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  1. Uhh so... we did a thing again today... One of these... http:// And this beautiful boy... http:// Now we are fully stocked in our 75 as they arrive next thursday from Coast Gem. Crazy story, they are located in Chula Vista, CA and I grew up in that city! Kinda cool we will have some fish from my original home town!
  2. Got my light hooked up. Running two 6500k daylight tubes. Got the fixture for $10 at Walmart. They really make Ru's Orange color pop! http:// http:// http://
  3. Thank you! It was a ton of work resealing and building the stand going on 2 hours of sleep a night with the newborn. I just need to get the lighting and more snails/plants/rock and it should be done. We have room for another couple of fish too so we're looking at butterfly telescopes and I want an oranda. In time anyways... ?
  4. Anyways, our zebra nerite lived for over a year and got to be just over 1" before he went over the rainbow bridge last week. We got a new tiger in there but now I think we need a few more because 75g is a lot of real estate for 1 snail. We named our new fish Yugi after Yu-gi-oh! And he is 11 months old according to his breeder (Bo Zhao of Zhao Fancies). We have cut pellets from their diet. He was bullying our black ranchu and we are thinking that Hiro is a girl because Yugi doesn't bother the other two at all. We have separated Hiro so she can heal (she's missing a few scales and her poor little fins are torn up after the bullying! Poor baby!). We're also going to be adding a 4ft double tube t8 above the tank soon and working on getting more plants and rocks. We're running an aquaclear 110 and a quietflow 50/75 for filteration. I'm dosing flourish now and noticed tons of new growth on the plants. So that's all for now. Hope you all enjoy my posts! Take care!
  5. http:// http:// This one is so funny! ^ Ru is like OMG seriously dude is huge man! http:// http://
  6. I will post some better ones when I can get on my computer. Too tired to fiddle on the phone like that too long lol
  7. Here's a few hope this works. http:// http:// http://
  8. They are just from my phone but it's saying they are too big.
  9. Hey y'all! Been a bit but I have some news! We had a baby girl a couple weeks ago so to celebrate we upgrade to a 75 gallon which I built a stand for and resealed myself (got the tank for $40). So since we had room, we splurged and bought a fish. Pics soon because this won't let me upload them...
  10. From really digging about, I found out the bulb I have is actually one of the better t8's for plants too, took me reading up about the light spectrum. Didn't understand half of what I read but did find a thread about t8's hidden deep in google and my bulb was mentioned and even put up against other bulbs and proven to perform better than more expensive lights! So I'm pretty happy about it and I'm actually thinking about getting some for the goldfish too, they blow my LED's out of the water! I need a better fixture for the t8 but this one was only $7 and I was on very tight budget. I've just put a piece of foil shiny side down to reflect some of that light back down into the tank until I can find a true hood for it.
  11. He is amazing! Look at this guy!!! I've found out he is a copper (not sure if halfmoon or delta or double tail though, his fin has a split but not sure if it's a tear or not as he came with it). I'm so googly over this fish!
  12. Here is my new boy! He spoke to me at petco, didn't go in expecting to buy, you know how it goes. Apparently they had their betta shelf too close to the door and it has been cold here for Texas (freezing) and all their bettas were dying or dead and this beautiful boy saw me and started swimming in circles and flaring for me and I almost cried. Wife gave me the OK and now he's happy in his 10gallon forever home. No name yet but we're thinking on it. Of course the picture of the tank is his home ?
  13. Hey y'all! Been awhile but I had a question I couldn't find an answer to. First off want to update on the Goldies. Ru, Hiro, and ChuChu are doing fabulous! I've recently added a lot more Java fern and even split my anubias into two plants! All is going great! But my question pertains to my new betta tank I set up today (seeded from the goldfish filter media), I found a t-8 fixture for real inexpensive at Walmart and bought it. I got a GE 9265k 15w freshwater/saltwater t-8 bulb and I was wondering if it would grow my low light plants? Or if it's too much? I know t-5 are better from research I've done but I already have this t-8 bulb/ballast. Any suggestions/tips would be awesome! Thanks! (Wasn't sure if I should post here or in betta forum so I came here since it was pertaining to lights). Hope everyone is doing great in the new year! -chris
  14. Was thinking about getting a medium piece of mopani to attach some Java fern to eventually but I've been reading up a lot about it releasing tannins. These are great for certain species, but how will goldfish react to them? I was planning on getting a piece probably too big to boil but will soak for up to a month in a plastic storage tub changing water often. Anybody with experience? Or anybody know of other types of wood that leech less tannins? Thanks in advance!
  15. Hey y'all! Been a few months, but ru and Hiro are doing good. Decided to take a break after we lost Lore. Last Saturday we purchased our first live plant (anubias nana I believe) and its big and beautiful. It does have some algae growing on it however, but the snail is liking munching on that so it should be clear of it soon I hope. We also purchased a chubby little lionhead Ranchu (pics soon) and we have him in quarantine (finally got to buy a new 10g for that. Our son named him chu chu and so far so good. Hopefully this one will be the final piece! Hope all is well with y'all!
  16. Hey y'all, as I mentioned before I wanted to add some Java fern and some anubias to my tank but I am having an incredibly hard time nailing down which light I should buy for my 40 breeder. Right now I just have a cheap generic 24" LED with white/blue LED's. I've been looking at the Finnex planted plus 24/7 in the 36" size but some of the reviews are scaring me away from it. I'm hearing the same issues from the current USA lights too (basically the remote stops working right at the end of warranty and they won't replace and you can't turn on the lights without remote). I really prefer LED's over fluorescent fixtures but really this is all new territory for me, so any suggestions or reviews of some of your current set ups? I would keep the light I have now on it as well, what should I do about a full spectrum LED for those types of plants? Thanks in advance!
  17. It was sunny that morning. I had cleaned it out with vinegar and had put it out to dry then we went down to Austin to get our new fish, on our way home a severe thunderstorm grew out of nowhere right over our home town and dumped 1" hail. No warning or anything. Luckily our trip down to pick our fishy saved our car from dents or worse!
  18. They are easy plants. What light fixture do you have? I'm really not sure it I want to get a finnex or current usa at some point in the future. The one I have is a cheap 24" from Amazon. Not even sure the brand but it serves its purpose for now.
  19. Has your little guy taken up baseball? Actually yes lol we bought him a little tikes t-ball set, but the glass broke from the 1" hail stones that destroyed our back yard. Might need a new roof as well.
  20. Also this happened... This is why we added Lore to the tank immediately. We had no other choice.
  21. I also had just cleaned my hospital tank out the day before and left it out that morning to dry in the sun. Well while we were down in Austin to get her, a severe hail storm showed up right over our town and destroyed out back yard, and unfortunately my hospital tank too... hence why she was just put in with the others so soon. We got them from the same store (Austin Aqua Dome) as the other two. The owner has a BS in Zoology from the University of Texas at Austin, and he is the past president of the Austin Aquarium Club, former member of the Fish Judges Registry of Texas, past Master of Ceremonies for the Federation of Texas Aquarium Societies (FOTAS) convention in San Antonio. Studied at Dr. Gratzek's Fish Disease Workshop at the University of Georgia, attended the 2nd Fish Health Symposium at the University of New England. He's very passionate about his fish and I trust they are all healthy.
  22. Thought I would post a couple more pictures in this section and get a few opinions. This is Lore, our new telescope. She was labeled as a Panda Butterfly Telescope and we payed $12.99 for her. However, I don't think shes a butterfly tail first off, and she is showing white on her belly and gold under the black from what I can tell. Really leads me to believe she is just a regular telescope? maybe a tri-color? I know there's no telling until she starts losing the black. Any opinions?
  23. I'm also doing some basic research into adding some java fern and maybe some anubias to the tank as well to phase out some of the fake plants, I would like to eventually just have it be a planted tank but from what i've been reading those are the easiest ones for beginners and don't really necessarily need anything in particular to grow well. So possibly in the coming weeks we will be adding a few live plants on some of the rocks.
  24. We also did a minor "decor" upgrade behind the tank too... This thing used to hang in the restaurant of the lake resort my wife's family used to own before it was taken out by a tornado/waterspout. It has found a nice new spot and I think it looks awesome.
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