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    Is inbreeding bristlenose plecos ok?

    Hello, I've had a breeding pair of bristlenose plecos for around 6 years now, but sadly just the other day the female, KitKat, passed away. I do still want to continue breeding plecos, however. My male (Zuko) is a fantastic dad, he spawns every month or so without fail. I know snake inbreeding...
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    New forum idea—for kids?

    This was an idea that just occurred to me the other day, but maybe we could set up a new section of the forum for kids who need help with fish tanks? I noticed that a lot of the newcomers here seem to be <13, and since they can't buy their own stuff and might need more patience, it might be nice...
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    small plants

    does anyone have any ideas for plants that would fit in the foreground mid ground and background of a 6 gallon cube? I won’t be doing co2, but i’ll have a good light. it’ll be ~78 degrees. Also, if you have any fun aquascaping ideas for a small tank, i’d love to hear them!
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    how bad is it to not soak betta pellets?

    Everywhere i look online and on this forum it says to always soak betta pellets before you feed them. I would do this, however my betta can’t manage to catch sinking pellets, and so i have to scoop them back out with a net every time. I could probably teach him to catch them, but i haven’t...
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    betta color change- good bad or normal?

    I've had a betta since the beginning of 2021, and just this past week I noticed he changed color a bit. underside: greenish blue --> whitish greenish blue sides: vibrant blue --> greyish blue head: black --> grey. there is also a slightly darker stripe running down his side that I haven't...
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    Will having an unstocked tank mess with the cycle?

    If I were to remove a betta fish from a 5 gallon tank for ~2 weeks and put him back after, would anything bad happen in terms of ammonia spikes? it is planted and there are a bunch of small unidentified snails
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    how to maintain an uncycled 2.5 gallon for a couple of weeks?

    I have been babysitting my choir class's pet betta fish for a little over a year now because of covid, and I've been working on a maybe-too-in-depth care guide so that when I eventually give him back he won't instantly die. Right now he's in a planted 5 gallon tank, a bit of an upgrade from the...
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    Gravel vac or no?

    So I've had a 5.5 gallon heavily planted betta tank for about 6 months now with fluval stratum (the little dirt ball things) as the substrate. Over time, there has been this gunk that's just accumulated on the bottom of the tank and parts of the driftwood. I'm assuming it's bits of dead plants...
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    Point of water changes besides Ammonia, Nitrate, Nitrite

    Recently I've been thinking about the necessity of water changes in really well-cycled tanks. First though, I'm going to tell you about my current 20 gallon tank. So, I started off with a ten gallon tank with a couple nerite snails in it when I was 10. I added a few zebra danios and an albino...
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    Ammonia in tap water- is it just chloramine?

    I recently tested my 5 gal for Ammonia, and it came up as ~.15. when I tested the tap water it was 1ppm for ammonia. I know that my town uses chloramine in the water- is my test kit reading the chloramine as Ammonia, or is there extra ammonia in the water? How should I go about doing water...
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    Can't ID floater

    A couple weeks ago I got some mystery floaters from a fish store, and I've been trying for about 15 minutes to ID them with no success. here are the photos, and thanks in advance!! you guys are so helpful on here
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    Should I get shrimp? and which ones?

    About 2 weeks ago, I got a new betta fish. for some reason I have been having a lot of trouble with hair algae- it could be that Ned is eating all the microorganisms that used to be living in the tank. I'm not sure why. I've read online that shrimp eat hair algae, but I'm nor sure if my tank is...
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    Planaria in tank- should I remove them or let them be?

    I was curious about the different species of microorganisms that live in my tank, so I decided to do some research. I figured out that I have hydras, copepods, and planaria. I'm not concerned about the copepods, and I kind of think the hydras are cool, but I'm kind of concerned about the...
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    Is found driftwood safe?

    So the other day I was going on a walk with my dog, and she started chewing on this wonderful piece of driftwood. it was the root base of a tree, and I'd love to put it in my 5 gallon. I've heard of people putting wild driftwood in their tanks, but I'm not sure how safe it is. The body of water...
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    Adopt a Betta

    Recently my Betta fish died, so I've been looking around on the internet for good places to adopt betta fish (I don't want to do Pet stores that keep their bettas in non filtered/heated places). It seems like there aren't many non-mail order ways to adopt betta fish, but if you guys have any...
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    Bloat in betta confusion

    I've posted a new thread in here like every day lol So, I've mentioned this problem in a different post, but the focus was mostly on water parameters and fin fungus (I've fixed the cycle by adding filter media from my beefy 20 gallon and I've added a dechlorinator that also detoxifies nitrites...
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    Ammonia in tap water

    I recently tested my tap water for ammonia, and I found that it was 1ppm. I have one fully cycled 20 gallon tank that is consistently at 0ppm for ammonia, and one new tank that is partially cycled (long story, I thought it was cycled and apparently it's not, however the ammonia levels are less...
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    fin fungus and constipation on betta

    My betta fish has had a swollen belly for the past month or so. It stared when I fed him an extra bloodworm at night after his normal meal in the morning. He usually just has one meal a day. After researching a bit, I figured it was constipation, so I fasted him for around two days, and went...
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    Rachel introduction

    Hi! I’m Rachel. I’ve had fish and snail tanks since I was 8 years old or so, and I’m 18 now. Even though I’ve had fish tanks for so long, I wouldn’t say I’m that experienced. It has only really become a hobby recently, before that I had just had a breeding pair of albino bristlenose plecos and a...
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    plant i can’t id

    I got a new 5 gal planted tank for my choir class’s pet betta fish, and i got this plant thinking it was an Anacharis, but after cross referencing a photo I found online with the plant that’s in my tank, I realized I had gotten the wrong plant, and I can’t find a picture of this plant anywhere...