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    Mysterious Death

    The test kit is around 2 years old - reliably gives me results on Ammonia, pH, and Nitrite. I have seen it give me more than 0 Nitrate before. I do weekly water changes of 20-30% which includes a gravel vacuum for additional waste - plus I have a Amazon Sword plant and Hornwort -- both of...
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    Mysterious Death

    It's on the high end - working on slowly lowering it (safely). I did not take a picture of the fish, but it looked normal - belly was a tiny bit distended - but definitely not dropsy or even bloat. I assumed it was part of the decomposition process. Their poop has been normal - no sign of...
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    Mysterious Death

    Well, not technically an emergency as the fish has died..... but I'm wondering if it's a "happenstance" v. a problem that I have not detected. Three weeks ago (roughly), I had two Dark Knight Ram Cichlids mailed in (overnight) and they were superbly healthy. I mean, they were eating in a few...
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    New 252l tank - Discus Behaving Weird

    I was tagged on this thread, but I completely agree with @Colin_T . At this point, a fish in cycle is your only option - I hope these little guys make it!
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    Apistogramma Cacatouides "Orange Flash" Breeding Journal

    So guys, I'm struggling. Maybe it's a "patience" situation, but I'm struggling to get these guys to breed! The water is Ammonia 0, Nitrite 0, Nitrate 5 --> I am doing weekly 30% water changes. I am treating with blackwater extract and there are a ton of caves and some plants in there. I am...
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    Cooking

    Yum!!!! I often feel that I am a minority, but I am a 27 year old dad (with 3 kids) --and I LOVE to cook and bake. My wife and I actually started a food blog that you can visit here. My wife Bethany takes the photos, I cook/design/update the website.
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    German blue rams stomach help.

    I suspect that she is too far gone - the bending of her belly is not from ammonia - thought your ammonia should definitely be at 0. I suspect it is related to internal parasites and if it has done that much damage, she will likely die in the next 1-2 weeks. I hope your water changes help, but I...
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    **Question of the week** | What is your favorite aquarium fish, and why?

    I'm torn, but my current favorite is still Kribensis. Something about their colors and behavior is entrancing.
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    Can Multiple Tank Syndrome be treated in its early stages?

    I work in the health insurance space and I can tell you that it cannot be cured. Though, it is the only disease that you enjoy as it progresses.
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    Peacock holding eggs

    Gorgeous tank!
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    Peacock holding eggs

    @Colin_T is not wrong - they are bigger than many species of fry. Baby Brine Shrimp, to my knowledge, are highly valued for two reasons: 1. If using live, they swim freely which helps tiny newborn fry realize they are food and start eating. 2. They are highly nutritious as the yolk sack...
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    Catappa Leaves Prep

    Something to take into consideration, Tannic Acid is a very weak acid. If your kH/gH is high, Catappa leaves will not cause your pH to drop whatsoever. You would need to have an acid strong enough to overpower the kH/gH.
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    Sick Discus

    Discus are extremely sensitive to poor water quality - and their concept of "poor water quality" is very different than something hardier like a Firemouth. I would do everything within your power to keep the nitrates down to 0 - I would suggest doing a 50% water change. What is the pH? What...
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    Discus has spasms

    Discus are extremely sensitive to poor water quality - and their concept of "poor water quality" is very different than something hardier like a Firemouth. I would do everything within your power to keep the nitrates down to 0 - I would suggest doing a 50% water change. Is this behavior...
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    Aquarium temperature idea

    I think it definitely depends on what type of fish you are breeding. In most scenarios, it seems that fresh water/colder water can trigger breeding. For South American first like Apistogramma, Angelfish and Discus a drop in pH can also help too. I would argue that instead of turning the...
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