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    Fish breathing fast - angel fish has lost colour

    Dear all Need your help urgently this morning. I came down to my 185l Fluval tank to find all the fish breathing incredibly fast (mouths opening and closing fast, constantly), and my angel fish near the top of the tank and he has lost almost all of his colour - he was mostly black, and this...
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    Nitrates in tap water - tropical tank

    Hello all I've kept tropical fish for a few years now, and it has been a fairly casual hobby but recently I've decided that it was high time I learnt more about it and so I will be the first to admit I don't know as much as I should. Please be gentle... I have a Fluval 180l tank which came...
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    Python Gravel Cleaner - care and maintenance (black mould in hose)

    Hi all, I recently purchased (admittedly second hand from ebay) a Python Gravel Cleaner. I'm still getting the hang of it, but it seems to work really well and I'm loving it. On thing troubles me - it looks like it stood around for a while, presumably damp, before the ebay seller sold it, and...
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    New planted tank - what fertilisers/foods are shrimp safe?

    Hi all, I am setting up a new 180l tank and am going for my first ever planted aquarium. I have laid out Prodibio AquaGrowth Soil on the base of the tank, and then a layer of Prodibio AquaShrimp Powder Soil which was recommended. I have purchased a selection of plants from my local aquarium...
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    Gravel substrate? Required and if so how much?

    Hi all, Although I've been keeping tropical fish for a number of years (with varying degrees of success!), I have a question that I've never asked for help with and I realise that I don't really understand this topic so would appreciate any advice, answers, opinions and such. I have a 45l tank...
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    Water changes - what is "normal"?

    Hi there, I've been keeping tropical fish for the best part of 5 years now with a variety of results, mostly successful but some really sad/bad times too. I'm considering a change of setup for various reasons and I wanted to get some advice from the community before I do anything. For most of...
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    Greetings!

    Hello one and all, I've just joined this forum after going it alone for some years with what has grown to a collection of 3 tanks, though I'm now re-thinking the whole venture as it has become cumbersome and time-consuming. I've had some real highs and joys of keeping tropical fish over the...
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