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  1. Ellie Potts

    2 Fish Carcasses, 2 separate tanks, no idea what's to blame

    When I got home yesterday from spending 2 days at my dads I found a completely bare fish skeleton in my 55 gallon which belonged to my young apistogramma Borelli. After examining my other two tanks, I found another bare fish skeleton in my 20 gallon long belonging to my female apistogramma...
  2. Ellie Potts

    What are my siamese algae eaters doing?? (Video attached)

    In my 55 gallon aquarium I have 2 siamese algae eaters (I now know I need more, but the store I bought them from said it'd be fine to start with 2; I'm currently stuck searching for a few more in the middle of winter with no local fish store or aquarium club). The 2 I do have, however, have been...
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    Baby Harlequin Rasboras??

    So I was checking in on my 55 gallon aquarium and found a baby harlequin rasbora. The little dude is absolutely teeny. I've only been able to find one. I hadn't ever considered breeding the rasboras, as I read that they're difficult, but now I'm not sure what to do. My family has, of course...
  4. Ellie Potts

    Christmas Stocking Craziness - please help!

    Had to leave the forum for a week or two... but I am back! And with plenty of questions ;) I'm very fortunate to have friends and family that support this hobby, although none of them seem to really understand it. That became apparent this Christmas when a few decided to buy me fish unaware of...
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    Cory food??

    Right now in my 20 gallon long I have a school of 4 (hopefully 6 soon) Venezuelan corydoras catfish. I can't seem to figure out what they like to eat! They neglect algae wafers and flake food. I know they're happy scavenging across the bottom and picking up flakes that float to the bottom, but I...
  6. Ellie Potts

    What does fish keeping mean to you?

    For those who don't know, I'm a 16-year-old who grew up keeping fish in my dad's old tanks (he is a snake-keeping hobbyist) and have grown to love fish-keeping. I've recently gotten a lot deeper in the hobby due to a dreadful amount of time that COVID has gifted me, and I find myself pondering...
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    Filterless?

    I know quite a few keepers have successfully gone filterless. I'm curious if I could do it in a ~5 gallon shrimp tank. Any thoughts or advice?
  8. Ellie Potts

    Can't start new thread

    Hey everyone, this is a completely unrelated concern but I can't post any threads? So I'm having to ask for help here... I'm not sure why, but I've had a snail issue and when I went to ask about it I noticed I can't post threads. I can type in a thread title, then the thing that says "is this...
  9. Ellie Potts

    Stocking advice needed!!!

    Hello everyone! I have a 55 gallon aquarium that currently has 2 siamese algae eaters, and 1 male dwarf gourami. As soon as they're out of quarantine I will be adding my shoal of 6 harlequin rasboras and hopefully a bamboo shrimp. I would also like to add a female dwarf gourami and a pair of...
  10. Ellie Potts

    Breeding my dwarf gourami? Please help

    Hey everyone! So I currently have a 55 gallon tank with 2 siamese algae eaters, 1 male dwarf gourami, 2 mystery snails, and (once they've completed my quarantine) ~9 harlequin rasboras. I have future plans for the tank but for now I'm really enjoying the fish I have. My family in particular...
  11. Ellie Potts

    20 gallon aquascaping

    I just posted about my 55 gallon, so may as well ask about my 20 long. I'm not as concerned about this tank as it's currently being used as a backup/quarantine tank, but it would be nice to have it looking good. Any advice? Preferably beginner friendly advice Plants: Java moss, java fern...
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    How to make this look good...

    This is my 55 gallon aquarium and I'd really like it to be a heavily planted tank but I'm not sure how to improve on it. The bottom is really hectic but the middle is just empty. Because it's a standard 55, it's really tall and it's hard to buy plants (or reasonably priced decor) that are of...
  13. Ellie Potts

    What am I doing wrong?

    I've been cycling my 55 gallon tank (as many of you have seen me posting about :lol: ) but I'm a little confused... I just got it cycling a week or so ago, but I don't think my test results are right. 2 days in a row I got 0 ammonia, 0 nitrites, and 0 nitrates (granted I did do a water change...
  14. Ellie Potts

    Filter flow WAY too high -suggestions please!

    I recently got a marineland internal canister filter for my 55 gallon only to find out the flow is WAYYY too high for my tank. If I point the spout upwards, the water goes flying out of the tank. I currently have a sponge on the spout and have it pointed at a tank wall but it still bounces off...
  15. Ellie Potts

    Are my fish fighting or flirting HELP

    I recently got 2 Siamese algae eaters. I'm almost positive they're the real thing (if not I drove an hour for nothing), but today I noticed them doing a weird dance/fighting thing. This is not my video but I found it on Youtube and it is exactly what my fish are doing. Video They don't breed...
  16. Ellie Potts

    Idk how to close threads but I'm all good now lol

    UPDATE (11/18/20): I now have 2 Siamese Algae Eaters which I got from a fish store that was a bit of a drive away, but worth it. I wanted the fish because they're from the riverbanks in Thailand and Myanmar (the theme of my tank). I promise I understand I need to deal with any algae issues with...
  17. Ellie Potts

    What am I doing wrong?!?!

    I have a 55 gallon aquarium kept at ~78-80 Degrees F on a 12 hour light cycle with multiple root tabs but no water fertilizer. The aquarium isn't fully cycled yet. My Duckweed and Anubias plants are doing great... but my Java Fern, Monte Carlo, and some other plant that I got at Petco are not...
  18. Ellie Potts

    Cheap aquarium lid

    I'm looking into getting a peacock eel for my 55 gallon aquarium, but the tank doesn't have a lid and has an overhead light. I've looked into ordering an acrylic sheet to go on top (I'm thinking 1/4" extruded acrylic although I really have no idea), but I'm not sure how I'd secure the sheet to...
  19. Ellie Potts

    Reputable breeders?

    I'm looking into starting a betta sorority in a 55 gallon with 13 girls and some dither fish. I have a backup 20 gallon and 5 gallons in the case that there is fighting. To minimize this chance, I'd like at least some of the girls to be sisters or to have been raised around other bettas. Does...
  20. Ellie Potts

    Best filter

    So it finally happen, my c-360 MarineLand canister filter quit after 10 years of use in a few different tanks. I now need a replacement for my 55 gallon tank. The obvious option is to order the updated version of that canister filter off of MarineLands website for ~$120 or something, but before...
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