. I got some cheap 'fake' decor for the fish and snails to hide in while the plants grow out. I hope to remove them (at least the fake rock cave on the left) and let the plants speak for themselves as they grow out. 🥰 I had no real 'plan' in mind, I just picked plants that made me happy and tried them out. What works will work, what doesn't will teach me to try a different strategy in the future. I can always change the scape later! Current residents are: 6 Juvenile Diamond Tetra 6 Juvenile Corydora Elegans 2 Nerite Snails (1 tiger 1 zebra) 1 Golden Mystery Snail Bladder Snail Hitchikers Tons of Plants!!!!!!! All the plants!!! The crypt tropicas in the middle are my favortes, followed by the dwarf aquarium lily that's sprouted very well and hiding in the back right corner. My water sprite is already a monster.
  18. Hello all, recently started my first tank, 29 gallon aqueon, and went with some heavy planting. I got some bladder snails which hitchhiked in on one of the plants and I'm ok with that atm. Not sure what I plan on doing when the tank has cycled as far as fish go but I'm more excited for the plants in general at this time. I do have some questions on cycling though. I've got eco complete and fluvial stratum for a substrate with a gravel cap. Two pieces of spider wood and an assortment of plants. I put in fish flakes every other day for the first week, ammonia was sitting around 1ppm and pH of my water is high at 7.4 from the tap, well water with softeners and lead removal. I have some root tabs in and I've been using easy green, six squirts to start and three squirts every 4 days. I haven't seen a nitrite spike yet, testing every three days. Ammonia has dropped to 0 and my pH has dropped to 6.2. I've only topped off the tank at this point. Should I continue to add ammonia with flakes, keeping ammonia around 2ppm until I see a nitrite spike? Should I do anything to raise the pH in the tank at this time? Additionally I have started seeing either brown or diatom algae on surfaces and some hair algae growing on plants. I had my lights setup for ten hours a day but reduced that to 8. I have an acrylic lid I made for the tank which I've read can reduce light. Also running a hob marineland 150 hob with a prefilter sponge.
  19. Hi! New to fishkeeping and even newer to this forum so my apologies if this topic has been done to death already. I would like some people's opinions on stocking levels etc for Malabar Puffer's, I have a 7.5G tank and would like to keep at least one. My problem is that everywhere I look I see conflicting information, on the co op YouTube channel I think they said they are good for a 5G+ tank, elsewhere online they say like 10G+. Then I saw on, I think, seriously fish that they can be kept alone but my fish guy said it would be stressed kept alone keep a small group at least 3. Other sources say a pair is best or get more to spread out aggression or that with three I would be overstocked (aqadvisor) etc etc. I'm pretty sure water quality wise I could get away with three of them in 7.5G with lots of plants etc so I guess mostly I'm wondering, 1 or 2 or 3? They would be the only fish in the tank. I'm in no rush, in the early stages of planning a small fish room so mostly a thought exercise at this point but I plan to do it when I can.
  20. Hello fellow fishkeepers! I'm new to the aquarium hobby and I'm excited to find this forum. My 8-year-old daughter decided she definitely wanted a tank, but it has somehow hooked me a lot more deeply than I initially expected. My current tank is a 10 Gallon Aqueon LED that I am currently cycling without any fish -- because they died about two weeks ago when I tried to cycle the tank with them inside it. 😞 So, seeing them die despite water changes, etc. really pushed me to get into the chemistry behind the hobby to NOT have that ever happen again. I've got my API Test set and am hoping to get my nitrogen cycle going. I take readings every day, log them and yesterday.... magic when I got home. Wife and daughter told me in dire terms that there was algae forming on the underwater driftwood. But to me, this was great: LIVING THINGS CAN GROW IN MY TANK. Never thought I'd be so happy. Then, on top of that, after two weeks of testing, adding bacteria, I saw evidence of nitrites in the sampled water. Never thought I'd be so excited about bacteria, lol. So anyway, now I'm going to keep testing, wait to see the second form of bacteria form, will continue to ghost feed the tank. I am wondering what I should do about the HOB filter that came with the tank -- since most of the bacteria I'm trying to develop 'live' in the filter media I'm leery of changing it. I have read that the bacteria exist on any biofilms on tank items, but unsure how to change the filter without disturbing the biofilter. I bought extra filters weeks ago, but I don't want to interrupt the cycle by changing the media before the tank is cycled. Does anyone here have any advice on how/when to swap out the replaceable filter media on one of these kinds of tanks? There are no fish in the tank, and won't be for weeks until my tank is cycled. So how do I change the filter without really destroying my biofilter? Here's a picture of my-- my daughter's -- aquarium. Ok, so ... yeah, the rainbow gravel is a concession. This is probably what the riverbed of Willy Wonka's Chocolate River looks like, with Nerd candies as gravel, but I had to bend somewhere. Any tips or suggestions are very welcome. Excited to read the forums, any advice would be greatly appreciated!
  21. Hello all, I'm joining today after coming across this forum. I am new to fish keeping hobby. Currently have one male betta, 6 neon tetras, 2 mystery snails and 4 Amano shrimp. Looking forward to learning from everyone!
  22. Hello everyone! I am a brand new to keeping fish let alone anything other then a dog. I’ve read a lot of horror stories with not quarantining new fish as well as negative or no effects when different medications are being used. Is it effective to quarantine new fish with aquarium salt alone? and if so for how long is it recommended?
  23. Hello! I'm newish to fishkeeping/tanks. My parents have a 55 gallon fresh water tank with a couple of Sweet Heart Parrot Fish... They didnt know the awfulness of what happens to those fish when they got them... But they are loved. One of them, however, has been basically laying at the bottom of the tank on her side bouncing around. She can swim when she wants to, but doesn't seem to want to often. She eats the blood worms, peas, food...but just lays there seemingly gasping for air. I've done a water test and the PH/Nitrite/Ammonia/Nitrates are fine... we've treated her with Maracyn Two, Ich-X, & Paragard. NOTHING seems to be helping her. I have her in a hospital tank right now while I try and figure this out. She doesn't seem to be getting any better. Any ideas? I don't have pictures right now, as they are at my parents house (the second one is perfectly fine, by the way)...but I can get some later. 🙂 Thanks for any help!
  24. I'm still cycling my 20G H aquarium since 3 week ago. I'm in my 4th week. I used fritz zyme 7 beneficial bacteria, and put fish flake to help start the cycle and I haven't gotten no reading of ammonia, nitrite, or nitrate. so what am I doing wrong? the tank is starting to get cover of white sluff I don't know what that is. should I do a partial or what to do about no readings. any suggestions.
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