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    DIY Cement Background won't stop raising tank pH

    Thanks for all the suggestions! I'm going to try to address as many of the comments as I can. I understand that cement leaches calcium into the water, but many many people have had success with this technique. The person in the tutorial I linked had no pH spikes or drops whatsoever, and I...
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    DIY Cement Background won't stop raising tank pH

    In mid-January I finished a diy aquarium background using this tutorial. It's a 30 gallon tank, but the background only goes up halfway so I only need about 20 gallons of water to cover it completely. For two weeks, I did 100% water changes every one or two days. Within less than 24 hours, the...
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    Lump on Danios Side - a repeatedly unanswered question

    For anyone who comes across this thread, this page has interesting info on how common tb is and general info on tb. What I'm not sure about is how hard I should be trying to prevent the spread of tb, assuming the fish even have it. It sounds like fish can recover from tb. Can I ever again...
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    Lump on Danios Side - a repeatedly unanswered question

    In a way I hope it is a tumor or cyst because at least then it isn't contagious. I'm hesitant to keep the danio fry with the adults if it is contagious. They currently share the same water but have no direct contact. Instances of fish tb in betas look very similar to what my danios have. I had...
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    Lump on Danios Side - a repeatedly unanswered question

    The water idea is interesting. Over the summer I brought my aquarium to a lake. The tap water there is pumped straight from the lake, fed through a good mechanical filter, and then through a UV light to sterilize it. My cory catfish loved the water and were laying eggs every three or four days...
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    Lump on Danios Side - a repeatedly unanswered question

    One of my fish has had a lump on her side for about 6 months and the other has had it about 4 months. I originally thought it was a tumor of some kind, and since it doesn't bother the fish at all, I haven't done anything about it. These fish are all two years old. I have found several threads...
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    Corydora Breeding Help - What am I doing wrong?

    Thanks for the advice. I haven't had any problems with getting fry to survive, though I do consistently have a few newborn fry that disappear. Not sure why since my breeder box is made of mesh so small that even danio fry don't risk falling through. It happens even when the only thing in the...
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    Corydora Breeding Help - What am I doing wrong?

    I've been doing some research on cory eggs and other eggs. I was especially interested in this blog post claiming a 90% hatch rate with exactly the same species of cory. Though it could be a fluke, I'm curious to try a few things to see if it improves my hatch rate. I've read in a few places...
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    Hello!

    The residue was very powdery, like sand dust. It came off on everything, but was also very difficult to get off the liner completely. All it does is make the liner look gray, so pictures wouldn't be very helpful, and it has also been in the ground for two years. It was advertised as a fish safe...
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    Hello!

    Thanks! I actually have the API master test kit and use it quite often. We were actually more worried about residue on the pond liner. There wasn't a lot of risk to the fish, but still enough that we weren't about to put a hundred or even fifty dollar fish in there.
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    Hello!

    I just joined tropical fish forums. I am a college student who enjoys fishkeeping. My start to fish keeping was pretty unexpected. We were weeks away from moving into a brand new high school during a terrible season for ice dams. Water was dripping everywhere and the school decided rather...
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    Corydora Breeding Help - What am I doing wrong?

    I have one female and three male Peppered Corydoras that have been laying eggs like crazy, but I've had very inconsistent success. I always remove the eggs by rolling them off the glass with my finger so they stick to my finger, and then rolling them onto the side of another container. The...
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