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  1. Viriam Karo

    Making Full Cover For Fluval Spec V

    Thanks! I've seen some recommendations to not use cyanoacrylate but is that just a cosmetic thing? If so, I have some pretty strong glue for jewelry making and it would be nice to not have to buy specific acyrlic bonding glue just for this one small project.
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    Making Full Cover For Fluval Spec V

    I've hated the standard Fluval Spec V lid for a while, but didn't have a good enough reason to do anything about it until now. I recently adopted a cat and he is just a little too curious for my liking about sticking his paws in (doesn't help that I'm having second thoughts about the cabinet I...
  3. Viriam Karo

    Apartment And Fish Tank

    Bahaha at first I read that as a 32,000 gallon tank and I was like :jawdrop: Yeah, a lot of places around here have pet fees though I have never actually encountered a tank restriction before (just no waterbeds, which is fair, and let's be honest, it's not the 80s anymore). Usually when I ask...
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    Anubias Nana Gone Wild

    Ah yeah the LFS is a good point... I would do that if I weren't moving halfway across the country on Sunday! I think the driftwood will fit in my 5gal, my betta will just have a nice new 'scape when we move into our new house XD
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    Anubias Nana Gone Wild

    I'm breaking down my 10 gal planted tank and was shocked to find how much my anubias nana had grown in 11 months. Last September: 20181117_213126 by Viriam Karo posted Aug 6, 2019 at 9:31 PM 20181025_110114 by Viriam Karo posted Aug 6, 2019 at 9:30 PM Today: 2019-08-06 21.24.34 by Viriam...
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  11. Viriam Karo

    Apartment And Fish Tank

    Lol you were right. From my landlord, and I quote: "Yes, bring your cute beta tank "
  12. Viriam Karo

    We Went Head First

    Yes, this! Cories are adorable social fish that also do much better when they have a larger floor to look for food in. If you're planning to put some of the current spec v inhabitants in the 20 gal, I would recommend doing this for your cory and also getting him some friends (of the same...
  13. Viriam Karo

    Apartment And Fish Tank

    argh sorry, Fishlore is loading very slowly for me and I accidentally double posted.
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    Apartment And Fish Tank

    Thanks! I moved her in a new mason jar last time and that seemed to go all right. The cooler and/or bucket is a good idea. I have visions of getting into an accident and my poor betta flying out of the car and flopping on the road :nailbiting: Ah thanks, that's a good suggestion. I...
  15. Viriam Karo

    Apartment And Fish Tank

    Hi all! I am moving in a couple of weeks and I have a few questions for you all, to see if you have any advice. 1. The first is how I should go about asking for an exception to the fish tank rule in the lease. I haven't actually talked to them about this yet, so it wouldn't be pestering. And...
  16. Viriam Karo

    Anubias Nana Has A Flower!

    Spotted this morning! Shrimp on anubias flower by Viriam Karo posted Jun 25, 2019 at 4:20 PM
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    Shrimp on anubias flower

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    Anubias Nana Has A Flower!

    This is the first time I've seen it, and also the first time I've actually kept them in a high light setup. This particular plant in this level of the tank has grown like gangbusters.
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    Anubias Nana Has A Flower!

    Ooh, I'll have to keep an eye on them! I've got some shrimp in there too, we'll see if they like it. Oh no! They should show up right in the post but if that's not working, they're the first two photos in my media gallery.
  20. Viriam Karo

    Anubias Nana Has A Flower!

    I'd heard that anubias nana can flower but I hadn't actually seen it in mine since I got them. Can't remember exactly how long I've had these plants (descended from a single purchase---there's a lot more of them than there used to be!) but I think it is something like six years. Here's a bud...
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    Anubias flower

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    Anubias bud

  23. Viriam Karo

    Important Not "if" But When? Tank Leak

    Wow, 5000 pounds capacity... that's pretty great. They should just make stands that have that as the top platform! Then it would catch the water immediately instead of it possibly streaming down, say, a wood or particle board stand (causing warping). And like you said, it's a when, not an if...
  24. Viriam Karo

    Power Out -21 Degrees...

    Good luck! My parents still live in WI and my dad keeps sending us pictures of the forecast. No indoor fish anymore but we do have a big pond outside---one year we lost all stock (bluegill, bass included) because the freeze went too deep and too long.
  25. Viriam Karo

    Can Someone Id This Aquarium Plant Pls?

    Maybe some kind of water lettuce?
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    Help Tank Stocking Info

    Exactly---even take a 10 gallon, which is the most limited of all those. Someone could recommend: - A school of small fish and some inverts (e.g., celestial pearl danios and rcs) - A couple of slightly larger fish that don't need a school (e.g., some species of killifish) - A single fish...
  27. Viriam Karo

    New Aquarium Plants Dying??

    Hi! Do you know what kinds of plants you have? Many plants go through a period of "melt" when they're transferred into a new environment, before perking up again with new growth.
  28. Viriam Karo

    What Fert Is Safe For Cherry Shrimp, Mystery & Giant Suliwasi Snails & Freshwater Pom Pom Crabs

    I'm using the NilocG aquatics Thrive invert-safe all-in-one fertilizer for my plants and they're doing great. I have neocaridinas and nerites in there and they're fine. It does have both nitrogen and iron, and has no copper. I think you could also do dry ferts? I know there's a lot of...
  29. Viriam Karo

    Question About Carpet Type Plants.

    It's definitely been spreading without my help. There are far more rooted stems than I had when I first planted and some are rooted in places where I never would have put them (e.g., one millimeter away from the glass). But compared to dow noi... lol
  30. Viriam Karo

    20 Gallon Tank Cherry Shrimp Tank Mates

    Most tetras should be fine but my betta eventually figured out that the shrimp were tasty...
  31. Viriam Karo

    Question What Do I Need To Add To My Tank?

    I would personally stop adding the bacteria now, since there's no way to tell if your tank cycle is fully up and running until you do---particularly since you have a bunch of plants. It's hard to tell right now if the 0 nitrates is from not shaking the bejeezus out of the nitrate test bottles...
  32. Viriam Karo

    Betta In Community Tank - Stressed? Sick?

    Are you talking about those betta hammocks that have a suction cup attached to a broad plastic leaf? Someone on here recently posted a thread showing the shaping wire poking out of their leaf---maybe have a look at yours and see if something similar happened?
  33. Viriam Karo

    Betta Food Questions

    I do actually have betta-specific Omega One pellets! They're called betta buffet, I think. Maybe your LFS just doesn't carry that type?
  34. Viriam Karo

    Question About Carpet Type Plants.

    I had really good luck with pogostemon helferi (dow noi) in my 5 gal with sand, DIY CO2, and a Finnex planted + light. I think I used root tabs, no liquid ferts. It stayed quite short in that tank. Right now I've got staurogyne repens in a 10 gal with the same light/fert/substrate situation...
  35. Viriam Karo

    Will My Guppies Breed?

    I kept all male guppies and they weren't what I would call aggressive to each other. Nothing more than what any social fish would do---nothing I would call "fights". Some posturing, some quibbles.
  36. Viriam Karo

    Do Water Changes Affect Water Bill?

    It definitely depends on how your water is charged. Like some people said already in some places there's a flat fee no matter what and only past a certain point will extra water be charged. When I first started keeping fish I was paying all utilities and there was no difference from before...
  37. Viriam Karo

    Is My Snail Resting?

    What a life! lol
  38. Viriam Karo

    Is My Snail Resting?

    Maybe he gorged himself and had to take a nap right where he was or maybe he's feeling more secure---did you get him recently? My mysteries did that all the time, especially if they had just gone after an algae wafer or something. I swear sometimes they'd be eating up on the glass and then...
  39. Viriam Karo

    29-gallon Or 20-gallon Long Aquarium

    Hi! I started out going from a 5 gallon to a 29 gallon myself so I'm partial to that and of course 29 gallon gives you more wiggle room for fish. (I'm going to assume you got advice from other fishlorians here about tank size/cycle because of your first thread, but if you still need some...
  40. Viriam Karo

    Question Is My Betta Malnourished?

    I have omega one betta pellets in a tiny little jar, I want to say like 1 oz or something like that? I think I just got it at PetSmart, no special orders or anything.
  41. Viriam Karo

    What Kind Of Plant Is This?

    Looks like a lacy/Windelov Java fern to me
  42. Viriam Karo

    Breeding Blue Shrimp - Different Lines?

    Does anybody know about the actual genetics of the shrimp? Like what genes cause what colors to exist and such? I'm thinking of like, how you can predict horse colors fairly well based on the genes that control melanin and their different types + distribution of that melanin + dilutions. My...
  43. Viriam Karo

    Plants At Petstores

    Hm, I want to say something like an inch or two on each stem per week? I cut off 6-8 inches when they have gone past the surface and are pressed up against the tank lid XD three to four weeks between pruning per stem seems right. Though it seems uneven. I haven't actually tracked this but...
  44. Viriam Karo

    Fish Per Gallon Rule Alternative?

    That's basically the system I use! One inch fish are really only one inch fish if they're like, the small, calm tetras... for the length/girth I basically think about it like "area" of fish rather than just length (so a 3" x 3" fish would be 9 inches rather than 3 inches). Plus the poopy...
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    Ahaha, welcome to Fishlore, good to see multiple tank syndrome has given us another friend
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    Quarantine Tank

    Right, if you just do a divider then the water will be shared between them, which will carry around any diseases the newcomers might have. (Also, it's helpful to have a fully bare tank for your quarantine in case you DO need to medicate or clean down afterward, since then you don't have to...
  47. Viriam Karo

    How To Plant These Plants?

    Well I'm currently traveling but here is a picture from a couple of weeks ago: CPD tank New Year's 2019 by Viriam Karo posted Jan 1, 2019 at 6:05 PM It doesn't show the light setup, but it does show how nicely the plants are doing For the shrimp, I guess it depends on what you want. I've...
  48. Viriam Karo

    Plants At Petstores

    I've actually had pretty good success with petsmart plants, though I have a somewhat high tech setup (high light, liquid ferts and DIY root tabs, DIY CO2). All of these plants in the picture (except the hornwort) are from the Petsmart ones that come in the bags/tubes with the gel at the bottom...
  49. Viriam Karo

    Which Fish Has The Best Personality? Mollies Or Platy?

    I've never owned mollies, but I had mickey mouse platies once and they were so cute. I liked watching them interact with the tank and each other. I also liked their coloration, since the mickey mouse ones have that nice pop of orange and yellow. Though to be fair I like small fish, so probably...
  50. Viriam Karo

    Love Fish Arc Aquarium

    Hi! Welcome to FishLore is the filter just integrated into the frame of the tank? I found a picture and it looks like there's a curvy C bit, and maybe the top bar comes off and reveals a filter compartment. You should be okay without a sponge for a while; it's mostly mechanical filtration...

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