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  1. woohoo! I'm so happy you took them I'm sure that puts chelsea's mind at ease
  2. I must have missed that you got parrot fish! They are beautiful! And the oscars are gorgeous as always
  3. I am always jealous of goldfish keepers living in these places, they always have the most gorgeous fish. Wish we had access to fish like that here!
  4. Good for you! Too many people (including myself and many others here) started off with the wrong tank and wrong equipment. Being a beginner goldfish keeper is hard, but not having the right tank or equipment makes it much harder. It's really great that you are waiting until you have the right setup
  5. cute! congrats! I hope they eat all your algae!
  6. That makes me claustrophobic feeling! [emoji14]
  7. What about some dwarf sag for the foreground? Marselia minuta and quadrifolia are also good low light foreground plants if you can get your hands on some. They're slow growers through. Crypt parva is another good low lying low light plant You can see parva to the left of the dhg in the pic I posted
  8. I think you would probably need a lighting upgrade to have a chance. People do keep dhg in low tech (medium light, no co2) tanks successfully, but you would want medium light and I don't think the lighting you have now is going to cut it. And I agree with Dan, don't get the carpet, get a couple small pots. It is definitely going to grow slower in lower light. This was a low tech tank with stock lighting initially: DHG was alive, but took quite awhile to establish and begin sending any sort of runners.... but it was alive When I upgraded my lighting and began adding some small amount of co2 it took off. So, I think its a plant that can work in a low tech tank, but I think you should have medium light levels to have the best chance of success
  9. Very nice! I found wisteria really needy too, it seemed to take a long time to adjust in my tank, I lost a lot to melt initially.
  10. Oh good! I was getting worried there that I 'assumed' something to be true and you know how the saying goes... the stuff is pretty obnoxious. It grows so fast and just engulfs everything. Hopefully it doesn't come back, but if it does I'll take a pic.
  11. Sorry to keep posting lol, now I'm researching. It looks like some people are claiming that the 'filamentous diatoms' occurring in aquariums are 'melosira'. Looks like this (and this looks very much like what mine looked/looks like, but way way less of it now) (in addition to the regular old diatoms) http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/pHosting.php?do=show&type=f&id=35753&title=IMG_20130830_190551c.jpg
  12. my god, this is just a crazy rabbit hole. There are so many different types of diatoms it appears!
  13. here's another article about the diatoms of nebraska I would actually like to read through this one, looks interesting. But they also reference 'filamentous diatoms' http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=15&ved=0CIkBEBYwDg&url=http%3A%2F%2Fdigitalcommons.unl.edu%2Fcgi%2Fviewcontent.cgi%3Farticle%3D1002%26context%3Dgeoscidiss&ei=MFXYU9bGIsjlOv7rgIgP&usg=AFQjCNGGE7r3jPuyjfkKTVbUS2f-7pNWGg&sig2=OeOzG4LmTAVYHTxiTnH6Ww&bvm=bv.71778758,d.ZWU "In the filamentous diatoms that form ribbon-like bands, instead of cylindrical filaments we have the same structure except that the filaments have become flattened. And the single-celled long (flat) diatoms may be considered as the cells of such a filament broken apart."
  14. It is brown and fluffy. Looks kind of like rhizoclonium, but it completely disintegrates when touched. There are a few scholarly articles that at least reference it...maybe it's a made up algae though I have seen several people including Tom Barr reference it, who I know has a scholarly background so I just assumed it was a real algae what I have looks like what others have described sa 'filamentous diatoms' Here's a couple links to articles that note it, maybe you can make some sense out of it http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/24527608/ http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-94-011-3542-9_13
  15. I have a new tank setup with both diatoms and filamentous diatoms and reducing my photoperiod to 5-6 hrs and doing lots of water changes has stalled growth (before the filamentous diatoms would engulf the entire tank a day after water change). But this is also a high light tank with co2 Reducing photoperiod certainly may not be the cure, but it's also not necessary or beneficial to run such a long photoperiod. I wonder how long silicates remain at high levels in a new setup? 8 months, while not a super established tank, is a pretty decent amount of time.
  16. What a beautiful big girl! I hope treatment goes well
  17. In lower light the marbling will be less apparent
  18. I believe it's an ozelot sword and the tank looks great! congrats on the new plants the mottling on the leaves is coloration not algae right?
  19. Oh really? Why not? I gave my Goldfish a little corner off of a Freeze Dried Tuba flex worms cube a few days ago....so that is not good to do? freeze dried stuff can cause digestive issues including constipation and floatiness, best to just avoid it really. Get the hikari frozen blood worms. You can also get a worm cone for fun feeding them
  20. This scale will weigh both your fish and food, up to a certain point. lowest is .1 grams, which is what you want for weighing food. Highest is 300 grams - this will weigh young fish easily for awhile. It may become an issue with adult fish (I have one that weighs 250 grams, add in the water in the container and I would not be able to weigh with this scale) http://tastyworms.com/my-weigh-i300-precision-digital-scale.html Option number 2 is getting two scales: one for food (this is the one I have): http://www.amazon.com/American-Weigh-0-01g-Digital-Scale/dp/B0012LOQUQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1406585375&sr=8-1&keywords=pocket+scale one for fish (any kitchen scale will work that has a tare and grams option): http://www.amazon.com/Ozeri-Digital-Kitchen-Capacity-Stylish/dp/B003E7AZQA/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1406585429&sr=8-2&keywords=kitchen+scale I cannot remember what everyone else said so I will likely repeat things, but my other must haves: - water changer (aqueon or python), second to this is also a pond pump (use the water change to vacuum, then attach pond pump to drain, it's quicker) - seachem safe (prime works too, safe is cheaper though!) - prazi (for flukes) - metromeds from goldfish connection, second to this is medigold (good to have both on hand, but if you chose one it would be metromeds) - salt (any salt with no additives or anti caking agents, I use morton's canning and pickling salt) - fishmate f14 autofeeder for vacations - tetra whisper air pump if you use an airstone - aqueon pro heater if you use a heater - seaweed clips for veggies that's all I can think of right now not all of those are must haves, but nice things to have.
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