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  1. madelyn anne

    Betta's Fins Fraying & Weird Stuff Going On In Tank!

    Hello! I'm a fishy mum to a sweet little male Betta named Ferguson. I've had him about a month now. He's in a 5 G Fluval Spec V tank. Temp is set at 78 F. Today, I noticed some fraying on his pretty fins. I'm also noticing A LOT of bio-film stuff in the tank. A lot. Also, a lot of brown...
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    High Nitrite Spike In Cycled Tank?

    Hello! I have a 36 G tank that has been cycled for a few weeks now, and suddenly today I tested and saw a huge spike in Nitrites. Usually, Nitrite would be at zero, Ammonia would be at zero, and my Nitrates have been hanging between 10-20ppm. I test every 48-72 hours, and my last test 48 hours...
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    Aquaclear 50 Making Squeaking Noises?!

    Hello, everyone. I have an approximately 1.5 month old AC 50 running on my 36 G tank. Yesterday, I started noticing some weird noises happening. The only way I can describe it is a very very faint sound of a crackling fire. No fire. The sound was obviously coming from my filter. It would...
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    Sudden Ph Drop?

    Hey there, I have a 36 G tank with the following; 1 juvenile Angelfish (approx. 1.5" body, 4-4.5" tip to tip" 11 mixed size White Skirt Tetra (1 close to full size, the others are all about 1") 7 Sterbai Corydoras (all of them are roughly 0.5") 2 German Blue Rams, male/female pair...
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    Fluval Spec V Filter?

    Hello Fishlore. I have my male betta, Ferguson, in the Fluval Spec V. I love the aesthetic of the tank and the lighting is awesome, but I'm disappointed with the filtration system. First, in order to access the button to adjust the output flow, you have to disassemble the pump and lift it out...
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    All My Thermometers Are Reading Different!

    As you can see, my digital thermometer is reading 85.6-85.8, the white thermometer is reading 82, and the glass thermometer is reading 80. That’s a big variation. What do I do?! What thermometer should I trust?! Help!
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    Sexing Sterbai Corydoras?

    I have 7 Sterbai Corydoras, on average about 0.5” right now. Curious if they’re males or females? The only info I’ve read explains how to sex them on body shape and they all look the same to me! Does anybody have any other tips or suggestions on how I can sex them? Thanks! xx
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    Marimo Moss Balls; Can They Release Toxins Too?

    Hello! So, I've heard a lot of different things about Marimo Moss Balls. I love them, and have 3 of them. (Used to be 4, but sadly, i accidentally sucked one up into my gravel vacuum...RIP, moss ball.) My moss balls have been around for a long time and have been exposed to multiple fish...
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    Hiding Heater In Fluval Spec V Tank

    Hello! So I recently purchased the Fluval Spec V for my Betta. The filter is hidden, which I really like. The small heater which I had for him wasn't doing a great job, so I got a new heater for him; the Aqueon 50 W submersible adjustable heater. While researching information about the output...
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    Wanting To Plant My Tank...what Do I Need To Start?

    Hello! So, I currently have a 36 G cycled tank that's stocked, and I want to add some live plants. I have a fine gravel substrate, approximately 2.5 inches of it, maybe a bit less in some parts. I also just purchased the Fluval AquaSky LED light that has full spectrum lighting and is plant...
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    Where To Get Wood/large Pieces To Aquascape My Tank?

    Hello! I currently have a 36 G bow front tank, that only has artificial plants and decorations in it. I keep seeing all these posts with these BEAUTIFUL planted tanks, that all have awesome pieces of wood in them. I have been to every pet store near me, and can't seem to find any really rad...
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    How Do I Know What Kind Of Lighting I Have?

    Hey guys, So, I have a Top Fin 36 Gallon Bow Front Aquarium. I purchased it on Offer Up, so I didn't make the original purchase. I want to get into plants, and I know that lighting is a huge proponent of doing that. So, I'd like to find out what kind of lighting I have. Is there a way to do...
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    How Much/often To Feed Young Sterbai Corydoras?

    Hello! I have 7 small Sterbais. They're about half an inch in length or maybe a tad smaller. They're very cute, active, and full of spunk. I love them. I also have one CONSTANTLY hungry juvenile Angelfish, who's an expert at searching the sand for pieces of food (and unfortunately, he's been...
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    Acceptable Nitrate Level?

    Hello, So, SUCCESS, my tank has finally cycled. Yay! Now, instead of Ammonia or Nitrites, I'm dealing with my new enemy; Nitrates. So, I've heard a ton of different, conflicting information about the "safe" levels of Nitrates, and when a water change is needed. So, what levels of Nitrates are...
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    Help! Ram's Head Turning Black?!?

    Freaking out right now, very worried for my GBRs. I have 3 GBRs, one is a pair, the other is a solo male (i believe he's a male, could be wrong.) I've had them a few weeks, and they've been doing great. No issues whatsoever, it's been easy breezy. Fast forward to three days ago, and I notice...
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    Help! My Beloved Gbrs!

    Hello, So the last few days, one of my GBRs has been hanging out on his own a lot. He's almost always hiding, alone. During feeding time today, I took out my turkey baster and made sure to give him some directly in front of him, because he didn't swim to the top when I started feeding (which...
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    Just Out Of Curiosity, Do Sterbai Corydoras Eat...

    Fishy poop? LOL I know that might sound crazy, but before I got them, I used to see OBVIOUS fishy poop on the substrate as I was gravel vacuuming, and I don't see that anymore (as much) which is surprising, as I have more fish now than I did then. So my question is, do they eat fish poop? And...
  18. madelyn anne

    Just Started New Betta Tank Today...

    Hello! I just started a 5 G tank today for my Betta, Ferguson. Did a water test tonight just to make sure everything was still looking good and I got an ammonia reading of 0.25, and a pH reading of approximately 7.4-7.6. I'm a bit confused, because the pH on my tap water is about 6.8, and the...
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    Betta Tank Mates?

    So I just got a new Betta today, named Ferguson. I love him, he's SO beautiful and so sweet. He's in a Fluval Spec V (5 g) tank all to himself. I'd like to add a tank mate or two of some kind, though. I was thinking perhaps an ADF, but I'd love to have an actual fish of some kind. Perhaps...
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    Betta Flaring At His Reflection?

    Hello! Today, I became a fish mum to a little Betta named Ferguson. He is in a Fluval Spec 5 Gallon all to himself. He's constantly seeing his reflection in the rear facing glass. And constantly flaring. I mean, I only put him in the tank about an hour ago, but he's been doing it off/on the...




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