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Today, and yesterday, I painted one of my walls black, got new dressers for the aquariums, and got a new desk. First, I had to get rid of the old cabinets and move the tanks somewhere else temporarily

Yesterday I took my first batch of platy fry to my local fish store. It was my first time ever selling and I was super nervous. Would they like them? Would I "do it right"? Would the fish transport ni

Was a bit overdue on the water change and trim but I got it done today. Before/After pics  

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Started going through ALL of my aquarium stuff with Jimmy for the big move from PA/Ohio to Washington! ... Yes I am bringing boxes of sticks, rocks and soil all the way across the country... No, I am not a crazy person-- just an aquascaper 😜

Boxes to keep and boxes to donate, gotta keep it balanced haha

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When I started the day I didn't have the intention of setting up another tank...but I needed a place move a pair of Apistogramma nijsseni to. I watched Cory's "Getting Started with Aquascaping" live stream where he mentioned learning from making mistakes and just trying a bunch of things. So I decided to move the apistos into a tank that I would aquascape with marsh plants growing in a soggy spot on the edge of my driveway. Sounds crazy, but I am happy with the results so far (tank has been set up for about 4 hours now). I dug up 2 chunks of boggy sod, added sand from my creek, and an old piece of wood that was last in an aquarium about 10 years ago (it has living abandoned in the woods for the last 10 years). It took about 15 minutes to get it setup. But it took another 5 hours to fill it because I trickle filled it with a piece of airline tubing with water from my big living room tank.

We will see how it works out, but so far the apistos seem to like it.

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It was a cleaning day after I got home from work. Took off the over the tank filter ( which pulls water up through a under gravel filter), took sponge filter, and some decorations out and gave them all a cleaning. I am fighting BBA and after doing some research decided to try using hydrogen peroxide on the decorations and a couple of plants. Also took some algae off my front an back glass with an algae scrubber I picked up from Aquarium co-op. Great scrubber! Also tested water and made a CO2 dispenser the old school way. ( saw the 100% REAL Natural Aquarium Store [Tour] https://youtu.be/VfAJ3ITS3Nw  so did it that way. ) Hoping the CO2 will help with the getting rid of the BBA, by getting a better balance in the tank.  Tomorrow water change and test water.

OH and I found my Amano Shrimp, they are doing fine.

 

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I got my new 75 gallon set up in the living room. Spent all day setting up the scape and planting my aquarium co-op plants. Thinking about a community tank with sterbai corys, rummny nose tetras, and either German blue rams or Bolivian rams. Also considering smaller pleco such as a clown pleco.

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11 minutes ago, Mario V. said:

I got my new 75 gallon set up in the living room. Spent all day setting up the scape and planting my aquarium co-op plants. Thinking about a community tank with sterbai corys, rummny nose tetras, and either German blue rams or Bolivian rams. Also considering smaller pleco such as a clown pleco.

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Nice, let that micro sword grow in before the sterbai go in, as they'll be rooting around for snacks 😛

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More plants in the new 29 gallon... with a bucket more to put in. It got late. I love the bucelphelandra much more than I expected to. Somehow a photo just isn't catching how cool it is.

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Cleaned and did water change on my 93 gallon display tank, cleaned filter sponge media in sump, discovered my male albino bristlenose had babies in his cave, was able to get a bunch out to a grow out tank, but a few had already left the cave and I couldn't get them. Bagged up some plants to give to a new hobbyist. 

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Added a piece of Malaysian driftwood and some Süsswassertang to my dumbofin mosaic / cherry shrimp / mystery snail project. (You guessed it, I did watch that video)

Might have to add broadleaf water Sprite to the list of plants I can kill too. Looks so bad on the left, the octo looks so good on the right. Maybe going to replace it with guppy grass. Even I can't kill that stuff. 

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I love the jungl

44 minutes ago, TheDukeAnumber1 said:

Was a bit overdue on the water change and trim but I got it done today. Before/After pics

 

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I love the jungle look.

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Finished with the plants for now. I will probably raid the small tanks for some more christmas moss to put on the driftwood, and hydrocotyle tripartita japan, but I don't know where exactly to put that yet...I hope my vals get happy enough to fill across the whole back!

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Did a 50% water change on the 10G quarantine tank which is holding 12 rummy nosed tetras, and a 20% water change on the 30G (cories and dwarf gourami hiding behind the driftwood, bristlenose pleco peeking out bottom right).

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2 hours ago, TheDukeAnumber1 said:

@Edward Steven

@Cory

Thanks guys. It's curious how a couple compliments really feeds the aquarium passion lol. All grown out from 2 val and 2 sag from the Co-op. It has been a very fun tank.

Honestly this is like my platform for while I am getting away from most social media, because all it takes is 2 comments and you feel great. It also only takes 2 comments to feel horrible. Too often without moderation on social media, you get both and the 2 negative and 15 positive, the 2 negative win out 😞 I honestly enjoy that tank and it inspired me a bit, I've been setting up some jungles to watch them grow in and I can't wait to see them well established.

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Gravel vacced and did a water change in the 75g and planted 2 dwarf lily bulbs from the co-op. A water change in the 35g hex. Nitrates were good on all the rest.

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Busy day today. Got some red bristlenose and shrimp from @Randy and now got some turtles ready for @Bob.  It was also time to get air moving in and out of the fish room as the dehumidifier was making to too hot.

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6 hours ago, Cory said:

 got some turtles ready for @Bob.  

Turtles made it home safely. Been waiting for these for a long time 😃

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I was finishing up my water changes, when my wife yelled 'Swarm!'. My favorite hobby is fish, but my profession is beekeeper and duty had just called. The bees were 35 ft up a beech tree and somewhat inaccessible. But with the help of a 25 ft ladder and empty 5 gal. fish bucket on a fiberglass pole, I was able to get the mass of the swarm, including the queen down to the ground. Once the queen walked in to the hive, the rest of the bees began to follow.

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And it is not even lunch yet!

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1 hour ago, Daniel said:

I was finishing up my water changes, when my wife yelled 'Swarm!'. My favorite hobby is fish, but my profession is beekeeper and duty had just called. The bees were 35 ft up a beech tree and somewhat inaccessible. But with the help of a 25 ft ladder and empty 5 gal. fish bucket on a fiberglass pole, I was able to get the mass of the swarm, including the queen down to the ground. Once the queen walked in to the hive, the rest of the bees began to follow.

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And it is not even lunch yet!

Interesting, my friend Andy is who helped me build my fish store and he is a full time bee keeper as well. Doesn't sent out his bees, only produces honey with them and does queen breeding. Before we opened the store, we were testing bee grubs mixed into repashy. He was able to get amazing colors and growth on guppies. But it was messy to feed out. 

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55 minutes ago, Cory said:

Before we opened the store, we were testing bee grubs mixed into repashy. He was able to get amazing colors and growth on guppies. But it was messy to feed out. 

The bee grubs are not too bad as human food either. I wouldn't eat them regularly unless it was hard times. Let's just say though I'm glad the 'Hello Fresh' box came and that we are having Apricot Chicken with roasted Yukon Gold potatoes tonight.

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I collected Daphnia today.

These are wild Daphnia I collected from a ditch in front of my house. It was about to dry up so I am running a little more water in to it so the Daphnia will last a little longer.

 

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Rescaped the 6 gallon in my kitchen! Maybe it will look good with orange neo shrimp... I’ll let the plants grow in while I think about it 🙂

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Came in from doing yard work to find my 10 gallon leaking from the side seam so my mandatory furlough "vacation" day off turned in to a clean-up and fish rescue operation. Thanks to the Dollar Per Gallon sale, I was able to quickly replace the 10 with a 20. I'm actually kinda glad this happened because when I started to pull out my java fern and vallisneria, I realized I have waaaaay more red wag platy fry that I suspected. The extra room in the tank will be nice as they grow.

 

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I bought 4 more used tanks (2 10 gal, 2 20) for my wall of guppies.

Almost got a coworker talked into taking the 20 gallon I don't want (Aqueon Ascent, doesn't fit the aesthetics of the other tanks) so that her kids could have some baby guppies 😉  Spreading the addiction! 

 

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Trimmed up my 5 gallon desktop shrimp tank. Every time I let it get too crazy I worry I have a drop in shrimp population. But then with a quick trim and the sudden lack of hiding spaces they all come out of the woodwork! 

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44 minutes ago, Flynnster14 said:

Trimmed up my 5 gallon desktop shrimp tank. Every time I let it get too crazy I worry I have a drop in shrimp population. But then with a quick trim and the sudden lack of hiding spaces they all come out of the woodwork! 

   Reminded me that I should get a haircut today. @Flynnster14 is the tank at work?

 

 

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