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August 18th, 2015

Pictus Catfish: Peaceful or Aggressive? @ 09:05 pm

I have a 40 gal tank with three Pictus Catfish and one Red Tail Shark. The catfish preceeded the shark in the tank. I have not had any problems between the two species, but I have recently come across some information that does not jibe with the teaching and research I'd done before populating the tank. Several pet stores (our only aquarium store closed a couple of years ago) advised me that if I was choosing the Pictus I would be creating a semi-aggressive tank, so the tankmates had to be other semi-aggressive species and of a size similar or larger than the Pictus. Tonight I was doing some net searches for tank flora and foods for the shark (right now he has plenty of cave structures to chill out in) and I decided to check for other ideas for the Pictus. While looking around I found a site that classified the Pictus as peaceful, not aggressive.

Which is it? If I want to add a couple of other fish to the tank, what would be considered good choices, considering the shark and the cats?

December 27th, 2014

Dangerous and beautiful video with Moray | Опасное и красивое видео с муреной @ 06:39 pm

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Peligroso y hermoso video con муреной! 危险和美丽的录像莫里! Veszélyes gyönyörű videó a Moray! Anh nguy hiểm và đẹp video với Moray! Gevaarlijk en mooie video met Moray! Berbahaya dan indah video dengan Muara! Pericoloso e un bel video con murena! Berbahaya dan indah video dengan Moray itu! Eine gefährliche und schöne Videos mit murena! Perigoso e um belo vídeo com murena! อันตรายและสวยวิดีโอกับ Moray! Tehlikeli ve güzel bir video ile murena! Dangereuse et belle vidéo avec murena!
خطير فيديو جميل مع موراي! מסוכן נוי וידאו עם צלופח!

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August 31st, 2014

Betta Sorority @ 10:56 am

Hello there! This may be a silly question, but I'm going to ask it anyway.

My long term goal within the next year and a half is to set up a Betta sorority tank, about thirty gallons maxing out at eight/ten fish. I have done research and I intend on doing much more research on this. My idea is to introduce all the females to each other via isolation tanks before introducing them in the main tank (somehow I think this will prevent excessive bullying, I don't know if it will make any difference at all). Keep in mind this is a goal, as I know sororities are difficult to establish successfully without mortality. I might chicken out and get a school of Pygmy Cories instead.

My question though, is if I get one female now to keep as a companion to my male, would it likely pose a problem to the sorority hierarchy later? My Plakat hasn't made a bubble nest in the six months since my female died, and their tanks were always side-by-side. I'm hoping a new female will perk him up a little, but I also don't want to cause chaos later if I do attempt a sisterhood. My guy seems so sad anymore. I'd love to see him swimming jauntily like he used to.

Thoughts? Suggestions?
Please and thank you.

EDIT: I guess the point is moot. I got a new little lady. She's a quarter of the size of my Plakat, haha. Can't wait to get their tanks situated next to each other. If I do set up a sorority, "D" will probably be kept in her own tank instead of in the main tank. We'll see. I still look forward to opinions, however.

July 30th, 2014

Trusted Aquarium Info Sites, Salt in Freshwater Aquaria @ 10:50 pm

(Hi! New to this community. I'm crossposting to here, because you all seem to be more active, and to aquaria because that's where I used to hang out, eons ago, and there are still some people there. I hope that won't mean too many people getting redundant posts.)

There are opinions all over the internet about whether to add salt to a freshwater tropical aquarium or not. Vigorous, heartfelt opinions. Lots. And lots. And lots. Of opinions.

I've been doing it for years, but I'm quite open to the idea that I have been doing all kinds of stupid things for years. :)

So I have two questions:

1. What is your opinion on adding salt (aquarium salt, not marine salts or table salts, just straight up sodium chloride) to heated/tropical freshwater tanks?
- Never?
- Always? (How much per gallon?)
- Only as a remedy for certain illnesses?
- Depends on the fish? (Which fish?)
- Depends on if there are live plants?
- Depends on which live plants? (Which?)

Is your opinion based on experience? If so, please share!

2. What websites do you tend to go to for answers about things like this? Which, if any, sound authoritative but in your experience are unreliable? I could use recommendations for any sites people find consistently to have practical, reliable information for aquarium keepers.

I am in an awkward range when it comes to experience - not a novice any more, but still susceptible to some very novice mistakes. I've kept goldfish (lots of work, love them), small mixed peaceful community tanks (tetras, rasboras, danios, etc.), and ex-feeder guppies, most of them (including the goldfish tank because I am stubborn as hell) lightly planted. I know how to cycle a tank, recognize signs of common illnesses, check and maintain water quality, and avoid most of the idiotic things I did in my first couple years of fishkeeping, and a few idiotic things I actually managed to avoid. But my range is narrow, relatively, my tanks are small and simple, and I know there's a lot I don't know. So...a good forum is a great thing, but so are good information sites. Thoughts?

June 15th, 2014

New Life Spectrum @ 10:18 am

I've been feeding NLS for years, and apparently Petco no longer carries it. Are there any stores that carry it, or am I doomed to order it online or to switch brands?

May 22nd, 2014

Fish Identification @ 11:02 am

Hello! I could use some help identifying a fish.Fish!Collapse )

April 28th, 2014

what is not a fish but is a fish? @ 08:47 pm

Current Mood: satisfied satisfied

A mermaid. I said about a year ago I would post a picture when I was done. Finished about April 15th Here she isCollapse )

November 5th, 2013

Led lights @ 06:50 am

Current Mood: contemplative contemplative

I recently bought a Marineland LED hood for my 10 gallon tank. My bubble wand is putting off massive amounts of condensation on the top of the hood. My question is can I just tape plastic wrap over the lights so the water doesn't damage them. The lights themselves are just mounted on the plastic hood with no protection over them an I'm afraid the water is going to short them out. I figure that since LED lights don't put off much heat at all, it won't melt the plastic wrap? I've got the hood off the tank now for the day (and hoping my fish don't jump) until it dries out some.

July 18th, 2013

Meet En Sabah Nur. @ 10:23 pm

Here's the betta I mentioned in my last entry. He is a crowntail from Petco; goes by the name of En Sabah Nur (yes, X-Men reference). My mom's boyfriend apparently got him (or rather the fish was forced on him) from the owner of a shop he frequents. He was still in his little store cup, for a week I was told. He was being fed flakes, so his bowl was a total mess. Mom's bf was honestly trying to keep the water clean and care for him...but that's behind us now. En Sabah Nur is now living in a 3 gal, (hopefully) enjoying his new life.

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July 14th, 2013

BABIES! @ 10:34 am

I can't believe this. We have baby plecos! The weird thing is, we have a bristlenose and a clown. So somehow they must've gotten together? We've had them both over a year now so it doesn't seem like one of them could've been pregnant when we got it, right?

I was feeding the fish this morning and our clown came out and I also saw what I thought was a strand of algae float by and then settle on an ornament, and then suddenly it moved and I realized what I was really seeing. I called out for my husband saying I saw a baby pleco and even as I was saying that I told myself "you MUST be mistaken, it really was algae like you thought." But he came and and we started really LOOKING around and we saw at least five. They are about 1/4-1/2 inch long and are most assuredly plecos. OMG OMG OMG. I'm ridiculously excited.

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