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/an/, I bought a saltwater tank already set up and running with no live stock besides 2 hermit crabs. Idk how in the hell they survived the trip as I moved the tank and water when it was snowing.
Anyway, I can't seem to get the amount of water in either the sump or the main tank correct for the pump to not flip the fuck out like pic related
Pic of the sump setup, it's 3 chambers which I guess most are. First has a filter bag that needs to be changed with skimmer, second has nothing right now, and third has the return pump.
If i fill the third chamber up anywhere near the water line it'll be good for like a day or two and then spazz the fuck out and only have half the water where it should be. I added 2 gallons two days ago to the sump and it worked fine, I come home from work and it's doing this again.
The pump is only rated for 300gpm(minutes or hours idk) and the overflow tank is rated for something stupid like 800. I'm not losing water anywhere and there's no way 2 gallons evaporated in as many days
This is my tank, it's home to
4 D'Orbigny's sliders
3 Orange kois
Plenty of Astyanax to avoid Mosquitoes laying there larvae on the water
>Looks very pretty.
>How deep is it?
About 80 cm
>Do you use a heater?
I live in a tropical place so there's no need for that. In the colder days of the year (10ºC~15ºC) the turtles just hibernate
This morning I noticed that my three small clown loaches all have pretty swollen guts. I have no idea what's causing it. I haven't changed their diets and the last water change was a week ago. I did a water check and all the levels are okay. They're still swimming and eating fine
28C (82F), which has been a constant temperature for a long time. The fat has come on within the last day, yesterday they were looked normal.
Some forums have suggested to stop feeding them for a day and then give them a few skinless peas?
Okay, I got redirected here from the reptile thread.
I've got a newt that lives in an aquarium, and it needs filteration. The problem is that I ordered a filter online that was advertised as only needing two inches of water. When it actually got here, I realized it needed more like 6 inches of water. The tank only has about three inches of water. So, what kind of filters can I use that require minimal water?
Also, if anyone here knows anything about newts, how much water should I actually be using for him? I can't find much about the preferred water level, just that it should be around one third land, and two thirds water.
These guys look so small and cute and colorful, they're like candy fish!
Hopefully the 1 male won't murder the 2 females like the pearls
Here's a comparison of newt and water level.
HOW DO I MAKE THEM STOP BREEDING
ITS ONLY A SIX GALLON TANK
Why would you want to? Also, this is the perfect time for an experiment in eugenics.
Get a second tank with a single large predatory fish, select all adult shrimp that don't meet certain requirements, i.e. any shrimp with dull colors, not large enough, etc. etc. etc. Take those shrimp with unwanted traits and feed them to the predator fish.
Then see how long it takes for your shrimp population to increase in quality as the shit tier genes are constantly being removed.
Get rid of that gravel, replace it with sand (pool filter sand is cheap), in my noto tank I have it filled about halfway, I could fill it more but the driftwood I use doesnt breach the water if I fill it more than half. Notophthalmus live in up to 13 meters of water, so you can make it as deep as you want as long as you keep a spot for them to sit on out of water. For filtration you can use a very small internal filter, make sure to block the intake so the flow is minimized as much as possible, newts live in very slow moving water, or water that doesn't really move at all.
tfw I have to keep fighting the urge to put tacky shit in my tank...
Okay, thank you. Any reason against gravel? I know it can cause probems if the newts swallow them, but the rocks are more like pebbles than gravel. The pieces are much bigger than his head.
Any specific filter model recommendations?
That's not my tank, thank god.
I just googled "Tacky aquarium decorations"
I hate gravel, personally. I've heard of axolotls swallowing river rock, and those are typically larger than their heads. Also, really consider planting your tank, low light, weedy plants like anacharis and hornwort will help you keep your nutrients down, and the newt will hang on to them sometimes to rest, it also looks a ton better and is generally a good time. This is the filter I use in my 20 long with notos.
Any idea what brand or make this tank is? Or if anything fits on top of the opening.
So my CPO has been molting for over 12 hours now. I know its still alive because I saw its mouthparts move but I had to lift it out of its hiding spot under an anubia leaf to confirm this (i only touched old shed parts with my pincer and very gently). Is this long ass molt normal or should I panic?
My betta thinks he's tough shit until my eb acara just gives him one little peck then he stops flaring. They're in a 30 until tomorrow when my 55 gallon is done or I may give the betta the 20 long
There's nothing to kill, it's a new tank. Unless you mean the bacteria and such. My salinity is 1.021 so I keep topping off with salt water.
I don't see how 2 gallons could evaporate in a few days!
well yea, keep adding salt til you hit 1.024-26, then whenever that happens add RO water. Also try cleaning out your filter system, something could be clogging it up, making the overflow not able to keep up with the pump, which is what causes that problem.
I've seen them die every-time the petstore gets them in They need cooler water than most fish, and do best at 50F. They also need lots of oxygen, but not much current. They make a lot of waste, but eat a lot.
But they're endangered and damn near extinct, so if you want to keep them, then breed them.
They do well on a screened in porch, with supplemental heating in winter. They don't bother potted plants. You can supposedly eat them, and they help with arthritis.
How bad is the cyanobacteria? Just be careful killing off large amounts of it, not only the ammonia they produce could harm the fish but the toxins they release too
Are you addressing the cause of the BGA/cyano too?
Has anyone here owned a cephlapod? Pick somewhat related.
If you search eBay for "aquarium filter 80 gph" you can find a cheap internal one that'll lay horizontal. The spray bar is optional. There are other attachments for the output.
Well, i dont test my water so i dont have any form of proof, but the CRS on my other tank are doing good with tapwater so i have no idea, do Indian Almond Leaves can help to kill cyano?
I always find it funny when people like my stuff enough to save and repost it.
To answer the question, that's just something I've found a lot of Amano shrimp do. My cherries and ghosts won't do it.
Mine seems okay at 68-72. I'd keep it cooler if I could, but it's not really possible here.
Any axolotls you see in the stores are captive bred. They're rather easy to breed, and, if recent ecological surveys are any sign, they're actually extinct in the wild.
You can put shrimp/snails in there if you don't mind them getting eaten. I have rili shrimp culls, ghosts, and pond snails in with mine. I don't do fish (even feeder fish) because they can bit the axolotl's gills. I had that problem with a feeder guppy.
One of these on each side of the tank keeps mine at 72, and I usually have my AC set to 78, sometimes 80. You'll need USB extension cables and a hub for that kind. You might be able to find something that works just as well, but cheaper.
Where'd you find an axolotl in socal?
I haven't yet, but I got a spare 13g and when I heard they were extinct in the wild I wanted one, but not if I couldn't keep it cool
I didnt want to torture and kill it
If I dont find one locally Im going to just get one from liveaquaria
I am renovating my dental office and I am thinking about putting a large aquarium as a centerpiece for my reception area. I have a few questions for you all.
I love the looks of fancy goldfish. I personally like the simplistic look. However, I am not sure patients will understand, especially with such morphs as bubble-eyes, pearlscales etc. I know fancies have swim problems and I can not have a belly up fish in my office but I don't want to kill a living fish just because it can't swim. Should I avoid goldfish or do you think the general public will understand?
My budget for this tank is $3000-5000. With this budget what kind of tank do you suggest. I understand some fish go for $3000 a pop, so if I don't go with fancy gold fish what type of fish would you suggest on my budget?
On feeding and tank maintenance. We are open we are staffed 5 days a week. Is automated feeding a viable option?
Any advice on what to avoid when setting up a tank?
You could get a bunch of discus. They are among the fanciest freshwater fish.
Do not get any goldfish. They eat a lot, they shit a lot and most importantly they grow a lot.
Just as >>2056661 said, goldfish aren't a good choice.
They aren't even particularly suitable for aquaria, they're better off as pond fish.
If you like the looks but want something smaller and easeir to manage, get rosy minnows.
They're smaller, cleaner, cheaper and much more interesting to watch.
>bought two pieces of wood from petco
>keep them in the bag filled with water for like 2 hours while I clean my tanks
>dump it in the sink
>come back 5 minutes later
>clown loach gasping
>put it in my 5.5 gallon
What do you think guys, any chance of it surviving? It's probably really injured because I wasn't careful with the bag and I just dumped it out in the sink, also I think I hurt either it's eye or gill when I was putting it in the net. I'd take a better pic but now I can't find it. Like wtf there's barely any places to hide where did it go
I got a few fish and have them quarantined. After three days two are eating and pooping normally, but all I see in the bottom of the third's containment area is crumbly stuff that I'm pretty sure is supposed to be poop Are these fish sick? How do I take care of it?
It might recover if you keep the water absolutely pristine (zero ammonia/nitrite, low nitrate).
I've mentioned this before but I once stepped on my goldfish by accident and it survived (although it didn't behave normally for many weeks, but eventually recovered virtually completely).
I'm not sure if clown loaches are that hardy, but I think they might be. Give the guy a fighting chance.
The bigger the tank the cooler it will look and the easier it will be to manage. I've never had a problem with smell and you could probably feed them 3 times a week
Simple fish uhhh maybe some angelfish and cories, kissing gourami, hatchetfish, silver dollars
Why are my adult guppies losing their color?
The bio load of the tank is too high. There are 35 guppy fry, 3 guppy adults, and I just added a gourami yesterday and right after the guppies lost their color. Pic related used to be super shiny blue.
On both females the scales aren't raised, she is swimming normally, her colors look good, she is relaxed and showing no stress lines. One of the two is very active, the other shows normal activity. Both of them are eating.
The only worrying sign is the crumbly poop. I'm hoping it's not the start of a bacterial illness or a sign of constipation.
You added a predator to the tank. They are freaking out and stress has made their colors bleach out because of it.
Are you hoping the gourami will eat the fry? If not, you picked the wrong kind of fish for your already overloaded guppy tank. If so, add more live plants for the guppies to hide in to help them calm down. It will slow predation, but the adults will feel safer.
Yes sir have a flying fox and 5 gold white cloud minnows with a betta in this tank. I wasn't educated when I got the flying fox and didn't realize they are schooling and get too big for my tank. Gonna have to take that to the lfs when it gets too big. I wanna get a few ember tetras and maybe a couple coricats but I think the cori cats would be pushing it for a 20 gallon. I also have a few rcs hiding in there. I also want to put a shit ton more plants in there. Rate my tank so far?
Go with a 55 gallon minimum if you got the space, it makes for a very nice show tank and the large volume of water makes it easier to manage.
This dude here set up a planted tank that is extremely lightly stocked with almost zero maintenance, probably just feeding fish once every day or two and topping off water. You definitely want to shoot for something similar, look up "low tech planted tank" on google
Seconding water lettuce. In most tanks they're too aggressive, but when you're dealing with livebearers the super fast spreading is a blessing. You might even consider hornwort/coonstail to help with the massive bioload. Do one or the other, though, not both as both really can drain a tank of nutrients.
I don't understand guys. Yesterday my platy was obviously pregnant and about to bust, but today she's skinny and yet I don't see Amy baby fry anywhere?
Why is there so much water wisteria? And how do I make it stop??
just trim it, you can either throw away the stems or replant them and get a really dense bushy area of it.
side note, ive been looking for some desperately and cant find any, would you be willing to mail some to the north eastern US if you're going to be throwing it out?
How do you guys keep airstones in your tank?
Mine kept floating up until I put a rock on it, then my fish were struggling with the current and it was only a 5g pump in my 36g tank. Is it because my filter is for up to a 50 gallon
I had the same issue. To fix it, I threaded the airline tubing through six or so of these little rings.
Did that about six years ago and haven't had any problems.
pretty new to aquariums , probably shows
any ways to improve it ?
If you want a community tank, I'd suggest angelfish. They're familiar to people, fairly hardy, and not that difficult to keep happy.
You could go an "office pet" route and get something like a single large Oscar or flowerhorn cichlid. They're really interactive and amusing to watch.
If you really want to do goldfish, fantails, ryukin, oranda, and (amazingly) pearlscales are among the healthiest of the "fancy" types. Only keep one goldfish per 20-25 gallons if you want to keep the tank relatively low maintenance.
all that does is remove chlorine and help with amonia and nitrite. it shouldnt be used constantly, you only use it if youre adding chlorinated tap water to your tank. you need to cycle your tank. google is your friend
i gotcha , i dont think i need to worry about the chlorine
since i am on well water
also mind if i see your tank
LFS finally got in some Amanos, so I picked up a pair for now.
They are way more active than my cherries...
Also ordered in a trio of CPOs.
Just wish my damn phone had a focus lock for the camera.
Muh nigga. I'm having a hard time choosing between another ak or another tank. I'm at 2 at the moment. 1 20 long and 30 gallon planted with electric blue acara, King plakat betta which is abnormally large, and some corys.
>brown algae covering my moss in ny shrimp tank.
I hope this shit goes away more as the moss grows. Only set it up a week ago. I thought the otos would nip it in the bud
Dropped some fire reds in a few weeks ago to improve my colonies genes
Hurry up and get berried!
I took out my two crypts and the roots were over a foot long and all intertwined. I re-buried them but there's a lot of the roots sticking out.
Can plants re-bury their own roots?
also, would it be better to take out the plants again and cut 1/3 of the roots and replant instead of just leaving the root system all in a clump
>Can plants re-bury their own roots?
Probably not, but they'll probably re-establish their roots on their own time. You can cut the roots to replant. It will probably stunt them for a bit, but they'll be fine.
you jest need a longer tube on the siphon, then you can suck sand right up, tilt the tube sideways and 99% will fall back out. and if siphoning wont get something out for some reason you can use an aquarium net like a sifter to get it perfectly clean
if you dont have a beach nearby or dont want to go through the trouble of cleaning the sand, just use pool filter sand
Why did you remove your plants? Disturbing a plant from where it was will naturally cause shock, and will take quite of some for the plant to get back to the growth you were previously seeing.
I'm setting up a tank for my pleco. Got plants that I took from another of my tanks and I bought some wood for him. Tank is cycled so I'm waiting on the plants to root before I add the pleco. I looked at the wood today and it's got this purple shit growing on it. Is it cyano? If so how do I kill it? There's nothing in the tank except plants but it is cycled and I'd rather not have to cycle it again.
scrape as much as you can off and then use a spray bottle to hit with hydrogen peroxide. it neutralizes after a second in the water but it should kill off anything living that it contacts. it wont cause any harm to anything, its even safe to do with fish in the tank
Just ordered some malawa shrimp. It seems like these used to be fairly common but aren't that popular anymore. Or so I've read.
They're not radiant colors like a lot of shrimp nowadays, but I think they look pretty cool. Looking forward to seeing them in person.
The Marineland Penguin filters get pretty good reviews, but I think the biowheel is weird and likely to fail. The Fuval/Hagen Aquaclear filters have served me well. Only problem I've ever run into is the impeller needing a little kickstart after it's been turned off for a water change.
A HOB isn't very hard to DIY. Check out the King of DIY youtube channel for a few options.
I just use these on the intakes. They work great and make sure no debris makes its way to the filter's impeller.
A mesh bag filled with biological filter media.
Let's see some other tacky aquarium shit.
It'll be like a "What not to do" kind of thing.
why do you guys hate tacky stuff so much?
just because it sometimes indicates that people don't know what they're doing?
I feel like if you did it in a conservative manner, you could incorporate some tacky stuff into a tank quite well.
[spoiler]I'm fighting the urge to get some dumb shit[/spoiler]
I'll say it:
I can't stand that show.
Tank looks too small... five gallon I take it? You're not going to be able to keep much of anything in under 15 gallons. Also overfilter: get a bigger filter than your tank size. Double your tank size is best.
I want to raise cuttlefish in a high salinity "brackish" pond, but I keep finding conflicting journals on the salinity range tolerances of various species. But it's kind of a far away dream fish for me.
I bought an aquatop PF40 UV filter about 3 months ago and it's a great filter, comes with built in UV sterilizer, surface skimmer and space for bio media also you can adjust the flow on the intake arm which is nice when it comes to feeding time so the surface skimmer doesn't devour all the food.
Couldn't be happier with it.
Lets see, so, I just have a 5 gal and a 1.5 gal, on the 1.5 its just a inbuilt filter, super basic, just got some sponges in there, one fine, one corse. On the 5, I have an Azoo Mignon, tiny as fuck, quiet, but I can pack a 100g bag of ceramic biomaxx, and a sponge on top, as well as a pre filter sponge. Id assume you could scale this up as needed for larger HOBs, the foam will trap most solids, while the waterflow over the media will take care of the bio load. Very neat and tidy, would rate 10/10.
So after several tests I can conclude that this shit is basically poison for shrimp.
I don't know why it's marketed as shrimp food but it WILL kill your shrimp.
I have fed shrimp on 3 separate occasions with this food, within 24 hours some of the shrimp that ate the food have died.
I got some of this stuff the other day, and everything in my tank loves it.
You could buy or diy some type of aquarium chiller.
What are you going to keep in it?
I was going to aim for some species of trout, probably brookies unless I can get my hands on something else , rainbows will 100% jump out, and may get too large, browns have the same issue minus the jumping, but tend to be slightly more aggressive in feeding habbits and potentially injuring each other when feeding,
I would nab some tiger trout (and may try to anyways ) but the whole infertility thing is a disappointment since I wouldn't be able to make them reproduce for me , plus I think brookies are more beautiful anyways
If I end up deciding it is going to be too hard to keep it cool for said fishes ii l go for something different and interesting , , chain pickeral or bowin (if I can catch each) maybe even burbot if I can target them in the one lake in my state that has a minute population of them
How do you guys keep the water in your tanks so prisitine?
I am thinking of getting a 20 gal tank just to keep shrimp, plants and cardinals or some other tiny non reproducing fish but i'm not sure about many things.
I really want a tank as pristine and beautiful as the ones in these threads
>Malawas are the shit bro.
I like how 4chan has trained me to read this as
>Malawas are shit bro
At first I was looking at blue velvet shrimp and yellow shrimp. I like these maybe because they look natural instead of selectively bred toy shrimp.
I ordered 15 for $39 shipped.
I would also like to get my hands on some malaya shrimp. Can't find any online to save my life.
Cherries and their ilk have become so prevalent, I'm gravitating toward less common shrimp, particularly if they don't interbreed. I'm a shrimp-hipster now I guess.
So I have a betta with what is probably swim bladder (lump in side near tail, kind of crooked body shape, tends to sit at bottom). Pic not mine, but related.
he's been like this for about 6 months and hasn't gotten any better, so i know it's not a digestive issue. The tank is filtered/heated/appropriate i'm not a beginner betta keeper. And he's been in here for years so it's more than cycled. He isn't eating well and appears to be dying now. He's at least 3 years old.
I'm thinking about euthanizing him with clove oil today and getting a new one. Anyone want to give me any last resorts before I do that? It seems like I've had bettas die in every way imaginable. Learning to keep fish is hard. At least he had a mostly good life.....
also can i get some advice about cleaning my sand
lets say i do a 50% water change...when i pour the new water in, it kicks up a bunch of stuff from under the substrate, and anything not taken by the filter resettles on top. so the aquarium sometimes looks worse after a water change. i could just siphon and refill again, but then wouldn't i be changing too much of my water at once in a betta tank? it'd effectively end up like a 75% weekly water change
Recently came into possession of a huge tank, so I'll be setting up a cichlid and bala shark habitat. What I was wondering about was how many bala sharks is minimum? Most sites I've looked at claim they prefer to be kept in groups, but with the size they grow to I don't want to have more than I need to keep them happy. Can they be kept alone, or is two enough if they can't?
Rams are sensitive to swings in water parameters, which can be hard to avoid in a 10 gallon. Minimum recommendation for both of those is usually 20 gallons.
Bumblebee gobies would fare better, but you'll have to keep an eye on them to make sure they're eating, and there's dabate over whether otlr not they need salt in the water (or if "there's one species that needs salt and the other doesn't," or if "they can tolerate freshwater, but only for several months," or blah blah).
going to be having a arge 1-2 275 gallon tanks set up , and i need ideas or a filter for it, going to have a 1.5 hp external pump that draws water out of the bottom of the tank, through some sort of fitration system and back in to help aerate water, ideally i just want a filter to pull out large particulate and keep water clear, reusabe filter i can clean one every few days woud be idea/
also not sure if aeration from the filter will be enough or if i may need an air stone with it , would something as simple as drawing water through a bucket packed with sponcges do the trik ?
This isn't really that related to aquariums but I don't want to make a thread. I have an extra 10 gal and some grow lights. I want to do something with it, but I can't really keep more long term pets. Anybody have some ideas for plants and stuff I could keep in it? Bonus points for edible plants
I have, however keeping a octopus is really more like keeping say a parrot or related small animal.
They are pretty smart and they need stimulation
As far as maintaining them basically it would be the same as any other marine tank like any invert they tend to be less tolerant of less the optimal parameters. I used a large skimmer and I vacuumed his tank like everyother day because they are messy eaters.
The only neg asid from that is they must be an only pet and cannot share a tank with other tankmates. Pretty much anything that moves should be considered food for them. Plus make sure your rockwork is tied down because they will move and knock things over.
Oh and they have very short natural lifespans. Sometimes no more then two years, so you want a young octo.
For water changes I started putting, like, a small plastic lid on top of the water and adding water by pouring it on top of the lid. The lid floats, distributes the impact of the water over a larger surface area, and prevents the water from displacing substrate.
Inbreeding is only bad if the ones reproducing are passing down unwanted genetic traits.
Literally all living things on this planet that aren't primordial ooze are inbred mutant abominations of previous inbred mutant abominations.
For instance: Offspring A winds up with a "deformity" of opposable thumbs. This gives them an advantage in competing for food, which means he is the first choice for all breeding females in the area due to being well fed and strong. All of offspring A's children reach full maturity, half of them have his opposable thumbs. Due to his advantage, he is also living longer than average. Which means he now breeds with all of his mature daughters. All off offspring A's children conceived with his own daughters have opposable thumbs.
While offspring B has a "deformity" of no thumbs whatsoever. Offspring B promptly starves to death before reaching full maturity and thus conceives no children in his lifetime.
Just because we like our opposable thumbs and large brains doesn't negate the fact that the human species resulted from so much insect that every single person on the face of this planet is genetically speaking a seventh cousin to each other. That's right cracka, you are a seventh cousin to the down syndrome human niggers you hate.
Besides, the whole problem of inbreeding can be solved by doing a mildly larger culling than usual, and replacing a few culled individuals with fresh stock of high grade.
Should I add more rocks/scenery to my puffer/shrimp micro predator tank? There's another two of those slate 'mountains', ones just so small it is already covered by vegetation. Was supposed to be Iwagumi, but I couldn't find another two pieces of nice slate to use, and i added that tall lily on the right side, which kinda fucks with Iwagumi.
spend a bunch of time getting the parameters right then only top off with RO water as long as all you have is shrimp. also make sure to have a high quality canister filter. i recommend marine-land
why would you keep cichlids as well as bala sharks, unless the cichlids are south americans, you'll end up with some very unhappy bala sharks.
why not just do a bunch of mbunas, super diverse and colorful
Nice try faggot but not even close. You can't deal with being called autisic is the problem. All I said is I don't give a fuck and I will probably go take some more images of my rare betta just to make you sperg out.
I think some "tacky" decorations would look really good, IF handled properly.
For instance, if I had a buddha statue that I knew for a fact was made 100% out of aquarium safe materials that wouldn't end up killing my fish inverts, then I would find some way to attach marimo moss, or some kind of moss, to it to try and create an ancient weathered look. Sort of like ancient stone statues covered in moss/lichens on dry land.
I have a dream some day of creating an "old world forest" look in an aquarium, but that would require buying plastic/ceramic mushrooms to stick in the substrate. And there is no way you can find natural looking shrooms. They are all "420 blaze it faggot!" type shrooms. So I am most likely going to be forced to buy the least gaudy ones I can find, and then hope they blend in well enough with the logs and stones I have in my tank.
BTW, does anyone know of fully aquatic plants that strongly resemble forest ferns? The kind that grows in places like Oregon and Washington?
Java moss could work well as a 'fern' looking plant, itll just be a little difficult to maintain. As for the shrooms, you could try looking at some of those garden gnomes, sometimes their standing on little platforms, and often there's little shrooms, you could cut of the gnome and redecorate it. Probably wanna coat it in something tank-safe, I know theres so safe clear coating stuff out there, might be pricy though
So the senpai bought me a Hammerhead coral for my reef tank. The only thing I've had before that wasn't fish in that tank were a bunch of corallimorphs, and I never fed them or anything. They just came on the live rock and somehow managed to survive.
I get the impression that hammerhead coral is a bit more delicate, but I want this one to live because it's a present and also pretty cool.
So, what do I have to do to get a coral to survive? From my research it seems like I need to make sure it has enough magnesium and calcium to not die, and obviously the water has to not be toxic and full of poison, but is there anything else?
So how many watts? That should be pretty good, but hammers can take lots of light. It just won't grow as fast, not a big deal though. I would definitely place it as high in the water column as possible, preferably directly under the t5's (or between if they're far apart) and moderate flow. Definitely don't have it whipping about. Also, since it's a wall hammer your going to have to be extra careful with it's care. Branched hammers can take a hit to one of the heads, and that head will just die, but the rest of the colony will be fine. With walls, if one end gets heavily damaged and starts to die, it tends to whip out the rest of the hammer slowly but surely unless you frag it well.
2 x 24W.
In terms of flow it was sitting out in the gravel being a little bit buffeted by the water. I moved it into the rock where it's a little better sheltered and it seems to have fluffed up a bit more, which is good. Webm related is how it is now - too much? Vid is sideways because I'm a retard.
In terms of calcium magnesium and kH do they pretty much take care of themselves or do I have to be on point with testing and dosing? The hammer coral is literally the only thing in the tank apart from the live rock critters and the fish, so I feel like it's not going to use very much?
Nice looking hammer. That amount of flow should be perfect. Mine is in about the same and is doing great. I would still try to move it higher though, since you don't have especially powerful lights, and I'm sure you know light penetration decreases exponentially the deeper in the water column it has to travel. Mine is two inchs from the surface. As long as you do water changes often enough (10-20% every two weeks is what I do, large 40% changes when something seems off), that should take care of calc, magn, and KH. And since it's your only hard coral (assuming you don't have tons and tons of calcerous fauna (vermitid snails, featherdusters, and the like) you won't lose Calc very quickly at all.
I don't test/dose a single thing, and my mixed reef has been thriving for 9 months now. Pic related, my reef.
The only one with autism is you. Just fuck off. A sign of autism is to keep going and going and going on about one thing without changing your tune. You're just pissed because you can't contribute anything besides cancer.
Would all of you fags stop? The reason why we have to have so many aquarium generals is because fags like you and other anon argue over shit cuz your both autists, filling threads with nonsense.
I'll have to rearrange my rock pile to make a nice high platform for it, but it's perked up a ton in just the half hour it's been in the new spot and the new flow. I'll just have to keep on top of water changes then and everything should be fine.
How often do you feed your hammer coral/do you feed your hammer coral?
Nice tank, by the way. What the hell is that tree/tube thing in the foreground centre-right?
I try to feed my hammer on occasion but it never reacts for some reason, possibly because it gets so much light? I'm not sure. But if yours will eat, I would definitely feed it. I feed my corals about twice a week, sometimes more. I really don't follow any kind of schedule.
This beauty? It's a purple ribbon gorgonian. Quite simple to keep really. You would likely need to double your lighting however.
Bamping with a pic of my cinnamon clown, to get back on topic.
Yea hopefully they dont get to bad, everything has been staying short from my 150w halide, which is nice. They've been spreading like crazy, i get a new sword plant from a runner like every 3 days.
Honesltly not as much work as I was anticipating. Unless something is actually wrong (corals touching improperly, corals all look bad) I don't do anything with it. feed everything about once every three days (fish get it one day, coral another, and bottom feeders all get their own day) unless I forget, sometimes everything will go without food for a week if I decide nutes are getting high. other than that i change some water every 2 weeks.
Saltwater is however pretty expensive... My whole setup has cost around $1,000, and everything I did was on the cheap. I bought my tank for 100 on CL, built my own protein skimmer, and got my 165w LED light for all of ten bucks. All coral came from the $5 frag tank, save for a few specimens. Still cost a shit ton of money.
My cinnamon clown trying to host my colony of fluffy rhodactis mushrooms, ya think I should tell him it's not a anemone? Looks pretty comfy though...
This is an excellent idea, does anyone know of a transparent silicone sealant (sort of like the stuff used to glue aquarium glass panes to each other) that I can apply in a thin coating to such decorations? Maybe with a brush, or as some kind of spray? Or like a dip and drip dry?
God damn, that is a fucking gorgeous plant. How the hell have I never heard of it before? I bet shrimp and fish fry love hiding in that shit.
Nah, it's a "soft" coral.
Anemones and coral have a variety of feeding strategies. They can eat and digest food just like us, or they can photosynthesize, or they can absorb nutrition floating in the water currents.
As far as I'm aware, anyway.
What is the largest/most educated forum for talking about fish pathogens? Most of sites are like "my goldfish are covered with white dots, what do?" while i want to know more and ask questions about parasites, bacterial colonies and signs of organ/tissue damage.
>does anyone know of fully aquatic plants that strongly resemble forest ferns?
Bolbitis heudelotii (African water fern), Hygrophila pinnatifida (hygro fern), or Microsorum pteropus 'Windelov' (Windelov fern).
If only I could get my hands on a KING KOI HALFMOON BETTA FISH! THEN YOUR KING WILL WALLOW IN SUBMISSION TO THE TRUE EMPEROR!
I made a custom background also.
It actually wasn't that hard. It was messy though from carving all the foam.
I'm hoping I can make some more this summer and sell them off craigslist for people's 10 gallons.
Kind of. It's made from slate tiles I took a hammer to and silicones together.
Here's a top down view. The filter sits in the back left compartment. The back right is filled with gravel and has some mesh baskets that are planted with ribbon dracaena (lucky bamboo).
>just cleaned out canister filter
>babby RCS everywhere!
So that's where they all went...
Guess I need to get that intake covered.
Thanks, and I dunno. A screaming terra cotta head with bubbles coming out his nose seems pretty kitsche, at best. People here were weirded out by the snail graveyard, too (which it turns out is the kuhlis' favorite spot!) last time I posted the tank.
The tank is technically my roommate's. I feed the fish and maintain it, he pays for everything. He has pretty eccentric tastes. The head was actually a gift I got him.
Just received my electric bill...
$468 for my fucking computer, very few lights I hardly ever run, mini fridge/freezer, 65 gallon tropical community tank, 39 gallon cold water community tank, 5 gallon nano reef, and my 10 gallon shrimp tank.
Am I pushing my bill higher with all my tanks?
Seriously, how can you guys afford it? Or am I just living in a bad place for electricity?
You carve out your shape in polystyrene (pink insulation foam) then cover in drylok or drygard
I was also surprised by how much foam ended up all over the place, the one I made was for a 55g
That looks really nice, hadn't thought about slate
Floramax is a dirty sumbitch of a substrate, pic was taken right after adding water last night so nothing had settled yet
Pic for texture
Actually hammers are large polyp stony corals, or LPS corals. They're a member of the euphyllia family, which consists of more hard corals like it.
Not a Nem. And also you don't have to feed either of them anyways, they can get everything they need from the light, but feeding can help color/ growth rate
although I only have the one :). To bad I don't have pictures of my first pair... They were beautiful. But alas, the female was killed brutally by my Sally light foot, and the male jumped from the tank the week after. Was very sad, after the female died the male just couldn't be happy. He just swam at the top corner of the tank slowly all day long til he committed seppuku
Goldfish are hard to kill. They swim a lot and are very entertaining to watch. With that budget you could easily do goldfish. I think you would want like 200 gallons in order to make an impressive display. A few fringe people like me hate to see some of the fancys struggle to swim. The only catch with goldfish is you are going to need to either change significant amount of water once a week because they are messy fish. Their are some advanced level DIY filtration that could keep up but you're not really ready for that I can tell by your questions. If something smells then something is off with your water quality etc. Yes automatic feeders are fine but I'm sure some of your staff could just feed them. But for filtration purposes automatic feeders are better because people go soft and start feeding too much. Never seen a $3000 dollar goldfish. Even if there's one just get some small expensive fish and they will grow. Avoid getting too many fish in the beginning.