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  1. We've been very lucky; ours are always out and about.
  2. We added a resistor. Quick question--do you already have the light, or are you looking to purchase a new one? The reason I ask is that our light is over 5 years old, and to be honest, I'm not familiar with the newest generation. The company used to be pretty good about fixing the glitches, so what we experienced may no longer be an issue. Once the gremlins were addressed, the light ran, and continues to run, like a champ. We have had no further problems in close to 6 years. Sort of an aside, but it may help you out.....I have 3 more of these lights (2 over freshwater tanks and one over a saltwater tank). Anyway, we have never had an issue with these (they were bought at a later date).
  3. Sorry, I should have expanded a bit more on my answer. We personally have no firsthand experience with this fish, but know people who do, and they have had problems with the fish being overly aggressive if there are eggs present. Maybe their fish are evil mutants, but I have heard the same tale from several fish keepers. Do you have a breeding pair? Also, what else is in your tank? All that being said, fish have different personalities and if you feel comfortable with this combination, then go for it. I would however, make sure you have a nice sized school of the lampeyes--don't try to put one or two in your tank. Good luck and keep us posted!
  4. Personally, I would not keep them in the same tank.
  5. All the photos are of mature or juvenile, males.
  6. We would be happy to review the AquaOne light, but after a quick search, we were unable to find it for sale in the US. That being said, we've tested several brands of LED's and they are more than capable of growing and sustaining plant life. You'll be happier, (and so will your plants) if you stick to ones that require low to medium low light. There are many wonderful, easy to care for plants in this group, and they're usually, readily available. If you're running CO2 you can sort of fudge on the light requirements and go a bit higher. Good luck and have fun with your new hobby!
  7. Interesting read on sawfish and how they are adapting to their dwindling numbers.
  8. Yes, a Fluval 25 watt heater works quite well. Other heaters can be used (it all depends on the brand). You just need to measure whatever heater you decide to buy to make sure it's not too tall for the tank. I would also make sure that temp on the heater was adjustable.
  9. Hi Yamabara! Thank you for taking the time to write of your experiences with this fish! We still only have three and have been unable to find more. Can't imagine going to a store and seeing hundreds in a tank....that would be amazing! You're right about their hardiness (I'd classify them as a beginner fish) and how suitable they are for smaller setups. If you ever hear anything definitive about their lifespan, we'd love to know about it. Ours are almost 2 years old now. What's the temperature in your tank? Thanks again!
  10. I don't have their exact stats with me, but I can tell you how they stack up against each other in day to day use. I'm growing the same low-medium light plants in 2 tanks, one with the Finnex light and one with the Mr Aqua. They both seem to be doing equally well, so I guess it's a matter of cost, which light you find more appealing, etc. The Finnex sits much lower over the tank, but the Mr Aqua has the flip back feature that I really like.
  11. Congratulations--how exciting! When are your ponies due to arrive? I hope you'll post your tank pictures, etc., in the forum section! Everyone loves the ponies and it's always interesting to see what sort of setup other people keep them in! Good luck!! In case you missed it, http://www.aquariumspeed.com/page/articles.html/_/information/fish/saltwater-fish/dwarf-seahorse-care-and-diet-r124is a more in depth article on their care and diet. I've had really good luck using the acclimation method mentioned!
  12. Do you remember who you ordered them from?
  13. The bottom line is, that with the exception of otocinclus, no fish is totally safe with shrimp. That being said, I have shrimp in almost all of my tanks, but for the most part, my fish are micro fish, and oftentimes the shrimp are larger than the fish (I don't put shrimp in the puffer or ram tanks). I don't have any experience with plecos, but from what I've read, some plecos will eat shrimp, while others do not. I have mixed cories and shrimp for years with no problem. You say your water is good, but has it been tested? If you don't have the chemicals, then most fist stores will do it (test) for free. Do your shrimp moult on a regular basis? They could be lacking calcium--which is easily remedied with the addition of a cuttlebone, tums, calcium blocks, etc., or you can buy shrimp specific products that will help with their moult. The safest way to keep shrimp is in a species tank, but not everyone has the room. Personally, I'd test the water and if the water is not the problem, then I'd start cycling a small aquarium and add what shrimp you have left to the new setup. If your shrimp survive, then you know one of your fish was the culprit. Also, if your tank is not heavily planted, you could try adding more plants, pots, etc., for your shrimp to hide. might be another option. They're inexpensive (in our area around 11 cents apiece) and fun to watch. You could put a few ghosties in your tank and see how they do. They're actually one of my favorite shrimp--very outgoing!! Hope this helps, good luck and let me know how things go.