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  1. I keep it around 83. It's kinda cold in my bedroom so I like to keep it a little higher especially for Mr. Betta. Thank you! Thanks! I've definitely added more since I first started this tank, but the original ones are going nuts! Thanks :] You want me to name this one hufflepuff? Or maybe I'll name all the individual fish Harry Po-Po characters.
  2. Oh jeez, good to know about when they die. I did know about the invertebrate food. I'll have to get some somewhere. Whenever I clean up the tank particles go EVERYWHERE so hopefully it'll be able to eat then. He's underneath where the filter hits the surface so hopefully that will work. Thanks!
  3. It's like a little paradise haha. It's right next to my bed so every night I stare at them for like an hour before falling asleep. They all just seem so happy in this little planted tank. I'm actually really proud of this tank
  4. It was only a couple of dollars that was the best part I put it in there right side up and within 20 seconds it had its foot out dragging itself across the gravel. I'm getting ready to change this tank over to sand at some point so maybe it will be a little more comfortable, but for now apparently its happy. It's mantle is an iridescent white color its very pretty. Fascinating! I've never seen anything like that for fresh water! Me neither! I just happened upon it. They're VERY easy to take care of. You just have to measure their growth every couple of months to make sure they aren't starving. They're better in planted tanks because there is more plant debris floating around for them to eat. And they also take out nitrates!!!! Best animal ever.
  5. Well, if you think about it in terms of metabolism, heated water will speed up the metabolism, but you would also need the correct tank size and correct food. Speeding up the metabolism of a fish will mean you need to feed them whole ingredient food, a variety of it, multiple times a day. This also takes into account the size of the tank and the filter as well. Colder water slows the metabolism making digestion slower making growth slower. But honesty, most of the time people just use heaters to keep the temp of their water consistent so it doesn't fluctuate. I wouldn't suggest putting a goldfish in water that is super heated. Just my opinion
  6. It was only a couple of dollars that was the best part I put it in there right side up and within 20 seconds it had its foot out dragging itself across the gravel. I'm getting ready to change this tank over to sand at some point so maybe it will be a little more comfortable, but for now apparently its happy. It's mantle is an iridescent white color its very pretty.
  7. Oh no! Did it not load the page at all?
  8. You can say that again!!!! I've been monitoring the ammonia, nitrites and nitrates like a hawk. I've only seen one spike in nitrates, it went up to 30ppm a few weeks ago, then I added the bamboo and its been 5-10ppm every week. I was also really careful with picking the fish, I picked fish that don't get too big. (except for my glass catfish, those were inevitable) they LOVE this tank though. In my big tank they'd hide behind the rocks. Now they're always in the front fighting for food and beating up the cherry barbs when they step out of line (like when they steal food or accidentally nip the cats). But I think I've got the perfect balance of plants and fish now. They plants stopped growing for a week so I added a few more fish and they're back to growing again...so strange how this all works but I LOVE IT.
  9. They're long finned! Their ventral fins are huge as well.
  10. Here is the video I meant to post with clips of the fish in the tank and everyone swimming around being happy and pumped up. http://instagram.com/p/gosvjUuiG_/
  11. So a while ago I posted about refurbishing a tank for my betta fish. Well this tank has turned into an experiment. And the experiment has been working WONDERFULLY. Not long after I had my betta in there, I added 3 long finned cherry barbs. Then my big tank went down and the only things that survived were my glass catfish. So I threw them in there and continued adding plants. I tested everything 2x a week to make sure they were staying at safe levels. 2 weeks ago I added 3 rummy nose tetras and added my reallllly old bamboo to my filter. My nitrates haven't gone above 5ppm since all of this. I added another plant today and just wanted to show you all what it's looking like. Because it's become my favorite tank in my entire house now. I love live plants so much haha. There she is. I'm trying to get my micro swords in the front to stop getting beaten up by my snail but it keeps climbing up its delicate leaves and breaking them. I want to try to get a "lawn" going with it but it keeps getting broken. Everything else grows like a weed. I have to. Cut back once a week. Except for my red ludwigia. It's pretty slow growing. Which is okay. Hey Jess, if you're reading, how do you go about propagating ludwigia? Peekaboo rummy nose. Also Jess, i can't remember what this one is called, if any one knows that'd be good. Also how to propagate. Photo bombers. Also if anyone knows this one. It looks like a "hedge" plant but I don't know. I made a post about this critter in crustaceans. But this is my newest invertebrate; the clam. Sneaky red ludwigia. Also this is that first plant from above. Thanks for reading!!! Oh and note; my betta fish has ALWAYS looked like that. I bought him that way and tried and tried to get him to look better, he hasn't changed. He's a happy bugger who's been alive for almost a year Sent from my iPod touch using Tapatalk - now Free
  12. Went to my favorite lfs today and found myself a filter feeder! I threw him in my planted tank for a while figuring I could find him a place in my bigger tank, but he's, well....he's happy as a clam in the planted tank. He dug himself right down and is now eating. Sent from my iPod touch using Tapatalk - now Free
  13. Haha, I love beep and I love all of the action in your tank! So fun to watch.
  14. They can withstand very little amounts, less than 1% salt. It won't kill them. However, it's not beneficial to them. Sent from my iPod touch using Tapatalk - now Free
  15. No problem!!! Out of my 9 tanks, only one is goldfish I reaaaallly love my tropical fish. They're what I'm best at :) Sent from my iPod touch using Tapatalk - now Free
  16. Well, your cories and kuhlies aren't gonna like more then VERY little amounts of salt. But your plants are going to hate it even more And ps; they're right about rummy nose. They are very very sensitive. But if you have a good tank going with lots of plants and hiding spots you shouldn't have too much of a problem. They are like barometers, their noses fade when the water isn't good or when they're sleeping. You can kind of gauge off from that whether they'll do okay. I have a school in one of my planted tanks that do very well
  17. The orange faced angels sound like koi angels which are awesome!!! Your dwarf cichlid you like would make a great community fish Hatchet fish are one of my favorites!!! they make great top dwellers. Those look like serpae tetras. Which, if I'm correct, are very very very nippy fish and do not do well with long finned angels or mollies. Most people just keep them in groups by themselves or in huge groups with big fish. The one in the back with the curly dorsal fin looks like a bleeding heart tetra. In my opinion I think rummy nose would be great! They get about 2 inches but remember, have a very small bioload. They're another one of my favorites!!! Sent from my iPod touch using Tapatalk - now Free
  18. Yes I think that sounds like a good idea!!! more plants the merrier. And if you don't have any problems, you could do an angel (maybe) or a small school of rasboras/tetras Sent from my iPod touch using Tapatalk - now Free
  19. Let me tell you something I was told a few years ago. Stocking tropical fish is way different than goldfish (obviously). The rule that everyone says is "an inch of fish per gallon". But I say that rule is crap. Because you can't stick a 10 inch cichlid in a 20 gallon tank because it "fits" inch wise. It has to do with bio load. And dimensions of tank size. For example, neon tetras have very very little bio load. Take a twenty gallon long tank. In that twenty gallon tank you could have 30 neons. And it would work out fine because their bio load is so little. Obviously you'd have to add them slowly. In that same 20 you could keep 15-20 rasboras, 8-9 live bearers, or 1 6-inch cichlid. In your tank, you have 10 mollies. Taking up approximately 20 (ish) gallons. 6 loaches and 12 cories are gonna take up approx. 20 gallons. (Probably more since your loaches get decent size) Then the pleco has a pretty big bioload when it's full grown. So technically is should have at least 44-55 gallons. But because it's little it's alright for now. So I would say you're pretty well stocked unless you have live plants. And if you do, then that changes the game plan a bit Sent from my iPod touch using Tapatalk - now Free
  20. Oh and also, scientific name is Pterygoplichthys gibbiceps. Sent from my iPod touch using Tapatalk - now Free
  21. That right there is a leopard pleco!!! gorgeous fish. However, like the common, gets very large. Like most fish, it's growth rate depends on how much it eats. You could have a 20 inch fish on your hands within a few years or it could take a long time. Still, their suggested tank size is 120 gallons. A clown pleco gets about 4-5 inches. Rubber lips, clowns or BN are always my go to options. Most other just get way too big. Then ya gotta use your hands to get them out
  22. The black spots on a brown body definitely sounds like a common pleco. Which, in that case, will get upwards of 24-30 inches. If I'm right, then Chelsea is definitely correct in saying you're pretty much stocked. They take up a lot of room. Sent from my iPod touch using Tapatalk - now Free
  23. I have an entire series of photos where in EACH one, my pearlscale is photoboming my pictures of my oranda. EVERY single one. I look like 30 pictures and you can see a little orange peeking out of every one. It's so funny
  24. Scurrie Are you in to astronomy? you got it Sent from my iPod touch using Tapatalk - now Free
  25. I love Jacques and Pierre! C'est tres "fancy" madame! By the way, you have a beautiful profile pic! I have a pair of glass catfish named Jacque and Pierre. I think it's great. And you're so sweet, thank you!!!! Sent from my iPod touch using Tapatalk - now Free
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