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    Confused about when to change filter pads?

    Hello! So I've had my tank for a while and the filter pads are looking pretty ragged. But I'm not sure if I'm supposed to change them or not? From my understanding, all of the "good" bacteria is in those pads, and if I replace them, I will eradicate the system I currently have and throw...
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    Ammonia 0.25 no matter what

    Hello all! So I've had my tank for a while and all my fish have been doing fine for months now. However, no matter when I test my water, the ammonia is always 0.25. All of my other levels are fine. I'm pretty sure the water in my town is horrible and is the culprit. I do use Aqueon water...
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    Is it normal for fish of the same kind to bully each other?

    I'm also worried about my corydora that is currently in the tank by himself (I'm working on getting more... Long story). I haven't seen the serpaes go after him at all, and his fins look fine, but I'm worried about him I thought the serpae tetras were peaceful fish and that's why I got them...
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    Is it normal for fish of the same kind to bully each other?

    Hello, So I recently upgraded my ten gallon to a 20 gallon long. In my ten gallon I had four serpae tetras and when I got my 20 gallon I added three more. One of the Serpae tetras is a baby and a lot smaller then the others, but other then that they look identical. I noticed them chasing him...
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    Can you mix and match Cory catfish?

    Unfortunately I don't know anyone else who has any
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    Can you mix and match Cory catfish?

    Thanks everyone! I've looked into ordering them online but every website I've looked at said they are sold out? I'm not sure why. I could try asking my pet store but it seems like they just buy whatever cories they can get at the time. It's worth a shot though!
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    Can you mix and match Cory catfish?

    Hello everyone! So here's my predicament. About five months ago I got a new fish tank and got four Cory catfish. Everything was fine for a few months until all of a sudden three of my cories died right in a row. There's only one left. I upgraded to a 20 gallon long tank and I now want to get...
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    High ammonia, low nitrite, and some nitrate

    So i tested the tap water today and it was ph 7.5 ammonia 0.25 nitrites 0 and nitrates 0. Does this mean my dechlorinator isn't working? My tank water today was ph 7.5 (I think yesterday's reading must've been a fluke because no way there was that big of a fluctuation in ph overnight), ammonia...
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    High ammonia, low nitrite, and some nitrate

    Thanks, I'll try everything you suggested and see how it goes! Yeah I can test it straight out of the tap! I'm heading to work soon so I'll do it when I get home from work. As for the dechlorinator I use, I use aqueoun water conditioner. I also use API stress zyme not for a...
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    High ammonia, low nitrite, and some nitrate

    Sorry but what do you mean by sits with a bubble? I usually let my source water sit for a half an hour before using it lol should I let it sit for longer?
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    High ammonia, low nitrite, and some nitrate

    Thanks! I think you read my post before I edited it though: my nitrates were 5, not 0, that was a typo on my part. Also I'm using the API water testing kit that uses little vials of water and test solution, not strips! Every time I've tested my water I've never had nitrites. My ammonia level...
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    High ammonia, low nitrite, and some nitrate

    I actually just checked my levels! Yesterday I did a 40% water change. Today my ph was 6.4, ammonia 0.25 (maybe even less then that because the color is in between the 0 and 0.25), nitrite 0, and nitrate 5. So the ammonia did go by down by half which is good. Do I need to do another water change?
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    High ammonia, low nitrite, and some nitrate

    While I would absolutely love a 55 G or 75 G, that's definitely not something I have space for or that I could afford lol. I am upgrading to a 20G soon, though! I went to the store to get it today but they sold out so I have to wait
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    High ammonia, low nitrite, and some nitrate

    I think one of the issues may be that I completely changed the filter sponges and carbon about two months ago because I didn't realize that's where all the BB are lol. How often are you supposed to change these sponges / clean them / clean the carbon or change the carbon? Sorry for all the...
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    Setting up a new tank, how to transition?

    I was thinking about that but I wasn't 100% sure. Thanks so much!
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    Setting up a new tank, how to transition?

    I want to rehome my cories and tetras from a 10 gallon to a 20 gallon long tank, which I think they'd be much happier in. I currently have an aquaclear 30 on my ten gallon and want to use the same one on my 20 gallon. But when I buy my 20 gallon tank, I'll need a filter to start the cycling...
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    High ammonia, low nitrite, and some nitrate

    My tank is ten gallons and I currently have two Cory catfish and four Serpae tetra. I'm in the process of setting up a 20 gallon long tank so that I can give them a better home and get more cories and tetras since they like to be in large groups. (I originally had four cories but two died a few...
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    High ammonia, low nitrite, and some nitrate

    Hello all! I'm trying to figure out what are appropriate levels for ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate in a tank and what could cause rises in these levels. I've had my tank for at least three months now. I tested the water today and the ph is 6.8, ammonia 0.5, nitrite 0, and nitrate 10. I've read...
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    Peppered corydoras dying... Help!!! :(

    I just looked up picture of c.loxozonus, looks exactly like my cories! Thanks! I think I'm going to get a 20 gallon and cycle it properly this time, as well as getting them better things to eat. I haven't actually used any of the ph lowering stuff, I just bought it lol. So I don't think the...
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    Peppered corydoras dying... Help!!! :(

    Oh I didn't think of craigslist, I'll check that out, thanks! I use aqueoun water conditioner, I also have API stress zyme. Thanks for the recommendations I'll look into it!




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