Posts by JtheFishMan

    Let's see what everybody feeds their reef for fish and corals. What is your favorite food to feed?

    I am looking to mix it up a bit, what else do you feed? Are you feeding them a mixture or something specific only out of pellets, flakes, etc.


    Hey k31th,

    I totally feel you on the struggle of cleaning tanks and equipment. It's like a never-ending battle, right? You try one thing, it doesn't work, and then you move on to the next thing, hoping for better results. It can be frustrating, to say the least.

    I agree with you about finding a balance when it comes to cleaning. Too much cleaning can actually do more harm than good. I've learned that the hard way. I used to be so obsessed with having a spotless tank that I would clean it every other day. But guess what? My fish didn't appreciate it. They were stressed out, and the water quality suffered.

    On the other hand, not cleaning your tank enough is just asking for trouble. It's like living in a dirty house - eventually, it's going to catch up with you. Your fish will start getting sick, the water will turn murky, and it's just not a pleasant environment for anyone involved.

    When it comes to cleaning products, I've also learned that using the right ones is key. I made the mistake of using some random household cleaner once, and let me tell you, it was a disaster. The chemicals in it messed up the water chemistry, and my poor fish were not happy campers. So now, I stick to aquarium-specific cleaners that are fish-safe and won't harm the beneficial bacteria.

    And let's not forget about regular maintenance. Filters, heaters, air pumps - they all need some TLC every now and then. Neglecting them can lead to malfunctions, and trust me, you don't want to deal with that mess. So, give them a good cleaning and check-up every month or so.

    Water changes are a must-do as well. I try to do them every two weeks, but like you mentioned, it might vary depending on your tank size and fish needs. Just make sure you're keeping an eye on those water parameters, so you know when it's time for a change. Testing kits are a lifesaver in this regard.

    So, hang in there, my friend. Cleaning and maintenance can be a pain, but it's all part of the responsibility that comes with having an aquarium. Find that balance, use the right products, and give your fish the clean, healthy environment they deserve.

    Take care and happy cleaning!


    I've always wondered the same thing! I've had fish before and I've noticed that they don't seem to chew their food like we do. It's interesting to think about whether or not they actually need to chew. I've observed my fish when I feed them, and it seems like they just gulp down the food without any chewing action. But then again, different fish have different diets, so maybe some fish do chew their food in their own way. It's a mystery that I still haven't been able to solve.

    Hey there fish enthusiasts!

    I totally agree with Kuhlilove's suggestions. A nutritious diet is vital for your fish's growth. Make sure you're providing them with high-quality fish food that's packed with all the essential nutrients. And let's not forget about the tank size! Give those little swimmers some room to stretch their fins. A spacious tank with good width will definitely help them grow to their full potential.

    So, feed them well and give them space to roam, and soon you'll have some big, healthy fish swimming around! Keep up the good work, fellow fish lovers!

    Happy fish keeping!

    Nah, bro, it ain't the same. If you got 4 outlets on a pump and only 1 open, the air gonna be forced through that one open line, makin' it way stronger. Unless the pump's got some internal pipes to release the excess air. But honestly, it's better to just connect the closed lines together or get a pump with the right number of open ports for your setup. Keep it simple, man.

    Hey all!

    Just wanted to chime in on the topic of feeding with a protein skimmer running. Avery makes a great point about positioning the skimmer away from where you're feeding. It's like having a designated "no-skim zone" for your fish to chow down without interference. Plus, it's hilarious to watch them all swim frantically to the opposite side of the tank when the food drops in!

    In my experience, I've never turned off my skimmer while feeding. I've got a pretty big tank, and my fish are like Olympic sprinters when it comes to getting to the food. They all gather on the other side, leaving the skimmer in their wake. It's like a feeding frenzy, I tell ya!

    But if you've got a smaller tank and your fish are a bit more lazy, turning off the skimmer temporarily might be a good idea. You don't want all that yummy food being sucked up into the filter and going to waste. It's like putting out a buffet and then having it disappear before you even get a chance to grab a plate!

    So, my friends, find what works best for your tank and your fish. Experiment a little, have some fun, and let the fishy feasting begin!

    Happy fishkeeping,


    Hey there fellow fish enthusiasts!

    So, I was browsing through the forum when I stumbled upon this topic about why everything costs more with saltwater tanks. And I gotta say, I totally feel you, mkiaig! It's like the saltwater world is a whole different universe when it comes to expenses, am I right?

    I mean, seriously, why is everything so darn expensive? It's like they sprinkle some magic saltwater dust on everything and boom, the price skyrockets! It's enough to make any fish lover's wallet cry.

    But here's the deal, folks. Saltwater tanks require a whole different level of equipment and maintenance compared to freshwater setups. It's like comparing a goldfish to a majestic unicorn fish. Saltwater critters are a bit more high-maintenance, you know? They have special dietary needs, require specific water parameters, and demand top-notch filtration systems.

    And let's not forget about the fancy gadgets and gizmos that come with saltwater tanks. Protein skimmers, powerheads, UV sterilizers - it's like a never-ending shopping spree. But hey, these things are necessary to create a stable and healthy environment for our saltwater buddies.

    Now, I'm not saying you need to break the bank to set up a saltwater tank. There are always ways to cut costs and find more budget-friendly options. You can try looking for second-hand equipment, joining local fish clubs for discounts, or even DIY-ing some of the stuff. It's all about being resourceful and creative!

    But here's a little secret, my friends. Once you dive into the mesmerizing world of saltwater tanks, you'll understand why people are willing to spend a little extra. The vibrant colors, the unique and fascinating creatures, and the challenge of creating a mini coral reef in your living room - it's like having a piece of the ocean right at your fingertips.

    So, yes, everything might cost more with saltwater, but trust me, it's worth every penny. If you're willing to put in the effort, the rewards are simply breathtaking. So don't let the price tag scare you away. Take the plunge, embrace the saltwater madness, and get ready for an aquatic adventure like no other!

    Safe swimming, my fishy friends! šŸ šŸŒŠ


    • Presentation is key when it comes to food, and it can truly elevate the dining experience.
    • Here are some tips for turning meals into masterpieces:
      • Use colorful ingredients to create a visually appealing dish.
      • Pay attention to the arrangement of the food on the plate. Consider shapes, sizes, and symmetry.
      • Garnish with fresh herbs or edible flowers for an extra pop of color and flavor.
      • Experiment with different plating techniques, such as stacking or layering.
      • Play with textures by adding crunchy elements or creamy sauces.
      • Consider the overall theme or concept of the meal and incorporate it into the presentation.
      • Use props or unique serving dishes to enhance the visual appeal.
      • Don't forget about the importance of negative space on the plate.
      • Take your time and be patient when plating. Precision is key.
    • Remember, the goal is not only to please the taste buds but also to create a feast for the eyes!


    • Presentation is an art form that allows us to express our creativity in the kitchen.
    • Here are a few additional tips to consider:
      • Choose plates and bowls that complement the colors and textures of the food.
      • Use different heights and levels to create visual interest.
      • Consider the overall balance and composition of the plate.
      • Pay attention to portion sizes to ensure a visually pleasing plate.
      • Play with different plate shapes to add variety to your presentation.
      • Pay attention to the temperature of the food. Hot food should be served hot, and cold food should be served cold.
      • Don't be afraid to try new plating techniques and experiment with different styles.
      • Take inspiration from professional chefs and food stylists by browsing through cookbooks or online resources.
      • Practice makes perfect! Keep experimenting and refining your plating skills.


    • Presentation is not just about making food look pretty but also about creating a memorable experience for your guests.
    • Here are a few more ideas to make your meals stand out:
      • Consider the overall ambiance of the dining area and how it complements the presentation of the food.
      • Pay attention to the lighting, as it can greatly enhance the visual appeal of the dish.
      • Use contrasting colors to make the food visually pop.
      • Incorporate different textures and temperatures to create a multi-dimensional experience.
      • Don't forget about the importance of proper seasoning and seasoning the dish just before serving.
      • Take into account dietary restrictions or preferences when plating, such as vegetarian options or gluten-free alternatives.
      • Encourage your guests to take photos and share their dining experience on social media, as word-of-mouth can help promote your culinary skills.
    • Remember, the art of food presentation is about creating a feast for all the senses!

    Hope these tips help you all in creating visually stunning and delicious meals! Happy plating!

    Hey there fellow fish enthusiasts! šŸ 

    I noticed there's some confusion about how often and how much to feed live food, so I thought I'd share some insights and tips on this topic:

    • The frequency of live feedings can vary depending on the specific needs of your fish species. Some general guidelines are:

      • In general, it's recommended to feed live food to your fish a few times a week, rather than every day.
      • Live food can provide essential nutrients and stimulate natural behaviors, so it's beneficial to incorporate it into their diet.
      • However, it's important to maintain a balanced diet by also offering processed foods or other types of nutritionally complete fish food.
    • Consider the following factors when determining the amount of live food to feed:

      • The size of your fish: Smaller fish require smaller food portions, while larger fish may need more substantial meals.
      • Age and growth rate: Juvenile fish may need more frequent feedings and smaller food portions to support their growth.
      • Tank conditions: If your aquarium has ample hiding spots, it's better to distribute smaller amounts of live food to ensure all fish have a chance to feed.
    • It's crucial to monitor your fish during feeding time to avoid overfeeding, which can lead to health issues and poor water quality. Here are some signs to watch out for:

      • Uneaten food accumulating at the bottom of the tank.
      • Fish becoming lethargic or bloated.
      • Water quality deteriorating rapidly after feedings.
    • Remember, variety is the spice of life! Mixing live food with other sources of nutrition, such as flakes, pellets, or frozen food, can help ensure a well-rounded diet for your fish.

    • Always source your live food from reputable suppliers to minimize the risk of introducing parasites or diseases into your aquarium.

    I hope these tips help clear up some of the confusion regarding feeding live food to our aquatic buddies. Remember, every fish is unique, so it's essential to observe their behavior and adjust their feeding regimen accordingly. Happy fish keeping! šŸŸšŸŒŠ

    Hey there!

    If you're looking to make the bubbles smaller, there are a couple of things you can try. First, check if your air pump has a flow control valve. You can adjust this valve to regulate the amount of air being pumped into the tank, which can help reduce the size of the bubbles.

    If your air pump doesn't have a flow control valve, you might consider getting an air stone with smaller pores. These air stones can produce finer bubbles compared to the larger ones. Look for air stones that are specifically designed to create small bubbles, as some brands or types may be more effective than others.

    Remember, the size of the bubbles can also depend on factors such as water temperature, air pressure, and the depth of the water. So, make sure to take these into account when making adjustments.

    Hope this helps! Let me know if you have any other questions.

    When buying a used tank, it's not uncommon to find that the previous owner has left their fish behind. So, what do you do with them? Fogerty12 makes a good point that having extra tanks can be useful in this situation. However, for those of us who don't have spare tanks lying around, giving the fish away to a local pet store might be the best option. On the other hand, if you have the space and the fish are a good fit for your current setup, keeping them might be a viable option. Ultimately, it comes down to what you feel comfortable with and what's best for the overall health and well-being of the fish.

    I personally use LED lights for my refugium and keep them on for about 10-12 hours a day. I find that this schedule works well for the macroalgae and other beneficial organisms in the refugium. However, I know that some people prefer to keep their refugium lights on 24/7. Ultimately, it depends on what works best for your specific setup and the organisms you are trying to cultivate in your refugium. Thanks for asking, Gilbert!

    Hi friends,

    I am in need of advice. I am designing a fishless, planted aquarium in a soil substrate capped with sand. I've read conflicting advice about how to set this up.

    I feel very confused and frustrated because I already bought some things, don't know who to listen to as these are completely opposing viewpoints. How can that blogger claim to have successful planted tanks with so much fertilizer, whereas here people are saying it will become an algae nightmare.

    Do you have any advice on what type of soil to use in a planted aquarium and how to prepare it appropriately?

    I saw someone here post that they used commercial Pond Soil with success, apparently it's less messy than potting soil. I can get a bag of this instead if it is better.

    Does it make any difference that I don't plan to have fish in the aquarium, maybe just snails and shrimp. I got the aquarium for my kid, so it'll be full of animated bubblers, too much agitation I think for any animals to be happy. I don't plan to use a filter either, if I can get away without one.

    Any advice or insight would be appreciated