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  1. James95

    Popeye, Possibly Hole In The Head, & Maintenance Issues

    Hi Everyone, I recently returned home from a business trip to find that one of my 8 year old blood parrots came down with a nasty case of popeye in his right eye. In full disclosure, the tank hasn't been getting the maintenance it deserves over the past few months. I have been super busy with...
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    How Big Of A Tank?

    Alright people, I know this question has been asked thousands of times. Short of bringing in a structural engineer I know it's hard to determine, so that is why I am turning to you all for your firsthand experience. I currently have a 90 gallon tank on my second floor. My house was built in 1911...
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    Common Pleco Growth Rate?

    Hey All, It's been quite a while since I've been active on this forum. Boredom at work today had me searching for something to do... it's good to be back About 2-3 years ago I purchased a common pleco and added him to my 90 gallon tank. To be completely fair, I feel like he hasn't grown very much...
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    Canister Filter Life Expectancy?

    Hi All, It has been a VERY long time since I've posted here. Too long I might say. It's nice to be back! I was hoping for some advice on canister filter life expectancy. I've had my 90 gallon aquarium running for quite a few years now. When made the jump to keeping a larger tank I originally started...
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    Purigen?

    Hello everyone, I recently redecorated my 90 gallon tank and added 3 large pieces of mopani wood. They've discolored my water significantly... And although my South American cichlids are enjoying the tannins, I am not. I added a bag of activated carbon to the filter a few days ago and it hasn't...
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    Shopping at the big box stores

    Hi Everyone, While life has gotten hectic and I haven't been active on Fishlore, I still have my tanks and fish. They're all doing swimmingly. Hoping to see some familiar faces around here. It's been a while! What brings me back here is unfortunate. My absolute favorite family run LFS went out...
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    LED lighting?

    Hi everyone! I have a question regarding LED lighting. I've grown plants before under typical low light fluorescent/low tech conditions. I'm interested in adding a few banana plants and maybe a handful of java moss to my 5.5 gallon tank. I'm currently using the Marineland LED hood that came...
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    Changing filters

    Hi there! It's been a while since I've posted here. I miss checking all the new posts, it's great to see that FishLore is alive and well! Anyway, my 90 gallon tank that I started in March is doing great. The fish are growing and the tank looks fantastic. My blood parrots turned 5 this past...
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    Volunteering my efforts... Thoughts?

    Hey everyone, So there is this nature and science center located on a land preservation that is run by my county. I love going there to run with my dogs and just enjoy being outdoors. Unfortunately, they have exhibits in the science center with live sunfish, crayfish, and minnows that are...
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    Question How often do you clean your canister filter?

    Hi all, I recently upgraded to a 75 gallon tank from two smaller ones. So far I love all the extra space and depth for my fish! Anyway, I was wondering how often you clean your canister filters? I'm running an Eheim professional II 2028 on my new tank. I have experience using two eheim classics...
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    Help 75 gallon Stocking suggestions?

    Hi all, I'm about to set up my new 75 gallon tank. I want to try and consolidate all my fish into this tank. Whichever fish are incompatible will be traded in at my LFS... I'm really trying to streamline. Anyway, I want to list all my fish and if you guys could suggest how to stock the new tank that...
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    Help: Eheim 2028

    Hi everyone, I recently acquired a brand new Eheim professional II 2028 canister filter for my 75 gallon tank. I got it at a great price on eBay. As some of you may know, I'm a huge Eheim fan... I've had three of the classic canisters for almost a decade now. Eheim is definitely a great brand...
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    90 gallon tank build

    Hey everyone! So... I finally decided how I want to consolidate my tanks. I'm going to have one large 90 gallon community tank and a small 10 gallon aquarium (which I want to convert into a marine tank sometime this summer). I recently priced out the tank and stand at my LFS and will probably be placing an...
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    Regretting my decision

    Hey everyone, So a few weeks ago I was at Petsmart when they had a whole bunch of tanks and supplies on sale. I had been thinking about upgrading my 55 gallon for a while and then seemed like the perfect time! I bought a 65 gallon tank with stand and hood on a whim, and now I'm starting to regret my...
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    Goldfish and Plecos

    Hi all, I have a 55 gallon tank with 5 goldfish. The tank has been set up since 2006 and formerly housed my blood parrots cichlids before I upgraded them to a new 65 gallon tank. I added the 5 goldfish to the tank about a month ago... 2 comets and 3 fantails. Recently, algae really started to take over the...
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    Starting a salt tank

    Hi everyone! So I'm in the research stage of starting a salt tank. I've kept freshwater for years since I was a kid but have NO experience keeping a marine tank going. So I'm hoping you can help me out! I have an empty 10 gallon tank that I was going to try and use. I also have a bunch of...
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    Filter for 20 gallon Long

    Hi All, So I did some rearranging yesterday and moved my 55 gallon to a different room. I have the 55 gallon on a stand with my 20 gallon long below it on the same stand. Both tanks have cleared up nicely and the fish seem to be doing well. So far I love having both tanks in one central location! I'm in a bit of...
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    Consolidating and Upgrading

    Hi all, So I have a 55 gallon and a 10 gallon tank. I also have multiple empty tanks ranging from 5 up to 45 gallons in storage. I barely have any fish in the 10 gallon and my 55 is getting kind of cramped for my taste and the fish are growing. I want to consolidate and just have one big tank. I know that seems...
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    Starting A New 10 gallon

    Hi everyone, It's been a while since I've posted here! Long time no see. It's good to be back :-) I still have a 55 gallon and a 10 gallon here at home stocked with tropical fish. Both tanks are still doing well and the fish are even starting to age a bit (my blood parrots turn 7 this upcoming summer)...
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    Clearing off old computer

    Hi all, Just a quick non fish related question I got a new laptop for Christmas. I'm in the process of transferring all my data from my old one to the new one. So far so good, I'm presently importing over 2,000 photos. Next is my music and documents. Fun stuff... I'm giving my sister my old...




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