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Forum: Fish 12-15-2014, 07:08 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 427
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, 09:27 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 320
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, 09:23 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 210
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...
Forum: Fish 12-08-2014, 09:20 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 156
Posted By Virto
The tank water will eventually even out, after...

The tank water will eventually even out, after the heater has been in-place long enough. Thermal currents will help disperse the heat. That said, household conditions, cold air, drafts and such...
Forum: Fish 12-04-2014, 04:31 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 181
Posted By Virto
Feed them a lot of high-protein food (like...

Feed them a lot of high-protein food (like bloodworms) and give them a *cold* water change and you can often encourage cories to spawn.

Of course, you have to worry about tankmates handling cold...
Forum: Fish 11-28-2014, 06:15 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 274
Posted By Virto
Very pretty fish, strikingly similar to the last...

Very pretty fish, strikingly similar to the last betta I kept that passed recently.

It's very possibly Lymphocystis - there is no treatment. Heavily infected fish tend to die, but this is not a...
Forum: Fish 11-20-2014, 10:47 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 483
Posted By Virto
Bingo. Large enough group and it shouldn't be...

Bingo. Large enough group and it shouldn't be too big a deal. 10+
Forum: Fish 11-20-2014, 04:49 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 483
Posted By Virto
I have 10 serpaes and they are really pretty...

I have 10 serpaes and they are really pretty fish, and quite active. They generally leave other tankmates alone, but I do have a 3-spot gourami in the same tank that's lost some tail fin, thanks to...
Forum: Fish 11-19-2014, 07:37 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 187
Posted By Virto
Wow, that is some serious pineconing. I'd say...

Wow, that is some serious pineconing. I'd say dropsy, and I'd say it won't last for long.
Forum: Fish 11-19-2014, 07:36 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 213
Posted By Virto
Here's one of mine. They're sweet little...

Here's one of mine.

They're sweet little fish, but often sick from the LFS. They also need a lot of tank space, as they move pretty quick.
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 11-18-2014, 05:27 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 255
Posted By Virto
I've done it that way - they'll flock to it...

I've done it that way - they'll flock to it overnight. Of course, if you have plecos or ottos, they will too.

I've played the assassin game before, and watched two whelks eat probably 100...
Forum: The Lounge & Introductions 11-18-2014, 05:13 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 473
Posted By Virto
My go-to cheap and easy recipe is basically a...

My go-to cheap and easy recipe is basically a thick, chunky chicken soup.

1 to 2 onions, chopped any size you like
2 large cans of tomatos. I use one can of diced and one can of whole stewed or...
Forum: Fish 11-17-2014, 11:13 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 181
Posted By Virto
Blues/three-spots, pearls, opaline and honey...

Blues/three-spots, pearls, opaline and honey gourami will live together as a group and loosely school when they have a set pecking order, or a large enough group that aggression is spread evenly. ...
Forum: Plants 11-14-2014, 10:52 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 616
Posted By Virto
Detritus worms. If you stir up the substrate,...

Detritus worms. If you stir up the substrate, you'll get some in the water column and they'll make a wormy little swimming pattern, not unlike a water snake.

They're harmless, and some fish will...
Forum: Fish 11-14-2014, 05:00 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 215
Posted By Virto
I've had pearls and three-spots that just would...

I've had pearls and three-spots that just would not get along. That's the one thing about these semi-aggressive fish - they can each have a personality that might not be compatible with a group.
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Forum: Tank Journals 11-07-2014, 12:54 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,422
Posted By Virto
Ha! My BNs always did the same thing. I ended...

Ha! My BNs always did the same thing. I ended up just having to drop the water level when they bred - I got sick of fishing them out from under the filter media.
Forum: Low Tech Forum 11-07-2014, 12:49 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 435
Posted By Virto
Bladder snail. Along with ramshorns, they're...

Bladder snail. Along with ramshorns, they're typically good news - they'll scavenge for decaying material and uneaten fish food.

Should you end up with a population explosion, it's likely a sign...
Forum: Fish 10-15-2014, 09:50 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,116
Posted By Virto
I know my local petco can't keep BNs alive for...

I know my local petco can't keep BNs alive for anything - but the other fish tend to be perfectly healthy, as far as pet-store fish seem to go.

Shame you're not close - I can't keep BNs from...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 10-03-2014, 11:08 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 423
Posted By Virto
The BNs will only munch on dying plant leaves if...

The BNs will only munch on dying plant leaves if there's any other source of food. Swords have a tendency to shed the outer leaves pretty frequently - I pluck leaves every water change.

Now, BNs...
Forum: Fish 08-04-2014, 10:19 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 202
Posted By Virto
Your BNs should be fine. As they reach around a...

Your BNs should be fine. As they reach around a year of age, they'll start to become aggressive, and if your barbs get too close, the BNs will strike back. It's funny to see a BN free-swim in the...
Forum: Fish 08-04-2014, 10:15 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 303
Posted By Virto
Plecos LOVE high flow. I've had them climb into...

Plecos LOVE high flow. I've had them climb into powerheads, up hang-on filters and into spray bars. Looks like your powerhead just also happened to be a nice, cave-like surround.

They'll hatch...
Forum: Fish 08-04-2014, 10:11 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 202
Posted By Virto
Honestly, looks OK to me - I'd keep watch for a...

Honestly, looks OK to me - I'd keep watch for a few days and see it it changes at all. If not, it's likely just a coloration variant.

Grats on the lasers, btw. They're so gorgeous.
Forum: Fish 07-21-2014, 06:31 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 267
Posted By Virto
BNs are hogs - they'll eat almost anything and...

BNs are hogs - they'll eat almost anything and they'll eat non-stop. Oddly enough, algae wafers seem to be the least favorite option of any BN I've ever bred.

Zucchini tends to work better than...
Forum: Fish 07-18-2014, 06:31 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 323
Posted By Virto
I'd avoid the gourami or any other labyrinth...

I'd avoid the gourami or any other labyrinth fish. They will dwarf female betta splendens and can have very similar temperament. I wouldn't keep any fish that have a tendency to nip fins or that...
Forum: Fish 07-15-2014, 05:19 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 194
Posted By Virto
Yup. Buy your Lev from inkmkr.com - it worked...

Yup. Buy your Lev from inkmkr.com - it worked well for me.
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