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Forum: Fish 04-01-2015, 09:43 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 841
Posted By Virto
Those are aussies for sure. I used to keep quite...

Those are aussies for sure. I used to keep quite a few of them and I got used to their very understated coloring. Juvies or not, they aren't going to color up much more.

Adult male, pair of...
Forum: Fish 04-01-2015, 09:40 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,514
Posted By Virto
Sorry you didn't have much luck with assassins -...

Sorry you didn't have much luck with assassins - I added 4 to a heavily infested tank and ended up having them wipe out the entire population. I just wanted a nice balance, thinking ramshorns and...
Forum: Fish 02-25-2015, 04:02 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 954
Posted By Virto
Not so much - schooling fish are just referred to...

Not so much - schooling fish are just referred to collectively - the neons, the serpaes, the cories. Fish that are individuals in tanks or are sole members of species either have general names or...
Forum: Fish 02-23-2015, 06:49 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 334
Posted By Virto
Gah, I can't even tell what kind of tetra is...

Gah, I can't even tell what kind of tetra is underneath all that.

I have ONE black neon tetra that occasionally gets a flare up of some puffy, white growth very similar (although not as bad) as...
Forum: Equipment 02-20-2015, 08:31 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 472
Posted By Virto
I'll be interested in your review. I also have a...

I'll be interested in your review. I also have a 302 and I love the thing.
Forum: Fish 02-18-2015, 03:10 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 445
Posted By Virto
BNs love to sit on sword plants - they're about...

BNs love to sit on sword plants - they're about the only thing that can potentially hold them up - and they'll rasp them to scrape off any goodies like algae or diatoms. Sometimes this damages the...
Forum: Fish 02-13-2015, 11:36 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 507
Posted By Virto
In my experience, small fish tend to sink,...

In my experience, small fish tend to sink, especially cats that don't have a swim bladder to hold position in the water column (ottos, plecos, corydoras). I have a tendency to leave small fish that...
Forum: Fish 02-12-2015, 04:17 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,645
Posted By Virto
A murderous pink convict that's around 11 years...

A murderous pink convict that's around 11 years old. Freaks out in any tank larger than 10 gallons. Lives alone with an algae covered log that he loves to pick at. Has survived countless moves and...
Forum: Photography 02-10-2015, 11:09 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 721
Posted By Virto
You could even use an EF 50mm 1.8 II with a...

You could even use an EF 50mm 1.8 II with a reversing ring, but it would require incredibly close distances to focus, and obviously it would be in true macro fashion - moving the camera closer or...
Forum: Substrate 02-09-2015, 11:11 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 660
Posted By Virto
No idea on the discoloration. Was the sand...

No idea on the discoloration. Was the sand heavily washed before you used it?

Snails - they came on the plants, I promise. They're almost impossible to avoid, and generally, aren't worth...
Forum: Fish 02-09-2015, 05:52 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,702
Posted By Virto
I could easily see a breeder paying this much or...

I could easily see a breeder paying this much or more for a quality female.
Forum: Photography 02-02-2015, 10:13 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 721
Posted By Virto
The non-L EF 100mm 2.8 USM Macro is the best bang...

The non-L EF 100mm 2.8 USM Macro is the best bang for your overall buck. The older micromotor EF 50mm macro is a decent lens but can't reproduce 1:1 without the optional "life-size" converter.
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Forum: Low Tech Forum 01-30-2015, 08:45 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 966
Posted By Virto
Most gas exchange is brought on by the movement...

Most gas exchange is brought on by the movement of water - your filter handles that if it's a hang on back, but if you have a canister, you can point your spraybar up to break the water. You...
Forum: Fish 01-28-2015, 04:06 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 154
Posted By Virto
I haven't seen my serpaes nip my black neons, so...

I haven't seen my serpaes nip my black neons, so I'd think cardinals would probably be OK. I have seen serpaes nip each other AND a 3-spot gourami, though.
Forum: Fish 01-26-2015, 06:13 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 344
Posted By Virto
If you feed big hunks of fresh veggies, and they...

If you feed big hunks of fresh veggies, and they don't clean it all up within half a day, you can feed them once a week. Leaving vegetables in for longer than a few hours can cloud the water, but I...
Forum: Fish 01-23-2015, 05:54 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 257
Posted By Virto
Similar to what I did. I moved momma to the big...

Similar to what I did. I moved momma to the big tank with one of the female offspring, and pops lives alone. Neither seem to be particularly affected, and it's better than the new clutch of eggs I...
Forum: Fish 01-22-2015, 11:56 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 301
Posted By Virto
Have to say I'd agree. They're pretty devoid of...

Have to say I'd agree. They're pretty devoid of anything by protein.

Great supplement, poor everyday diet.
Forum: Fish 01-22-2015, 09:21 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 396
Posted By Virto
I wouldn't use any cory cat with bettas, simply...

I wouldn't use any cory cat with bettas, simply due to temperature requirements.

Corydoras are generally cold, moving water fish, but bettas are very warm water fish - 78-82 is the preferred range...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 01-22-2015, 09:15 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 490
Posted By Virto
They'll eat anything. I can't get them to STOP...

They'll eat anything. I can't get them to STOP laying eggs. They haven't had access to actual snails for food in the last 18 months or so.

They go nuts for catfish wafers or any other...
Forum: Fish 01-21-2015, 08:25 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 283
Posted By Virto
As long as you trim the ribs of the peppers and...

As long as you trim the ribs of the peppers and don't introduce any seeds, there's so little heat-producing material in the average bell pepper to cause your fish trouble. I fed green and red and...
Forum: Fish 01-12-2015, 06:44 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 330
Posted By Virto
It does look like tail-biting - a little rot can...

It does look like tail-biting - a little rot can occur when they nip fins, but I don't think this looks like a water-quality issue, directly.

I'd say water changes every few days - but it's not...
Forum: Fish 12-30-2014, 08:55 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 847
Posted By Virto
Is it fluffy looking? Does it stick out from the...

Is it fluffy looking? Does it stick out from the surface of the eye?

I see it occasionally in my tanks, but these are old, established tanks with no stock turnover. I've treated it with maracyn...
Forum: Fish 12-15-2014, 06:08 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 572
Posted By Virto
Phil's link looks to be spot on what you're...

Phil's link looks to be spot on what you're dealing with. Pull that fish out and drop him in a hospital tank. You'll need to do daily water changes and I'd likely dose both maracyn and maracyn 2...
Forum: Fish 12-11-2014, 08:27 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 492
Posted By Virto
Mine do like to sit on the leaves from time to...

Mine do like to sit on the leaves from time to time, which will bend them over and potentially break them - but swords grow quickly and I have to thin them out pretty frequently anyway.

Chances...
Forum: Fish 12-08-2014, 08:23 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 417
Posted By Virto
I've used Levamisole with great success. It's...

I've used Levamisole with great success. It's easy to dose, treats the entire tank, and is cheap.

Just remember that it's a paralytic, so you need to vacuum the substrate well to remove worms...
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