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  1. clambert122

    Whats the best way to euthanize a fish?

    So, I recently had a fish who decided to grow up and be a homicidal maniac. I tried to rehome home him to another tank where he might feel more comfortable, but no one was willing to take him. After several dead fish, and watching him just brutally attack many other fish, I decided to remove...
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    upcoming Swordtale fry.

    So, my Swordtail is going to pop soon. How do you know when to put her in isolation? I don't want to lock her in this little breeding box prematurely. Will she really have over 150 babies? I don't have a secondary tank, so I am not really sure wtf to do with all of these. They can spend some...
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    question to advice in the best filter medium to use in freshwater sump.

    So, I have attached a very crude totally not to scale drawing of my two chamber sump. Each chamber is about 20X20 square, and about 40" deep. water comes down intake, hits T intersection, and spills out the sides. Question 1.) Worth it to put a filter sock on the sump intake over the T...
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    Anyone have experience programming a 24 hour cycle Fluval Skypad?

    So, a friend donated a really nice big Fluval sky light to me. He runs experiments for University of Chicago hydroponics lab, so this thing is pretty bees knees. Unfortunately, this thing has no identification marker on the light for make and model that I can find. It just came with the light...
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    Whats wrong with my GBR tail?

    I like many others have been trying my hand at German Blue Rams, and have been mostly failing. 2 of 4 have died for no reason I can find, and this one looks to be on the chopping block. But his tail looks all clumped and stuck together. The top of his dorsal is kind of whitish, but it doesnt...
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    Whats in your "OH SH*T!" kit?

    What do you guys generally try and keep on hand for your oh crap moments? Especially for larger more expensive tanks that you might not just be able to run out to your local store and get easily. I keep Ick-X on hand. I was planning to get a second pump and heater spare to keep on hand for if...
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    Does anyone 3d print stuff for their tank? Advice on material needed

    I know very little about 3d printing in technical terms as far as resins go and so forth. I need to print a tank safe part though to hold some filter pads in my overflow to prevent my loaches from swimming down into it. I spend about 30 minutes every morning fishing them out of the overflow...
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    Best way to vacuum dirt substrate with live plants?

    Sorry, I know I have been asking a lot of questions lately. Just doing a few things with this new tank that I simply don't have a ton of experience with. My old tanks were all gravel, under gravel filter systems back in the day. Those were pretty easy. pull out the Deco, clean them, vacuum with...
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    Out hose from Fluval inline UV light getting covered in dead crap?

    So, I have an in-line Fluval UV light treatment thing-a-ma-bob. This is a new thing from back when I used to have tanks for me, so I have little experience with them, but I am wondering if this is normal. The intake hose into the UV unit looks fine. Its the blueish hose in the picture. I am...
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    Any need for activated carbon bag in my sump?

    I dont think there is, but thought I would ask. So it dawned on me the other day that my Carbon bags in my sump are probably screwing up the auto dosing of my other chemicals. I have to micro dosers that pump in a measured amount of chemicals based on my auto water change system of 5 gallons a...
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    Heat to treat Ick? Or Ick-X?

    So. I put in a new German Blue Ram in my tank 2 days ago, and today, he is covered in Ick. First ick case in my tank. I have already drained 1/3 of the water, filled, and put in Ick-X to start the treatment cycle. But this is a 150 gallon tank, and draining and treating back in 50 gallons a day...
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    150 gallon shapping up nicely.

    1 month in First live plant tank. Most of the plants are in. I have a couple more I would like to add. some Star Grass, and some red swords. Put in a few small angels, plattys, and black mollys.. A Pleco just cause... well. Pleco. I would like to arrange the plants in a more natural...
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    Question on auto dosing Seachem Flourish plant fertilizer

    The instructions on the bottle say to use 5ML per 60 gallons 2-3 times a week. Thats all it says. I assume this means in a 120 gallon tank, you would be dosing 10ML per dosing. So if I were going to dose 3 times a week, since i have a fair number of plants, it would receive in total 30ML per...
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    Thoughts on how to keep small fish out of my overflow?

    So, I am using a sump / overflow system on my tank. The overflow vents are located at the top of the tank, and are roughly 1/8'th of an inch wide. See attached picture. Those little vents at the top just behind the outflow pipe. Also see, problem fish. I have had to fish one of these little...
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    Doser / water removal automation question.

    So, I inherited a reef tank that I am converting to freshwater. It uses a 30 gallon sump under the tank for filtration / heating / oxygenation. One of the items gifted to me was a Liter Meter III, with 3 dosing pumps. I also bought a Neptune Auto Top off system ( will buy an apeks...
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    Introduction post and new covid quarantine project. Could use some advice on some specific items.

    Howdy all. So Im from Chicago, and just getting back into the hobby after a very long hiatus. Ooooh. About 20 years since my last tank. Back in the day, I had a straight 100GP fresh water tank with just fake plants and gravel and so forth. Nothing fancy. Just easy to take care of fish. Guppies...
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