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  1. Byron replied to the thread Planning!.

    This species is omnivorous in nature, feeding on worms, insects, crustaceans, and plant matter. The latter is perhaps the clue....

    Dec 10, 2019 at 4:50 PM
  2. Byron replied to the thread I am defeated ....URGENT!!.

    That is due to the very soft RO water you are using. This acidic pH is very bad for rift lake fish.

    Dec 10, 2019 at 2:59 PM
  3. Byron replied to the thread Frozen food.

    Just be certain to thoroughly soak the freeze-dried shrimp so they fully expand before you put them in the tank. Freeze dried foods...

    Dec 10, 2019 at 2:56 PM
  4. Byron replied to the thread Frozen food.

    The brands to get are Omega One, New Life Spectrum, and there is another one or two that I can never remember the name of because they...

    Dec 10, 2019 at 1:08 PM
  5. Byron replied to the thread I am defeated ....URGENT!!.

    Yes. RO is "pure" water. The rift lake cichlids are hard water fish meaning they must have dissolved mineral in the water. This is...

    Dec 10, 2019 at 1:03 PM
  6. Byron replied to the thread I am defeated ....URGENT!!.

    Agree with above, water changes. But you will have to get a test kit so you can monitor things going forward. There are some other...

    Dec 10, 2019 at 12:13 PM
  7. Byron replied to the thread Help needed...again...

    Perfect. I did this very same for many years, only switching to the digital to avoid the power outage problem, but the room light when...

    Dec 10, 2019 at 12:09 PM
  8. Byron rated Retired Viking's post Agree in the thread Help needed...again...

    I still use the old dial timers.I set the timer to turn on the tank lights at 10 am and off at 9 pm. The tank is on the northern side of...

    Dec 10, 2019 at 12:07 PM
  9. Byron replied to the thread Frozen food.

    The nutritional value of frozen foods is very minimal by comparison to quality prepared/dried foods. Compare Hikari frozen daphnia with...

    Dec 10, 2019 at 12:01 PM
  10. Byron replied to the thread 65 gallon tank stocking.

    Yes to all questions here. That is not intended to discount TDS, but unless you go with RO (or another pure) water there is not much...

    Dec 10, 2019 at 11:47 AM
  11. Byron replied to the thread Help needed...again...

    I just bought what I could find at a local hardware store. The digital timers have the bonus of maintaining the time during a power...

    Dec 10, 2019 at 11:19 AM
  12. Byron replied to the thread 65 gallon tank stocking.

    That light should be good, going from the specs at the link. Might be bright (thinking of the fish), so floating plants will help....

    Dec 10, 2019 at 11:16 AM
  13. Byron attached a file to the thread A handful of questions.

    No, Pennywort does not need to grow out of the water, but it can be grown fully submersed (the usual) or emersed in very moist...

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  14. Byron replied to the thread Help needed...again...

    In the interests of saving you money, why would you need this? The filters and heaters should be plugged directly into constant power....

    Dec 9, 2019 at 7:13 PM
  15. Byron replied to the thread Loaches vs MTS.

    Malaysian Livebearing Snails tend to escape predation by loaches more than most other snails because of a physiological feature often...

    Dec 9, 2019 at 7:10 PM