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    Just... alien plakat bettas?

    Well, seems like I was right. Two weeks later and they're still in the same cups I saw em in last time. The blue one doesn't seem to be doing so great either, he's a little sluggish and his fins are clamped. While the visible signs of stress make me feel pretty sorry for the thing, it makes...
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    Caterpillar Invasion!

    I killed all the ones i found yesterday and don't see any more at the moment, but they had a colorless body and a black head. No spines. Largest wasn't longer than half an inch.
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    Caterpillar Invasion!

    They look like half-inch long caterpillars, they spin silk, and they're eating my azolla! I'm pretty sure they came in as hitchhikers from the stuff I bought from a pond store's outdoor plant troughs. Annoyingly, they seem to *only* go after my azolla, spinning these webs around themselves while...
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    Am I Just Paranoid About Shy Fish

    Some varieties are, but gardneris live up to 3-5 years. Plus they weren't the maximum size yet, so it's unlikely they were elderly.
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    Am I Just Paranoid About Shy Fish

    They might have fed them flake food, but they told me they were vigorously eating anything they tossed in for them the day I bought them. They're the only two fish in this 10 gallon tank. I'd like to hope that they're not getting bullied by the amano shrimp and ramshorn snails. I've tossed in...
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    Am I Just Paranoid About Shy Fish

    They're not really eating much right now. None that I've seen, anyways. It could be possible that they're picking off bits that sink onto the gravel and plants after a while. They haven't responded much even when I used live foods or garlic. I saw the male this evening, and he wasn't very...
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    Are Khuli’s Really Picky About Water Conditions?

    Thank you for this picture, I audibly gasped at the sight of this cute sucker. Kuhlis are so cute...
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    Are Khuli’s Really Picky About Water Conditions?

    The main thing is stability really. All the kuhlis I've lost were either new arrivals or some drastic change was made to the tank. In both cases, it probably just stress exacerbating anything else that might be a problem. The kuhlis I have right now are doing fantastic in a pH of 8 and...
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    Am I Just Paranoid About Shy Fish

    Bought a gardneri killifish pair last Thursday. They'd been at the store for several weeks with no sign of disease. I put them in my densely planted 10 gallon (water quality as of now is fully cycled with 0-5 nitrates) and they've been super shy ever since. They sometimes come out briefly in the...
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    Dwarf Puffer Terrorising Tank

    You should probably separate them. He *might* chill, but it's just as likely that he'll shred everyone before he does. Also how densely planted is the tank? Having a bit of a jungle would probably help keep aggression down once you remove the troublemaker.
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    Lighting And Fertilizer For Anacharis Plant?

    First thing tho, the watt per gallon thing is outdated, especially now that we got LED lights that can give off way more light using far fewer watts. Nowadays, folks use PAR and stuff... tbh it's not that important to know unless you're gonna be growing something more picky than anacharis. Most...
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    Am I Just Paranoid About Shy Fish

    I decided to try out Gardneri killifish! LFS happened to be stocking them for a reasonable price, and I got a good-looking pair. Apparently they had been in the store tank for a couple weeks, active and with voracious appetites. Pretty encouraging huh? I've read that they have a tendency to...
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    Question Potential Snail Tank

    That's awesome! Let us know how this snail project goes.
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    Question Potential Snail Tank

    If you feel like going the extra mile for the snails' health and well being, I'd recommend feeding them snail jello. Ones like mystery snails usually need more that algae and betta scraps to stay healthy, and most snello recipes pack them with veggies and calcium that they need to keep a strong...
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    A Good Selling Price For A Complete Setup?

    Ye, true. I was factoring in how the extras would pile up if you bought them yourself, most stores sell moss balls for like $5-10 each so it adds up a lot when you include other stuff like decor, substrate, and a heater. if each thing listed cost only $5 each, you're still looking at $40+ not...
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    A Good Selling Price For A Complete Setup?

    Yeah, that's what I'm thinking. I'm just wondering if most of the potential buyers around here would understand that, since $60 up front seems like a ton when you're convinced a betta is happiest in an unheated $10 plastic quart of filthy water... it'd probably be smart to explain how having all...
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    A Good Selling Price For A Complete Setup?

    I'm at a college, where a lot of folks tend to get bettas as dorm room pets. I've got a 2.5 gallon Topfin betta cube that I happen to not need anymore and I'm thinking of selling it, along with what's in it right now. Mostly, I want to clear space and offset the cost of an unrelated purchase...
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    Just... alien plakat bettas?

    I'd take em if I wasn't busy with school, had a wad of cash and no idea what to spend on, and 2 separate cycled tanks free of betta-incompatible stock waiting at home. I do prefer plakats and other short finned types over typical bettas... good to know the store wasn't trying to gouge with the...
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    Just... alien plakat bettas?

    Saw these 2 in my LFS advertised as "alien plakats." I was almost thinking of taking 1 home til I saw the price... $80 apiece I guess if you were a breeder and could break even by selling the babies, sure... For all I know this is a standard price for special designer plakats. But I kinda get...
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    Tried For Microworms... Got Microworms... And Something Else

    Yeah, that'll do it. If you don't let those flies reach their winged adult stage, there won't be more eggs, and they'll be wiped out. tbh getting rid of them should be easy, even if they manage to avoid you as larvae they'll eventually have to crawl out of the media and pupate. They're easy to...
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    Mini Cycle?

    They're getting better. It looks like while the cycle got messed up, the filter still had some seeded media so we're not starting from scratch. Ammonia is 0.25, nitrites are between 1 and 0.5, nitrates are 40. Kind of wondering if I should change the water again or if I should just leave it be...
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    Tried For Microworms... Got Microworms... And Something Else

    I wouldn't culture them together since fruit flies multiply rapidly, and I wouldn't culture those flies at all unless I knew for sure that they were a flightless variety. If they can fly, you'll have a swarm of escapees in your house every time you open the culture.
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    Mini Cycle?

    A mystery it shall remain, because the stench has disappeared.
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    Mini Cycle?

    All the snails I can find are crawling around on plants and the glass... no need to sniff a dozen lil snails who are very much alive. Plus, even if there was a dead one, they'd eat the soft tissue within a few hours. I'm thinking the source of the smell might have been some decaying snail food...
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    Mini Cycle?

    Ah. Just realized the nitrites level was a typo. It's just 1-5ppm. High but not off the charts. I'll get more RO soon though. The stench definitely isn't hydrogen sulfide, this isn't a rotten egg stench. There are no large numbers of dead snails that I can see, and all the snails I can see are...
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    Mini Cycle?

    It was a fishless cycle. Tank had no nitrates for a while so I left it alone so the bacteria could feed. Did a 50% change. Should do more but I'm out of RO and tap has a ton of nitrogen in it.
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    Mini Cycle?

    My current stock will be fine, it's just some pond and ramshorn snails. I'll change the wayer anyways though, the stench is starting to get rancid
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    Mini Cycle?

    Well. Actually forget all that. There's a whole 1ppm of ammonia in there too. Looks like i completely crashed the cycle. Whole month wasted, that's just fantastic... anyways should i do a water change anyways because of the stench or should i just not touch this for another stupid month
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    Mini Cycle?

    I guess I did something to mess up my tank's cycle, because it went from 0 nitrites to around 10. Stocking didn't change so I'm guessing it's because I fiddled with the filter. The tank's also getting a funky smell to it, which is kind of worrysome. Haven't tested nitrates yet but they're...
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    Strangest Place You've Found Fish For Sale?

    I visited a local resale shop today just to take a look around for anything neat. I take a look at some vases on a shelf... and there're bettas in em. Apparently the shop's owner has a customer who breeds the things, so she offered to sell them at her shop. They're real nice looking fish, pretty...
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    What Snail Is This

    I've heard goldfish will eat snails. Killing or removing them yourself is an option but there's a very good chance they're already laid eggs somewhere.
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    Is Zero Ammonia,nitrate ,nitrite Bad?

    Usually the only way you're gonna get those kinds of readings is if the tank is full of plants that absorb all the pollution and stocking is relatively low. You shouldn't have to do more to the bottle than shake it vigorously. It's always worked for me like that. All the same, if your readings...
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    Large Self Sustaining Tank Build

    I'd recommend the Walstad method, but I agree with SM1199. I don't think it would work with goldfish at all. For a tank to be self-sustaining, it needs to be *very* heavily. Wild junglelike growth is ideal, with a ton of emergent or floating plants too, and goldfish will make a complete salad of...
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    Want To Buy Red Root Floater

    @sinned4g63 I'd also be interested in some inexpensive red root floaters.
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    Fenbendazole-soaked Pellets For Deworming

    Got any recipes for DIY by any chance? I do have some gelatin I could use.
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    Fenbendazole-soaked Pellets For Deworming

    Since dewormer needs to be ingested to be effective, this is what I'm trying for my guppies. I'm crushing their usual dry food to a fine powder, letting it soak in a fenbenzadole mixture for a few minutes (powdered variety dissolved as much as possible into water) and feed the fish slowly. If...
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    Lighting For Medium/high Light Plants?

    I've spent a lot of money on aquarium lights, and I've realized that none of them were as good as a $2 ecosmart 5000K light bulb and an $8 metal clamp light you can find at a typical hardware store. The light is enough to grow pickier plants like bonsai rotala and s. repens pretty vigorously...
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    Cycling My First Tank

    Test strips have a reputation for inaccuracy. Liquid tests have been easy enough for me to decipher (the colors actually match what's on the charts) but more importantly they tend to be more on the mark than strips.
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    Question Better Off With Or Without Lucky Bamboo In My Aquarium?

    Yeah, if you want to see active growth, growing emergent pothos is definitely the way to go. I don't know about lucky bamboo rotting in emersed growth, but they're definitely not big growers. Probably part of the reason why people like to use them so much as ornamentals... slow growth means ease...
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    I Got Nitrates, Now What? (cycling)

    It looks like we're right on track! It's down to 0 ammonia, 0.25 nitrites, and 20 nitrates. I guess I'll do a water change after the nitrites hit zero. I'm also hoping to get the nitrates down as much as possible, so maybe I'll need more plants.
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    Question Chloramines & Nitrates Paradox

    I'm not extremely knowledgeable about sumps, but would it be possible to have something like a freshwater refugium in there? Water-rooted pothos could easily grow with a bit of light, and they have a reputation as nitrogen sponges. A bunch of pothos could probably remove the nitrates outright...
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    Question Better Off With Or Without Lucky Bamboo In My Aquarium?

    There's basically no cons. In my experience they don't need much in the way of light or fertilizer to stay alive and healthy. Just make sure the leaves aren't submerged. Some folks will claim that they've made it work, but bamboo leaves were meant to grow out of the water and it's much, much...
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    Sick/dying Guppies, Not Sure What Disease

    I'm not really keen on spending more money at this point. I'm almost debating just letting it run its course, if the cure costs dozens... so I may try the dog dewormer option. So far I've had 4 fish die, and another one's definitely on its way out. I'm just not sure how to dose. There's plenty...
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    Anyone Else Have Bad Luck With "easy" Plants/stock

    Op got more to add to my list: A large clump of java moss, despite growing wonderfully for about half a year, is currently turning brown. Pretty sure that means it's in a sour mood and starting to die. And I just found my new assassin snail dead this morning.
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    Anyone Else Have Bad Luck With "easy" Plants/stock

    Shouldn't be pH swings. It's not like my snail bin or any of my tanks have CO2 or anything that would wildly alter it. Plus I can't imagine that weekly (sometimes once every 2 weeks) 10-25% changes would be capable of that.
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    Giving Up On Neos

    Yeah same. Some folks claim they're aquatic cockroaches. Mine keel over dead in perfect conditions if I look at em funny.
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    Anyone Else Have Bad Luck With "easy" Plants/stock

    I remineralize my water to like 6 GH and my tap is liquid rock, so I know it's not from lack of that on my end. I've run into what you're describing with the tiny baby snails a lot, though. I have no idea what's preventing them from growing to larger sizes.
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    Anyone Else Have Bad Luck With "easy" Plants/stock

    I use RODI water in my tanks nowadays so whatever's in the local tap ought to be a nonissue. Honestly it could be overwatering OR underwatering for those desert plants. I got one recently, it didn't get a drop of water for 4 days, and it goes all wrinkly and limp. Some have told me they...
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    Anyone Else Have Bad Luck With "easy" Plants/stock

    I don't get it. Every java fern I've bought has withered to nothing or is just barely getting by, while I've had success with much more demanding plants like bonsai rotala. I've managed to keep an African butterfly fish healthy while my allegedly hardy guppies are dying one after the other every...
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    Sick/dying Guppies, Not Sure What Disease

    Eesh. I was hoping to avoid that, since it nuked all my snails last time I used it, but it's worth a shot... how would I go about dosing a 10g tank?




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