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  1. Okay this is getting me nervous now.

    So since it's aquatic moss I figured it needed to be submerged, right? Well... hmm....

    I checked a bunch of recipes online all with different substitutes. One had beer with plain yogurt and sugar, one had kefir, one had whole milk so I just used what I had on hand. The last of my kefir past it's prime and a beer. I really hope it was worth the beer. ;)

    oh and I decided against the java moss. That can be planted directly in the back for height variance. Just the shorter moss for this combo.

    No idea how long this is gonna take. Tomorrow I'll add a triple headed lamp that get's hot. I sooooo hope it doesn't get smelly. oh please god don't let it get nasty. I'm an apartment dweller and really don't have much other space for my quirky little DIY projects.



    And yeah... I totally found a little itty bitty baby shrimp-a-doo in there. So scanned really carefully when taking apart the rest of the moss. Now I've got a pet shrimp. yay. That's how all my tanks were infested with zillions of snails. The eggs were hiding in moss. Cheeky lil scoundrels.



  2. Yeah, it's aquatic moss I picked up at the LFS. The idea of getting it into screen patchwork pieces and rolling it out into the tank like a carpet. I got 3 kinds of moss; java, the short stuff and the medium stuff. hahaha I'm so sorry, I don't know the technical names.

    It's not for the nursery tank, I understand that the eggs & fry wont necessarily be protected. I'm mostly doing it for aesthetics and partly in case I can't get to them during the egg laying process, at least there's a fighting chance that some will survive and not be eaten. I try to keep all fry & little kiddos away from big mouths.

  3. I came across the DIY moss graffiti stuff a lot lately where you put moss & yogurt in a blender, go out and paint something like a rock or wall and days/weeks later you've got moss art.

    Well.... I have some moss... I have some yogurt... I have a giant sterilite tub and some plastic meshing.... you see where I'm getting with this?

    I talked it over at the LFS and they think the idea is great but also not sure if it's safe.

    The concept of the mesh carpet of moss being a fluffy way for some of the fry to land & hide in is neat but what about underneath? Is leaving the underneath impossible to get to safe? What about toxic build-up bubbling out? Does that happen, even if it's a full length carpet taking in all sides of the base?

    Also, what about the yogurt, is that safe? I plan on growing the moss out until it's nice and thick in a separate container. Should I try a flash bleaching and rinsing when it's all done before remodeling the tank? This idea would go into my 75 gallon filled with fancy goldfish and a few snails.

    Thanks in advance!!!

  4. So how's it coming along over there? Have you tried a blanket of moss on the ground yet?

    I just bought some moss today and am thinking of blending it with yogurt and painting a screen. Then let it grow for however long it needs to to fill in, then stick it in the tank.

    I'm concerned with I think what you were worried about too. That toxic gas could get trapped under the moss 'carpet' and eventually bubbling up killing the fish. I overheard that once but I think it was just a theory and I don't know of any stories about this sort of experiment.

    Can you post more pictures pretty please? :)

  5. I'm sorry to hear about your troubles. :( Your babies turned out beautiful and i hope the rest will make it! keep doing your best and hang in there! :hug

    Thanks Graycee. Yeah my sick fish died this morning so your words ring true. But I should look on the bright side. I have tons of little ones to take care of.

    how about a divider? keeping the middle schoole'rs out of reach for a bit longer and then being able to move the nursery schooler's into the bigger tank?

    I could probably figure out how to divide the middle school into a upper elementary/middle school. They are so small they could go in a bucket for a while during renovations. Nrr... why didn't I think of that sooner?

    oh yeah... the sick fish was taking up the extra bucket to do this. Um... okay this is the next step, new beginnings and all that.

  6. I just held him for a little bit and tried to hand feed him some squished peas. I couldn't even get it in his mouth. He's not opening up much at all. I'll probably need some sort of liquid. Maybe even something that dissolves nutrients into the water. I know that wont do much but it's better than nothing.

  7. It's not looking better today. Sure the fins are fine and when he does swim he can use his fins but now it's this. What new level of hell is this?! He just collapses on the ground to his side.

    I turned down the bubbles so it's easy to see but no worries, the bubbles are cranked way up high again.

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  8. It's risky to mix them at 1 inch, most likely they will get eaten or attacked. Better wait for another month, say when they reach about 2 inch but still there is no guarantee except it'll be much safer for the little ones it if you can provide a big space. I've had a number ranchus with both eyes taken by their tank mates of slightly larger sizes. So size differences mixing may not be a safe bet. Just sharing my experience.

    Wow! Eating off eyeballs! That intense. I'm glad you shared that.

    Not sure if this is feasible, but maybe get one of those floating nets and put the middle school in that inside the big tank? For examples see Kukana's threat HELP. She has some in her pond.

    I had a little net but threw it away when I couldn't get it properly cleaned, it got mold. Those nets at the stores here for fry are really small. So it wouldn't give them much room to swim & no say goodbye to playing in the bubbles. But that's a good idea. Last time I tried to rig up a net inside the tank to keep the males & females separate they busted it down. I think I'd have to start it with a dry tank and use silicone. hmm...

    Would your big tank be able to handle the increased bioload from adding these biggish fry to the system? How many did you want to add?

    It sure would! :) I'd only move the 3 of the bigger babies in there cuz the smaller 2 would easily fit in the parents mouths. The big tank is 75 gallons and I check it regularly and it would totally be okay.

    However I do have a big problem. The nursery, I've only had time lately to give them one water change a day, not two. Today they will get two, maybe three. But their nitrite levels are getting much too high and the nitrates aren't good either. No problems with ammonia though. I think the sponge filter isn't doing much in the way of bacteria, perhaps.

    I've lost a few of them, which is sad but normal. Today though, I looked in and a few of them have got swim bladder issues and a few of them are spazzing out. I'm hoping that's only due to water quality, hence the extra water changes today. I took out some plants that seems like they were just decaying. Deep sigh. I'm not sure what more I can do.

  9. He's looking peckish. I don't think he's been eating. Gave him a salt bath today. Had it almost ready for him yesterday but when I got back to the bucket hours later for the water to get to room temp. the water was still freezing cold so put it closer to the radiator overnight. But in the dip he lasted almost 3 minutes! He swam around in it and looked like it perked him up. When I put him back into the other bucket he sorta fell down and stayed on his side for a bit. Hopefully today I'll have the time to just sit with him and watch if he actually eats or not. This little one being sick, the nursery needing 2 water changes a day, and my other tanks are turning this into almost a full time job!

  10. !

    Okay, the one at the 3:00 mark, the big white one. THAT ONE. I WANT THAT ONE MOMMY CAN I HAVE IT?

    I totally LOVE that fish too! I thought Valcore was gonna turn into something like that... oh well.

    I would love to have a fish this big.

    That's so sweet. How long do you think it takes for them to get that size with the right conditions?

    Too funny him bumping into the glass like a floating cow. I wonder how big the 'tank' is flowing in the background/underneath him. Probably huge.

    My ideal fishy would be a panda with a really long tail, slight telescope eyes, and the size of my cat (23lbs) so like, 1' body and 2' with tail. No idea where it would live though.

    Can I get a stroller for a big fish and take him around the block? :rofl

  11. Oh wow! Well the bigger babies are about a small inch and the adults are a big 3-7".

    I could wait a few more days, maybe a week but the fry just had a growth spurt since last night (of course) and I just worry that it might start eating the tiny ones. Eventually I'll sell/donate/adopt out a lot of them (fingers crossed) but I'm worried about having to get yet another large tank. ergh?! :krazy:

  12. Hi all,

    My nursery is overflowing with babies growing at 3 different speeds so I need to convert my middle school tank into another nursery of the slightly larger babies.

    Last night I saw one baby's poop the size of another baby!

    Are these other 'little' ones big enough to go in general pop with their parents and NOT get eaten???

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  13. I like how the fish has got this attitude of strength juxtaposed with a delicate side. However, lately dealing with one of my babes with fin rot this image just kinda conjures up that little nightmare. So I'm not sure what to feel with this piece.

  14. He seems to have been through a lot. The last 30 hours or so he's been happier than a long time. Playing in the bubbles and using all his fins. His right pectoral fin that has been clamped lately is in full consistent motion now. *sigh of relief*

    At least his fins aren't fraying and rotting away anymore.

    I don't know if there's anything more we can do for him besides finish this salt treatment because he's already been through soooo many meds and he's starting to finally look better at this point.

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