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Discuss anything aquarium related here, including inhabitants, decor and issues.
Search engines are your friend.
Feel free to ask questions but know that there are a lot of resources out there that could answer your question a lot faster and accurately than /an/.
Make sure to include these things in your post before asking because we can't help you if we don't have the full picture:

-tank size (include dimensions, not just volume)
-parameters (ammonia, nitrate, nitrite, pH, GH, KH)
-any and all inhabitants + how long you've had them
-pictures are always helpful

Links:
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>http://www.aquabid.com/
>http://www.liveaquaria.com/

Previous Thread: >>2597161
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>top off reef with dechlorinated tap water instead of RO/DI because I don’t feel like turning on the filter
>feel bad instantly after
Why do I keep doing this
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>>2599370
>buy 5 gallon bucket with lid
>buy 25w heater
>make 5 gallons of RO and keep it at proper temperature at all times for top offs/water changes/emergencies like a dumb cunt putting crackers in your tank
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>>2599372
That’s the thing, I always get so motivated and make a bunch of premixed freshwater with properly doses calcium and reef plus and everything, only to like empty that bucket and just get lazy again. I’ve only started with this stupid tap Water shit really recently because of exams and such
>implying that story was real in the first place
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>>2599372
Also my tank is almost 100 gallons with the capacity of the sump, in order to maintain a proper amount of top of water for a 50% water change I would have to keep a shit ton of buckets in an already crowded dorm room
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why are black neons so much better and hardier than regular neons?
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>>2599391
Neon tetras suffer inbreeding problems, and as a result general stock quality tends to go down. Or at least that’s what I’ve heard
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>>2599383
Surprising. It looks like one of those minimalistic 20 gallons, I am surprised you got that into a dorm. Are you able to stay there the summer or will you have to take it down? Also why would you have to do a 50% water change with one fish? Perhaps you need a 55 gallon plastic barrel. You could put a frame over it with a top to use as storage space so you don't totally lose that floor space.
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>>2599394
You're inbred and you've gotten this far.
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>>2599394
anyways, the easiest way to fix your skimmer problem is to build an inverted L on the outlet plumbing like pic related.

that way the water level will never go below the height of the top of the outlet as long as the pump is running. It doesn't matter what the level in the sump does with this nifty little bit of pipe attached.
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>>2599372
I feed my bangai cardinal fry crushed up Ritz crackers.
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>>2599397
I’m staying until I can get my degree finished, then I’m out. Couple years the tank will be in the dorm. It’s more of a long term dorm. There’s a lot of reasons I might have to do 50% water changes, and it’s just always nice to have it on you. Of course right now it’s useless, but in 1-2 months when I’ve ordered a lot more SPS colonies, it’ll come in handy as an emergency backup >>2599402
According to my DNA testing I’m like 30% Mongol so I wouldn’t be surprised if I was desu senpai
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>>2599404
Sounds like a waste of time.
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>>2599405
What kind of retard feeds their goldfish small gravel? That can fucking kill thern.
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>>2599410
If you stop being funny /aq/ will start reporting your shit.

be funnier, troll.
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>>2599414
wow you really really wanted that (you)

Just this once, i'll let you have it
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I’m really happy with the SPS growth in my tank. I took some frags from a friend, and they’ve been taking off. Pic attached is about 2 days after I put the frag In my tank
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>>2599417
I reread your stupid shitpost and it doesn't seem likely that a carp or goldfish would eat gravel, mud or sand. Why do you make random shit up for (You)s?
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>>2599423
Not him but 4 of my comet goldfish tried to eat the gravel I put in their bowl because they thought it was food.
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>>2599423
>when mommy lets me stay up late
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>>2599422
what are you using for lights?
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>>2599429
That's nice of her, sweetie. Are you having fun?
>>2599427
>a pebble is easier to swallow than a shell shard.
Post a source or stop talking.
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>>2599432
Believe it or not cheap ass $100 black box LEDs. According to my PAR meter, it’s about 400 at the sand, which is surprising for cheap lights. I also suspect my 490 PPM calcium has something to do with it too
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>>2599436
You can pour CLR cleaner in your tank to lower the calcium.
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>>2599436
that's what I'm using too. Do you have the one with 2 random red LED's and 2 greens?

what are your dimmers set at? Mine burns the fuck out of anything near the top center.
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>>2599439
My calcium is perfect for me, vivid aquariums runs their calcium at 470 PPM and they’re one of the biggest coral sellers on this side of the US
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>>2599443
Kuhlis are a completely different species. They don't "do the same thing" because they are fundamentally different organisms. Go read a book, kid.
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>>2599439
is this real or trollfag trying to poison a tank
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>>2599446
This is the exact one I’m using. I run blues at 100 and whites at 67 I believe. I have the lights almost a foot off the water, and there’s some room between my coral and the light. I’d suggest raising your light, the intensity might be way too high
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>>2599448
Quit being a der ewige nigger, there are many species who sift sand through the gills.
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>>2599449
Trollfag, although there’s a lot of weird shit that people dose in reefs. Like I dose vodka to help with alk and carbon.
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>>2599452
I'm not the one ignorantly comparing kuhli to carp or making broad generalizations based on anecdotal evidence.
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>>2599449
He's just trolling but he's not far off.

you can actually reduce calcium by precipitation with hydrochloric or sulfuric acid, both of which are common ingredients in CLR and similar products.

however CLR has other detergents and fillers you don't want to put in a tank.
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>>2599454
>>2599449
Not him but CLR in small doses is good for altering reef tank parameters. I add 5ml/gallon every other week to keep the calcium and limescale at bay while decreasing my gH
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>>2599451
yeah, that's the one I've got. I might try turning my whites down then.
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>>2599458
I put it in my tank just fine. Don't talk about it if you've never tried it before. The science behind it is rock solid.
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>>2599460
Because water absorbs blue the least, blue is one of the colors that helps coral grow. White light is absorbed almost the most, so it’s some of the most dangerous for coral. I’d suggest turning blues up and whites down :)
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>>2599461
you're getting funnier.
keep plugging away at it.
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>>2599455
No you are being fucking retarded. That's like saying bats and birds are fundamentally different organisms so it isn't flying when bat's do it. Sand sifting through gills is common in the fish world. Thousands of species do it. It is the same behavior. Stingrays sift sand, some cichlids sift sand, goldfish and koi sift sand, loaches sift sand, gobies sift sand, etc.
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>>2599461
This. Not exactly the same thing but I put half a cup of pure ammonia in my tank to help it cycle and it worked just fine. Chemicals aren't a scary boogeyman like /aq/ likes to believe.
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>>2599467
That still doesn't mean any of those species eat gravel, shells or sand though, you fucking moron.
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>>2599467
bats*
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>40 replies
>6 posters
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>>2599461
Yeah man, I also love dosing windex and large amounts of ammonia, really toughens up those corals so that way when the tank crashes, they’re used to it so they survive
I’d recommend at least 1/2gal ammonia/gal water and 5 sprays of windex/colony of coral
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>>2599469
You are a pretty good troll. You are also the reason I don't come here often. None of them intentionally eat gravel or sand or shells.
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>>2599472
You can stop trolling it's not funny. Windex has no use being in an aquarium. Pure ammonia is the exact same chemical that you need to cycle the tank and CLR can also be found naturally in nature.
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>>2599473
How am I "trolling" for stating the obvious? None of them eat gravel, shells or sand because it has zero nutritional value and it harms their digestive tract. Use some common sense ffs.
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>>2599474
>CLR can also be found naturally in nature
yep, we milk it from CLR cows. Or do we get it from the CLR mines? I can't remember.
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>>2599474
can you go back to your containment discord
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>>2599475
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>>2599477
All of these chemicals are found in nature and you are science illiterate if you read this and wet your pants over it. Dihydrogen monoxide is found in every single one of your tanks, but I don't see you crying about that.
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>>2599479
That looks like fish food not sand.
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Is there a good way to tell the WPG of my powerhead? I got my tank from someone on Craigslist. The tank didnt have a brand sticker and the included powerhead pump is unlabeled as well
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>>2599485
Try looking it up on Bing or Google
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stop feeding it, you idiots
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I swear it is just 1 poster in here reducing the IQ of conversation by a good 40 points. Excellent trolling but fuck you. Pic related of your tank
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>>2599485
post a pic
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>>2599487
Fish don't really need to eat that often, I feed mine every other week.
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>>2599489
Oh, you mean like you're doing right now? Your tank looks disgusting by the way.
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>>2599485
Ask the person you got it from
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>>2599492
lol it does it is basically my garbage disposal tank, approximately 1000 gammarus are in here. I feed them leftovers and ugly plant trimmings. Never do water changes. Just checked the TDS yesterday for shits and giggles and it was 800
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>>2599489
>61 replies
>7 posters
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>>2599497
It's 62 replies, retard.
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>>2599497
The last thread has almost 400 posts between 36 posters. What's your point?
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Stop the autism and give me a few ideas:
One of my tanks (100l/26gal) has only one marbled crayfish in it. It's not heated. I'd like to get some ideas of what fish to put in there.
There's plenty of plants, roots and bamboo for cover.
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>>2599500
1 goldfish or a couple of minnows. Maybe an Oscar
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>>2599500
anything you put in there will probably be crawdad food. Lots of cover just means it will take a few more days for him to kill them.
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>>2599490
The pump's nothing much to look at
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>>2599502
I know, he's pretty aggressive, he even caught a guppy once. That's why I'd like something that's a bit bigger and hardier (and maybe not as stupid as guppies).
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>>2599502
A few black convict cichlids wouldn't become "crawdad" food you dumb hick.
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>>2599503
how about letting the pump fill some container with a known volume and doing the maths from there?
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>>2599504
Get an Oscar
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>>2599505
they look great, good idea!

>>2599507
oscars grow to be massive fish though. Do you know how long it takes for them to be too big for a tank like that? Getting him a bigger tank wouldn't be an issue.
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>>2599503
literally the worst angle you could have picked. Looks like an aquaclear though
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>type "black convict cichlid" into Google
>"cichlid" autocorrects into "cuckold"
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>>2599500
you'll want something that stays near the surface. I would just get some zebra danios personally and see if they don't get killed before I put something fancier in there.
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>>2599511
>cookies can be a pain in the ass
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>>2599513
I'm on my iPhone
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>>2599512
well, either that, some kind of cichlid or any fish that's too big to be attacked.
My crayfish isn't big enough to hurt anything that's bigger than a platy.
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>>2599510
How's this? I've noticed the aquaclear ones have suction cups on the back of them. This one just has an adjustable band at the top that you click into place.

Then again, it's probably a pretty old set-up
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>>2599515
If you have a marmorkrebs instead of a regular cray then I would just wait for her to have some babies. Once it has a substantial population I would add a couple of convict cichlids or other type of cichlid that can hold it's own. Marmorkrebs/marbled tend to be more peaceful than other cray species.
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>>2599516
the anon is right about it probably being an aquaclear. It looks like the ones from the 90's that were reversible but didn't have the colored levers for flow.

the attachment bracket came with different mounts available, including one with suction cups that slides into the rails on the back.

Yours looks like maybe the 270 gph model 402.
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>>2599516
I can't say I've ever seen anything like that. Also how hard is it to take a proper picture with lighting. Maybe he DIY'd a hangar for the powerhead, or it is a generic china model. Or perhaps a model that came with an undergravel filter??
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>>2599518
I have her for nearly a year now and she's only carried eggs once (she lost them). I really don't know what I'm doing wrong, they're supposed to be a pest after a while. The water parameters are good and she gets a variety of different foods...
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>>2599521
That's weird, maybe it was just due to inexperience. I would play around with the water parameters if I were you. They don't sound ideal, because you should have way more than one by now.
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>>2599522
The last time she tried was after a big (90%) water change, maybe that triggers it somehow...
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>>2599521
Is she molting ok? Common problems with inverts are gh/kh
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>>2599519
>Yours looks like maybe the 270 gph model 402.

It DOES look really similiar to that model though not the exact one. It's putting on the right track though I think. Assuming 270 gph is standard for a 35 gallon aquarium

>>2599520
give me a break, it's like 2am. The clip is definitely a part of its original assembly. I wouldn't be surprised if this were an ancient sunsun or something though
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>>2599526
she's molting just fine, has a strong coloration and looks healthy. maybe I've been scammed and it's some other procambarus species...
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>>2599529
perhaps you need to harvest some eggs and put them in a tumblr
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>>2599525
An influx of cold water does it for many species.
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>>2599537
gonna refill with cold water when I change it tomorrow. let's see what happens...
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>>2599539
Try a 50%+ water change too. It's supposed to simulate rainfall IIRC
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>>2599542
will do!
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Poorfag here who added 15 year old methylene blue to a tank to fight ich. Did I kill my fishy friends?

Asking for a friend.
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>>2599727
It probably won't do anything if it's that old, but I highly doubt it'd kill your fish. I have used it to get rid of ich and fungi with great success but mine was from 2017
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My gfs dad's wife left him anf left a bunch of cheap behind so he gave me a 20 gallon aquarium she had. I have zero experience but I'd like to set up a planted invert tank. I've read so much and watched so many videos that I'm completely confused can anyone give me an idea of what equipment I'd need for my tank.
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>>2599481
>everything is good for you if it's natural
What benefit does antifreeze offer a reef tank?
Go munch on some all-natural, cyanide-rich apricot pits. Or just straight up take a potassium cyanide pill. "It's found in nature, bruh."
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>>2599817
A filter, maybe a heater (depends on the species), and maybe an air pump with CO2 injection. Good lighting.
It all really depends on what you're trying to grow and raise. Check out tropica. com for ideas.
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>>2599817
>sand
>osmocote DIY root tabs
>nicrew light
>low tech plants (crypts anubias etc)
>sponge filter+air pump
>no heater needed for cherry shrimp and many snails
>some driftwood/rocks
total cost including livestock should be around 100-120.
If you do already have a filter you might as well use it, but it's probably a hang on back so you will need to put a sponge over the intake to prevent shrimplets from going through the impeller
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>>2599848
He might need a heater depending on the plants he wants to propagate.
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>>2599850
In my experience plants grow better at room temperature than they do at 80. Perhaps it has to do with the fact that cold water can hold more gasses.
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just had my first shrimp die, i think it was due to a failed molt. the rest seem fine, even the little ones. i've been trying to slowly lower ph and hardness over the last few weeks, and nitrate has been 10ppm last two weeks rather than 5ppm... i hope i haven't been stressing them out too much. i feel pretty awful.
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>>2599855
Depends on the species and the amount of CO2 output of your animal life and CO2 injection if any. You are correct thay hot water doesn't hold as much gas in general, but some tropical plants thrive in heat and lots of light while others will thrive in higher density CO2 cold water. My room temp never goes under 68 and I have several species growing in my shrimp/goldfish tank, but some do much better in a tropical aquarium.
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>>2599865
all of my plants are tropical and do better without the heater. There's also an aquarium/pond plant greenhouse near me that grows all their stuff in barely heated greenhouses that are probably in the 50's when it's below freezing. Tropical plants tolerate cold much better than tropical fish.
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I got a female betta and 8 corys,what else do I put in my 20long? Preferably something hardy as shit.
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>>2599939
sort yourself out
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>>2599941
Of the female betta?
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>>2599946
No don't really dio that dipshit. Why would you even consider that?
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>>2599939
You're just jealous of my absolutely glorious wanvisa lily. Also if you shit in that greenhouse it would probably just fertilize the plants
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>>2599950
Enjoy your worms idiot. Nice exif
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>>2599949
I asked out of bewilderment my man
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Betta got small whitish patches on his eyes, which turned into something feathery that hung off. Treated with fungus treatment, went away. Two days later, the white patches are back. The fuck is this and how do I get rid of it?
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>>2599963
Baby b3ttas!
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>>2599963
had a similar thing happen to the top of my bettas head when I first got him

crank up the heater, feed it premium betta food, treat, and it should go away

it did for me at least
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>>2599864
it happens... survival of the fittest
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Why does my gourami hide in the corner? Is he scared of the barbs and mollies?
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>>2599983
Are you sure it's not a beta?
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>>2599983
is he new to the tank?
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>>2599986
Are you new to this general? Fuck off
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>>2599989
wtf?
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>>2599992
we can't get rid of him. do not feed
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>>2599995
i didn't even know he spams this shit...
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>>2599986
Yeah, gourami is new but he went in at the same time as the barbs.
Maybe my mollies are just extra territorial.>>2599986
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>>2600005
Mollies are pretty mean fish, rehome him.
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>>2600014
Put him in a sandwich Ziploc bag with some canned cat food and a gram of fish flakes
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>>2599983
You shouldn’t keep single gouramis. They should always be in odd numbered groups such as 3,5,7 etc
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Well Mom said I can't have any more fish tanks. I guess it is time to move out...
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>can't find any crayfish
>only lfs are petsmart and petsco
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>>2600119
That sucks. I just went into a petco on saturday, wanted a few bags. Guy was a real prick about it, I was going to buy some snails to make it worth their time and he said he can only give me one bag. Walked out without the snails. Have to order bags online, nbd
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>>2600119
;_;
there is always the web
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>>2600119
most people besides the anon in this thread that have cloning crayfish have dozens of them, find a hobbyist
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I saw this ryukin/koi hybrid the other day. It was weird.
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>>2600127
>weird
It looks retarded!
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I think my young snails are eating the freshly laid eggs! WTF
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>>2600135
Might mean they are starving/lack calcium. I've never seen this in my snails.
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>>2600138
I feed them food with added calcium so that shouldn't be it. Maybe the two clutches hatched when I wasn't looking, but they just got laid like 2 or 3 days ago and it usually takes a week or so for them to hatch.
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>>2599879
Harlequin rasboras
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>>2599983
What kind of barbs? What kind of gourami? What size tank?

>>2600049
Nah.
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Last reply 1.5 hours ago. Looks like trollfag did a good job. Thanks, asshole.

Anyway apparently the Indonesian government is going to start cracking down on aquarium exports to stop their ecosystems from getting btfo. Also if they get too btfo'd they will become endangered species and the trade will shut down completely. So now it will become a trickle, unlike the firehose it's been for the past 3 years.
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How many neons should I put with a betta in a 20g long?
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>>2600264
Start with just 3, see if the betta attacks the neons, or if the neons nip the betta fins. If all is well you could probably bump it up to a dozen.
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>>2600262
>Thanks, asshole.
>newfags don't know where the report button is.
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>>2599489
Looks like my snail tank. I treat it the exact same way. Tons of dead snails in it though, many empty shells but they are always breeding so I don't care.
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>>2599879
get some Endlers. Betta will have an endless supply of babbys to eat
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>>2600191
Blue opaline gourami, 6 cherry barbs, 3 gold dust mollies, 29 gallon tank
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Thoughts on the NOMO? There isn't a whole lot of information on it, but apparently it produces micro current to help keep the water clean. They claim to have tested it on tanks for over 2 years with no water changes.
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>>2599311
>found wild shrimps in the mountains on the tropics
>cant identify their taxonomy
>me planning to imprison them at home for life
what do?
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>>2600368
Could you be more specific about the precise location you found them at or is it a sekrit?
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>>2600274
Why would you ever want to look at that?
he same setup with gravel and plants would look almost pretty and you'd have to care even less about it.
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>>2600371
That's the thing, I don't look at it.
Occasionally I will top off the water or do a big water change, maybe once a month I will do that and clean the filter. It started out as just a place to put the damn snails from my main aquarium. No substrate because I am a cheap fuck, no heater either. Only gets ambient light from the room it is in. No plants because the snails will eat the plants. I was considering selling the snails but I don't know if people would buy them or how much I should sell them for.
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>>2600359
So what the fuck actually is it? I only keep seeing stuff that' it's solar powered, keep water clean and shit but what kind of device is it? A filter? Powerhead? Motor? What does it actually "do"?
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>>2600369
its somewhere south of the main island of the philippines
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>>2600376
It appears to be an under gravel electrified device of some sort. Here is the patent application: http://www.freepatentsonline.com/20160081311.pdf
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Does time of day matter when transferring a fish to a bigger tank?
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>>2600127
>those angry brows
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>>2600393
Never really thought about it, probably not. For plants I like to transfer them when the lights are off so I don't fuck up their photosynthesis cycle, that's about it.
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>>2600398
My new tank parameters are fine, and fish is stuck in a small enough tank as is. I'll float him in a bucket in the new tank so he can acclimate.
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>>2600400
Probably not even necessary. I'm guessing you are the guy with the goldfish in the 10 gallon
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>>2600404
Yeah, that's me. My only concern at this point is that the water's 18 inches, much deeper than any ten gallon.
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>>2600368
Don't take too many and don't tell anyone where you got them.
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>>2600406
Not really. 12 inches vs 18 inches is a small change to a fish. Frontosa cichlids are found at like 90 feet deep, caught by fisherman and shipped across the world, they survive.
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>>2600408
If this does turn out to be more exotic
i might sell em
and make a fortune breeding em
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I think this snail is stuck.
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>>2600368
Probably kill them if you don't match water parameters, especially ph/gh/kh
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>>2600425
Just don't destroy the native population
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>>2600436
ofc
>>2600428
im not far off from the mountain
just a few kilometers from the source
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>>2600422
He's sitting still in the bottom corner,eyes darting around. Hopefully he's just confused, or tired. To be fair, this was pretty typical behavior in the cramped tank for a while.
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>>2599482
not the guy you were talking to, but it is digested stony coral, aka sand.

looking this up gave me cancer, 2nd graders know this. These are the people giving fish advice on 4chan.
https://youtu.be/j3JA5WSFLOY
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>>2600455
>looking this up gave me cancer, 2nd graders know this. These are the people giving fish advice on 4chan.
/aq/ is purely entertainment, we watch retarded people pretend to give advice on fishkeeping.

the funny part is they're so SINCERE while being completely wrong.
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>>2600453
He periodically changes spots. I'll see how he's doing in the morning.
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>>2600465
you're probably the troll who is the guy who thinks plants don't absorb ammonia
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>>2600468
Is it just the one goldfish in that tank?
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>>2600472
Yeah.
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>>2600473
Hopefully he isn't sick.
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>>2600475
It's more likely that he isn't used to his new tank yet and needs to settle in, which might take longer with a social fish that is solitary.
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>>2600482
I do plan on getting a second, as soon as I find one that's big enough for him to not attempt to eat it.
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>>2600482
Poor fella, maybe he is depressed.

>>2600483
I've never owned a goldfish before, are you saying they are the type of fish that will eat anything that will fit in their mouth?
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>>2599311
That tank is way too small for a goldfish
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>>2600483
I have a ton of goldies in my pond. I had 10 that I bought, and they bred, so there's 10 that are 8-10 inches long and ~100 that are 2-3 inches long, they get along just fine if they can make it to the age where they develop color.
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>>2600486
not really, I keep mine in a dixie cup
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>>2600426
Two hours later and he is still stuck. Should I save him or let him continue his struggle?
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>>2600482
>>2600485
Considering the time necessary to quarantine anyway, I may come home with another tomorrow. I can use his old tank for that, since it's still set up.
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>>2600496
Do you think you want to try and breed them?
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>>2599878 I'll be damned, been a couple months since I've lurked these threads, never thought I'd see a picture of where I work.
>>2599950 Funny you should say that. Some tanks we grow the hardies in, we add manure (granted it's sat outside for a year or so before hand) directly into the tanks. Also great choice in lily. Love the Wanvisa.
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>>2600469
You're that endearing child that doesn't understand the square-cube law and thus doesn't realize bacteria absorb ammonia billions of times faster than plants can.

You're one of the main reasons I hang out here. I can't wait to see what magical thinking your schizotypal brain comes up with next.

I particularly liked our last encounter when you posted a screenshot that proved me right without realizing it.
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>>2600501
I don't know that I have the space, or the money. I'm renting right now, after all.
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>>2600502
Since you are knowledgeable about lilies, can you tell me what could be wrong with this one? I purchased it as a dwarf lily but it makes giant pads and even made a big purple flower.
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>>2600516
looks like you've been scammed..
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>>2600520
Yeah maybe... I have had it in my aquarium for maybe5 months now. I wish I would have known more about them when I bought it because I would have put it in a pot instead of halfway in the substrate like the sales guy recommended.
Pictured is the flower. I guess it wasn't really purple. It was only open for like 1 day before the flower died.
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>>2600502
Shit I totally love that place can I have a job are you hiring???
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>>2600530
I do ponds and tanks and planted tanks, I know you guys hire mostly retarded high school kids too, I would be a lot better than them. Right now I'm working part time at another local aquarium business. I also went to the OCA winter auction and bought some of your Red Hygro, it looks pretty good but I paid too much for it since I really only need 1 stem to take over the tank.
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>>2600530
We are actually, getting to be that time of year again. My manager said we're gonna start picking people up around the end of this month/beginning of March. Feel free to swing by and grab an application.
>>2600533
Oh god don't get me started on some of the summer hires we pick up, we could always do with more competent people. And we're getting a bunch of decent people returning this season, so it shouldn't be as bad as some years. Also, good to hear the hygro's doing well, though depending who you talk to, if you want just a stem of something we'll usually toss it your way.
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>>2600540
Is the manager the guy whos about 25-30 who does a lot of the sales? Or is that you? Or is the manager an older bald guy?
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>>2600540
Oh I totally have experience with shipping plants too I do some selling online. I know you ship a lot of stuff out.
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>>2600542
The manager is the older middle aged woman you might catch wandering around, though she mostly stays in the office. As for me, I'm just a regular worker, I'm the big dude with the poorly maintained beard. If you've come in as an aquarium customer there's a good chance we've bullshitted for a bit.
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>>2600545
Yeah we definitely have! I remember in the winter you had that little fish room looking PRISTINE. I forget what we talked about but you recommended the wanvisa and that newer lily strain that is the first purple hybrid
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>>2600516
needs more manure
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>>2600552
I am not putting damn manure in my aquarium, but I do have root tabs I could use. I gave all my other plants some tabs but not the lily.
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>>2600492
Five hours later and he is still stuck. Come on son, stretch, you can do it, I believe in you!
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>>2600586
save him you fuck!
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>>2600589
I did right after I took that picture. Gave him some food for being a good sport.
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>>2600594
good boy
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>>2600357
Those should all get along pretty well. The gourami might just need some more time to settle in. If the mollies are giving it trouble you can try separating the mollies for a few days.
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>>2600359
It's over a year old and you still can't buy one, so it's just Indiegogo vaporware, actually.
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Does anyone know what these holes in my buce plant are from? I thought it was maybe from snails but they seem really uniform to me and I haven't really noticed any of the snails in my tank on the plant (MTS, pond, ramshorn).
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Can I use any ol' Alder cone that I find in my aquariums or is there a specific type that I need to look for?
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>>2599311
where can ya boi get some ludwigia pantanal
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>>2600594
what kinds of snails are those
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Hey /aq/! Somewhat new aquarist here, and I really want to make a spooky/Halloween tank. Will probably shoot for 50+ gallons, lots of dead tree spidery looking driftwood on the sides (actual spiderwood is too light I think) and moss over dark gravel or sand.
Fish I’m looking at are
>blind cave tetra (possibly won’t work since they prefer wide open spaces, but they’re super neat)
>blushing white skirt tetra
>upside down catfish (maybe)
>a few green glofish danios (or green tetras)
>a steady population of ghost shrimp would be neat but maybe difficult to achieve with the cave tetra and catfish

Does anyone have any suggestions for fish that would compliment the theme? Or experience with keeping cave tetra in a community? Thank you!
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>>2600973
The big and small ones are Colombian Ramshorn Snails and the yellow ones are Yellow Rabbit Snails.
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>>2600994
They're not that noob friendly, but these guys can really sell a spooky theme.

You can also try a dead bonsai tree as driftwood somewhere in there if you want to sell a dead tree look
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who here is /gloved/?
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>>2600482
>>2600483
Day after, he's swimming around here and there. He ate breakfast, and started foraging later on. I'm not too worried.
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Fucking craigslist.

Should I drive an hour or two to try and save these guys? I've got Fancies and commons that I could eventually integrate them with.

Supposedly there's an "Algae Eater" in there, too.
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>>2601033
How is that water so clean?
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>my otos are nomming on softened shrimp pellets

Huh, I was really afraid I'd have to give them a special diet but they've been eating algae, algae wafers, fish flakes, and these pellets without issue. I wonder where people have issues feeding them. Maybe they're only getting the stock that's already sick and dying.
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>>2600368
Ask a specalist for help.
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>>2601036
water changes are a hell of a drug
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Something that has always mystified me is how do fish of a certain size know to school with other fish of that size, yet not larger sizes?

I have a very mixed community tank and fish of similar sizes often shoal around and sometimes school. But if a slightly larger fish tries to join they break up away from it. How exactly do fish know that one is larger? Even if it's only a half-inch larger... how are they aware of their own size and similar sizes?
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>>2601050
Mine go right for the Hikari crab food and don't go directly for the algae wafers.
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>>2601076
They can detect movement in the water and larger fish displace and move around more water.
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Do amano shrimp do well in smaller numbers, say, two or three?
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>>2601289
Yes. They do fine.
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>>2601291
Good to hear. I always have diatom algae on my live plants, even when I take care to keep it from flourishing. I just won't have much room left after I add the second fantail. I do have a heater on hand if keeping the temp more stable makes shrimp comfortable.

I want something more interesting/useful than a pleco, but having a "colder" tank doesn't give me a lot of choices.
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>>2601309
>1 shrimp
>with 2 goldfish
Have you considered waiting 2 or 3 weeks for the diatoms to go away?
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>>2601314
I'm not running out and getting them any time soon. I'll have plenty of time to see if it goes away on its own.
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>>2601309
Nerites are usually fine in an unheated tank. And much less likely to be eaten by a hungry goldfish. I would recommend them for diatoms.
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>>2600926
Not sure but you may as well trim that leaf as it was grown emersed and clearly isn't going to survive the transition to submerged
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>>2601341
Ah shit I thought they were grown fully submerged. I think I asked that question some threads back but never got an answer... But, there is new growth on the plant, so I guess it is doing OK.
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>>2601325
Trapdoor snails sound interesting, too. No egg-laying, either.
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OK I found the specific species of alder trees: Alnus glutinosa and Alnus incana. A local told me some type of alder tree grows around here so hopefully I can just find some at the park and use them. I really don't want to pay for some f'in cones.
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>>2601398
You could just use peat. I bought an $8 bag of garden peat that I've barely made a dent in and had for two years. A few tablespoons puts my 40 at an aesthetic level of tannins.
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>>2601400
Isn't there beneficial compounds in the alder cones though? I know shrimp like to munch on them.
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I should buy all of them and put a goldfish in each one.
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Is this a decent meter for testing TDS?
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>>2601466
Don't get that pH meter unless it comes with calibrating fluid. In order to have an accurate pH meter you will need pH 4, 7 and 10 fluid. Shit's not cheap either. So it's best to get as a kit. Without occasional calibration they become wildly inaccurate. Just get a 10 dollar TDS pen and skip that pH meter. TDS is a much simpler device. Also don't get a pH meter that only comes with 2 calibrating fluids, you need a high neutral and low.
>t. found this out the hard way
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>the penguin 200 filter my tank came with drops water into the tank loud as shit
>gambling by mail ordering plants in the dead of winter because no one around me sells anything other than java fern
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>>2601496
That pH meter comes with only two calibrating fluids (IF they send it, according to the reviews). I was more interested in the TDS meter, although I am not sure that that is very important in freshwater aquariums. Trying to get everything lined up to keep some shrimp though and I think it is important for shrimpkeeping.
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>>2601509
Yeah just get a 10 dollar TDS pen and find a quality pH test. Might be ~20 bucks for just a pH pen but worth the extra 10 bucks to have an accurate one.

>>2601506
Winter is the best time to mail plants. Heat will melt plants at relatively low temps of 90-95F (sitting on porch in sun will easily hit this in a few minutes) , cold will generally only kill them if they freeze solid which can take quite some time especially if decently packaged.
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>>2601528
I have a liquid test kit for pH so the meter seems redundant, especially without a meter for ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate, if such things exist.
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>>2601547
The meter can give you a numerical value rather than a "is it navy blue or royal blue?"
Still, probably not necessary as you just need it to be within a general range and most of the time has no effect on fish health.
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>>2601548
That is what I keep hearing but it might be useful once I get my CO2 up and running. I do have a drop checker in there now but I think it takes a while for the color to change. Mine hasn't but the CO2 isn't running yet.
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Female betta with fin rot. Her fins were fine yesterday but look tattered and white today. Parameters are:
Temp: 83
pH: 6.8
Ammonia: 0
Nitrite: 0
Nitrate: 40
KH: 2
GH: 10
What is the best treatment for her? I have Epsom salt, antibiotics (Furan2, Amoxicillin), PraziPro, MetroPlex, and Melafix. I am preparing a QT tank now for treatment but I don't know what to use to heal her. I can get her whatever medicine that is recommended.
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>>2601610
Best pic I could get of her. She is hiding right now, haven't got her out of the main tank yet. She is normally very active and doesn't hide at all. She is a half-moon and her normal coloring is a dark purple like indigo maybe but her color looks very faded especially in the tail.
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>>2601622
Bettasplendid recommends just aquarium salt so I am going to try that in the QT tank.
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What are the chances that H2O2 used to treat BBA will kill my biofilter?
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>>2601657

None. It denatures quickly into H2O and O2. Just don't go crazy with it.

But you really ought to be treating the root cause of your BBA (I.e. your lazy ass not cleaning your tank out thoroughly enough / not feeding your plants enough for the strength of lighting you have) rather than just keeping it at bay.
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>>2601610
If the salt doesn't work try methylene blue in the QT tank. It's the best anti-fungal on the market IMO
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>>2601716
Some of the BBA is growing on my sponge filter. I left that there but I think that is a problem. Other BBA is growing on my moss and that is my concern. My nitrates have been a steady 40ppm for weeks and I thought I had enough plants to take care of it but apparently not. One of my plants seems to have an iron and nitrogen deficiency so Im going to get some liquid fertiliser hopefully that helps.
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>>2601033
god damn im working at a guys house renovating his kitchen and he has the same setup except the water is filthy and they have a gigantic airator in it so the fish is like constantly swimming against the current. the people in this house are filthy rich too
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>>2601716
There was a guy on another forum who dumped a whole bottle in thinking it was safe. Everything died. I would stick to 1-3 ml/gallon
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>>2601748
I'm a big fan of the "nitrofuracin green" I got off aquabid. It's a mixture of a few different medications, including methylene blue. Pretty much a cure-all.
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Fuck, can nerite snails die from adding flourish to a tank? (Not excel, the supplement one)
It says it has .0001% water soluble copper
What do I do, it's still stuck to the glass and his antennae move
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>>2601941
Not in anything close to a normal dose. If you're so worried do a water change.
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>>2601942
I think it was just sleeping. He's moving and scraping glass now. I wasn't aware snails did anything but eat constantly.

Sidenote I think he's running out of algae to eat off the glass. What do they like to eat?
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When feeding fry egg yolk, is it OK to just put the egg yolk in or does it really need to be mixed with water? I've already fed them today but now my tanks look weird because the egg yolk particles are suspended in the water. The fish love it though.
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>>2601965
Do you have any biofilm in your tank? How big is it? What about plants? If there is no algae they might eat your plants. Feed them cucumber, spinach, or zuccini.
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>>2601939
That's banned in my country because you can make meth with it in a 2L bottle.
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>>2601972
I have plants yes. I also some biofilm accumulates if the water isn't agitated constantly. Is that a bad thing? I don't know anything about biofilm.
Also thanks, I'll throw some zuccs in there
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>>2601983
Snails and shrimp will munch on biofilm, I don't think it is a big problem. Some people purposely grow it for that reason. The zucchini probably won't sink so you should either blanch it or use a fork to weigh it down, or a plant weight if you have any, but just make sure the tines are in your substrate because they can easily tear fins.
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>>2601975
Which country?
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>>2599422
What are the most fuckedup shit you have seen inside aquarium?

The floating rocks like on Pandora always get me.
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>>2601996
Those are just pumice with a fishing line and a weight. Almost bought some but people say they don't float very long.
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I used some H2O2 on that BBA I mentioned and now my livebearers are all eating it! Why couldn't they eat it while it was alive?
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>>2602047
probably the texture honestly. Fresh carrots are a hassle to eat but cooked carrots are gr8
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>>2602057
Is it safe for humans? I could compare the texture...
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>>2601657
Unlikely.
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So this is my first time having guppies in a tank right. There was 6 of them, adults. Things have been going well the past couple months. I noticed one of them though has been doing so hot and lays around hiding in its log all the time.

Eventually my curiousity got the better of me trying to find the fucker cause they seem to have just gone missing, so I slowly started removing their hiding places trying to draw them out, no dice. Cannot find my 6th guppy.

I check in the back of the built in 3 stage filter and I'm blown away there is like 5 or 6 baby guppies just hiding in the darkness in the first stage of my filter.

What the FUCk do I do.. Oh my good nooooo I wasn't prepared for this.
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>>2602097
Also I cannot find the missing adult guppy at all, they are just fucking gone. Like what the fuck they have to be dead in here somewhere or something. I'm in shock.
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>>2601855
take a secret pic so we can laugh at the richfag
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>>2602098
>>2602097
Raise them as your own. You are lucky! :3
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>>2602105
Get a breeder box so they won't get eaten
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>>2602105
No way this is absolutely terrible... I have no place for them that's safe. They are just sitting in the filter in the darkness where all the uneaten food and shit collect.
Somewhere in the tank is a fucking corpse I suspect as well.
This is a total disaster so few babies, a missing dead fish? I probably just killed a billion of them checking under the second stage biomass filter as well. FUUUCKK!!

I don't have a breeder box, a second tank, fuck all anything.
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Shiiit!! How could I have been so NAIVE and FOOLISH!! What kind of jack ass keeps so many guppies in a tank like this and doesn't expect them to shit out a bunch of fry! fuck!
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If I wanted to build a tank for outside, all year round, what are some of the possible troubles I would encounter, and how could I get around them?

My idea is to have a gazibo with two tanks wrapping opposite sides of each entrance. I want the tanks tobe long, but somewhat short, like the tank Joey made for the sand dwellers.

They will be shaded, but probably get algae, so I would probably need a good plant to out compete it. I would also install a heater, but during winter , when the temperature drops below freezing, I would like to know how to deal with that. Like possibly make the gazebo a cover?

Any ways, ideas? Money isn't a huge issue, but I'm definitely going the DIY route.
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>>2602147
Alternatively, I could have a small gazibo inside of a functioning green house, since I wanted a green house anyway.
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>>2602105
Three, I fished out 3 of the survivors. I have them in a small cup with an air stone. Guess you're getting your wish.
They are sooo tiny. Cute tho! They look like their parents... black mouths and tips on their fins/tails lol.
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>>2602152
Ordered a breeder box as someone said, a tiny one that just clings on, etc. Should arrive tomorrow, hope they can hold out till then. Enough updates from me for now blasting the thread away with my stupidity. Thanks guys.
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>>2602114
My guppies breed fine in-tank. The fry are big enough to eat crushed up flakes the day they are born. The adults don't seem interested in eating them. You should put a sponge over your filter intake to prevent them from getting in the filter.
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>>2602166
Yeah you're probably right but, I have absolutely no idea how long they've been living in the darkness in there. They are quite tiny. I plucked them out one by one in a panic, and a box is already on the way so I'm just going to stick with the plan for now at the very least. They'll be back in their home by tomorrow night at the very least.

The sponge is a good idea, I'm not quite sure still where my last guppy even went? It's dead in the filter/tank somewhere? I have no idea, its just straight up fucking gone. The two ducts that take in water, the bottom one I pried open slightly further to fit/hide their air stone in it. Perhaps the mother is inside of it dead as fuck and that's how the fry got in there, I don't know what to think.
It's a mystery but at least I was able to save a few of the babies.. for now, we'll see. First time any of this has happened to me, learning as I go it seems.
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>>2602114
nigga go buy one they are less than 10
or just make one out of plastic container with holes drilled in it
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just imagine you playing in that water with your hands... that birth water
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>>2602152
To feed them, hard boil an egg. Eat the white part, mix up the yolk with water and use a dropper to drop it in. They will eat that or finely crushed flake.
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>>2602172
A 2 inch fish will dissolve in 7-10 days if conditions are right. Faster if it gets pecked at. That's how fish "disappear"
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>>2602149
Just do a greenhouse and DIY some big ass tanks inside it.
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>>2602172
>>2602188
I had a cardinal tetra be there and gone in the 10 hours I was away at work. Noticed some pulp when I was doing a waterchange that night and found its tiny spine floating in the water. Pretty sure my amano shrimp ate his dead body like a corn on the cob.
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>>2602218
Amanos are real buggers.
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Amanos are real niggas*.
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Yo mufuggas what's good I want to know what the most ballin ass fish a nigga can get is and don't you racist ass 4chan nerds tell me some bullshit like get a catfish nigga I don't want it for food know what I'm saying so just tell me what a good fish is for a real nigga peace
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Will a Scooter Blenny eat Diatoms off the glass?
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Fuck Amazon sword this shit grows like ass. Meanwhile my anacharis grows like an inch a day. Wtf
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>>2602249
Root tabs perhaps? Mine grew very nicely without though.
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>>2602258
I don't use root tabs, but I dose the water with CLR and starter fluid.
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>>2602262
Dose yourself
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>>2602258
I have a miracle gro substrate with gravel and I'm still having problems. One of them has like no roots and keeps floating, the tips are turning transparent and yellowish. Others are getting algae on the leaves.
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>>2602266
Sounds like your plants are deficient in potassium and are being blocked from properly doing photosynthesis by the algae. Get some algae eaters and aquarium fertilizer.
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>>2602268
My miracle grow tank did great without ferts for about 18 months. The only thing I dose it with is iron. It could be the light, my swords were always light starved unless they got sunlight
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>>2601610
Dead ;_;
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>>2602287
Sounds like a bacterial thing. Sometimes they turn very quickly. Bettas do not have a long lifespan. I try to keep nitrates between 10-20 if I have plants in the tank or 0-10 if not.
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>>2602266
If it has no roots it's pretty much fucked. Also a low tech walstad is fairly dependent on algae eaters to get through the grow out phase. Get some nerites or amanos or otocinclus. Nerites are best imo
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She did turn very quickly. I observe my fish daily like I'm sure most of us do and one day she was fine, the next sick, and dead today. She was my favorite betta because she was the meanest out of the bunch.
If I wanted to lower my nitrates to 20ppm, would I need to do a 50% water change? Pic related is part of my city's water quality report.
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>>2602292
That water is fine, nitrates between .18 and .52 is good. A 50% water change would in fact bring your nitrates to 20 ppm. Do another next week and you will be at a good number.
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>>2602298
This isn't very good advise
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>>2602284
Hmm I'll up my photo cycle. I'm just concerned with the algae. It's at 9 hrs

>>2602290
I've got one nerite but he doesn't like to climb on leaves. He's a fatass. I'll see if I can find a small one to add
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>>2602299
Why? Are low nitrates and weekly water changes bad for fish?
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>>2602298
Fuck it is such a pain in the ass to change out 50% of a 55 gallon I am about to either make a ghetto Python or buy one. Even a 25% change is still 3 big ass 5-gallon jugs. Thanks for the advice though, might as well get on it.
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>>2602310
You can always just use a garden hose to drain it straight out the back door. Just have to watch the hose closely in the tank so it doesn't suck up anything it shouldnt. That way you only have to loft half as many buckets
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Is this marimo algae or something else? It's taking over my tank and I don't know what to do. This is my first planted tank. It's a 20 gallon and I upgraded to a CO2 regulator a couple months ago but the algae has just gotten worse.

At this point I want to nuke it with hydrogen peroxide or something. Is there anything else I could do, like would a blackout work on this algae? I don't know why it's growing in the first place.
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If my hose wasn't covered in mud I might consider that! I haven't actually seen the hose since the winter started. I know its out there somewhere.
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yes
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