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  1. Naterjm

    A side note from my return…

    I’m not going to say what area or beach I was at… But I was wading through the water and checking out the local sea life… Hermit crabs EVERYWHERE. Ranging is size from 1/4” to 3/4” sometimes up to 1”. Literally stand in one spot and see 5-6 of them in choppy low visibility water. Got me...
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    Welcome from the east coast of Canada!

    We’re partially settled in. Just wanted to stop by and say hi, wish everyone well! I’m more than a few months away from even considering setting up a tank, but the thoughts are always percolating in that realm. Anyways, thought I’d share a photo with ya, I’m not sure how many of you are fans...
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    My new aquarium setup!!!

    That’s right! I no longer have an aquarium! I know right? BOOOOOOO! I’m getting out of the hobby temporarily. My family and I are making a huge change in our lives, we’ve sold our house here in Ontario, Canada. Taking advantage of the out of control real estate market here, and we’ve bought a...
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    Fish are friends AND food…

    I don’t care what finding Nemo says… I’m taking my second crack at cold smoked salmon, except I’m using Arctic char, because well, the price of salmon is super crazy and the local farmed trout was on ‘special’, which is not something you want to buy to eat. 60 hour cure, 24 hour dry time in...
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    General tank Maintenance and cleaning supply lines…

    Had to replace the supply lines to my Fluval 207 when I put the new tank in. Just wanted to put out some feelers to some other people here and find out how often you clean the supply lines in and out of the filter (canister). I cleaned the media in tank water this past Sunday. I think the time...
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    Ich outbreak in quarantine tank.

    I’m coping with it. just wanted throw this out there again (only to drive home the point to new comers to the hobby) that a quarantine or hospital tank is absolutely necessary. bought some fish from a LFS. After 4 days, ich outbreak. Spotting and diagnosing fish disease is not my area of...
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    Otocinclus and driftwood…

    Long story as short as possible… had 5 otos in my 20 long with an old decaying piece of driftwood. When it came time to upgrade to my 38 long, I found all 5, which was strange because I didn’t think I had any left. in the past, I’ve had otos that would graze on algae all day long, algae wafers...
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    What else do you do?

    I’ve got a few hours left of watching my parameters and water after my tank swap. I’m sure this topic has been done before, but hell, let’s bring it up again. you guys and gals obviously keep fish, that’s why you’re here. what else do you do? personally, keeping fish is very small part of my...
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    Long time no see…

    Hey guys and gals. hope all is well. I’m just about to get started on up sizing, moving and setting up the new tank. Using the same stand, but I’m upgrading from a 20 long to a 38 tall boy that has the same dimensions for the base. Changing out my driftwood, as the one I have is just ready to...
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    Man, life gets busy... but here’s what I’ve been up to...

    Bullet points here: #1 - I missed all of you guys, but I can’t spare a second to spend here on the forum. #2 - I’ve passed responsibilities to my boy for daily feeding. But my 20 gal has turned into a breeding tank for assassin snails. I’ll try to make a profit off that soon enough. #3 - My...
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    Old tank syndrome?

    So the YouTube thing got me onto a couple videos about this “old tank syndrome” thing. I’ll preface this post by saying that I have NOT done my homework entirely on this subject... So I’m after long time fish keepers input on this one as part of my reading. Essentially, what I’ve been able to...
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    Learn to drive...

    Whether you’re a young, new driver. Or an older experienced driver who has become complacent... you need to learn to drive. Or re-learn to drive. This WILL be a public service announcement type post... On Friday morning, I was stopped at a red light. Above fifty feet behind me and to my right...
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    Acrobatic Assassin Snails!?

    I was checking on my tank tonight, it timed out that it was seconds before my timer shut the light off... just before lights out, something caught my eye, it was one of my assasssin snails surfing on the surface of the water.... He was upside down, somehow attached himself to the surface...
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    My first attempt at gravlax/gravlox

    My wife bought me a side of salmon so we could try curing and cold smoking it. I found a recipe online, added a few more spices, and even added a tiny bit of my curing salts. recipe called for 2 days of curing, I did 3. I’m worried that the salmon side was too thick for that recipe as it still...
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    Sick Panda?!

    Picked up 4 panda corydoras to put into my 10gal quarantine tank today. curbside pickup, from a locker box, usually a fantastic LFS. before I went to pick them up, I did a major gravel vac and water change of 75%. this tank is fully cycled, all the normal readings ammonia is 0, nitrite is0...
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    10gal planted setup for hard water fish

    I’ll try to keep this short. currently this tank is being used for quarantine. I’m picking up a few panda corydoras tomorrow that will be occupying this tank for the next few weeks. this tank is currently being supplied with mostly RO water as my tap water is very hard. however, once the...
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    Heater or no heater? That is A question...

    I’m running a 100w heater in my 20gal. I believe it’s overkill. But here is my logic and an example of why I think it’s suitable. Point #1: the fish I am keeping do not require temperatures above what the ambient room temperature keep the water at. for some time now I have been monitoring The...
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    Panda Cories acting funny

    The last two days my panda cories have taken on a new behaviour. I only have two and was planning on getting a few more when I can find them locally. they have started hanging out in the corner of the tank, it’s very open area there, not much in the way of hardscape. anyways, they get close...
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    Heater or no heater?

    I’ve been working my tail off trying to finish off jobs before the holidays for the last few weeks. It’s getting down to crunch time, and kids are in bed, presents are wrapped and ready to go under the tree. So I have a bit of time before I hit the sack for the night. I popped onto YouTube and...
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    Algae ID help

    I got home from work early this evening. Decided I would grab a beer and just sit in front of my tank and watch the neons go crazy because they think it’s dinner time. Upon looking closely at my Christmas moss, I noticed the Centers of the plants were starting to look very fuzzy, and bright...
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