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Just wanted to say that I have some of these in a 29g planted. The tank is only slightly tinged with tannins, not blackwater at all, but they still have a good bit of color. They aren't solid red,...
02-08-2014, 10:59 PM
Haven't seen the micro crab, but I saw a bit of a shed from it.
Forgot to mention, the rainbowfish in here are blue-eyes. Not Psudomagil gertrudae, a different Psudomagil species that's...
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I have a couple of suggestions for your tank. Look for pygmy cories. They probably won't be available at Petsmart, but most non-chain stores should have some. You could easily...
01-28-2014, 08:16 PM
Went to my LFS today. For $25 I came home with four adorable baby checkerboard chichlids and two female bluefin killifish. Yes, I know the numbers of killies aren't ideal, but there's loads of space...
01-28-2014, 08:04 PM
Went to my LFS today. I went looking for pygmy cories, but they were out. Found some cool stuff, though... One swamp darter, which is a sweet little darter-cutie, and a Thai micro crab. The crab is...
01-22-2014, 07:11 AM
Ah... That might have been goldfish I was reading about...
Still, I think icewater is only a good plan for little fish who'll cool off quickly. Bigger fish would probably get pretty uncomfortable.
01-22-2014, 02:34 AM
Trouble with the cold-water thing is you have to make sure it doesn't actually freeze. If it does, ice crystals form and cause the fish pain.
If you're worried about someone accidentally killing...
01-20-2014, 09:47 PM
I don't really know about the ice thing... I mean, I know it's quick, but I don't know if it causes any pain.
The clove oil is good because it seems to just put them to sleep... Good for the softie...
01-20-2014, 09:14 PM
I know people have been debating if clove oil is a humane method of euthanizing fish. I'm gonna list you my experiences with it;
I used it to kill a fireworm that I found in my saltwater tank. It...
Ooh, trying to breed it is a cool idea... I bet you could get a lot of cash for three-feeler angelfish.
It does look a little odd around the head area, but I don't see anything that...
I think bulldog plecos are typically supposed to be housed in groups, but I could be wrong.
You definitely have a 'common' pleco, which is the big kind. If at all possible, I'd look into rehoming...
Ooh, my Beckford's pencilfish do that too! I've noticed that they're actually a bit like tiny, less bitey barbs in overall behavior.
(because of the life cycle)
That would probably work pretty well, just stay on low heat.
I'll tell you that the wood is going to add a tint of tannins to the water, although I don't believe beech trees in general will release...
Good. I was pretty sure of what they were, but I had a sneaking suspicion that maybe I'd gotten confused.
Wow, they get big! Definitely try cyclop-eeze, maybe even mysis shrimp if it's a big one.
01-17-2014, 03:04 AM
Here's a suggestion; get a Python water changer. It goes from your tank to a sink and reduces the hauling of water and so-on to:
Insert hose into tank
Screw other end to sink
Turn sink on for a...
They eat extremely tiny stuff. Cyclop-eeze, placed just upstream of them with a turkey baster, should work for slightly larger ones, and I'd guess that phytoplankton is good for smaller ones. Don't...
01-16-2014, 09:16 PM
Yay! No ammonia! Did a big water change and removed the bits of crawdad being used to cycle the tank.
Fish are back in. Wasn't easy getting them out of the hatchery, though, poor things are freaked...
01-15-2014, 09:51 PM
I'm looking more to up the numbers of crawlies... Intended to be microfish fry food in case something breeds. I don't have a way to safely remove and raise the fry, so I figure maybe I can up their...
01-15-2014, 08:28 PM
I've lowered the force of the pump, so there's some low-flow spots. Let's say I crumple some oak leaves up and tuck them into those spots, do you think that would work like mulm? I don't mind letting...
01-15-2014, 05:34 PM
I currently have a 29 Biocube being set up. Planted tank, no fish at the moment because it wasn't properly cycled. There's a bunch of plants in there, and I've noticed some tiny critters.
01-15-2014, 06:17 AM
Ammonia levels still around .25.
On a brighter note, my tank has microfauna! Pond snails, a few MTS that I added to stir sand, tiny freshwater limpets, some sort of vinegar-eel type worm, and a...
01-11-2014, 12:57 AM
Does Seachem sell just the ammonia kit? Test kits can be kind of expensive. I'm happy to get one, I just don't have much spare cash.
01-10-2014, 10:28 PM
I've tested our tap water... Slightly under 0.25 ammonia reading. Now, we do have chloramines in our water from what I found out, but the water conditioner I'm using (API brand, actually) is supposed...