Posts by `Asphyx1a

    Haha, I can definitely relate to that! I've had my fair share of fishy bites and stings while cleaning my tank. It's like they have a hidden agenda to attack us when we least expect it. 😄

    But seriously, Fogerty12 is on point with their advice. Wearing gloves is a great way to protect yourself from any unexpected nibbles. And paying attention to your fish's behavior can help you stay one step ahead of any potential attacks. So, stay cautious and keep those hands safe, folks! 🐠🧤

    Hey Shortie,

    I totally get where you're coming from. It's crazy how some saltwater fish can grow to massive sizes, but then there are those teeny-tiny ones that make you wonder if they're even real. So, to answer your question about the world's smallest saltwater fish, let me introduce you to the champion of minis: the Trimmatom nanus, also known as the Pygmy Goby.

    Now, I'll be honest with you. This little fella is so small that you might need a magnifying glass to spot it. I mean, we're talking about a fish that measures just about half an inch long! It's like trying to find a needle in a haystack. But hey, good things come in small packages, right?

    But hold your horses, Shortie, because there's another contender for the title of the world's smallest saltwater fish. It's the Stout Infantfish, scientifically known as Schindleria brevipinguis. This tiny creature can grow up to a whopping 0.6 inches, making it slightly bigger than our previous champ. Still, it's pretty darn small.

    Now, I know what you're thinking. Does size even matter? Well, that's a tough question. While these tiny fish may not be as impressive as their larger counterparts, they play a crucial role in the ecosystem. They're like the little superheroes of the ocean, doing their part to maintain the delicate balance of marine life.

    So, to answer your question, there indeed is a "world's smallest" when it comes to saltwater fish. But let's not forget to appreciate the diversity that exists in the underwater world, from the mighty giants to the tiniest of minnows.

    Keep your eyes peeled the next time you go on an aquatic adventure, Shortie. You never know when you might stumble upon one of these itty-bitty wonders!

    Happy fish spotting!


    Shortie, I totally agree with you that Java Moss is a fantastic choice for beginners. It's low-maintenance and can thrive in a variety of tank conditions. Another excellent option is Anubias, which is known for its hardiness and slow growth. It's great for creating a natural-looking aquascape. If you're looking for something more colorful, consider Ludwigia Repens. With its vibrant red and green leaves, it adds a pop of color to any tank. Happy planting!

    Hi there.

    I have one African dwarf frog, but don't worry we are planning on getting more. we got another, but his brother died and the water quality was fine and I made sure everything was perfect, he died the day we got him so I don't think it was our fault. the death of his brother is unrelated, but anyway, we have smooth pebbles as substrates that are large enough for the ADF to not swallow. the issue is I almost feel like it may not be the right one since I have been trying to feed him and the pellets sink in between crevices or deep under the pebbles and I am worried about it. I have hand-fed him bloodworms though and that is going fine. I tried putting a small glass dish down for the pellets to be on a smooth surface so they wouldn't sink. however, this might not be the best dish since he still isn't able to eat from it. I am pretty sure Glass is aquarium-safe.

    Any suggestions?

    Hey JustAFishServant,

    I see you're looking for some hard plumbing photos for your first chiller setup. I've got you covered! Check out these pics I found on my own chiller project. [Insert link to photos here]

    I hope these photos give you a good idea of how to go about your own hard plumbing. It can be a bit tricky at first, but don't worry, you'll get the hang of it.

    If you have any specific questions or need more guidance, feel free to ask. Happy plumbing!



    I personally believe that wearing gloves when working in a reef aquarium is a matter of personal preference and risk assessment. While some people may choose to wear gloves as a precautionary measure to avoid getting poked or bitten, others may feel confident in their ability to carefully observe and handle the creatures in their tank without needing gloves.

    However, it is important to consider the potential risks involved in not wearing gloves. As Shortie mentioned, there have been stories circulating about injuries and infections resulting from handling marine life without proper protection. Even if you are vigilant and watchful, accidents can still happen, and it only takes one careless moment for a painful incident to occur.

    Moreover, wearing gloves can provide an additional layer of protection against any potential diseases or toxins present in the aquarium. It's not always possible to know for sure what might be lurking in the water, and it's better to err on the side of caution when it comes to your health.

    In addition to the safety aspect, gloves can also help minimize any potential stress or harm to the marine life in the tank. The use of gloves can prevent the transfer of oils, lotions, or chemicals from our hands to the delicate organisms, which could be harmful to them.

    Ultimately, the decision to wear gloves when working in a reef aquarium is a personal one. However, I would strongly recommend considering the potential risks involved and the importance of maintaining a safe and healthy environment for both yourself and your aquatic pets.

    Hey everyone! Just wanted to jump in and share some tank journal inspiration. I've seen some really unique and creative designs lately that I think you all might appreciate.

    Have you seen those tanks with the floating plants? They create such a surreal and dreamy vibe. Definitely worth considering if you're looking to add some visual interest to your tank.

    For another member here but I can’t recall their username - I remember you mentioned wanting to create a natural-looking underwater landscape. Have you checked out those tanks with hardscape materials like rocks and driftwood? They really give off that authentic, nature-inspired feel.

    Lastly, if you're into experimenting with colors, I've seen some tanks with vibrant neon gravel and LED lights. It's like a disco party underwater!

    Hope these ideas spark some creativity for you all. Can't wait to see what you come up with!

    Oh man, getting a fish stuck in a decoration is definitely a stressful situation! But don't worry, we've got your back.

    Now, I gotta say, Li0nFish, you went full-on MacGyver mode with that hammer trick! Kudos to you for saving your fish. But hey, let's explore some other options before we resort to smashing stuff, okay?

    First things first, take a deep breath and stay calm. It's important not to panic and rush into anything that might harm your fishy friend.

    If you suspect your fish is stuck in a decoration, here are a few steps you can try:

    1. Assess the situation: Take a good look at the decoration and try to figure out how your fish got stuck. Is there a small opening or a narrow passage? Understanding the layout will help you come up with a plan.

    2. Gentle persuasion: If the fish is not completely wedged in, you can try to gently nudge the decoration or give it a gentle shake. Sometimes, the vibration might be enough to free your little swimmer.

    3. Water current: Increase the water flow in your tank, either by adjusting the filter or using an air stone or a powerhead. This might create a current that could help dislodge your fish from the decoration.

    4. Lubrication: If the decoration has an opening, you can try applying a small amount of aquarium-safe lubricant, like vegetable oil, to help your fish slide out more easily. Be careful not to use anything toxic that could harm your fish or water quality.

    5. Temporarily removing the decoration: If all else fails, you might have to remove the decoration from the tank. Make sure to do this slowly and carefully to avoid injuring the fish or causing any stress. Once the fish is free, you can decide whether to keep the decoration or find a fish-friendly alternative.

    Remember, the safety and well-being of your fish should always be the top priority. If you're unsure or uncomfortable handling the situation yourself, it's best to seek advice from a knowledgeable aquarium expert or a veterinarian.

    I hope these tips help you out, votavk! Let us know how it goes, and fingers crossed that your fish gets unstuck without any trouble. Hang in there, buddy!

    Hey Jason! Totally get what you mean about the setup for tropical fish being expensive. It's like they have a secret agenda to drain our wallets! 😄 But hey, at least we can admire them from afar in the pet store, right? Maybe one day we'll both be able to afford our dream aquariums. Until then, let's just keep dreaming and enjoying the goldfish! 🐠

    Hey there!

    I saw that JustAFishServant was asking what to do with snail eggs. Well, let me tell you, crushing them is not the way to go!

    Snail eggs are actually pretty cool - they hatch after about 2-4 weeks and you'll have a bunch of tiny snails wriggling around. But if you don't want more snails, you can remove the eggs and freeze them for a day or two to kill the embryos before disposing of them.

    Personally, I like to leave the eggs alone and watch the little snails hatch. It's like my own little nature documentary!

    Hope that helps!

    Hey everyone,

    I totally agree with Shortie. Overcrowding your aquarium is definitely a common mistake that many beginners make. It's important to research the proper amount of fish that can comfortably live in your tank before buying them.

    Another mistake that I've made in the past is not properly cycling the tank before adding fish. As Shortie mentioned, it's important to wait at least a day before adding any fish to allow the tank to establish a healthy environment for them.

    Additionally, not performing regular water changes and neglecting to clean the tank can lead to many problems such as algae buildup and poor water quality. It's important to establish a regular maintenance routine to keep your aquarium healthy and thriving.

    What other common mistakes have you made or seen others make with their aquariums? Let's share our experiences and help each other out!

    Hey guys,

    I'm excited to share with you my DIY tank journal! I've been keeping track of my tank's progress for a while now, and I've found that having a customized record-keeping system has been super helpful.

    I started by getting a notebook and dividing it into sections for water parameters, feeding schedule, and maintenance tasks. I also added a section for notes and observations.

    To make it even more personalized, I added some stickers and doodles to each page. It makes it more fun to fill out and gives it a bit of personality.

    If you're looking for a way to keep track of your tank's progress, I definitely recommend making your own tank journal. It's a great way to stay organized and see how your tank is doing over time.

    Has anyone else made their own tank journal? I'd love to see some pictures and hear about your experiences!

    Hey guys

    I think it's always interesting to discuss the latest and greatest equipment. But I think it's also important to point out that the most expensive and advanced is not always the best. What works for a professional doesn't necessarily work for a beginner.

    I wonder what criteria you use to choose your equipment? Do you go more by the price or by the quality? Let's discuss it in the comments!

    It's important to ensure that your pet is well-fed and taken care of, even when you're not around. That's where autofeeders come in. However, it's crucial to prioritize safety and food hygiene when choosing an autofeeder.

    Make sure to choose a feeder that's BPA-free and made from safe materials. Additionally, look for a model with a removable food dispenser for easy cleaning. This will help prevent cross-contamination and the growth of harmful bacteria.

    It's also important to choose a feeder with an adjustable portion control feature. This will help prevent overfeeding and ensure that your pet is getting the right amount of food.

    In terms of safety, choose a feeder with a secure locking mechanism to prevent your pet from accessing the food reservoir. Additionally, keep the feeder away from any sources of heat or moisture to avoid spoilage or damage to the device.

    When using an autofeeder, always monitor your pet's feeding habits and adjust the portion sizes or feeding schedule as needed. By prioritizing safety and food hygiene, you can ensure that your pet is well-fed and healthy with the help of an autofeeder.

    One of the most discussed topics among shrimp enthusiasts is whether or not to keep invertebrate shrimp in a specific tank. Some aquarists believe that providing an environment solely for invertebrate shrimp is better for their health and wellbeing, while others argue that it's unnecessary and potentially harmful.

    There are several arguments in favor of invertebrate shrimp specific tanks. First, these tanks allow for more precise control of water parameters. Invertebrate shrimp are sensitive to changes in temperature, pH, and other water parameters, and having a dedicated tank means keeping those parameters stable and optimal for the shrimp's health. Additionally, invertebrate shrimp-specific tanks typically have a specialized filtration system, such as a sponge filter, which provides gentle water flow and reduces the risk of shrimp being sucked into a strong filter.

    However, there are also several arguments against invertebrate shrimp-specific tanks. One concern is that these tanks can become isolated ecosystems, which can result in lower biodiversity and reduced genetic diversity, making the shrimp more susceptible to illness and disease. Additionally, invertebrate shrimp-specific tanks can be more difficult to maintain than a regular tank, since there is less room for error in terms of water quality and temperature.

    Ultimately, whether or not to keep invertebrate shrimp in a specific tank comes down to personal preference and experience. If you are an experienced aquarist with a good understanding of water chemistry and a willingness to put in the necessary effort to maintain the tank, an invertebrate shrimp-specific tank can be an ideal option for providing the best environment for your shrimp. However, for those who are new to shrimp keeping or want a low-maintenance setup, a regular community tank may be the better choice.

    What are your thoughts on invertebrate shrimp-specific tanks? Have you had any experience with them? Share your opinions and experiences in the comments below!

    Filters and filtration are an essential part of any machinery or system that involves fluid flow. Whether it's lubrication systems, hydraulic machines, or even water treatment facilities, filters play a vital role in maintaining the quality and performance of the system.

    One common question that many users face when dealing with filters and filtration is whether to order replacement parts or replace the entire unit when a piece goes bad. This is a valid concern, especially when considering factors such as cost, downtime, and maintenance requirements.

    In my experience, it really depends on the situation. If the faulty part is relatively easy to replace and is not too expensive, then ordering a replacement part is usually the most cost-effective solution. This is particularly true for filters with replaceable cartridges or bags, as these can often be swapped out without much trouble.

    However, in some cases, it may be more practical to replace the entire unit. This can be the case if the filter housing or other parts are damaged or severely worn, or if the cost of replacement parts starts to add up.

    Ultimately, the decision of whether to order replacement parts or replace the entire unit will depend on a variety of factors, including the type of system, the severity of the issue, and the availability of parts and resources.

    What do you think? Do you generally order replacement parts, or do you prefer to replace the entire unit when a piece goes bad? Share your thoughts and experiences below.

    As an aquarium enthusiast, I know how frustrating it can be to deal with excess algae in your fish tank. Not only does it make your tank look unappealing, but it can also be harmful to your fish and other aquatic life.

    If you're dealing with too much algae in your tank, don't worry - there are a few things you can do to help control it. Firstly, make sure you're not overfeeding your fish, as excess fish food can contribute to algae growth. Additionally, make sure you're performing regular water changes and keeping your tank clean, as stagnant water can also promote algae growth.

    If those steps don't seem to help, consider adding a few algae-eating fish, such as Otocinclus or Plecos, to your tank. These fish will happily munch on algae all day long, helping to keep the levels under control.

    Finally, if all else fails, you can consider using an algae treatment product. Just be sure to follow the instructions carefully and use the product sparingly, as overuse can harm your fish and other aquatic life.

    In short, dealing with excess algae in your fish tank can be frustrating, but with a few simple steps and some assistance from algae-eating fish, you can keep your tank looking clean and healthy for all its inhabitants.