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    Where Your Pet Fish Live in the Wild—DIVE INTO THE AMAZON RAINFOREST!

    Very interesting video on youtube. The video has taught me things about ph that I did not know.
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    Being a successful fish keeper can bring its own set of problems

    I guess one can say I have been successful because I have three generations of bristle nose plecostomus with a guess of around fifty plus baby plecos that I don't know what to do with. Also my amazon sword plants have runners with about a dozen small baby plants. I have as of yet found a pet...
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    battery operated aquarium air pump

    I am looking to buy one of these, does anyone have suggestions on a good one. I want to use it for carrying baby plecos in a bucket to local fish stores. Thanks....:)
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    No algae problem in pleco only tank.

    I have three tanks setup and running. Bad algae problems in 20 gallon long with Betta Max. Slight algae problems in heavily planted 55 gallon with Angelfish, Corys, a hillstream loach, a few baby BN Plecos left in tank. No algae, clean as a whistle in 29 gallon BN Pleco only tank with two...
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    The Strange World Of Glofish And Other Aquarium Man Made Fish

    Very interesting short video, I learned things that I had no idea about. Like did you know that its against the law to breed glofish and sell them. Glofish is a company in Singapore which genetically created these fish for use to check the toxicity of rivers and lakes. Glofish the company has...
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    Giant Triton Sea Snail

    I had never heard of this species of snail until now. Wow these snails can grow up to 2 feet, now that's a big snail. Giant Triton Sea Snail is very beneficial to reef development because they eat the Crown-of-thorn starfish which eats coral. The article states that the pest Crown-of-thorn...
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    General Chat

    I was never in the military so I never met one. But chatting with a General would be interesting. :rofl:
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    Hose clamps with wing nuts for canister filters

    Yesterday while attempting to take the hoses off my canister filter for cleaning, I had a problem. The long plastic rings that screw down holding the hoses, would not come off. Like the ones in this picture. I had to Dremel them off. cutting them in half. I went to a local O'Reilly's Auto Parts...
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    Please advise, I need help catching all the Plecos.

    I have a 55-gallon community aquarium with a breeding pair of Plecos that I was not counting on. But now that I have this pair I want to catch them and all the babies. Not sure how many there are. I have a 29-gallon setup where I have already caught about six, and this is where they will all go...
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    SICCE Whale 200 canister

    SICCE makes four different sizes of canister filters in their Whale lineup the 150, 200, 350, 500. These canister filters are made in Italy which is a plus for those who are tired of Chinese-made filters, having said this it is more expensive. The small Whale 200 cost as much as the much bigger...
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    Debunking high ammonia can kill beneficial bacteria. (Fishless cycle)

    Some of you guys may remember that I make my own aqua soil and that in a new set up the soil becomes an ammonia factory with readings up to 8+. 8 is the highest color on the API Master Freshwater Test Kit, so who knows how high it actually is. Twice now in doing new tank setups with this...
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    Is Tetra Aquasafe really safe to use?

    I am making changes in the way I do water changes. For years I would use water straight from the tab. (Note: I have very good tap water, 7.6 ph, 0 ammonia, 0 nitrites, 0 nitrates, GH & KH same at 7 or 125.3 depending on how it is read on the chart tested with API Master Freshwater Test Kit...
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    When starting a fishless cycle on a newly set up aquarium and adding liquid ammonia how much does it take?

    Only a drop of liquid ammonia in a 29-gallon tank full of water will produce a reading of 2 to 4ppm. I use a meat injector syringe to draw the ammonia out of the bottle. Then after using the syringe I clean it with tap water to remove the ammonia residue. I have been using one bottle of...
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    Wow, I have a bunch of new baby Bristle nose plecos.

    Today I counted five new baby Bristle Nose Plecos in my 55-gallon community tank. Then they all disappeared. I discovered them while doing a water change. I wished I could have gotten a picture of them, but by the time I came back to do so they were all gone. My tank is heavily planted and I...
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    Do you think that no matter how we try, we still lose fish?

    I have experience in the hobby that helps me to keep fish alive and hopefully thriving. But over time I still lose fish, not many.
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    Seven new baby kittens.

    I was away recently for two weeks and returned home to find seven new kittens. Bonnie cat was big when I left, so I knew she was due so this was no surprise. The kittens are now starting to open their eyes so it will be a couple of months before they are ready to find their forever homes...
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    Does anyone else find TFF addictive?

    Or is it just me.
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    Balancing feeding times when unable to do water changes?

    In Texas, we have been dealing with a week-long freeze. Many of us are without electricity and water. I have electricity but no water to do water changes. I changed the water in my tanks on Sunday, the freeze hit on Monday. Today is Saturday and I am not feeling the pressure as of yet for my...
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    What is the personality of your Betta Splendens?

    I have my first Betta Max, since he is my only experience with these fish, I was wondering about Betta's personality from those of us that have kept Bettas and are familiar with them. I have only had Max for going on a month now, and he is living in a 29-gallon tank with only one snail for...
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    Dance Party

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