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  1. Fishproblem

    Fertilizer Substrate?

    Hey thanks! Yeah I've seen his videos and I'll definitely be setting up a dirted tank at some point (pygmy sunfish?) but I'm looking for higher tech fertilizers I have a little more control over for this one.
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    Fertilizer Substrate?

    I'm rebooting a nano planted tank and am considering using a layer of fertilizer beneath the substrate. Does anyone have recommendations? I planned to reuse my existing caribsea eco-complete, in tandem with something like Tropica Plant Growth Substrate but I'm also open to suggestions for other...
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    Partial Water Changes

    For me, it depends on the balance of the tank. I have a very lightly planted well stocked 30 gallon that gets a 25-30% change each week at minimum, but my smaller, lightly stocked and densely planted tanks usually get 50% every other week. I don't wait for water parameters to start getting out...
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    Lchi's 20g: Shell Dwellers!

    @Lchi87 just wanted to say that I read this entire thread and loved every second of it! Thank you! I'm not sure what your timeline on possibly moving the colony looks like, but I'm thinking about a species only tank with these guys and live in NYC. If they haven't found a new home by December...
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    Your Opinion

    @Crispii is on it tonight! i agree wholeheartedly - not sure if you've ever seen cories swimming around in a larger tank, but they are super active and use every inch of space. further, they really do appreciate a shoal of the same species. I'm getting away with five right now, but the moment my...
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    Help Help!!! My Tiger Barb

    That's super not ideal for the fish. Tiger barbs school, and need a decent amount of space to swim. More like 20-30 gallons, not five. If you can't get a bigger tank, you might want to consider giving the barb to a local pet store and getting a fish that's more appropriate for a 5 gallon. You...
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    Help Help!!! My Tiger Barb

    The "bacteria and food" isn't going to kill him immediately, but a filthy tank will. You need to siphon your substrate weekly to remove detritus and excess food. The stress from being a lonely schooling fish could contribute to his death as well. So could a tank that's too small. Do you have...
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    Danio In Trouble

    Not directly on topic, but certainly bears mentioning: the plecostomus you lost wasn't an appropriate fish for a ten gallon tank, or for the decor you've got. Even a small bristlenose will grow to 5-6 inches and needs 25 gallons of water, as well as real driftwood to chew on. In the interest of...
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    Super Bloated Danio Burst - Help?

    I’ve never been so perplexed. We’ll see if she pulls through. I worry that the internal damage might get to her over a longer period of time. Unfortunately, by the time I got to the tank there was no sign of the mystery ball. Good call though, I might dose the whole tank as a precaution.
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    Super Bloated Danio Burst - Help?

    Update on this - she was still swimming around but looking fatigued two days ago. Last night I got home and she was perkier, and the wound had healed externally. She’s slimmer than she’d ever been now, with a slight curve to her spine. I think I’ll just be riding the whole scenario out now but...
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    Super Bloated Danio Burst - Help?

    (Thanks mods for moving this to the right forum - for some reason I couldn't find it!)
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    Super Bloated Danio Burst - Help?

    This is not necessarily a beginner problem, but here goes: 30 gallon tank pH 6.6 Ammonia >.25 Nitrite 0 Nitrate 5.0 78 degrees F My zebra danio exploded. She's one of three, two males and a female. Historically, has always been gravid to the point of noticeable roundness, but big and...
  13. Fishproblem

    Betta Flaring Issues

    I’m sure he’ll get used to it soon enough, but if not, just remember his comfort is more important than a painted background!
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    Betta Flaring Issues

    What's your background look like? It could be as easy as removing a background paper/paint, or angling a light away from the back. EDIT: frankly, i'd just give it a few days before he tires himself out and gets used to the neighbor he can't obliterate on sight.
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    Dirted 5.5g Tank

    Do you have a filter or is this 100% a walstad tank? If you do have a filter, I’d pack it with media from an existing tank. It sounds like you could really benefit from more beneficial bacteria.
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    5.5g Diy Rimless Planted Betta Tank

    Big changes in the 5.5gallon. The water sprite was choking out everything else, so something had to be done. I ripped it all out and moved it to a different tank that means less to me aesthetically. Hopefully(!) I can now get the slower growing plants to fill in, and get back to the overgrown...
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    36 Gallon Bowfront Betta Sorority

    thay all look gorgeous together!
  18. Fishproblem

    Let's Build A 90g!

    that's super info @JayH! I've seen a lot of people swear by that Inkbird controller.
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    Tips For Keeping Fish Alive While Traveling

    depends on the kind of tank. if glass, don't transport it unless its completely empty. I've moved my fish a BUNCH and the tupperware trick does it for me. if you need more space for plants and media, i use gallons ziplock bags.




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