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  1. essjay replied to the thread Freshwater Fish less Cycle.

    Your pH tests sound like mine, and I call mine 7.5. When your pH dropped, how long had it been since a water change - or had you not...

    Dec 11, 2017 at 3:32 PM
  2. essjay replied to the thread Freshwater Fish less Cycle.

    Water changes do not remove filter bacteria. These grow in the biofilm which is tightly bound to all the surfaces in the tank, not just...

    Dec 11, 2017 at 1:36 PM
  3. essjay replied to the thread Freshwater Fish less Cycle.

    It sounds as though you have been using the old method of fishless cycling. We have a new improved method on here now....

    Dec 11, 2017 at 10:16 AM
  4. essjay replied to the thread Freshwater Fish less Cycle.

    Can you explain what exactly you have done so far. The test tubes show that you have some nitrite present but without knowing how much...

    Dec 11, 2017 at 8:33 AM
  5. essjay replied to the thread Wood shrimp?.

    Do you mean the shrimp also called bamboo shrimps and Asian filter shrimps http://www.planetinverts.com/Bamboo_Shrimp.html If these are...

    Dec 10, 2017 at 12:44 PM
  6. essjay replied to the thread Quick intro and centrepiece fish suggestions?.

    Hi, welcome to the forum I'll be honest and say that a 10 gallon tank isn't really big enough for a centrepiece fish. It is not big...

    Dec 10, 2017 at 6:42 AM
  7. essjay replied to the thread Please help!!.

    We do need some more information from you. Finrot is usually caused by poor water conditions or some other form of stress so we need...

    Dec 10, 2017 at 6:35 AM
  8. essjay replied to the thread Which shrimp?!.

    One option would be to get another, smaller tank of around 20 to 25 litres for the betta. Things may be OK now but bettas have been...

    Dec 9, 2017 at 1:35 PM
  9. essjay replied to the thread Stocking suggestions for 75 gal..

    Do you have a tap that you are supposed to use to get water for drinking? That is the tap you should use for the tank. The other taps...

    Dec 9, 2017 at 12:46 PM
  10. essjay replied to the thread Stocking suggestions for 75 gal..

    You should have a bypass tap for drinking water. Use that for a hard water tank. I'm afraid I am not well informed about hard water...

    Dec 9, 2017 at 10:15 AM
  11. essjay replied to the thread Stocking suggestions for 75 gal..

    RO water can be mixed with hard tap water to lower hardness - but if you want Lake Tanganika cichlids you will need hard water not...

    Dec 9, 2017 at 9:56 AM
  12. essjay replied to the thread Stocking suggestions for 75 gal..

    The two units used in fishkeeping are ppm and German degrees, usually referred to as degrees or dH. Your 16.5 grains per gallon convert...

    Dec 9, 2017 at 9:20 AM
  13. essjay replied to the thread Which shrimp?!.

    This doesn't apply to all shrimps. Those like cherry and crystal shrimps hatch into miniature adults. If there are plenty of hiding...

    Dec 9, 2017 at 8:57 AM
  14. essjay replied to the thread Stocking suggestions for 75 gal..

    Hardness is more important to fish than pH, so we need to know how hard your water is. The hardness of your tap water should be...

    Dec 9, 2017 at 8:42 AM
  15. essjay replied to the thread Why won’t my tank cycle?.

    What are the readings for ammonia and nitrite? I would not take the word of a shop. Most if them don't believe in fishless cycling and...

    Dec 9, 2017 at 5:32 AM