1. They are beautiful! i keep some centipedes (along with tarantulas and scorpions) and i love invertebrates like that.

  2. They really are. I’ve recently been getting into tailless whip scorpions myself. Amazing creatures.

  3. Assuming you’re in the United States, the only native cichlid is the Texas Cichlid, which this is not. It looks to me like a young native sunfish. Maybe a young warmouth or banded sunfish.

  4. Rather than a fish tank, I’d recommend an above ground pool pond you can keep in a garage. If it’s gonna be temporary, it’ll be cheaper than buying a similarly sized aquarium. I personally wouldn’t keep them in less than 400 gallons of water, but maybe a more experienced koi keeper will chime in.

  5. Was just looking this up do you remember the grain size? Looks like the 2040 would be good size.

  6. Not 100% sure but 2040 does sounds very familiar. This stuff would be extremely easy for Tater to burry himself in.

  7. He’s sizing the Oscar up for lights out.

  8. So far he’s been the wimpiest fish in the tank. The oscar’s been holding his own against my 7 inch bowfin. The situation may change but for now I’m more worried about his well being.

  9. Is that an all black Oscar on the other side?

  10. Nah he’s actually a tiger oscar with very little color. I wanted a wild-type but fell in love when I saw him being bullied by the bigger oscars. Got him for $5 since his fins were torn up.

  11. i got them from a store where they were in a tank with no hiding spots, so that’s probably why :(

  12. Sometimes it’s nice having a fish that’s only visible once in a while. Like seeing a unicorn

  13. I’ve literally never had customers ask to buy a Raphael cat without me first pointing out that they’re even there. I’ve never seen one out and about during the day of its own volition. I’ve actually found several hiding in driftwood in random tanks around the store.

  14. I wouldn't buy it. But that's just my taste. I don't care for the biocubes at all. The equipment looks overrated to me. But then again I do this hobby cheap. Most of my aquariums are second hand purchases, most of my stands I have built and I use sponge filters 99% of the time.

  15. I mostly agree. I got my 16 g BioCube for free and my 32 g BioCube used for $75. I wouldn’t have them otherwise. I’m also not the biggest fan of the aesthetic and agree that they’re overpriced. But they are great saltwater starter kits for those getting into that side of the hobby, which is why I’m selling mine to friends who are doing just that.

  16. Not true at all. A new 32 g BioCube and stand alone would cost ~$700. If you include all of the equipment, brand new, the price would be much much higher.

  17. I have mine with a “juvenile” Oscar as well. My Oscar baby got huge so fast, I don’t even consider him juvenile anymore. They get along really well though. My starry night is definitely the boss. Just nippy here & there when it comes to food, never anything threatening.

  18. I also have a 7 inch bowfin in the same tank that’s pretty nippy. The oscar stands his ground and the bowfin just pals around with him for the most part, but the starry night tried to flee so the bowfin nipped him hard. He’s mostly heeled up now and behind a divider.

  19. He’s currently with my young oscar. My research would indicate that they’re pretty similar in terms of size, temperament and diet. Would you agree?

  20. I would add some dither fish, which are fish that are always out in the open and make other fish feel safe to come out. In the wild, the presence of small prey fish out in the open is a good indicator that there aren’t any predators around.

  21. Absolutely not a fan of GloFish.... Buuuuuttttt if it ends the old practice (back in my day-lol the 90s) of literally injecting fish with dye to make "painted" or "neon" fish, then it is a step forward. I guess...?

  22. You’re 100% right. The only thing objectively unethical about GloFish is the nano tanks they market for tetras, barbs, danios and sharks.

  23. $80-$100 should be more than enough to set up a little 10-gallon tank with fish. Whatever you do though, set up the tank first and let it run (cycle) for about two weeks before adding fish.

  24. Maybe if you buy a used setup. A 10 g kit from most basic brands costs ~$90 new before tax. Add in substrate, decor, chemicals, food, fish, etc. and it’ll add up fast.

  25. Odessa barbs are so rad. A school of them and a trio of medium-sized loaches would look great.

  26. Does he do this often. I’ve had female bettas kill male guppies that were too annoying.

  27. I’m super curious what species of mussel you have and where you got them. I spotted a bivalve peeping out of the substrate in one of my nano tanks yesterday. Forgot I collected one at the creek months ago and just through it in.

  28. In my opinion, a 6 ft 120 gallon tank is too small for a single adult bala shark. They’re just too active and fast compared to similarly sized fish. But that’s only adult balas.

  29. Thx, I know people who have very large tank so when when it get bigger I’ll give it to them as it’s only 4in atm

  30. For context, I have a 360 g (425 g if you include the sump) tank that’s 8 ft x 4 ft and I wouldn’t feel comfortable keeping an adult bala in it. They really do deserve the equivalent of a heated koi pond of at least several thousand gallons. If you can ensure that it ends up in that sort of home, then go for it.

  31. Nah. Asked around and none of the employees at the LFSs in my city have ever seen one in-store, only large ones that’ve been in customers tanks for years already.

  32. If you’re open to larger fish, such as oscars or native sunfish, many of them are extremely personable and intelligent.

  33. Depends on how much the curve of the glass bends light. I once kept a betta in an 8 g cylindrical “bowl” and the curve severely messed with the perspective to the point that it sometimes hurt to look at. Imagine living in that kind of environment. I can’t speak on shrimp, but I can’t believe it’s pleasant for fish.

  34. In my experience, honey gouramis (like most fish today) are on average hardier than domestic bettas. Just a lot less inbreeding.

  35. That's perfectly fine, tanks only start getting too big for Bettas after you go past the 6'x1.5' mark (125g). They can feel too out in the open in any tank that doesn't have adequate cover for them to feel safe in

  36. I feel like this isn’t necessarily true and that it depends more on how the tank is set up. A betta can feel more exposed in a 10 g than in a 125 g if the former lacks adequate cover and the latter is filled to the brim with dense foliage creating various micro-territories. My 360 g is 8’ x 4’ x 1.5’ but not a single aquarist on this sub expressed any fears of it being “too big” for a betta.

  37. I was making too sperate statements. The tank can get too big because a Betta will stay in one particular area no matter how it's arranged whether there's one densely planted area or the whole tank is a jungle, eventually you'll get to the point where they stake a territory and barely touch outside of it. Some Bettas may feel uncomfortable having that much space all to themselves but the bigger issue would just be wasted floor space. The second part about it being too open was a separate issue. Yes a bare bottom ten with nothing would be worse mentally for them than a 20x20 box filled with just as much guppy grass as water

  38. To be fair, your original comment could easily be mistaken for a singular, non-sequitur statement; big tanks = lack cover. But my mistake. It would only be wasted floor space if you actually waste it. If one betta marks out a tiny territory in a massive tank, then that just means you could keep multiple bettas each will their own tiny territories. And/or a community of smaller fish.

  39. She’s a female blue fin killifish (Lucania goodei), a small Florida native that breeds in feeder ghost shrimp ponds and gets shipped to every fish store across the country. They’re a shy, schooling fish. Fine with adult shrimp but may eat a few shrimplets.

  40. Dace are cyprinids, which are more closely related to characins and catfish than to killifish, which are more closely related to livebearers, cichlids, puffer fish, etc. Basically it’s just convergent evolution. A lot of fish share this basic body plan and pattern. To me the most noticeable difference is the caudal fin, which is forked in dace and rounded in killifish.

  41. They’re not invasive in Florida are they?

  42. Bizarre. Luckily I’ve been thinking about getting a starry night cichlid and now I’ve got one for free.

  43. The elongated body makes it look more like a swordtail to me. Could also be a hybrid. Members of Xiphophorous, like platies and swordtails, hybridize extremely easily and most of the strains in the hobby are hybrids of some sort.

  44. Sounds like he hit puberty. Rainbow sharks really do belong in a tank with larger fish that they can’t pick on so easily.

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