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  1. Akeath

    Need proven algae eater.

    I agree that Nerite Snails would do well. I have 2 in my 10 gallon, and that works nicely. I used to keep just 1, but I've found them to be very social with other Nerites. They actually have pretty high bioloads, so I wouldn't add more than 3 in your tank. You'll need to feed them, too, because...
  2. Akeath

    In what order do you add your fish when setting up a tank?

    The first fish I add are hardy or beginner friendly fish. Such as Platies, Cherry Barbs, White Cloud Mountain Minnows, Zebra Danios, etc. As you research care sheets and other info sources will mention if your specific fish species is hardy or beginner friendly. If the fish need groups of their...
  3. Akeath

    Harlequin Rasbora- Fin Nipping?

    I've kept Harlequin Rasboras and Corycats for over a decade and have never seen either fin nip. I've kept them with very long-finned, slow moving fish that are often targeting by fin nippers without seeing the slightest damage. I think it is much more likely that your Corycat has fin rot...
  4. Akeath

    My Guppy is nipping at my other fish

    If it were me I would return the Swordtail, since they get to 5 inches and their minimum tank size is 30 gallons. So your tank is too small for the Swordtail to live out its life in anyway. Guppies do best in groups of 3 or more, but even then they are just nippy and rambunctious sometimes...
  5. Akeath

    Is it ok to put 7 guppies in a 5 gallon

    You'd likely run into territorial problems with a tank that small. The females wouldn't have room to get away from the harassment of the males and their health would suffer. I've also seen females that are constantly pressed by males turn on the males and do some real damage if they get...
  6. Akeath

    Help making 3.5 gal shrimp tank

    I'm sorry about your shrimp. I doubt high temps would have killed them. They can thrive in temperatures up to 80 degrees without issue. Even if the water was above 80 degrees that would be unlikely to kill them outright, it may just lower their total lifespan if they are kept in temps higher...
  7. Akeath

    Will Caridina Shrimps Interbreed?

    I don't think it is as bad as with the Neos. More like less high grade rather than reverting entirely to wild type brown like with Neos.
  8. Akeath

    Help making 3.5 gal shrimp tank

    If I were you I'd return one of the colors, because Neocaridina colors will interbreed to produce wild type brown offspring together. So if you breed blue Neos with Cherry Neos, you'll end up with bland brown ones in a few generations. If you want the colors to continue through the generation...
  9. Akeath

    Help making 3.5 gal shrimp tank

    There might be a bit of complication with getting blue ones because there are 3 different blue Dwarf Shrimp species in the hobby, and 2 of the 3 are a little more high maintenance, so you'll have to make sure you don't get the higher maintenance ones by mistake. Try and look out for the name...
  10. Akeath

    Help making 3.5 gal shrimp tank

    Yes, a big Java Fern and Java Moss should work well. The Dwarf Sagittaria is pretty common where I am, main chain stores will sell it too. You might find it being sold under it's scientific name, Sagittaria subulata. If you can't find that Pygmy Chain Sword (aka Dwarf Chain Sword, Helanthium...
  11. Akeath

    Could I Add a Dwarf Gourami?

    I second that you should consider getting a Honey Gourami (Trichogaster chuna, formerly Colisa chuna) instead. I suggest you look for one that matches the scientific name to make sure you are getting a true Honey. They are less prone to disease and also a bit more peaceful than Dwarfs, and would...
  12. Akeath

    Help making 3.5 gal shrimp tank

    Shrimp absolutely love moss. The shrimplets will eat the Infusoria that grows in it as one of the first foods they eat, I've actually had more shrimplets surviving with lots of moss in their tank. Shrimp are a bit different than fish in that they tend to hang out on surfaces rather than...
  13. Akeath

    Do plants like hornwort and java moss house beneficial bacteria?

    Not as much, no. That type of beneficial bacteria loves surfaces to grow on, but tends to be mostly on the filter media and to a lesser extent the substrate. Plants can themselves consume nitrogenous wastes, though. Aquatic plants have evolved to remove nutrients and nitrogenous wastes from the...
  14. Akeath

    10 Gallon Tank 10 Gallon Filter Recommendations

    I like the Marina Slim S10 filter. It has an adjustable current. More importantly, it also has a sponge that goes over the intake that Amano Shrimp like to graze at, and shrimp are a bit less likely to find their way into the filter chamber of this one than they have in my other filters. My...
  15. Akeath

    Will Caridina Shrimps Interbreed?

    Yes, they will interbreed. At first this can result in fairly interesting looking shrimp, but after a few generations their markings become quite muddled and generally less attractive, even with a lot of culling. That's why most people choose to keep a specific type of Caridina shrimp and then...
  16. Akeath

    What type of driftwood do BN Plecos prefer?

    In my experience, Malaysian Driftwood is their favorite by far. Over the months you'll likely see your Bristlenose eat enough of that to noticeably sculpt it into pretty, curving shapes. Mine have eaten my aquatic Spiderwood some, but they don't feast on it the way they do with Malaysian...
  17. Akeath

    Best sand for Corydoras?

    Right now I use Super Naturals Aquarium Sand in black for mine. It is pH neutral and specifically made to be smooth for bottom dwellers. It works well for my Corydoras and Bolivian Ram, which both feed by ingesting sand and then spraying out the extra sand out of their mouth and/or gills. For...
  18. Akeath

    29 Gallon Tank Any ideas on what plants I should add?

    Pygmy Chain Sword is a low, carpeting type of plant that does better in sand. Groupings of that might work well in your tank. Some moss, like Java Moss or Christmas Moss, could be attached to the rocks to soften them a bit, and also could be placed on the wood. I think some moss might actually...
  19. Akeath

    Established 20 gallon long clear for two years…cloudy last 4 months!

    My best guess is that too much detritus is building up in your substrate. Gravel vacuuming 1/5 of the substrate every week is a really small amount. I always gravel vacuum my entire substrate each week to keep things clean - and it usually needs that much gravel vacuuming. A lot of the detritus...
  20. Akeath

    Picky Nerite Snail?

    Sometimes it takes them awhile to realize what you are putting in is food. You might just keep trying and removing any leftovers the next day. They also don't eat a lot - 1/4 of an algae wafer every other day should be adequate for a single Nerite snail. Mine will eat New Life Spectrum Algae...
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