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How can you go through the trouble of getting exotic and have this kind of taste?
lol, it looks like a dog dragging its butt on the carpet.
getting ready to build this set up soon, going to be drilling the 40 next week then building the sump out of some cracked 29 gallons.
I'm going for a half-gallon Walstad bowl. Probably going to be plant-only so I understand periodic fertilization will be necessary.
So far I have the bowl and some anubias and about an inch of water in there.
Any tips? I'm going to get some potting mix, maybe some sand/gravel and a light source soon.
Thinking of adding some meme balls and duckweed too.
I've heard that anubias can be tied to a lava rock or piece of driftwood. But can I just plant them with the roots in the gravel, leaving the rhizome above the gravel line?
I don't know parameters because it's in my father's tank, but anyone have any thoughts on why an angelfish (about four years old) would stop eating? He looks healthy otherwise, but has been lethargic lately, and I haven't seen him eat in a couple of days.
>But can I just plant them with the roots in the gravel, leaving the rhizome above the gravel line?
Yeah, that's fine.
Get a spath or some lucky bamboo to grow half-submerged, too.
It grows really fast and covers the surface, shading the rest of the plants, and it sticks to your hand and tracks all over your house and clogs the sink. It's really a pain in the ass. Water lettuce and frogbit are much easier to deal with.
I maintain a 8-10 thousand gallon reef tank for a private residence as well as 3 other smaller non SW systems. It's an awesome part time job and of the easist for a student like me.
Most of the equipment is what you find in a pool/hot tub at this scale. The protien skimmer is about as tall as a large household hot water heater tank.
I have to dive into the tank to clean the glass and frag/move corals.
>go to pick up 100g tank
>"Uh... I don't really wanna sell it any more, sorry"
Fucking normie time-wasters, I'll never have my dream tank of a small loan of 1000000 loaches.
I wouldn't allow just any old random cover anything in your tank. It will suck up all the nutrients that your plants need. If you like the look of algae, get some marimo moss balls, slice them up, flatten them, thread some cotton string through them, then super glue the ends of the cotton string to the decorations you want.
Best of all, despite marimo moss actually being a species of freshwater algae, it is a super slow grower, so it won't infest your tank and smother everything else to death.
The pump room is as cramp and noisy as it looks.
what tail type/coloring is this betta called? got him yesterday
he was twice the price of the other bettas for some reason
These are our fish.
IDK what they are. My gf's sister was going to flush them down the toilet so we took them.
The big fat goldfish looking thing had babies. She ate most of them but 2 survived. They're fighters.
I imagine the tank is a bit small. Also the filter is shit.
We'be had them 6 months and they've not died so I consider this a success
A long 20 gal tank would be optimal.
They're schooling fish, they need to be in large groups and require a lot of space to swim freely.
Your tank looks very small, imo you should introduce a good quantity of real plants and replace the fish with inverts, like amano shrimp and snails.
I'd start with a pleco to keep algae away, add a school of angelfish for the ambience, and a single Bala Shark as the centrepiece, and top it all off by adding a pile of huge stones to take up as much volume as possible.
I recently bought a walmart betta on impulse and I was wondering if this was fin-rot and how I should treat it or if it was just stress biting.
I cleaned its tank right after so don't worry about the fogginess.
I know i shouldn't support walmart treatment of fish but he was so lively and i felt bad for him.
Could throw in a few (10) dwarf puffers and/or scarlet badis in there to, for some species that will pick a territory and hang out there, while you have all your schools moving around their territories. I'd go with scarlet badis, their a lot of fun and beatiful. Can be hard to feed though...
Take out all those tacky fake saltwater/spongebob shit. Get some live plants instead. Anubias, java fern, java moss, and marimo moss balls are all super easy. Hell, marimo moss balls are the easiest you can get. You literally just rotate them once a week when you do water changes so the part on the bottom doesn't get yucky. It's super easy to google basic instructions on how to care for them. Live plants are super important because they absorb the ammonia and other harmful things in fish urine and feces. Basically, it's the difference between living in a swimming pool, and living in a giant toilet that never gets flushed.
As for the aquarium lights the plants are going to need, once again super easy. Go to Walmart(or whatever your local equivalent is) and get some daylight CFL bulbs. Then get a desk lamp or two, I'm pretty sure they even have clip on ones that you can attach directly to the fish tank if it doesn't have a lid.
If you want a much better filter that is dirt cheap, then watch this video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lYyEHHmeZY0
I didn't think I'd ever be interested in bettas again, but then I saw one of these at my LFS the other day. Now I'm thinking of getting one for a 20G tall of mine.
Recently just lost an angelfish that I loved having in my aquarium. I tested the water and it concluded that I had no ammonia, nitrite, and 5ppm of nitrate, but my pH was at 7.8. The thing is; the pH has been consistent since Ive had the aquarium which is a total of two months now. How do I bring the pH down the right way? I understand adding chemicals would imbalance the natural levels of the aquarium so I was thinking of gradually adding spring water that has the pH of 6.3 to the tank as the water evaporates. But would I be able to get away with a 30% water change of straight spring water? Normally i do a 30% water change once a week with the tap water that has a pH of 7.9.
Currently inhabiting my 30g i have:
2 Honey Gourami's
6 Cherry barbs
1 German Blue Ram
1 Electric Blue ram
4 Panda Cory's
1 Bamboo Shrimp
2 Nerite Snails
1 Ramshorn Snail
I worry about the pH for the rams' sake as well. Really would not like to see anymore fish go. Any help would be much appreciated.
Rate my tank while your at it.
if you dont mind the look of blackwater (acually yellowish brown) throw in some oak leaves, or beech leaves. it'll bring the ph down slowly and the rams will feel very at home in the tea stained water
just make sure any leaves you use are fully dead and dried. if you dont like the look of leave in your tank, either make a concentrated solution in a bucket or make a teabag by poking holes in a plastic bag and hanging it in the tank
heres an article on the subject: http://www.seriouslyfish.com/all-the-leaves-are-brown/
Anyone know if Bettas can be safely kept with Black Tetras?
The guy I got the three Tetras from said they're fine but as soon as I chucked the bag in the water the Betta is flaring his fins up at them in the bag.
Should I separate them? I got another tank with Guppies but I've heard that they wouldn't go together too well.
if your referring to black neons then i think you will be fine. usually bettas are really slow swimmers and the neons are real fast. im not a professional but i dont see your betta posing too much of a threat as long as there are a couple of them
I'm talking about these guys.
It's a small tank. Only 15 liters. I think I'm going to have them moved to my larger one and see how they fare in that one first.
So guys I started co2 for the first time on my 55g planted tank, over the course of a couple days I've had to turn up my bubbles per second to 10-15 bps for my drop checker to even turn green. Doesn't that seem excessive? I'm wondering if the amount of water movement I have in the tank is affecting it, though I don't have much breaking at the surface. There is no reactor on this system.
Zebra danios and a marigold platy. Recommended tank size would be ten or twenty gallons depending in who you all. Obviously the 20 gallon would be better long term.
If he upgraded the tank he could just put a betta in the larger tank, and that small tank isn't big enough for ember tetras.
I think the rule of thumb with Betta-compatible fish are
>no flashy colors
>no lacy fins
>anything faster then it
>no nippy fish
Basically anything that isn't flashy like a goldfish or...like a Betta. And anything that keeps to itself and won't nip at its luxurious "dress".
I have a 37 Gallon (Tall) tank with one pearl gourami, a bristlenose pleco, and five loaches. I was thinking about getting a second pearl buddy, what other fish would you recommend for this current set up?
Rate my 33g
It contains a few corys, some tetras, 4 tiny angel fish and the queen of the tank. A blue acara.
I cant seem to get the water to clear up though. The water has a greenish tint so i assume its mostly algae. I do water changes every week and try to feed as little as possible.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
I have it on a timer. 8 hours a day.
And yes it is an electric blue. Planning on getting her a mate soon.
Be careful about introducing a 2nd Pearl to an already established tank. I gave one of my original Pearls two girlfriends, and two weeks later he murdered them
Also a little bit risky when you already have a Pearl, be mindful of possible aggression and territorial disputes when you do get the Angel
Is my guppy pregnant? The dots by her tail are dark red, not black, so I'm unsure. She seems blocky, and wider than usual
How would you sex it?
Since i only have one so far it is hard to determine it on its personality too. I was told its a female so right now shes my little waifu. If its a trap then so be it.
I would recommend keeping 1 male to 2 females. That way, if his male Pearl is an asshole than the aggression would be distributed evenly between the two giving the ladies a break in between domestic violence
Still didn't stop my first male Pearl from murdering her two girlfriends. The 1M:1F pair I got after that were much better, but by then I was already tired of Pearls and wanted a smaller gourami so they could have more real estate in my 40 breeder
Went with 1 male and 2 female Honeys, and I already like them much better. The male is still very territorial and chases the girls outside his favorite spot, but his spot doesn't occupy 2/3s of the entire quarantine tank. Plus, I've never seen him continue chasing and nipping which is what my Pearls did, and he even lets them chill in his area every now and then
Try Sparkling Gouramis, they're tiny and sociable enough to be kept as a pair or maybe trio in a Spec V. Make sure to plant it densely
Recent updates...flourish tabs installed, still dosing flourish excel, got aqueon plant light with red spectrum (don't like the way this looks :/), also got this nice piece of driftwood and attached my java fern to it.
Maybe now I have sufficient hiding spaces to try putting shrimp or corys or something in?
Looks good, anon
I'd put the heater vertical, and somewhere less noticeable
Also, put a background on the tank to hide the wires and filter
If it's cycled, put some corys in, if it isn't then used shrimp
closeup of the betta. prettiest one i've ever had, he seems super healthy, and he's mostly stopped attacking the nerite snail now
they look absolutely terrible in a small tank, but if I ever get a huge tank I think it would be cool to add the two houses and a red rock to the background where they'd be hard to see
whoever said dwarf frogs are boring is a fucking liar. mine were boring for like a week but now that they're used the tank they are active as hell and interact really well with my other fish
This is a design for a tank I am wanting to make.designing in 3ds max. Yes those are tubes connecting the tanks. They will be 20-30 gallons each.I want my fish to be able to swim into all of the tanks, and have terf wars.
you might want to figure out a way to raise the walls on the tubes so your substrate doesn't fall to the bottom. also, good luck trying to clean/arrange/do anything to the lower tanks. might just want to make it horizontal only if you're insistent on the TUUUUBES.jpg, but otherwise it would probably be easier/cheaper to just buy a bigger tank
I got a budget LED for this 20L I set up in my basement. I heard it was decent. It was $30. Here's the light upturned for a glimpse of it's LED array. Mostly white with a few blue/green/red.
Oh by the way the light is a "Beamswork EA80".
It's not very powerful it would seem. But I feel like I got my money's worth.
(Media sitting in the tank because I don't have a power strip to run both filters yet.)
Native plant guy from last thread. This is a tank I've put all my leftover and misc stuff in. Lots of local plants that I have no idea what they are. Lots of store-bought as well. Hoping to get a larger tank for a gar or bass.
I'll post some pics of the plants I've found- hopefully someone here has some knowledge on them.
Some driftwood I found when the Arkansas River receded.
Grass that I found in large mats in Bringle Creek. Need help id'ng.
Another plant that I found in a frozen pond. Was red before, introduction to warm water turned it vibrant green. Need help id'ng.
I think I have an idea what this is. Pretty invasive species in several lakes here.
Last but not least- Stone Cold Steve Austin (He's a mussel. Get it?). I rotate him in my different tanks once every few weeks. Does a good job of getting a lot of the detritus and he seems happy for something that lacks a CNS.
It's been a few years since I've been serious about the fishy business. So I started up again and I made a serious mistake with the filter I chose. I got an Aquaeon quiet flow and the pump quit after less than a week. I've only got a 20 gal and it's going to be planted anyway, so I don't need anything drastic like a canister. Any suggestions for a HOB filter that will actually work? Is there a better alternative to HOB that I just don't know about?
How are they with noise? I have the tank in my bedroom and I'm ok with white noise while trying to fall asleep but there are some limits. The last time I had a tank I had a Penguin Biowheel HOB and that thing rattled and squeaked and I eventually had to move the aquarium to my kitchen.
Finally got the plants in for my biocube. Can't wait to see what it looks like when the water clears up.
Aw..Hasbs and Ottos...I really like those plants too, could you list what they are? I like the fern looking one in the back(Wisteria), the one on the far left, and the Ludwigia and Rotala look rad. Where did you get em?
The plants from left to right and back to front are, Myriophyllum tuberculatum red, Hygrophila pinnatifida, Alternanathera reineckii roseafolia, Rotala rotundifolia indicia, Proserpinaca palustris, Hemianthus callitrichoides, and Lilaeopsis mauritiana. I ordered em all from Planted Aquariums Central. I think I only paid about 50 bucks for all of em after shipping. And I love my little habrosus corys, when I saw em at my lfs I had to have em. Just realized they match my otos today. Will also be adding a school of chili rasboras and some cherry shrimp later on today.
cool, thanks, and I love the hasbos, If you cant get the chili/hockey stick/ micro rasboras, go get a half dozen of white clouds, they are the coolest and they love bloodworms as much as the micro corys do, imo.
Any ideas about the best lighting fixture for a planted tank? Just low to medium intensity plants and no CO2. It seems like all the fixtures I see fall apart in less than a year or are crazy expensive.
I need help. I have no idea what sort of output my lights have, I didn't think to check because it initially wasn't planted. I have LEDs in the hood, and a second LED submersible strip.
So far anubias, java fern, and moss are all doing well. Watersprite and myrio are not doing well, but I'm tempted to say it's because they're fast-growers and my tank doesn't have enough waste to keep them healthy. Are there any other hardy low-light plants I can add, preferably something tall for the back, that's unlikely to die if my lights aren't great and my tank is clean? Dosing ferts 1-2x per week.
I would love some white clouds, but this entire project has been for my chili rasboras. I have a small school in my 5 gallon with a few RCS and a very peaceful betta. Gonna increase their numbers from 4 to 10.
Right now I have an overstocked 20 gallon high with a bunch of meme fish I got from PetSmart. It is/was my first-ish tank, I had a 5g betta tank before that, but this was the first tank that I planted and got decent equipment for.
So now I want different fish but I don't have the space to really set up a large tank. (When I move out I'm looking to get something 100-200g.) Basically I want to experience different fish.
I'm moving everything except the dwarf gourami and the shrimp to the 20 long in my previous pics, and that will be a South American biome of sorts, and the 20 gallon high in my room will be a Southeat Asian biome.
It kind of works out because I think the tetra might be happier in the wider tank, and then neither tank will be overstocked.
Basically I'm an autist and I recently decided Asian fish don't go with South American fish, not for any /pol/ish reasons but some imaginary notion of aquatic "authenticity". You don't have to be like me, being OCD is a curse.
Huh. It's an estimation/planning tool. I don't think stocking is an exact science to begin with, and its data will never be vast enough to give you all of the information you need. It's just a starting point / reference. It's still a really useful tool.
>Just low to medium intensity plants and no CO2.
I've used plain old CFLs on a lot of tanks like that and it always worked out well. Pic related.
You're welcome anon. I've posted that specific link as an answer to various filter/airstone/liveplants questions often enough I'm wondering if we should include it in the OP with each new thread.
Funny thing is, I've seen other anons post that guys youtube vids just as often as I do. Is he really that good? I simply prefer watching his vids because they are super easy for an idiot like me to understand.
Is that big rock on the left leaning against the tank wall? Isn't it supposed to be bad to do that? Like, you risk the tank wall cracking or some such?
But other than that, it looks great. If you would like some decorating advice, then I suggest get some java moss, a nice thick mat of it. Then thread some cotton string through it, and super glue the ends of the string to that big rock on the left, so the java moss eventually attaches to it. I would do it in a single thick vertical line going down the center facing out of the tank.
Then, when the java moss establishes itself on the rock, get a thick wide toothed come and gently comb it out every time you do a regular water change, this will make it nice and thick and luxurious. A perfect green shag carpet for shrimp or whatnot to graze/hide out in.
Your betta might even like resting on it, as well, if you make sure to add some on top.
No, fish don't work like that. The only way it will work is if you make the tubes small enough that only guppy sized fish can fit through them, then get a couple of fish species too large to fit through the tubes, like angelfish.
That actually looks really cool, what kind of live plants are you thinking of growing? It looks to me like you are planning on using the Walstad method, or did you pic that substrate because you prefer the more natural look? Either way, I jelly, your tank is going to be awesome once it's all set up.
Are any of these low light plants? Also, how many of them need to be planted in dirt, can that fern looking one in particular be attached to driftwood/rock? What about pots? For instance, if I have a piece of driftwood large enough, can I hollow out a section, and either fill it with dirt directly, or insert one of those mini pots with the plant in it, would that work?
You're thinking of marine flatworms, but
>impaling each other with dick spears
sounds a lot like human sex, too, so...
Give me your email senpai. I have a few pieces I took out of my tank, as well as some I picked out that looked cool. Just pay for the shipping and I'll send it to you once you pick one out.
>those beautiful angelfish
>the nice natural driftwood
>the glaring electric blue acara
also those angels will eventually need a bigger tank, maybe one in a 30 gallon would be okay but it'd probably stunt it's growth
you could bring your ph down as low as you like considering the tannin the leaves put off is at about 4.5, just depends how many leaves you want to put in and what species of tree they're from
take a look at some tea stained aquariums, look up blackwater biotope, you might find you like it. took a while to grow on me
/aq/ is pretty broken up over neons in a small tank. from what I can surmise, they'll do just fine in a five gal but they wont school, and they have a pretty high mortality rate in the first week. Ive also heard cardinal tetras are a better alternative
Dude. Fuck this. Aquarium lights are way too goddamn expensive. I'm going to make my own.
Do you guys think these would have enough PAR for an aquarium 12inches deep for good plant growth?
in my 56 ive never had any luck with neons, tried on 2 different occasions and finally gave up, about a year later cardinals were on sale for 12 for 20 dollars so i tried them out and not one fucking death.
once i get my 20 long stable i may throw my cardinals in it since it seems like they do nothing but hide in a tank as big/tall as a 56 column
haven't even bought a heater for the tank though and its yet to cycle so its going to take a while.
what temps do you guys keep your tanks at? one of mine i keep close to 80 for the cardinal tetras, but once i move them i may lower it to the mid/low 70s and put the temp in my 20 to 80.
considering a hydor inline heater.
Not sure. I might sell the shrimp, though.
Yeah I'm using the Walstad method on this tank. I have an inch of this stuff: and it's capped with black sand. I'm still researching the plants I want.
>Do you guys think these would have enough PAR for an aquarium 12inches deep for good plant growth?
It's not going to be as bright as a $100-200 fixture, I'm fairly confident in that. That doesn't have to be a bad thing, just don't try to grow high-light plants and expect rapid growth. On the upside, less algae.
So my boss wants me to set up a 55 gallon tank in the lobby at work since a customer complimented my tank in my office.
My tank is just a 10 gallon with a single male betta, a shit ton of marimo moss balls, and Asian decor.
I need stocking ideas since I've never really done anything outside of bettas before.
Boss hasn't given me a budget, but I want something low maintenance, stable, but still entertaining for customers.
I recently set up a simple 60g saltwater tank in my office. Way understocked, so far I have three damsels, a clown and a dwarf angel.
I expect I'll get a royal gramma and then I'll be done. Maybe an anemone and some corals later on down the line.
but anyways, it's pretty low maintenance. I just change some water every week or two and empty my skimmer a couple times a week.
My budget is whatever I want though.
I figured this is the best place to ask about aquatic frogs.
When I was little, my grandmother got me an aquatic frog to keep at her house. I believe it was an African Dwarf Frog.
I've had stuff to set up an aquarium sitting unused in my house for a couple months now and was considering getting fish, but I just remembered the frog I used to have and remembered how fascinating I found it. I love frogs and find them totes adorbs.
From what I'm reading, it seems they're pretty easy to take care of. My only worry is that my tank may be too big for them; from what I'm reading, they only need 5 gallons, but my tank is 10 gallons. Is this too big for the little frogs? I'll probably just get fish if it is, but I'd like to have those frogs again.
Also, the water in the city where I live is horribly chlorinated or something. You can clearly tell that the water is chemically treated when you drink it and it's so nasty to drink that I buy filtered water instead. I feel like if I set up a tank that I should use spring or filtered water because of how chemical-y the tap water is. I mean, I have a filter for the aquarium, but I'm so afraid to put any tap water in there; I even give my dogs and birds the filtered stuff.
As long as the 10 gallon is a 10 gallon long and not a 10 gallon tall you'll be fine. That's actually a perfect size for a few ADFS. You could even keep shrimp in there too.
Mine dont bother the shrimp at all.
Seachem prime gets rid of the chlorine/chloramine in tap water and it's what I use.
Don't use bleach, instead, attach some thick wires/rope (thread them through the eye sockets and whatnot) then stake them down over an ants nest. The ants will pick them clean of every last trace of meat that could poison your tank.
Leave them over the ants nest for a good week or so. Then hang it somewhere outside where it will get full sunlight for another week.
Then it will be safe to put in your tank.
I went to the LFS today to get some windelov fern. The employee (god knows why) decided to give me a bag the size of my torso with over a gallon of water in it. Well, after sloshing the shit out of it on the drive home because "it's just plants lol," I looked at the bag when I got home and caught something moving in it out of the corner of my eye.
Surprise, I guess.
Hey guys, my 30 gal tank at the moment is stocked with 10 ember tetras, 10 neons and 15-20 shrimp. I'm planning on getting 2 more schools of 10 fish (probably endlers and harlequin rasbora) as well as 5 Otos and 5 dwarf cories. I'd like some type of slightly larger (probably around betta size) "centrepiece" fish. The only problem is I don't know which ones won't massacre my shrimp. I know gourami are out as they demolish shrimp populations. What species do you guys recommend and how many of them?
There's not really such thing as a "too big" tank.
Also, just buy a dechlorinator from your local LFS or pet shop.
Don't buy "organic natural herb remedy vegan gluten-free aloe vera" dechlorinator shit though, I used it once and it killed all of my cories and laoches, just buy straight up sodium thiosulfate based stuff.
Boraras spp. would be better suited to the 5 gallon than neons or harlequins, if you can find some, but a 10 gallon with harlequins would be better for all animals involved, in my opinion.
Does he want a tropical community tank specifically? You could get a single medium-large cichlid (ie. Jack Dempsey) and it'd be the office wet pet.
Betta sororities offer no advantage whatsoever to the fish, they're only done for the viewer's pleasure, and they're generally unpredictableat best. You're far better off getting sparkling gourami or something if you want a group. Or a single betta. Or an actually schooling fish.
Maybe a small species of gourami, like a honey. A single male swordtail or even a pair of swords?
Or a pair of German blue rams? Mine never touched my shrimp.
I'd also personally ditch the endlers and just add more fish to the schools you already have.
German blues sound cool, I love them but I was afriad they would eat the shrimp, because all the other South American cichlids do. And yeah I might just bulk out to 15 embers and harlequins. will probs keep ten neons as they are, they have sorted a higherachy already.
I thought all my yellow babbies died, but I guess I was wrong.
Also I put some hitchhiker scuds in this tank and they're kawaii af.
What is that very fine grass you have called?
They are escape artists, they will find a way out of their own tank, eat all the fish in the other tanks, then climb back into their own tank.
They are also smart enough to do this gradually over time, and only when you are gone from home/asleep.
So you have no idea it's actually happening until after 50% of your fish are gone so it finally becomes visibly noticeable.
>See Nerites that I plopped in quarantine tank to munch on diatoms sitting at the water surface for the past couple of days
>Get worried about water parameters since I recently moved the tank and did a 80% water change
>Test water on both my quarantine and main tank
>Ph is 8.4
>Ammonia and Nitrites are 0, Nitrates are 10-20ppm in quarantine and 40-80ppm in main tank
>Fucking 40-80ppm Nitrates in my tank full of RCS and Amanos
How the fuck are my shrimps still alive? I guess this is what happens when I take out all the floaters in my tank (including the duckweed) and leave a zucchini in there for 24 hours. I've done it several times before with the floaters and the shrimp were completely fine, and they don't look any different this time either
Gonna test tomorrow and see if the Nitrates go down a little, otherwise I'm gonna wait until this Thursday to do a 50% water change while I replace my root tabs and plant more stuff
Also, I suspect a lot of the nitrate buildup could be from not doing water changes while doing 1/3 to 1/4 EI dosing for low tech planted tanks for the past two months. But I haven't dosed dry ferts in the last two weeks while getting rid of the duckweed...
This is still shocking though, just goes to show that you need to check your water parameters every now and then even if things look good
>plants that goldfish wont eat
I've tried multiple times to plant dwarf grass in my tank in hopes to carpet it and when I do it never really takes off even after weeks of being in a perfect environment where other plants have flourished
How do you plant this shit? When I buy it from my LFS it's in this circular plastic cups and the roots are in some sort of gel like material
Tissue culture. Rinse off the gel with tap water. Break grass into little bunches a few blades each. Stick in substrate.
I'm seeing some slow growth with a dirted tank and high-ish light.
This. Whenever I get it, it just slowly withers and dies.
I read a forum post about a guy who pet his nitrates climb to 300+ in his shrimp tank because he was tired of them and trying to kill them off. Didn't work, they just kept breeding.
>What is that very fine grass you have called?
It's marimo, split up and tied to slate.
I've heard that anubias and java fern won't get eaten, though they grow pretty slowly even in high light.
>want to get a dozen bandit corys for my tank
>fish store wants 185 dollars
>ask if they will just hook me up with some shitty corys
>fish store wants 145
Why the fuck are corys so expensive? Two years ago I picked up 6 for 20 dollars.
What LFS charges 13-18 USD per cory cat, I've never heard of these prices
They should be giving you a discount for buying a dozen too, so I'd hate to hear how much an individual cory costs
My gold green corys were 7.99 and I still feel ripped off. I wouldn't have bought them, but they were already bagged up when I found out the actual price.
Next time I went in they had a fresh batch of 2.99 panda corys and I was all over that shit.
Hi /an/ im buying this fish tank
What light would be best for growing plants?
Anybody here know anything about hydroponic gardening? I've always thought the symbiotic nature of that setup seem awesome. Does it really take less maintenance once set up?
Should I get some experience with regular fish keeping or gardening first?
Damn, son, nobody told me that marimo moss is that gorgeous when viewed up close. Is there anything in particular you do to get it that shaggy?
Also >>2069497 marimo moss is probably the safest bet, since it technically isn't moss at all, but a type of slow growing freshwater algae. And as far as I know, goldfish/koi/carp would only resort to eating algae if they are starving.
>fish torture chambers
Even I'm not that sadistic, and I fap to fantasies of using sounding rods on cute little twink boys of gradually increasing sizes until I can fuck their urethras and ejaculate into their prostates while they are screaming and begging me to stop.
But shit man, there is a special place in hell for people who force fish to live like that.
Yeah I honestly had similar concerns already.
Pic related is a really shitty example, I picture myself using a setup that gives the fish much more room than any of the standard design schemes (some of them even discourage letting in any light at all so you don't have to clean algea) Since I would be doing this just as much as a decorative/hobby pursuit than as a legitimate means of food production.
Isn't the standard design usually like 1000+ gallons?
You definitely don't want any algae growth in the growbed.
So far it seems simple enough, it's more of learning designing/mechanics for it and knowing whether or not the plants and fish live in what you provide. So far the most annoying part has been pump breaking for me.
If you want to be as humane as possible, then do basic research into keeping full fledged fish tanks. Forget the whole aquaponics thing, concentrate solely on the well being of the fish. Google how to cycle a tank, how to keep beneficial bacteria alive and thriving, some very low maintenance fish such as a betta, or white cloud mountain minnows, etc. etc. etc.
Then, once all of that is out of the way, google edible plants that would do well with their roots submerged. For instance: pic related, just grabbed this randomly off of google. All you need is a little container you can clip on/suction cup to the side of your aquarium then plop these suckers in.
Google all of the different ways people use potho vines and lucky bamboo in their tanks, and use the same techniques yourself, but with edible plants.
>Even I'm not that sadistic, and I fap to fantasies of using sounding rods on cute little twink boys of gradually increasing sizes until I can fuck their urethras and ejaculate into their prostates while they are screaming and begging me to stop
There's gotta be other options. I had to hunt for mine because most of the articles online reference shit that no longer exists.
I know some people use topsoil, but I know that some people mineralize their topsoil or some such, which seems like a more involved process. I personally wouldn't want to use topsoil because I've yet to open a bag that didn't contain random shit like pieces of plastic, fabric, concrete, etc. (? really wtf) and that's just from working in my yard.
You're looking for an organic potting mix that doesn't have any ferts added.
First dirt tank I did I used bagged top soil from home Depot, never again. I still randomly find huge ass worms in my substrate if I vacuum deep enough.
Breaking the tank down this summer and going to fix the situation. I think next time I'll bake the dirt.
>even in high light
high light basically gives them aids
they get all dark green and wrinkly and slowly but surely die off
anubias is a low light plant and will only grow at a decent rate with good substrate and root ferts or tied to soft driftwood in my experience
however it will survive any beating you can give it
Gunna go for Westland aquatic pond soil, it's mostly loam based and has lots of peat moss, so it should be fine for me.
The clip is really low profile and there's a small gap between the lid and the tank wall.
I've moved my light around since that picture, so this is a different tank. Same deal, though.
>Is there anything in particular you do to get it that shaggy?
Not really. It grows, albeit slowly, and gets that shaggy look over time.
I've read stories about people's goldfish tearing apart marimo balls. Not to eat them, just for fun I guess.
My fish were fine five hours ago, but all of a sudden I've got a pregnant guppy on the bottom, and another guppie dead in a corner. I've got two other fish that are perfectly fine, one guppy, one ram
All the nitrogen levels are at nothing
it's my first tank. I started it about 8 weeks ago.