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  1. Hi everyone. I am looking for some advice with my 10 gallon tank. Currently, the tank houses my colony of bloody mary shrimp and my breeding colony of guppies (10 guppies total). I remove the fry when I find them and put them into different tanks to grow out in. The 10 gallon is my main tank and is located right next to the desk I spend all day at so I am always looking for ways to make it better. Currently, there are a lot of live plants (anubias, buce, crypts, java fern, and bolbitis) and I noticed that while they're not wilting, they're also not thriving. I know most of the plants are slow growing but in some cases I'm not sure there is really any growth. Some of the plants are also showing signs of distress like discolorations but these are not common in the tank. I generally test my water every 2-3 weeks and every time I do, I find that the ammonia, nitrites, and nitrates are always at 0 or close to it. I know that this is a great for the fish but the lack of nitrates in the tank is also probably contributing to my plant issues (there are root tabs near the root feeders so they are getting nutrients that way). I know the common sense solution here is to just add in some easy green and use that to bring the nitrates up but I was also thinking that my lack of ammonia and nitrate build up may mean that I can stock my tank a little more. I decided to test my idea by slowly adding some of the largest fish from my grow out tanks to my 10 gallon. I also increased food roughly proportional to what I added. As I was doing this I was frequently testing the water to monitor for any sudden spikes but my readings stayed very low (possibly because of how slowly I was increasing the fish load). After about 3 weeks I had added 10 fish in and was feeding much more than before and still my ammonia and nitrogen levels were basically undetectable. I removed the guppies that were not part of my original breeding colony but now I am wondering if it would be safe to add in a school of 6 panda corys. Everything I have heard suggests that a 10g should not be able to stock guppies, shrimp, and corys but based on the fish load I had in the tank, I believe I might be able to safely add in a small school. Am I falling into a rookie mistake here or do you think I can try adding in my second species of fish? If I don't add in the corys should I increase the food I'm feeding my breeding colony since I know it is safe? Should I just use fertilizers with my weekly water change and keep everything else constant?
  2. Different Size leaves on each stem, each vine is about 8 inches. Found a little hole in the wall fish store, and they had this plant in one of their setups. The owner didn't know what it was took it in on trade, I have 20x 6 to 12 inch lengths of this. It doesn't look like Anubias so I have no clue. It was deep dark green, but must not like my water just yet.
  3. I thought I would do a little journal of my journey with my very first 55 gallon tank. Even when I was big into fish tanks as a kid in the early 70s, I never had a tank larger than 20 gallons, so this is pretty exciting for me. I just came back to the hobby a couple of months ago and dove in headfirst. I have two 20 gallons, two 45 talls, a ten and the 55 gallon tank. Only one of them currently have fish; I have some guppies and cherry shrimp in one of the 20s. Although one of the 45s has finished cycling and will probably have more guppies next week. I'll focus on the 55 gallon though since I have not done anything with it yet, other than make a few decisions. Here is the tank currently: //content.invisioncic.com/b300999/monthly_2020_09/20200918_103659.jpg.2f661240beba402d3c31a8e47e5841a2.jpg Cables and such will be hidden. I have some material coming today to cover the top 2x4s with, then I'll make it a little prettier. I decided to do the plasti-dip for a black background and I am doing the twin wall polycarbonate for the lid. Most of my supplies for the tank are coming via UPS today, I bet our UPS guy is going to be surprised when I hug him... Filtration: I am going a little overboard with filtration for now, with the two large spongefilters from the Co-Op and a marineland 350 HoB. For air flow, I just grabbed one of the Aquatop Breza 100s from the Co-op and a battery backed up one from KG Topicals. Heater: I bought two of the 300 watt Eheim Jager's heaters and the JBJ true temp controller @Daniel recommended on another thread. I'm only going to put one of them in the tank for now, I just want one for back up. Substrate: Going with just Eco-complete. Plants: I already have a bunch of plants waiting in one of the other tanks. So far I have: Vallisneria Christmas moss Java Fern and Water Sprite. I want to also get some type of carpeting plant too, but haven't quite decided what yet. Hardscape: I'm going to walk down to the bay tomorrow morning and look for some interesting hardscape stuff. If I can't find anything I like over the next few weeks, I'll grab some of the usual suspects online. Fish: Probably will change, but I'm currently looking at 6-8 Boesemans Rainbowfish, 6-8 Rasboras, but haven't decided on which one, and 5-6 dwarf corys as well as some type of shrimp. {EDIT} For some reason it won't put the pic where I want it, instead it just displays the path and puts the image at the bottom of the post... //content.invisioncic.com/b300999/monthly_2020_09/20200918_103659.jpg.2f661240beba402d3c31a8e47e5841a2.jpg
  4. I am looking at getting a 75 gal glass tank in the next month or so. This would be my 2nd tank - my 1st one a 15 gal just completed its cycle. Is this going to be too big of a jump for a newbie? I don't know if bigger means I need more experience. I was going to go with a glass tank, and regardless of the size I end up with I am wondering if I need to do anything additional to the bare tank before I add water to it. (e.g., reinforce w/ additional silicone) I jumped in blind to my child's 15 gal 😆 and I want to make sure I set this larger tank up correctly from the start. And lastly a question about stands. I realize if I go with a 75 gal the total weight of the tank could be close to 900 lbs. What are your favorite types of stands to use? I want something that is furniture quality as the tank will be in my front room with my piano. Do I have to you use an official aquarium stand? If I want to buy a piece of quality furniture, (not Ikea stye) what should I look for to make sure it will hold all the weight? Thank you fish friends!
  5. Hello there! I recently got my son a fish tank for his birthday - and since then found Aquarium Co-Op and have been obsessed with this hobby! One day I would love to feel educated enough to recreate and keep a gorgeous tank filled with guppies just like the tank @Dean’s Fishroom let @Lizzie Block put together. Is there a thread for newbies such as myself that I can read through? I am looking for all the info! Maybe a video series like fish keeping 101? I am also interested in info on the pro/cons of glass tanks vs acrylic & brand recomendations. The different ways to filter a tank, why you would use one vs another and brand recommendations. There are so many basics to fish keeping I want to learn as much as I can before I attempt more than my sons 15 gal tank! Thank you!
  6. Got the initial surge of plants I wanted, a few as pots and tissue culture so wanted to ask some advice of you better then me. Still waiting on a few select plants and weeping moss to finish but here it goes. Cyptocoryne Retrospiralis, out of all 21 plants these ones seemed worse for wear. They (all plants) have only been in their new home for about 36 hours. They have a bit more green now instead of brown and sadness. But my question is what's best way to perk this guy back up ? Monte Carlo, I've read a lot on this plant cause I absolute love the way it looks. But my question is, will it work? Right now they aren't really pushed into the substrate, just resting on top with a rock, bit of glue here and there. Should I try thinning and pushing further in? Or let it do its thing? And pray it takes hold? Alternanthera Reineckii Mini, tissue culture. Everything I've read is hit or miss of them acclimating to the environment, this one I really wanted. So an insight? One is kinda losing some red and turn green a bit so idk if that's a melting trait or what. Haven't added the Java moss, or weeping moss (waiting) might add some more anubias petites. But that's what I'm working with so far.
  7. Hello everyone. This is my first aquarium. I love plants so this seemed an obvious progression of my obsession. Haha! There is so much to know, so I’ve been studying this forum. The knowledge here is epic and very helpful. I’ll lay out what I have set up and some issues I’m encountering. Of course I would delight in any insight you all may have. Thank you! Fluval Flora 14.5 gallon tank- Fluval nano light - Co2 45g kit - Aqua Clear power filter - Fluval M50 heater Substrate- Tropica soil powder - Nutrafin plant gro fertilizer - Plants- Hemianthus Cuba -Littorella - Eriocaulon cinereum - Microsorum windelov - Alternathera - Vesicularia Christmas - Ludwigia Repens Rubin- Dragon stone - Spider wood I did an emersive planting for the first 10 days. Seemed to go well except for the Ludwigia which I delayed until I filled ‘er up. -First week - a bit of melting which I expected. Then a cloudiness on the 7th day. 50% water change -Second week - Started to see a tiny bit of algae. Clear goo blobs appearing on tree bark. (Boiled for tannin removal) Read they can be fungus or from tree sugars/sap. Scraped off goo. Clouding bloom gone. Pruned Ludwigia and Moss. 40% water change. Trying to figure out best placement for Co2 and heater. Need longer hose for Co2! - Third week - Realized I had the lights way to strong! Used the pre-program ‘Plants’. Then I discovered Bentley Pascoe! Thank you Sir I now have your Day SIM Red Late as my Pro setting. The goo seems to be subsiding. But the algae is appearing on the sand. 😞 Some dark spots appearing on Windelov and Ludwigia. 😳 Questions- Should I introduce some shrimp at this point? Would help the inevitable new tank algae? I plan on having a Betta and perhaps some Neon Tetra also. Maybe a snail. Is it best to establish one at a time? Water test kit on its way and don’t want to add until I know water is safe. I live in Vancouver, Canada and the water is a neutral PH. What kind of fertilizer do you recommend? Using the Free sample Size Nutrafin. Should I get separate micro and macro nutrients? I’ll stop now. It’s a lot. Haha Thank you all!
  8. Good morning, I just wanted to at first thank the site owners for a great place to learn at. I’m just getting back into the hobby had tanks as a kid growing up but never really knew what I was doing. I also do desert terrariums so the thought of bioactive habitats really intrigue me. And started learning about planted tanks. I love fish and conservation. I’m a bass fisherman out west and love to study lakes and ecosystems so I figured I should start one at home haha. I have an extra 10 gallon collecting dust that I want to do a nano tank build with. With my center piece fish being a pair of Elassoma Evergladei (Pygmy sunfish). I look forward to getting to know you all and continuing to learn.
  9. Hello, There are two cardinal tetras in my tank showing sings of disease. One of tem have a scar/bump like thing at the end of its body where tail starts. Photo 1 Photo 2 The other one is breathing heavily and pale. It's not as responsive as others pH=7.0 Nitrates=20 Hardness between 7-14 Nitrite=0 Ammonia=0,5 (having doubts about this, using prime) KH/Buffer=10 Water Temperature =77 F (25C) Any ideas?
  10. Greetings from Istanbul/Turkey(I am probably the only member 🙂). I am a newbie. Wanted to be in the hobby for a long time, Thanks to Cory and his videos, decided to pull the trigger. Statred with a 55, basic plants, 20 Cardinal tetras,15 rasboras and 8 panda corydoras. And I am warning you might ask a lot of questiıons 😁 Happy to be here . PS: Wish we were able to shop from co-op
  11. Hi everyone! I’m so glad I found Cory an Aquarium Co Op. The videos and forums have been super helpful in getting back on track. Just wanted to introduce myself and the kids. I have a tall 37 gal planted tropical community aquarium. Running a medium sponge filter and hot rodded a top fin hob 40 with a coarse sponge prefilter and two coarse sponge cutouts for inside. The tank has 1 juvenile angelfish, 3 dwarf cobalt blue gourami, 5 red coral platty, 5 albino corys, 1 hillstream loach, 1 giant mystery snail and 1 nerite snail. Been running like this for 4 months or so. Do I have enough filtration for the bio load? I’m pretty sure I’m pushing the limits on tank size as well. Any advice is greatly appreciated.
  12. Hey everyone, I have a male betta in a 10 gal by himself, but i want to add some buddies, I want to stick to the tetras species, but i dont want to add neon tetras, or ember tetras, i want something like black neon tetras, glowlight, monk tetras, rummynose, or silver tip tetras, help me which of these tetras i should add and how much, if i cant any tell me please,,
  13. Hello everyone! How's your day going? I just joined and I'm ecstatic to find a good forum. I hate everything about Facebook so this place is a perfect fit. I'm looking forward to learning, sharing, and having fish fueled conversations with all of you! I'm pretty new to the hobby. My Girlfriend moved in a few months back with a 10 gallon tank and I feel in love with her fish. The tank is quite overstocked in my opinion.. 1 Angel, 2 Glofish Tetras, & 1 African Dwarf Frog. So we bought a used 60 gallon tall tank to give them plenty of room. Sadly the stand that came with it isn't true to the tank so we're getting some cinder blocks and 2x4's to set it up for leak testing. If we have enough patience, we're going to build the classic "Youtube Stand". If not, we'll do the basic cinder block/2x4 stand. If anyone has any tips for aquarium stands feel free to contact me. I'm always down to learn more. Thanks for reading! Have a great rest of your day, night, evening, or whatever it is where you're at! (PS: I was going to upload more pictures of the 10 & 60 gallon but I'm restricted by file size)
  14. Hey everybody my name is Evan and I just recently got into the hobby!! I currently have a 5 gallon planted betta tank, but I plan on getting a 40 gallon community tank soon. However, before I embark on something bigger (and most likely develop MTS) I want to learn everything that goes into keeping a planted tank. My theory is that if I learn how to solve every common problem that aquarium keepers run into, then I will be experienced enough for a larger community tank. As I am nearing that point I thought it would be fun to share my journey that has been getting Jeffrey's tank to a pristine, stable, and consistent condition. Although I am not there yet, I am having some trouble nursing my Brazilian Micro Swords back to life, it has been an entertaining, frustrating, oft times confusing, and extremely rewarding process. So while I compile the highlights of my first attempt at a planted tank, enjoy these pictures of Jeffrey!!
  15. I'm looking into getting a carpeting plant for my 15 gallon betta tank. I love the overgrown jungle look , but there's so many plants to choose from. I would really appreciate some recommendations :'D
  16. I see people talk a lot about certain species that need to be put into a “mature” tank. What does that mean? Just very stable ongoing parameters? Like, you know your water change schedule and it’s a week+ dependably? The fish all stop bickering and learn to settle their disagreements through civil discussion? A special type of algae pops up and then vanishes forever?
  17. within the next few days im hoping to get a java fern and possibly a crypt for my beta tank. I've seen mixed ideas and I wanted to know if I should cut the old leafs off and then put the plants into the tank , or if I should just let the plant melt back and regrow by itself. I would really appreciate any help ^-^
  18. As I am new to this hobby, I realize there is a lot I have yet to learn. At present, I have a 10G aquarium with a HOB filter. Last night I found one of my cherry shrimp had gotten into the canister (if that is the correct term), and died. I assume fish death is just part of the hobby, but I wish to learn how to minimize this reality, if possible. The intake is covered by a foam sleeve of sorts, so I am not sure how the shrimp got into the filter. How I can prevent this from happening again? I tried asking this question to a FB group I am part of, but they would not let me post because I attached a photo of the dead shrimp. Furthermore, should I move to a sponge filter? A clerk at my local store said it wasn't necessary because it would make my tank look cluttered, but my gut says I should not have listened to him.
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