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  1. Z

    Suggestions to build out my community?

    Just got my tank established and cycled so I am not running out to do anything immediately but want to plan next steps. I am definitely new to this so I want to keep it simple and hardy to begin. Tank conditions: 20 gallons, pH ~7.5 (trying to get this down), temp ~78 F. Soft water Fish that...
  2. Z

    Nitrogen Cycle help

    Hello, I am new here and new to the hobby. I know this was a rookie mistake but I went online and bought a 20 gallon tank off someone, wasn't until shortly before I got there that I found out it had fish in it!!! The fish were bagged and the tank was about 80% emptied. I brought it home, set up...
  3. S

    New Nano Tank Aquascape

    Hi All This is my second attempt at setting up a Nano Freshwater Aquarium. The first was a general disaster thanks to lack of research! I've spent quite a few months planning this one and wanted to share my set up with you all. It's a 20 litre Nano tank, using remineralised RO water...
  4. M

    Question about AMMONIA, NITRITE, NITRATE

    Hey guys this is my second post and since I received so much help regarding my questions on my first post I want to, once again, come here and ask a question. So I have had my tank for over 3 weeks now with fish in it (was established prior to putting fish in through a fishless cycle with Fritz...
  5. A

    40 litre tank - what type of fish and how many?

    Hi all, I’m new to fish keeping but I’ve been trying to educate myself as much as I can. I’ve set up a SuperFish Home 40l planted heated tank and was wondering what fish you would recommend and how many. I’m leaning towards neon tetra as they seem the easiest to take care of and lovely and...
  6. C

    Do plecos make noises?

    This is a strange one. I have a smaller 60l tank in my bedroom and it is on the cabinet that is beside my bed. I for a while kept just neon tetras cherry shrimp and peppered corys in it and all was grand at night. However I have very recently added a small bristlenose pleco and now the...
  7. C

    Beginner question

    Hi all I am very new into the fish keeping world and I made the horrid mistake of buying a black comet goldfish and a shubunkin a while back (3 years) and they have been kept in a small prison 30L tank which not to my knowledge until recently is far far too small for them. I have actually...
  8. G

    First tank!

    Hi everyone! I am very excited to be part of this group. I started my first tank back in September 2020 and it has been a learning experience to get it up and running. I currently have some mollies, Corys, and red tailed guppy’s. I am hoping to get into some live plants eventually but I don‘t...
  9. L

    Missing fish?

    Hello, I have only had my tropical fish and the tank for a week now, however in that week some fish have started to go missing. 3 tetras and one guppy have mysteriously vanished with no sign of their bodies (we also checked the filter today with no luck). We have reason to believe they have...
  10. Naterjm

    A topic not commonly available to new fish keepers Re: water softeners

    After 12 years out of the hobby, I have just over the past few months gotten back into the hobby. It was a passion project with my son, and now it’s peaked the interest of other two boys. I’m the kind of guy who likes to be diligent about my research, and apply my learning to what I’m doing...
  11. Sabersthefox

    A few questions about issues that might arise

    So I am a beginner, and I have a 22 gallon tank with 4 dalmatian mollies and a gold mystery snail. I have a few questions 1. what do I do if my ammonia spikes? 2. what do I do with unwanted fish? (too much breeding) 3. What do I do to get ph to 7.5 - 8.5?
  12. S

    Beginner - Lighting, CO2 and not knowing what I don't know

    Hi Everyone! I'm pretty new to the forum - I posted once before to ask for help on my 21 Litre Nano, because every time I did a water change, my nitrites would go up! I've actually had to break down the tank and nearly gave up on it (and the hobby) altogether - but here I am. I started having...
  13. Loring

    Possible Ich outbreak?

    Hello everyone, wondering if anyone can help me identify if this is Ich on my new fish. i purchased some new fish yesterday: 10 Neon Tetra 6 Glowlight Tetra 6 Lemon Tetra 4 Albino Cory Upon coming home and putting them in the tank (drip acclimated for an hour) I had to shoot off and returned...
  14. Koglin

    Quick warning from a beginner to beginners

    Hey Everyone, New to the forum, and new-ish to the hobby. Had an odd issue I thought I would warn other beginners' about. I recently set up a new 10 gallon planted tank, and after a few weeks of using some bio ceramic rings from a friend's tank, everything was going very well with my water...
  15. C

    Is there room for more in 180lt tank

    I currently have a 180lt 4ft tank with a 1250 lt cannister filter. Its got a few plants, a betta 2 bristlenoses 5 black neon tetras 4 Cory's and 4 swords I was hoping to add a few more fish hopefully a pair of blue rams and a clown loach I know clown loach get big and you need a school of them...
  16. J

    Guppy seems to be suffering :(

    Greetings from Amsterdam Fish community! This is my first post on this forum so hopefully it goes well! since one or two days one of my guppy is swimming upright with his head up and his tail down he seems to be struggling to stay afloat and moves rather slowly, sometimes he also hides in his...
  17. B

    BRAND NEW! HELP!

    Hey! I've always wanted a tropical fish tank, i want to do it properly though, i've looked into keeping tropical fish and have reserached some basics but i need help with whats the best tank to get, which water testing products are best, which fish go with which, heating in the tank, all the...
  18. B

    Best species for a new 38 gal freshwater tank?

    Hello! I am new to the forum and hoping to get advice on a few good species to stock a freshwater 38 gallon tank. The tank is 36 inches long and 12 inches wide, 20 inches in height. I am in the process of setting up the tank, it's completely empty right now so I can build the substrate/decor...
  19. T

    Want to do the best by my fish!

    Hello All, Firstly a very good day to you and I hope everyone is keeping safe! I understand my question may be a bit clichéd to all the experienced aquatists out there but please bear with my rookie questions; I have a fresh water aquarium with a lone bala shark, a pair of small (Approx 4cm...
  20. BoomerXIV

    Killer feeder shrimp

    Hi Guys, I Just wanna share my experience and i hope to get some advice too. so i had algae problem in my planted betta tank, and i had this stupid idea to place some feeder shrimp there since they are cheap and i think they eat everything including algae. So i bought some of them and put them...
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