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  1. Today is maintenance day on my saltwater aquarium. I’ve discovered a few unwanted pests in the tank that I want to get rid of. Hydroids, these pests can start irritating corals as they tend to ‘attach’ themselves to the coral. Bubble algae, these shiny green bubbles look cool, especially when there’s a cluster of them. However, this algae, like all types of algae, can take over a whole tank. When the bubble pops it releases trace elements that will form new bubbles anywhere in the aquarium. Vermetid snails, these are very common in reef aquariums. They feed using a very long string, usually inches long, that they let float through the water column waiting for something eatable to get caught on it. The problem is that these stings can tangle around and irritate corals, causing them to close up and eventually starve to death. Pulsing/pumping Xenia, this is not really a pest or algae. It’s a very hardy and invasive coral. They are quite fun to the eye, as they are constantly pulsing their polyps trying to catch food from the water column. This soft coral (meaning it doesn’t have a skeleton) grows extremely fast and tends to release polyps throughout the tank so it can form new colonies on different parts around the reef - taking ‘real estate’ from other corals. I try to limit their spread by keeping them on a separate rock in the aquarium, but as mentioned above, their polyps float throughout the tank occasionally. Lastly, Asterina Starfish. Lots of people refer to these as ‘baby starfish’. They may look cute, but they form a big threat to corals inside an aquarium. They reproduce fast and are capable of eating entire coral colonies. Again, these are very common in saltwater aquariums. What pests are you currently trying to get rid of in your freshwater or saltwater aquarium?
  2. Hey guys! So, I recently had a disaster in my hobby. My apartment had to be treated for pests, and I was required to remove all of my tanks from the apartment during treatment. During this time, I ended up losing about half of my livestock - including my beloved Peacock Mantis Shrimp. I do really miss having a mantis shrimp - they such cool little creatures. Very interactive, inquisitive, and always getting into some sort of trouble in the tank. Reminds me of my puffers, in some ways! But I don't think I want another peacock right now - I want to try a different species. One I've had my eye on for quite a while. The Wennerae Mantis, Neogonodactylus wennerae! These guys max out at around 3", and are perfectly suited to small tanks. They're smashers (meaning they have modified claws to break open shellfish), just like my peacock was, but with much less power. These guys are able to hunt down crabs, shrimp, and snails, but are going to struggle to crack open anything with a thick shell. I went to my LFS today, and picked up a 5.5 gallon Seapora glass tank for $16.99. It's a nice tank for the price - Seapora makes nice stuff, IMO. I rinsed it out, just to get any dust out of it, and this was it. Next, I decided to paint the back black, since the tank wasn't going right up against a wall. I taped off the rim of the tank with duct tape, cause that's all I had lol. I just use some Krylon Black Acrylic paint and a roller for this. I prefer spray painting but I don't have an area to do that here, so rolling paint on is the best I can do. It looks fine from the front side of the tank, but usually looks kind of "meh" from the back. First coat: I did three coats total, which got me a decently opaque surface. This is what the tank looked like, pre-fill: I added some sand from the Peacock Mantis tank, which has long been dried, but not cleaned. I'm hoping all that dead gunk in the sand will help get us a strong cycle in this tank. Whenever I filled it the first time, I ended up getting milk, basically. Gotta love aragonite. I had just used plain freshwater to fill that time, though, so I drained the tank and added in the rock. I'm using a piece of marco dry rock that I had from a previous tank, a piece of well-seasoned rock that's got some life already on it (although, not much algae due to being in a bucket), and a piece of rock I got from the LFS. I got this particular rock for a reason - but that's gotta be a surprise. Whenever I refilled the tank (with saltwater this time) I was careful to do it slowly to minimize cloudiness. The powerhead I bought (Aquatop MCP-1) was way too strong for this tank, and was blowing water around. So, I pulled my Koralia Nano 240 out of my 10 gallon QT, and switched them around. Each tank is better off, I think. Then, I tossed in a preset heater and a thermometer, and we're off to the races! I'll update this post tomorrow, and tell the story of why I picked this rock, and what the extended plans are for this tank.
  3. Ok so I have seen 1 snail in my tank (I believe it’s a bladder snail) and I’m conflicted about what to do. On one hand I don’t really want to kill it, but on the other I don’t want a tank with hundreds of them. I plan on putting a betta fish in the tank, will it eat the snails? Im also worried about if the snails overpopulate, will that increase the bio load significantly? Is it possible to keep them in the tank without having them overpopulate? What affect would they have on the tank? Thanks 🙂
  4. I first noticed this a couple weeks back, and thought that perhaps the one mystery snail I had in this 5 gallon tank came with babies on board. They never developed into baby snails, they are oval and very flat and possibly are destroying some of my Java plants. Anyone know what this is? (picture is taken under a 4x microscope)
  5. Can anyone help me identify this brown, broken-open capsule I have recently found on the decoration of my fish tank (20 gal, planted). All the fish seem fine (4 - female bettas, 10 - leopard danios, 3 - cardinal tetras, 1 - large mystery snail, 3 - amano shrimp, 3 - (small) rams horn snails), but I did recently have some issues with algae/clouding of the water (GH = 80 ppm, KH = 120 ppm, TDS = 756, pH 7.5, NO2 = ~0, NO3 = ~0). This seems to be under control after water changes and cleaning of the substrate. I have not noticed anything out of the usual in the tank. But this is definitely not part of the original decoration. Ideas? Is this something to be concerned about?
  6. So a few nights ago something got into my pond it tore up my sweet flag and my lily pads and some floaters but didn't seem to get any fish. I cleaned up and decided I should make a cover my next day off. The next morning the same thing happened so I improvised a cover for until Friday when I can make a better one. Last night I forgot to put it back on after I fed the fish and this morning I awoke to absolute destruction. My sweet flag was torn out of the pot again. My lily was chewed up all the way to the bulb. Most of my floaters are gone and so are all my stems and crypts. I found 2 crypt undulata red and one stem of rotala. I probably had at least a dozen undulata and one flamingo. Several dozen stems of rotala, half a dozen alternanthera rosanervig and a ton of Christmas moss. 5 of my original females are gone as well as my dumbo mosaic male. Luckily I've got at least a dozen young adults left that I think are just reaching breeding age and a few dozen juveniles and fry so while the fish losses are upsetting my colony should be fine. The plant losses are even more upsetting though. The rosanervig I only had in the pond because I started with one stem and was using the pond to propagate it. I don't even understand what animal would go after plants at the bottom of over a foot and a half of green water. Tomorrow's my day off so I'm gonna pick up some twinwall polycarbonate and I guess shop for some plants.
  7. Does anyone have any suggestions for keeping raccoons out of the backyard goldfish barrel? You can see they've bent down the wire fencing that I keep around the barrel. Fortunately by the time they bend it down the fish go to the bottom or they can't reach, but they're tearing up the lilies, and I'm afraid it's only a matter of time until they get to the fish. I'm just assuming it's raccoons. That seems the most likely to me.
  8. There is these tiny black things, as small as a dot, and they move around on TOP of my water lettuce. Out of the water. ON TOP. They move and squirm, and I have a betta, one snail, and three corydoras. What is this???
  9. I have the unfortunate consequence of not treating a shipment of Wisteria that came in a few weeks back, and now am suffering from a Dasmelfly nymph infestation. I first saw one a few weeks ago, and decided today to take care of it, and in the last few hours I have caught 3 of the little guys. The problem here, is that I have ~10 RCS and a few Amanos in a heavily planted 10 gal low tech tank, so catching them and even spotting them is difficult, but I'm motivated to keep my shrimp safe, so I'm looking for a solution. Originally, I thought about putting the shrimp in a separate tank for a week or so and raise the ammonia levels in the planted tank to ~5ppm to potentially kill the nymphs, and the tank has the ability to convert this load to nitrates pretty quickly too. I've also heard that the nymphs are quite resilient, so I'm opting for a second option: The plan as of now is to do a complete teardown, removing all hardscape and plants, and then manually removing the nymphs. How is this best way I can go about this without putting too much stress on the shrimp? Second, what is the most effective solution I can put the plants in to rid them of potential eggs/or nymphs? Any advice on this subject would be greatly appreciated.
  10. I "had" a thriving Spec V 5 gallon planted tank with just Cherry Shrimp in it and a snail that was doing great for about 9 months. Suddenly I started to see these little critters swimming around and they just kept multiplying and multiplying. They attached themselves to everything, including the snail and shrimp. Within about 2 months, the shrimp colony collapsed completely and only the snail survived. I nuked the tank by ripping it apart, scrubing and running it empty with bleach, throwing out the substrate, alum soaking a few plants to keep. The new tank has been running for about a month with only a snail and a single Amano Shrimp. Last night I saw a few Ostracods swimming around. I did read somewhere that their eggs are nearly indestructible and suspect that some survived the alum dip on the plant roots. So, I need a good suggestion for a tiny fish to control the Ostracods. At this point, the Amano is adult size and probably won't be threatened. EDIT: forgot to add that I was probably author of my own demise by over-feeding the Cherry Shrimp, but that isn't the case at all now.
  11. I have discovered enough Hydra in my tank, enough to become concerned, what do I do to get rid of them?
  12. I would like to get “pest “ snails for my tank. I was unlucky to get any from my numerous plant purchases from Aquarium co op. I have a huge colony of MTS in another tank but want other ones. Do you think the local Petsmart in my area will give or sell there pest snails in there tanks and are those even good snails?
  13. everyone: “how do i get rid of all of the pest ramshorn and bladder snails in my tank?” me: “how big can i get these things to grow...” got some big ones in, anyone else trying to grow theirs massive too? i wanna see pics of your massive “pest” snails.
  14. Found these white things in my quarantine tank. There seems to be two types: pinpoint tiny white tadpole shaped and a clump of 3 dots that are jumpy. Think they came in with the plants. Bought a bunch at one time, and some shrimp. Any help is appreciated! Link to vid: imgur.com/a/KfJFN5M
  15. I have a brand new 20g long tank, heavily planted and fishless cycled it for 2 weeks. I introduced 5 baby ramshorn snails, as I noticed a lot of protein and biofilm building in the tank, plus all the decaying plants (dwarf saggitaria sheded a lot from transplanting it to the new tank) ...and I just noticed what could be planaria. Two or three tiny tiny worms cruising slowly through the glass... Not entirely sure if they are or not, but they could be, as one of the tanks at my LFS has planaria in it and they might have cross contaminated other tanks, and somehow I might have transfered it to my tank. Yesterday I added one betta and 3 albino corydoras, as I read online, fish most times eat them and keep them under control, also that planaria will thrive if there's overfeeding, which is not my case, however all the waste from the driftwood and plants could be an issue. What are your thoughts?
  16. What’s the easier way to remove duck weed without taking fry or shrimp or snails with it ? I’ve used a fork but seems too take forever and bring snails with it
  17. I am not sure if hydra qualifies as general discussion or a disease? I found a small population of water hydra in my guppy fry tank. For a while I was taking them out on the rock they were attached to and seeing if the pea puffer was interested (no). From observing, I never saw a fry get caught or close to caught by one. The fry eat floating detritus worms and they sniff at any floating hydra but then go ew and swim away. I know they’re a sign of over feeding, but I’m worried about balancing that against accidentally starving fry. Are they something to be legit worried about or do I just run some mollies through the tank once the fry are out or what?
  18. Hi there: I'm really loving using the water hyacinths in my ponds, but in a couple of them, I'm noticing some pretty heavy pest damage: I found some 1" sized back and grey caterpillars, so it's clearly a moth or butterfly of some kind laying eggs on the plants. My question is, has anyone had any decent luck with any kind of treatment or pesticide that makes them less appealing to the critters, but is also pond safe? I don't mind mixing up a spray bottle of something, but I don't want to poison my ponds. Thanks for any suggestions you can offer! Bill
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