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lowboys edition

Discuss anything aquarium related here, including inhabitants, decor, and issues. Before asking questions in this thread, make sure you give us at least some details when asking a question, such as:

>Tank size (include dimensions, not just volume)
>Parameters (ammonia, nitrate, nitrite, pH, GH, KH)
>Any inhabitants + how long you've had them
>Pictures are always helpful

Tank Cycling:
>www.modestfish.com/how-to-cycle-your-aquarium/

Stocking and Water Change Calculator:
>www.aqadvisor.com/AqAdvisor.php
>www.hamzasreef.com/Contents/Calculators/EffectiveWaterChange.php

Articles and Care Guides:
>www.seriouslyfish.com/knowledge-base/
>www.practicalfishkeeping.co.uk/
>www.theaquariumwiki.com/wiki/

Aquatic Plant Database:
>www.aquaticplantcentral.com/forumapc/plantfinder/all.php
>www.flowgrow.de/db/aquaticplants

Saltwater shit:
>brs 5 minute guides
>[YouTube] Saltwater aquarium setup - A simple, easy guide in 5 minute steps. (embed)
>https://reefbuilders.com/reef-tank-setup/
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Heil Hydra.
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My aquariums are the only thing I have to live for
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>starting to get back into fish after a few years of focusing on herps
>want to get dojo loaches because i had them before
>guy at the fish store says our state made them illegal just a few months ago
WTF is this shit
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>30 fishes
>Your aquarium filtration capacity for above selected species is 240%.Help on Filtration capacity
>Recommended water change schedule: 17% per week.
>Your aquarium stocking level is 55%.
BUY ALL THE TETRAS
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>>3948931
totalitarian onions state, just get khulis
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>>3948931
banned because cold water?
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First semi-decent photo of my l018 in a whole year!
He got hungry enough to come out during the light time - but obviously got spooked as soon as i came closer to take a good picture
Though i managed to take a few shots
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>>3948958
Kuhlis don't get as big
>>3949031
Probably, there's a few reports of wild ones being caught around in my and in neighboring states
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the first video in 2.5 years!
Behold! Feast your eyes on Baryancistrus Xanthellus!
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>>3948899
I fucking love my aquarium so much. I just got into this hobby about 3 months ago but if anything happened to my tank I would kill everyone around me and then myself.

It's shocking how attached I've become to a bunch of creatures that barely know I exist. I just love to care for them. I can't explain it.
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>>3949234
nom nom nom monch monch monch

love the video very cute they look very healthy indeed
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>>3949289
Thanks!
here is one more, with a cory making a cameo appearance
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lol just a few plants at a time from my other tank. Going to go out this week and get some local aquatic stuff.
Over the next month or so I just want to start to build some life in the tank before anything else.
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Have a cory, dumbass is taking a break away from glass surfing with the horde to find some snacks. Reading online that it's pretty normal for corys in a new tank to glass surf but they do it for hours.
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i want to get some of this long bois but cant find them in the local fish shop anymore so i need to order it from a breeder, do you think theyll survive the 3 days shipment?
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>>3948926
Why do this do yourself.
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>busts your tank
Heh, nothing personal
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Is it possible to teach my betta to eat snails?
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>>3949775
You squish 'em and they'll go bananas for snails.
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well, i decided to reset the tank, get new gravel, take the plants and clean the cave, so now, the mistery cheap chinese seeds are gone, looking good
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>>3949791
hooray! keep us updated anon :)
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>>3949775
Getting/training a predator for a snail problem is putting a bandaid on an issue, not a solution.
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Is it possible to make a stable ecosystem inside a mason jar?
I've got 3 guppie-like fish I got from a river that i meant to put outside in a thub but it broke. Can I keep them in a mason jar for some time or is it better to release them?

Pic rel is where they are rn
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>>3949917
Uh sorry for the pic
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>>3949917
No.
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>>3949932
Could I keep them there if I feed them/change the wather then?
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>>3949933
No man, throw them back.
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>>3949937
I see, then I'll do that
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>>3949917
Do not put any kind of fish in a jar
You can put a snail or maybe like 5(?) shrimp if you're really keen on keeping something there
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>>3950001
What is precisely the problem? Is it oxygen? Ammonia?. Why would shirp be ok?
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>>3950022
There just isn't enough living things in a jar to feed that fish let alone remove the waste it produces. Most closed systems can only support small populations of insects if there is a good amount of plant life.
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>>3950027
Yeah I get that, though I never meant to make it a closed system, I dodn't express myself correctly.
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>>3950029
Oh so like keeping them short term? It's technically possible but the issue with small containers like that is it's almost impossible to keep parameters stable when it's that small. If you got something larger to keep them in plenty of people keep wild fish tanks with no issues.
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>>3949791
Thanks for being the guinea pig to test the shady Chinese seeds, btw. Now we all know for sure.
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New guy is adjusting to tank pretty well, very brave fish follows my hand around the tank while cleaning. Also starting to develop some colors and threads on fins.
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>>3948899
if i ever get another tank it's gonna be a custom low boy type, with a bright light on one end, lots of plants on that side, that changes into deadwood & rocks towards the dark side
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>>3950071
the low boy is sweet. Even though I have nothing in it I love looking into it. Its deep and feels like it goes on forever.
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>>3950061
handsome lad. nice shimmer on that one!
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This is definitely the way to catch fish for an aquarium.
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my peacock eel only eats live earthworms, which is fine now but will be a problem nutrition wise down the line, are there any other similar types of worms I can get for him?
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>>3950270
You could try live black worms, they're a little different because if they don't get eaten right away they survive in your tank and feed off anything else left behind. Could be fun for him to scavenge outside of feeding time.

Could also try other inverts like ghost shrimp and load them up with food your eel might be lacking.
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hello /aq/. I was bringing some fish home today when i decided to listen to Death Grips. the music was so loud that it was rattling my car, and i wanted to know if the music was hurting my fish?
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>>3950299
probably didn't hurt them in the long run. But... they will probably disobey you when they get older and not be confident of their gender at some point.
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starting to get some algae on the glass already during cycling. Good deal
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Got a 29 gallon on sale from petco what should I stock with?
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>>3950359
>Fuck you anon! I'm changing sex to male now!!!
>*yanks out a rock that causes a tank shattering avalanche*
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>>3950419
Practically anything other than all the usual suspects /aq/ peddles. This includes:
1) Betta
2) tetras of all kinds
3) shrimp
4) cories
5) dwarf gourami

Don't be a basic bitch.
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>>3950431
What's considered basic?
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>>3950431
Nice fish are nice fish regardless of popularity. Theres plenty of neat tetras and gouramis are just cool
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>>3950419
>>3950431
I unironically love livebearers. They're simple but really personable and it's nice to wake up and see one of them has given birth to a bunch of babies
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>>3950419
darters
dace
madtoms
sculpin
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>>3950431
so four oscars?
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>>3950431
these are mostly popular because they're good. i'd say livebearers are shilled more than tetras here though.

anyways, throw a pearl gourami in there, they're massively underrated imo, pearl gourami and a big school of some fun dither like rummynose tetras.
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wtf.... just put in my first active substrate to plant heavily in and come across this bullshit...
why spend the extra $$$ if you're going to put one plant in?
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>>3950468
>Co2 for moss and java ferns
I mean, at least it's getting money into the hobby right?
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>>3950478
I just got two bags of stratum and a bag of eco complete for $50. But I wouldn't spend that if i was looking to put a piece of wood in and tie some plants to it.
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>>3950433
Literally what I listed.

>>3950443
Ironically guppies and mollies are less common in these threads than the five I listed, although I had those for years so I'm very much over selling the 23059825235 offspring week after week on Craigslist.

>>3950460
If that's all that comes to mind, you really need to go to other websites and expand your horizons.

For a 29G for instance you go do:
apistogramma cacatuoides (or some other dwarf cichlid like Rams, or even shell dwellers)
Killifish (like a bluefin nothos) if you're into consistent breeding
Threadfin rainbowfish
Pea puffers
peacock gudgeons
And if you're really brave, hatchetfish (I don't know of anyone who has kept them alive and healthy for the duration of their lifespan, although to be fair I don't know many who have kept them).


>>3950462
I have no problem adding livebearers to the list of basic bitch fishes.
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>>3950506
>If that's all that comes to mind
damn... you have no sense of humor.
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>>3950506
>>3950431
BTW, I've kept every single fish (and shrimp) on that list plus a lot more, so I'm not listing them because they're terrible fish to keep, they're just incredibly boring to see in these threads. Every tank is looking the same with the same shit. No one that has been here more than a month is learning anything new. Everyone is just waiting for that one new guy to show up to ask the same damn questions so that we can repost the same damn answers.

I'm no stranger to it. Right now my planted tank is filled with german blue rams, neon tetras, and amano shrimp. It's pretty basic and I definitely do not come here to look at another tank just like mine.
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anyone here ever made an indoor pond?
what would be the easiest to go about it?
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>>3950431
yeah man, as this anon said, man up, go and get yourself a catfish
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>>3950468
I'm more pissed off at the signature 'laziest zip tie' cut ends in an otherwise new/sterile setup.
If you're going to cut off the excess, do it properly goddamnit. If there's one thing I hate in this world more than overdramatic people, it's assholes that snip zipties like that.
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>>3950552
Suppose the first questions would be
What is your climate like
How are you gonna deal with the humidity
How big ya'll doin.
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>>3950513
I kind of agree with you. The listed fish are good fish but literally everyone has one. I genuinely feel like I'm the only person here that has any oddballs at all. There are hundreds of unique fish constantly streaming into the hobby, but people always just buy the same old shit. Also I rarely see people here with anything bigger than 20g. If you like fish enough to post here why don't you get a tank that can hold more than a betta. Being a poorfag is also not an excuse for this because everyone and their mom has a tank they are trying to get rid of on facebook marketplace.
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>>3950022
All of the above. The bioload of the fish is typically more than the very small closed system can tolerate without having lethal fluctuations of parameters, oxygen is a huge problem for non-labyrinth fish and thermal mass is also an issue.
One of the more permanent things in this world is temporary fix. Chuckem back and have at it next time with a plan.
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>>3950671
>What is your climate like
I live in a tropical place
>How are you gonna deal with the humidity
Not really sure actually
>How big ya'll doin.
I have space for maybe 2x2 meter but don't think i'll be going that big

My fist thought is maybe like building a frame and cover it with a pond liner or something but i'm not if that's a good idea
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>>3950708
Get a prefab tub. You can put a nice surround on it if you like.
Something like this is totally doable:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rG4NxHFx1WE
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>>3950708
It's a good start I suppose.
Points to consider with a frame, with the 2x2 in mind, is the weight. You're easily looking at 1 ton minimum either way, which will be both pushing on the surface you put it on, but also outwards. I'm no carpenter, so I would definitely do homework on above ground (I assume above ground?) framework for that.
Pond liner is probably a good bet, but an inwards-facing layer or two of chopped fibreglass mat on top of ply 'wall' and then liner would probably be smarter.

Sorry that I don't have any actual knowledge, but figured I'd add a cent or two.
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anyone with experience growing scarlet temples? are they demanding at all? thinking about getting some for a corner plant
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>>3948899
is $60 for a 55 gallon tank a rip off?
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>Prob about time I gave the filter a clean
>Half a doz full-grown bladder snails
Goddamn these cunts are like magicians. Params are rock solid with my current feeding repertoire, so either these guys hit the luck motherload or my fish aren't getting enough time to eat with the filter turnover.
Since everything seems to be in order, I'll just continue as is, but figured I'd mention in just in case anyone has some input.
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>>3950728
The absolute cheapest tanks I can get (new) in my area/country start at $300 for 55gals and that's custom made with no stand, double that for stores.
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>>3950728
No that's pretty good
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>>3950728
Lucky bastard, check for cracks before filling it of-course.
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>>3950759
huh. I already forked over the $60 to a stranger on facebook for the 55 gal and lighting, sponge filters, heater and hang on back filter. The tank has centimeter thick glass, solid framing, no leaks - a high end piece. I'm new to the hobby so I wasn't sure whether I was had or not.
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What's up with crack noodles?
>Sit in dark tube all day
>Come out for 1 minute zoomies
>Back to dark tube
>Turn off all lights except a low lux red flood for nighttime inspectin'
>Mad cunts doing donuts and running in the nineties for half an hour

It's gotten to the point where if I see them monching during the day I feel blessed, but then oh god it's sick isn't it
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>ask around everywhere at stores if they have Lepomis in stock
>always get the same answer, that they are probably never going to be in stock
>never gonna get a cool fish for my fish tank
...wtf? why cant they sell them?
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>>3950878
>Lepomis
just go catch some
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>>3950878
South American export laws have gotten pretty strict these past few years. One of the best fish stores in my area suffered because they don't get the exotic wild caught stuff anymore.
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>>3950878
>>3950897
>>3950898
>missed Lepomis as Leporinus
I'm retarded
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>>3950899
better off ordering online if your local fish stores are being lazy about bringing them in
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Woke up to a dead molly her stomach/intestines something was buldging out a bit I'm assuming she died trying to give birth. She was always so energetic this is like losing a water puppy. And the betta I gifted my sister that I held on to for a couple weeks died in a few hours once he was in his permanent tank because he got stuck between a rock and a plant. Does it get easier bros ): ...
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>>3950670
you would love the way Audi cuts zip ties, beautifully sharp enough to cut you trying to pull an ecu out.
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>>3950728
didn't you ask this last thread?
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>>3950954
Yes, if you actively learn about the hobby and don't keep doing the same dumb shit over and over.
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love how dumb this lad looks
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Hello guys, maybe it's not the proper place to ask, but is there an alternative to gambusia that doesn't predate amphibian eggs but still kills mosquito larvae for a pond? Ideally something native to Europe?
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>>3951029
No pond fish are completely safe for amphibians. People often used to recommend sunbleaks, but they can still predate eggs and young larvae.
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>>3951043
I'll look into that, thanks
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>>3950431
>shrimp
I thought shrimp helped clean the tank?
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>>3950975
yeah, I'm all set now. thanks for the input.
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>>3950710
>>3950717
Appreciate the input lads
I thought making one would be a fun project but the prospect of having a ton of water in my living room is starting to sound scary as a not-so DIY capable guy so i think i'll look into buying a tub
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>>3951029
Guppies , I had larvae in my pond and I added a hand full of guppies at first and they went ham on the larvae right away. I keep tossing in new colors once in a while to bring in more variety
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>>3951123
I summered my six guppies in an outdoor tub, they eradicated thousands of mosquito larvae in a matter of days.
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Shrimp and snails eat algae pellets right? I’m sure snails will smell it but my shrimp are retarded
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>>3951200
My shrimp find pellets just fine, faster than snails.
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>>3948899
My betta isnt able to stay neutrally buoyant without consistently swimming. He is not bloated, even a little. He isn't lethargic besides the fact that he rests on the bottom when theres nothing going on. He will actively swim around and eat (I have stopped feeding since Ive noticed the issue) but when not swimming he just sinks. I feed 2 pellets twice a day. The only thing I've done different recently is I've gotten lazy with soaking his pellets in tank water before feeding the last week or so, but since he isn't bloated I don't know if food is the issue. Anyone know whats up? He's been like this for around 3 or 4 days. He doesn't seem stressed by it at all though.
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>>3951296
>My betta isnt able to stay neutrally buoyant without consistently swimming.
he's fucked up, blow the tank up
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>>3951296
>I feed 2 pellets twice a day
bitch is hungry
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>>3951214
Yeah they actually found it faster than the snail who is now orbiting them
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>>3951412
Their stomach is the size of their eye and those pellets swell up pretty big in water. Can I please get some serious answers because I love this little guy? Unless under feeding is actually the issue?
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>>3951296
maybe the lil guy is just lazy
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>>3951514
No ive seen him rest before and this is different. He has to keep swimming to stay near the surface and the second he stops he sinks. That said, he doesn't have to fight hard to stay up, just a little tail fin wiggle will do but he cant just float there near the surface like he always does.
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>>3951526
Is the current too strong? Maybe it's pushing him downwards.
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gettin there
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>>3951530
Nope. This just started a few days ago. Hes been in the same tank with no changes for almost a year now.
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>>3949221
Is he a cucumber?
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Thought I'd just leave this here.
https://www.livescience.com/melioidosis-bacterial-disease-fish-tank
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>>3951123
Are guppies more amphibian safe?
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Hey guys, just got a new 75-gallon with stand. I've kept various aquariums before but it's been awhile, and I'm taking ideas for how I should design and stock the inside of this thing. The light was made with planted tanks in mind and has dimmable settings for white and blue light, so whatever I put in the tank needs to be compatible with that in mind (Fluval 7500K specifically). What would you guys recommend? I'm debating on trying aquascaping for once, but if I do that would likely involve a lot of plant matter and could get expensive fast. Unsure of what species to get either, as if I go the aquascaping route I'd like the main draw to be the tank itself, not just the fish, so I probably wouldn't go with anything very large or destructive. Freshwater and brackish options are both fine, but I want to hear ideas in case I'm not considering something.
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>put 100 cherry shrimp in a pond full of algae
>tried to feed them cucumber/carrot
>did nothing
They're just full with algae right?
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>>3951296
is it losing color?
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>>3951806
I have noticed the very edges of his fins are starting to look a bit transparent.
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>>3951705
It really sounds like you are expecting alot for someone who has no direction and hasnt done much research. Ive got s few suggestions anyways.

>more light
That light probably wont cut it for a large plant load in a 75 gal. I run two 4ft LED strips on mine. You would be surprised at how little light penetrates to the bottom.

>dirt substrate
Look into doing a dirted tank. No need for expensive aqua substrates just get a couple bags of scotts top soil for $6 and mineralize it yourself. Gotta get your plants in the tank asap after you set up a dirted tank. You will have less algae problems the quicker your plants start consuming then extra nutrient in the water from the dirt. I also wouldn't recommend sand on top of dirt but I aint stopping you.

>fast growing and hardy plants
You're want a large plant load but are worried about the cost. If you do a dirted tank and get alot of light then your plants are gonna boom. You will only need one or two specimens of the plants you want and you can propagate the rest for free. This tank in pic related started out with about $50 worth or plants from eBay with shipping. I would have gotten less if i could. Also make sure they are easy to grow and grow fast. You won't fill up that tank fast with one anubias plant, so it will take longer to look good. Stem plants usually grow really fast and propagate easily. I cant emphasize easy enough either. Healthy easy plants look better than a dying whatever, so make sure it will grow well.

>fish
I dont have any suggestions other than fish that won't kill your plants. Barbs and tetras are nice and active, and if you have a nice once species school, then it meshes with the flow of the tank instead of being noahs ark with centerpiece fish. Also a couple ottos or hillstream loaches will help keep the algae in check without being a huge bioload or being aggressive
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>>3951820
then this fag >>3951412 may be right
you can try to feed him with frozen bloodworms every now and then
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>>3951823
How the tank started vs how its going here
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>>3951826
Will frozen brine shrimp work? I only have freeze dried bloodworms.
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>>3951828
Thats a great looking aquarium, anon!
Absolutely love it! Good job
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>>3951859
as long as it is high on protein and the fish can swallow it should work
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>>3951828
looks cool
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>>3951679
Honestly idk lol in my case guppies are the food(I have turtles)
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>>3950419
african butterfly fish are underrated
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>>3951823
Maybe you're right in that I was expecting too much right out the gate; if so I apologize. I should clarify that I'm not new to fishkeeping; been doing it for years and used to have a side gig cleaning peoples' tanks. I just haven't been in the hobby for awhile and am taking ideas as I'd like to move beyond basic starter-type aquariums.

Pic related shows the lamp at full power; the tank also came with two 1-foot LED lightstrips. Think that'd be enough? I've been toying with the topsoil idea already, so what would I need to do to make sure it's safe? Probably wouldn't put sand or gravel over it; if I did it'd be pretty minimal.
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>>3951823
>>3951828
Tank's looking great man, nice work! As far as plants are concerned again I should clarify. I don't mind spending a decent amount on plants to get the right look, but I'd rather not go hog wild on it if it can be done for less. What species would you recommend? I don't mind taking the time to propagate something.

Regarding fish, I've been thinking along similar lines to what you mentioned- cardinal tetras, black neons maybe, possibly some tiger barbs, livebearers, shrimp, idk. Don't know anything about ottos, but I do love loaches. Part of me is tempted to go for one larger centerpiece species among a couple of groups of smaller ones- would 75g be too small for a a few altum angels? I hear they take up a lot of space similar to discus and can be very sensitive to keep, so I'm not sure, just an idea I've had.
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I think the nitrogen cycle is fake. Had my tank since Sept 30 and zero nitrite/nitrate but ammonia is present. I test every day and do 10% water refreshes every 2 days to keep ammonia down. I have 3 danios in there, and they're doing fine so don't screech at me about fishless cycles because it's too late and the worthless cunts at the aquarium store told me to do it this way.

I have a little bit of green algae growth, too.

How long does it usually take for the nitrite/nitrates to show up?
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>>3952003
>I think the nitrogen cycle is fake.
Don't be an idiot.

>How long does it usually take for the nitrite/nitrates to show up?
Could be pretty soon actually. 14-42 days for both Nitrosomonas and Nitrobacter to produce detectable levels (with shitty test kits) of Nitrite and Nitrate, respectively. So for Nitrite alone it could take anywhere from ~7-21 days. Nitrate won't even begin until there is a decent amount of Nitrite.
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What is THE book on raising basic bitch fish in outdoor tubs to sell to your LFS?
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>>3951956
No apologies needed fren

>Pic related shows the lamp at full power; the tank also came with two 1-foot LED lightstrips.

That lighting might be enough but I'm not sure, depends on plants really. You gotta look at the par ratings to figure out the footprint and how deep each spectrum penetrates. Plus higher light can be used to speed up plant grown, so I usually like to have too much light than too little. You van always put it on a dimmer or timer if it's honestly too much.

>what would I need to do to make sure it's safe? Probably wouldn't put sand or gravel over it; if I did it'd be pretty minimal
Just get anything thats organic and you should be good. The biggest thing I would recommend is take a month or two to mineralize your dirt if you can. Theres guides online, but you basically saturate the dirt in water, remove floating debris, drain water, bake in Sun until dry, and repeat for a few weeks. This will help make nutrient more available to your aquatic plants, cut down alot of the floating shit, and its prevented my tank from building up a sulfer smell that I got with dirt I just threw in out of the bag. I would recommend capping it with a gravel so it doesnt cloud up as bad when you rip out plants. Your tank so its up to you.
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>>3952017
okay, so I'm just an impatient cunt then. i want to get this tank cycled before I add in some more and I want it done nowwwwww

thanks for the clear answer
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>What species would you recommend?
You can definitely do more with less when it comes to plants if you give them a good environment. Rotala, ludwigia, hornwort, and cabomba are some stems that have done well for me. I also like swords, dwarf sag, and jungle Val for root feeders. Youre really gonna need to see what grows best. This big tank wouldn't grow cabomba because the place I wanted it had too much flow. It really does better in slower dirtier water for me though. So id say get some plants you like in small quantities to see if they will grow well.

As for fish I have been on a barb kick lately. Gonna get some gold barbs when my last few cherries go. I'm not sure how angles do but I always see them in planted tanks but your milage may vary. I like smaller fish because they make my tank look bigger
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Found some really nice moss today. Now that the forest is starting to pull back from the weather I want to get a bunch more of this.

I like sticking it to driftwood etc but really want to try to carpet with it but I need some kind of mesh screen
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>>3951679
They're not as agressive as gambusia, but if you want to be on the safe side you can use endlers which are just guppies except a bit smaller.
Idk if they can overwinter in your climate. They probably could if you're near the Mediterranean .
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Can I add pond water to my tank to seed it with plankton and microorganisms for my guppies to eat?
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>>3952216
You can, but it may have nasties in it.
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>>3952217
too late. perhaps my dozen juvenile crayfish also in the tank will kill the nasties.
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What plant can I grow in pretty dim lighting conditions?
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>>3952298
Anubias, make sure you plant it deep into the substrate cause they're constantly trying to float before getting established.
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>>3952339
You don't bury the rhizome unless you want to kill it.
anyway has anyone else had luck with with crypt parva or crypt lucens in a really low light tank?
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>>3952298
Java fern and most types of moss, but don't be surprised if it takes an entire year for it to grow a single centimeter
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>Corys group up at end of tank and glass surf for almost the entire time lights are on
>The second lights start to dim they all stop and go eat as a group
>literally just chill all around the tank when lights out
How do I stop these little weirdos? Been trying to throw in blood worms into the middle of tank whenever they go into the middle and chill during light.
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i have a dedicated shrimp tank, it also has some generic snails in there. how much should i feed if i want to shrimpmax? it's been like 2 months and they havent bred yet. I feed one or two sinking pellets every other day.
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>>3952357
my crypts all got choked out by other shit, i have some dwarf chain swords in there and they took over every spare inch of the substrate, i had to pull my crypts out and put them in their own tank to save them.
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>>3952370
I'm fine with that I don't like it when plants take over the tank anyway.
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well anons, me and my gf broke up, not feeling the best in the world rn, but at least my bettas approach me when im close to them, feelsabitgoodman
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>add new fish to tank
>sudden ich outbreak
Fuck this shit, what am I supposed to do? All the fish still act fine like nothing happened
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>>3952423
quarantine your fish
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>>3952423
>what am I supposed to do?
Treat your entire tank for ich. Too late to quarantine. In the future, quarantine.

For freshwater it's pretty fucking easy as their lifecycle is so short. For saltwater, it could take 72 days just to reach the free swimming stage.
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>>3952042
The easiest way is to just get some already established media. Even some substrate from an established tank will do. However, if you get substrate, you have to be careful of where you're getting it from. Never know what kind of weird shit people have in there.

Other things that definitely speed things up: if you've ever seen someone squeeze out a filter/pre-filter sponge and all that brown detritus comes out, that stuff will have a shit ton of the bacteria you're looking for.

Failing that, moist soil from the ground will have a significant amount, like dirt from a flower bed (not dry dirt you just put water on). Not a whole lot of people use this method and I certainly haven't, so if you're going to experiment, let us know how it works out.

Bottled bacteria has mixed reports. It could be an option but I doubt it's instant as it claims.

Couple of notes though:
When you're halfway through, your tank will smell bad, really bad. This is the stage you're about to hit. When your tank is stable and has a nice, big, healthy bacteria colony, your tank will have a very mild, slightly earthy scent which you won't even be able to smell unless you're right up on top of the water.
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>>3952219
can you put tons of crayfish in a tank? i thought they fight with each other
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I bought some cherries a week ago and one of them has just died. Hopefully that is just an isolated case but it died in quite a strange way. It was somewhat entangled inside the roots of a plant. Not sure how it managed to do it really.
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>>3952603
did you drip acclimate?
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he evolving :)
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>>3948899
anyone familiar with halfbeaks? one of my wrestling halfbeak is acting a bit weird since a few days ago, she sometimes ignores her food and would just hide around the floater's root and sometimes even dive deep almost touching the substrate which is kinda weird because they would normally swim against the current veery close to the surface
also i noticed that the biggest female's belly look kinda big and she get aggressive sometimes, and now they will scatter away if my hands get close to the water surface (they normally dont care about it)
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i got 10 mosquitofish in a 15 liter aquarium with a bunch of ramshorn & other snails. so far i've been feeding them 3 times a day about 3 sticks of genericass fishfood (ground up) with the occasiona shrimp (also ground up) & mothes to let them play some.
they have grown significantly, before i kept them in much tinier containers and wanted to let them get healthy.
is this feeding amount enoguh? shoult it be more/less? i think the cold will reduce thei ractivity-->appetite

last thing: of the 10, i'm prett sure there's only 3 males. is it good? i heard the females get violent if pregnant
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>>3952028
Someone give me a (you)
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work for it
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>>3952140
I am in a fairly warm part of Italy where the coldest winter nights get down to 3-4C, might give them a try. Will post pics of the pond once it's renovated
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>>3952563
You're right. I originally had hundreds dropped by a wild adult female I placed in the tank temporarily. As they've grown they've been fighting viciously over food and hiding places. I stay on top of this by selectively releasing the small ones who don't put on size. I'm down to 12 at the moment, they're all 1.5" long. Ultimately I'll narrow it down to 2-3 large or beautiful champions who get to enjoy the tank into adulthood.
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My betta is fat
Looks like it’s algae wafers and Jenny Craig for you, little buddy
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>>3952754
stop feeding it pizza
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why haven't you got your guitar shaped aquarium anons?
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I just moved and gave my tank friends to a nice guy who works at the aquarium store and am restarting my tank from scratch. I’ve got a 20 gallon tank and my new place has a non-functional fire place. I want to set up the tank in the fireplace hole and use fire effect LEDs and red/orange fish/plants/decor to simulate a cozy fire going all the time. Cleaning the tank in the fireplace would be a pain in the ass, so I was thinking I’d build a platform for the aquarium and mount it on locking casters so I can roll it out when I need to do maintenance. How bad is this idea? Will constant flicker effect red orange light be bad for the fish?
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>>3952812
>nintendo switch
>all those useless games and books
>hurdurr I will just put the tank in the fireplace instead of literally anywhere else that would be better

This is why nintenyearolds are retarded
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>>3952812
>How bad is this idea?
might work, but all that hustle with maintenance will end up with you not doing water changes or cleaning
how much aquarium experience do you have?
> use fire effect LEDs
it sounds horrendous imo
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>>3952828
Not much aquarium experience desu. I started with a ten gallon planted tank year before last and then upgraded around last fall to the 20 gallon tank. We had some amano shrimp, ottos, a pleco, cories, and a dwarf gourami. The apocalyptic heat wave in the PNW last summer fucked with the tank pretty bad, which is why I’m restarting the tank after rehoming the fish. Before the heatwave I kept a clean tank and did weekly water changes and monthly cleans. Everyone was healthy and happy. I’d say that I’m still very much new to aquarium keeping but am comfortable with basic cleaning and maintenance. I did a quick mockup with a fake fire log (no heat) that the landlord left.
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how to deal with a multi-day move by car across the united states?
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>>3952909
Depends what yer taking, but a plastic drum or bucket with a lid and a USB air pump and battery should get you there providing it doesnt get crazy hot or cold.
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>>3952914
a few neon tetras and a plecco
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>>3952857
This gif is so tiny anon I can’t see
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I got some amano shrimp today, do I need to quarantine them? the other tank dwellers are fishes
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>>3952934
is the LFS or person that ou will buy it from is trusted? if its unknown, quarantine them, if its a person you trust, should be fine
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very minor, but i just bought a new magnet scrubber to take care of some algae and now my tank is looking beautiful again.

feels nice.
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>>3952812
1. Clean your filthy room. Stack those books, arrange the games, and get some book ends or fake potted plants or SOMETHING. Fucking dismal living situation.

2. Don't put the tank in the fireplace that's just fucking retarded. You could, I guess, but it's gimmicky and why would you put a tank on the FLOOR? Personal preference I guess but I'd never do that. Hope you don't have cats or dogs or small kids, because they'll dip their filthy hands/paws in the tank.

3. Bare lightbulbs and storage tubs as furniture? Really? Jesus christ. You have so much more to worry about when it comes to decor than a fishtank.

Please sort yourself out.
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Anon, first, do what >>3952942 says and fix up your space. That area can look so much better. Personally I'd try to find a stand that matches and use that instead. It'd make it easier to hide any cords or air lines coming from the tank.
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>>3952937
I trusted my LFS once and ended up with a snail infestation. Never trust your LFS
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got a good bloom going so far. Will probably do my first water test next week.
Still not done adding plants etc.
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>>3952956
i trust my LFS with conditioners or food, that kind of stuff, for livestock, plants and anything alive, ii go to a trusted person
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>>3952942
>>3952944
Buds, like I said, I just moved a couple days ago. I’m unpacking. It’s a process that looks like those pictures. I don’t mind that it’s gimmicky, I am too. Was mostly wondering about the aquarium itself and if the lights would negatively impact the fish or if there are any (non aesthetic) problems with the plan. Here’s the current plan, though I’m thinking that I might switch the angle irons for 2x4s so it’s raised a little more off the ground.
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i miss her so much, bros
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How do I remove these fuckers from my aquarium??
I have no idea what they are, I tried looking it up, but have never seem them anywhere.
All I know is that they came with some cheap food I bough(never again) and that they seem harmless, as I had observed them for over a month and some weeks.
I tried removing them once, because I tought they were harmful, but they came back or never left so I left them, but goddamit they make everything ugly.
I don't have any container big enough to put my fish temporary to do a full cleaning, is my only option to buy one?
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look at this fucking guy
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9TGVmCP-Bgg
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>>3953104
Man I want to get back into monster fish but it fucking sucks to have a freak accident like a power outage and losing them all
At least with guppies I can just buy 5 of them and have 100 by the end of the year again
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>>3953071
Anon freaks out over detritus worms 2:Electric tardaloo. Detritus worms are harmless to fish and more of a symptom than a problem. Keep your tank clean and don't overfeed and they should go away on their own.
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>>3953112
Honestly if I had a large tank that I wasn't using I would totally do swordtails or wild sailfin mollys. They're basically the monster version of guppies.
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is it me or do most fish keepers have hardons for overly pumped canister filters.
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>>3953112
Battery backups and generators exist.
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>>3953148
It's just you.
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>>3953063
Why? She came back. She's put out more than a dozen videos in the past four months.
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>>3953170
how big is your boner right now?
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Rate my setup so far, guise. Currently I've added substrate, wood, rocks, filter, backdrop, and two adjustable LED light strips- one came with the aquarium, one I had from a previous build. I have them on different settings for these particular pics; I can go full-spectrum white or moonlight blue with them as well.
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>>3953237
Forgot to say I'll be adding plants, the heater, and an aerator tomorrow; a fish store near me is having a big 20% off everything sale. What plant species would you guys recommend that will grow into the tank and gradually take over as much of it as possible? Looking mostly for grasses and mosses here, and would you guys recommend a CO2 setup?
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>>3953239
Also have a moonlight pic just because I think this looks neat.
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shit I still cant decide.... two aquaclear 50s or two tidal 35s....
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>>3953239
If you're looking for fast growing stuff vallisneria is one of the most common grasslike plants, gets to the top of water and will wrap over the surface. There's also swords that get pretty tall and grow fairly fast.
My personal favorite plants are anubias though. They come in damn near every shape and size and you can attach them to wood or rocks instead of substrate, but very slow growing. Moss is the ultimate commitment though, grows slow as fuck and hard to keep clean.
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>>3953104
ok but what is that
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>>3950419
Shell dwellers
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>>3953246
This here is aquaclear country.
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Like a 4/10, you paid alot but it shows you dont know much about it. I thought everyone knew not to lean heavy shit like rocks on glass. Wood is arranged pretty good in some spots but it looks like different types of wood which makes it like a brush pile after they clearcut a forrest. Some plant cover should help that, but the rocks look goofy too and you wont be able to hide that. You have slate sideways along the back, which isnt how it appears in nature. Its usually flat and stacked like bricks. Also looks weird that you have 2 different kinds of rock, which dont look very cohesive. Look up strata lines for arranging rocks and stones. Also I doubt you will have much plant growth on the outer edges of your tank. The light is small and in the middle. The only light making it to the bottom will be in the center of the tank. If they are short of high light plants then they are gonna starve from the inadequate light. Also dont stack things against the aquarium walls, its unnecessary pressure added to them, and it kills any depth you created in the tank. Honestly if I were you I would do more research on scaping, start over with the hardscape using one type of wood and one type of rock, and pray you can return all the decor you bought trying to cover up your lack of experience. Lastly you do not need C02 if you can create a nice balance. It will get you no where if you dont upgrade your lighting either. You need to stop fishing for suggestions here and do some real research to know what you want. Sounds like your funding the anon community tank with your lack of direction.
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>>3953246
From someone that has had both here's the pros and cons
Aquaclear Pros:
Big media compartment with a good straightforward shape making your media very customizable, This makes it the winner for me.
Good flow rate
Adjustable flow
Cons: can be sort of loud with the pump outside of the water
Hate the outtake lip, just not a fan of the waterfall effect, can cause divots in your substrate and creates a lot of disturbance, doesn't cause much surface agitation.
Tidal Pros:
Better adjustable flow
Better design on the outtake lip, I like how it's like a staircase and then the water gets directed across the surface causing better surface agitation
Surface skimmer is a plus, doesn't really ever make awful sucking noises like a lot of skimmers as long as you keep your water level topped up.
Does hold quit a bit of media but not as much as the aquaclear.
Auto priming is nice
Pretty quiet
Cons:
the shape of the media compartment is annoying when you need to cut media to fit
Even though the auto priming is nice the pump compartment is bulkier making it a little bit of an eyesore in the tank
Maintenance alert tab is fucking stupid, pops up a lot even if everything is fine
The blue parts on the tidal are ugly, just a nitpick and not a big deal but it bothers me.

For me it's always the aquaclear, simple and reliable and the more room for filter media the better, Tidal has more gimmicks and is more expensive.
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>>3953172
lmao how soon until she goes all suicidal and leaves the internet again
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I miss her
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> have had cherries for a week now
> performing a 10% watcher change for the week
> planning on adding some ember tetras tomorrow
> Do the water change and notice the filter has decided not to work. oh ffs
> take the filter out along with 10% of the water so that I can keep it in the aquarium water
> everything seems fine but the water wont come out the spray bar
> inspect everything and just smack shit about
> put it back in and it works fine

How likely is it that my cherries will all fucking die as I essentially did a 20% water change and possible stressed them the fuck out. Or is everything okay and I am just being autistic?
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>>3953432
it is time to fap anon
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>>3953428
>For me it's always the aquaclear, simple and reliable and the more room for filter media the better,
I have to say I feel the complete opposite but for me the aquaclear is much better at being low profile and not having a huge black box on the back of a tank.
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>>3953428
>>3953464
I forgot, Cory hates seachem equiptment too
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>>3953428
also forgot about this. Massive media difference capacity between the tidal 55 and aquaclear 50
Fuck... I wish they made the tidal in the same smoked clear plastic that the aquaclear is.
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>>3953432
Everything is okay, cherry shrimp are hardy.
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>>3953431
Thats one good looking fish-lady!
I’d love to put my kuhli loach in her aquarium
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Finally finished stocking my tank, last addition is a group of bolivian rams and this cute little pleco. Honestly very surprised how active it is, was munching on wood in first 5 seconds of being in tank.
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>>3953534
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>>3953426
Those are all fair points; thank you for your honesty. I may make some changes based on the suggestions you've given, as this was the first thing I came up with based on the materials I had. Some of this was stuff I had lying around from previous setups which just became incorporated into this one, so I admit it is a bit more hodge-podged than it should be.
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>>3953580
desu i kinda like your slates on the background, looks like a pseudo mountain range kind of thing
but yeah anon have a point about leaning rocks on glass
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damn, that asi sealant is crazy good. Using some to put moss on a rock so I can hold done some of the driftwood.
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it's really cute how blind my african dwarf frogs are. every 2 days a hose descends from the sky and blasts food in their mouths until they're full. they're living the dream.
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>blind african dwarf frogs
more like lazy, unlike european common frogs who work hard for their meals
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>>3953633
we wuz princes n sheet
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>>3953580
You have great material, its just not cohesive because you have enough for 3 tanks jammed into 1. Less really is more with a good tanks, and I have always heard the highest level of mastery is simplicity. Keep at it anon, I can't wait to see the final iteration.
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>>3953684
very nice- i achieved something similar with mosquitofush & some wood/local plants. love to see them rush to catch moths i drop in
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>>3953690
nice deal anon. Love the natural look.
Hopefully I can get out this weekend and go get some local plants around the area for my low boy that I'm currently cycling.
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little better processing
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>>3953712
Nice setup anon. I can tell those are some happy fish.
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>>3953732
its amazing turning the lights off on sunny days and seeing the difference in how the fish act.
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>>3953496
True, the Tidals are pretty ugly overall.
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>>3953735
I know... lol thats the only thing for me that sucks about them. I mean for me the options they have are great. I love the surface skimmer and like that you can turn them the intake off on the on the 55s and up. I ended up ordering another 55 today, I was able to cut the intake tube shorter so that I could fit it in my 12in tall low boy with a pre filter as well.

Honestly the biggest win for the tidals are the motors that sit in the tank and self prime 100% of the time when power outages or water changes.

I think if they made them in a clear color and dropped the overall hight of the unit it would be a killer hob
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>>3953739
The self priming is nice but a big complaint I hear from people about the aquaclear is that it empties during a power outage but that has really never happened to me, but I'm autistic about keeping the water level maxed out at all times so maybe that helps.
I wish I could design a HOB and have some company mass produce them, I'd literally just mix the best things about the aquaclear and the best things about the Tidal together, it would be perfect, It's crazy how many HOBs just have terrible designs or too many flaws.
seems pretty simple to me.
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>>3953744
yea I haven't had that issue in the past either. Not sure why that would be happening to some people. Though I do hear issues with the oring leaking after a good cleaning but no issues with a Tidal.
I'm almost wondering if the clear plastic isn't as strong as what Seachem uses.
I remember like 25 years ago when I first started fishkeeping and the hobs were absolute garbage with what you would get in a store without ordering out of a magazine.
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>>3953748
Yeah the plastic on the aquaclear is pretty flimsy, I cracked a couple of brand new aquaclears on the overflow because I coated the intake arms in black plasti dip so they blended in with my black backgrounds, went way too thick my my paint coats so the intake tubes were now too thick to properly fit, I only forced them in a little bit and they cracked so easily, luckily it was just on the overflow part so I could still use the filter.
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>>3953754
That is the one thing that really upsets me about the Tidal 35... no intake tube. It's not a huge deal on something like a 20 long plus you have to cut some filter material to make a prefilter.
But something like a regular 30 gallon it just doesn't have the low pickup to be really effective unless you're using a powerhead to stir up the bottom so it catches it.
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>>3953758
I agree I hate that it's an ugly looking box with a cord sticking out and not just an intake tube, like you said it makes it really ineffective, another thing i forgot to mention that bothers me is if you have shrimp, you're going to have to really diy all the openings in that thing with sponge or else it's an absolute deathtrap for shrimp.
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>>3953766
I just cut some sponge sheets to fit the slits in the skimmer but yea its still something else that could have been done at the factory.
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>>3950468
>active substrate with neo's
idiot your shrimp are gonna die
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>Tfw betta is one of the autistic ones that starts chasing whatever is in there with him immediately
Sigh no tank mates I guess
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All my fish escaped the tank last night, I didn't notice until I opened my windows just before sunrise and saw a bunch of things floating outside.
Guess I accidentally topped off the tank with fizzy lifting drink last night, not water. Ah well, live and learn I guess.
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>>3953825
why would you throw soap in there?
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>>3953856
So they could make a clean getaway?
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>>3953817
Mine was retarded and was bullied by fucking corys. Don't complain
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>>3953825
>mfw my Betta disappeared overnight.

I took the entire tank apart, checked the filter, and checked anywhere I could think of around the tank, either my three Amano shrimp and a couple ghost shrimp completely devoured him and left nothing or he jumped out and landed some place where I can't find the body.
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>all the other dace are schooling about in the rocks
>this guy would rather hide in the weeds
uhhhh is this normal? is he autistic or something?
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>>3953432
cherry shrimp are pretty rock solid unless you have super SMASHED and SLAMMED ones. I just had two tanks with ~50 of them sitting out in my garage for two weeks in 40-50 degree weather with pretty minimal care or food, and after I did like 80% water change in both tanks to move them and I've got the same count after bringing them back in.

It's the caridina shrimp (other than amanos) that tend to be sensitive and even then that's way over exaggerated and mostly applies to the extremely inbred line color variants.
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>>3953903
Probably got pretty far. Labyrinth and all that.
Sorry to hear, anon.
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So what do I do with ich? All my fry died but my adult mollies are still fine and eating like nothing happened
I already changed the water and added a couple spoons of epsom salt
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>>3953903
well, from what ive heard, bettas if not killed by impact or die from shock from fall, can survive like 2 hours outside of water, sucks for you betta tho anon
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I woke up this morning to two of my female guppies struggling to swim, with inflamed red vents, tattered fins, and white spots on their bodies. They also appeared to be shedding scales. Is this "ich"? I can look up treatments if I can positively identify this sickness.
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>>3954052
I euthanized the two adult females, btw
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>>3954052
>>3954053
Update: lost another guppy - a juvenile male. How can I get ahead of this (I'm assuming) bacterial infection if my water parameters are in order?
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>>3954052
are you sure its ich not Velvet Disease or Lymphocystis
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>>3954072
i'll start researching those three. are there any other possibilities?
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Kek... why does he hate Tidals?
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>>3954359
I'm pretty sure he has a video explaining why they're shit filters.
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>>3954385
didn't find anything off the bat but don't want to go through several of his 2 hour live streams about filtration.
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>New food tin flies out of my hamfists taking off the seal
>Scrape up 80% of it and spend a couple minutes picking out notfood
>Vacuum up the rest
>Knock tin over again while wrestling with the cunting retracting cord
That's cool, I didn't want to have a good day today anyway.
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From the creative genius of "MR16 lamps on a stick" comes "COBS on two sticks".
Having trouble getting motivated lately, so I tried to at least get it running this week.
I'll be blanking off the front with some aluminium flatbar and encapsulating the COBs with some 26 degree lenses.
I was hoping the heat output would be so low that I didn't need to find an aluminium radiator and just get away with 20 or so plates glued to the ally tube. Whole setup is only drawing about 10w, so maybe 13w with a pump.

I think it looks kinda neat.
Materials cost (COBs were surplus but expensive) is only $31. 1 LED driver (250ma @ 36V) 2 waterblocks, 6ft of alumnium tube, spare PVC tube, 6ft of flatbar, 3core wiring and a plug.
TL;DR I got off my ass and made something kinda
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>>3954784
Further to my cool story, I broke out the chromameter.
2600 lux @ 4300k a foot under each block, 1800 lux @ 4400k in the centre. Probably the off-white wall paint.
Also the blocks are only at 33c after half an hour, with no coolant.
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>Brown algae is dying back
>Hair algae starts
Step in the right direction I guess, still have no idea what I'm doing with these plants.
This buce is growing some crazy roots though.
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>>3948899
Can someone explain sumps to me or share a link to something that explains them clearly?
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>>3949614
Theyre pretty hardy
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>>3949614
Although i was told they can only survive i a sealed bag for only 24 hours so idk
Make sure they put air passages for it i guess
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>>3955233
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wqt9zA6mqao
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>>3955233
Sumps basically just add more water to your system and make it so you don't need to do as many water changes. For example you have a 120 gallon tank with a 10 gallon sump, there's now 130 gallons of water in your system. You can put your filtration and heater in the sump to hide it so it won't be visible in the main tank, or even keep some stuff in there like plants, guppies, or shrimp.

It's pretty useless to do it in a regular sized tank that the average /aq/fag would have though. Sumps are only really ever useful when you have something that is prone to shitting up its water quickly, like monster fish or turtles.
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>>3955356
sumps also see use in systems where you want to limit your water changes and especially saltwater. But yeah sumps are really expensive and complex compared to a sponge filter which will provide more than enough filtration for most tanks 55gal and smaller (though 40gal and up you might want two of them).
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>>3955356
>>3955377
I'm definitely going to do an internal sump in my next build.
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>betta is such a lardass it’s eating algae wafers now
I know it contains fish meal but goddamn let your snail and shrimp friends have a snack too
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>>3955397
Might have to try conditioning it to a 'feeding corner' while you feed the other bros.
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>>3955233
It's basically a filter that's too big to fit in your tank, provides a far greater surface area for bacteria to establish in and therefore processes more biological load, quicker.
Sumps are the filter endgame.

Intank/HOB - Very limited filtering capabilities, require a more regular cleaning schedule.
Canister - Huge step up in mechanical and biological filtering, opens the door to cheaper consumables (Ie, making your own filter cutouts, not buying that OEM shit marked up 500%).
Sump - As big as you want, as much mechanical filtering as you want, as much biological filtering as you want. It's entirely up to you.

The only downside is that you start to get all high and mighty about the way you've set it up, why you chose your bio media and why it's better than X and Y.
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>>3955238
Air passages?
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>>3955233
You got some really roundabout answers.

A sump, in terms of aquariums, is an external container (external to your "display" tank) that holds equipment, filtration, or anything really for your aquarium that you do not want in the actual display tank. This can be another, often smaller, aquarium or even something as simple as a rubbermaid tote. Most often it is situated below the main aquarium, with some kind of drain that gravity feeds water from the display tank to the sump. A pump at the other end of the sump container feeds water back into the display tank.

Between the drain and the return pump, you can house a number of items, including mechanical filters (sponges), ceramic media, heaters, refugiums, algae scrubbers, media reactors, auto top off systems, dosing systems, protein skimmers (for saltwater).

This differs from a canister filter in that it is a more open, more easily accessible, and generally far larger. Canisters tend to be sealed whereas sumps are often open (and even covered ones are only loosely covered whereas canisters are water-tight).

There's a lot of ways a sump can be implemented. For instance in the picture you can see it is paired with an overflow box that skims the surface of the display tank water and also ensures that only a certain amount of water can drain from it and the flow will be determined by the return pump and not the maximum water pressure of the display.

Likewise a sump doesn't even necessarily have to be below the aquarium. You could have an above-display sump where the "drain" has the pump and the return gravity feeds the water back. You could even have the sump in another room entirely.
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How are some people ok with this diy garbage they make?
>Rimless top
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>>3955498
Maybe they decided that they don't want their plants to jump out after the fact.
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>>3955498
For top quality DIY garbage - have you seen my new lights?
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>>3955498
post your tank
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>>3955498
Looks fine
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>just saw some halfbeak's fry
life's good man
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>>3955498
Looks ok imo
As long as the fish are healthy and the aquarium is clean - its all fine
Personally, i wouldnt bother with dyi on such a small scale as a lid, but if i move to a new, bigger place next year, i will do aquarium stands myself - nothing wrong with that.
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>>3955498
>I-Is t-that A FUCKING GLASS TOP??? AHHHHHH THE AESTHETICS ARE RUINED!!! HOW IS THE WATER GOING TO EVAPORATE AND THE FISH JUMP OUT NOW??? THIS UTILITARANISM IS MAKE ME INSANE AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
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>>3955620
>>3951534

>>3948899
currently cycling my tank so this is what I have.
Won't be putting on a half assed cut plexiglass top.
and my other tank
>>3953712
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>>3955702
its not the aesthetics, its the way the dude just cut it. Looks like he spent time and money adding all the other things then just slaps a piece of plexi on the tank.
By the way, you gotta chill dude. not everyone on here goes off like a top.
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>>3955731
shut the fuck up faggot I'll react to things however I want and you cant do anything about it
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>>3955741
I can call your mom and she will send you to bed without your warm milk.
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>Foo's Oscar eating cucumber and zucchini until she can barely swim
Reminds me of when I was keeping Warmouth sunfish.
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My betta fish has been fucked up for a few months. He is bloated, has a hard time swimming and accurately grabbing food. Right now I've got him in this cup (with some holes to allow the water to flow in a bit and stay warm) because it holds him closer to the surface and makes it easier for him to breath and feed. I tried the pea thing a while back, no change. I'm giving him some Betta Revive medicine that the fish store recommended. He's just so swolen. Maybe he ate some trash or something? If I stick a syringe in the swolen area and try to suck out whatever is filling him up so, would that work? That might be a retarded idea, but I'm kinda out of ideas.
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>>3955841
doesn't look good desu
how is your water? can you do a proper test with ph, hardness, etc?
what have you been feeding him all this time?
i really hope little guy makes it - try posting here, although you will need to register:
https://www.fishlore.com/aquariumfishforum/threads/aquatic-emergency-template.376562/
Imo posting on fishlore is your best option
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>>3955841
>If I stick a syringe in the swolen area and try to suck out whatever is filling him up
wat
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>>3955858
who knows, could be the cure for aids
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wow, the dwarf hairgrass is sending out come crazy runners in the Stratum and no co2
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Has anyone heard of corals "trading" color.

>had an orange scolly, recovered from the brink almost dying.

>orange color fades lightly, but coral still grows

>add green cabbage leather, the two corals are pretty close

>scolly looks better and better, more tendrils on the inner rings, but the orange fades to a light brown

>here it switches, and it has slowly became more green, matching the shade of the cabbage leather

Anyone else witness or experience this?
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what the everbloody fuck? I bought 4 danios and 2 african dwarf frogs, and about 2 weeks ago a danio goes missing. I figured it died and the corpse went where I couldn't see it, because I searched everywhere and took apart the filter and everything. I thought I went insane, so I got my wife to count the fish in the tank. She counted three.

For two weeks, I fed my three fish. My wife admired my three cute danios.

This morning there are four cute danios in the tank. Four. Where the FUCK did the fourth one go for TWO WEEKS? Is there a PORTAL in my fish tank? Is this fish on TOUR?

This is the reverse of Missing 411, only with fish.
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>>3956027
Yes, my purple pavona has taken some green after six months of not having any green at all, and it was never dying, the light hadn't changed, etc.

There is a guy out there that claims to specialize in color transfer of coral, but I can't seem to find a link to his website. Color is mostly proteins produced by the coral itself, not the zooxanthellae, so it seems like a very difficult thing to transfer.

It's something I've been wanting to investigate as well.
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>>3955841
Taking out excess air from a swim bladder can work, but:
A) You have no idea if it's a swim bladder issue
B) You need to know what you're doing even if it were
C) That's treating a symptom and not the underlying cause.

Have you tried epsom salt baths as well?
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>>3955841
looks done for to me anon. Likely dropsy, which is how they usually go. You can euthanize him if you want, but just be happy you saved him from living in an unheated unfiltered 2 gallon, and that you gave him a long life. Remember you never know how old the bettas you buy at the store are or what they went through so don't blame yourself too much
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>>3956035
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>>3956035
I took him. I took that danio out of your tank. The danio you see there is not in fact your danio but one just like it. I will be keeping your danio as we have formed a bond.
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>>3956054
I haven't tried Epsom salt baths but I have tried adding aquarium salt. Granted, that wouldn't be as strong a concentration as a pure Epsom salt bath. What ratio of salt to water would you recommend?
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>>3955848
>>3956056
I appreciate yalls input too.
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>>3950513
Why would I care about what other tanks look like? I keep mine so that I can enjoy it, the fact that my fish are common or rare makes no difference.
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>>3950769
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nocturnality
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>>3951029
Dragonfly nymphs, backswimmers, pond beetles, water striders. Basically just don't have fish and have lots of plants, fish are not necessary.
Pic related, one of the many natural inhabitants of my fishless pond. Thanks to them I haven't seen a mosquito larva in three years.
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>>3956289
If you do not care about anything anyone else does or anyone else's opinions, then there is no reason for you to be on /aq/ at all. Literally none.
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>>3956291
>Dragonfly nymphs, backswimmers, pond beetles
absolutely eat tadpoles. Dragonfly nymphs eat a shitlload more tadpoles than the others, but still.
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I have just noticed this boy. Any idea what type of snail it is?
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>>3956396
A classic bladder snail
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>>3956415
soon to be a thousand bladder snails
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>>3956053
If you find or hear anything, mention it. I just find it so puzzling and cool.
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still slowly getting there. Added some more plants and sewing a big chunk of moss to mesh today for the center of the tank.
Just did a water change to get rid of nitrates.
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>>3956334
They do, but unlike fish they can't wipe them out entirely, a dragonfly or backswimmer will eat a handful of tadpoles before it flies away, but Gambusia will eat them all. When it comes to tadpoles you have to consider how threatening a certain predator is to their whole population rather than the single individuals.
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>>3956618
A dragonfly nymph will eat a tadpole per day for a year or longer before it metamorphises and leaves. For that matter, a Green Darner nymph can eat a trout fingerling per day for a year, or a mosquito fish per day etc. I had a blue darner nymph (1!) get in a Molly tank as a hitchhiker on a plant and in the week it took me to find him, he killed and partially consumed 11 Mollies, some of which were full grow adults. They are the single most murderous thing (per gram) that can infest your tank.
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>>3956641
>A dragonfly nymph will eat a tadpole per day
That's nothing compared to pond fish like cyprinids or Gambusia, who will eat any tadpole they see and are completely incapable of feeling satiety. Newborn nymphs are also very small, it takes a while for them to reach the size where they can capture a tadpole, and many of them never do (like Sympetrum nymphs, who can chip a tadpole's tail at best).
The fact that they predate a very wide variety of animals including each other limits their impact on tadpole populations too. Your tank isn't a good comparison because it's smaller than a pond and fish are the only food source, whereas ponds are full of different invertebrates.



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