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    Question About Moving House

    Hello,   I am moving house next week, I went into my LFS today and they handed me a huge polystyrene box I assume the fish arrives with them in.   I have a question that (embarrassingly) didn't cross my mind at the time.  Do I half fill the box with tank water and just put the fish in the box...
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    Smoke/steam! Is It Safe? Advice Appreciated

    After i turned the tank back on after a water change, I was watching the fish and suddenly I heard a sort of hissing noise, then I opened the lid and I swear I saw smoke or steam rising from the water (no fish died) Im now petrified of either killing the fish due to no power or burning my...
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    Are Tetras Resistant To Meds?

    After a long cycle I set up my tank the other day. Everything was going well. But I found ich on one of my new ember tetras last night which no doubt means they will all have it when I get home, I am fairly annoyed by this as my tank is spotless and the water levels are spot on (api test kit)  ...
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    Meet Nemo.....

    Meet my new fighter   (he is in a community tank, I know many disagree with this, but I cant really justify the costs of a tank for a single fish - just my personal view and he is only in with a few pgymy corys and some tetras, he has the run of a fairly lightly populated tank)      Oh and the...
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    Keeping An Empty Tank Cycled For A Few Weeks

    Hello folks   I am currently at the end of a fishless cycle, (so no more annoying questions for at least a while) I am adding the final dose of ammonia tonight and I expect the tank to be ready for fish very soon.  However I am going away at the end of this week til the early new year and I was...
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    Furry Growth On Wood

    Hello,   Im currently approaching the end of fairly long cycle and I noticed several lumps of what I would call fur growing on one of the pieces of wood in the tank     Is that anything to worry about? Ive never noticed it in any of my previous tanks     Thanks for the help guys
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    What Are Literally The Most Hardy Plants You Can Get?

    Hello folks,   I am trying to set up a small tank with as little maintenance and tech as possible, as I just don't have much time outside of work at the moment.  I do want to plant it though  and I was just wondering what plants grow best with basic set ups?   I just want a few simple plants...
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    Vinyl Backgrounds

    Hello guys,   I have been told that if I want a black background, I would be best to get the adhesive vinyl backgrounds sign makers use... this isnt an issue but I was just wondering if you folks tend to get a gloss or matte finish?   Would a shiny one look a bit silly?       Also a lot of them...
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    Red Moor Wood

    Hello folks,     Sorry for another annoying thread but I was wondering if many of you use red moor wood?  I saw a few quite nice pieces on ebay and I was wondering if I should pick this up.   I have read some people saying this sort of wood can be a real pain at times and I thought I would see...
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    What Should I Keep With Pygmy Corydoras?

    if I had to pick a favourite tropical fish I would have to say Pygmy's. I could never get them where I used to live but I have found them locally now.        I am planning a simple tank, 68l or so with only a few basic fish.  The center piece of this will be my Pygmys   I was just wondering what...
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    Anyone From The North East? (England)

    Hello   I recently moved to just outside Hartlepool.  I was wondering if many posters are from the North East?   I was wondering what stores locals like to use?  Hartlepool has a store called metaquatics  but they don't answer the phone and it was closed when I visited so maybe it is no more.  ...
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    My First "proper" Aquarium

    I started a thread on the forum last night,  I recently moved to the other end of the country to take a job.  I have had a few bigish tanks in the past, but really I was very much a beginner.  Last night, I was asking about a very small cheap tank that I could run over here in my room that...
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    Small Betta Tanks

    I have kept fish for a while, usually in big tanks.  But I moved away for a job recently and don't really have the time for a proper tank anymore.  I was in my local (very reputable) fish store recently and I saw this...
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    My First "proper" Tank

    I had a small tank, that was 60 litres, it was in my student house. I moved home recently and I randomly ended up with a much larger one. I liked my first attempt at a tank but I am very happy with my new one. Its a reasonably sized tank, I have a good thick substrate and lots of plants...
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    My New Fighter Tiber

    I had an amazing fighter called Attila but well he got himself into a freak accident with the filter. I got a new, bigger tank a few weeks ago and I was in pets at home yesterday buying some plants when a fighter caught my eye, he isnt very healthy, he has a bit of a shreaded tail and...
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    Planting Advice

    So I have unexpectedly been given a larger tank, which was great, water, fish, filter etc. was transferred directly from my old (yet virtually brand new) tank and everything seems to have gone fine. However my last tank was very lightly planted and now that I have this new larger tank- 120l...
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    Filter For 120L Tank

    Hi, My dad has randomly given me a tank twice the size of my current one. I am pleased with this, its a bit dirty and needs a bit of work but its a good tank. The filter appears to be on its last legs though, I was wondering could anyone recommend what size/type of filter would be needed for...
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    Do You Like My New Fighter- Attilla?

    This is my new fighter Attilla: I bought him last night, I must admit that I have never been a massive fan of fighting fish and never really planned to add one to my tank but the moment I saw this one I knew I had to get him, I think he is amazing :) What do you guys think?
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    The Frog And The Great Escape

    So I am currently sitting in the University Library, I just got a call from my housemate to give me some news..... He said he saw a furry thing on the hallway floor, he presumed it was a spider, he went over to get rid of it and discovered it was the African drawf frog I bought today! He was...
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    Concerned About My Guppy

    Hello all; Just noticed my pregnant female guppy this morning looking incredibly off colour; in addition to this she has a very visible red blotch towards her anal fin; it is also quite large. Furthermore her belly seems quite square and is now very large. I should also add that there is a red...
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