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06-25-2019 06:49 PM
RussellTheShihTzu I only get my ADF from California. African Clawed Frogs carry diseases (like Chytrid Fungus) which kill other species of frog. California prohibits the import of ACF so I know my ADF have not been exposed.

Many pet stores source their frogs from places that allow ACF and sometimes the two species are kept together as babies. This might have been why you didn't have much luck.

Chytrid Fungus - causing global amphibian mass extinction

PS: I, too, have hard water.
06-25-2019 06:22 PM
Tree I should be getting the plants by this Friday as for the live food. It has not been given a date yet. I think Paul is still in the works with it.

seems like all my fish are very happy in their 15 gallon tank I just have to keep up with it more than the rest of my tanks cause there are more fish. That wont be an issue. lol

I've tried my hands on ADF but they died on me. =< and I don't want to chance another death. but glad they are thriving for you! I wonder if it was due to the hard water I have?

anyway I rehomed the clown pleco cause he was destroying my plants and digging them up in my 15 gallon. And it seemed that he was pooping a lot more than my other fish in there. I decided to add the butterfly loach only because he seems to do just fine all by himself even though I read that they do better in groups. he's eating like crazy and I see him all the time rather than the pleco I had in there before. I heard that these loaches though need a lot of room and water flow even though they only get up to 2 to 3 inches. So I bought a HOB filter. At first I was worried about my other fish not liking the flow, but they seem to like it. LOL
06-22-2019 08:05 PM
RussellTheShihTzu Yeah, they don't always tell you about bulb plants. I, too, learned that the hard way.

I'm getting an order ready for APF. I have gotten my healthiest plants from them so I'm a fan. They do offer BF members a discount but usually their site discount is better. I believe ours is 10%.

I have some cleaning up to do and rearranging for the tank that will have the African Dwarf Frogs and then I'm off to spend $$.
06-22-2019 07:47 PM
Tree lol! Found the plants I wanted already! and mentioned your name ;)

found my all time favorite plant! Cryptocoryne Balansae! I have some in this tank already but would like more to fill up the background. =)


the Crinum Calamistratum is what I bought that started to rot in the substrate.
06-22-2019 07:38 PM
Tree
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I always say I mostly learned about aquatics via my mistakes.

What plants have you tried? You can email the Aquarium Plants Factory and ask Tristan what he would recommend. You can let him know I or Betta Fish suggested you email him.

There are some taller Anubias that would work. My water is semi-hard and pH 7.8-8.2. I have taller Crypts like Balasansae, Lucens, Lutea, Retrospiralis. I believe Giant Hairgrass and Giant Sagittaria Subulata will work in higher pH.

Oh I have not checked that website. I went to another one. Granted they never informed me to not cover up the bulbs for the plants I purchased. I'll look into that website later today.

Oh I also contacted Paul for the live worms and bought some. mentioned your name and all. ;) hope you get a discount! found out my Badis are okay with frozen blood worms but I still want to give live cause my Bumblebee gobies in my 37 gallon LOVED the live black worms I got from a fish store a few weeks ago. sad part is that they only live about a week or so and then they die. So getting my hands on the kit Paul has will help me out big time!
06-22-2019 07:30 PM
RussellTheShihTzu I always say I mostly learned about aquatics via my mistakes.

What plants have you tried? You can email the Aquarium Plants Factory and ask Tristan what he would recommend. You can let him know I or Betta Fish suggested you email him.

There are some taller Anubias that would work. My water is semi-hard and pH 7.8-8.2. I have taller Crypts like Balasansae, Lucens, Lutea, Retrospiralis. I believe Giant Hairgrass and Giant Sagittaria Subulata will work in higher pH.
06-22-2019 06:42 PM
Tree Well frustrating as it is, I ended up taking down the 6 gallon tank. There were so many reasons why I did this.
1, The small opening is the WORST for maintaining the tank.
2, When a fish died, it was hard to take out due to the small gap.
3, Keeping the tank trimmed and clean was a pain.
4, The plants that grew from the seeds started to float everywhere with the substrate I used. It's better to attach the seeds to drift wood or a rock in order for them to stick onto something. Trying to get them out of the tank with a net was a headache.

What did I do to the other items and the fish? I placed them in my other tanks. I am happy that I did this though. at first I thought all of the hard work I put into this tank was for nothing. I was super upset. But seeing I had an opportunity to add the hidey hole in my 10 gallon tank and the dead tree in my 5 gallon shrimp tank along with the rest of the plants, I was feeling much better taking apart this tank for good. The two scarlet badis were added into the 15 gallon and so was the butterfly loach. They are much happier in that larger tank I have to say.

What did I learn from this experience? NEVER GET ONE OF THESE TANKS EVER AGAIN! I mean for fake plants sure... but my lord this tank was the worst idea anyone ever came up with. It's pretty and all with the top being closed in and you could see above it, but the maintenance is hard.


Here are the photos of the items in the new/old tanks of mine. lol the moment I added the hidey hole the panda loaches started going in when I was covering it with the sand. LOL at least someone was having fun with their new home. =P

the first photo is my 15 gallon tall that I added the Dwarf S.sage grass in.
the second photo is my 10 gallon tank with the hidey hole along with the third photo.
the 4th photo is my 5 gallon shrimp and snail tank
and the last is my 15 gallon full look. I'm looking for some nice tall plants to fill in the back of this tank if anyone knows some easy plants that can grow in hard water with ph around 8.0. the ones I have no are struggling to grow. I ended up buying three plants that had bulbs but stupid me placed them in the sand. x_x they rotted. I should have known that. they were rare plants too. I have one left that seems to be doing ok. I hope it grows.
06-12-2019 07:14 PM
Tree
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Hey! What seed pack did you use? Just curious, I might buy one myself! :)
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I am not be able to suck all the sand out, so I did some brain storming. Attached the photo of my 10 gallon. The fine sand is all over the plants, and there is nothing I can do at this point.

I think what I have seen was people added all sand at first and then added the gravel on top. what you can do is get tongs and slowly pick out the gravel. That is what I had to do with this tank over and over again when adding the plants in. this tank was a PAIN in the BUTT though. so I would not recommend this tank for live plants. LOL
06-12-2019 07:10 PM
Tree
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Originally Posted by blubird101 View Post
Hey! What seed pack did you use? Just curious, I might buy one myself! :)
OH I'm sorry I missed this question!
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

and

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1


The package says not to place them under water but the seeds never grew for me when the tank was empty. so I took a chance and added water and BOOM they grew. XD it's a nice cheap way to get plants. though I heard that they only like 6 months??? I'll let you know what happens in my tanks after 6 months.
06-12-2019 06:58 PM
Tree
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Originally Posted by RussellTheShihTzu View Post
Mine ate frozen Brine shrimp, rinsed Krill, Daphnia and "mini" Bloodworms (mosquito larva). Also, live Micro, Banana, Walter and Grindal. Almost forgot: It took some of mine a week to fully color up.

BTW, did you know there are several Dario? Dario Dario (Scarlet Badis), Dario hysginon, Dario 'Myanmar' are most easily obtained. In the back of my mind I seem to remember there is also a blue species. Here are hysginon and 'Myanmar'.

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Okay good to know that it will take them a bit to color up. I love how they hunt. Always on the move and looking for food. =) I wonder if they are eating the frozen but I just don't see it. I still would like to get a nice variety on the foods so I think I'll order some banana worms and try to get my hands on some live daphnia if I can. Do you still have yours? I seen the blue ones online and boy they are pretty! I hope mine will color up a nice red once adjusted.
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