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  1. Reeferxbetta

    Best Plants For Newb?

    Let me just clarify… both can go in substrate right? The Anubias is buried currently, but the Java fern is just kinda floating right now. Thanks! Also… what is a rhizome? Lol, I’m clueless about this, where is it located on these plants? This should be uncovered?
  2. Reeferxbetta

    Best Plants For Newb?

    Okay thank you!
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    Best Plants For Newb?

    Yeah, I got some good results on google doing that and I had pretty much narrowed down my options, but I just wanted to double check first I got an Anubias and a Java fern. I just lightly covered the roots with sand, will they do okay like that? I scored a nice looking Anubias from PetSmart…...
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    Best Plants For Newb?

    I’ve had both salt and freshwater aquariums for a while now, and for some reason I’m just now deciding to give freshwater plants a try! I’ve redone all my betta tanks to have a divided 20 long with 3 bettas, a 5 gallon with one betta, and another 20 with one betta. The 5 gallon and a 20 have...
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    What Happened To My Coral ?

    I can't offer much advice with the coral, I could list off what I think may be the issue, but I don't want to give any misinformation and point you in the wrong direction… I'm just not at all familiar with this type of coral, sorry about that but I am interested in how you've been collecting...
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    What Happened To My Coral ?

    Wow, that is one interesting coral, I have a few pieces of LR that look just like this, but dead obviously… that white stuff may be some sort of fungus, although I honestly have no idea as I haven't seen anything like that in person, but I've heard of fungus growing due to dead rotting things or...
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    Intex Pool Pond

    How do you plan to maintain a cycle? You're only going to be running the pump for the pool 6 hours a day? And how is this pump able to support a colony of bacteria? I've never had a pond, so I'm not super familiar with filtration for them, but unless this pump is modified in some way and run 24...
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    Any Ideas On What This Could Be?

    I purchased some inverts about a month ago, three of which were peppermint shrimp, I just recently noticed a bump on the side of one of the peppermint shrimp, and after doing some research, figured out that it could be a parasitic isopode (did I spell that right?). It's also possible that it's...
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    Is Perspex Reef Safe?

    Nice! It looks really good, pretty cool that you made that for free, some of those frag racks are insanely overpriced. I think I may have a few acrylic scraps in my garage, let me know how this works out, I might do something similar
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    Is Perspex Reef Safe?

    https://perspex.com/ Is this the stuff? I don't see any issues with drilling it, mine was drilled in some spots, I don't think heating it to bend it is an issue either, but I'm not 100% sure about that, you do have to assume that products (including frag racks!) made for aquariums have also been...
  11. Reeferxbetta

    Is Perspex Reef Safe?

    I believe Perspex is just a brand/manufacturer of acrylic (might want to double check that), but if that is the case, it should be fine, I'm pretty sure I actually used this for a lid on my first salt tank a while ago, I use all the leftovers for lids on my freshwater tanks, no issues with it...
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    Unknown Fish Deaths

    Sorry for delayed response, bad wifi. Both fungal and parasitic infections usually involve some kind of discoloring or patches/spots on the fish, I wouldn't necessarily say "easy" to spot, as it can be hard to identify what the parasite/fungus is, but you would easily notice the spots with a...
  13. Reeferxbetta

    How To, Cheaply

    For live rock you have the option of live rock (basically the stuff that's wet) some are advertised as "cured" but I wouldn't trust that, cured basically means the rock is no longer producing ammonia from things in the rock dying off, the issue is, you get die off when the rock is transported...
  14. Reeferxbetta

    Aiptaisia?

    I don't know if this is still an issue for you, but have you tried peppermint shrimp? I've dealt with aiptasia since I started (over a year ago) and just recently when I upgraded to a new 100 gallon system, I decided I was done, I tried aiptasia X and noticed that more started popping up...
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    How To, Cheaply

    What do you mean by self containing? When I plug those dimensions into a water volume calculator (assuming this tank is a standard rectangle) it says about 28 gallons, meaning you should be able to get by without a sump and maybe even a skimmer if you're good on upkeep and don't overstock. For a...
  16. Reeferxbetta

    Unknown Fish Deaths

    Okay, I would agree with focusing on making the ideal habitat for the discus, especially because the cories should be more hardy than the discus. I can't really say if there is anything specific pointing to bacteria as I can't observe your fish, but things like fungal and parasitic infections...
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    Unknown Fish Deaths

    Very weird, the same thing happened to me with guppies, which was even more confusing because guppies were supposed to be easy, hardy fish… why'd you raise the temp to 85? And how much time did you take to do that? From what I've heard, cories are supposed to prefer cooler water, so unless...
  18. Reeferxbetta

    Housing A Dwarf Gourami And Betta In A Split Tank?

    Divide the 6.5 or 10? Either way, both would leave the dwarf gourami (and in the 6.5 the betta) with much too small of a tank. The very minimum that I would house a dwarf gourami in is 10 gallons, and anywhere from 5-10 for the betta. I suppose you could buy a 20 and divide that, but I think...
  19. Reeferxbetta

    Goldfish Is Sick

    I'm sorry to hear that but it does sound like you gave him a very good home, most of the time people would put these guys into a 10 gallon and call it good, but it's obvious that you put the time into caring for him, and I'm sure he was very happy during the time you had him.
  20. Reeferxbetta

    Goldfish Is Sick

    When fish are swimming erratically (flashing sort of) it can be a sign of bad water quality, but if all other fish are doing well, you can pretty much rule that out, as they would be showing some sort of symptoms as well (usually). I'm not very familiar with stunted growth either (never really...
  21. Reeferxbetta

    Goldfish Is Sick

    Awesome! He'll probably be thrilled to live in the pond. I figured water wasn't an issue, as other fish would be ill and typically they wouldn't last long in water full of chlorine. Are you able to set up a quarantine tank for him? When you say he needs to tread water to stay in one spot, is he...
  22. Reeferxbetta

    Goldfish Is Sick

    Sorry for your loss swim bladder issues are not exclusively caused by overfeeding/bloating, and considering he came out of a petsmart feeding tank, I'd assume if it was an issue with the swimbladder it was likely some form of internal damage. Are the goldfish located in the 75 gallon tank? This...
  23. Reeferxbetta

    Haitain Anemone In A Lr Storage Bin

    I'm not super familiar with anemones, but I'm assuming if it's setup with LR, powerheads and proper filtration (basically a SW tank, but it's in a bin) I don't see why there would be an issue. What are your other parameters (alk, cal, etc.)?The only problem may be the lighting, I have the same...
  24. Reeferxbetta

    Meet My Nerite

    Right, totally didn't even acknowledge that! Snails are easy enough to remove from the tank, and considering they only have one, it shouldn't be too difficult to find a temporary "home" for it. I've housed snails in large containers or spare tanks with a filter that has cycled media from the...
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    Meet My Nerite

    Never personally dealt with velvet, but I believe copper medications are usually ideal (anyone who's treated the illness, please correct me if I'm wrong), but when using copper medications, you have to be very careful with dosing. Velvet is a parasite, so medications designed to treats parasites...
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    New Update With Pic. What A Difference!❤ Quick! I Just Brought Home A Dying Betta. Any Rescue Ideas?

    Good to hear! Eating is always good. I'm not sure about the fins, the only thing that comes to mind when I envision fins that are clumped/stuck together is fin rot, do his fins looks discolored on the edges at all? For sanitizing you can buy special "fish safe" sanitizers, but I personally...
  27. Reeferxbetta

    Nyfishguy's 10 Gallon And Early Mts

    Talk about a rough start… tank looks great though! I have 6 tanks as well, can't ever have too many! Ich is such a pain, I've had it twice, first time it completely wiped out my tank, and the second time was with a new betta who was luckily living alone, and the heat treatment took care of it...
  28. Reeferxbetta

    New Update With Pic. What A Difference!❤ Quick! I Just Brought Home A Dying Betta. Any Rescue Ideas?

    The swollen lips are weird… I suppose if it is a deformity and he's made it for this long (assuming it's a deformity he was born with) I see no reason why it would become a problem now. Have you tried any feeding yet? He likely won't be too interested in food, but if he is that's definitely a...
  29. Reeferxbetta

    New Update With Pic. What A Difference!❤ Quick! I Just Brought Home A Dying Betta. Any Rescue Ideas?

    Let me just make sure I have this right, you divided a tank that currently has a betta and placed the sick one in there? If so, I'd immediately remove the sick betta and place him in a different tank (can be anything, spare tank, container, whatever you have that's around a gallon or two as a...
  30. Reeferxbetta

    Hermit Crab Daily Diet?

    Gotcha! Their preference is fresh, and dehydrating all this food was somewhat time consuming, so fresh is my preference as well! I tested the food out last night though, and they loved it, all of it was gone! Thanks for the food pyramid btw, it's a good reference when you're trying to make a dry...
  31. Reeferxbetta

    Hermit Crab Daily Diet?

    I can throw it in the freezer… interesting, I've never had issues with dehydrated strawberries or carrots getting moldy, but not worth risking it. Almonds go bad at room temp?! I've always kept them in the pantry (the ones for myself and the hermit crabs), but I was reading up on that and...
  32. Reeferxbetta

    Hermit Crab Daily Diet?

    Sorry… I'm a little confused here, so bear with me, maybe I didn't clearly state what I meant. I'm mainly just looking to see if this dry food assortment I made will be a sufficient diet while I'm on vacation or on occasional busy days, I just need to find something, as a food I used to use for...
  33. Reeferxbetta

    Hermit Crab Daily Diet?

    I've given them fish flakes before and they aren't huge fans of that, but I may try some of the frozen mysis that I use for my clownfish, and I plan to pick up more frozen foods for my saltwater aquarium, so I can let them try some different stuff when I do that, I also use a pretty high quality...
  34. Reeferxbetta

    Hermit Crab Daily Diet?

    Yup land hermits! I've had them on a food with supplementing since I've had them (about 6/7 years now) but unfortunately the food changed ingredients, so I will no longer be using it…bummer because it was awesome and they loved it I've been experimenting with my own "recipe" for a flake/dry...
  35. Reeferxbetta

    Hermit Crab Daily Diet?

    I've been working on making my own dry, staple food for my hermits, I plan to supplement with some fresh stuff, but I like to have an easy, balanced diet available as well. How does this sound: Strawberries, banana, carrot, coconut, oats, unsalted almond, seaweed (the nori type used for sushi...
  36. Reeferxbetta

    Beginning A Planted Tank

    Thanks! I really like the look of anubias, so I'll definitely have to get some. What about water wisteria and java moss? Should those be fairly low maintenance, easy plants. I don't want to cram the tank with plants, but I'm thinking of trying 2-3 different kinds, so I have a little variety.
  37. Reeferxbetta

    Beginning A Planted Tank

    Now that my divided betta tank is in need of some work, I figured I might as well do a full makeover on it, so I've decided to go with a live planted tank. The tank is 10 gallons with a couple sponge filters and a sand substrate, I would love to hear recommendations for easy plants that won't...
  38. Reeferxbetta

    Fragging Zoas?

    Thanks for the response, I will probably never frag them in the future, as it just makes me too nervous, this happened on mistake as I was cleaning some algae off the coral… weird that one just popped off like that, I've never had that happen while cleaning before.
  39. Reeferxbetta

    Fragging Zoas?

    I was cleaning off a small coral I have today (was covered in algae) and I somehow managed to pop one of the polyps off of the small piece of live rock that they are on, the coral and part of it that popped off is sitting in a small container with water waiting to be moved back to the tank, and...
  40. Reeferxbetta

    The 0.5 Gallon Memory Lane Pico

    I've thought about doing something similar. Excited to see this come together!
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    Jamie's Im20 Build!

    I'm not super familiar with using pure ammonia to cycle a salt tank, my live rock cycled my tank, but if I were to start with all dry, I would use pure ammonia. I believe there are charts with instructions online that tell you how many drops to add to the tank, I've seen quite a few, although I...
  42. Reeferxbetta

    Jamie's Im20 Build!

    I keep getting no notifications on your thread! But it sounds like the tank has been coming along slowly, which is good, best not to rush anything. I wouldn't use any bacteria starters (this is purely my personal opinion) I just question their effectiveness, I actually got a free bacteria...
  43. Reeferxbetta

    Urgent - Betta Fish Shredding Fins?

    I wouldn't add salt unless it's an issue like recurring fin rot or fin rot that just won't go away, I didn't reread the entire thread, but I believe the betta just had ripped fins, which doesn't require any medicating, just clean water to prevent infections. Either way, I've gotten bettas from...
  44. Reeferxbetta

    F10 For Reptiles?

    I have both a Russian tortoise and ball python, but I'm mainly inquiring about what people like to use on glass/plastic tanks (tortoise has a homemade wooden tortoise table type tank). I've always used vinegar and dye/scent free plant based soaps (rinsed really well) for all my cleaning, I've...
  45. Reeferxbetta

    Jamie's Im20 Build!

    So exciting! Good to see that things are being delivered and you're on your way to starting the cycle. Has your RODI unit been delivered yet?
  46. Reeferxbetta

    Jamie's Im20 Build!

    15 pounds of dry and around 5 pounds of live sounds good to me for seeding the dry. I wouldn't buy the Red Sea kit, like @Culprit said, its sort of a waste of money, especially if you plan to add some live rock, you won't need the coralline algae starter. Check hardware stores for pure ammonia...
  47. Reeferxbetta

    Jamie's Im20 Build!

    Either one really, both would be good too. I don't really use bacteria starters for anything, I have one laying around called start smart I think, but I don't know much about it. I actually have all live rock (aside from a little dry rock I recently added) so that's how I cycled my tank, but if...
  48. Reeferxbetta

    Jamie's Im20 Build!

    I'd have to agree with @stella1979, that list and order sounds good. A sump and skimmer are great additions, but as long as you're on top of water quality, you definitely don't need it with a nano tank. Even when I was talking about my sump plans with people at a lfs, they were pretty much like...
  49. Reeferxbetta

    15l Pico Reef Build

    Wow! I love the pico reefs, such a beautiful tank! Some of my hermits have changed shells recently too, its fun to see them change back and forth!
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    Jamie's Im20 Build!

    Sorry, I haven't been getting any notifications on this thread! That's exciting!! Lots going on this weekend. The one thing I would like to add about lfs water is the quality of it, I'm sure reliable stores will give you quality water that's mixed properly, but the one time I got lfs water I was...




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