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  1. attibones

    Questions About Temporary Tanks For Shrimp And Plants

    Hey everyone! I haven't been here in a long time. I've not been as active in the hobby for a while. Currently I don't have the funds for the fish I'd like to have. :) I do have my 35~ gallon and my 20 gallon long still up and running. They both are planted and have snails, but no fish. The 20...
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    Ultra Low Tech Tank For A Betta In Progress!

    Soon I'm going to be able to get my ten gallon situated again. I really want another betta. Petco had a giant king betta (like bigger than usual) with some excellent finnage. I want him, but I don't think he'll still be in the shop by the time I get this sorted.    I only plan on running a...
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    Thinking About Restocking

    Okay, so now that I'm mostly settled into my new apartment, and the tanks are almost functional again, I'm trying to get some ideas about stocking.    I popped into Petco today to price some water changer parts (online they had a good deal on the Aqueon's answer to the Python, but it was online...
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    Found A Bug In My Unused Gravel, Safe To Use?

    I'm thinking about putting a betta in my dirted (and empty) thirty-ish gallon, but there are a few spots where the dirt is exposed. I want to add a bit more gravel to cover these spots but I found a dead roach on my bag of gravel, but not inside it. It's an open bag which is why I'm concerned...
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    Planning For A Bigger Tank

    So after I move, I'm turning my presently empty 30-ish gallon (it claims to be 38 gallons) into a hermit crab set up. I want to get another tank for angels. Eventually I want to build a 120 gallon for angels, hatchetfish, and corydoras, but for now I really want a tank I can buy and stock with...
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    Turning Three Tanks Into One?

    So I have three ten gallons I'm not using right now. I want to turn the three tanks into one for a hermit crab set up after my move. Would it be possible to take apart the silicone, remove the trim from each tank and then piece them back together into one tank? If I could do this, what all would...
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    All Of My Fish Died

    I went to my parents' houses for the holidays. They are two hours away so I stayed for ten days. I left my fish in the care of two different friends (one of them would be going to see his family a few days after I left, so I had the other friend come in after he left). I did a water change...
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    Ten Gallon Tetra Tank Ideas

    I'm tasking myself with keeping my friend from running a disaster tank. Her betta died (as I've discussed in an earlier thread), so I'm donating one of my filters, some better substrate, and some of my plants. I also intend to help her stock the tank. She wants, as many new fish keepers do, fish...
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    Hair Algae Growing In Java Moss

    So, guys, in my twenty gallon cherry shrimp tank, I've got hair algae growing among a clump of java moss. My lights are on for I think eight or nine hours. It's a well planted tank. Java fern, various floaters, amazon compacta, anubius and fern species, elodea, and some val species. The shrimp...
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    Moldy Filter And Sickly Betta

    My friend's betta has been looking rather bad lately. He's lethargic and doesn't move much off the floor. He's supposed to be a halfmoon and used to have rather lovely fins when we bought him a year ago. I cycled the tank fishless for my pal. He was doing really well. The tank has always had a...
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    Thinking About My Stock...

    In this 38 gallon planted tank (listed as 38, so probably less than 35 gallons actually), I keep 9 peacock gudgeons, 3 albino BN plecos (all still juvies but are now getting their bristles), and 5 emperor tetras (I think 3 males and 2 females). I'm waiting until I move again in February to...
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    Cyanobacteria In A Very Planted Tank

    I have had for a couple of weeks a small amount of BGA (Cyanobacteria) on the output baffle sponges I made. My filter has a fast flow which was knocking about my plants (and sucking in my snails and plants), so I baffled the intake and return with some sponge. Originally it was just the intake...
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    How Long Do You Quarantine?

    I just got some new fish to add to the 38 gallon on Thursday, but I've put them in the quarantine tank first. I was thinking two weeks would be a good period of quarantine. I'm checking for ich or parasites, you know, but I haven't seen any sign of Illness like that yet. So how long do you all...
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    What Plant Is This?

    A few months ago, I bought a pack of those mystery bulbs that you put into your aquarium. I didn't think anything would happen. Then, over a weekend, I look in one of the ten gallons to see a plant that hadn't been there the week before. It was living in a black water tank and was behind a piece...
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    At What Size Will I Be Able To Sex My Bn Plecos?

    I have a trio of juvie albino BN plecos. One of them got rather chunky rather quickly, one grew a fair amount, and I still have a little one. All three were purchased from the same store on the same day some time in April. They are very active (and silly) and eat well. However, I would like to...
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    Thoughts On Diy Fluorescent Lights?

    My tank is 36 inches long. Right now the tank is rocking a 17 watt 24 inch t8 which is really hurting my plants. It is a 35 gallon tank. I would like to hit around 60 watts of total lighting.    Trouble is, I can't seem to find any lights at this size. So I started looking for 18 inch lights. If...
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    Want A Schooling Fish For A 20 Gal Long With Cherry Shrimp

    Hey everyone. I've got a fairly empty 20 gallon (long) I would like to stock again. Right now it is running two cycled HOBS (both Aqueon 40s or 30s, something like that) and is heated. I've got a few plants in there. My pH is 8.3 (too red to be 8.4, too purple to be 8.2 on the API high range...
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    Before I Add Fish...

    So I am now done with a fishless cycle in a planted tank, and I'm doing a water change. I noticed I have a lot of planaria in the tank though. Am I still okay to add fish tonight? Should I do something about them first? I knocked a bunch out of my cholla wood and they seemed to be enjoying the...
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    Questions About Some Odd Ph Readings

    Hello, all!   So I'm cycling a 38 gallon tank with plants, and I'm in the nitrite development phase. I've been carefully watching the pH in this tank in particular because, a few days after I got a new test kit (still API freshwater master, which I've used before, but I was running out of...
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    New 38 Gallon Set Up!

    As some of you may know, I've been looking into tanks for angelfish. However, I've decided not to go that route and instead use the 38 gallon (36"x12"x18") for peacock gudgeons and P. Gertrudae. I've got MiracleGro organic choice potting mix, black gravel (most of it relatively fine, but my...
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