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  1. Nosphaer

    How Is This Happening?

    Hi, everyone. I've had my tank set up with fish in it for what has be a month and a half, at least. Things have been relatively well, and I've had a handful of rough discoveries that led to a bit more knowledge and understanding. What I'm getting to is simple: the trend of very acidic water in...
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    Sad Hornwort?

    Hi, everyone. I have a bunch of hornworts, and I thought they were flourishing, because they practically all have these vibrant red-pink frills on top that are very erect, almost like toothbrush bristles. They all still do! However, they're losing tons of "needles", from bottoms upward. I...
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    So Meaaaaaaan

    One of my rasboras was swimming about. A large amano, for some reason, touched the fish's tailfin with one of its front legs, giving the rasbora quite a shock, and the fish acted out social revenge by chasing the shrimp into a terracotta pot. I don't fear for either of them, but I thought this...
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    Kuhli Loaches

    So, I brought in four kuhli loaches today, and they seem to be doing decently. I just walked out of the room a moment ago (it was right around 11PM at the time), and turned the lights on by accident, and I saw two kuhlis that were exploring together land down to the sand to hide. They're so...
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    Shrimp Waste

    I have two amano shrimp in my tank and two red cherries. In the areas where they hang out, which are primarily near plants and driftwood, there are hundreds of little, tiny black bits, all somewhat ovular in shape and uniform in size. I am nearly certain that this is shrimp waste, and they are...
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    Very Sneaky Shrimp.

    Hey, everyone. On Sunday, I brought home a crypt. Ciliata, and some Java Moss. I also was adoring the LFS' small remnant of amano and cherry shrimp. They had been living in the LFS' tank for a bit over a week, now, and were showing mobility, and contentedness with their Java Moss. I took home...
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    Sold To Me As Java Moss... Is It?

    Hi, everyone. I know I shouldn't have trouble with identifying java moss, and I'm gonna attempt a good scan of the stuff for ID. Anyhow, I went to a lovely LFS yesterday, and I picked up some plants - Crypt. Ciliata and Java Moss - since I just got my 10000k lamp. The java moss doesn't really...
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    Sudden Blobbing Of Something On Inner Glass...

    Hi, everyone. Over the last few days, nothing abnormal has happened to my fishtank, so I would have to call a recent happening "sudden". I was observing the fish I have, when I suddenly noticed some faint, somewhat transparent blobs of what looks slightly like bacteria colonization on the inner...
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    Ph Is Scary! D:

    Hello, everyone... I've been testing my pH, and the water around here seems to be naturally acidic after some time out of the tap... It's about 6.0, and that's exactly what I'm reading in my tank. Is there anything I can, or even should do about this? I mean, I have snails, for one thing. I...
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    Snail Behavior And Coloration

    Hi, everyone. I have a 40 gallon breeder tank with 5 rasboras and 2 blue mystery snails, all of which I have yet to identify by gender. I have been keeping a close eye on all my inhabitants, and the fish have honestly been doing amazingly. They have been faring well, and showing no signs of...
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    Feeding... Kale?

    Hi, everyone. I have a small school of rasboras in my tank, along with two little apple snails. My water leans toward acidic sometimes, so the snails, and possibly the fish will both deserve a supply of natural calcium. Has anyone here fed their fish kale? Does it need to be blanched before...
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    A Cycling Log

    I have realized that I'm an impatient person, so I wanted to leave this here, to allow me to get help and end any confusion. I have had the tank's water dosed with ammonia to about 4-5ppm for a week now. After adding two sources of what seemed like mature media, one being an entire, supposedly...
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    Ammonia - Ammonium

    I dosed my tank with stress coat plus after adding a piece of driftwood to my tank. I hadn't thought about it then, but this could have turned the ammonia into ammonium. Do I need to dose the water again to have any success? (EDIT - I'm cycling the tank on a fishless run, right now)
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    Filter Press Water For Cycling?

    I got some water (Pale green, lots of dark sediment settled at the bottom) from a local hobbyist's filter cleaning, from a mature tank. Will adding it in give me any beneficial bacteria? It is fresh... I would like to know before it becomes "not-fresh", as one would say.
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    Some Basic, Bitty, Preliminary Questions.

    Hi, everyone, Yesterday I dosed some ammonia in my tank, since I'll be getting a bit of mature media from a generous local hobbyist, next week... When adding mature media, should I take the chunk of the filter that I was given, and rub it all over the wheel in my biowheel, or will simply...
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    What Wouldn't Precisely Be Fish-In Cycling

    I'm gonna get some mature filter media from a nearby hobbyist this week, but I'll be gone, from Friday afternoon to Sunday evening, and I'm having a little bit of trouble of thinking on what I want to do. My idea, made with advice from my boyfriend (another hobbyist), has become one of two...
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    Sand, Then Water?

    This is such a stupid question, but I'm too scared to take a guess at this, and I couldn't find a thread on the topic in the first 2 pages, when searching for "Add the sand first" For my 40Gallon Breeder, would it be cleaner to add the sand and pour water over it, or should I try to add in...
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    Room Temperature

    Hi, everyone, I live in the part of California, where we have the supposed privilege of temperatures in the summer that reach 110F/~40C To add to that, it is still winter, and the heater is almost always on (Not influenced by my own preferences; trust me). The lovely design of this house makes...
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    Lighting?

    Hello, I wanted to classify a level of lighting, so I wanted an affirmation from another person. The lighting fixture that will be used for a tank is a 4-foot-long, 120 volt, 40 watt, 60 hz light. In general terms, is this "Low", "Medium", or "High" lighting? (EDIT - How silly of me! I forgot...
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    Painting The Back Of A Fish Tank

    Hi, everyone, My boyfriend's laptop is still being repaired, and it probably wont be on it's way back for a while. I'm speaking on behalf of Onidrase, for all who are familiar with him. He's getting a 55 Gallon tank, and he wants to know what variety of paint he needs to use for the fishtank...
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