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  1. I liked the idea of having a space to just babble about my tanks. I do have an Instagram, but I always felt like I need to post glamour shots to that, and not more mundane things. So here it is, a place to talk about how duck weed is taking over my house (seriously I find it on our doorknobs). I guess I'll start off by introducing my favorite fish, and therefore my favorite tank. Pooka is a synodontis eupterus who has an incredibly sweet temperament. She's hand tame, and often follows my hand around while I work on the tank. She's currently in a 40 breeder, and I MAY put her in the 75 eventually, but honestly I'm worried to put her in with my bichirs; Dragon (who I will introduce in another post), once took a bite out of a catfish like it was an apple. She seems to have enough room for now, and really isn't that active - her swimming style is doing calm moseys around the tank between long upside down naps. I once drew her as a Pookamon Pokemon.
  2. Hi guys. I'm trying ponds outside for the first time. One has endlers, one has platies. In both, the fish are clearly scared. Both ponds are about 1/4 covered, and the fish only come out for food. I just saw a shadow of a distant bird go over both ponds, and all the fish darted back to cover. I thought they just needed to get used to the new environment, but it's been 5 weeks for the endlers, and 2 weeks for the platies. If anything, they've become more skiddish. They've switched from swimming to darting. Some of the platies have even become pale, though all the fish otherwise appear healthy. There's no evidence of wild animals. Parameters are the same that they had indoors. Changes I know of are: Size and shape of containers (bigger), indirect sunlight instead of electric light, temp swings from 68-80, feeding once per day instead of twice (bugs and algae are in the water). What could be going on?
  3. I have a a shipment of fish coming in later this week and I need advice on the best method of quarantining. I have a dedicated 9 gallon tank I use for quarantine. I'm not sure if it would be appropriate to quarantine 7 platties and 6 Julii corys together for 1-2 weeks in such a small volume of water. If need be I can set up an "emergency" 10 gallon quarantine tank with spare equipment to split them up but it wouldn't be ideal for my living situation & I'm not sure I trust this 10 gallon to hold water. I really don't want to wake up to a blown-out/leaking aquarium. I'm going to use the med trio and feed once lightly on the 3rd day of quarantine. Any suggestions?
  4. So I have a new-ish 20 gallon long, fully cycled, and this is what I have in there: 10 Harlequin Rasboras 3 twin bar Platies 6 Panda Corydoras 1 Dwarf Gourami I also have a lot plants for such a new tank, I’ve got a about 5 Java ferns, some Anubias, and jungle Val. All the fish enjoy swimming through the vegetation. Tank also has an Aquarium Co-op medium sponge filter and a Tidal 35 HOB for some extra water clarity. My concern is my dwarf Gourami. I bought it fully knowing the risks associated with their aggression. So far mine has been pretty calm BUT has “snapped” at a couple fish. If he roams the bottom and a panda Cory gets a little too excited he’ll snap at it. Same with the platies. He doesn’t chase anything except for the harlequins on an infrequent basis. I think it’s because the harlequins could be a bit hyperactive at times. My water parameters are near perfect, but I would like to raise the hardness just a bit for the platies. is he just the “boss of the tank”? He seems to inhabit the two top left corners of the tank, which is really cute because he likes to rest on and under the plant leaves. He doesn’t pick on the other fish during feedings, and mostly sticks to floating pellets. He’s actually starting to become a sort of “wet pet” for me. He likes to come up to the front of tank when I get close. I would really love to keep him. any thoughts?
  5. New to fish keeping/breeding. If I keep different color platies (e.g. blue, red, gold) in the same tank, will their offspring be "mutts"?
  6. When I decided to set up a 'peaceful community tank'* I really wanted Green Lantern platies, but none of the stores around me have them. I am probably a couple months out from even bringing fish home to quarantine and I may even wait until spring, put my current platies (orange and red) in a pond outside and order a mix of boy and girl Green Lanterns to have the fun of raising fry. Here's my question: is the green lantern coloration something that tends to show up consistently in offspring, or does it require a lot of culling to get a group of fish with a consistent amount of green? I'm not a culling person, so I'll be living with or finding homes for whatever comes out. I just thought maybe not breeding very true is why stores here rarely have them, and wondered what I could reasonably expect. *peaceful in theory, but due to male guppies who are very eager to challenge anything with fins, not so much in practice, womp womp.
  7. My Platies are still growing up and have not reached maturity yet. But I am just asking for the future. So I know that there is a debate between the idea of scooping out a pregnant Platy that is about to give birth into a breeding net or to leave her in the main tank to give birth naturally. I want my first batch of fry to all survive as close to 100% as possible. The only way this is possible is to scoop out the pregnant female. But others have said that scooping out the pregnant female might cause her to abort the fry. But I know that if I leave them in the main tank, all the adults will eat the fry up and I'll be left with a small number. Just for reference, the tank in question is a 40 gallon breeder, currently stocking (25) 44 day old Platies. I a lot of Anacharis/Elodea planted in 1/3 of the tank on the side and a 3 small Java Ferns on the other end of the tank. I am expecting the Anacharis/Elodea to fill up a good and dense chunk by the time my Platies are able to breed.
  8. Okay y'all my tap water is pH 7 gh 300+ kh 40 A 0 ni 0 na 0, I'm raising guppies, Pilates and Molly's along with mystery snails. I've been wanting to raise my KH and crushed coral isn't available and I'm not comfortable using like alkaline buffers so I put some aragonite in a filter media bag and put it in some filters, it's raised one tank, my 55g to pH 7.8 -8 gh 300+ kh 120ish which is running a standard canister filter with 1 bag inside instead of carbon pellets, will the aragonite eventually stop or is it just going to keep on raising the pH on up and up
  9. So I have a pair of red wag platies in a 10 gallon with some guppies...I have been wondering if and when I would see my first platy fry. Mom was bigger than dad to begin with (as is normal with livebearers) but pretty small compared to some adults I have seen. Mom is dropping now. I see 10-15 fry so far. They are distinct from guppy fry which is fun. They are...gray? I know guppies are not born the color they will be, and guppy females can be bred when you buy them so it is a grab bag and this first drop could be any kind of mongrels. At what age will I know what I have? Edited to add: closest bet gets the entire drop as a prize!! (A joke, this is against forum policy)
  10. 55gl 4 months old at 80ish, one canister, one hang on the back with aragonite and a mesh filter bag. stocking, duckweed, hornwort, bell pepper and an unknown plant. pestnails, 12 MTS, 10ish guppies 3 Pilates 4 Molly's and a 7-in pleco, (bad test strip ph7.2) retest 4x ph6.4, gh 300+, kh 120ish. A 0, NI 0, NA 30-40 Does anyone know why my guppies and platys are all hiding up in the corner directly under the outlet of the canister filter, cuz the Molly's and the Pleco are still running around just fine only changed 5gl 3 days ago and the only thing different is I did not add salt back to the water I changed, and some of them are diving to the bottom and rubbing into the sand like trying to wipe something off of themselves for about a week, hence why I changed water and did not add salt, so I don't know what they're doing, do 1 of y'all of know (edit 3 I think I have bad strips and kits, strip 1 ph 7.2 - 7.6 strips 2,3,4,5, 6.4, 7.6 6.4 6.4, api test kit low ph sold 7.6, high ph 7.8 maybe a 8, so still idk I guess the mystery just gets thicker)
  11. I hope this is the way. Can't wait for new bots/cons.
  12. Just wanted to share a picture of my 10 gallon. Planted with 5 platy. 1 male and 4 females. I'm no aqua scape genius. I just like the tank to look all jungly. Set it up about 2 1/2 months ago. I can't remember what they are called but the grass like bulb plants are always pearling like crazy. There is a little bit of algae in there but I keep it off the glass and the rest doesn't really bother me. Sorry the pictures aren't awesome. Crappy cell phone camera.
  13. If I’m going to keep 4 platys should they all be males?
  14. This is one of the best fish shipments I had in a while. A couple of unique fish in this one! Frogs, Inverts, and Snails African Dwarf Frogs Amano Shrimp (Large Size) Cherry Shrimp Orange Shrimp Red Rili Shrimp Blue Velvet Shrimp Bamboo Shrimp Nerite Snails (Red Spot and Zebra) Mystery Snail (Ivory) Bettas Veiltail Crowntail Halfmoon Halfmoon Dumbo Plakat Red Snow Plakat Super Yellow (New Betta Color!) Plakat Super Orange (New Betta Color!) Goruamis Powder Blue Dwarf Female Gourami Sunset Honey Gourami Cichlids Pelvicachromis Subocellatus "Moanda" (Tank Raised, really cool looking females once in breeding mode) Apistogramma Agassizii "Fire Red" Assorted Discus (Red Melon and Red Turquoise) Corydoras and other Catfish Habrosus Cory Hastatus Cory Pygmy Cory Panda Cory (Locally Bred) Marble Hoplo Catfish (Tank Raised) Plecos L183 Blue Seam Pleco L134 Leopard Frog Pleco L128 Blue Phantom Pleco LDA33 Snowball Pleco Common Colombian Otocinclus Loaches Kuhli Loach Chinese Hillstream Loach (New Fish) Tetras Cardinal Tetra (Wild Brazilian) Congo Tetra Ember Tetra Green Neon Tetra (Wild Colombia) Neon Tetra Rummy Nose Tetra (Tank Raised) Silver Tip Tetra Marble Hatchet Fish (Wild) Longfin Serpae Tetra Three Lined Pencilfish (Wild Peru) Barbs and other Cyprinids Copper Nose Barb (Super cool and kind of look like a trout) Siamese Algae Eater Danios and other Minnows Celestial Pearl Danios Danio Erythromicron aka Emerald Dwarf Rasbora Long Fin White Cloud Rasboras Chili Rasbora Exclamation Point Rasbora Pork Chop Rasbora Livebearers Assorted Endlers Males (Green Cobra, Lime Green, Flametail, and Black Green Snakeskin) Assorted Fancy Female Guppies Assorted Fancy Male Guppies (Cobra Red, Flamingo, Neon Metallic Blue, Yellow Tail Tuxedo, Tequila Sunrise, and Red Snakeskin) Black Lyretail Molly Showa Tricolor Platy Killifish Florida Flag Fish Oddball Ornate Bichir Burmese Zebra Eel Black Ghost Knife Mud Fish (back again and much bigger, really cool eating behavior) Amazon Puffer
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