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  1. madmark285

    White spots on my plants

    This is my sister's plant, she has a 5 gallon tank. I don't have any water parameter, she does not have a test kit. This is an old tank , it has been running for 10 years plus. She had some fish die of old age. The last remaining fish was quite lonely so she bought 3 gold white clouds, 3 red...
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    Climate change - continued from a discussion in another thread

    I also believe in climate change, our kids/grandkids will have a mess on their hands. But same as you, I have an issue with the hypocrites. Top of my list is Leonardo DiCaprio. A couple years ago Leo took a year off to concentrate on the environment, which meant flying around the world...
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    Can I turn off my filter at night?

    I broke a cardinal rule, I offered advice before I googled it. So this situation is: With COVID, no job, no money and no sleep ie: my noisy HOB filter is keeping me awake. For a short term solution , can I turn off my filter at night? What popped up for me when I googled it, the lack of oxygen...
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    Mbuna Condos, concepts for a African Cichlid tank

    My LFS is still selling 75 gallon tanks for $100, time to start planning my next system, a Mbuna tank. My primary focus when aquascaping a Mbuna tank will be to create as many 'caves' as possible. This is a highly territorial rock dwelling fish that wants a place to call home. In my previous...
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    For some inspiration, check out BIOTOPE AQUARIUM DESIGN CONTEST 2020

    Sorry if this has been posted before, Biotope Aquarium Design Contest 2020
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    It was a good day, I got some fish and some COVID mRNA in my veins!

    Yep, I got my 1st vaccination shot today and I discovered some Odessa Barbs at Petco of all places, so I bought the barbs. I hope they color up nicely, only time will tell.
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    Cycling a tank with Dr Tim ammonia and FritzZyme

    Using Dr Tim's ammonia, my started level of ammonia was ~4-5ppm (API test kit). I added 1oz of FritzZyme and in few days, the ammonia level was under 1ppm. I repeated this and once again, the ammonia levels went from ~4-5ppm to under 1 ppm. Clearly I have establish the ammonia munching colony of...
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    Using dead shrubs for landscaping

    Behind my house is an old railroad right-away, my guess is the tracks were removed 60 years ago. It is now an isolated walking trial. I assume some shrubs first came in along the trail before the trees took over. Many of these shrubs are now dead but well preserved, the wood is quite hard. I...