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Old Thread >>4358874

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, 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/
>wwe.aquarium-science.org

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

Saltwater shit:
>brs 5 minute guides
>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AlUv9SRB_g8
>https://reefbuilders.com/reef-tank-setup/
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Unfortunately looks like the quarantine tank is not quite there with a solid cycle, but I think by Monday it'll be fine plus like people said it's only temporary and I have a hard time believing that without a death or something it would jump to even close to these levels with fish waste if I keep up on water changes.

But it went from 2 ppm dosed to 1 ppm and now .25 nitrite over night and it's still pretty early in the day.

I watched a video (taking with a grain of salt) that just says dose prime and stability a little bit every day while quarantining and occasional water change and we're golden. Any truth to that? What kind of amount of water change frequency should I be looking into for this, weekly or bi-weekly or just whenever there's visible waste (very small changes in that case)?
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>>4363255
I took my red root floaters and salvinia out of my main tank and tossed them in. My filter was just fucking them up and I think the surface agitation was too much for them, so they'll at least do better in the quarantine.
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>>4363255
You broke the code, bitch. I need muh webum.

Really nice color on those guys, tho the light and camera definitely help based on previous photos, which is still a compliment, take it, bitch.

Also, I'll never get over every modern tank looking like it was carpet bombed by a fat rabbit.
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>>4363260
PS yea, red root floaters are finicky fucks.
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>>4363263
>>4363264
lol Thanks and sorry

And true, rabbits are shit factories.
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Ey! Where you goin! Eat the fucking new life spectrum. The internet says fish love it and it was expensive so it must be true.

Ight, I guess I'll head out before my pictures enragie the wagie or whatever that guy's issue was.
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>>4363275
PS, don't forget the coming days are a great time to visit relatives to catch up and get massive amounts of free food and love.
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>>4363251
I have absolutely no doubt it was her throwing a fit because she (correctly) assumed she was going to be moved yet again that catalyzed it. But it was absolutely my fault for not changing the water a few days earlier, or even right before.
Her eyes and apathetic demeanor definitely screamed bacterial infection, and maybe a subclinical parasite that escaped treatment going by the other Bolivian rams from PetSmart that lingered that way before passing without any signs of infection.
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>>4363277
Nah, just me and my plants this year personally. Ordered some junk food because the place I intended to get food from is closed
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>>4363291
I just have my brother over. He worked in a kitchen for 6 years. Low key thanksgiving best thanksgiving.
I'll be making the rounds afterwards, though.
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>>4363303
How are fish allowed to be this cute?
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>>4363255
If it were me I'd do biweekly of 30-50% depending on what you're medicating with. You could probably get by just fine with weekly changes at 50%. That's just my two cents though, I value water changes alot
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>>4363250
I've kept these two paradise fish for about a year and a half, but I gave them their own tank about 3 months ago because they were bullying their tank mates.

The tank is a mess scaping wise but I was thinking it would be perfect for some neocaridina while I let the plants grow before doing it properly.

The only thing I'm not sure of is if it would turn into a paradise vs shrimp genocide, has anyone else kept similar fish/inverts together like this? Can it work or is it a no?

Also any suggestions on how to do up the tank or for more fish? Tank is 100l/25g.
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>>4363310
I do bi-weekly on my larger tank, so I can see the value.

Finally caught a better image of this little dude who has grown a lot and came with my carbon rilis, but doesn't look like a carbon rili to me.

Anyone have any idea what they are?
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I have to somewhat retract my statement and apologize to the one anon. The tank raised aldofois don't seem nearly as taken to the wide open high flow areas as the wild caught. They definitely enjoy the foliated periphery.
This could also be because I turned the flow to maximum and it's a fluval 307 on a 40 gallon (bare mininum "overkill" imo).
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>>4363331
>it's a mess
Whatever, muh dick salutes it.

Looks like enough cover to be plausible. Might wanna start with lots.
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>spent 5 years as an aquarist without dosing co2 into my aquarium
first week dosing co2 and already having visible improvements
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>>4363331
Paradise fish can't really be kept with anything else. They're like faster, bigger, more aggressive bettas. If yours have shown they'll bully other fish, you're unlikely to have luck with anything. Throw some ghost shrimp in there if you want but 10:1 it'll end in genocide. Similarly for any other fish you add.
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>>4363367
I'm so paranoid about it I misread that as impairments.
Pardon ugly intake corner.
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>6 cories finally together in frame after weeks
>10 seconds to half focus
>5 seconds to take pictures
Brilliant coding, Jewgle. Find it in your heart to double Rajesh' wage to 4 rupees a day, he's earned it.

>>4363307
That's the secret. They're not allowed, they just don't give a fuck.
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>>4363394
Wait, otos. Sorry, got cories on the brain.
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I forked over $175 for this fatty. Fat fat fat I’m gonna make him fatter and bigger. I can’t wait to pet his round little head.
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>>4363404
Lol this is hilarious without a picture. Thanks for the compliment, he likes it.
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>>4363408
O shit I forgot the picture
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>>4363394
Fucking hate Android camera apps. Mine doesn't even save the pic like a third of the time, and the post-processing makes fish blurry more often than it helps.
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>>4363410
>>4363404
>$175
>for SMASHED AND SLAMMED goldfish

No accounting for taste I guess
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nothing bigger than a neon tetra belongs in an aquarium
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>>4363417
don't you dare insult my incest baby
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>>4363417
Not even a good looking TRIPLE SPERM SACK x SPACE CREATURE.

>>4363419
Get yer dick outta there then.
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>>4363419
we get it, you can take your dick out of the fish tank anon
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>>4363419
Pfft, I'm pretty sure this guy is happy
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>>4363426
>>4363427
>>4363428
FREE WILLY NOW
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>>4363428
Killer whales aren't happy unless killing and maiming everything in sight, to be fair.
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Can you just toss scuds in and have them live in the tank too? Where tf do you get these water bugs?
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>>4363444
I found and squished one trying to rape my shrimp tank in some dwarf baby tears from the communal plant tank at petco.
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>>4363428
Saw this thumbnail as a pasty guy with a mohawk rubbing his ass on the glass. Giving us a good pressed ham.
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>>4363291
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>>4363459
These two are easing into the wind tunnel.

Got some cheap dwarf sag coming to spruce up the front of one or more of the tanks. Gonna trim 55 soon now that plants don't die in seconds in the 29 with the old tube light.

Later homies, early dinner soon and then off to a food coma.
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>>4363444
Yes but fish will annihilate them. Add them at night and enough may survive to reproduce. Or add them first.
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I thought they were fighting, but after looking it up, apparently my kuhlis are getting horny.

>>4363338
Looks like a neo to me.
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>my big female flagfish has some mold growing on her belly
it's over. I'm pretty sure its an infected wound. She's also over 2 years old
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I love these guys like nothing else.
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>>4363599
Do you have a photo? I can likely diagnose. Most things people call "fungus" in aquaria are something else - typically brown algae. Each has different treatment methods though.
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>>4363609
I definitely understand the popularity. I haves ome ordered that would have been here today. It's for the best weather report changed and I have to wait; likely until next year. The tank could stand to further mature with some fish in there again (for more than a day), and I can only gain experience myself.
At 14 over an inch long for less than $70, I can wait.
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So is there like an rss and script for aquabid or something?
Because I give up on it if I'm just gonna go glance at the same 3 names charging three testicles per fish over and over again.
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>>4363953
Actually, just a filter would work even better.
Shit, just filtering out "Dan" Would make the site ten times more usable.
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>>4363953
You'll see Dan's endless postings for $80 livebearers and you'll like it!
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>>4363250
Ok Bolly's patterning disappeared and she is all white like she's dying, which means she's in feeling better. Ugly little fart.
I hope her eye didn't suffer permanent damage. Looks a little different than before.
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>>4363331
Pic related, Chinese Algae Eaters, and of course more paradise fish are all great tankmates.
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Hi anons.
I have a heavily planted 7 gallon tank. At the moment there's just some cardinals and a few corys and a fuckload of shrimp in there. While I'd love to try a hillstream loach, I was also considering a shoal of Kuhli loaches. I know Kuhli's can be really shy, but in your experience if you have a few of them, do you tend to see more of them/they get less shy?
There's enough plants, rocks and over cover that if I added one I'd probably never see it again.
The other option is Octolinus or a shoal of Galaxy Raspbora?
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>>4363970
Your tank is over stocked
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>>4363970
Light is out on the 55 or I'd pay tribute with a pic of one, but otos are kind of slept on, or at least I did.
They are very cute and THE big swinging dicks when it comes to algae cleaning fish (aside from SAE, good luck getting a real one that isn't territorial).
Both species are a lot more fun with at least 6.
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>>4363975
You're actually right in that I've fucked the conversion in trying to be nice to Americans.
70 litres = 18.492 in 'Murican gallons. Don't ask me what I was thinking there.
>>4363976
They do seem really cute. I am just worried I don't have enough natural algae for an Octolinus shoal.
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Apparently Pierce Brosnan has been sneaking in and feeding my rice fish.

>>4363976
>>4363970
Also, I had to talk myself out of emeralds, as I keep reading they basically come out when no one is around and no time else.
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>>4363982
That's what I've heard too. Adorable little fuckers, but incredibly shy, and I am not a fan of tanks where as soon as someone in the room moves, it empties like a flock of birds taking off.
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>>4363983
Forgot pic.
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>>4363976
>he thinks otos are better than Flags at algae consumption
Lol.

>>4363970
You'll never see kuhlis in small numbers. Or galaxy rasboras for that matter, I'd expect the cardinal tetras to outcompete them hard for food and for them to be shy unless you have a dozen or more, they're usually even shyer than the emeralds and more temperature sensitive. Imo get more corys, same or different type. Or if you really want another mid or top column fish, furcata rainbowfish or clown killis are both small, pretty, and easy.
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>>4363988
>actually useful advice.
Thank you anon, I'll get googling.
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>>4363990
Furcata/forktails are super overlooked, even by rainbowfish standards. They're not shy like the blue eyed neon dwarf rainbows, they pretty much don't care about parameters, and generally are hardy, peaceful, and colorful nano fish.
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>>4363995
I was looking at them on aquahuna, but looks like a recent batch was bad, so I'm waiting a while for the pipeline to clear out, in case it goes up further than them.
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>pretty girl at Petco nice, maybe even flirting, I don't try to figure it out anymore
>ugly girl notices and is a cunt swinging my tanks around by the lip and eye rolling when I tell her to be more careful
Fuck, man. I almost laid hands. Can you really afford to do that shit with your face? The fuck did I do to you?

>>4363988
I just forgot about them to being algae eaters to be honest, but I'd still wager otos are better, depending on temp. Except BBA, I think flag fish are better there, but I never get it.
Less chance of them bodying somebody. Comes down to what you wanna look at I guess.
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>>4363995
>after further research, Furcata are small, cute, colourful, play nice with others and are indestructible.
Thank you anon. I will try adding a few and maybe (as I've heard that they can be kept solo) a hillstream, or more corys.
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Two! heaters gave up in the last three days
Water temperature dropped from 24°C to 12-14°C, or even less during the night.
5/5 rosy tetras are dead
About 5-7 of 12 neon tetras didn't make it.
Bristlenose catfish made it, seemingly unbothered.
Red Cherry Shrimp didn't even fade colors.
Anubias is fine, crypts completely melted to a soggy mess.
Sucks!
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>>4364100
This is legit my greatest fear.
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>>4364102
I ran two heaters, one set to 24 and one to 22 degrees, as backup.
Thze odd thing is that only one is completely broken and the other started up again as I turned on the temperature wheel.
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>>4364100
Yikes, that sucks bruh. I'm amazed that many survived 12c waters, that's fucking cold for tropical fish.

Sounds like it's time to give up and go full duckweed/hornwort/medaka ezmode
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>>4364100
Condolences, anon.
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>skimmer
>more like shrimp killer
which asshole came up with this garbage???
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Is EI dosage worth doing? I've heard it is more affordable over time.
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>>4364107
>>4364114
>Yikes, that sucks bruh. I'm amazed that many survived 12c waters, that's fucking cold for tropical fish.
I'm amazed too. The neons, half of them lost almost all color and one is having trouble swimming upright.
2nd heater is not entirely OK, it's taking an eternity to heat up the aquarium. It's at 18 degrees now and most of the neons look much better now.
The worst thing is that all the rosy tetras died. According how they look, they died at least one day ago.
Thanks for the condolences.
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>>4364137
I'm more looking into pps when I run out of my all in one. ei is more for competition tanks running shit loads of co2 and mandatory weekly water changes.
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Khuli loaches must have great vision or something. I swear these motherfuckers know when I even glance with just my eyes at them.
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Any good online sales? I saw petsmart has fluval filters for 40% off but in store only.
I'm trying to get my hands on a group of like 20 cherry shrimp without going broke.
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>>4363268
They aren't too bad with a corral, I had a bit of die of and it seemed to help considerably. Although not the prettiest solution, they've started to thrive in the few weeks since.
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>>4364137
EI is only useful if you're running high output lighting and CO2 injection with decent saturation. you'll also need to do a large water change each week. otherwise you're just wasting dry ferts and run the risk of overdosing micronutrients and stunting your plants.
>>4364169
cherries are really cheap. try tgoe shrimp. they have a buy 10, get 3 free shrimp deal for black friday going on.
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>>4364137
I've calibrated an advanced system that works at the amateur level while conserving resources, myself.
>regular dosing of 0-0-0-0
>see fucky leaf
>put ferts in
Just so.
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>flag girl watching the cheer squad
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Fuck, just got back from the store and now I want gummy candies.
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>>4364242
Thanks for the tip anon, picked up some nice cheap golden yellow backs for a better price than most places have culls.
They should show up much better on my dark substrate than the chocolates I had previously.
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Ok, I think I figured out aquabid. It comes down to spotting the good sellers in the millisecond their listing is there, so you don't have to scan the main page, which is 98% just the ruins of desperate kikery lorded over by King Dan.
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>>4364297
Honestly, maybe he's just trying to use it as free advertising, but at this point I'd ram a hot iron rod up his ass before I'd take a C-6,000,000 cory cat for free.
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Which of these fish should I choose to live with my ember tetras and shrimp in a 10gal? Which are the hardiest/most difficult to kill?
>emerald eye rasbora
>emerald rasbora
>galaxy rasbora
>clown kili
>rainbow threadfin
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snail damage
low kh
repair house?
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What's a good tank (brand or specific unit)? This would be freshwater and around 36" long 16" deep.
I don't need to be spoonfed anything else but I want to avoid getting a bad tank and risking a catastrophe.
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Got this dwarf crayfish today, might have been a bad move but I can't get over the little guy
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>>4364393
Good luck. Maybe you got a nice one that will be an active, peaceful inhabitant of your aquarium, instead of a ruthless murder machine
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>>4364393
He's very cute and very nice color.
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>>4364395
He's with some danios right now, so he's gonna have to get pretty fast to get them. A local pet depot has had the same batch for a couple months now. The rest were missing claws or legs, and this one was in perfect condition, so I can only assume he was the one dismembering his tanks mates. Only got him though, I'd like to get some more and start breeding in the tank but that's asking for alot. I will just be happy if he is the chill dude I'm projecting him to be....
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>>4364399
Danios are pretty fast, but everything sleeps sooner or later. Except the crayfish. They need only blood to sustain them.

In all seriousness, if it was the only one that wasn't injured, it's probably passive and good at avoidance. The ones that win every fight still get injured sometimes.
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>took me two months to realize I could use the inner bend of the light bar legs to make them flush

Well, I genuinely have a learning disability. Or previously decided it would be non negligibly detrimental to heat dissapation and forgot.
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>>4364301
the clown killis will always try to jump out of your tank and the threadfin rainbows need a bigger tank. go with one of the first three.
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>>4364471
Ifs there's anybody in here PetSmart has fluval cannisters, 207 for less than $100, 307 less than $130.
I'd buy one but I personally can't justify a canister for anything under 35ish.
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>>4364552
Whatever, free (you).

Can't wait for the new guys to color up like ray and see where his ceiling is too.
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>>4364471
Damn, I see. Thanks anon.
Are all rasboras equally hardy?
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>>4364612
the ones available in the stores are almost all captive bred on a massive scale and are pretty hardy. though if you get galaxy or emerald rasboras, ask where they got them from and how long they've been in the store. the ones from asian fish farms tend to not take the trip too well and drop dead the first week or two post import. however, they are hardy once settled in.
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How can I make water changes easier? I have a tank that's a nightmare.
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>>4364650
adjust stock and plants to keep nitrates balanced so you never have to do them.
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Can filter feeding shrimp eat living chlorella/or spirulina? Some places say they can eat even bacteria but I have my doubts. Would freshwater clams eat microalgae and bacteria and produce babies that the filtering shrimp can eat or just compete with it for resources?
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>>4364650
What is so hard about taking out some water and putting back treated water?
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>>4364650
How big is your tank? For multiple tank or really anything over 20 gallons, I'd suggest getting a transfer pump like pic rel and using it with a second aquarium or big bin. Doesn't make it easier per say but makes it alot faster. If I'm just changing water, best case scenario I can do a 50% change start to finish on my 75 gallon in less than 15 minutes. I got my process down, so I'm really just limited by water pressure and the pumps h/p. Oh and you don't have let gravity cuck you by sucking off a hose every time. New pumps can run relatively high for what they are, but I got a new one for $7 at one of those bargin liquidation stores, so you don't have to pay full price of you look around.

>fill reserve bin/aquarium with new water
>add heater and dechlor water immediately or let sit a few days, either is fine
>pump water out of main aquarium, either out window or into toilet
>when new water is ready, pump back into main aquarium
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>>4364732
Another plus for these, that I forgot, is you can use any garden hose with them. So you could get 100' hose from Walmart for $25, and they also make shorter 10' and 15' hoses for RVs. Even buying a pump full price and two 100' hoses will cost less than what some places charge for a 100' python gravel vaccum with no motor. I doubt the pump would function efficiently at 200ft but mine works fantastic with a 10' intake hose and 25' output hose.
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>>4364732
>>4364650
I use a $10 electric sump pump to pump into a 5g bucket. Refilling the bucket takes way longer than pumping out or pumping back in.
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>>4364737
Oh it is more like $15-20, my b. Still, not expensive and the in/out flow process takes about 2 minutes for each 5G bucket
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>>4364737
What size is your tank? I would replace that 5gal bucket with a 10-20 gallon bin at least. You can find these brutes on sale a few times a year. They are tough as shit and you can even roll them on furniture dollys if carrying them is out of the question.
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>>4364746
It's a 30g, so I usually do 2 buckets of 5g. I empty and refill from my kitchen sink, don't think I can lift 10-20g of water from the ground and carry it without spilling across the house. I'd get a python if my tank was any bigger, or pump out to the garden or something.
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>>4364765
I use 2 30 gal tub things to do water changes. One holds the new water and the other is drained by a gravel vac and i slowly put in new water with a small container. The big tub with old water is on wheels so its easy to move about when full, usually used for watering the garden with tank water since its filled with nutrients as its a densely populated and planted tank.
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>>4364650
I use the python, but I'm looking at pumps as well. Just waiting for this dumb fucking amazon "sale" that makes you need prime to get everything at a price it regularly goes on sale for to end.
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The hardness on my shrimp tank has been creeping a little too high, I guess from evaporation. It doesn't have many nitrates so I don't need a big water change, but I'm wondering what the best way to get it down would be.
A larger change with re mineralized ro or just siphoning off like a gallon or so and topping up with straight ro.
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>buy shrimp marketed as orange cherry shrimp
>pretty sure they made a mistake after and they're bee shrimp
>gH is high but everything else is fine
how fucked am i? should i get some aquarium safe water softener? they are way too small and solid to be cherry shrimp
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>>4364621
Thanks anon, forgot to reply but after reading your post I went out and bought some CPDs/galaxy rasboras. I specifically chose a store that quarantines them for weeks after import, will see how they do. Only bought 6 though, will probably go back and buy another 6 if these ones live.
>>4364725
No damn clue but I wish there was a creature that looks like a bamboo shrimp but smaller (like how dwarf crayfish exist). They're the coolest looking things on the planet but god they're huge motherfuckers.
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>>4364395
My crayfish has never hurt anything that wasn't already ill or dying. He might get butthurt and start displaying to fish sometimes if they lie on the bottom for too long, but they'll just move along and he won't do anything further.
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>>4364840
good luck with them anon. the males are brilliantly colored and like to spar over the females. I want to keep them again but Id have to find space to setup a dedicated tank for them.
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Hm, is there a black line descended from blue rilis or similar already?

From my "blue velvets" that are a closely related mix of blues, usually sold as blue dreams. Probably really dark purple.
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>>4364871
Apparently so because just the other day I bought a bunch of "blue dreams" from my LFS and when I examined them under good lighting, a bunch of them were actually black or close enough.
>>4364856
Thanks anon.
I do like their color. They faded hard while I was transporting them, probably from stress, but they've already more or less recovered.
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>try to get a picture of eggs
>bitch spazzes so hard she turns into a vacuum

Kek. I give up.
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Should I worry about pH differences between quarantine and main tank?

Also, since you can't net out pea puffers into the air, how do I not introduce QT water to my main tank?
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>>4364896
No idea but I'm curious why can't you net pea puffers?
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>>4364854
Sure thing.
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>>4364899
Kek based crayfish hater
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>>4364898
If they are stressed enough to puff up out of water, they will have air in their stomach and cannot expel it properly and will float upside down on the surface until they die. Or so I hear.
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>>4364902
Damn, that's kinda fucked.
I've caught hundreds of wild puffers while fishing though and I've never seen that happen. They'll puff up when you take them out and unhook them, then float on the surface for about 10 seconds when you throw them back, then suddenly deflate and go sanic mode into the depths. Pretty funny to watch. Have no idea if pea puffers are different though.
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>>4364907
Maybe it's not a sure thing, but that it's not worth the risk to lose them?

Depends on the puffer maybe, who knows, because pea puffers are a little different in some ways than bigger ones from my understanding (their beak for example doesn't continually grow like say an Amazon puffer)
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This little dick keeps eating himself vertical and I don't like skipping feedings with rams. And getting tetras to eat peas is like pulling teeth ime. Fucker.
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>>4364909
Yeah. I've seen people recommend putting him in a cup, then keep removing water from the cup and replacing it with water from the main tank until the cup is 99% tank water. Don't think it's possible to do without getting *any* QT water in your main tank anyhow.
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>have ember tetras
>need to move tank to my new house
>net them all out
>accidentally crush one of the tetras with the net
>it immediately drops dead to the bottom of the tank
>feel like shit, don't want to throw it out just yet so I keep it in the tank
>it starts moving but spazzing out, bending itself weirdly and spinning in circles
>still don't want to throw it out
>within 15 minutes it's completely fine and swimming as normal
>still alive months later
Man, these fuckers are indestructible. Truly the uberfisch.
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>>4364911
Lol, just noticed Chad bulldozing a neon like he wasn't there.
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>>4364911
>>4364921
Virgin khuli watching from below as well
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>>4364917
Really pretty and cheap, too. I plan on trying them very soon.
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>>4364813
Good luck anon. I'm too pussy/cheap to try anything but neos right now, so I'd secretly be excited but anxious as fuck if it happened to me.
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>>4364923
Do it. They're a really underrated nano fish simply because they're in every store and people just walk past them in search of something more spectacular. But they're really beautiful, don't constantly die for no goddamn reason like neons, and go great with every other nano fish.
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>>4364911
Let him die, buy new fish that hopefully won't be retarded? Or slowly replace the school with a better tetra like glowlight or bloodfin.
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>>4364931
How do they do with shrimp? Tetras seem fairly avid predators in general but they're so tiny, I'm curious
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>>4364936
>slowly replace the school
Pretty much the plan. Really regret not just sprang for cardinals. I would have if I'd realized I'd end up with German rams and a higher temp than I planned.
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>>4364943
I keep them with shrimp. I'm pretty sure they've eaten some of the babies but they don't even acknowledge the adults' existence.
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>>4364911
>vertical boy is first to the food
>after feeding notice his head is misshapen
>ahh so it was actually...
>spits out chunk of food the diameter of his head

Jesus fuck dude. Outlook not good.
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What is this shit? Some sort of filter feeding aquatic vine? Looks like some vine that grows hydra but it’s definitely not hydra, and doesn’t bother my shrimp even when they climb right on the little nodules.
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>>4364985
I'd take it out in case it's bladderwort.
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>>4364989
thanks for the name, im not 100% which, but its certainly a species of bladderwort. just a very small one at that.
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Aqualux with the fat remote is a great price on Amazon, but I think there's a reason for that. I got the 30" for $30 and the timer functions didn't work right.
Returned for a fourth seaoura which I will fucking swear by until they die in a week.
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Anybody know why the guy on the top right has a pin head? He came like that. I'm hoping he's just young.
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Uh oh, looking at all these Corydoras is activating my childhood Pokemon autism. I don't have the money for that.
Think I'm gonna look for these next.
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>>4365012
Corys are fucking dope, thats how i ended up with 3 species kek. I want to collect various schools of rare corys :3
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>>4365003
Link?
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>>4365012
>eques
I had the chance to buy them locally for $20 each but I went with concolor instead. For lineage 7 cories, I picked up a group of ten C. melanotaenia yesterday during a black friday sale at a local fish shop.
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5 banded barb vs chili rasbora? Which, and why?
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>>4365061
I like barbs better but only in large groups so if you're doing anything below 20 the chilis win out. I wanted snakeskin barbs in my last tank but ultimately decided on medaka instead, no regrets.
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>>4365065
Ok, thanks for the advice:) I have one very submissive betta girl i want to house them with, had her with some endler females, but they never let her have any food. I’m thinking a 20g, the Bergen seems nice as that like so sweet more towards the bottom?
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>>4365076
Schooling fish might not be the best match for a slow eater betta, especially barbs. In that case chilis could actually work out better since they prefer eating from the top of the water and you can just add some sinking pellets for the betta.
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>>4365079
My girl has some issues with her eyesight, so she can only eat from the surface, she’s very slow, has to really pin her sight, before jumping at it, missing most of the time, she is not able to catch moving food. I thought the 5 banded barbs were more peaceful, and maybe would be feeding more in the water column? I’m not sure she’ll be able to live with other fish due to her difficulties, but she seems a bit stressed and under-stimulated living on her own.
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>>4365084
Maybe just stick with some snails? all barbs can be dickheads if given the chance, usually a sick fish will just end up being a target for fin nipping.
Lots of plant cover she can swim in and explore might be nice as well
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Pea puffer anon, how do you plan on keeping the little guy entretained? I hear they like playin with toys and stuff like that.
I kinda want to keep one in a small 4g tank.
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>>4365086
Hmmm… maybe she could go with some shrimp, she prolly not be able to catch any
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>>4365095
Nothing in particular besides live food and a heavily scaped tank. Shrimp will likely, unfortunately, add more entertainment. Hopefully something to view and not eat. I have heard bigger puffers play with ping pong balls and such or like a laser pointer. Not sure yet, as I don't really have them until Monday!
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>>4365101
Yeah I'm not placing them on a shrimp tank as they will probably genocide them. Yeah I hear they play with balls and shit like that. The only reason keeping me away from getting one is the fact that the little guy would get lonely and bored.
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>>4365103
Ah, yeah, in a 4g for sure. Mine is 29g and I have got to have more than the 35 shrimp I started with, lots of places to explore and intend to get 6-7 of them. Just one is not a great idea, even in a 4g I would get two but see if you can avoid getting males in that case, I'd think.

I'm no expert, however.
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>>4365105
I've heard conflicting reports on keeping multiple puffers per tank. Some say that its great and really brings out the cool social interactions between them, but others say that the males will fight to the death for the females, which is compounded by the fact that they are hard to sex.
I'm not getting more because I would place them right next to my monitor, on my desk, so I dont really have a ton of space. Ideally it would be on one of those cool filterless tanks, but considering their diet, I dont think its realistic.
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>>4365109
Typically, from my understanding, more puffers + more space works to mitigate the aggression because it spreads it out over space and across the shoal. But I could be wrong, we'll see. People say just toss in some scuds if they're displaying aggressive behavior and they'll be distracted.
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>>4364351
Avoid aqueon is what I know
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>>4364351
The cool tanks I see around are usually locally made. Tanks are basically just pieces of glass of a specific thickness glued together and sealed with silicon after all.
The brand stuff from boyu and shit like that are usually 3x the price and dont look as cool. You probably wont get bowfront and other exquisite curved shapes, but thats the only real downside imo.
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>>4365117
not just raw space but cover. they have good eyesight, you put them in a bare bottom tank it will be a bloodbath in most cases. Give them some line of sight breaks and places to hide and those fights to the death turn into tussles with the loser hiding for a few hours.
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>>4364840
There are two species I know
https://youtu.be/Vs0WLxj4aI4
https://youtu.be/ihGIam8nIjQ
This one is cute with markings like a clown shrimp, aside of size and colors it is more or less like the big ones requiring a lot of flow and brackish water for larval development. There seems to be two different names for it, I think the first is wrong, that is probably the name of a slightly smaller species of vampire shrimp. As you can see here this is very different from the shrimps in the video https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/435170-Micratya-poeyi/browse_photos

https://youtu.be/j196cNvsZbs
This one on the other hand is a lake shrimp meaning that it doesn't have much water flow in its natural habitat so it makes its own water flow by gesticulating like an angry Italian. Being from a lake also means that it breeds entirely on freshwater. Personally I want these. I prefer that I can keep breeding my own shrimp

Aside of those it seems like some dwarf shrimp can present filtering behavior occasionally. Seems like the filtering lifestyle evolved from eating detritus and biofilm from the bottom. https://www.reddit.com/r/shrimptank/comments/wngmu6/caridina_cf_weberi_filter_feeding_even_though/
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GSA? This stuff is annoyingly stuck onto anubias leaves in my 40 if I'm guessing right. Tips appreciated either way.

>>4365045
Badass. Love the mean looking shark fin.
Wish I had a good LFS. Mine is a u haul rental / parvo puppy mill dealer.
Hence me trying to change that, even if it's not a traditional storefront. Create an aquarium community. Could be a market for it too, especially post covid for those that stuck with the hobby.
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>>4364999
Just keep a close eye out for it if you have fine leafed plants. I think I remember some anon REEEEEEing because it got super tangling in some moss and shrimplets were getting wrecked.
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So I got a UV sterilizer, the kind that's just the bulb you put into something else like my HOB. My question I have is it bad for the beneficial bacteria? Is it a meme or not worth the energy it expends?
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>>4365251
BB generally won't be in the water column, but if you keep your water quality up you probably don't need one. Can't hurt to have on hand for a fluke bloom.
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>>4365251
I'm assuming fresh, btw.
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>>4365252
If it was inserted into a hang on back filter, would it not affect the BB where it is inserted at?

I keep my water quality up pretty well as far as I can tell, aside from whatever imbalance is causing my green algae that I can't quite figure out. But something is off in there, so I thought it might be worth a try.
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>>4365254
>>4365253
Also yes, freshwater.
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>>4365254
Oh, y'know, I kinda speed read and shoot posts off on 4chan and forgot about that part.
I just don't know. Personally I'm going to be moving away from HOBs. Sponges are just too damn convenient, safe, cheap, and effective. Just gotta hide em.
I'm sticking with cannisters for 40+. I like the free flow and they work good as shit. Just gotta clean em 4 times a year and it sucks.
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>>4365258
>>4365254
Anyways, sorry to ramble.

Anywhere the UV rays hit will be sterilized, anywhere it doesn't won't, simple as that. It's radiation, not radioactive.
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>everybody decided they like the algae discs all of a sudden
Good luck chub noods.
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Sorry I blew up at you random anon.
I'm off cigarettes and was still raw about the loss of the other corys.
I understand now I was being like that lady on the plane with pictures of her grandkids.
Can't help it, I love all my fish (that aren't complete retard assholes).
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Any Lake Tanganyika nerds here? I have a 20 gallon long currently cycling and I want it to have some Tanganyika fish. Is it possible to have Neolamrpologus Similis on one side w/ shells, and then 3-4 Julidochromis Regani on the other side and have both of them breed happily?
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>>4365280
>happen to catch rice fish mating
>he's a bit quick at first
>but gives her seconds
>and thirds
>and fourths

A fish after my own heart.
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Dude is doing well and getting along with danios well. Saw him latch onto one of them because they nipped him but it was over in a second. Was almost worried about him getting eaten. Seems to be enjoying the tank
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What's the absolute most foolproof/easy way to hatch baby brine shrimp? I am a lazy fuck and just want a consistent source of brine shrimp.
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>>4365316
Seconded. I need to dip my toes into raising live food in general.
Grindal worms sound pretty easy.
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>>4365318
>>4365316
Gonna seed every tank with neos and wait a bit going forward as well.
I can tell the corys are having a blast obliterating every micro shrimplet that isn't in the moss lol.
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>>4365316
probably this if you don't have a lot of fish to feed
https://www.brineshrimpdirect.com/hatchery-dish
>>4365318
grindals are okay. the only problem you might run into with a culture is a mite infestation slowly taking over
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>>4365322
I already have the dish and I hate it. Have to empty it out and clean it and mix new water every day.
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>>4365322
Hm, would vinegar eels be more pest proof? Minimizing the gross level is always nice for myself and anyone that might be hanging in the basement long enough to poke around.
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>>4365306
He cute. Sounds like he's a good boy and would never do anything.
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>>4365301
Most people dont go for african lake aquariums because the coolest fish like mbunas usually require a pretty big tank. A shame, because I think they look great and have awesome personalities.
But those julie cichlids, for instance, absolutely would not like living in a 20g tank. They get as big as 15cm, and thats probably going to be like 1/4th of the tank lenght.
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>>4365324
it's either that or using whatever variation of inverted cone with an airline to hatch brine shrimp.
>>4365328
vinegar eels and microworms are pest proof for the most part. but they are tiny and more suitable as fry food or for very small fish. my corydoras do enjoy sifting the sand for them though.
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>>4365200
Sulawesi has so many cool fishes and inverts. Its a massively underrated biome desu.
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>>4365316
why not breed daphnia or moinas?
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>>4365341
They are entering the hobby, some of them seems to be very demanding in water conditions while others are pretty sturdy. They have this cool shrimp who lives in this cool sponge, it would be amazing to have an aquarium with both of them. A big sponge in the middle surrounded by plants and full of shrimp like a shrimp condo.
https://aquapiter.com/sites/default/files/RSBL20060613p.pdf
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Thanks to black friday sales I got a 35 gal and a 50 gal tank, god I'm so excited
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>>4365349
>lives in sponge
>coca cola colors
>spongicola
Bravo. Taxonomy continues to be such a joke lol.
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>>4365349
now those would be a sick meme. I also like those hand waving shrimp.

I'm actually kind of in the market for a meme but i'm thinking saltwater. I have a 10 in my office that I have never been satisfied with and I kind of want to experiment in that world. I'm thinking about a macro-algae freshwater looking scape. Dark substrate and dark background with seriyuu stone and driftwood. Maybe some hardier soft coral as a 'centerpiece' and then a couple of hermit crabs and shrimp, maybe one goby and then convert some of my guppies to saltwater.
I'd have to find a good way to get saltwater beneficial bacteria/microfauna involved without using live rock/sand though, wonder if I could 'season' some rock and sand in a jar, maybe put some wet sand from my local beach in a fine mesh bag and put it in with substrate that i want colonized?
Also heard that some people run reverse UGF in saltwater which would be interesting to try though apparently UGFs in general fell way out of favor on that side, even moreso than freshwater.
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>>4365398
For the ones who don't know spongicola just means that the creature lives in sponges, just like cavernicola means it lives in caves
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cavernicola_(insect)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cavernicola_(suborder)
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>>4365402
what does they have to do with cola though?
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>>4365370
I saw one of these fuckers live in the fish store last month. He was the meanest motherfucker ever. The store guy said he managed to break free of his little enclousure somehow and killed 3 fish.
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>>4365404
Latin
Etymology

colō + -a (agent noun)
Pronunciation

(Classical) IPA(key): /ko.la/, [kɔɫ̪ä]
(Ecclesiastical) IPA(key): /ko.la/, [kolä] (stressed on the antepenult)

Suffix

-colam (genitive -colae); first declension

inhabitor (one who inhabits)

rūpēs + -cola rūpicola
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I have a semi aggressive 55g with Buenos Aires tetras, common medium rainbow species large rasboras and danios. There is also a peaceful small leporinus species as well as a bichir and a very tough 5 inch black ghost knife. There are lastly 6 khulis and a small pleco species. I'm looking into the prospect of getting a dwarf pike cichlid for that tank. Do you guys think that would work in a tank where everything can fend for itself? I always thought pike cichlids didn't match my clown car community tanks but I think I have made myself a good high tempo tank.
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I love this little nigga more than life, raised it from a sling that I found on my tank rack and she’s still here months later hanging out munching flys and crickets. Fish are pretty cool to I guess.
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>>4365432
Honestly seems pretty fully stocked already. But depending on the exact species, you'd probably be fine with dwarf pike cichlids. Be sure to research the species for best group makeup, at least some of them have aggressive females who need a harem of males or a big shoal.
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Got panther crab and for filtering and things i wanted to put shrimps to his tank.
I was thinking about filtering shrimps, but:
1. Water hardness is a bit too high for values I found for this kind of shrimps. Is it critical for them?
2. They are kinda large and heavy, i fear crab will try to eat them. But will he do so and maybe these shrimps are actually quick ?
For ground filtering i found Neocaridina heteropoda -- fits nicely, but anyone had them with crabs? They are quick enough, yet im afraid these shrimps will become nothing but expensive dinner for my crab
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>>4365592
Never had those but even guppies can kill and eat shrimp. https://youtu.be/H8vKU5tyk-Y
So I think the crab will just kill them all.

Filtering shrimp also have no means to defend themselves besides their carapace and sooner or later will be killed when they molt.
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>>4365557
my tanks are usually heavily stocked bc I have multiple filters in each and I like to buy new fish. I was thinking a crenicichla compressiceps or an orinoco dwarf pike. I'm kinda looking for an intelligent fish to be a centerpiece to the aquarium bc its in a home office
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>>4365301
just do the similis in a 20. Julis really need at least a 4 ft tank to establish territory. If you want a rock dweller in a 20 look into Neo. Caudopunctaudus. But you would have to skip out on the similis if you wanted those
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day 24 update
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Anybody tried the gold lasers from aquahuna? I was kind of turned of by reviews saying they aren't very gold at all.

Sold out fast, which got me wondering if they're good after all, or if people just see golds listed at less than an arm and leg and mash buy.
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>>4365639
I have 4 of them in my mixed cory swarm, they're healthy and have ended up pretty golden; both the stripe and their stomachs are a nice bright yellow.
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>>4365653
How metallic? That's what the complaints seem to be, that's they're more yellow orange and pink than gold.
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>>4365659
I know I'm sounding like a picky bitch, but I'm looking for cheap cory (in general) broodstock of the uncommon (not common, not rare) kinds.
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>>4365660
Different anon but just looking at the listing it seems like they used slightly older examples than most of the others on their site. Could just be they need to grow into bright colors, also could be you need some powerful lights to get the most metallic color to show.

Aqua huna always seems to be a mixed bag, I got shrimp a few times and they're always mixed as fuck grading no matter what they say on the listing.
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2 months after dismantling my tank and dumping all substrate in a bucket there are still multiple shrimp thriving in there. These have grown up from much smaller shrimp because i went through this bucket closely at the time.
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Thought Bolli was getting sick again, but she's just being bitchy. Making feints and displays at me and fighting her reflection.
I was gonna go look for a male today, but it's so crappy out. She might just beat/rape his little juvie ass to death right now anyways.

>>4365661
Hm, wish they were sold in groups of 6. Maybe I'll just try 4 and then get another 4-8 fast if they're good.
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>>4365713
They're definitely proficient little hiders. Unkillable once established.
That's what makes my AA cherries dying out before breeding because of lack of heat even more painful. Maybe the last 3-4 can pull it off, but I see them less and less.
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>>4365718
I make it too easy on them too, with the moss and substrate.
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I wish I knew which plant place sent me shit with dragon fly larva because that’s the second little fuck I got out of my tank, near the body of a dead Amano.
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>>4365725
Thanks for reminding me I gotta look up dipping. I'm sure this $1 a plant sag is on the way gonna come loaded with goodies.
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>>4365660
Albino corys are pretty cheap at my lfses
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>>4365718
I'm hoping really hard they're molting and berrying because I did a big (for them, maybe 20%) water change and saw mating immediately.
But maybe I killed them iunno. Then I know I have to start the clock over at least instead of sitting in limbo.
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>>4365727
Yeah, don’t be fucking retarded like myself. I thought people meant just rinsing it off and I did that and did a visual inspection, but obviously I missed stuff.
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>>4365730
Bit too common. Frequently in stock at my PetSmart and shabby lfs. Not like 80 at all times like peppered, but usually there.
I think both get pandas in occasionally, but not enough to ever have them in stock when I checked every fucking shipping day. Literally saw guys leaving with them like they had the hook up.
Wish I'd gotten long fins, but I do have 14 pandas set to ship when the weather warms.
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>>4365737
Likewise for shrimp, always cleared out of any good ones instantly. I was shopping to catch a berried female but it's always dying males and a tank full of (((ghosts))).
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>>4365659
Here's the best pic I could get atm. They definitely have the very metallic sheen of bronze corys and similar when in the right light.
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>>4365725
These motherfuckers make me so stressed out. There’s a shitton of dragonflies where I live and I’m going to keep my shrimp tank outdoors.
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>>4365741
Not bad, he's beautiful, just not what I was hoping.
Definitely seems like less of a scam than orange and black Venezuelans.
And I don't mean aquahuna is scamming, I mean it seems like with some of the species the pictures everywhere is of specimen that makes up the 0.0001 percentile of looks. But every hobbyist picture looks nothing like it.
I kind of expect the big Mac effect, just not that strong.
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>>4365741
>>4365744
And I see what you're saying by lighting. Under my old tube my rice fish were impossible to get a good picture of.
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Can khulis hang out with cories just fine? I imagine they do, but I would need to add in 6 of each for them to school properly, and my tank is not very big.
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>>4365741
Actually, I really like this guy and want to get some based on your pic. My fear is I'll end up the one selling "bad corys" because they don't look like a billion ingot. Maybe I'm projecting my expectations.
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>>4365752
gold bullion*
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>>4365768
The orange is def starting to pop on the front side.
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how retarded am i for considering a pulsing xenia species only tank
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stop rioting you fucking chinese gooks, you're delaying corey's light.
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Where did you guys put my net.
If you took it without asking, all will be forgiven if you put it back where you found it.
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>>4365744
You mean these orange Venezuelans?

Yeah they're nothing like the pics but I still like them. They do fine in high 60s, which was the main reason I picked them, besides the hope of an orange cory.
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>>4365947
i was catching moths, sorry
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>>4365959
really? I have one, the others died in an ammonia spike. Are there any other tropicals that do fine at room tempature?
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>buy driftwood online
>website claims that its been naturally tumbled in river waters and is smooth as hell
>get a termite chewed door stop
Cool.
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>>4365964
Well, did they eat it? The net is yet to return where I TotallyAlwaysPutItBackITheSameSpot.
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>>4365970
More common tropical fish will do fine at 70 than will suffer from it, did you have a particular type of fish in mind?
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>give shrimp some yummy food
>they go up to it and start tossing chunks around the aquarium instead of eating it
>fuck off and forage gravel and plants instead
why do they hate me
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>>4365631
looking good anon. are you injecting CO2?
>>4365750
yeah, they can be kept together with no issues. thats my plan once a setup my 30g breeder. A bunch of cories, some kuhli loaches, and some peaceful catfish like banjos chilling while buried under the sand.
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I am now a scud chud
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>>4365959
Yours actually looks pretty good to me. I see a lot that are a slickb sick diarrhea brown on dark constipated brown.
If I stumble upon some that deserve the name I'll breed them to the moon
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>>4366066
Where'd you get him?
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>>4365987
I've vowed to never buy ornamentals online, unless I have seen such an exact item or the exact item is pictured with a scale reference. None of this 'what you see is a representation similar to what you will be receiving'. If it's run of the mill plants and shit, ok fair enough.

Bought what was supposed to be a bulk set (about 20kg's worth) of wood burl that was to be part of my flatmates showpiece/art project - I had the woodworking tools, he just needed the pieces to fit. What I ended up getting was effectively a stinky canvas bag full of chonky mangrove plants. Couldn't have even made a knife handle from any of it, took me 4 bloody months to get my money back from the cunt, he didn't even want the goods back, that's how shit they were.
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>>4366070
Deal on ebay, buy plants and get a free scud
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>>4366085
Ok, just had to ask because I was curious if you'd actually gone and bought baby tears at Petco to get scuds based on my "advice" and the picture. Would have cracked me up.
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>>4366036
Maybe mine are over hungry, there's always a swarm on anything I put in. I sucked at feeding from my first post, and I still do, though.
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>>4365851
Yeah, I'm pretty excited.

Man, you got an extra jizzy piece of spider wood.
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>>4365872
Got a link?
I'm digging him doing the chink shit beta testing for me and passing the mark ups onto yooooooooou.
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>>4366035
any really, though algae eaters come to mind. Do you think I can transfer flagfish from tropical temp lfs tanks to my native tank in the mid 60s during winter? Also catfish too as we only have bullheads up here and they get too big
also what tf is this 4mb limit soundless webm 4cuck garbage. I cant even upload a vid after putting it through three compressors
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>>4365987
just get driftwood from your local river, work with your fish to get them used to the buggies, and laugh at your customers whining about how all their twinkfish died of aids after buying your broodstock
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I have determined platys have an aggro range of at least 25 feet, today I decided to just stand on the far side of the room i have them in and see if they noticed me, they didn't when i was standing still but if i moved around a little they went into feeding frenzy mode. Crazy how far they can actually see out of the tank.
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>>4366164
I know for a fact you can do it with flagfish without any acclimation. Mine always kind of hid and didn't move much for a day or two but it's hard to tell if that was some kind of temperature shock or just general stress from being moved to a new tank. I discovered the hard way what temps kill them and the answer to that is they start dropping dead in the low 50s upper 40s. Even then I had a tank with 6 of them in my garage for a week and only lost two of them. Two of those guys are still alive over a year later (lost another in a tragic hardscape accident and another one to unknown causes).
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Starting at 12 hours with the Shanghai Smogpiercier Special may have been a mistake. Going a bit green.

Also
>new cory flashes madly seconds before lights out
>AHHHHHH
>little piece of substrate pops out and he goes on his way just as light goes out
Thank God, I needed to sleep tonight.
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>>4366209
16" has the worst spectrum from what I can tell and works well enough though. Enough so I grabbed the 24" which is 40% RGB instead of 30% with a better balance to the cool white.
They can be back ups if anything.
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>>4366164
Which stickleback is that? You have a couple, right?
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>>4366085
That crawfish is fucking adorable by the way. Mogs my little blue roaches.
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Ok, everybody ignored the pellet but the snails, but later both males came out and slammed some copepods and then beelined back to the moss, so I think cheek clappage is underway.
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>>4366052
Yeah I inject co2 using a co2 bottle and an inline diffuser. that being said I think in theory it could be possible for all those plants to survive without co2. and if not then a diy yeast based system costs next to nothing, that is what I have been using for years.
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>forget to change water last week
>realize it's been 3 weeks and check nitrates
>still 40ish, if anything lower than before

I can keep waiting to change, right? I don't see any signs of distress or discomfort from fish, and my substrate buffers me from 7.8 tap to 6.6 pretty quickly so all I think I'm doing is adding some temporary calcium with a change...
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>>4366467
>DIY yeast
I used to mess with it a long time ago. went through different formulas including mixing sugar with gelatin to prolong the yeast reaction. stopped using it because now I mostly grow aroids, ferns, and mosses. nowadays citric acid and baking soda seems to be popular but you have to refresh the reagents every week.
>inline diffuser
how do you get the working pressure to 30psi? I've always had CO2 leaks at the connections when using a soda bottle for my yeast and sugar chamber.
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>aquahuna has both panda and gold stripe corys
Finally. Now I just need similis and I can bring balance to the fish tank.
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>>4366169
>selling broodstock
Kippah revoked.
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>>4366539
Back in stock already? Dang, now I gotta talk myself out of it again.
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>>4366541
They both showed up last night when I was checking if they'd stocked glofish corys yet (though I'm trying to hold out for purple/blue). I love the colors because I'm secretly several 5 year olds in a trench coat, but am not into dropping ~$15 each at petco
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>>4365007
Looks like eques can have it too, and it's used in an aquatic arts listing, so I'm not gonna worry about it.
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>>4366537
hmmm I used to silicon/super glue the points where the hoses go through the bottle caps however that may even be redundant if the hole in the bottle cap is way smaller than the diameter of your hose. when it comes to all other connections which are the same for a co2 bottle and DIY systems I don't have any problems around the diffuser, one way valve etc.

It has been a while since I leaked checked everything but:
- in the past I had problems with leaks in section 1 because of a faulty precision valve which I had to replace
- never had problems around 2/3/4/5
- I had a leak around 6 because I didn't screw the two parts of diffuser together well enough the first time I used it

That being said it is usually easy to spot major leaks as the system behaves irrationally, for example you increase the flow using the precision valve but bubbles are still not appearing in the tank or there is an audible noise that an escaping gas makes.

I also had problems back when I used a diffuser that was in the tank which got completely clogged up and wouldn't emit bubbles even when crazy pressure was applied to it. This would result in other connections leaking but it was just because the pressure was insanely high. It happened after I stupidly cleaned that diffuser with a toothbrush instead of using bleach which just clogs it up.
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>see smallest ricefish get rejected mid mate multiple times
>bullied around food
>spends all his/her time looking for eggs to eat instead
No wonder society fears the spurned incel.

>>4366544
Shine on, you crazy diamond. If I see a natural blue cory im all over it like flies on shit.
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She seems plenty aware and annoyed I'm interrupting her morning, so I guess she's just relaxing on this marble rather than feeling off.
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>>4366231
I think your shrimp are g8 m8, I'd like to get some going myself. I just can't pick a color that I like and am willing to pay for yet. Yall got a racket on the shrimp game. Very happy with this guy though, I love him like you wouldn't believe. He always comes and greets me by the glass, and is always doing something interesting or funny. I start stressing if I haven't seen him for 1hr, and have already been stressing the thought of him molting
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Whats the deal with drop off aquariums? I dont see much point to that. Wouldnt adding rocks to a rectangular tank to mold that shape end up looking cooler and being better for the fish?
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>>4366803
Those antennae gave me a second of heavy anxiety.
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>>4366820
Its one of those dancer shrimp they are awesome. I think this is a tiny 12g aquarium, just look at how big that clownfish looks it it. The camera angle makes it look bigger.
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>>4366822
Huh, well maybe there's part of the answer. Enhances forced perspective. I just assumed it was a flex/for fun if you have lots of money.
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I finally got my puffers in the QT, they're moving around good and even eating brine shrimp/hunting snails.

Though in getting images for you guys, I noticed this. Is this just the light hitting the black of the spots or is this like ich?

I do have maracyn, prazipro, paracleanse and ich attack on hand just in case. I wasn't planning on dosing anything unless I needed to except maybe the deworming.
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>>4366850
If youre talking about inside of the spots then that looks like their normal iridescence that they have. It's in their spots and eyes. If youre talking about something else I don't really see any red flags in your picture
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>>4366861
That makes sense. I thought so, but just wanted to be on the safe side. Good to know, thanks!

Any general stuff I should watch out for?
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>>4366580
I've done all of that with DIY CO2 but Id eventually get leaks. with both silicone airline tubing and CO2 tubing. well, it doesn't matter now since I have a stainless steel dual stage regulator in storage. just need to find the motivation to build a setup that requires its use.
>pic
is that your pressurized CO2 setup?
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I just cut down my luscious Anubias baby I’ve had for 10 years because it was covered in black algae :<

QUESTION: will it grow back? I notice that it grows on one end of the rhizome mostly… I’m wondering if the middle will grow back? Also, if I chop off one end, will it grow from that end as well (does it have two growth points or only one)

If it won’t grow back in the middle, I’m hoping to chop that part off entirely and for it to regenerate itself in that direction, but I dunno if it’ll just kill that side of the rhizome from regenerating

Ty :(
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>>4366916
Unfortunately the older segments won't put out new leaves, it will continue growing from the one end with the newest growth.
Crazy that it hasn't branched off at all, most of mine will start splitting off after 5 or 6 leaves.
You can try cutting off the newest growth side where it looks good and it will put out new roots right away. Then leave the older segment alone for a while and it will probably start putting out new leaves after a while, it can take months sometimes if it has no leaves.
As long as the rhizome is still green it's still alive is the best advice I can give.
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>find snail after autistically trying to see if something was stuck on my new plant
>drop it trying to pull it out
>can't find it
FUCK i hate these things like you wouldn't believe
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>>4366916
If they're anything like Pothos, they tend to have more whoopie in their cushion when broken down at the nodes and don't so much notice the lack of a leaf in that particular section.
First and only cut made on this guy was the red mark, it continued growing from that node, but the two prior nodes also decided they wanted to grow after the trim, though the 2nd node in the substrate has grown just as fast as the main.
Hopefully you can find Anubias-specific info on propagation.
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Mfw they evolve into UV purple neons at night.
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Lol at the big guys at opposite ends trying to ignore each other with all the plants between them trimmed.

>>4366961
I'm sorry anon, your fish are gay.
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>>4366966
>Gay
Good heavens, darling, are you implying they dress in drag once the sun sets?
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>>4366865
yeah I posted the pic of the cabinet once let me find it...
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>>4366970
I'm afraid so. Raving, poppers, the lot.
Just know it's not your fault. It's very common among young fish today. This degenerate keeps propositioning me with sly winks.
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>>4366970
gay fish are no laughing matter buddy, all it takes is one gay livebearer to corrupt an entire tank. I have one swordtail who i'm pretty sure is gay, i have to hook him up to a 9 volt periodically when i see him trying to mate with the male platys. It seems to set him straight for awhile.
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Nigga, why yo head look like a fuckin airbus.
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>>4367000
Better than looking like a super guppy, I suppose.
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>>4366225
Brook stickleback. They have been the best behaved species so far that ive kept (along with 4spines, but I don't have enough exp with them). They coexist acceptably with each other and other fish though they are still territorial and nippy, there is a pumpkinseed fingerling in there that they don't bother much. I also have a 40 native community with 5 or so in there too where they keep territories but don't try to murder anything. I would say they are semi aggressive to aggressive in temperament and will bully weak/timid/slow fish without enough space. However they leave said fish alone in my 40g. Very neat fish I recommend to anybody with the space. Just make sure you ID them correctly as they all look quite similar and some species like Nine Spines are psycho.
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>>4366539
Aqua huna always seems to have a petco level basic selection. Their "oddball" section is embarrassing.
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>>4367032
Probably to simplify the wholesaler to hobbyist thing.
Also, a lot of other sites have cool stuff but they're out of stock just as hard usually. I think the only thing I've seen at AA that was in stock was snowball shrimp.
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>>4366986
Gay guppies would be nice for a shrimp aquarium. All flashy male party and no big female to eat the shrimp.
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>Chad the GBR showing off for his lady and the camera
>Grumpy shoots over and mogs him with a shit eating grin
Kek.
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>>4367061
gayness leads to atheism, it destroys every livebearer society. Once they stop fearing and loving God (you) the entire system is fucked.
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Stoned tip: magic erasure is ace for removing algae on glass without blasting it into the water.
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>>4367061
If you're gay throw your hands up and say hoooooomooooo
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>>4366939
There's only one real solution
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When your getting tangled in your own shit, it's time to stop.

>>4367074
>homosexuality is the cause of hydras
Fire up those rooftops, because I'm Muslim now!
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No wonder this thing was growing like a goddamn from day one, as I was shaking this thing around to try and get the whole thing out, the substrate to the left and right pane of glass was moving as I pulled it out. It felt like 2/3 of the roots snapped off as it came unglued.
Tank is a 40gal, for reference.
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>>4367085
Beeg amazon sword.
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>>4367085
Turn that bitch into a mother plant.
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Best shrimp passing through
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>>4367105
>and I'm prawn to be an American, where at least I know I'm free
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>>4367105
>eats your gobies
>rips food from corals mouth
>takes chunks out of your fingers during tank cleanings
>hides unless there's food in the water
>refuses to die no matter the water quality
>becomes 7-inch behemoth
fuck coral banded shrimp, all my homies hate coral banded shrimp

Now if you would have said golden or purple CBS then we could have agreed on something. But no, the standard ones keep me up at night with have evil they are

>>4367085
>meanwhile my swords refuse to grow over 6 inches tall but send out 100's of runners
god favors those with small tanks
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>>4367122
>eats your gobies
Nah man as long as the gobies dont go to their hood they wont mess with them.
>rips food from corals mouth
Every shrimp and even some fish do that.
>takes chunks out of your fingers during tank cleanings
Bro? Your bobbit worm protection gloves?
>hides unless there's food in the water
Nah they are very outgoing
>refuses to die no matter the water quality
Good?
>becomes 7-inch behemoth
They get to 6 inch tops if you count the antennae. Their body lenght is usually around 2 inches when fully grown.
I am the CBSIDF.
>Now if you would have said golden or purple CBS then we could have agreed on something
But your ameriga colors?
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>>4367105
My mom has one of these in her tank it's creepy as fuck.
She doesn't like it now that it's like 3 inches long and apparently she decided to get a puffer because she didn't care if it died. They were fighting each other for like a week straight and neither died. Now they have agreed to just avoid each other and stay on opposite ends of the tank.
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>>4367144
What a based tank
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>>4367128
claw to claw I've seen 8 inchers. bastards of the shrimp world. I would rather pay 5 more dollars for a species of stenopus that I don't have to worry about it ripping apart anything it can catch.
>>4367144
ive seen these guys eat clownfish. they just snag em while they are sleeping. tell her to fry it up before its too late for all her fish
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>>4367122
>100's of runners
It's a marble queen, but yeah it sent out a half dozen of those - 2 of them were 210cm long before cutting them.
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>>4367169
>I would rather pay 5 more dollars for a species of stenopus that I don't have to worry about it ripping apart anything it can catch.
Arent they all the same species? Other stenopus look weird as fuck.
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>>4367075
I had tons of snails but they all died out suddenly in most of my tanks, probably side effect from meds I think. I miss them
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>>4367194
Same here! My tank used to be covered in pond snails, but they all died off suddenly.

I am guessing it had something to do with the calcium or iodine content of the water. I got nerites and they died too. Maybe they gave my pond snails a disease. it’ll forever be a mystery ~
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>>4367209
I'm going to try activated charcoal in my tanks soon as ive also been having trouble growing getting plants to grow and the aesthetic of my tanks is suffering from it. Does anybody know if meds can screw up plants?
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Someone else make the thread? If not I'll make it in a couple hours.

Also fuck prawns.
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>>4367412
Go for it man, I still need to throw off the covers let alone coffee and it's already a miracle I didn't mess up more when I did a run of them before.
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>>4367072
yeah it's all I use except for harsh diatoms, they get the razor.



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