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  1. HairyCatFish

    Snail Shells Turning White! Ideas!

    Agree, need to know GH KH and accurate PH level's to help you better.
  2. HairyCatFish

    Question Emperor Loach Aka Botia Udomritthiruji

    Oh I meant the prefilter sponges I have on the intake tubes of my filters and powerhead. These are higher up near the top of the tank. Until now the only Loaches I had that hang out in the upper levels of my tank are the dwarf chain's, but the emperor Loaches seem to like exploring all the...
  3. HairyCatFish

    Question Emperor Loach Aka Botia Udomritthiruji

    Hi Basil !! :) Haha, Loaches can be some real characters. I've read that Dario can be a little mischievous :) Check out my 2 Emperor Loaches, they appear to be quite peaceful. Spending most of the time resting or grazing on tank surfaces, decor, plants and sponge filters. Kind of like my dwarf...
  4. HairyCatFish

    Question Emperor Loach Aka Botia Udomritthiruji

    Clarification of the photos shown above. First 3 pictures show the Emperor Loach with a dwarf chain Loach. Last picture is of both the Emperor Loaches together.
  5. HairyCatFish

    Question Emperor Loach Aka Botia Udomritthiruji

    So here's one for all the Loach enthusiasts, after this brief introduction: (skip next paragraph to cut to the chase). Several months ago, (see my older post in this forum), I embarked on what I thought would be a "simple" task of finding Golden Zebra Loaches (aka botia histrionica) locally...
  6. HairyCatFish

    Clown Pleco?

    I have a clown pleco in a 20H with a Aquaclear 50 and UGF, prior to that it only had an undergravel filter and sponge filter. He's lived in there for over a year without issues. It's a community tank and currently has 10 ember tetras, 4 endler Guppies and a rosie Loach. This tank constantly...
  7. HairyCatFish

    Clown Pleco/other Plecos Eat Driftwood?

    That's exactly what I was thinking lol, my clown pleco is definitely an oddball and I suppose he's the exception to the rule lol. Honestly I don't know how he is still alive. I got him as a baby from a Petsmart LFS and there were only rocks, no wood, in his tank. I bought him home and...
  8. HairyCatFish

    Clown Pleco/other Plecos Eat Driftwood?

    I definitely have, not "had", a clown. Over 1.5 year's old now and looks to be maybe 2.5 inches long. There is driftwood in the tank, there is NOT any wood debris, waste or damage to wood..
  9. HairyCatFish

    Clown Pleco/other Plecos Eat Driftwood?

    I've had a clown pleco for over a year, he doesn't actually eat my driftwood, he just sucks on it. He's had the same chunk of wood for as long as I can remember and hasn't made as much as a dent in it, that's noticeable. Besides that he is extremely reclusive and prefers to hide and suck on the...
  10. HairyCatFish

    Help Switching From Undergravel To Hob Filter.

    Sounds like my same situation I have with 2 of my other tanks lol: My 37 gallon has an AC70, Marineland C220 canister and 40 gallon sponge. My 38 gallon has an AC70, Marineland C160 canister and 40 gallon sponge. Talk about over filtering lol. I realize I could easily swap filters or media...
  11. HairyCatFish

    Help Switching From Undergravel To Hob Filter.

    Great advice, thanks!! I remember this 20 gallon UGF (unlike my 10 gallon UGF that uses 2 plates) consisted of about 10 plates that joined/slotted together. So it should be a snap to remove small sections of it over the course of a few weeks. I'm not in a big rush or anything, but I'd like to...
  12. HairyCatFish

    Help Switching From Undergravel To Hob Filter.

    I have a 20 gallon tall community tank that's been running efficiently on a highly effective undergravel filtration system for a year and a half. But as happy as I have been with my UGF performance I need the flexibility and water clarity an HOB provides. So I've decided I want to scrap my UGF...
  13. HairyCatFish

    Question Can I Add Fish?

    Sorry, I wasn't trying to change your mind about the fish you chose. Just sharing my experience with similar schooling fish and a similar tank as you. I'm sure you'll still enjoy having them as they are still very pretty and popular fish.
  14. HairyCatFish

    Question Can I Add Fish?

    One of my local Petsmart's has a dedicated neon tetra tank, I think it's a 40 gallon breeder or something. It's really long, at least 3ft or more, and it's usually packed with at least 50 or more small young neon tetras, nothing else. And it's quite a beautiful site to watch when they get going...
  15. HairyCatFish

    Question Can I Add Fish?

    Sound's like you have a 20 Gallon Tall, unfortunately you won't see much of that "schooling" effect where they swim in unison from left to right and back again. Especially if there's other mid level fish and tall plants in the tank, there's just not enough swimming room. If you're looking for...
  16. HairyCatFish

    Snail Infestation

    Best way to control a snail population is to eliminate their food source. Gravel vacuum and remove dead vegetation. They can only live so long on biofilm.
  17. HairyCatFish

    Marineland C 160 Magniflow Leaking.

    @Fcep thanks for sharing that. And yes that is the exact conclusion I came to, though I never actually disassembled the head unit to inspect the priming plunger gasket. But after hours of messing with the main gasket seal and inlet/outlet gaskets and researching customer complaints online and...
  18. HairyCatFish

    Could These Be Eggs?! I Only Have A Single Cory Fish In My Tank ...

    Last time my Cory's laid eggs they were clear to white then disappeared after a day or 2. They laid about 10 scattered in one spot and maybe only 2 eggs actually touched each other. Your's looks more like a partial egg clutch from a mystery snail.
  19. HairyCatFish

    Help Is This Yoyo Or Gold Zebra Loach?

    So it's been exactly one month since I added the last loach out of a group of Loaches purchased from several different Petco stores. I think I got more than just YoYo's and Golden Zebra's. Here's what I got so far. I believed that at least 2 out of the group were more than likely definitely...
  20. HairyCatFish

    No Heater Club

    I'm in the no heater club. I live in New York and I removed all heaters from all 6 of my tanks this past spring. Last winter we had many days with outside temperatures down in the teens and single digits. All of my tanks had preset heaters set at 78° F and I would constantly see them cycling...
  21. HairyCatFish

    Which Loach To Cohabit With A Grown Nerite Snail ?

    I personally do not. Well not technically anyway. Newly bought Nerite snail's first go into one or both of my 5 gallon Betta tanks. I let them live and do there thing in there for a few weeks before moving them to my other tanks. Can't really say I've ever had any issues with them.
  22. HairyCatFish

    Which Loach To Cohabit With A Grown Nerite Snail ?

    That's the tricky part: Feed the Loach = snail's are safe. Starve the Loach = snail's are food. I think Zebra Loaches are the next smallest "snail eating" Loaches after the dwarf chain Loaches aka sidthimunkis, the Sid's "might not" go after anything larger than a ramshorn but Zebra...
  23. HairyCatFish

    Which Loach To Cohabit With A Grown Nerite Snail ?

    I recently decided to take a gamble with 3 of my Nerite snail's and moved them into my Loach tank with my sidthimunkis and histrionica. It's been almost a week now and I've been keeping a close eye on them. I just did a head count and there's 1 on the back glass, 1 on a decoration and 1 on the...
  24. HairyCatFish

    Question Can A Dwarf Puffer Fit In A Five Gallon?

    "Dwarf Puffer" or "Pea Puffer" are not schooling fish... Do not get more than 1 for a 5 gallon... 5 gallon is minimum size for 1 and one only.. I kept one in a 5 gallon. They will eat frozen bloodworms but sometimes it may take awhile, start by dropping a couple in front of him and see if it...
  25. HairyCatFish

    How Many Fish In 3.5 Gallon Tank?

    Perhaps the word "happy" wasn't the best choice of words, but I think many of us get what analogy she was trying to convey. Just because a fish (or a dog) fits in a confined space doesn't mean it should live in it or that it's needs are being adequately met. I've only kept a single betta in a...
  26. HairyCatFish

    Question How many fish tanks do you have?

    6 total; 38 gal - loach tank 37 gal - cory & harlequin rasbora tank 20 high - community tank 10 gal - shrimp tank 5.5 gal - betta male tank 5.5 gal - betta female tank
  27. HairyCatFish

    29 Gallon Tank Honest Opinion Is My Tank Awful?

    You're tank looks more like fish heaven to me. I would love some of that green good stuff.. My shrimp, snail's, otocinclus, pleco, etc.. would all feast on that and they would be very happy As has already been said, algae isn't necessarily a bad thing. I in fact try and grow it because it is a...
  28. HairyCatFish

    Help Is This Yoyo Or Gold Zebra Loach?

    Thanks @Basil You wouldn't believe the flack I received from the salesperson when I asked if this could possibly be a Golden Zebra mixed in with the YoYo's. But I'm glad I went with my instincts and went back for him. The Histrionica is an extremely personable and entertaining fish, it's hard...
  29. HairyCatFish

    Help Is This Yoyo Or Gold Zebra Loach?

    That's what I'm thinking. He was in a tank full of YoYo's for about 2 weeks. I kept going back to get another look at him and each time he looked more and more like a zebra to me. By Saturday it was just him and 2 YoYo's left and it was looking more obvious he wasn't one of them, so I grabbed him.
  30. HairyCatFish

    Help Is This Yoyo Or Gold Zebra Loach?

    So I decided to take a chance on this little one and brought him home yesterday, photo's below. I may be wrong but I still think there's a good possiblity that he's a Golden zebra Loach (botia histrionica). I probably just picked a bad week to stock the new tank, but I spent most of my...
  31. HairyCatFish

    Help Is This Yoyo Or Gold Zebra Loach?

    Awe he's so adorable. I recently picked one up that has really thick dark bars also. They look like they will develop like yours has, its really too young and tiny to tell now but it reminds me more of the angelicus loach so it's got me wondering.
  32. HairyCatFish

    Help Is This Yoyo Or Gold Zebra Loach?

    Oh yes I know what you mean about heart attack, I thought I was the only one... I remember the first time it happened to me. I turned the light on first thing in the morning and saw mine laying completely still on its side in my Ocelot Sword plant. All I could say was "Oh No"!!
  33. HairyCatFish

    Help Is This Yoyo Or Gold Zebra Loach?

    Your YoYo's are beautiful, I love the way their patterns have developed.
  34. HairyCatFish

    Help Is This Yoyo Or Gold Zebra Loach?

    Ok, Yes I get what you mean now by the line being the center of the "O", I admit I had to use the imagination a bit but I see it now. Ok so here's a little blast from the past. It's a photo of my 1st Loach taken about a year ago. It was love at first sight and it's what made me fall in love...
  35. HairyCatFish

    Help Is This Yoyo Or Gold Zebra Loach?

    Here's a couple pictures of his left side. Almost identical to the right side, and to me appears one of the Ys is splitting at the bottom into an X So you're saying the 3rd line to the left is actually an O? To me these looked like small or broken lines not Os So far the majority of the YoYo's...
  36. HairyCatFish

    Help Is This Yoyo Or Gold Zebra Loach?

    Ok so I'm back at the LFS that I had the "debate" about the zebra Loach in the YoYo tank. The one the salesperson insisted could not possibly be Golden zebra. Here's the picture's of that fish. And here he is next to a YoYo in the same tank, to me he looks nothing like them.
  37. HairyCatFish

    Help Is This Yoyo Or Gold Zebra Loach?

    Ahhh ok, interestingly enough I have one that I bought recently that looks like what you're describing with the Y I Y I Y .. It was sold as a Gold Zebra Loach.
  38. HairyCatFish

    Help Is This Yoyo Or Gold Zebra Loach?

    So the reason I posted this question was because yesterday I was at another store that had a tank with YoYo Loaches. However there was this one with distinctly marked Y Y Y pattern but no O's at all. I should have snapped a photo of it, perhaps if I return there today I will. But the more I...
  39. HairyCatFish

    Goldfish Stuck To Filter - Big Problem

    It's not a good sign.. About the only time I ever find a fish stuck to my filter is when it's too weak to swim free, sick or dying. Sorry about your fish.
  40. HairyCatFish

    Quick Question

    Interesting question. Let's analyze this. 1). Looking at my school of harlequin Rasboras and comparing their mouth's size to my ramshorn snail's I would have to say that any ramshorn snail that fits in their mouth would have to be tiny in size. I mean, my harlequins cannot even swallow an...
  41. HairyCatFish

    Help Is This Yoyo Or Gold Zebra Loach?

    Ahh, glad that you mentioned this. One of the LFS I visited nearest to my home sells the Golden zebra Loach for about $4.39 while the store I traveled to sells the YoYo Loach for about $5.99 (see photos below). I did not complain about being charged YoYo price's for my gold Zebra Loaches (at the...
  42. HairyCatFish

    Help Is This Yoyo Or Gold Zebra Loach?

    Oh indeed I am aware of it I have Dwarf chain Loaches and Zebra Loaches. I also have plenty of snail's (mostly ramshorn) breeding in all of my tanks, including the Loach tank. And the loaches do snack on them but somehow the snail population has managed to survive in that tank. I routinely...
  43. HairyCatFish

    Help Is This Yoyo Or Gold Zebra Loach?

    One other store had a leftover YoYo being sold as a Zebra Loach, I did mention it to the salesperson that said he was aware of that but that they had to sell it as a zebra Loach. A different store had 2 Zebras and 2 YoYo in the same tank. I bought the 2 Zebras and when I looked at the receipt...
  44. HairyCatFish

    Help Is This Yoyo Or Gold Zebra Loach?

    So is it still a YoYo Loach if it only has Y's but no O's? I've been looking for Zebra Loaches to add to my tank and my area Petco's have been the only LFS that carry them. The problem is they're getting YoYo Loaches in now and they are being sold in the same tanks with the leftover Zebras...
  45. HairyCatFish

    Top Betta Filter Choices 10g

    Sponge filter's are what I use for my betta tanks.
  46. HairyCatFish

    Important Cory Fry In Shrimp Tank, Now What?

    Thank you, and thanks for all the tips and helpful advice it really helped. Here's a few pictures of him being welcomed back and meeting his new buddies. He immediately took to all of them and it felt good watching them shoaling around the tank.
  47. HairyCatFish

    Ramshorn Snail Appreciation Thread

    Just to be safe check your tanks PH... I just went through a PH crash and PH levels were down to 5, possibly lower since 5 is the lowest my tester can read. Also KH and GH were 0. My tap water is 6.8-7 KH and GH normally between 7-13, but even with regular water changes the PH in the tank never...
  48. HairyCatFish

    Question Mystery Snail And Nitrite Snail

    It is difficult to sex mystery snail's. You have to look up inside the shell for the Male's organ. Some people think their snorkel is the Male organ but it's mostly for breathing. Mystery snail's are awesome and fascinating creature's!! I've hatched and raised a clutch or two. I donated the...
  49. HairyCatFish

    Ramshorn Snail Appreciation Thread

    It's more than likely something they don't like about the water. Check your PH level it may be too low. If its not also check GH, KH levels in that tank.
  50. HairyCatFish

    Question Mystery Snail And Nitrite Snail

    It's not uncommon for me to see my snail's "riding" on each other's backs around my tanks. It appears they're cleaning or eating whatever is on each other's shell's.




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