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  1. My Hygro's do that all the time. I let them go until they get big, then trim off the "babies" and either toss them or replant them, depending on how healthy the parent plant looks.
  2. Most craft store sell vinyl now that you can stick on the back. I have a brother that made vinyl signs/clings (like the car-wrap kind) professionally, I've always wanted to ask if he could do aquarium backgrounds...
  3. I'd go for the glass, it's sturdier and will last for years. It still scratches, but you need something super sharp and really put effort into doing it. And once it's scratched, it's there. I have a scratch on my 55g and haven't been able to even cover it up :-( I've had too many acrylic tanks crack and break over the years, they warp from heaters, they warp more than glass from water pressure, they just seem too fragile for what they're used for.
  4. I just took tweezers to him and pulled SOMETHING out of his mouth. I have no idea what it is, and I am SO GROSSED OUT RIGHT NOW. Going to treat for infection, he's pretty red under the chin but hopefully he can tough it out a bit longer.
  5. Snowed in since yesterday and tomorrow isn't looking good either. He's still holding on.
  6. I opened up my SunSun canister to clean it, took out all the media trays, and there were THOUSANDS of snails living in it. Teeny tiny black snails. I scraped them all out and flushed them. Manual removal is the best. Luckily it sounds like you have large snails, so you can see them, I can't see mine in the tank to remove them :-( There are "Snail Traps" but I don't know how reliable they are. Loaches only do so much, if the snails are too small they aren't going to bother.
  7. He has a little bit of red last week, but we've had other fish get red spots that go away after a few days, so we just did a wait-and-see. Now he's got little stringy bits and that brown gunk. Could it be a stuck food pellet? I don't really want to hurt him with tweezers if it ends up not being that :-( It's not anchor worm, I went through my parents' fish pond one summer and was pulling those things off all their goldfish, mosquito fish, and plecos.
  8. I'll answer what I can at the moment, I'm running out tonight to get some salt and some different meds that can cover parasite/bacteria/infection.
  9. It looks more than a little fused :-( I have T.C. Tetracycline and Lifeguard
  10. Lethargic. He's not on his side, that was just the camera angle in the iso unit. He's able to move around, just very slowly.
  11. It's still living in the trop tank. It's doing so well!! It's been all the way to the bottom plants, it doesn't look like anyone chases it anymore. There hasn't been too much growth, it still looks a little big headed, but it's definitely getting a bit more spunkier.
  12. I think euthanasia is the only option at this point. I have no clue...There's red under the chin, little "legs" sticking out from the bottom jaw, brown gunk on the mouth...He's a royal mess. He can't open his mouth at all. It's like he swallowed a larva and it's growing in his mouth. I'm going to go check the other gold barbs and fish now, I don't think they've gotten sick but the female gold barb has been pretty cozy with this guy for a while now. No test kit, sorry. I ran out a long time ago. I'll have to put it on the list next time I need to go to the pet store :/
  13. Oh, definitely. It's doing really well now, filling out a bit and doing some exploration of the surface of the tank, going from leaf to leaf. I'm able to sneak it veggie flakes so it won't get sick from the trop flakes, altho I've already mixed the trop flakes with the cichlid flakes due to the mixed diets of the fish I have. Looking a little less derpy now, I'll give it another week or so before moving it back with the others. Some of the bigger ones are moving out soon, I just need to call a few pet stores, so it should have better chances once they're all gone. I might be sending them the male yellows that are causing all this grief and keep the females...LOL. Too bad fish can't be neutered.
  14. I have a yellow lab fry (under 1/2 inch) that hasn't developed properly, long body, eyes too big, snout too small, underweight. It's derpy. I think I'll name it that too... Anyways...Should be OK in the tropical tank for now, right? I don't know what to do with it, don't want to kill it and it won't make it with the others. I can't find my breeding net, once I get that I can put Derpy in there. I don't think any of the trops will eat it, maybe chase it a bit but it's a planted tank, so there's more than enough hiding places. As of right now it was hiding at the surface inside one of the Compactas. Not many hiding places at the bottom, most of the plants are stalks with plumes at the top.
  15. Never ever ever ever disposed of them into your local waterways, they're an invasive species. Same goes for Water Hyacinth.
  16. Sorry I don't have pics I saw these two at the local family-run fish supplier (they were on Tanked! so awesome!) Goldfish #1 Looked like an orange Black Moor but had one regular eye and one big eye. Adorable dorky thing. Goldfish #2 Fancy calico double-tail...BUT! only had 1 tail fin. Big deep fat body of a double-tail tho. Mutations? Probably. Really wish I had the room for another tank, the single-tailed-double-tail was gorgeous. Both fish were of a good size, maybe 5-6" long. They had a weird tadpole too that I think was an African Clawed frog.
  17. It's got glass tops and the tank was moved a few feet from the wall, it didn't even get splatters on it. Did a 50% WC after everyone left, rearranged their ornaments, and when the fish were all put back in they started exploring and defending their new territories. They were all acting normal again about an hour after the house was quiet. No gasping this morning either, and they ate like the little finned pigs they are. Good excuse as any to not have company over again, I sure won't mind LOL.
  18. And to add a cherry on top, my one cat spent the whole night dragging her butt on the floor and then trying to do it right on my lap.
  19. I used the API master drop test kit, I didn't have the color chart but I found one online and they were all within the safe zones. I've never had this problem before with other water changes. Their last change was a long time ago (month or two) and I didn't test before the WC. I just moved them to a bucket of water from the 60gal and they're acting normal again. Or as normal as they do in a 4gal bucket. The kid is leaving soon so we'll see if that was the problem. I'm ready to bash his head in. He was screaming like a banshee when I was moving the fish and jumping hard enough to bust the floor. Friggin stupid kid.
  20. The 55gal cichlid tank got a WC yesterday because we had to move it to paint the wall behind it. Today we have company over with a 4yr old who keeps jumping and pounding his feet on the wood floors. Could this be stressing them out? I did the drop tests and it tested in the clear. The fish are all at the surface gasping. Could there something the tests missed? Are they just freaking out over the noises and vibrations? They're all looking petrified and Stripey is the worse, his stripes are black and that only happens when he's seriously freaked.
  21. It grows in a big green wad as far as I can tell. The stuff in the pot looks like a low creeping pine shrub.
  22. I have this stuff in like 3 tanks now because it's growing like crazy. I have some attached to driftwood, some covering a pvc pipe, and some growing out of a small pot. I have 1/4cup just hanging out on the bottom and occasionally getting stuck to the filter intake. Urgh, it's everywhere!!!! Anyone want some? lol
  23. They don't do well fully submerged, they're more terrarium plants.
  24. She's been through this same thing before and QT'ing her and fasting for a few days, then having very limited food for a month or so slimmed her right down again. This is the last time though, I'm not putting her back into the 60g where she can eat as much as she wants again. She'll need to stay in the breeding box for a while though, right now all the normal QT tanks are being used, I've got baby guppies in a shoe-box, baby cichlids in a 10g, a baby betta in the 5g chi, a male betta in a box net in the cichlid tank, it's all a bit crowded and I need to play musical tanks occasionally. I'm not overly worried about her though, she's quite spunky despite her size and she jumps to "attack" my finger when I hold it over the water. She's also attacked and dragged around a male guppy, lost the poor bugger after that, so it's no wonder she's able to eat so much, she just bullies everyone else off. I do kind of expect to come home and find her on the bottom with her belly exploded or something, though, but hopefully a diet and fishy exercise helps.
  25. My betta earned herself a new name. Needless to say, she's been QT'd (I got a new Marina breeder box, it's awesome!) and she's going on a serious diet!! She is NOT dropsy'd, just really obese from living in the 60gal community and eating all the food. This was her back in Feburary: And this is her now:
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