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  1. I have some spare nano tanks, should I add anything in there? I have a 1.5 gallon tank and a 2 gallon tank. I would like your opinion on this. What about plants? Fish? Shrimp? Snails? Something else?
  2. Hi, I own 3 smaller 5 gallon tanks since 6 months and bought a fourth one just now - a 45 Gallon. I binge watched a ton of informative vids in the last couple of months, but I'd like to have an opionion from you guys with way more experience regarding my stocking ideas. 1 Betta 3 Kuhli loaches 2 Hillstream loaches 6 Corys 8 Celestial Pearl danio ~30 Shrimp A Feedback would be much appreciated (too many? Other problems?) Greetings, Tim
  3. I fell in love with loaches and may have gone a bit overboard... Current 20g Long (heavily planted): 10 Strawberry Rasboras 15 Kuhli Loaches 3 Nerite Snails 1 Betta Pest Snails Would a 40g breeder be large enough to accommodate my current stocking level? Would I be able to add 10-20 more strawberry rasboras, 5 more kuhli loaches and cherry shrimp? I can go with a 55g but that would require a new shelving unit. Water parameters have been stable in the 20g, but I know I overdid it.
  4. Thought I would ask here, do you guys think I can stock a planted 10 gal with a small honey gourami, some small rasboras (or maybe some neon green tetras? I heard regular neons like a little more space so I'm a bit skeptical.) and a school of pygmy cories? Or would that be too much? I plan to water change a lot btw, however much is necessary without disrupting them too much. Have a Tetra Whisper 40 HOB (which I'm positive probably pumps half the amount of water it advertises) filled to the brim with sponge (quite literally) and a small little sponge filter.
  5. Hello friends! New to the hobby but thriving and loving it (mostly due to the amazing advice and teaching from Aquarium CoOp!! 🥰) I currently have a 29 gallon, long, acrylic aquarium that I found at GoodWill a few months back for $9.99! In this am keeping: 3 black Molly’s (all female, spawned from 3 original Molly’s in my daughters tank) 3 fairly small neon tetras (LFS) 6 Cory’s (3 Julii and 3 Panda that all stick together, (LFS) 1 Nerite snail Many, many...rams horn snails. Right half of tank is sand substrate with large rocks and drift wood, planted with Java fern, and a couple different types of anubias’s. Left half of the tank has Fluval planting type substrate and is planted with more anubias’s, Cryptocorne wendetti green, a small bit of Hydrocotyle tripartita Japan that’s just maybe starting to propitiate, and 12” tall x 5” base castle decoration that has anubias and some sword plants attached to form some cover and cave system type area. I run one medium size Aquarium CoOp sponge filter on sand side of tank, and one bubble stone behind castle plant feature, heater set to 82°, and a Nicrew top of tank light, half a cap of Seachem Flourish Excel every other day. My big question is...is this aquarium under stocked? I am happy with the fish in there now and definitely don’t want to crowd anyone, BUT I wouldn’t mind adding a few guppies IF it would still be ok. Or maybe just one male guppy to keep the female Molly’s company? Or maybe one more show piece larger type of fish? OR am I at a healthy capacity where I am at? In this sort of set up, planted and 29 gallon long aquarium, what would be your max number of community fish and ratios? Thanks so Much! Nancy
  6. Hello friends! New to the hobby but thriving and loving it (mostly due to the amazing advice and teaching from Aquarium CoOp!! 🥰) I currently have a 29 gallon, long, acrylic aquarium that I found at GoodWill a few months back for $9.99! In this am keeping: 3 black Molly’s (all female, spawned from 3 original Molly’s in my daughters tank) 3 fairly small neon tetras (LFS) 6 Cory’s (3 Julii and 3 Panda that all stick together, (LFS) 1 Nerite snail Many, many...rams horn snails. Right half of tank is sand substrate with large rocks and drift wood, planted with Java fern, and a couple different types of anubias’s. Left half of the tank has Fluval planting type substrate and is planted with more anubias’s, Cryptocorne wendetti green, a small bit of Hydrocotyle tripartita Japan that’s just maybe starting to propitiate, and 12” tall x 5” base castle decoration that has anubias and some sword plants attached to form some cover and cave system type area. I run one medium size Aquarium CoOp sponge filter on sand side of tank, and one bubble stone behind castle plant feature, heater set to 82°, and a Nicrew top of tank light, half a cap of Seachem Flourish Excel every other day. My big question is...is this aquarium under stocked? I am happy with the fish in there now and definitely don’t want to crowd anyone, BUT I wouldn’t mind adding a few guppies IF it would still be ok. Or maybe just one male guppy to keep the female Molly’s company? Or maybe one more show piece larger type of fish? OR am I at a healthy capacity where I am at? In this sort of set up, planted and 29 gallon long aquarium, what would be your max number of community fish and ratios? Thanks so Much! Nancy
  7. Just looking for opinions on how maxed out I am. I have a 36 Gallon Bowfront, medium planted at the following stocking levels: 11 Neon Tetras 5 Zebra Danios 6 Glofish tetras 1 Powder Blue Gourami 7 Otos 6 Cory Sterbai Fish look great. Swimming around nicely. Not a traffic jam situation in the open water. Peaceful community. Water changes are 2x per week at 30% (It takes about 4 days for Nitrates to approach 40 ppm). I am checking daily and have 0 ammonia and 0 nitrites. Do I have room for more or am I so fully stocked that I have crossed the line and am flirting with potential problems? I'm not considering adding any medium size fish. Just wanted to see if I could add in some nano fish: i.e. 2 more neons and/or 2 more otos. The otos and neons have such a small bio load. I know the 1 inch per gallon rule is just a guideline. So I don't want to get into that. I just want to know if most folks would say I am way way way maxed out. Thanks.
  8. So just wanted some feed back in my tank it's new just added a few more plants to the tank today. Wanted to make sure everything is planted in a good place but any criticism would be appreciated as it's my first planted tank. 40g breeder Plants include Brazilian pennywort Java fern Crypt wednii Moneywort Christmas moss Moderate level lighting Large Sponge filter Aqua clear 50 Using easy green and co-op root tabs 3 parts Fluval stratum substrate mixed 1 part black diamond blasting sand Thanks in advance -your friendly neighborhood kraken
  9. I got my new tank in the house finally! My plan is to have a big school of 1 kind of fish in the tank as well as a group of cories and a pair of dwarf cichlids too. I’ve always wanted to have emperor tetras but my wife likes diamond tetras better. What do you all think? Emperors or diamonds?? Im also thinking of about 30-35 or so. Does that sound like a good amount? Thanks!
  10. Hi guys I know I have came on to here and have asked that same question multiple times, but I never get a definitive answer I am in college so my tank size is maxed out for Two years max of 3 and it is a 40 breeder. I have a pair of discus and 3 panda garas. Is the tank overstocked and can the discus get to full size in there then after college I get a 125. Also does aquarium co op have a phone number ? Thankyou for any information. New light is coming.
  11. So, my second betta fish is circling the drain and I'm feeling a little burned out on betta. Just as the tank was finally coming into its own as a betta paradise with jungle val, duckweed, all sorts of niceness. So he's in quarantine, again, with his floating log, and we'll see if he pulls through. But if not, what should I do with the tank? Currently home to 2 nerite snails, a bunch of ramshorns, and 4-5 pygmy cories who I'm thinking about moving to a larger gourami tank to give it a little more action (along with some more friends). As you can see, it's got lots of hiding places, particularly up top, and only has a sponge filter, so it'd be great for another labyrinth fish or for fry to hide. I have 2 heaters in it to keep it at 78, since my house is usually around 65 in the winter, but it's getting on toward summer and I don't have central air, so a fish that can take up to 78 would be preferable. What would you do? - 2 to 3 dwarf gourami in a species only tank - Apistogramma breeding pair (not a lot of floor space though) - Golden lyretail killifish (SO hard to find online, though!) - Pygmy cory species-only tank - Another betta! Third time's the charm. - Shrimp tank time! - Don't you have a billion and a half endlers? Put your males in there, dummy! - Something else? (I'd love to do a sparkling gourami species-only tank, but guides seem to put them at 20g minimum)
  12. Hi everyone. I have been in the hobby for about twenty years on and off but had to take a five year break because my job had constant travel. I recently changed careers and have started to build my tank collection again. Right now I have 55 g mbuna tank that is going great with tons of fry. My issue is the 29 gallon planted tank. It just has 3 guppies but I put in 6 anano shrimp and they all died. The other thing is that the sponge filter is getting this odd white flaky film. I can wipe it off and it goes all over the tank. I do have hard water but it’s only showing this in one tank. Any idea? Please help.
  13. I have a planted 29 gallon and this week I lost a betta, 10 CPD’s, & 10 cardinal tetras within 4 days. The only abnormality I noticed was a tetra had developed a single white dot on its side that looked like a pimple. No loss of appetite and was very active along with the others. I still have 1 pintail red wagtail platt, 6 cory’s and 8 amano shrimps. They seem normal. I’ve found most dead except for one tetra that I saw. It was just floating, trying to keep itself upright. The day before most died I happened to over feed them. Slip of the hand. Could that have caused this? I do weekly water changes and water has been stable for years. I keep the temperature at 78. I know if I’ll lose more fish, but I’m not sure how to proceed. Should I do anything to the fish tank in case it was a disease or wait a few weeks and see how it all plays out? My water parameters have been as follows: nitrate: 20 nitrite: 0 gh: 200 chlorine: 0 kh: 80 ph: 7.2
  14. I'm planning to set up a new 6', 125 gallon aquarium predominately with American Cichlids such as Severums, Firemouth, Convict, Blue Acara, and one or two of the smaller Geophagus, in addition to a couple of Ancistrus, and some Blue Columbian Tetras or Giant Danios as dither fish. As far as the catfish go can I put Adolphi Corydoras in with this mix or can someone suggest catfish to use.
  15. Hi Everyone! I've been consuming as much content on here and the Co-op YT as I can. I'm new to the hobby... my first project is to get a 20 long planted community tank going for the kids (three boys aged 3, 5, and 7) to enjoy. I'm planning to start the tank in the next couple days with some java fern, various cryptos, christmas moss, and maybe some anubias. After I get the tank cycling, I'll start slowly stocking with fish, etc. Our wish list is long! 1 betta 3 dwarf red coral platy 6 cardinal tetra 3 african dwarf frog 1 bamboo shrimp 3 kuhli loach 1 clown pleco Q1: Is this too much for a 20 long planted tank? Q2: I should introduce the betta and the shrimp last, correct? Does the order of introduction for the others matter that much? Thanks in advance for the advice!
  16. Hi I am looking for a centerpiece fish to put in my 29 gallon. Right now I have 8 pristella tetras, 1 L144a longfin pleco, 1 peacock goby, 4 peppered corydora, 6 adult endlers (and many fry), I also have numerous ramshorn and one mystery snail. One thing that is important to my is ease of feeding, I had an apisto but was unable to feed it frozen food, I dont know what happened to it but it wouldnt eat and died. I am leaning towards a bolivian ram, or a pearl gourami. I am also considering sparkling gouramis (also known as pygmy gouramis) wondering how easy these species are to feed? Also any other suggestions For fish that would go well in this tank? One thing to know is that my water has 0 hardness,. so I kinda cant keep anything that requires hard water.
  17. Hi I have a question I have a 40 breeder with a pair of discus not full grown, 1 L139 gold nugget pleco, and 3 panda garas. First off currently is it overstocked, and secondly when everything is full grown will it be overstocked. If Corey and Dean could respond that would be great but I will take any info from anyone. I'm limited with tank size due to college.
  18. I have a question I really want to make sure my tank is not overstocked I have a pair of discus 3 panda garas and 1 full grown L193 gold nugget pleco. From talking to my local fish store it sounds like I don't but any incite please.
  19. I have a 25 Gallon Bow Front and want to know if I am going to be Over Stocked with the fish I plan to get. Currently in the Tank 5 mollies (3 Gold Dust, 2 Dalmation) 5 Zebra Danios (Long Finned) 6 Cherry Barbs (Vailtail) I plant to get 5 habrosus Cory's 2 Mystery Snails 1 Bristle Nose Pleco
  20. Hopefully this is an easy question for people who've kept pearl gourami in the past. Long story short, I started building a tank stand for a 29 gallon. Realized as I was getting started that I'd only need to stretch things a tiny bit to fit a 40 breeder. Petco has 'em on sale at the moment, so voila, I'm down a 29 gallon and trying to stock this 40 breeder. I'm a big fan of pearl gourami and was hoping to keep 3-4 as the "centerpiece" fish of the tank. My plan was 1 male and 2-3 females to keep breeding/territorial aggression to a minimum. After picking the largest fish, I went through a bunch of smaller species to help fill the tank out and then it hit me: I've got 40+ celestial pearl danio that are basically ready to sell! If I put them all into this large tank, I could run a giant school of ~50 CPD alongside the larger pearl gourami. Water parameter wise, they seem like a good fit. I'm just a bit nervous about putting such a large fish in with such little guys. I've seen folks recommend neon tetras with them, which makes me think they could coexist without too much trouble. Any more experienced fish keepers, especially those who've kept pearl gourami, able to weigh in on this stocking? Is my all pearl all the time tank idea doomed from the start?
  21. I have a 40 breeder with 2 violet discus they are a pair I also have 1 L193 gold nugget pleco. The tank is pretty heavily planted new fluval 3.0 light coming in my last one died. I have a fluval 207 canister filter. I check my water every two weeks and everything is perfect. This is my college tank. The two discus and pleco are the only fish in there is that overstocked? I have two more years of college so most likely afterwards I would get a 125 but could the discus get to full grown and the pleco is already full grown and live in the 40 breeder? The second picture is an old one.
  22. I really would like to know if it is I have a pair of discus almost full grown, 1 L193 gold nugget pleco, and 3 panda garas. Is the tank overstocked I talked to my local fish store any info is great. Also just to give more information for an better answer the discus are between a baseball and softball. And also will the discus eat xtreme community flakes?
  23. I have a 38 gallon, 2.5 year old established tank. Stock is currently 1 Angelfish (docile nature), 3 glofish tetras and 2 albina cory cats. I'm intending to add 10 cardinal tetras, 6 Julii corys, and 6 Amano shrimp. I over filter the tank (its high flow) by using a aqua clear 75 as well as a spongefilter. Would it be okay to add all of the new stock at once as I believe the cycle will adjust fairly quickly?
  24. 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!
  25. Well, you guys. I got the bug. Multiple tank syndrome. Thankfully the ailment has not manifested into another physical tank (yet) but I would be lying if I said I wasn't already planning another tank. I am really interested in slightly more unusual fish. I was thinking rope fish, hillstream loaches, and siamese algae eaters. I am not trying to go super tiny for fear the rope fish would eat them. Maybe some celebes halfbeak fish with some other interesting species? I would love suggestions! Thank you all
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