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  1. I got 8 panda cories and a baby longfin BN pleco in the mail on Tuesday, and set them up in a 12ish gallon plastic tote with heater and extra sponge filter from my main tank, along with a big piece of driftwood for shelter and tannins. I tossed some clippings of bacopa in there too. Being in Canada, I don't have access to meds, and since they're catfish, I don't wanna go using salt if I don't have to. My plan is to just keep an eye on them in the tub for 2 weeks before adding them to my 30 gallon with 4 male guppies and 5 honey gouramis. I was wondering if anyone had advice for observation only quarantining. I know to look for things like ich, fungus, fin rot, stuff like that, but I was wondering if there were any other things I should really keep my eyes open for. They all seem to be doing really well so far! They're eating great, they weren't super underweight when they came in and they've gotten happily pudgy in just a few days. They're pretty tiny though! They're very bold, love to rummage around and play with each other, like to play hide and seek in the driftwood... basically the cutest little things. The little pleco is doing well too! She's pretty bold, she loves munching on her wood and likes to see if there's leftovers from the cories. I've been feeding repashy community and soilant green and bloodworms. I am also having a small nitrite reading- 0.25 or so. Doing daily water changes to keep it in check. Any and all advice on quarantine or the panda cories/bn pleco is certainly welcome!
  2. As I sat with coffee cup in hand this morning, my nose mere inches from the glass of my 55- gallon tank, I was reminded of Cory's advice to observe. So...here's your challenge for this weekend: plan a time to just sit & observe your tanks. Not looking for plants to trim, or algae to clear, or water to change. But just watch. And breathe. And let the beauty of nature soothe your soul. Find joy in the life that is teeming in the ecosystem of your tank. You may come away with a to-do list, sure. But identifying a new direction is a good thing. Setting a new goal can be liberating, as you leave others' expectations behind & decide what you want for your tank. Or you may realize just how much you love your tank, how pleased you are with your set up, how well you've done implementing your plan. That's so satisfying, too! And you might find surprises, as I did this morning, when I lost count of just how many mama guppies were about to give birth, or that tuft of staghorn algae that I hadn't noticed before. Whatever you observe in your tank, allow it to motivate you in some way. Let it move you forward in this hobby. Let it inspire you. And by all means, share your thoughts with us. You may provide just the motivation that someone else is needing today.
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