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  1. FlakeyBiscuit3.14

    My First Platy Mom, Help!

    No, she has no white spots, red spots, or any other visible signs of illness other than mentioned above (staying at the top, not eating, clamped fins). That is very unfortunate to hear :( I was really hoping that this was just normal exhaustion from birth.   Do you have any ideas what may have...
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    My First Platy Mom, Help!

    So about a month after buying my first platies, one of my females finally popped! None of the fry seem to have survived, but I'm not too worried about that as I know more are on the way and I don't want to become overrun. My concern is that the female who just had the babies is now not doing...
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    Stocking Suggestions For 55G

    Oooh those boesemani are really pretty!!! And I could still keep some community fish with them too :) They seem pretty expensive for a school, but I will definitely keep them in mind.
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    Stocking Suggestions For 55G

    So a friend is getting rid of their 55G, and is giving it away for free, so how could I pass that up?? :)   Anyway, before I buy ANYTHING for it I want to make a general decision about what type of fish to get for it.   So far my 29G tropical community tank has been going well, but I'm not sure...
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    Sick Cory? Help!

    Forgot to mention... my pH is 8.3, the only "chemical" I add to the tank is root tabs, but last ones were added a week ago, and no new additions (live or decoration) have been added since the platies over two weeks ago. Really, the most recent thing is the water change I did yesterday. I did do...
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    Sick Cory? Help!

    Okay, so I got home from work tonight and one of my corys was sitting up against the glass, fins down, and now has not moved for hours. The other corys in the tank are all doing fine and are acting quite happy and healthy.   29G tank, with bloodfin tetras, platies, ghost shrimp, a snail, and the...
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    A Newbie's Jump Into Aquaria! 29G Journal

    Ha, thanks! I've actually even gotten some better ones since, I'll have to post 'em soon! :)   But yeah, I will keep an eye on them. Although I'm not really sure what I can do for them right now 
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    Couldn't Help Myself :d

    Crazy!! You should start a journal on the transformation!!
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    A Newbie's Jump Into Aquaria! 29G Journal

    Update time!!   So I have made some new additions to my tank! I bought 5 young corydoras trilineatus (sold as Julii cory :P) a couple days ago and so far they are doing great! They are definitely skiddish of me (making it hard to get good pictures) but are all swimming and looking healthy and as...
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    A Newbie's Jump Into Aquaria! 29G Journal

    This probably sounds pathetic, but that just sounds like too much work to me lol I would rather just mix in some distilled water from the grocery store... heh heh....    But it doesn't sound like a crazy notion! It sounds like a good idea for those who want to make sure the water is prepped...
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    Stocking List For A 17.5 Gal. Help!

    The reason I listed those numbers because platies have a larger bio load from what I've read, and the barbs need the group more than the endler's do. As far as level of the tank, all are listed as mid dwellers, but they swim through pretty much the whole tank. Just go to your LFS and watch them...
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    Stocking List For A 17.5 Gal. Help!

    I think that the cherry barbs, endlers, and platies would be a good mix for your water parameters and tank size. The issue I have with the bottom feeders in your tank is that most of them are schooling and prefer large groups, which you could not fit very comfortably in small tank. Unless you...
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    A Newbie's Jump Into Aquaria! 29G Journal

    Oh okay. Do you know if driftwood, or even peat moss, for that matter would ever even have an effect on my pH since my kH is sooo high? (on the test strip it reads at least 300ppm)
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    Stocking List For A 17.5 Gal. Help!

    I have a group of male guppies, and they are great! They move through all levels of the tank and decor, hang out together or individually, and play in the bubbler! They are also good for your water parameters. I have a pH of 8.3 and they do great. I would suggest getting all males though so you...
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    Worrying Problem With A Platy

    Welcome to the forum!   I've never seen this myself, as I am a newbie to the hobby.... But I will say that from my research I've been doing I've read that fish can develop all sorts of problems from stress from poor water conditions. Hopefully once you get your nitrates down your platy will...
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    Cloudy Tank

    I'm not sure of the cause, but I can tell you I've added root tabs for my tank and never saw the cloudiness, so maybe the carbon or the fertilizers? I know that the water can get cloudy as part of the cycling process, but I believe this is an established tank, correct? Sorry I can't be of more...
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    A Newbie's Jump Into Aquaria! 29G Journal

    Wow, thanks for all of the great info guys!!   Yeah, tannins are supposed to lower the pH, which is partially why I was so adamant about getting driftwood for my tank. However, even though I'm assuming there are still tannins being released as my water is tea colored, the pH stayed the same.   ...
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    A Newbie's Jump Into Aquaria! 29G Journal

    Bloodfin tetra right now. And I plan to add corydoras.   Thanks for the help btw lol But going back to what you said about the gh and kh, you said those are normally close? Do you think that maybe that could be the issue? Maybe something with my water softener is altering it....
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    A Newbie's Jump Into Aquaria! 29G Journal

    I just used a glass cup from the cupboard....:(   I didn't know temp could make a difference though! Should I try and lower my tank temp?   Maybe I should just make a thread about it? See if anyone has had this happen before? I mean, all of my fish so far seem to be doing fine, but I would still...
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    A Newbie's Jump Into Aquaria! 29G Journal

    Yeah I have no idea what is going on with my water. The temp for the water sitting out is slightly cooler (house is kept at about 72 and fish tank is at 74-75F) and yes this is with my new liquid test kit.
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