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  1. Jan Cavalieri

    Lost 6 fish today and don't know why

    The fish lost were all my genetically engineered colored Tetras. Love the colors. Anyway - my assistant was gone this week due to illness so I had to do 70-80% water changes on both my tanks (one is 50 gallon, the problem one is 29 gallon) - If I haven't mentioned before I'm disabled and on...
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    How many different kind of Dojo loaches are there?

    Right now I have one 30 gallon tank and one 50 gallon tanks each with three golden Dojo loaches in them. At one time I had 4 tanks but have slowly downsized because the maintenance was killing me. I used to have 7 - so in over a year I've only lost one loach. They appear to be very hardy...
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    What do I do to lower Nitrites

    I have never had a rise of nitrites except when I was cycling a tank. I know they are bad for your fish. Ammonia is zero, Nitrites is 1.0, Nitrates are 0, and PH is 7. How do I get Nitrites to zero. Before the water change they were .25 and I told my assistant, don't worry that should...
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    I lost 17 fish today

    The loss occurred after a massive water change. I'm the one with the weird brown slime algae (it also turns white sometimes). My assistant was no longer under quarantine for COVID so she came over last night and did a water change on my 60 gallon tank. This tank primarily contains...
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    How Do You Know what to Stock

    I have one 29 gallon aquarium that only has 5 fish in it that I could easily move to other tanks. So far, I've only purchased fish with a "peaceful" demeaner, regardless of what kind of fish they are. When shopping for fish, it seems like Cichlids always seem to be very easy to find in the...
  6. Jan Cavalieri

    Over the back or canister filter?

    Due to brown, green and all other colors of algae my AquaClear filters are constantly clogging (roughly every 2-4 hours and it gets noisy) Would investing in an external canister make a difference? Would it work better, make less noise, have to be cleaned less often than daily, help with the...
  7. Jan Cavalieri

    I feel TERRIBLE

    Due to my disability I rarely do water changes but pay a good friend to do them for me. She's awesome. But she is out sick with a bad pulled tooth and 5 stiches so I have to start some of my water changes myself (it takes me about 4 hours - she can do it in 1 1/2 hours). We typically do a...
  8. Jan Cavalieri

    How to keep floating plants at bay

    I use a fair amount of floating plants because the fish enjoy hiding and napping in them and if I were to have any babies the new fry would have a place to hide. I've used java moss, frogbit and a number of other plants that don't mind floating and all they do is get sucked into the filter...
  9. Jan Cavalieri

    Recovering from a disaster

    A while back I forgot to turn off the heater during a water change - I caught it pretty quickly but the shock killed most of the fish in the tank. Looking at the heater filter cord and all the other cords around it - they basically melted. Then, around the same time, we were working on my new...
  10. Jan Cavalieri

    Trying to Understand what happened

    I've lost a lot of fish in two days -19 or 20. I just want to know if anybody else agrees with me so others can learn from my mistakes. I have two expensive water heaters with thermometers. In fact you set the heater with the thermometer. Two of my tanks have these because I was sick of...
  11. Jan Cavalieri

    Is this Bacterial Bloom? Ammonia off the charts 2 dead fish so far. HELP

    Ok yesterday we were cleaning some other tanks when fairly suddendly my 50 gallon tank turned cloudy. I immediately saw one YoYo loach die, about an hour later, my friend found the second YoYo loach dead and it really smelled - it was alive just an hour before. The water is getting more...
  12. Jan Cavalieri

    Why oh Why do these two tanks look so different!

    Sorry this is so poorly written but we're doing a water change later today and would like at least a couple comments: The first example is 'TANK A" the second example is 'TANK B" both taken today about 4 hours after feeding - the debris you see on the ground in both tanks is mostly empty snail...
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    Oh dear, Gourami trying to mate

    I have at least two male blue Gourami trying to mate with a single female. I'm not going to intentionally keep the offspring because of their size - I just bought a larger tank because we had 3 large gourami live with the last litter and within a month were nearly the size of their parents...
  14. Jan Cavalieri

    Toilet issues

    When I do a water change (weekly/4 tanks) the dirty water goes into the toilet. This typically includes, small snails, small gravel, excess food, fish poop, dead plamts etc. Now I have a situation where the toilet behaves strangely - it flushes but not all the way and the back tank fills up...
  15. Jan Cavalieri

    Where have all the fishes gone?

    I need to restock my tanks but want to do it very carefully with fish I'm familiar with and fish I know will get on well. What I'm finding is that there are NO FISH TO BE FOUND other than the very most basic fish. Six months ago I could have filled my order without any problem - now I can't...
  16. Jan Cavalieri

    Problem with the Aquaclear 70 not snapping into position - any secret trick?

    I have nothing but Aquaclear filers 20, 50's and 70's - regardless of the filter I always fight snapping in that U tube so that it's level and the lid can fit on flat - if that doesn't happen the tube won't cover the impeller and the filter won't work. A few lucky times they've just snapped...
  17. Jan Cavalieri

    Are these snail eggs or babies or something else and how do I get rid of them?

    Covering my "spike' plants are a huge variety of snails - easy to pick off but after that your don with a slime colored plant. The slime sees to be clear and does seem to eventually kill or damage the plant. I'm just soaking the plants in the water along with the clear gel covering the...
  18. Jan Cavalieri

    Seasonal Availability

    Should I assume that fish have seasonal availability like plants or produce? I say that because I want to restock 2 tanks (one was one where the high PH killed half the fish - the other is one where a number of the fish have passed on due to age, bladder organ issues or fights (what is...
  19. Jan Cavalieri

    Strangest thing I've ever seen

    Due to my disabilities, my friend and I have been changing tanks together for several months, we both understand the important of cycling a tank but I did the first tank on my own (without fish and with ammonia). Now when there is a possibility we may need to cycle again or if we just need some...
  20. Jan Cavalieri

    I should have known better -is it true that you can't use most kinds of red rocks in an aquarium?

    Bought a new 55 gallon acrylic tank and they are so slow shipping I've been buying accessories for months - bought some red sandstone like rock and just opened it and realized this should probably not go in an aquarium but it was a bargain and said "sized for building caves" which is exactly...
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