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    Gravel on Sand?

    See, I have heard that, but I have heard just as many people say that more bacteria lives in the substrate than in the filter. I feel like the truth is somewhere in the middle, so I want to leave most of the sand in there, just to be on the safe side. Right now, the bed is only 1" deep, and I...
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    Gravel on Sand?

    I have a little 8-gallon tank with two gold twinbar platies. This tank has been running for well over two years. Lots of plants, mostly Anubias and Crypts. Sand substrate, so I supplement with root tabs and liquid fertilizer. The crypts are doing really well. The trouble is that these platies...
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    Anybody Else Ever Been Bitten By Their Fish?

    Sometimes I bury worms in the sand so my cories can dig them up. My platies sometimes bite me when I do this, because my wrists are hairy, and they think the hairs are worms.
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    Platies Grazing on Algae After Water Change

    Like most platies, mine occasionally pick at the algae that grows on my plants, but lately I've noticed something a little odd. Once a week, I do a 30 percent water change, net out whatever detritus has accumulated, and clean the glass. For the rest of the day, they go bananas and eat every...
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    Platies in high traffic areas?

    They should be fine as long as you have a lid on your tank. One of my platies was a little skittish to begin with, and when I came around the corner suddenly one day, she freaked out and started zipping around. She would have shot right out of the tank if not for the lid. She is pretty calm now...
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    Do Male Gouramis Stop Eating When Making Nests?

    Thank you, but I'm sorry to report that Blue has passed away. I had him for a year. Not sure what this was, but I know these fish have genetic issues. It's a shame such beautiful animals have been bred so irresponsibly. I just take solace in the fact that Blue was always very happy and...
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    Do Male Gouramis Stop Eating When Making Nests?

    Blue, my Dwarf Gourami, has been hanging out near the surface blowing bubbles almost continually for the past 24 hours. I was worried that my cycle somehow crashed, but all tests came back normal. Then, I noticed that the bubbles were gathering along one edge of the tank, and now I am pretty...
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    I Treated For Ick And It Got Worse

    Thank you for the input! I have cranked up my heater to 88. Will this wipe out my beneficial bacteria? If so, I will do as you suggest, quarantine the plants, and use the hot water method. I plan to rescape this tank anyway, so I may replace the sand with some higher-quality substrate.
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    I Treated For Ick And It Got Worse

    Unfortunately, Sunny the platy passed away while I was at work. I am not sure whether he died from the ick or from stress due to all the changes, and it may not matter anyway, but I am convinced that raising the temperature did more harm than good. I am trying to see the silver lining here...
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    I Treated For Ick And It Got Worse

    Thanks for the input, everyone. Sunny seems to be doing okay for the time being. The temp is currently 81. I plan to do one degree every 12 hours until it hits 86. Sunny is a tough little guy. He jumped out of the tank and hit the floor on two separate occasions and survived, so maybe he will be...
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    I Treated For Ick And It Got Worse

    Thanks everyone. I am sorry to report that the little Tetras were all motionless when I got home. Sunny, however, is still kicking. I did another 50% water change, vacuumed the gravel, added a teaspoon of aquarium salt, put in the new adjustable heater, and set it to 80. I don't think Sunny...
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    I Treated For Ick And It Got Worse

    Thank you. Sunny only has one little spot that I can see, but he is rubbing against things frequently, so I know he has it. I will do a bigger water change and gravel vac really well when I get home this afternoon. I have ordered some Ich-X, because none of my stores carry it. It should be here...
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    I Treated For Ick And It Got Worse

    Should I continue dosing Tetra Ick Guard? If so, how much? I have been using 1/2 tablet per day. Is there something better I could use?
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    I Treated For Ick And It Got Worse

    I posted a thread about this in the disease forum, but the situation has gone critical. I have ick in my one-year-old established 8-Gallon tank. The tank has been cycled for over a year, and I have not added anything new to the tank recently. The tank was stocked with one platy and seven neon...
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    Go On Holiday And Come Back To This?!

    Don’t use Algae Fix! It will kill your beneficial bacteria and probably the snail, too. Do a water change.
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