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    Two Firemouths in quarantine tank - best practices?

    Hi, I am in the process of working to stock my 125 gallon tank, and trying to do my due diligence by not tossing everything directly into the 125 from the get-go, but instead putting everything through the 20g quarantine tank first. The 20g is relatively heavily planted and has a resident...
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    125 gallon wall-hole tank

    This thread is much much overdue, but I am happy to report that good progress has been made!!! A few of you probably remember the first shots of the tank: Nice overall, but far from level! We ended up shoving a couple of carpet squares under the front corners - I was hesitant to get wood...
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    You know what's cold?

    The water coming out of the cold tap during this polar vortex!!! Holy heck I'm surprised it doesn't freeze as it comes out of the tap lol. I suppose it's probably the same temp it is most of the winter, but it feels colder than normal. Then again, everything feels colder than normal right now...
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    Stringy White Poop from Black Skirt Tetra, fish appears ok

    Hi, I have 10 black skirt tetras in quarantine since 1/15. All fish appear well, and the only fish I have been somewhat concerned about to date is a fish that is paler than the others and likes to "hover" more than the rest of the fish, but does not have any obvious signs of being unwell. That...
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    leveling a 125 gallon tank

    Hi Everyone, finally got the 125 set up and leak tested, and though it was level on the stand empty, uneven compression in the carpet showed the ugly reality. I have a ton of pictures and a video below since I can't have you guys show up in my living room and take a look, but here's some...
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    What is a planted/silent cycle?

    So ya got yourself a fish tank, and now you're wondering how to cycle it. You have a few options: 1) Fishless cycle: Set up your substrate and filter (decorations and plants are optional), buy pure ammonia, add enough to your tank to read 3ppm, wait. Full instructions here...
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    Planted/silent cycling

    So ya got yourself a fish tank, and now you're wondering how to cycle it. You have a few options: 1) Fishless cycle: Set up your substrate and filter (decorations and plants are optional), buy pure ammonia, add enough to your tank to read 3ppm, wait. Full instructions here...
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    Not exactly textbook....

    Hi guys, Some of you have probably heard reference to the 20gallon that I set up recently and intended to silent cycle. On getting the most recent feedback on the tank, I bought a large water sprite and on impulse, a mystery snail, figuring even if the tank isn't cycled how much ammonia can a...
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    Bug report: new editor top row buttons not working on mobile

    Hi, I am having an issue with the new editor when on my phone,the formatting and insert buttons on the top row of the editor are greyed out and I can't select any of them. For pictures, the "attach files" at the bottom of the editor works and is the workaround I use when adding pictures from my...
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    I almost didn't screw it up!!

    So they might have stuck together... And they might not have risen as much as they were supposed to (until they were in the oven apparently lol) but, hopefully they are at least edible!! These are all gifts so I have none left over to try :( recipe was supposed to make 4 but as mentioned it...
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    The life of a 20 gallon Quarantine Tank

    yesssss I finally get to start one of these :D This is how this tank project started, about two weeks ago now: Some supplies for the planned 125 gallon tank, and a 20 gallon kit tank that will be the QT to serve the 125! This was my first attempt at setting it up: I think @Naterjm will...
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    impatient about tank cloudiness :P

    This isn't really a post to ask for advice so much as to complain in a good natured way about what happens when you put sand in your tank :D I put the sand in yesterday, tossed in some water, didn't bother to run the filter since there's nothing in there, and lo and behold it's still cloudy...
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    How to walk away from a new tank for a few weeks

    Hi guys, As most of you know by now, I've slowly been working on getting the 20gal set up. Finally finished washing all the sand today, so that is probably going in on Monday while my kid is in daycare so it's not too enticing for him :D The plants I am hoping will arrive by Wednesday, and...
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    Found a cool video about water hardness

    Hi Guys, just watched this video, found it really informative. Bonus for US folks: it includes maps that give a general idea of hardness based on where you live. let me know what you think!
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    one or three blood parrots in 125gal?

    Hi Guys, we are working on figuring out our stocking list for the 125 gallon tank, and are trying to figure out the "right" number of blood parrots to get. On the one hand, one blood parrot will likely cause less trouble, but on the other hand, they are "peaceful" for a cichlid, so I'm...
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    driftwood fail

    This is just kind of funny, but there's a question underlying this as well. So as some of you probably know, I ended up with two massive pieces of driftwood when I went out to look at a tank I was going to buy that ended up not being a sale. One of the pieces of driftwood is solid and I have no...
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    ID for a catfish (I think)

    Hi, Sorry these pictures are terrible, they are off a video. We were looking at a fish tank the other day, and my son really liked whatever this "suckerfish" is. My fish expertise amounts to being able to tell the difference between a common plec and a bristlenose, and this is neither lol. I...
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    Cycling with Thanksgiving leftovers

    I am on the fence as far as how kidding I am here :D Hubby and I were on a drive today with toddler who decided to skip their nap today, and following the clear logic of two sleep deprived parents at their wit's end, we were having a conversation about cycling the 20gal QT. I was agonizing to...
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    USA folks: where you do get your plants online?

    so even my awesome LFS's selection of plants is tiny, underwhelming and expensive, so I'm thinking I might be better off trying my hand at ordering plants online. That being said, I should probably order ASAP, because winter is coming.... I've found a couple of websites, and I wonder what your...
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    Look what I got

    This morning was the only time in my entire life so far that I have deliberately shown up for black friday shopping. I was waiting in line with one other lady who was also there for the same reason. But I got an fx6 for 50% off!!! I'm so excited!!!! I spent $250, and this is my haul (ignore the...
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