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  1. CaptainBarnicles

    Why are we afraid of algae?

    I wasn't sure where to put this so mods please relocate if need be. I see so many people stressing about algae growth and creating so many unnecessary issues in their tanks because they're adding copious amounts of who-knows-what to their water to try and get rid of it. For the new and...
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    Sex my friends angelfish

    I've never kept them and I'm rubbish at telling the difference so can someone help us out please?
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    Title change

    One can't figure it out, please help!
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    At last, a bit of rain

    It's pouring outside after weeks of dry weather, what a relief! Saw this dove just chilling in the fat raindrops, looks like he appreciates it too!
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    Sparring rainbowfish

    Here you go, my rubbish attempt at a video! I don't know how these pros do it, I just don't have the patience and ability to faff for days on end with editing etc 🤷‍♀️ enjoy!
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    BBA and excess nutrients

    I'm not convinced Black Beard is linked to excess nutrients in the water column. I think it's light that is the major contributer here....or at least, it was in my case. My fluval plant was running somewhere between 50-60% and I was dosing 200l TNC lite once a week. The black beard just...
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    What has laid these? I have rainbows, cherry barbs and a krib pair in here...I also have a few pond snails
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    Why don't my cherry barbs school?

    There's 7 females and one male (I'd like a few more males) but they're all over the tank instead of with each other, I thought they were a schooling fish? Not that I'm bothered particularly, they obviously feel comfortable enough in their environment to not feel the need to with each other I'm...
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    Help me read my nitrate please

    I didn't know where to ask this, sorry if nits not where I supposed to be 😬 My eyes are playing up this morning (stupid covid) can you tell me where I'm working at please?
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    Margot mowing the lawn

    Just thought I'd share this most excellent photo I just took of our Jack Russell Margot, showing off her lovely green paws after helping Daddy give the lawn its last cut (hopefully) ❤
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    Nymphaea lotus

    I had an accident 😩 I decided to move my lotus to the other end of the tank where there's more light and swap it with a crypt that would do well in the 'shade'...I'm not in the habit of moving plants after I've planted them unless they would benefit which I believed they both would...I trimmed...
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    This is weird, but are there any adults with ADHD here who would be willing to share their experience and day to day living with ADHD with me? It doesn't have to be here, it could be privately if you prefer...thanks ❤
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    Cory type fish for hard water?

    My water is in the 300s out the tap, it's super hard so I'm very limited as to what I can stock....I was wondering if there's something I can add to stir up the substrate a bit? I have a few amanos and my kribs do well at sifting through the substrate for yummies but it would be nice to have...
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    Floating plants

    I cannot keep floating plants alive 😭 I suspect its because my water is super hard but honestly I don't have a clue! I've tried water lettuce, which did grow and multiply but by the time the new plant was half way matured the mother plant was melting and perishing... Salvinia...same sort of...
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    Sunset dwarf rainbowfish

    The male and his 2 females have been acting very strange lately and I've not had a clue what's going on as admittedly I've not had a lot of experience with fish illness, apart from worms, ICH on one occasion and dealing with a bit of constipation I've not had any sick fish thankfully...
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    Tank imbalance, all sorts of algae

    Ammonia : 0 Nitrite : 0 Nitrate : 5 PH : 8 Hardness out the tap : liquid rock (see photo) Temp : 82 We've been struggling with covid over the last 3 weeks so I've been slacking a bit with maintenance admittedly...having a good look today and it's an absolute mess with algae of all types...I can...
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    Amano giving birth

    Don't laugh at my rubbish filming skills...too much 😂🤪
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    Help me position my new plants...

    So my crinum calamistratum has arrived this morning along with my red tiger lotus....but I'm having difficulty placing them! I know that the crinum can't be moved once it's been planted as they don't appreciate it one bit so I want to get it right the first time...I was thinking either in the...
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    Only had him since Saturday, the water change I did Sunday stressed him out and today I notice this on his mouth and the top of his pectoral fins... It looks white and a tad fuzzy....
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    Look at my rock!

    Just thought I'd share a picture of my dragon rock, its covered in algae of all sorts which is fine by me as it adds to the natural look....but look at the top... There's little white rings! Almost like lichen? I wonder what it is? Does anyone have a clue?