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  1. Cool. I've never kept any, and I couldn't get Blue's link to work for some reason, so I found this page http://www.fishpondinfo.com/wcmm.htm . Can't wait to hear about yours crewealexfan. Anyone know if they could be kept w/ goldies or are they too small?
  2. Dave, neons are tropical fish, so they usually do better in heated aquariums, 22-26C. You can find small heaters (25-50w) relatively inexepnsive, if you wanted to go that route. Powerdragon, I'm quite surprised that yours have survived so long in cold water, and w/ goldfish as tankmates; but it seems to be working.
  3. congrats on the new additions dengundam.
  4. Just beautiful vmlola. I love all the plants, very natural looking.
  5. congrats. I hope they do well for ya.
  6. Yokul, if you don't have one already, perhaps a cave your gourami can call his own might make him not so shy. But yea, they often take a while to get comfortable in new surroundings
  7. Glad to hear all three are doing well. And that's really cool about making sure your customers get good information, I bet in the long run they'll really appreciate it.
  8. Just a few notes on changing the gravel: It can be stressful for your fish. Do what you can to reduce other stressors. Do a gravel vac right before changing the gravel, the less waste you stir up, the better. You might consider feeding a little less the day before you plan to make the change as well. There are benneficial bacteria colonies in your gravel, so checking your water params for a few days after changing the gravel is advisable. Do not change your filter material or remove other decorations at this time. If you decide to change the gravel all at once, remove the fish to a bucket with tank water while you do it; and do a thorough vacuming of the tank before adding the new gravel. Add the fish back, and leave the lights off the rest of the day. As for the pH, what's done is done. For future reference, the sharp sudden changes are what is going to do the most damage. The more you can do to minimize the fluctuation, the better. In general, I would avoid using chemicals to change the pH, but if you must, do it very slowly (NO more than .5 on the scale in 24 hours).
  9. blue opaline (3-spot hybrid w/out the spots) or pink kissing.
  10. Maybe careless breeders supplying the pet stores with overly inbred stock could lead to deformities, perhaps? That is really weird though. Hope the little guy does alright.
  11. A friend of mine has given me their subscription to a popular aquarist magazine, which shall remain nameless. I think I'm going to have to give it back to her I started reading cover to cover, and wasn't overly impressed. I got to the fresh water Q+A section. The second question answered by their "expert" was about balasharks, someone was asking how many could fit in a 55 gallon. I thought, oh great, he's going to respond that these fish get quite large, and no more than 2, possibly 3, should be kept in that size tank. He started out fine, get quite large, etc etc; but then said that more important is that it would look really cool to see a dozen or so swimming around in your tank, and as they grow, you can just weed them out! I was floored. That doesn't sound like a hobbyist to me, not one I'd like to meet anyway. There were a couple other opinions in there I wasn't too keen on either. Some comment about staying away from forums because of people that think they're experts (like they have any room to talk...) Wonderful pictures and species bios though, but that thing about the balas just turned me off completely. Thanks for listening
  12. Depends. Your best bet would be to get a thermometer. Both the suction cup glass and the stick on plastic kind are only a few dollars. Even better (but not necessary) would be to find a heater with an automatic shutoff. I think Tetra makes a 25w one. Finally, once you have a thermometer, you'll want to find out the ideal temperature for the kind of fish you have; and do your best to maintain that. If you aren't sure, let us know what you have and someone will have an answer for ya.
  13. Remember Mariah, it's not just the gallons, but the swimming room you gotta think of. Bettas, shrimp, and snails and stuff like that work because they don't need the open area that plattys and guppys would prefer to have. That being said, my brother has a 5 gallon eclipse that against my advice he stocked w/ three male guppies. It's not ideal, but they seem to get on really well (once I showed him how to do water changes... ) Personally I'd skip on the platys and lone cory. I bet your goldies will love their new home though! Let us know what ya end up deciding.
  14. I've never done it, but I don't believe there's anything special about breeding long-finned tetras. It's almost impossible to sex them, but other than that, just condition like you would most other tetras. More frequent water changes w/ soft, slightly acidic water, feeding more live and protein-rich foods, maintain the ideal temp, etc. They're oviparous, egg scatterers. If you could set up a breeding aquarium with small plants and large gravel or marbles, that would be ideal. Basically the female scatters eggs, the male releases milt, you gently remove the parents, two days later, eggs start to hatch. The number of eggs released depends on a lot of things, not the least of which is the size of the aquarium. Good luck.
  15. Well worth the wait! She's a cutie, kissy, and I bet a nice addition to your aquarium.
  16. I just have the two balas for now, it's a 72 gallon bowfront w/ an aquaclear 500, two air pumps, a 350w heater, and a new HO flourescent bulb (as of tomorrow morning). Wizz, I'm surprised, they're all over the place around here. Watch out though, mine's starting to catch up to the bala's as far as size goes. He's quick to snatch up those shrimp.
  17. 75 gallon bowfront tropical w/ 2 balasharks, a bubblegum parrot, a pictus cat, a common pleco, 3 platys and 2 apple snails. 36 gallon empty 20 gallon coldwater w/ one gold and one calico fantail. 3 gallon tropical w/ a marble betta.
  18. Sorry, I should've clarified. I didn't mean anything about you missing a water change or your maintenance at all. I just meant that a water change wouldn't clear out ich or a bacterial infection or something like that; which I'm sure you know already.
  19. Yea, with tigers they start out peaceful and small, but when they reach their adult size (about 3.5 inches)... I would think you're about at your limit with them as it is if you don't want any aggression in the tank. Also, I'm sure the rest of your barbs are fine (without knowing anything about your set-up), but keep in mind that there are some things that can kill a fish that a 10% water change won't get rid of; so keep an eye on the tank if you don't know what befell your betta.
  20. Glad you found it ilovefish. I can't wait to hear where it was. I was gonna suggest getting an algae wafer and dropping it in the tank. All the plecos I know of would come running out of any hiding spot for one of those
  21. found it Very pretty bettas Kissy. Glad to see orchard is doing well.
  22. Yea, I saw that after posting here. I'm disappointed kissy... you should know better I'll get over it tho. I'm still trying to find the betta pics. Hmm, maybe I'll try the betta section next. If there still is one ?! The board looks so different than I remember.
  23. Great looking fish, Kissy! I guess I'll have to look around for the gourami and betta pics?
  24. Aww, it looks like a little cory from your drawing reg. Hopefully someone can help ya id it. If I had to guess based solely on your location, I'd think a juvenile channel cat perhaps? Don't they do cooler saltier water than other catfish?
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