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  1. upinak

    Are These A Type Of Barnacle?

    I’ll try anything once. May just try the log in water. Thanks!
  2. upinak

    Are These A Type Of Barnacle?

    Okay, but what do you feed baby nerite snails?
  3. upinak

    Are These A Type Of Barnacle?

    Seriously?!?? I have two in this aquarium. How weird...
  4. upinak

    Are These A Type Of Barnacle?

    please help me identify these? Are there such a thing as freshwater barnacles? They are on my log, and now on the glass. This is my strimp tank, so not to sure where they came from. Hard as a rock, will come off with force... but doesn’t move and seems to be spreading? I can’t find anything...
  5. upinak

    Siphon Shrimp Tank

    Get a couple snails. They help with the algea and biofilm, and help with the cycling. They don’t hurt the shrimp. I also had issues with the soil, so when I cleaned it, I kept all the water in another bucket and waited for it to settle. Get a turkey baster, suck up the shrimp and return them...
  6. upinak

    Molly Pigmy?

    Well we didn’t exactly feed them when born because we didn’t know they were alive. We literally were cleaning and noticed a small movement in the water. It’s now been over 6 months, so I don’t think they will be getting much bigger. The dad (we believe) is four times their size.
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    Molly Pigmy?

    How long do Molly’s take yo reach full size?
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    Molly Pigmy?

    back story: I had a 10 gallon hospital with Mollies in it, when they got better after the treatment, we took them out. Cleaning out the hospital a couple weeks later, we realized they had babies. Now it’s been 6 months. They (only two survivors) are only a little larger than my endler...
  9. upinak

    Shrimp Babies!

    No, a variety. A blue, two orange and a red.
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    Shrimp Babies!

    This is the one I believe is going to be molting and carrying eggs soon. Thanks! We have had a weird die off lately. I lost four of them, but not sure if it was possibly due to old age. I knew we had some eggs that had been dropped but assume it was only the blue female when we first got...
  11. upinak

    Shrimp Babies!

    Oh there are a few that are completely opaque. The ones on the filter look red and orange. The ones on the rocks are either blue or opaque, they haven’t changed colors. I believe they are maybe 3 weeks. I noticed itty bitty a couple weeks ago. I wasn’t expecting as many as there are. The...
  12. upinak

    Shrimp Babies!

    Pretty excited! Not sure if the opaque ones will be blues or crystals. All the shrimps are getting ready to molt. Looks like another shrimp has the saddles, so more babies soon.
  13. upinak

    Koi Betta Breeding Journal

    I love this thread. While we may not agree on everything, I do enjoy the babies and watching this as they have grown. Good job!
  14. upinak

    Bio-load Calculations-

    Yeah you are right. The stocking rules apply to what people opinions are. FYI, I seem to be doing well even a little overstocked. You may not. To each their own.
  15. upinak

    Nitrite Issue When Cycling With Ada Amazonia Ii And Power Sand Special

    I use it. Some tanks take much longer to cycle it... I have no clue why. But have you started planting anything? If not, start planting. What I noticed is if you starting planting (planting anything) the ammonia starts to dissipate faster. The more plants, the faster it dissipates. Also...
  16. upinak

    Bio-load Calculations-

    Umm I have. And what is shown isn’t always what goes. There is also planted aquariums, people who clean more than others, or have an abundance of smaller vs larger fish.
  17. upinak

    Bio-load Calculations-

    I still use this method. No one can really tell me a true die hard method either. I went off what my great grandmother said, and I haven’t had issues. Just clean the tank more is how I do it. Make sure you have 1/4th the cleaning type fish. I would get a couple nitrites, smaller ones...
  18. upinak

    Stowaway......?

    If they get out of control, get an assassin snail or a pea puffer. Enjoy them for now, you may hate them later.
  19. upinak

    What Do You Do For A Living?

    It's complicated. I get paid to get yelled out for others issues, when they want more of something, when they want less of something, and just get yelled at basically because i won't help them. What am I? I am your friendly payroll person. They one you take a dump on when you have...
  20. upinak

    Help Accidentally Fed Betta Pea Wrong!

    You are good, he is good. You'll figure it out. He is okay... just a betta who likes food.
  21. upinak

    Buying A Betta

    You can get them at petco usually. They are fun to watch grow up.
  22. upinak

    When You Are Going To Move Into A New Place...

    Wasn’t sure where to plop this, so here it is and here I go to ask the questions many of us want to know in this situation: How the heck do I move with my fish?!??!! So… the dilemma. · I have 5 tanks in operation at the moment. · A plethora of fish. Now, here are some good...
  23. upinak

    Help Cloudy At Every Water Change

    Feel my dilemma!
  24. upinak

    Help Cloudy At Every Water Change

    I get you. I'm researching how to move 5 aquariums and we have NO clue about the water out there. This is going to be interesting.
  25. upinak

    Help Cloudy At Every Water Change

    Could be. As long as it isn't hurting anything, effecting the fish or plants, you should be good.
  26. upinak

    Help Cloudy At Every Water Change

    My water lines are aerated beyond belief. I always have the white "glow" after a water change which usually clears up in 24 hours, and I notice it becomes air bubbles on the live plants. When the filters were clogged and I have cleaned those, so it is helping with the fogginess. Maybe it is...
  27. upinak

    Buying A Betta

    While he says this, I don't recommend it. I had a divided tank with two males. One got lose and killed the other. The one that survived is still recovering as he has no tail, and probably won't for six months. Both bettas weren't cheap either, and I have had bettas for a while. Someone...
  28. upinak

    Cleaning Heavily Planted Tank

    You don't vacuum heavy or go deep. Use something similar to this and smaller if you can. The ball helps A LOT! I have a heavy planted tank and this is a life saver. You just got to get use to it...
  29. upinak

    Please Help Sex My Cherry Shrimp

    Nice crystal! I don't think they are old... maybe about to molt? I'd grab a few males and females. Nothing wrong with adding more to the mix.
  30. upinak

    Acclimating A Snail

    Get two if you have enough biofilm. I like to watch them grow, so find smaller ones. Good luck!
  31. upinak

    Acclimating A Snail

    If your betta can move it, all you can do is check to see what happens? They might be able to move it out of the way trying to get into a crack. Keep an eye on it for a few days. Let them wander over it. Are you snails really large?
  32. upinak

    Buying A Betta

    Everyone needs to learn. Not all females are aggressive. Buying them young as fry can help as they are better use to being around others. Just because you read about it on here, doesn't mean others don't have success. I am not saying all of my fish are great, but learning on my own what the...
  33. upinak

    Question What Is This Small White Thing On My Betta?

    LOL! I never thought of that. He might be constipated. Oh well... I have never seen mine have that issue, so live and learn
  34. upinak

    Acclimating A Snail

    @88 AWWWWWW Love my snails. I have the shrimp (15 and some berried), the same two you snails you have, and two rabbits. I am hoping the rabbits breed soon.
  35. upinak

    Buying A Betta

    I guess it depends on how many. I have 5 now. All are doing great and a few enjoy playing with the tetras. I am also very observant of my girls. One has a serious bladder issue, which I may have to cull and I am not happy about it, but the rest are doing very well. Very planted tank. Happy...
  36. upinak

    Buying A Betta

    Go with female bettas. They have short tails and you can have more than one at a time in an aquarium. Males... not so much.
  37. upinak

    A Lot Of Plants Died Withint 24 Hrs?

    What is the temp of your aquarium? Sometimes that could be the problem if your heater is going out.
  38. upinak

    Please Help Sex My Cherry Shrimp

    The one on the filter is berried. It looks as though you have all females and some littles on the way
  39. upinak

    Algae? Any Ideas On Best Solution For Removing?

    Ramshorn doesn't always work. Using carbon and snails is the way to go.
  40. upinak

    Acclimating A Snail

    Nope! But if you want too, do the norm for introducing a new fish... little water to the bag for 15 minutes and BAM. I have never had a snail die yet. BUT, I would change the water before adding. 25% at least. the higher the water harness, the better a snail will survive.
  41. upinak

    Anyone Ever Had Any Luck With This Stuff?

    I'd be careful and use a small tank as an experiment and see what happens. Then let us know the results. I would be interested as this would make my life easier with all our planted aquariums.
  42. upinak

    Whats Wrong With My Mystery Snail?

    Throw an algae tab in, and see how he likes it. Whats the temp of the aquarium? Have you changed water recently? The harder the water, the more the snails like it. I have quite a few snails, and while some are like little runners all over the place, a few just like to be lazy. Try turning...
  43. upinak

    Question What Is This Small White Thing On My Betta?

    It looks like a snail. Can you get some clearer pics?
  44. upinak

    Algae? Any Ideas On Best Solution For Removing?

    Carbon. Every day. EVERY DAY! Add it in the morning only. It helped with our algea. I also got a UV for the little spores and such to kill everything. And this also helps... cleaning out (like completely cleaning out) the filter and assembly. It made a world of difference.
  45. upinak

    Help New Rams In Quarantine - Still Hiding, I Am I Doing Something Wrong?

    Try just turning off the lights for a while. It is kinda bright in there. I have noticed adding fish at the end of the day right before the lights go out helps tremendously!
  46. upinak

    Question New Rescue Betta, Am I Missing Anything?

    Feeding him something decent will help. Not sure if he has fin rot, but until you get him in something a little larger, he may not be as active. All you can do is replace and wait and see.
  47. upinak

    Dwarf Puffers And Snails...

    My puffer crushes tiny snails and sucks (or plucks) the larger snails out of their larger shells. Not all my shells are intact. I guess it depends on the puffer. My girl is a little hog.
  48. upinak

    New Dwarf Puffer

    My puffer only eats every other day. I breed the snails for her. 4 snails (if I have that many) every other day or third day... and she is fine. If she has more, she over eats and its not pretty. Also, make sure they are small enough. Too big and most puffers won't bother.
  49. upinak

    A Little Whoops!

    I agree. Just trying to get them bigger to go to friends. They are a little tinny. Shrimp dropped eggs too... so we will see.
  50. upinak

    A Little Whoops!

    So, funny story... My Molly's (one black and four orange, in which two are female) were not having a good time. They had ick again so I had them in our hospital aquarium. Thy got better, but since we are in the middle of possibly moving, I just changed out the water, and let them stay. I...




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