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    No joy with floating plants

    I recently bought some Hygrophilia Difformis for my 20g. I floated it until it was developing some good roots. I planted about half of it, and am toying with keeping the rest as floaters. The ones I left floating are all developing roots from almost every junction where the leaf meets the stem...
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    API testing, the right way, the wrong way, and my way.

    What @PheonixKingZ said., and yes, you can buy each test individually when one runs out. Each individual test comes with the solution(s) and a new test tube/vial.
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    Wow...That’s One Bad Storm!

    Y'all is usually singular, but can be plural. It can also be combined with other words to make a single word.... "Wa chyall doing?" Is a good example of being either singular or plural, and of combining it with another word to make one word. All yall is plural. "All yall goin' fish'n?", or "How...
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    ammonia in small ammount

    Not all api test kits have this problem. Mine doesn't. But if you look around on other sources on the internet, many people are getting readings of 0.25ppm on new setups, and on well established tanks too. Google "api ammonia error" or "api ammonia accuracy" and you will see.
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    Wow...That’s One Bad Storm!

    Ok, original thread. Living in southern California, thunder and lightning are rare. I grew up in the south, Alabama and Mississippi, and really miss a good two-story. I used to drive the big trucks, and loved it when I got to a climate that put on a good light and sound show :D SoCal...
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    API testing, the right way, the wrong way, and my way.

    Aside from being anal, and since my tank is only 1 week cycled, I'm still testing everything...daily, lol. I hate and love the API. The nitrates and pH colors are so close. Today, my pH was definitely 8.2, which is abnormal. It's normally indistinguishable between 7.8 and 8.0, but today, it was...
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    Wow...That’s One Bad Storm!

    This is hilarious :rofl: We went from thunder storms to the English language and dialects, to sports teams, to the Jetsons:eek::D I'm soooooo confused, lol:rolleyes:
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    Local Aquarium Clubs

    With Amazon, Ebay, and all the other online retailers, it's hard to compete. I agree, it seems it would be advantageous to have a store full of like minded, potential customers all milling around your merchandise. On the down side, many LFS close 5pm ish. It would involve paying overtime to the...
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    API testing, the right way, the wrong way, and my way.

    So, just curious what the routine is for other API users. My way... I start with filling all my tubes. First, the nitrate test since it's the most detailed. I set the countdown timer on my phone to one minute, then shake solution #2 for a full minute. No, I don't hit it, beat it against the...
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    Local Aquarium Clubs

    I've been a a nerd and geek most of my life, lol. Was a "band geek" since 7th grade, and have been a computer nerd since I was a senior in HS. We don't have any clubs that are within an hours drive, so I rely on forums for all my Q & A and general BS sessions. It would be nice to have a mentor...
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    Advice wanted!

    Since hopping back into fish keeping just last month, I've thought about getting an UPS just for my filter(s), but it's so rare that we lose power, that it's hard to justify. Instead, I bought the ATI Hydro 3 sponge filter. A couple weeks to get it seeded, and it's ready to go, or to be moved to...
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    ammonia in small ammount

    API has an error of 0.25ppm. This is unfortunate, but quite (recently) it is normal to read 0.25ppm. If you can, run an air stone in a gallon of your source (tap) water for 24 hours and compare the two.
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    Seachem HOB opinions

    I just got my Tidal 55 for my 20g yesterday. So far I like it. I'm running it in parallel with the Pengiun 150 it will be replacing. I only use polyfill in the Marineland along with its bio-wheel, so I took the polyfill from the Marineland and put it between the sponge and media that came with...
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    Advice wanted!

    If you find a "fish sitter" measure out individual servings for them to feed with. Use one of those daily pill dispensers. They can also be a backup should you suffer a power failure or some other disaster. At least they can make sure your filters come back on line, or contact you for help.
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    Greetings from the California High Desert

    When I retired, my son and his wife asked me to come live with them. How could I refuse? Get to play with my granddaughter every day and spoil her to my (and her) hearts content! Oh Yeah, lol. I saw a post where someone had said how much technology, theories, mindsets and the like had changed...
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