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    Possible Cotton Fin - Swordtail

    Thankyou very much for the help! Sadly Luigi did not make it through the night (Weds), which we are absolutely devastated about because he was such a lovely fish. We only changed the water 2 weeks ago but will follow your advice just to keep the tank as clean as possible. Will also clean the...
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    Possible Cotton Fin - Swordtail

    Our magnificent male Swordtail Luigi seems to have lost some of his very long sword and appears to have what looks like Cotton Fin - I just want to confirm it. He's usually very macho and struts his stuff but he's definitely stressed out and I want to help him ASAP. Any help would be...
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    Shy Black Phantoms?

    We've got two live plants so far, slowly replacing our fakes with real ones as the tank matures! They do like lurking beneath our bigger plant!
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    Shy Black Phantoms?

    Yeah just the two of them currently - I did think they may be feeling a bit intimidated, I'm going to look into putting some more Black phantoms in there with them to bulk it up to six of them. I love our Swordtails but I don't want to over crowd the tank, I may have to swap them for the BPT's -...
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    Shy Black Phantoms?

    You can see one of the Black Phantom Tetras at the back, and the other on the other picture a bit closer up (he just seems to dwell in one spot, bobbing about) which is weird as they weren't like this at all before we got the latest additions?
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    Shy Black Phantoms?

    I'll try and grab some now - the Tetras have been in there since November, they were the first batch - it's only since this new lot have joined? Maybe I'm over thinking it - my other half says I'm worrying too much and they are probably very happy lurking beneath their big new plant!
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    Shy Black Phantoms?

    Hi all! Hope everyone is managing through yet another lockdown here in the U.K! Just wanted to get some thoughts on my Black Phantom Tetras! We've had our tank around 2 months now and we're really pleased. We got our latest additions around 4/5 weeks ago which were two Red Honey Gouramis and a...
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    First time fish keeper - but need some help!

    I'm excited indeed! Yeah the seller at the aquarists did say that they would be having babies along the way. We have an incubator for when that happens and he said he'd be happy to have them from us should we not want to keep them! The two Swordtails don't seem massively infatuated with each...
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    First time fish keeper - but need some help!

    Ha! Yes me and the Mrs are already considering another tank after Christmas - I think we're in dangerous territory now! 😂 Yes in hindsight we'd have kept the old filter in for a bit, we did add some filter boost for the new one when we started. I suppose it's all part of the learning curve! We...
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    First time fish keeper - but need some help!

    I'm getting there with the tank shots... I hope!
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    First time fish keeper - but need some help!

    Hey all! Another quick update - the tank is going really well and everything is as it should be. The levels have dropped and everything seems to be flattening out! We took a sample for testing at our local and he said everything came back good and healthy and said it would be safe to add some...
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    First time fish keeper - but need some help!

    Thanks - Absolutely - I'm ready for my Christmas break in a few weeks! This year's been tough! At least we've got some lovely little fish to brighten the year up 😂
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    First time fish keeper - but need some help!

    Hey guys! Big update - been a while since I've been on. Ended up doing a ton of hours this week at work so my lovely other half has been tending to our fish! I've not had chance to get on here! We've been testing every day and everything so far still seems safe. Ammonia levels are still safe as...
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    First time fish keeper - but need some help!

    Massive thanks for the reply! We replaced the foam filter straight away before we got it running so we had a clean start. The gravel that came with the tank had been cleaned and separated so we ran cold water over it before we put it in and then added a bag of our own pink gravel over the top...
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    First time fish keeper - but need some help!

    Brilliant! Thanks for your help, definitely onto something there I think, think we were quite reserved on how many to start off with, think we'll go back tomorrow and get a few more - the owner of the shop was very helpful and he did say that it wouldn't be a problem at all getting more! Since I...
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    First time fish keeper - but need some help!

    Yeah the test we took this morning is for pH, KH, GH, NO2, NO3 and Ci2 and they all came back safe. Had they not come back safe we wouldn't have bought anything today. Since my first post the orange guppy has come out and seems to be happy swimming about, maybe they are just getting used to the...
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    First time fish keeper - but need some help!

    Hi all, first time posting here so thought I'd introduce myself! Me and my Mrs have recently bought a 64L tank that's in great condition and nice and clean. It came with everything needed, including filters, heater and lights. We got it Monday evening and got it all set up and ready. We put in...
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