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    How to check calcium in freshwater tanks

    Thanks! I appreciate it!
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    How to check calcium in freshwater tanks

    I'm reading a lot of mixed reviews on calcium tests that can/cannot be used in freshwater tanks. I have 4 ghost shrimps. I want to make sure that they have enough calcium but read it can be just as bad to put too much in there... I don't want to put egg shells or cuttlebone in for them to eat if...
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    Pre-filter too loose

    I actually set aside a single portion in a pill box container (one of those 7-day ones). I washed and dried it so no residue. But that way they can't under or overfeed. :) Thanks for the concern though. I usually put my filter on one end or the other but with this particular lid, I have no...
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    Pre-filter too loose

    I forgot to mention that I tried floating plants twice. The ref roots all died. The duckweek is almost gone. Took a while to realize the silly plastic piece on top of the tank that the original lights sat on was milky and the probably likely not enough light getting through. For now I took it...
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    Pre-filter too loose

    The tank is DEFINITELY cycled. I wouldn't put anything in an uncycled tank. Did it twice... once in college and once sadly not that long ago and it worked out... but never ever again. It has a lid that came with it (I bought it used and did a massive clean up of it this summer... very thorough...
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    Pre-filter too loose

    It's a 10 gallon, lowest setting, I try to keep the water high though it evaporates pretty quickly. I have a plastic bottle baffle as well. I have one in a 5.5 as well, but it's a different kind of betta and he was almost twice the size and strong from being in the wrong kind of tank (oops...
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    Pre-filter too loose

    Interesting! I'll consider it!
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    Pre-filter too loose

    I'm worried it won't impede the flow as much as a fine sponge. I hav a rough sponge on it now and it' still too strong. Albeit he seems to be having less trouble today, even... possibly gaining some strength from swimming around. The couple of times he's gone near, he got away a lot easier. But...
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    Pre-filter too loose

    What kind of foam would you use? Needs to be safe... and wouldn't foam keep the intake tube from... well... taking anything at all in? Just curious.
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    Pre-filter too loose

    Interesting... I take it that goes around the pre-filter? What exactly is it? Could you maybe give me a link to something like it on Amazon or Walmart? I wouldn't really know what exactly to look for. I'd really appreciate it!
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    Pre-filter too loose

    That won't reduce the strength of the uptake, though. That's the whole point. I already have a rough sponge prefilter and the strength is still too strong if he wonders near it.
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    Pre-filter too loose

    He was thankfully from a LFS... brand new to our town. About time! He wasn't super confined, but it was maybe a 1 gallon with a sponge filter. Definitely the best set-up I've ever seen for selling bettas. Obviously not ideal, but the store has limited space. But it still doesn't give him a lot...
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    Pre-filter too loose

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000260FVG/?tag=ff0d01-20 AquaClear 20
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    Pre-filter too loose

    I got a new betta for my tank yesterday. Poor guy struggles by the intake valve. He's learning to avoid it but I don't want him to avoid any areas of the tank. I have a coarse sponge pre-filter on there already. I was discussing my issue on a betta discord and they suggested trying a finer foam...
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    ADF and occasional missed feeding days

    Thank you so much! Before tonight, I always read they couldn't go without food at all. Makes me feel a lot better! It's so hard to take care of pets with disabilities... I make sure I do the water changes... sometimes I will do the suctioning, and save the water dumps for the next day, but it...
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    ADF and occasional missed feeding days

    I'm going to be getting 2 African Dwarf frogs soon. I have a fully cycled 10 gallon with lots of hideaways (and one last one coming), silk plants, one baby crypto in a planter, and duckweed starting to grow. I plan on getting 4 ghost shrimp and 1 betta. (Don't worry. I have a backup plan in case...
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    What is going on?

    @ChasingFish @Rocky998 Thanks guys. How could I forget that last step to the cycle? Okay this IS only my 2nd cycle ever but still I was a biology major emphasis on environmental studies with one class on aquatic ecology... but hey that class was 08 and I haven't needed nitrogen cycle stuff for...
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