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  1. mbbowman

    Returning to the Fish World

    I get it - you dislike curved tanks. In my space, a rectangle may not be the best option. What are the favorite tank manufacturers these days?
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    Returning to the Fish World

    What makes tanks leak? I had a tank set up for 6 years and never had an issue. What other corner options are there?
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    Returning to the Fish World

    Oh! And here are my most recent well water tests.
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    Returning to the Fish World

    Hi! I was a member here long ago, back when I had a lovely 38 gallon plantic tank with my favorite Botia kubotai and tiger barbs. Between two moves and building a house, my tank has set empty for probably 6 or so years. We finally finishing our basement, and now my eyes are set towards a new...
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    Koi Has Black And White Stuff In Swollen Gill

    Nevermind...poor fish has expired :(
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    Koi Has Black And White Stuff In Swollen Gill

    Now it's just black stuff...almost looks like potting soil. He's still not doing well. I almost feel like I could dig it out with a tweesers, but I have nothing to sedate him with and he's so small I'm afraid I might damage him more.
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    Koi Has Black And White Stuff In Swollen Gill

    Size of aquarium/pond - 50-60 gallons Types of fish - 1 comet (2in), 2 shubunkins (2in) 1 common koi (3in) Filtration used and how do you clean it and how often - Right now we just have a small pump with a sponge filter for our rock water fall. The fish generally hang out under the water fall...
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    Von Rio Tetra Full Of Eggs?

    Well, geez, I'm sorry I bothered you all to begin with, since no one bothered to even give me an idea. FYI, the scales started sticking out so I assumed dropsy and euthanized the fish. Bye.
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    Filtration/heating for small tanks/bowls

    Hi everyone, I am new to the Betta world, and have just purchased a lovely CT Betta from my LFS. He is blue, green, red, and purple! I wanted a fish that I could keep in a small container on my desk at work, and a betta seemed like just the right fit. Right now he's in a decorative bowl, but I...
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    Von Rio Tetra Full Of Eggs?

    Hi everyone, I have 5 von rio tetras in my tank. Four I've had for about a year. The last one, which I purchased back in early winter, was always larger than the rest. Today I noticed that this fish appears to have swallowed a balloon! Is she full of eggs? All of the other tetras are skinny as...
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    Tank Is Sick

    Update this morning. Except for my (favourite) platy, everyone was swimming this morning, and everyone did have breakfast. My one loach didn't really go after the bloodworms as I expected, so I'm hoping he got something. The one platy that I have in the breeder net is still sitting at the...
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    Tank Is Sick

    I have city water. My city does not add chlorine or chloramine. I know, I know, but trust me, it's the truth. I have tested it repeadedly. We live in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by farms. I've had the same fish in the same hard, alkaline water for over a year - that's just the way it is...
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    Tank Is Sick

    38 US gallon tank with odessa barbs, rosy barbs, von trio tetras, platys, and 3 B. kubotai loaches. Almost every fish is acting sick, and I have no clue what is wrong with them. There is absolutely nothing visiably wrong with these fish. I noticed the platys started to clamp their fins a...
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    Odessa Barbs

    LOL! Thanks! If it makes you feel any better, one of my cats did go for a swim in the tank a while back ;-).
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    Odessa Barbs

    I just bought 4 Odessa barbs and I'm enjoying them so much I may just have to go get more (to even out the sexes). Mine are teeny tiny right now though, barely an inch, if that! Love them thus far! They will eat *anything* and everything! :good:
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    Odessa Barb Sexing Coloring Issues

    Hi everyone, I just picked up 4 odessa barbs (3m, 1f) and 4 rosy barbs (2f, 2m). They're just under an inch, and both species are stunning, but these odessas are just awesome! I bought them on a whim, and am already enjoying them. They are very small right now but already the males are showing...
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    Columnaris In Platys

    Yes, I'm sure there's no chlorine in my water. Most people don't believe me, but then they've never lived in rural western WI ;-). Strange folk live here you know. I'm from NJ and NYC originally; I've only been out here 5 years, so I still find much of what people do - or don't do - out here a...
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    Columnaris In Platys

    We don't have chlorine or chloramine (sp?) in our water, so I don't use dechlorinator. At all. Now that the rules concerning nitrate output have changed, our town will be building a new water treatment facility so eventually we will have water with no nitrate either, which will be SO nice...
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    Columnaris In Platys

    Possible columnaris? 1. Water parameters. (ammonia, nitrate, nitrite, PH, temp', Hardness etc) Ammonia & Nitrite: none detected Nitrate: 20ppm (our tap water has 10ppm or more...will be switching to RO water soon) pH: 8.0 Hardness: our water is very hard, but I dont have an exact measurement...
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