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  1. 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
  2. Hello! Recently, my sister mentioned getting a betta fish for her little girls, and that sparked a desire to return to the hobby for the first time since college. I am still assembling equipment, but this is my overall plan: 29 gallon planted tank Filtration: Lee’s Triple Flow Corner Filter (Small) x1, double-stacked Med. Aquarium Co-Op sponge filters Lighting: Aqueon Optibright+ 30 in Heating: Fluval M100 x2 Substrate: Black sand? Plants: TBD Stocking: Zebra Danios, Cory cats, Nerite snails, shrimp(?), centerpiece fish TBD As I mentioned, I’m still waiting on some equipment. I accidentally purchased the wrong size of Aqueon Quietflow air pump (I thought the 40 had two outlets), so I’m waiting for the lager one. I also plan on getting a controller for the heaters as a safety measure. Not sure what plants I’m going to choose, but I’ll need something hardy that likes very hard water. Also not sure what substrate to get, but the guy at Petco recommended Imagiterrium black sand. I also don’t know exactly what I want to put into the box filter, so recommendations would be appreciated. I think I’d like to “hot rod” it with an upload tube, but I’m not sure what size I need. Assembly of the stand will likely begin this weekend, with more setup over the coming weeks.
  3. Hello all! My name is Cisa and I'm in New Albany, Indiana (just across the river from Louisville, KY) and just recently joined the Aquarium Co-op community. I've had non-planted guppy tanks for the last few years after getting 3 guppies which then of course turned into 300 guppies 😅 I recently discovered the amazing world of aquarium Youtube and now can't find enough places in my house for all the aquascapes and cool fish I need to have in my life. I sold the majority of my guppies to my local fish store and kept back only a few for more intentional breeding. I've got my babies moved over to their own 10 gallon planted with some ghost shrimp and have attempted my first scaped 30 gallon which is home to the adult guppies, a few dalmation and balloon mollies, blue velvet shrimp, a handful of mystery snails, and my very first pleco. I don't know what I don't know and I want to learn everything about everything. Needless to say, I now spend a lot of time reading the forum and watching the whole catalog of Aquarium Co-op videos. The majority of my critter keeping life has been dogs, cats, and hedgehogs with a few adventures into chicken land. I recently got a great deal on a 48 gallon tank and spent most of my evening looking at all the fun fish at my favorite local store and dreaming up what I want for this new tank. I'm thrilled to have found this community and can't wait to meet fellow fish nerds 🐟
  4. Hello, Recently my sister told me that she wanted to get a small aquarium for her young daughters. Helping her do research got me thinking about getting an aquarium of my own for the first time since I was in college. This time around I'm trying to avoid the mistakes I made last time, like spending too much money on filter cartridges and not including an air stone. I'd also like to give live plants a try. I was hoping for any advice, and it would be awesome if anyone could answer any questions I had. Here is the build I'm looking at: I'm probably going to go with a 20 gallon high tank. The area I've chosen could technically fit a 29, but it wouldn't leave a ton of room for maintenance. For filtration I was looking at a Lee's Triple Flow Corner Filter as the primary filter, with an Aquarium Co-op Sponge Filter either paired with it or just cycled for if/when I need to quarantine. Air supply is up in the air, as it were. Would two of the Co-op USB pumps be enough for that filter setup, or would I need something more powerful? Noise is a consideration, as the tank will be in my room. I'd like to have live plants that are forgiving and relatively low maintenance. For stocking, I'm leaning towards Zebra Danios and Cory Cats, possibly with one or more Nerite Snails as clean up crew. Is there a special kind of food for the snails? Would Corys work if I had foreground groundcover plants? Is there a "centerpiece" fish that would work with those tankmates? Any thoughts or advice would be most welcome.
  5. Not sure where else to get help on this. Today I noticed these little egg type looking spheres throughout my tank. Yesterday they were not there. And today there are at least 12 (that I can see) spread randomly on the bottom of my 5.5 gallon tank. Does anyone know what these are? I have 1 mystery snail, 1 ghost shrimp, and 1 molly fish (currently being treated for ich). I have noticed some tiny new, possibly nerite, snails that must have come with some new plants I got over 2 weeks ago. The "eggs" look slightly yellow fluid filled with some air bubbles(?) in them?? Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
  6. Hi everyone! I am excited to be a part of this forum. I started in the hobby... about a year and half ago now. Still feel like a newbie. But after finding Aquarium Co-Op it has really helped my confidence though, as well as my love for the hobby! Currently I have a 29 gallon and a brand new 5.5 gallon, both semi-planted(?), there are plants in both. I am hoping to add more plants to my 29 gallon soon, give it a revamp with somewhat of an aquascape. My fish are a bit of a hodge-podge. In the 29 we have 1 monosabae (who has gotten huge!), 1 golden algae eater, 2 mollies, and 1 mystery snail. I had a mess of ich awhile back and lost most of my mollies, I will soon be adding more to get a better group. In my new 5.5 I only have 1 ghost shrimp (poor guy was unsellable and given to me for free at my local pet store) and 1 mystery snail (again the only one at my local store). This small tank is really meant as a quarantine tank, but for now I have plants and these two cuties in it. I again just want to thank the Aquarium Co-Op for all the valuable information and ongoing work you all do! I have learned so much and am excited to keep growing!! I LOVE the Sponge Filters and Finnex Stingray lighting! Waiting on another one for my small tank. 🙂 Wishing everyone happiness!
  7. Hello All, This is my first post here. I found the co-op on YouTube when looking into how to stock my 37 gallon aquarium. I currently have 2 Angel fish, 4 Rams, 1 Rainbow Shark, and 1 Clown Pleco. I am unsure if I should add more fish and if so what I could add. Thanks for any help and suggestions! 😊
  8. Hi guys! I'm British, live in Greece and reside in Newbiesville! I'm here because I'm in dire need of guidance. Long story short. I have basically killed 4 fancy goldfish: Emo, Elmo, Mr.Poopy and Manuel (not all at once) in the same tank. When I got my fish, the pet shop guy didn't tell me about cycling my tank or anything when I asked him what I needed to do. When my first 2 fish died (one after the other) I searched and found out about New tank syndrome and the cycle, started doing an in fish cycle, but could never get rid of the nitrites, it kind of stalled. 0 ammonia, 0 nitrates, sky high nitrites. Water changes, Prime, stability etc etc. So here I am with this 25 litre, empty tank. (yes, I know it's too small for 2 fish now!) My plan is to buy a bigger tank between 70 and 100 litres (depending on my husbands mood!) and have some small fish like neons,, rasporas etc I was wondering if I could keep this tank going and try to manage to cycle it, so when I get my new tank I can use the filter-sponge from the old one in the new tank? I don't have any bio material. Should I get some? But what should I do to get my cycle in shape? Thank you, I really don't want to give up!
  9. Dr.rex

    Dropsy I think

    She had a white somewhat fluffy spot on her head and I treated it with maracyn first then on day 2 adding the other two of the trio and it went away but this is 4 days after treating with medicine and all her scales are like puffed out, badly tattered fins and that white fluffy spot went away and turned into like a red patch, real veiny and red all-over but like 10 minutes after these photos she laid on her side and passed, I would just like to know what could have done this, cuz she got sick in a community tank and I put her in the hospital tank to treat and welp 1 less sadly 10gl ,ph 7.2, ammonia 0, nitrite 0, nitrate 50ish, GH 300+, kh 40-0 (working on it) light 100w led soft white, 18/6 cycle, Caribbean sea aragonite in a filter bag, 2 old whisper filters and the med trio running, picture of the 20gl long community tank she originated in added
  10. First of all, let me repeat: WHAT IS THIS??? There is this anemone-shaped mold growing on my two-day old Xtreme betta pellet. Its this white translucent 1 cm anemone thingy. I freaked out so I took it out with tweezers right away, The weird mold is in a freshwater tank, so it can't be real anemone, right?? And it just freaks me out and I'm really stressed about it now... can someone help me??
  11. Hello! I have been looking at different ideas behind stocking my 29 Gallon Tank. I know that I want an Apistogramma trying to decided behind a Cacatuoides or an Agassizii. Both are very pretty and I am really wanting to get a nice centerpiece fish. I have seen a couple tanks my size that also do tetras, and Dwarf Gourami, and I am wondering if this would be a good idea, and if these would be hardy fish that would do well? For the clean up crew I am thinking Nerite Snails, and Trumpet Snails as I don't really want to get any Corydoras, or Plecos (While fun fish to keep I am sure. I am really looking for the visual of swimming around and having something fun to look at. I consider myself relatively new at least to the freshwater side of things, I have done Saltwater in the past and kept Clowns, Gobies, and firefish before. But since I am entering the new world of a planted tank. Felt I should get some feedback. Thanks in advance!
  12. Hi everybody, I am about a week and half into cycling my new tank and I am seeing some growth of an orange brownish algae. I just want to get some feed back that this is what I think it is and that it is Diatoms. I guess my question is do I siphon it off the wood and plants that it is growing on or leave it and continue to monitor things through the cycle. (It is exciting to see the growth in the tank even if it isnt the prettiest thing to look at) 🤣 But I am wondering do they go away after the cycle is complete or do I just remove them manually? I am dosing with Easy Green, and I dose with Easy Iron once a week. I also have easy carbon but I have not dosed with that yet. Thank you for your help! I have been learning alot as I go throw the process and learn from you all!
  13. Hi all! So I have had my planted tank for a week as of today, and I have a few questions. Should I wait before doing water tests with the API Master Water Testing Kit or test as I go through the cycle. Should I have waited to plant until it the tank had cycled? I have seen answers go either way, my Vallisneria appears to be "melting" which I understand is normal as it adjusts to the new tank. I guess my question is when should I worry that it's gone? I did do a test this morning. Nitrates looked to be at 2 PPM, Ammonia was 0, and Nitrate was 0. PH was 7.6 on the standard, 7.4 on the High PH Test. Im wondering if these numbers mean anything at all in this one week. I feel a bit dumb to be honest cause I watch videos, and read articles and everything seems to either go in either direction. Thanks in advance!
  14. Good afternoon everyone! I'm excited to finally join a community and have a place to share stories and ideas and get answers to some pressing questions. Fishkeeping has always fascinated me and as a kid my favorite place to be was in the aquatics room of my local pet store. Even so I never owned a tank until I was in my mid-30s. I'm still fairly new to the hobby as I just set up my first aquarium (29g) a few years ago. Now I've since sold that tank and have about 8 others. I even set up a planted 75g for my daughter's school! In the next several months I'll be buying a house and have a basement room that will serve as a small fish room. I look forward to sharing that journey and getting ideas from everyone here! -Aaron Miller
  15. Hey all! I’m new to this forum, and somehow I only just found out that the co-op had a forum? Anyways, I have two planted nano tanks, one 5.5 gallon and one 6 gallon that house my two female bettas. The 5.5 has fluval stratum, rocks I found locally, rotala rotundifolia, green myrio, pearlweed, and salvinia minima. The 6 has fluval stratum as well, ohko stone, anubias nana, anubias frazeri, java fern, crypt wendtii green, and salvinia minima. Super excited to learn even more from this forum :).
  16. Hello all! I am a newbie to planted tanks and recently (about two weeks ago) set up a five gallon nano aquarium with anubias nana petite, Java fern, Java moss, and ludwigia repens, and (the reason I’m posting) red root floaters. I planted the tank about four days ago. The tank has some pre-cycled media (from a 1 gallon I actually got through the nitrogen cycle but did not stock at all). I set it all up and even put a sponge on my filter outflow because there was more surface agitation than I was comfortable with (red root floaters don’t like that). Despite this, some of my red root floaters are partially submerged and the submerged leaves are starting to melt (while the ones at aren’t are doing very well) . . . Even though they’re not being knocked around by my filter. I dosed the recommended dosage of API Leaf Zone (which contains both potassium and iron, which I read that floaters need) I have my aquarium LED on the brightest setting for eight hours of consistent light every day. My new tank isn’t fully cycled but it’s getting there (we’re already through the worst of the ammonia spike) here are the current parameters: gh 60 kh 180 ph between 7 and 7.5 nitrate 20 nitrite 0 slightly above 0 ammonia I was contemplating dosing the recommended fertilizer dose twice a week instead of once (so double the amount of fertilizer) because I read that nutrient deficiency will cause the red root floaters to sink and melt. I was also contemplating increasing the light time (I had read somewhere that a newly planted aquarium should only receive about 8 hours of light to fend off algae but I also know red root floaters need a lot of light) If there’s anything else I could try, I would be extremely grateful to hear it. I really love my red root floaters and would be very sad if they all melted away. . . I attached a photo so y’all can see what I’m talking about. Thanks in advance!
  17. 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?
  18. 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.
  19. 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!
  20. 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!
  21. 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.
  22. 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!
  23. 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.
  24. 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?
  25. 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
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