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  1. Momgoose56

    Question Please help me with my fair fish

    A 29-30 gallon, long rather than tall, tank is plenty big enough for a common goldfish. Get a good filter for it, some gravel, a good appropriately sized siphon for water changes and a good quality goldfish food (omega one is a good brand). You'll also need a water test kit that tests pH...
  2. Momgoose56

    Guppy gives birth 2 times

    Female guppys can store sperm packets from multiple males for several months. https://www.google.com/amp/s/m.huffpost.com/us/entry/3437850/amp
  3. Momgoose56

    I found a mantis

    Put a tiny drop of water on a toothpick and hold it to his mouth. Same with the mealworm. They get most of their moisture from the bugs they eat but I've seen them sipping from a dew or raindrop a couple times
  4. Momgoose56

    I found a mantis

    They rarely live even a year. Females lay eggs in the fall and usually die within a couple weeks after that. The egg 'pods' are sort of wrapped around small branches and survive the winter. Nymphs hatch in the spring and look like miniature adults. That's how praying mantises differ from lotsa...
  5. Momgoose56

    I found a mantis

    Awesome! Is he alive for sure? I love those guys! You'll have to feed him live bugs. Mealworms, mature mealworm beetles, crickets- you can get bugs from Petco and Petsmart.
  6. Momgoose56

    Cleaner fish/shrimp to be social friendly with guppies?

    When did you get the upgrade to a 20 gallon?? If you've only had it a few days, it's not even close to being cycled. Please read this carefully: https://www.fishlore.com/NitrogenCycle.htm 20 gallons is an improvement over 1 gallon right? Corys are a good choice for some bottom fish. They are...
  7. Momgoose56

    Betta staying on bottom of tank

    Do you have a betta leaf or log near the surface for him to lay on? If not maybe he'd like that.
  8. Momgoose56

    Broken hinge on glass top

    Aaaah! Okay. That clarifies that! I thought you were making a whole new hinge out of just the silicone! You're using the old hinge and actually repairing it in a sense. Okay. I've been pitching my broken hinges in the trash and replacing them. Not anymore! Thanks for the info!
  9. Momgoose56

    October 2019 - Forum Upgrade Issues

    Okay, just one thing.... We used to be able to go to "Threads started by..." (I LOVE the colors!) the OP. It helps immensely when we're giving advice or assistance to know what issues the OP's already had without having to rehash what's already been 'hashed' lol!. Is that coming back?
  10. Momgoose56

    Congochromis or Nannochromis

    Wow, It's BONUS that you can actually make an appointment to visit the facility (Aquaticclarity), and what a HUGE inventory! Must be a big basement lol!
  11. Momgoose56

    Question How to find a breeder near me

    You could check out the Connecticut betta club. I believe it's based in Hartford, and last post on the facebook page was from 2018, but maybe you could get local contacts/breeder info from them?https://m.facebook.com/pg/Connecticut-Betta-Club-120082331387571/posts/
  12. Momgoose56

    Congochromis or Nannochromis

    So, have you found the captive bred transvestitus more tolerant of less acidic water? Or do they still need pH <6? At what pH did they breed for you?
  13. Momgoose56

    October 2019 - Forum Upgrade Issues

    I'm just making a list of deficits/ things missing at this point, waiting and scratching things off as I see changes and reparations. I like a bunch of the new stuff! I'll offer input about anything left on my list when you say "almost done" Mike! My husband is a software engineer, he says...
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    Congochromis or Nannochromis

    I wish!! My water is African lake Cichlids water-pH 7.8-8.4. Those awesome Congo river fish like acid (pH 4-5.5)! I would love to get a breeding group of the Nannochromis transvestitus since they're an endangered species in the wild. If you have the water, go for it! Where are you getting them...
  15. Momgoose56

    Betta staying on bottom of tank

    Is that from this morning? It looks like he's fully recovered! I don't see popeye or any problems with him in those pictures.
  16. Momgoose56

    150G SA cichlids help on decreasing water changes.

    The thing is, nature is often the best teacher when it comes to how to best take care of things ripped from their natural habitat and put in small closed system boxes. Through real experiments, like Biosphere 2, we've learned that artificially creating a 'miniature earth' that sustains itself...
  17. Momgoose56

    Question about parameters

    One other thing, rinsing filter media vigorously in dechlorinated water won't disrupt the bacteria colony. Nitrifying bacteria attach themselves firmly to objects with a sticky substance they secrete so are virtually impossible to remove from porous filter media.
  18. Momgoose56

    Help cycling a 16 gallon Spec V

    Nice setup for cycling! Temps perfect. Bring your ammonia back down to 2ppm with a 50% water change. The makers of TSS warn that an ammonia level over 4ppm can actually be detrimental to the bacteria in their product. With ammonia, more is not better. For any tank, unless you are overstocking...
  19. Momgoose56

    Betta staying on bottom of tank

    Can you get a better picture of him? I already zoomed in, that's why I think hes got popeye. I need a front or top view. What were your test results? You can start by giving him some Epsom salt baths. You need epsom salt with no perfumes or colorings. Most drug stores have it. That may help...
  20. Momgoose56

    Help Angelfish and electric blue acara fin rot?

    They look fine to me. I see no fin rot and only some minor tears. Aren't they a little crowded in that tank? The EBA may be a little agitated because of that and the "snapping" at the angelfish may be because he is feeling stressed.
  21. Momgoose56

    Pleco with Goldfish

    My grandson brought home a goldfish he won at the fair when he was 8, then my grand daughter (actually her dad) -the next year, brought home two more that were table decorations at a father/ daughter dance when she was 5. He's 20 now and she's 16 and they still have their fish!
  22. Momgoose56

    150G SA cichlids help on decreasing water changes.

    So kind of like a canister filter...only sideways!
  23. Momgoose56

    Broken hinge on glass top

    So now I'm curious-how exactly do you apply the silicone so it's thin enough between the panes of glass to bend so the lid opens but thick enough so that it holds onto the lid? And what type of surface do you put the glass on so the silicone doesn't also adhere to that? Do you have a recipe...
  24. Momgoose56

    150G SA cichlids help on decreasing water changes.

    Get a test kit and test your water. Do water changes based on your water parameters-pH & nitrates mainly. The only aquatic systems I've seen that actually have an anaerobic denitrification system that works all the time are large natural bodies of water (lakes, ponds, oceans etc.) or big tanks...
  25. Momgoose56

    New Guppy Setup

    Your tank is going to cycle whether you "do any cycling" or not. You need to read about the nitrogen cycle so you know what you, your tank and your fish are going to have to go through over the next couple of months. You're going to be doing a lot of big water changes so I'd advise you to figure...
  26. Momgoose56

    Betta staying on bottom of tank

    Get a better picture of him. It looks to me like he's got popeye. When did you test his water last? When did you change his water last? What is his tank temperature?
  27. Momgoose56

    Calcium

    Snail shell health is affected by water conditions, pH ,GH and KH as well.
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    Calcium

    It would raise the pH if the pH in the tank is low enough to cause an acid/base reaction but it would be better to put it in the body of the tank so it will both dissolve over time plus the snails can nom on it if they want. Which brings up the question: @lian5916, what is your tank pH?
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    Calcium

    Some people say snails will eat Cuttle bone. You have to weigh it down until it's saturated. Some people drop a TUMS (calcium carbonate) in their tanks for the snails. Blanched broccoli & kale contain some calcium. Then there's Snello...
  30. Momgoose56

    Question about parameters

    Since your tank is less than 4 weeks old and you are doing a fish-in cycle, it's unlikely that your tank ever got solidly, fully cycled. Adding fish to a newly fish-in cycled tank will almost always cause a minor ammonia spike. So, no, you don't have to get the ammonia to 0 with water...
  31. Momgoose56

    Broken hinge on glass top

    You can buy those plastic channel glass hinge strips. Many independent aquarium/fish stores either have the steps ypu can buy and cut to the length you need, or can order it for you. You should call around and see. You just need to know the lid glass thickness (1/4", 3/8" etc.) So the channel...
  32. Momgoose56

    Help Microbubbles

    Bubbles are normal and harmless but you can, with most HOB'S get rid of them. I don't know for sure about Topfin filters though. Check your filter impeller every couple months too. Hair, algae, thread or other stuff that floats into your aquarium can get wrapped around the wheel shaft and keep...
  33. Momgoose56

    Help Dwarf Gourami Sick

    Keep us posted!
  34. Momgoose56

    Help Microbubbles

    Okay, there's the problem I think. Your filter media is gunked up. Fill a bucket up with dechlorinated water. Turn off the filter. Remove all the filter media and throw it in the bucket. Unplug your filter and remove it from the tank. Dump the water that's left in it in the sink. Take a cup...
  35. Momgoose56

    Help Microbubbles

    Okay, the air is coming from somewhere, and it's actually a good thing. Air bubbles in your tank diffuse oxygen into the water. But if your outflow is splashing, that's creating the bubbles, if any of your filter media is sticking up above the water line in the overflow chamber, that can...
  36. Momgoose56

    Help Microbubbles

    Try putting a coarse sponge over the output nozzle.
  37. Momgoose56

    Help Breeding Red Devil Cichlid

    Got a picture of their tank? How big is it? How much bigger is she than the new ones? You can put wood, tall plants and rock caves to create sightline breaks in the tank and for the smaller ones to hide in/behind.
  38. Momgoose56

    Help Microbubbles

    They're air bubbles. Thei won't hurt fish. If they're sticking to your glass, wipe them off.
  39. Momgoose56

    African Cichlid Fry

    What are they?
  40. Momgoose56

    Syndontis Decorus

    My catfish makes a rare daytime appearance. He's about ~9" long now. He was about 2.5" when I got him Dec.2018, so he's averaging about a little over 1/2 inch growth a month.
  41. Momgoose56

    Back In The Game...

    I think hornwort likes to float near the light. The needles that get less light brown and fall off more.
  42. Momgoose56

    Back In The Game...

    Black diamond blasting sand comes from coal fired plants all over the country. I always advise against it, no reliable fish breeders use it, fish vets and researchers advise against it, and the EPA have outlawed its disposal near waterways (rivers, lakes, streams, ponds, oceans, canals etc.)...
  43. Momgoose56

    Shortbody haitian cichlids

    I guess I don't understand what you mean by 'cull' -in relation to 2 (two) fish. To 'cull' when referring to fish, usually means to choose the best from a large group of fish and then get rid of the rest (the culled). How do you 'cull' from two fish ?
  44. Momgoose56

    Shortbody haitian cichlids

    You have to cull what?
  45. Momgoose56

    Question Random Discussion...

    There's a company in NY State that sells seeded sponges. Just order from them. They appear to be very well seeded with nitrosomonas and nitrobacter.
  46. Momgoose56

    Back In The Game...

    Um, Okay.
  47. Momgoose56

    Adding rocks

    Those are fine for your tank. Not limestone.
  48. Momgoose56

    Tank Cycling Super Fast. Not Sure How To Proceed.

    What's 2x water testing?
  49. Momgoose56

    Peacock Cichlid and Community Tank

    I wouldn't recommend keeping any African Cichlids in a community tank. Especially not with the fish you've got. They require much different water parameters than most of the fish you currently have/want-pH 7.8-8.5, GH 12-20°, KH 10-18° temps 72-82°F, they can be very aggressive especially with...
  50. Momgoose56

    Help Geophagus (earth Eating Cichlid) And Plants?

    Cichlids dig. They uproot and eat plants. What I suggest is to have a specific area in the tank for plants, plant them then put lava rock (1") on top of the substrate around all of the plants. The Cichlids won't uproot them then, but the more tender plants may still get somewhat munched. I...




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