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>>4463987>>44643216/?Planted them.Miiiiiight have overbought a plant or three, there are some tight squeezes in here. On the other hand none of them floated up.About the moss, should I just leave it to grow on the square mesh, or cut it out and superglue it on the rock?I intend on getting Snow Whites and Green Neons in a couple of weeks to allow the plants to root a bit first. I'll also cut the lid of my Fluval Flex 34L to fit the Chihiros light (I may still keep the shitty standard light just for its blue mode at night), but I don't think I need the strong light immediately while the plants are still adapting. CO2 is still pressurizing and will be up in a bit.
>no title or /aqg/ in the OP
>>4465804Ah crap, I knew I was forgetting something.
>>4465757Bruh, you christianed a thread with no subject.Somehow I sensed impending boofery last night but I wasn't gon make the thread after culling shrimp and snipping plants for four hours.
>>4465817Nobody was making a new thread and the last one was way past the bump limit. Can't delete this thread anymore so it is either use it or make another one and let it die but them people will bump this thread for a reason or another and we will end up divided.
Any banana plant growers in here? I bought one and I'm curious to see how they grow/propagate. My plants haven't grown any new "bananas" but I just saw this new shoot come up. Will the current ones fill out at all? Will this new shoot create a whole new plant with its own bananas?
>>4465857Forgot the pic
>>4465857>>4465860That's just the roots, banana's propagate though their leaves.
is this the real thread?
>>4465884How Can Threads be Real if (you) isn't Real?
Almost 3 months into my planted shrimp tank, what do you guys think :')
>when hooman buys you Beyond Meat pellets
>>4465874I've... been cutting off every lily pad stem down to the base after their pads melted.How badly have I fucked up? Is there any way to incite propagation?
>>4465804OP forgot the discord link aswellanyone got the link?
>>4465994i wish i can afford a koi pond
After watching my threadfin rainbowfish eat, I can say that they are 100% shrimp safe. Their mouths are so tiny that I doubt even young fry would fit in there.
>>4466152i saw them for the first time in my lfs literally 2 days agointeresting looking fellas
>>4466163They are cool. They reflect light in a very interesting way (rainbowfish duh). There was only one avaliable at the store, so I bought him. He's shoaling with the CPDs in my tank right now, I ought to get a few more rainbows to make him more comfy.
>>4465981Could use some hardscape and a trim
>>4466124They're lucky. In with the shrimp shipped the sized of atoms.
only 79 days until I can move into my new apartment and set up a new aquarium
>>4466272What kind of aquarium do you want to set up?
>>4466286shrimps because I never had them and they look coolprobably some small schooling fish as well
>>4466120Koi ponds are a waste anyway, a fishless pond is just as interesting once the dragonflies and frogs arrive. it's also cheaper because it doesn't need a filtration system or a large volume of water.
>>4465742Love these glowie boys like you wouldn't believe.
>>4466304That one is not available for buyinghttps://www.researchgate.net/publication/350603845_Generation_of_Transgenic_Medaka_Oryzias_curvinotus_Nichols_Pope_1927_Carrying_a_Cyan_Fluorescent_Protein_Gene_Driven_by_Alpha_Actin_Promoter
>>4466346I can't buy dwarf anchor or banjo catfish, doesn't mean I don't love them.
>>4466368Why can't you buy them?And for that matter, why do you love them? Banjo catfish are the next closest "pet" to a moss ball.
>>4466298What'd you use for this?It's awesome. So I wanna make one and ignore your advice and chuck ricefish in.
>>4466287Kek, I know there's at least one boomer anon that's gon seethe when he sees this.
>>4466298Fishless ponds are havens for mosquito larvae.
>found random ~penny diameter spider in my fishroom >scooped him into a specimen tub and dumped him into the goldfish tank>he tried to jesus walk away but goldfish instantly found and gobbled his asskeeping fish has made me hate bugs significantly less, i now view them as free live feeders delivering themselves to my home
>>4466406An established pond can have lots of predators for them. Backswimmers, water beetles, water striders, dragon/damselfly nymphs, newts and their larvae. Spiders will also build nets in the plants that reach out of the water and eat tons of mosquitoes. You could also install a pump to get some waterflow on the surface, which they hate.
Am I an asshole for keeping a crawdad in a 10 gallon aquarium with a Betta? They seem to be getting along fine but I am sure one day I will find half a Betta. I am mainly concerned about the crawdad in a 10 gallon.
Is a tank like this a good idea?
>>4466455if those are crayfish you're gonna need a whole lot more hides. you can stack clay tubes for easy hiding spots
>>4466457they are and good idea! should I plant it up or just moss balls? I'm thinking mexican dwarf crayfish
My tank used to be fertile as fuck, there would be a pregnant shrimp at least once a month, the guppies would be breed like crazy which if it got out of control i used to feed my turtle sometimesNow it's kinda stagnating, wonder what happened
>>4466458dwarf crays tend to be more manageable with plants, but there's never a guarantee that they won't start eating them, especially if you want to keep several of them. you could try it with some cheap plants and see how it goes.
>>4466382Not legally allowed in the country, not popular enough for the black market. I'm a sucker for any micro fish, so the dwarf anchors are a given, and the banjo is endearing in it's ugliness. Like a toad.
>>4466473Oh shit that thing looks rad as fuck. Gonna pick one of those up one day just for you, anon. Glad you've showed me it.
>>4466435>bugs and that stuff under my house housingSo like I said, ricefish.
>>4466481hose housing*Shrimp can fill the bug niche.I'll go down to the lake for the regular stuff.
>>4466475Thanks man. Call him Lonnie.
>>4466475Be warned, the other anon isn't wrong. If only seeing peeks of kuhlis annoys you, try a fish you see move maybe once a month.
>>4466486I see my kuhlis all the time though. But yeah that's fine.>>4466484Will do, boss.
>>4466481>>4466482Eh, I'm trolling a bit desu. Just got annoyed that I went to look up biotope autism and 90% of the based on a site I totally visited ones have a 1/1e+33 chance of spawning in a given seed.
>>4466487I do as well, but that doesn't seem to be the norm from what I gather.
>>4466489My secret is that I made most of their hidey holes against the aquarium glass so even when they think they're hiding they're not.
>>4466486Mine does this kek. After a year he's upgraded to moving once a week. Its fun to watch them jet propulse with their gills though when they are trying to get somewhere(they can't really swim)
>>4466238Retarded question but, is trimming plants necessary? And if so, why? I feel like I fuck up the tank every time I do something to it
>>4466544Not trimming your plants isn't going to kill your fish but it will make your tank look like shit. There's loads of videos on YouTube about it. Green aqua has some good ones.
Glad this guys started hanging around the others now. Very cute.
New 20g saltwater up and running, needs more rock still
>>4466564Fucking stupid site
>>4466565Cairn looks nice.What are the UFOs for? Providing funky wavelengths to the polyps on there like little nurseries?Sorry for the ignorance. Don't do salt and don't plan on it, so no point snoring through heavy stuff I'll just forget.
>>4466574The red and green things? Those are frag racks, just hold coral frags, they are that colour cause fluro looks cool rather than just plain black ones
>>4466405why do boomers hate shrimp and schooling fish?
>>4466565>>4466564You can’t hide from me Australian. Now stop playing with your own piss.
>>4466637How did you know I was Australian?
Anons…what the fuck kind of light do I buy for this meme tank? It’s 45g btw and rather tall.
>>4466639upside down posting.
i have a snail invasion in my shrimp tank anonsi was going to set up another tank soon for yellow neos, is there a shrimp friendly fish that eats snails? loach of some kind? thanks ill stop feeding as much, i just want more shrimp
>>4466680assassin snails can eat shrimp but are mostly safe.
>>4466690he... enjoys to suck?
Kuhli loaches and Xichlids? Compatible, will it hurt crack noodle length of his body?
>>4465742>>4466750>>4466749Hi allI posted asking advice in the older thread
>>4466626If you can't use it as a frisbee, its not boomer approved.
>>4466767Or a nerf football.
>>4466735My rams and kuhlis gel for the most part.It was my anabantoid that went ape and left a couple with some gnarly scars. Pretty sure the amelanistic one that couldn't see very well is dead.:(
>>4466735Depends on the cichligger breed, generally the small ones will be fine and the big ones will murder and/or eat kuhlis, but that's pretty standard of big + small fish. Kuhlis are pretty good at avoiding other fish and don't share silhouette or coloration with many actively aggressive fish their size, if that helps?
>>4466752Honestly that's a good stocking level, but shrimp have a very small bioload so feel free to toss in half a dozen. I'd be reluctant to recommend fish however. Could also get an airstone for the hillstreams, they love that stuff.
>>4466565Iv got this double chamber reactor that I was gonna use on my new tank but can't decide what I should put in there? Gfo? Bio pellets? Or should I stick a light on it and make it into a hang on back refugium? And what strength flow should I have going through it? It currently has a 600 lph powerhead attached but I might attach a weaker one
>>4466797Thanks, will add some shrimps soon , Forgot to mention also i got one small sumatra in there , its an old fish from a tank i don't use anymore i just rehoused it here because i didn't know what to do with him, is it gonna eat my shrimp? Its about an inch long and semi aggresive
>>4466816You can take your chances, but you best not get attached to these shrimp. Tiger barbs are notorious bullies, and I don't think your tank has enough cover for the shrimp if the barb decides it's hunting season.
Why are these so popular? It's just a sponge/air block combo?
>>4466854Because they are simple, reliable and cheap
>>4466797Any idea how much to feed them ? The shop guy said the corys need to eat 2-3 times a day, i feed them pellets and they also eat the flakes i feed the other fish
>>4466640Pendant light, like a Kessil. There are Chinesium alternatives if you do not want to spend a lot.
>>4466403>What'd you use for this?It's one of those concrete rings they use to make wells. >So I wanna make one and ignore your advice and chuck ricefish inRicefish are fine for a pond like this but if you put goldfish or koi in it they will turn it into a toilet in a matter of weeks.>>4466406I made mine almost five years ago and mosquitos completely avoid it. It's impossible for them to touch the water when backswimmers constantly monitor the surface and catch anything that touches it. You can see them in the open part here >>4466298
>>4466897I can't fucking figure them out. Thought I had it nailed down, so I made up little tins of 1.7 grams I feed once or twice a day, and now they act like they're starving despite not losing weight (fatter if anything) and not spawning as much. That might be the weather, which has been odd for the area. They can stash food to complicate things further.They may be mostly still growing without me seeing it much and need lots of calories for plates.Yada yada blah blah.
>>4466959Honestly, I kinda feel like they get used to the amount and get spoiled. They always act super grateful for an increase for a couple days, then it's not enough.Probably time for a day fast to reset, but I've heard cories don't do fasting well. But these guys were in a cardboard box for 48+ hours, so who knows.
>>4466959Oh, and there's always shrimplets in there. Shit, the sterbai spend most of there free time hunting them down. Moss removal is always a massacre.
>>4466854No air stone, but you can add one and I do. The two tanks without still do fine. Throw a bottle with k1 micro on top for fluidized bed meme points.I'm in love with them. I would not have 15 tanks if they didn't exist.
>>4466690That yours? Did my shitty OP inspire you?Beautiful. Hope you are aware of their issues.
>>4466690Nvm, mistook based lemon pleco for golden Chinese algae eater.(I get that right?)
>>4466964So would you reccommend against adding shrimps to>>4466752?I really want to add a dozen
>>4466959>>4466964The store said 2-3 times a day , a pinch of vegeterian flakes and some fish-meal mix pellets , i think thats a bit muchHhow many dorys have you got? And do you have anything else in there other then shrimps?
>>4467009Flakes are garbage for anything but grinding into fry food or to mix with medication. Floating pellets or slow sinking are almost always better nutrition and more readily taken by fish.Also get some snails and use their population to tell how much you need to feed - when you see a lot of new snails, cut feeding until population flattens out. Once a day is plenty for anything but fry in a low-plant tank, and similarly adult fish won't be harmed by missing a day or two here and there.
>>4467009You're a mammal and would die in like 3 hours without food if you were their size, fish are not and would not. Fish know this and will abuse it by acting like they're starving when they're really in the pink of health. The flip side however is that overfeeding doesn't harm much as long as they're actually eating instead of letting food rot away at the bottom, and you're fastidious in cleaning up their shit weekly.
>>4467038>he cleans the fish shit
Hi scudchuds, I've been really enjoying having regani dwarf pike chimplids as of late. My lfs is getting them in more and now I have 3 as of today. I like them because they are super peaceful for a chimplid and are pretty. Anyway I just got the healthiest female I could find at the lfs (still quite skinny) so my big male could get a gf and make babies. When I put her in he got all excited and did weird little flarings and head twitchy dances around her, and after a bit I think he realized she wasn't in any state to breed so he went full incel and got territorial, chasing and nipping and such. So I moved her to another tank to get her nice and fat so I can reintroduce her when she's ready to breed.Do any anons have any knowlege on pairing up cichlids?
>>4467004Nah, full grown shrimp will be fine. With hiding spots shrimplets will be fine.
>>4467004>>4467244Not just full grown, btw, juveniles and up are safe. Only the shrimplets, like 3mm max, are at risk, I think.
>>4467022My snails are almost fully demographically replaced by shrimp now. And if they say anything I just call them antishrempites. Feels good, man.
>>4467231The same thing might happen until you bite the bullet and make the male sit his ass on the curb for a while so the female can get comfy in the home tank.
>>4466684That is a very pretty cherry. Better than painted SS grade or whatever, imo.
>>4467260I'll move him if it doesn't work out again after she gets healthy. He seemed very interested in her, and was chasing away the African cichlids while she was in there, so I think it might work once she can fend for herself. It would be awesome to breed them so I hope they work out
>>4467267I hope so too. Decent chance it will.My blue ram male is a big fat alpha (name) Chad and he just got too horny for the female out of the blue (heh).I couldn't stop her getting rape pestered off of food until I put him in another tank for a few days. Let him take the transition stress instead of waiting bored like a trap ready to spring.There's always a chance the female will get stressed from the aggressive advances and "clam up" as well, even getting egg bound.
>>4467281>>4467267But I understand avoiding moving the pretty and badass male you are attached to. That was exactly my situation.
I want a pet California Roach (Hesperoleucus symmetricus).
>>4467285Then I want to cross that with a Hardhead (Mylopharodon conocephalus) to get a small yet hardier Fish.
>>4467281>>4467283>There's always a chance the female will get stressed from the aggressive advances and "clam up" as well, even getting egg bound.I fucking hate that chimplids are like that. Speaking of eggbound, I have an extremely fat krib that I think is a female with eggs. I realized it very late and am worried about that happening. I have been on the lookout for a new shipment of kribs to come into my lfs but still no sign so far. She seems healthy so I think she can wait.>But I understand avoiding moving the pretty and badass male you are attached to. That was exactly my situation.you got me to the dime lol, I like that one and and don''t wanna risk anything with him. I tried moving him once and he and the krib were squaring off instantly so I gave that up. I bet they could coexist in that 75 though anyways>>4467285Go for it, American cyprinids are actual retards and will be sucking your fingers within a day of being caught. I used to hate them but after keeping them I learned to like them a lot. They are tough fish and really diverse. I like dace a lot.
>>4467296Tank or Fish Farm? Tank may be impractical for keeping with Hardheads.
>>4467298Dig a pond. Then you can put whatever you catch in it (except for gamefish so you don't get v& by the wardens). I did an 18 by 8ft, 4 ft deep pond and it worked for me. I miss those fish tho because It's still winter and they are sleeping. Cool thing is you can still see em come out from under the ice sometimes
Put a new filter on my tank and thought everyone was sulking because the flow was higher.Checked in on them today, and noticed one of the heaters popped it's seam and was filled with water.Remember to check those fucking heaters so everything you love doesn't die.
Yeah, probably diet time.
>>4467311jeez I need to get an inkbird so I dont have this happen lol. Is everyone okay?
>>4467308Oh I live in Britain. Luckily for me California Roaches and Hardheads are considered "Trashfish" in California but as I say, one man's rubbish is another man's treasure.
>>4467313Today I had one of my new fatass cories laying on his side in a crevice between the glass and a rock while hyperventilating. I was pissed I was losing another fish so I sighed and went to move him to a place he could die gracefully, but when I moved the rock, he wiggled out and sat down like nothing had happened. Cories are something else man
>>4467321That sounds like an water oxygenation problem.
>>4467315I do have an inkbird, the heater must have died as soon as it was flooded because nothing died.
>>4467317aren't there minnows in bogland you can catch? I live in a very similar part of the east coast. I recommend you go catch some sticklebacks. I know you guys have em too and they are super fun nano fish. Just watch out with their aggression.
>>4467323I think he was actually stuck, he's got some scratches on his sides from struggling to get out. He is a really fat venezuelan cory. I have a powerhead and a hob filter pouring in there so I doubt oxygen is an issue
>>4467296I actually worry about Dot, female here. Chad paired with the other female right before she got killed by my gourami. So I think things are probably a bit weird.>put on the fucking wig :'(She also may be infertile now, as she was always large and use to be more colorful. I think she was juiced.Losing tiny lil Bloop was the worst. Absolute worst.
>>4467328As an Autist with OCD two species have to be discovered by the same man or men and in the same year, the two species were both discovered in 1854 by Baird and Girard thus successfully qualify on my list for hybridisation, we only have Common Minnows so I think I will have to broaden my limited horizons.
Why are these this expensive again? They are baitfish in America.
>>4467340what's your endgame with hybridizing minnows again?
>>4467341I've been meaning to research and possibly expedition for some for this reason. Not really an easy coast thing from what I can tell, not at my bait shops.
>>4467331You're very lucky, I had a Goldfish (Fancy of course) that died getting stuck in a Whale Ornament, must've had a heart attack. Was most distressing. His name was Bowlingball. But your Cory needs to lose weight.
>>4467345Hardy yet Fully Domesticated Minnow for Fish Beginners.
Jungle val is so cool I won't tell anyone I can't remember the full name.
>>4467349I got him like that, he was a turn in>>4467359I like mine too, how can I get it to spread more?>>4467352aren't there already rosy red fatheads?
>>4467366Smaller ornaments then is my only recommendation then. They do love their substrates but the last thing you want is a corpse wedged between a rock and a hard place. >>4467366Hardhead genes will impart the ability to eat harder foodstuffs. Will be small like the California Roach but can easily crush food, basically a new and improved version.
>>4467370my cories are all in a huge 75g with five inch fish. I fixed the rock by moving it a little
>>4467374Centre of tank is best. I hate to tell you what to do but I am an expert in Fish mortality sadly (My third Goldfish as a child outlived all the ones I later got).
>>4467377I bet I've killed more fish than you
>>4467380My ones died in particularly inauspicious ways. From getting stuck inside an ornament to getting poisoned by chemically treated log from disreputable shop now closed who said it was chemical free before my mother bought it.
>>4467386that's why you get logs from outside
Mudcrabs anon here. I figured it might be old tank syndrome so I went ahead and did 15% Water change daily.Good news is Nitrate level has gone down from 40+ PPM to 15+ PPM.Bad news is I lost 20 crabs in the process.
>>4467393Indeed. I learned this the hard way. Forget fancy and colourful, as long as they live long and prosper it suits me.
>>4467400I like all fishy
>>4467417Me too but I am terribly Prussian about the art of Fishkeeping. An efficient worker must have an efficient Fish.
>>4467399Sorry about your crabs mate, but on the bright side it gives you a chance to fine tune the system and to get out there and catch some more.
>water smells like sewage when taken out of tank>not using a filter, only gorillions of plants and a heater Is this normal? The fish look fine (as in they're just moving around leisurely, grazing, and otherwise don't look stressed or diseased)
>>4467442Yeah already planning to go out and fish some more this this weekend, also tweaked my pipelines so I can flush out the wastes in the crab boxes straight into a bucket instead of the filter again.Going to use that wastewater as fertilizers too, after some treatment.
>>4467445If it smells like shit, might be ammonia spike or something. It shouldn’t be smelling bad.
I’ve got my swordtails going for some hot breeding action. 2 male and 2 females ones with white spots and green tails. And 2 male and 2 female ones that are orange and white males and the females are orange and black. Will they interbreed? I hope. They’re in a 30g planted tank and things look pretty promising.
>>4467537>2 males in a 30keep an eye out my friend, there is a significant probability one of them will be losing his sword. I have one pussy ass bitch swordtail who has had his ass kicked out of three tanks over the last year, two of them were him getting his ass beaten by a fucking platy. I have him in with a goldfish and some zebra danios now and his tailfin is slowly growing back, again. I'm honestly impressed he has survived so many repeated ass kickings. I also don't know why the other platys/swordtails hate him so much. I have like a dozen males in those tanks and none of them ever get more than a tiny nip and he has lost basically his entire tail fin 3 times now.
>>4467366I genuinely don't know why it started taking off. Put it near but not in the poopy filter intake corner? That's where it really seemed to take off. Maybe light from the adjacent tank helped.
>>4466752Took a video with my gf's phoneWhat do yall think?
>>4467611I want to add snails and shrimp its so tempting to just dump a dozen of each inside
>>4467611very nice anon :)
>>4467529Water paramaters all look fine. 0 nitrates nitrites, 0 ammonia.
>>4467615Thank you :DDD its my first rig other then a shitty 10 L box i had a two ago
>>4467611Why's the cory in the back spazzing so hard?
>>4467665If there's flow there like a spray bar, disregard.
Took me about 12 months to run out of CO2 in my 5kg bottle with a blatant disregard for scrounging every last bubble, i.e 'cleaning' the diffuser by whacking it to 30psi and letting it drop down to about 8-9psi that it otherwise sits at happily 24/7 for both a 70L and 150L tank.I'd imagine that could easily double to 24 months with a timed solenoid and the occasional cleaning of the diffusers. 25ft of silicone tubing probably hasn't helped.Anyone running DIY CO2 able to chime in on their usage with their chosen reactors?Tank size, planting density, 1 unit of x + 1 unit of y would last me x timeframe. Might switch over to a calcium reactor in the future and wouldn't mind fuggin around with the DIY methods for funsies and backups.
>>4467625Hydrogen sulphide production is possible, especially if your substrate is soil. Our snozz's are able to detect 0.003-0.006ppm quite reliably.Can be stanky while your whole tanks finishes burning through excess nutrients and more desirable bacteria slowly take over.If it just smells like shit, do more frequent gravel siphons if you're not Walstad'ing, slow down on dry feeding otherwise. I recently pulled out a rather large root system in my larger 1.5y/o tank and disturbed a lot of the soil substrate. Heavy sand cap was holding in a lot of stank, boy howdy.
>>4465742how long do ich survive without water. I had super ich that killed off an entire tank of goldfish 17 years ago. also any signs to look out for stress in angelfish and suckerfish (plecos?)
>>4467671Yup, that sounds like it. I only have cherry shrimp in there and they have too much cleanup to deal with. Good to know that it's not something lethal or wrong. Thanks anon!
>>4467669I've been running DIY sugar gelatin + yeast for about a month now. I added a second bottle a couple weeks ago, so now I've got 2 2 litres + bubble counter bottle. All going into a 20 gallon long with a bunch of ambulia, some water sprite and a bit of monte carlo that my kuhlis keep burrowing under and fucking up.1 cup sugar to 1 cup water (250g) in a .25oz/1tbsp gelatin powder mix, then a teaspoon of sugar + a litre of water to .5tsp (2g) yeast poured shaken together and poured in atop the gelatin sugar mixture once its set.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OtpfltN15-8Basically this guy's setup but I have two reactor bottles for ease of changing. I'll let you know how efficient it runs. So far it's given me a ton of plant growth even with cheapo lights. Haven't replaced a bottle yet. I'll let you know how well it works in the longrun but no complaints for now, outputting steady CO2 with no real decrease in output thanks to the gelatin. Haven't run the numbers but probably gonna cost a couple bucks a month to keep going at this rate. Price breakdown is about 7 bucks for 10 pounds of sugar near me, which is 40 cups so 40 bottles, $1 per ounce of yeast (28 grams, so 14 bottles), and $3 per 4-envelope box of gelatin which is by far the most expensive element. Should get a little over a month out of these, we'll see how well that holds. Probably a cheaper source of gelatin out there in bulk somewhere. 19 bucks for a year's worth of CO2 generation sounds pretty good though if it all pans out.
>>4467688Many thanks, anon, I had only stumbled upon citric and yeast in my short hunt.I've got shitloads of yeast nutrients from my brewing endeavors. Are you just using plain old bakers yeast? I only ask because some of the strains out there, such as the Turbo Yeast that's frowned upon because it makes ethanol that tastes like ass, is quite happy to suck up every last gram of sugar despite ethanol contents at up to 15-20%.I've also tested the borders of bakers yeast and found that starving them of nitrogen was not bueno for aromatics (hydrogen disulphide). "Birdwatchers sugar wash" may be of interest to you if you ever want to toy around with extending the lifespan.
My oldest bladder snail, Chonks Calcium-yum, appears to have passed away today.I went to flip him over as it looked like they weren't interested in righting themself 2 hours later, only to find that my fingers were now stinky of dead snail juice.RIP, 02/22 - 03/23.
>>4467707My oldest Ramshorn died a few months ago, I was surprised at how sad I felt.RIP snails.
Stocking question for a beginner here:I have a Fluval Flex 9 gallon. I know the filter compartment at the back is about 1.5 or so gallons, leaving a bit over 7 living area. Most things I've heard is that it's an ok starter tank, and I like the looks of it, but the flow is a bit high for bigger finned fish like Bettas, which means all the guppy types I like are also out. My next idea was a pair, male and female, of Florida flagfish, as I like the idea of an American native fish, that can live in a wide range of conditions, are supposedly easy breeders, omnivores that also eat algae. Damn fish are kinda bland, but I actually like how they look. Would a pair fit ok? The living area is roughly 14"l x 10"w x 13"t. Fish are roughly 2.5" fully grown. If not, what do you guys think would be good stocking options? I like the idea of a species only tank, but don't just want one fish moseying around, while keeping at least somewhat understocked. No snails or shrimp. Snails piss me right off and shrimp just don't compare when I've already got a cray tank. Y'all help me out and I'll try to take pics as I get everything set up.
>>4467740TL;DR - look at DIY solutions to damping the pumps output flow - gluing foam or filter floss to the output id a decent stopgap. 'reducing HOB filter flow' would be a great place to start.Small tanks with a finite filter space to biologically filter are ripe for stuffing more/higher PPI foam into them and would be a good rabbit hole to fall down.Stocking is completely up to you, but the limitation is generally surface area for bacteria and not keeping the inhabitants so cooped up they harass each other.
Mudcrab anon here. Miracle in tragedy has happened. Some small mudcrabs I kept actually molted and now I’m tempted to have some crispy soft shelled crabs for dinner...Actually, I might keep this guy until he keeps molting bigger. He came here when he’s 98 grams and now he’s 177 grams. That’s almost doubled in weight!
>>4467667>>4467665Idk , only flow comes from top left of the big filter on the left , theyre all kinda spastic honestley
>>4467678You can't kill ich via dehydration,the microbial cyst can survive basically forever. If you have ich and you're on a budget (or the price of fish doesn't justify buying expensive meds) here's a pretty basic method. Furazolidone + malachite green, make sure to add salt to the aquarium (normal table salt, around a table spoon for 10 liters) and increase the temperature to around 30 degrees. Try to spread out the salt and temperature increases over 2 days as to not stress out the fish excessively. If you can't or don't want to isolate the fish for treatment skip the furazolidone as it can kill most invertebrates, plants and benefitial bacteria. If you're medicating in the aquarium go for frequent water changes, as decomposing organic matter deactivates malachite green quite quickly. I've recently completely cleansed 3 aquariums from ich with 2$ worth of meds.
>>4467747Mmmmmmm... Mudcrab Meat :DDDD
>>4466969you got it right anon, this photo has a poop so no other anons get confused :^)
>>4467746I'm not too keen on making permanent changes to any equipment. In the filter area, I was going to take out the charcoal for a block of bio filter sponge, along with another coarse sponge block in the first compartment, just as an easily grabbed hunk of prefilter with the rest as a root area for Pothos. So it'd get sucked through roots, then a coarse, then medium, with a finer block in it and a mesh bag of ceramic bio media, into the heating area and out. Thought popping off the fan nozzles and shoving on prefilter sponges for HotB filters over the ball socket hoses. Just filter the everloving fuck out of it. So yeah, you done know, lol. But think the living area is enough room for 2 flagfish to live in? Was thinking of using soil bags, sand cap and lava rock for additional area for good bacteria. The one thing I seem to be good at is keeping water parameters. Stocking choices are always a pain for me, though. I think the bioload isn't really an issue, it's just figuring out how much room something really needs. Every search if for keeping a spawning group, or for when adding them to a community tank. It's like people saying a single, slow, giant finned monstrosity of a male betta, with no other inhabitants, none, needs a 5 gallon cube. No, I would argue 3 to 3.5. I'll over filter like a mofo, instead. To me it makes more sense. It'd be different if I had more than minimum bio load, like tons of fish in a community. You'd definitely want to over filter there, but then you have different niches doing different things needing their own space and that seems to be where all recommendations for tank size comes from. I just don't wanna unknowingly be harmful to anything with out >>4465757.
Freedom is slavery, war is peace, filth is clean.This ugly lil tank smells like nothing. Better. It smells like fresh water. And I'm the guy you go to when your not sure about a piece of fish before dinner.Good for the fry, I hope. There's at least 25 micro medeka in there.>>4467823He cute. Still on the fence on my pleco choice. Gon breed em if I can.
>>4467837You know, I did blast it with glut because of some hair algae creeping in yesterday, so maybe it's not time to braid my pubes and join the flower people just yet.
Somebody definitely discovered the shrimp lol. Big empty head that likely belonged to the fully berried full for better or worse.
>>4467840This stuff keeps trying to sneak up on me in little patches. Anyone know the kind? Showing up in more than one tank so shouldn't be impossible to nail down a fix.
My guy looks particularly fancy today. Just felt like sharing :)
>>4466564I don't recommend suspending your aquarium like that anon
What do you think about the Northern Roach frens? A Natural Intergeneric Hybrid between a California Roach and a Hitch.
>>4467994Hes Australian anon, gravity works different there
I found these cool weird tentacle decorations! I know they’re a bit weird looking, but do you think they fit well?
>>4468018Your water and glass look really dirty,should probably get around to cleaning it soon.
>>4468003>roach>clearly a fish
>>4468036Here in Britain we call a different Cyprinid a Roach. Origin of the name but the Sierra Chub-Roach is also used to denote the California Roach.
>>4468018I question your taste. Also microplastic erosion don't do Fish justice. Also this. >>4468024
>>4468018Sea dragons and octopus/squid are marine animals, so those are probably saltwater decorations. You need something like this for freshwater, because it looks like a freshwater ramshorn snail
Hey /aqg/ got a question for y'all, I've had these stones for a bit now and haven't used them in a while and it might be a dumb question but I'll ask anyway.Would leaving them out for a while get them not only covered in shit not safe for an aquarium but have anything else besides plastic and its stone in the material make up? Don't wanna put shit like rust or the like in my ecosystem but I've let the darker stone soak and rest in a water bucket for a good two week and scrubbed the top part of the stone with my glass cleaning brush and its cleaner than the one I've still left out for a while.Tl;dr left an old strip stone to soak after leaving it out for a long while, is it safe to use?
>>4468003Unless that silver really shines, kinda boring but no worse than fathead minnows.
>>4468111I think the Shellcrusher (Hesperoleucus x Mylopharodon) scales will be better since it will combine the bronze sheen with reddish fin and gill points.
>>4468117I forgot to mention. Reddishness only appears in breeding season.
Update with the regani pikes. Female perked up quickly as expected. Got a lot of bugs in her so now we just wait. I had to play fish musical chairs today because my smaller male pike in my 20g nano tank decided he wanted anything that looks or swims like him out of the tank, so I had to move my microctenopoma and sparkling gourami. I tried to move my badis badis in with the pike because he can be a jerk too, but the pike wasn't having it. So now I have to keep the badis, gourami, and microctenopoma together which makes me a little nervous, but so far it's going good.I also started finding critters outside under logs finally. My fish got a lot of whiteworms, and I just figured out that roly polies make great puffer food.
>>4468145Tropical Reef Tangs are the same. Species of the same sex that look like them but aren't are always on their hit list.
>>4467804thanks, glad I found the answer here because google search has been useless and giving me answers for "how long do humans live without water?"