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Sorry messed the other thread up. Commence in this one please.
Saved 5 emerald cories from petco. Really wanna go back and pick up this 3.5 inch long betta.
>thread is filled with autism after 1 post.
That's a new record.
Anyway a friend has been trying to throw his Oscar in a lake here in Michigan. I keep stopping him but today the faggot flushed it. At least I'm getting his tank.
good meme. You bought them, funding the business. Since you bought them, they will purchase more and so on. Now your obligated to go back when they get more and buy them, and so on and so on to "save" them all. I really don't understand your mindset. do you just need to play the hero to feel good? Why couldn't have just purchased them and put them in your tank without all the self righteous bullshit
ps. hope your tank is healthy, because chances are they are carrying a shit ton of diseases, and you don't seem like one to quarantine fish because a small bare bottom tank is "cruel"
I've been posting my tanks here for a bit over 5 years. Coincidentally two of them DO have multicolor gravel, but I set them up just for /an/.
is it its healthy for plants to grow new leaves and the leaves look almost transparent? I know literally next to nothing about growing shit other then the basics and I don't know what it looks like when something actually grows.
also Jesus Christ get your shit together. "saving" fish from a store is a meme guys. I'm surprised how many people fell for the bait
he died of old age 3 years ago in my 1000g FOWLR.
I miss the little guy, but I bought another a few months back.
it's empty atm, but I can timestamp a pic of it empty if you like.
this is it when I first built it.
there has to be at least one oldfag here that remembers it.
It's completely empty, the bottom plate of glass cracked and dumped all the water on the floor a few years back.
I still haven't decided if I want to take it all down and rebuild it with heavier bottom glass or just seal the bottom and hope the sides don't break. It's kindof a tossup. I had it up and running for 7 years before it broke though, so I'm not really sure I trust anything I make anymore.
>I'd get a big eel for it, if i had a spare 1000g sitting around :) lol
If I fix it it'll probably be for a pair of bamboo sharks. Just to see what I can learn from keeping them.
what kind of eel would you get?
A friend recommended a fish tank with a led for my room to help me sleep, so I'm getting pic related.
Good idea? Bad idea?
All I've seen people use it for is bettas or gold fish. Can I use it for small fish like neon tetras/guppies/pea puffer/shrimp ect.?
>Buy a bunch of ghost shrimp.
>Somehow one amano shrimp got mixed in with them.
>Put them in tank and one of them is randomly active and mobile.
>All the others just kinda waddle around and don't swim very frequently.
>Some hiding when there are 0 fish in the tank like pussies.
>Amano doesn't give any fucks.
So are Ghost shrimp just a lot less interesting or is there something wrong with my water?
Bad idea, you can get a tank twice that size for the exact same price.
>get a five to ten gallon tank
>throw just enough sand on the bottom to cover the glass
>get three or four marimo moss balls and rotate them once a week
>get some soft fake plants that wont shred up your fish and attach some java moss to the fake plants with either cotton string or super glue
>cause fuck super expensive real rocks and wood
>get desk lamp and put CFL bulb in it for the marimo moss and java moss
>make DIY filter with airstone
>cycle tank so fish don't die from ammonia burns due to swimming in their own shit and piss
Here's some links: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KrLYm-ZDGLw https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lYyEHHmeZY0
All in all, if you follow my advice your tank and everything that goes into it will most likely cost less than the fish themselves.
for each water change i do, should i keep adding aquarium salt to account for the water i took out? or should i do tht only once a month or so? to me adding salt every time seems a bit excessive
its a freshwater tank btw
Well, mah nigga mah nigga, what is up?
You remember when pedobear and epic fail guy used to be cool?
I remember this awesome screencap I'd see posted on occasion where EFG killed pedobear.
Those were good days man, good days.
that was a joke tank.
I built it to troll /an/ when everyone complained about tacky decorations and gravel all the time.
Yeah, he lived out his days in my huge tank that I posted itt also.
If i were you, I'd fill it with freshwater, buy 30+ decent quality red cherry shrimp (berried if you can), let the tank run for 5-6 months til you have a population of several thousand shrimps, then put some largish predator like a puffer or something, and see if the shrimp population can't sustain him.
last puffer I had ate like a pig. I don't see any number of shrimp keeping one alive. They just eat all day erry day.
Thats what hopefully your sump can help with. you do have a sump on the behemoth, right? Hell, i guess i didn't think about it, but you could even do it with some crayfish, a huge population of crays could sustain a puffer
It is going to be just as much effort with a 3 gallon. Even more so, the smaller the tank, the more extreme the effect any chance has on the inhabitants. A single drop of temperature in a 3 gallon would kill all fish that the same species could shrug off in a 5 to 10 gallon.
You're going to have to watch a 3 gallon like a hawk 24/7. It will be a horrible chore if you aren't a hardcore hobbyest who genuinely loves keeping aquariums.
While with a 5 to 10 gallon tank you set it all up properly the first time, then sit back and enjoy it. Plus, it will be a boatload cheaper in the long run.
so the system is 1300g total? Damn. Yea, I'd do crays and like Mbu puffer or something. You could easily just keep the crays in your 300g sump to breed, and pull one or two out and toss them in the display every week or so
>so the system is 1300g total?
the tank itself is a bit over 700g, I just call it 1000g because the system holds that plus.
It's an odd size though, I just bought the largest glass that I could get down my basement stairs without knocking out a wall. I've never actually measured how much it holds.
shrimp is the fruit of the sea. You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, saute it. There’s shrimp-kabobs, shrimp creole, shrimp gumbo. Pan fried, deep fried, stir-fried. There’s pineapple shrimp, lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp, pepper shrimp, shrimp soup, shrimp stew, shrimp salad, shrimp and potatoes, shrimp burger, shrimp sandwich. That, that’s about it.
Still a large system either way lmao. A 1,000g sump would be sick though. That tank would be insanely stable. You could also just turn it into a fantastic reef. Get some nice cheap LED lighting over that thing, and youll have some nice montipora shelves in no time
that's my plan.
I was previously running 4 400w halides with 8 long actinic tubes.
now I can replace that pretty easily with 8 LED fixtures and be done. I'm already stocking up on those. I think I paid $80 each, so the lighting is suddenly the cheap part.
I'd like to take out the red and the green LED's but yeah. Overall you can't beat them for the price. Plus no more replacing bulbs every 3 months. I'm hooked.
Now hold up a minute. I'm pretty sure Petco takes back unwanted fish and puts them out for grabs to whoever wanted. For all we know, anon literally saved these fish since by taking them he isn't really funding Petco but taking someone's unwanted fish.
Those are probably just bronze cories anyway.
Yup yup, I was lucky enough to get a species of large featherdusters as hitchhikers. My largest one is about and inch and a half across
Thanks :) it's been an interesting first adventure into saltwater. Kept freshwater for around 15 years now. Went on a vacation to hawaii, and dove on a reef off maui, fell straight in love with it and decided i need my own piece of the ocean
I love Hawaii.
did you get any good pics? Post a favorite?
I have lots of good pictures, but their all on another computer that I can't get to right now :/. I was diving off the coast of Maui, at the Molokini Crater. Not a picture I took, but it's a picture from Molokini, and its exactly what I remember it looking like.
Couldnt get the best picture but one of julii corys
ok, yeah you've showed me your Hawaii pics before.
I've always wanted to dive on Molokini. Maybe this year.
It was a stunning reef. If you have the chance, do it. Take a private tour if you can, I was with a big group, and they were all ready to head back after like 30 minutes, and I was just not ready to go yet. I just loved free diving down to the 30ft deep reefs and checkin out the eels and everything.. just.... damn. I honestly think that I'm going to spend a year of my life just bumming around hawaii. Saw so many people there that just toss beds in the back of their trucks, and sleep in their trunks on the beach, wake up, fish, eat, swim/surf, and work here and there, and live like that their entire lives
Is a cheap, buzzing air pump and fizzy bubbles going to help you sleep? Get one with an actual power filter instead. Get a betta if it's between 5 and 10 gallons, inverts only if it's smaller than 5 gallons.
I think you and I might have discussed that before. That's my retirement plan as well, but I figure on buying a condo on the big island instead of living in the truck. They're cracking down on the beach campers quite a bit lately.
It's beautiful there. I figure I'll drown one day from a double wave hold down or something. I survived one in '09 that almost got me. A set of 20 foot waves in a shallow rocky bottom. Scared the shit out of me but I still go back.
It doesn't. It can weaken certain bacteria and parasites, but your fishes'immune systems should be strong enough on their own if they're healthy. Salt also gives a lot of fish a hard time.
If you're keeping something like mollies or African cichlids, they don't mind the salt, though.
Very possible lol. If I was going to retire there I would definitely get a decent place, I just want to go bum it for a year sometime between this last semester of college and whenever I actually settle down. The people there were so nice too, it's just hard not to love the place. Only issue is the cost of food, but if i lived there i'd have my own year round garden
I definitely want more but I don't want to overcrowd my tank right now, me and my fiance might be getting a 60 gal tank with a nice stand from petsmart soon so then I'll go Cory crazy.
Question, do multiple kinds of corys fair well together?
Oh we talked the other night I think, you told me about how the emerald Cory would flow with the powerjet and the pygmy would follow
I really like the julii Cory coloration and the albinos sort of creep me out.
What's your favorite kind of Cory?
Yes, but no matter what you do, or what you put in it, make absolutely certain that you have some kind of filter with a sponge in it up and running first and foremost. Then allow the tank/water to cycle properly. Basically, what cycling is, is allowing the porous material of the sponge to become colonized with extremely beneficial bacteria that breaks down ammonia and other harmful ingredients in the water that fish produce with their urine and feces.
Without this colony of beneficial bacteria, your fish will all die. The ammonia will burn their gills and they will suffocate since they breathe with their gills.
There are fish that can survive in a tank that hasn't been cycled properly, such as bettas. Bettas can survive due to having a labyrinth organ that makes them "air breathers".
So, in essence, once you have poured the water (make sure you use a dechlorinator on any water you put in your tank, or put it in a pitcher and let it sit out over night) into the tank, you can add a single betta right away, and then the tank will cycle. But do NOT add any other living creatures until after the tank cycles properly.
If you do choose to buy a betta then you will need broad leaf plants that grow semi tall, or at least a fake plastic plant that is soft enough that it won't shred his fins. Male bettas need something to lay on when they need to take a break dragging those huge fins around. If they try to rest on the ground they will end up clogging their gills with all kinds of nasty stuff.
Having live plants will also help, because the plants will not only help oxygenate the water, but also "eat" a lot of the bad stuff like ammonia.
I previously mentioned marimo moss and java moss because those are the two easiest plants you can get, do not require super concentrated bright lights, and you do not have to plant them. Just chuck the marimo moss balls in on the ground, and tie/superglue the java moss to whatever object you want.
Also, if that tank doesn't come with a sponge filter in it, you can simply go to any store, buy a kitchen sponge, cut out the spongy material, and simply jam it in either the intake or out take. This will also help prevent any fish you have from getting sucked into the filter and killed.
And the plants can go into the tank at any time you want, the plants themselves couldn't care less if it is cycled or not. In fact, they can help speed up the cycling process.
I built the whole thing, stand and canopy and all for $1200. The lighting and rock and livestock of course was a bit more.
when it broke I had a 60g and a 120g set up so I saved the fish. I lost most of the rock though.
Why have I never seen, heard, or read any mention of zebra danios having whiskers before?
Don't buy fish from them. They're not meant to be selling this sort of product and you just gave money to someone else rather than a good aquarium store that could actually use your' money.
it would but that much plywood would have to be two sheets, so the seam might be a problem. Also plywood will bend under that much weight. It's gotta hold about 5 tons.
I'll probably just put silicone over the bottom, then a layer of cloth soaked in more silicone, and then a final top layer of even more silicone. Just rubberize the whole bottom.
the only part that worries me is the sides, I don't know how well they're supported since the glass they're sitting on is cracked. I don't know if it matters though.
Hey guys I want some advice. My family are moving house this year around September. I've been keeping fish and shrimp for 3 months (I'm the guy with the minnows and shrimp) and I've decided I want a proper tank. My idea is an 800 Litre planted discus community. I was going to dirt bellow the sand for growth. For a tank that large I know for a fact I want 15 discus. As well as them the only fish I know I want for sure is 6 khuli loach and 10 ottocinculus. I'd like some cories, a betta 100+ schooling fish (danio, tetras, rasboras etc) and something else for the top water layer. I want to know what are my best stocking options? What cories are recommended? What tetras/rasboras and how many of each kind? What too layer fish can actually tolerate the temperature Discus need? Long or short finned betta? Basically I want advice. Because if I can get an idea of what I want I can start saving with my job towards it as I can price everything at my LFS.
for reference here's what the bottom looks like now.
the glass is 3/4 inch untempered. It didn't really shatter, it just got 10 or so long cracks mostly radiating from the center where it's drilled for the overflow.
I'm thinking I can probably just pour epoxy resin or silicone right over the top of it. The silicone seems like the better choice because it's flexible if the glass breaks more.
Probably the main thing I'd do is put less live rock in though. Get rid of the deep sand bed and make most of the decoration out of foam instead of rock and concrete.
with discus you mostly want slow tankmates.
because discus are relatively slow swimmers at feeding time, and if they're in with fast tankmates they may not get any food.
the other option is to make all their tank mates much smaller than the discus and then feed them a larger food.
anyways, I've kept discus with plecos, rams, dwarf gouramis, tetras, and a betta.
my favorite look is just discus and a few hundred neon tetras. The discus will eat a few tetras every now and then though.
cardinals aren't usually much bigger than neons.
either way, some discus will nip fins on tankmates. They'll also probably chase each other around if they're different strains, or if it's breeding time. Aggression should be cut down by having so many. Also the small schooling fish should keep the discus distracted a bit. They can be pretty mean sometimes.
I have a stable 55g planted freshwater tank as my primary but yesterday I decided to put my 5g I had laying around to use and went down to the ocean (okinawan coast) and collected the clearest saltwater and cleanest sand you've ever seen along with a few small hermit crabs and one sea cucumber. The tank had been cycling with a small tetra filter for a couple weeks and had a couple Guppies I transferred to my 55g. I'm keeping the temp around 25c and the hermit crabs seem to be doing fine after a day of observation. I'm wondering when it would be OK to drop in a couple small fishes from my LFS or if I should just go net a reef at the shoreline of my house. Wouldn't the ocean water/sand already have the appropriate bacteria? Would fish raised from synthetic saltwater tanks be adversely affected by my "natural" setup? Thanks guys
sea water is generally fine.
fish kept in synthetic salt do fine in ocean water. Most of them came from the ocean to begin with.
The bacteria in your cycled filter won't survive the change. it needs to cycle with new, different bacteria.
there is very little bacteria in ocean sand. the ocean is very poor in nutrients. not a lot of bacteria most places.
5g is probably too small for fish unless you want to be changing water every week.
Thanks for the information. I do weekly water changes with my 55g as it is so this 5g would be nbd. Plus, NSW is stupid easy for me to collect. I'm thinking just a couple little guys for the tank
What would /an/ reccomend?
personally I like tank-bred ocellaris for that size.
they're really hardy and do well in small tanks.
a firefish would be cool too, but they're a lot more delicate. Or like you said you could go catch something. research what's tiny and local.
I managed to make a positive impact on a store by saving an axolotl. One big fucker and a small one were in the same tank. Both seriously underweight. I had one of the employees come over and showed them the axolotl and told them that this was quite cruel. I took out about 3 years worth of anger out on that poor employee and she promised to feed them better. Every time I've been by, I've been asked to show pictures of the axolotl and we're on a good tone. They often ask me to take a look at their reptiles and ask me for tips. I have become google to them.
You can't really keep anything in a tank that sized unfortunately. Maybe a blue neon goby, or other EXTREMELY small fish. I think clowns would be out of the question even, as clowns do get large. If you got a 10g that would significantly improve the fish you can keep. If I were you though, and had access to NSW, I would have as large of a tank as I possibly could keep
That's extremely ambitious for someone who has only been keeping fish for 3 months, and minnows at that. I would wait for quite awhile. Especially if you think you can stock an 800l with 15 discus and 100+ schooling fish, your not experienced enough for that level of tank. Discus can be very hard to maintain
My understanding was that they tend not to do that because who knows what diseases fish that have been in a home aquarium might have. They could wipe out an entire tank doing some shit like that.
I sincerely hope they don't just dump people's fish back in there.
You should work on your aquascaping more. I think it would really push your set-up from pretty cool to amazing. Use more rocks/driftwood and different elevated ground. It would look a lot cooler.
I joined this general a month ago and I've already witnessed its quality drop through the floor in about a week. Is this board so undertrolled nobody knows how to respond? Like 3 bait posts and this place is a warzone
The ones Where I live don't do it, but what I roughly gathered from reading was that they have a dedicated tank for unwanted fish that's separate from regular stock. I could be wrong, though.
Found a baby yellow shrimp in my tank. Cute, but hard as hell to photograph.
>I joined this general a month ago and I've already witnessed its quality drop through the floor in about a week.
you're incredibly new then and have no idea what normal is.
also if you think this /aq/ offers "quality" you're a newest of the aquarium noobs. What you get here is the blind leading the blind. But at least they're nice, huh? Niceness is way better than accurate advice?
Stole this betta from petco.
Anyway what is he? All it said was king male. He's pretty close to the 3 inch mark.
>Getting advice solely from /aq/
Shiggy diggy. The advice here has merit, but just like anything on 4chan it shouldn't be taken solely. I go on here for opinions. Speaking of which,
/AQ/ TELL MR YOUR FAVORITE PLANT
it's probably fine weight-wise, but I'd worry about the stability.
if you try it, make sure the tank is sitting on plywood on the stand and that it's fully supported, don't let the glass rest on the iron part.
King something. Sounds huge for a betta.
Any plantfags here can indentify this sword plant? The package only said sword species. I can get a better pic once the lights are on.
Crypt Spiralis, looks like a jungle val in my 1.5 gal. Its grown close to a foot long with just dirt, excel and a 3w desk lamp. Amazon sword gets a nod because it was the first real successful plant I grew in my sand and gravel beginner tank.
do you think my crypts would melt if I just moved them a few inches over
>tfw wanna move my crypts but they've been there for a year and have some roots all the way on the other side of the tank, also it would be super difficult to reburry their huge roots
Dwarf Baby Tear carpets. Too bad they take forever to get going.
I like dwarf sag. a lot. My first plants were aponogetnons and they grew three different kinds of leaves, bloomed en masse and had babies in a five gallon with fish I stole from nature.
Dwarf saggiteria grows like, not at all until you realize that it was making runners like strawberries. Soon you are rich in these grassy fucks that look like an overgrown houselawn for your frogs.
Crypt melt happens if you aren't consistent, or if some asshole sells you one straight from the nursey. They grow really well in high humidity. I mean air, like these are good for turtles if in big clay pots with airstones in them It grows by springs which are rich in oxygen. >>2052230
If it is thicker than a pencil lead root wise, then you can even leave it floating for a month or six. If you do in fact, it propagates it a colony on a string, I'd have taken pictures but it was nasty.
crypt melt only happens from destabilizing water conditions, this is why they melt when you put them in the tank. they should never melt as long as you dont damage them when you move them
>Posted this in the other thread figured I would post it here too
Trying to find a decent starter kit to get into having a couple of fish, but I'm just striking out. After looking online I decided to get the Aqua Culture LED 5 gallon aquarium, but when I opened the box the tank was just disgusting. The glass panes weren't flush and they just mashed glue all over the inside seems.
Then I went with my second tank choice of the Tetra 3 gallon cube. Turns out the plastic on it gave a fun house mirror impression when looking in from certain angles and it simply looked like trashy plastic.
Now I come to /an/ with the questions,
I'm looking to spend 100 dollars total to set up an aquarium. This includes the tank and all parts associated with it. Fish excluded.
I'm looking for a tank that is big enough to be noticeable, small enough to not be excessive, and smooth enough to not be tacky. My main concern after the first two tanks I got is quality.
I really don't want a lot of fish just enough to make the fish happy and/or not lonely. I also only want to do fresh water because I'm a casual and it looks like less hassle.
As for the questions, does /an/ know of a good starter kit for my requirements or simply a good tank that I can start from? Would prefer to shop online unless by lucky chance your recommendation is sold at Walmart or Big Buddies BBQ & Beer because those are my local choices.
>literally every single aquarium forum in existence
I guess I've been spoiled with reefcentral.
there you got the guys that invented the equipment and pioneered the techniques actually hanging out and explaining stuff to you.
Numerous PhD researchers on fish and inverts willing to spend time talking about the animals they study and how to keep them.
if someone pipes up with bad advice it's invariably countered in an impersonal manner, usually by several people that know what they're talking about.
Only thing I don't like about it is it's really stiff and formal, and unless you happen to be an expert at something you probably don't have much to offer there.
Could you manage to swing by a PetSmart?
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Big names in freshwater aquaria do frequent some freshwater boards, like Walstad and Barr, but between the rest of the posters on a lot of those sites it's a complete toss up.
At least /aq/ is better than r/aquariums.
>At least /aq/ is better than r/aquariums
I've yet to visit reddit, the format doesn't really appeal to me.
I mean on /aq/ you deal with a great deal of bullshit but at least reality isn't decided by popular vote.
The aqueon is good look on eBay for cheaper or check this out.
It's a touch of modern. None of the black rim so it looks classy. Comes in 5 and 7.5 gallons. I've had one for 2 years.
Aqueon aquariums are usually pretty good from what I've seen. The tanks themselves are manufactured by AGA, which iirc also makes the tanks for AquaCulture.
Unfortunately most other kits in your price range are 5 gallons or less, which basically limits you to a betta as far as stock.
Walmart sells 10 gallon tanks a la carte for $15-ish, right? Next time you're there see if any of those look okay and then you can buy the rest online.
The heater is a cheap Chinese one, but my sister's ran for over a year dead accurate, which is apparently much more than can be said of Tetra's filters. The tank was taken down because her betta died.
I kind of assumed. I never look at the tanks at Walmart, but anon's post made me suspect that AGA just sells their "oops, we fucked up" tanks to Walmart to sell as Aqua Culture brand.
I do have an Aqua Culture filter. I can't remember where I got it from, but it's running on my roommate's tank and it's actually annoyingly quiet.
One of my mollies had babys, we counted 3, but while we were counting little black specs I saw this. I have no idea what it is. It's on a papertowel, so you can use the ridges as a size reference. These were the best pics I could take using my phone
Here's the other side of it. If you need me to take more pictures just let me know
It's hard, almost like a piece of gravel. The "fangs" are what make me the most curious. My only guess was a piece of the plecostomus's armor, but I have no reason to believe pieces of him are just falling off
So my week and a half old guppies have been showing signs of ick for half their lives. I turned the heater up to 86 today and they seem happier. The white spots are not gone though.
Are they unlikely to survive?
I also put quite a lot of Celtic sea salt into the tank yesterday. Sg was at .004. Now when I test there is so little salinity the reader hardly recognized it. Tested multiple times after disturbing the water and everything.
Yes he's a real dark purple. The bowl he was in was full of shit so I took him. He stood out to me the first time I seen him but everyone with me kept calling him ugly. So I went the next day and got him. I'm not really a betta guy either but he spoke to me. Now happy as shit in a 30 gallon planted with a bristlenose and school of emerald corys
>Have fluval e series heater
>Have filter output zooming by the heater
>Still complains of low flow all the time
So I've been observing my skunk loaches behavior in my community tank. The smaller one seems to have become non-aggressive and will chill around my Corie's from time to time but still prefers to swim around the tank alone. When he feeds he feeds alongside other fish and doesn't seem to compete for food.
The larger one has found a little hiding spot in a large piece of driftwood and almost never leaves it, even to feed.
The only problem with them is that my Chinese algae eater bully's the smaller one occasionally.
Does this look right /AQ/? I don't know something seems off about it. This will be my first aquarium since I was a kid and back then I kind of just YOLO'd it. I want my fish to have a decent environment. I know there is really nothing inside it right now, but does it look right?
Bury the airline, get a background and some decor. At least like three fake plants and a cave. If you want real plants you'll need a new hood. This one is cheap and I think it's the right size for your tank.
You might have some trouble with plants with pea gravel alone, it's just not the best medium for roots or nutrient uptake in my experience, and it's really easy to uproot plants that are rooted in gravel.
You can try a Walstad tank where you put down a layer of soil or potting mix and layer pea gravel on top.
To >>2052763's point, some tall-growing background plants would help obscure the electronics.
Basically all I see are a lot of wires and I don't even know what I'm looking at. I admire your ambition though, keep asking questions.
Thats why you get her a puffer. Bitches love puffer fish. Nothing cuter than those big round eyes and amazing personality. You just have to explain to them that making them puff up can be extremely dangerous. And with time, that glorious puffer will devour her goldfish
Hey guys. I'm doing a fishless cycle (inb4 memes) for the first time. My ammonia gets down to about like .10ppm after 24 hours. It's yellow but more neon than piss. Nitrites are sticking to about 4ppm no matter what.
What do I do? My tank is almost 40 days old.
Try doing some smallish water changes and see of that helps. I don't know the explanation behind it, but I've seen people who were stuck before and for whatever reason the water changes made it finish cycling.
hey /ag/ my black ghost knife fish got himself stuck in a clump of plants in my aquarium. i managed to get him out and into a bucket and he has some fins ripped and some light scratches that im afraid could get infected, but i cant treat him with regular antibiotics because hes a scaleless fish and it can cause serious problems. any suggestions on how to prevent this guy from getting bacteria/ fungus?
Cleanliness, slightly upped temps, more aeration.
It works well if you don't doubt it. Also, oak leaves can help too, just enough for a slight tint, and slowly added for no
I try to get a better pic of him but he runs away from the phone. Oh well. He's settling in and coloring even nicer. My giant betta. Apparently the original fish known as Siamese fighting fish.
Hey anon, if you're still here and still looking for a tank, Petco is having a 1 day sale right now for Groundhog Day. A bunch of the kits are marked down and you can get free shipping if you use coupon code "groundhog."
Look into the "Marineland Portrait Glass 5 gallon" ($42) and the "Penn Plax Radius 7.5 gallon" ($54) kits in particular.
Electric blue acara. My emerald corys keep getting in the pics
The absolute madmen. Don't worry I have 4 more emerald cory making a nice little school.
This is my current predicament. I'm making really good $$$ at my new jorb but I still live at my mom's and my bedroom is at maximum capacity. I could be setting up a bigass aquarium right now. Currently sticking with my 20 gallon pleb tank comprise almost entirely of PetSmart fish.
Also looking forward to having a backyard one day, so I can create a pond.
I want a big pond in my backyard but also have a little dug out so I can walk down some steps and view the pond from a pane of glass. I would love to house some arapaima
Someone sauce this please, I have to know what the fuck that was about.
Hey guys I'm restarting my tank.
Going to do freshwater and will have sand as a substrate.
What fish species should I put it in it guys? I have no real wish list I'm just starting my tank up again.
Help me /an/. I am reading a lot of conflicting information out there.
How do I determine what lighting I need for a planted tank?
I've read from some sources that you want 3 watts per gallon, and from other sources they say that you only need about 1 watt per gallon.
From my understanding, it has nothing to do with wattage at all and it is more based on the lumens and wavelength of the lights.
How do I quantify what is enough lighting for a 50 gallon planted tank (let's assume it will be planted heavily with a variety of plants)?
One side question; is it ok too have low light plants in an aquarium with high light plants or will the low light plants suffer from too much lighting?
here's some help:
it's probably not ich. If it were we'd expect your fish to be dead by now. Also the salt should've cleared it right up.
until you correctly diagnose the problem there's nothing anyone here can do to help you, and even if you actually know what it is there's still not a lot we can say except "buy medicine X and use it strictly according to the manufacturer's directions."
even then your fish will likely die.
so perhaps you might look for the underlying cause that's allowing your fish to get sick, and understand that if it's not a parasite then it's almost certainly water quality or some other parameter of the tank that's stressing them.
good luck. You're about to learn.
Also a bit of advice regarding salt:
most freshwater fish can handle SG's up to about .009 for a period of several weeks. Guppies can handle full saltwater, SG ~.025. They can live and reproduce in it.
so if you suspect ich you can safely raise the salinity well above what the parasite can survive, so long as you do it slowly.
Your disappearing salt is probably the result of simple inaccuracy of the meter. If you're using a swing hydrometer you probably had a bubble on the arm or something.
it's possible your SG was always 0, and the first reading was in error. In that case if you do have ich you've done nothing to cure it. Add more salt and check your hydrometer to make sure no bubbles.
You're right about the wattage meaning absolute jack shit. Thats ancient stone age fish memes, disregard them entirely. What light levels really depend on his is PAR (Photosynthetically Active Radiation). Your par basically depends on a couple of factors: A, the type of bulb and fixture, B, the type of reflectors (I.e, the polished aluminum inside of a T5 fixture.) and C, the depth of your tank, due to water scattering the light, the light produced by the fixture will lessen exponentially with depth.
>will the low light plants suffer from too much lighting?
At a certain point, ( what most people describe as high light) a pressurized c02 system will be needed to supply the plant's growth with carbon, as the high intensity of the light will cause them to deplete the nutrients/free c02 in the water extremely quickly. However c02 is not a necessity at all in a tank with lower light, I have personally never used c02 and have had quite nice, lush tanks. I hope this helps, I usually don't go into such detail here.
gee i sure hope i didnt fuck up somewhere
>using that much light for freshwater plants
>implying I don't have LED over my reef.
w e w
So I recently bought a new aquarium for two little cory's I was given. The problem is I'm not sure if they are adapting well. I haven't bought any other besides the 6 I have now for about 3 years and I don't remember what it was like putting them under for the first time.
These cory's are just swimming into the corner not going anywhere acting dazed. They were treated pretty bad at my sisters so I really don't know if this is normal or what.
I dunno dude, I get along just fine without the sun over my tanks. I'm glad it works for you and all, but ever since I got my Kessil, I've been pretty sold on LED. You wanna post some pictures of your tanks bud?
My shrimp on my gorgonian, various shrooms, acans, chalices, and hammers behind it
Full tank shot of my 30g reef. Inhabitants include 3x Green chromis, 1x Cinnamon Tomato Clown, 2x Pom Poms, and like 5 species of hermits. Along with the 50 other species I got as hitchhikers. Over 40 species of coral
Thanks :) I've worked my ass off on this reef. This is my 4g picotope. Inhabitants are about 100 RCS (mostly fry), billions of pond snails, and a dwarf puffer. Maybe ill be able to sneak a good picture of him today, he's spent all day hunting snails and is finally sated (it seems), he's literally been watching me play video games for the last 20 minutes.
R8 my first tank /aq/
Waiting on the driftwood to be ready so I can put something on the other side
Find the ADF
Ms. Puffs. The killer of snails. Peaking out to say Hi
I'm really surprised you have all those shrimp with that puffer.
Yo, interesting fish choice. I only have a clown and an orchid dottyback, which is a really nice fish, beautiful and very mellow temperment.
Here is a shitty pretentious image of this ludwigia repens I got from petco. Excuse the cloudy water, I dicked it a little and had a small bacteria bloom.
Tis a good start. Keep in mind those long frilly plants you have (I can't think of the name) will not root into your substrate, and whatever piece you put into the substrate will rot and die. It's easier/better to tie them down to a rock loosely, since i personally think they look atrocious as just floating plants.
Ahh ludwigia. How I love you. I used to have 4 foot strands of that in my 55g tank before I dismantled it. Wait till it breaches the surface and (hopefully) flowers. Yea I assumed she would eat the shrimplets, but she hasn't touched any. I've watched her destroy snails super aggressively, but she'll just look at the shrimplets. I watched her try to peck at a shrimplet on day, but it just bolted away, and the puffer just looked confused (I dont think it followed the movement, the shrimp was just there and then disappeared) Ever since she hasn't tried, that I've seen. Once this generation of shrimp matures, I'll be getting her a mate, just putting off doing that now in case the male goes bonkers on the shrimplets. I got lucky with her disposition.
My 180L. 9 Boesemani, 6 thoracatas and 3 "normal" ancistrus.
The species that's sitting in front of that red lava rock. They wont root unfortunately. I've found you can clamp them between two rocks pretty succesffuly without them melting away. They grow great regardless, and you can keep on putting the basal end in the substrate, because the plant will more then keep up with the rate of decay, you'll just have to stick them back in the substrate every two weeks or so.
My montipora/ricordia rock. has four species of montipora on it, a mangrove propagule, and lots of ricordia and mushrooms.
There's many species of it, but to my knowledge, no they do not root at all. Yours very well could though, if it's a certain cultivar I'm unaware of. I've tried rooting them in rough gravel, sand, and actual soil, and none of them worked. It's a great plant though, I'd just recommend clamping a bunch of them between two rocks. Their one of only a few species that will flower underwater, unfortunately their flowers are tiny and not much to look at, still really cool though.
I'm 99% sure that Rotala rotundifolia, which grows roots just fine and doesn't normally flower underwater. You appear to be confusing it with hornwort.
lol I've heard that too. I've also heard of it being used as a fertilizer. It also removes heavy metals from aquarium water which is partly why i have it, since i'm keeping shrimp and I'm pretty sure my tapwater is laced with copper.
pretty much. and their all still mostly fry. I only have one adult female RCS. Right now their just starting to get their color, but still mostly translucent, so very hard to see. If you frequent this board, I'm sure youll see and updated photo in about a month where (hopefully) we should be able to see the adult RCS. I expect maybe half of them will survive to adulthood, since I don't feed this tank anything whatsoever, i expect some to die from starvation. Hopefully no one thinks thats to cruel, I'm trying to form an ecosystem here.
I need some opinions, /aq/. I want some schooling fish for my 10 gallon planted. mollies, tetras, guppies and the like all seem pretty much the same to me across the board. can anybody give me any suggestions one way or the other? more asking for type than a singular fish though since my only local shop has a small selection that rotates a lot.
Espei rasboras, white cloud mountain minnows, pygmy cories or celestial pearl danios. Mollies and guppies aren't schooling fish and tetras aren't very interesting. You won't see very much actual "schooling" behavior in a tank that small anyway (except maybe from the cories), but those would be my favorite suggestions.
I'm new to CO2 other than the liquid CO2 booster I use
What does this come with and what else does it need? A CO2 canister?
Does it hook up directly to my external filter?