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    Mixing corys

    Thanks for taking the time to reply this is really helpful! I can understand the issue with polluting the gene pool however as long as I don't give any to anyone else and they stay in my tank i assume its ok. I'll have to see what my local fish sellers have and try to get some as similar as...
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    Mixing corys

    I know groups of 6+ of the same species is necessary for corys but I’ve recently lost two of my black fin corys and can’t seem to find black fins anywhere! Is there any that are similar enough to put in the group? Should I jus try to get some that are the same size if I can’t find replacements...
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    Fluval plant & shrimp substrate - layer of dirt over everything?

    Just siphoned a lot of it out so obviously it’s disturbed the substrate again and now everything’s dirty again 😭
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    Fluval plant & shrimp substrate - layer of dirt over everything?

    I’m glad yours sorted its self out! Looks worse today 😂 I’ll try give it a proper clean and leave it to settle again. My worry is the plants because it’s completely covering them
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    Fluval plant & shrimp substrate - layer of dirt over everything?

    Sorry for the bad quality photo. I’ve set up a new 5gal tank using plant substrate for the first time. Everything in there looks gross and dirty. It’s been about a week since I planted it. The rocks were light and all the plants bright green before planting them kicked up all the dust and it...
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    Using established tank to set up new tank using sponge filter

    I’ll keep a close eye on it. That’s really interesting, I hadn’t really thought about it that way. I’m guessing sponge filters aren’t really enough in tanks that don’t have real plants then.
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    Using established tank to set up new tank using sponge filter

    Ok good to know. I’m planting it up this week.
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    Using established tank to set up new tank using sponge filter

    I’ll keep testing. It should be ok once I’ve got my filter in though shouldn’t it? Yes it’s a 5gal tank. Set up a week ago and just waiting for the filter to be ready to go in then he can move in to the tank.
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    Using established tank to set up new tank using sponge filter

    I can do 3 weeks no problem. In my current tank (105l/23gal) I do need water changes about every 2 weeks and that works well for me.
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    Using established tank to set up new tank using sponge filter

    I’m setting up a new tank for a betta, have had the sponge filter I’ll be using in my established tank for a week now. How long do I need to leave a new sponge filter in my established tank to get enough of the beneficial bacteria before moving it to my new tank and putting my betta in? I don’t...
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    Two sponge filters, one air pump

    Perfect thank you!
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    Two sponge filters, one air pump

    I’m trying to get an extra filter running in my existing tank, ready to move into a new tank in a few weeks. I’m pretty sure it’s all set up correctly but the airs only going to one of the filters. Any ideas?
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    Planted aquarium floors

    That’s good I prefer sand anyway, thanks for all your advice! I have some floaters in my existing tank so I’ll use some of those.
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    Planted aquarium floors

    I’ll try and find some of that thank you! He’s not got massive fins, I’d say average for a betta. But they do get tears sometimes and I just want him to be more comfortable so that’s why I’m moving him. I do want to go for a heavily planted tank for this one but I’m worried it will end up...
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    Planted aquarium floors

    Haven’t got anything for the new betta tank yet apart from the sponge filter so I can get that in my old tank for a few weeks. Okay I’ll just go with plants then. Ah ok, is there any substrate that you’d recommend for heavily planted tanks?
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