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Reply #315 on: September 18, 2016, 02:01:32 AM

I bought fifteen neons on sale at Petco, to add to my school of around a dozen.

In the last week, I have collected around a dozen neon corpses. Did a water change today and found EIGHT.

Probably brought an infection in with the new batch :(

Anyway, current pics are on this tweet: https://twitter.com/raphkoster/status/777324903313702912


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Reply #316 on: September 18, 2016, 06:38:51 AM

I bought fifteen neons on sale at Petco, to add to my school of around a dozen.

In the last week, I have collected around a dozen neon corpses. Did a water change today and found EIGHT.

Probably brought an infection in with the new batch :(

Anyway, current pics are on this tweet: https://twitter.com/raphkoster/status/777324903313702912


Ugh. That is one of my huge dreads. About to go out fish shopping today (maybe). Hoping for the best....

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Reply #317 on: September 21, 2016, 09:41:13 AM



Finally have some fish... nothing outrageous, just 6 bloodfins. Took longer than expected (4 hours) to acclimate the pH between my LFS and my water, but they survived the first night. Probably get 8 harlequins sometime this weekend and then figure out if we want something exotic.

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Reply #318 on: September 26, 2016, 01:43:26 AM

So, the toll so far:

18 neons
1 corydora julii
1 siamese algae eater
1 diamond tetra
2 glowlight tetras

Don't buy fish from Petco, kids.

Antibiotics went into the tank upon my return from Austin Game Conference. No losses in last two days.  I figure I need to give it a week or two before I can call it safe to restock.

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Reply #319 on: September 28, 2016, 01:09:50 PM

I googled those tetra fish and they're really pretty.  Whilst googling I saw a Lemon Tetra and have decided it's my fav fish.  Way pretty!

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Reply #320 on: September 28, 2016, 02:34:12 PM

What the hell petco are you buying from? Sheesh... They die of disease or shock from differing water parameters? I know a few places around here soften their water and buffer the pH a bit. Sucks to hear though... 

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Reply #321 on: September 28, 2016, 05:42:44 PM

Disease, no question. Otherwise only the new neons would have died. Clearly something came in with those new fish. It was the first addition in quite some time.

I've been dosing with Maracyn-Oxy for a few days now and only had one more neon death, so I think we're past the worst of it.

Signe, full grown diamond tetras are prettier than lemon tetras, I think:



 The purple on the fins slowly comes in as they grow, and the scales get more and more glittery.
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Reply #322 on: September 28, 2016, 09:36:53 PM

That's pretty gorgeous.

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Reply #323 on: November 28, 2016, 07:42:54 PM

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Reply #324 on: November 29, 2016, 10:40:17 AM

I may have stated this long ago, but I've had amazing success at getting great tanks from Craigslist. People just get sick of the hobby and want to offload it. I got a 75 gallon tank with everything, fluval filters, hood , light, decor...2 African cichlids and a big pleco for about the cost of the fish and the deco if you got it from a store.

Also got a 150 gallon for 50 bucks (and he threw in a 50 gallon just to get rid of it for free - I gave it to my neighbor), just the tank. Still, price one of those out! STEAL

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Reply #325 on: November 29, 2016, 01:41:56 PM

I may have stated this long ago, but I've had amazing success at getting great tanks from Craigslist. People just get sick of the hobby and want to offload it. I got a 75 gallon tank with everything, fluval filters, hood , light, decor...2 African cichlids and a big pleco for about the cost of the fish and the deco if you got it from a store.

Also got a 150 gallon for 50 bucks (and he threw in a 50 gallon just to get rid of it for free - I gave it to my neighbor), just the tank. Still, price one of those out! STEAL

This is very true. There is a LFS here that takes tanks off people who don't want them and can't sell them. They do an auction every month to sell off the stuff which you an find real steals that way too. That said, I don't need any tanks at this time since we'll be moving soon and I hate packing them up. So stop putting thoughts in my head.  awesome, for real

I'll have to take a pic or two of my 36 bowfront today now that I got it somewhat set. Sadly, the rotala didn't take and I lost the bunch (only $4 so not a huge loss). Also lost 2 blood fins...still have 4 left and grabbed some brilliant rasboras (6) which are doing well. They shoal all the time which the gf loves.

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Reply #326 on: November 30, 2016, 12:55:56 PM

I have had really mixed luck with rotala. It thrives only when I diligently add ferts every other day. Otherwise, it just kinda grows smaller and smaller leaves until they all fall off then it dies.
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Reply #327 on: November 30, 2016, 01:53:10 PM

I have had really mixed luck with rotala. It thrives only when I diligently add ferts every other day. Otherwise, it just kinda grows smaller and smaller leaves until they all fall off then it dies.

Yeah I was having a daily intake cleaning of the filter from all the leaves falling out. Quite sad because I really liked those plants. I am thinking about a plant supplement but I tend to drag out the research before I actually make a decision.

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Reply #328 on: November 30, 2016, 06:39:41 PM

Liquid supplements add up fast... that's why I switched to dry. A pound of dry stuff lasts a year. A bottle lasts like three months and costs four times as much. I order mine from here: https://www.bobstropicalplants.com/shop/en/

This pack is the basics: https://www.bobstropicalplants.com/shop/en/fertilizers/15-csmb-nkp-combo-pack.html

I do the liquid Flourish Excel for a CO2 equivalent. The really big jugs can be had on Amazon and last months.
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Reply #329 on: December 02, 2016, 07:06:52 PM

Current tank set up:




And the only really good pic I got of the rasboras... twitchy little shits.

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Reply #330 on: December 04, 2016, 12:45:37 AM

Looks great! I love the Cthulhu wood. But...

- if those are swords in front, and they take, they'll get over a foot tall. May block your view.

- Do you have any bottom feeders as a clean-up crew? Corydoras or something?

- Watch out with that moss, mine got uncontrollable, it's kind of a pest after a while. Traps dirt, grows like crazy, chokes out other plants.
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Reply #331 on: December 04, 2016, 07:05:06 AM

Hoping the swords do well and hopefully they will grow taller. I don't mind them blocking a view.

I have nerites - somewhere in there. Damn things are there one hour and then gone for a week before showing back up... kinda like a few roommates I had after college.

And the Cthulhu wood is actually plastic... the only plastic in the tank, but it was black friday sale and I needed a larger piece. Driftwood even on sale was $50+ for a similar piece. Dunno how long I'll have it in there, but for the winter, it'll do.

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Reply #332 on: December 07, 2016, 08:51:19 PM

So this happened tonight...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wY54l6LNHo8

Still going at it when I went to bed. Hope the female doesn't die from exhaustion. I am not holding out hope for fry though... not enough hiding cover unless they get really lucky and I am able to find them before they get chomped on.
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Reply #333 on: December 08, 2016, 01:16:29 PM

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Reply #334 on: December 11, 2016, 09:04:07 PM

- Watch out with that moss, mine got uncontrollable, it's kind of a pest after a while. Traps dirt, grows like crazy, chokes out other plants.

I have found that the key to working with the Moses is to aggressively cut them back.  Then let them reesyablish and repeat the process again

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Reply #335 on: January 19, 2017, 09:03:36 AM

https://youtu.be/xJBzR2ipRSs

Added to the rasbora stock and moved the bolbitis out of the back. Also got two dwarf gourami who have split the tank - Hatfield on the left side, McCoy on the right. It's hilarious watching them have a standoff, though I do have to keep an eye on them so they don't kill each other. So far some headbutting and little nipping, but nothing that has damaged the fins or scales. Once that happens I'll shift one to the 10gal hospital tank until I figure out what the next steps are.

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Reply #336 on: January 20, 2017, 01:24:41 PM

Looking good. You have enough space for those rasboras? Maybe it's that they are staying away from the gouramis in that vid...

Here's the latest on mine.

In the 16g:

In an attempt to keep adding color to the tank, I got a couple of swords and tucked them in the back — an ozelot (the speckled one) and a red flame sword. The existing sword on the right side has stayed small, so who knows whether these will outgrow the tank… normally, they would, but… In any case, if they do, I can move them to the big tank. In the meantime, they’re still in pots and haven’t yet shed their emersed leaves.



Well, I tried out some celestial pearl danios. They didn’t do well, apparently because I wasn’t feeding the right stuff. But I added in some habrosus corydoras (a type of dwarf cory) since I moved the pandas to the big tank. They’re cute and lively!

https://i0.wp.com/www.raphkoster.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/IMG_6253.jpg?resize=225%2C300

The BGA is all gone, thankfully.

Beginning to think about adding shrimp in again.

The 80g:

Got Finnex 24/7 lights back in September, and am very happy with them. They cycle through a day/night cycles smoothly, and now the tank is pretty to look at pretty much all day. Fish seem happier too. Plants were not significantly affected, though I had to buy two to match the old 4xT5HO fixture. ($350 or so...!)

Believe it or not, this is after I thinned plants out recently.

Haven't really restocked fish yet from the big die off earlier, but gearing up to.



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Reply #337 on: January 20, 2017, 02:06:18 PM

The 80g is nice as hell.

And the rasboras are pretty much fine as long as the gouramis are not grumpy. They try chasing, but the 'boras are too quick. I still have the last Bloodfin somewhere. Dunno how he lived when the rest went belly up. My feeling is he killed them.

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Reply #338 on: January 21, 2017, 06:36:17 PM

I found green neons at an LFS! They're a dwarf neon species... perfect for the 16g. I got nine, so we shall see how they do.

I also will try Amano shrimp again. They recommended no Excel, so I am doing very very slow acclimation and will give that a try for a bit. We shall see...
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Reply #339 on: January 21, 2017, 10:59:48 PM

My betta whose swim bladder was messed up has now developed dropsy. Sad to see him go. My gf is actually taking it kinda hard since we bought him when we started dating.

edit: spelling.  Ohhhhh, I see.
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Reply #340 on: March 20, 2017, 06:50:22 PM



So found a replacement for the deceased crowntail that developed dropsy. Been looking for a koi variety since and finally came upon one I liked with a color variation I wanted, and so Gary was acquired. Surprisingly, rescued him from a local Petco - who never have any bettas outside the typical red and blue veiltails.

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Reply #341 on: March 20, 2017, 07:57:16 PM

Don't know how many of you may or may not have seen this, but it was on /r/DIY this morning and I thought of you all.

Auto Water-change system via sprinkler system parts.
http://imgur.com/a/71bXn

Guy mentions several zones for multiple 10g/ 40g tanks I imagine he has larger as well if he's gone to this level with it. 

Note of advice that was in the comments thread and even I noticed: he doesn't have a backflow preventer on his lines. If you're thinking of doing something similar you'll need it so you don't contaminate your potable water supply and to comply with code.

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Reply #342 on: March 21, 2017, 01:38:37 PM

Yeah, I saw this -- it made it near the front page and I browse that maybe once a month and happened to see it.

I do dream of someday having a fully automatic system for it; I've seen some folks who do it with solenoids that detect evaporation and open top off valves, for example. But honestly, the water changer things you attach to a faucet changed my life... I used to have to do it with buckets. :)
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Reply #343 on: March 21, 2017, 01:42:34 PM

Yeah, I saw this -- it made it near the front page and I browse that maybe once a month and happened to see it.

I do dream of someday having a fully automatic system for it; I've seen some folks who do it with solenoids that detect evaporation and open top off valves, for example. But honestly, the water changer things you attach to a faucet changed my life... I used to have to do it with buckets. :)

I don't particularly like automatic systems like that. I'd be too anxious at first and then when I got comfortable, something inevitably fucks up and I wouldn't know it - then I'd have to fix it and everything it broke. Now granted, if you have +50 tanks, that might be a huge time saver, but for anything under 10 tanks... just get a python. Buckets work for a cheap way out for maybe 3 tanks, but even then... hell with that.

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Reply #344 on: March 24, 2017, 09:16:05 PM

But isn't that water chlorinated and all? I thought tap water was the devil in fish tanks?  Head scratch

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Reply #345 on: March 24, 2017, 09:17:53 PM

But isn't that water chlorinated and all? I thought tap water was the devil in fish tanks?  Head scratch

They sell stuff for that... Prime from SeaChem is the best in my opinion.

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Reply #346 on: July 13, 2017, 10:07:10 AM

I got this set up yesterday.


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Reply #347 on: July 13, 2017, 10:36:52 AM

So jelly...   DRILLING AND MANLINESS

I'm too lazy for salt tanks, and WAY too lazy for that insanity. But keep us updated. I am very curious on the home jellyfish tanks.

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Reply #348 on: July 13, 2017, 11:28:18 AM

This is my first salt tank -- I really have no idea what I'm getting myself into here.  Kickstarted this thing on impulse a while back (lured by how much cheaper it was than any other jellyfish tank on the market) and it took me this long to figure out a surface in my home that it could live on.  We'll see how it goes!

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Reply #349 on: July 17, 2017, 08:48:20 AM

I am not an expert on a jellyfish tank; however, I have done quite a bit of research on it.   It was my understanding that you really didn't want to put anything on the bottom since it interferes with the waterflow necessary to keep the jellyfish suspended in the water column.   You might want to reconsider the choice of putting substrate in the bottom of that.   

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