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    When to euthanize...

    It's happened to half of my white clouds one by one. So I don't think it's a disease, but possibly a genetic defect (?). I'll try a pea, but supposing his condition is just how his life is now, would you guys put him back in the community as a handicap member, or put his out of his misery?
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    When to euthanize...

    I have a WCMM who, for whatever reason (I've posted several threads trying to get to the bottom of it, which hasn't happened, so that's not what I'm trying to do here), is constantly sinking. He's been swimming in circles at a 45 degree angle (tail down head up) constantly for the last week or...
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    Betta not improving- ammonia poisoning?

    I know not everyone agrees with this but imo I think a lot of people end up killing their betta's with over frequent changes. Realizing that you need to change their water more often when they first get sick is legit, but I think people over react and end up stressing them to death before the...
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    2 HMPK's?

    Twist! What about 1 female betta and 1 male dwarf gourami? People have told me betta and DG don't mix but is that just for males? edit: researched and looks like it can be done but is probably not a great idea. So I guess I'll have to get a backup tank for the betta in case it doesn't work.
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    Help My year established snail tank crashed hard, no idea why.

    I wouldn't have seen that coming either :-/ Doesn't seem like a snail tank would need extra attention but the right pH buffer might be an easy way to make sure it doesn't happen again.
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    Help My year established snail tank crashed hard, no idea why.

    I've not kept these snails, so it may well be something completely different, but what I know of shell growing critters is that they can potentially be very sensitive to low pH. Most native snails die around pH 6. They're some of the most sensative aquatic creatures to low pH.
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    Shrimp control?

    Seems like a betta would love the young ones.
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    Help Indoor basement pond setup?

    Build a frame, fill it with spray foam insulation, put the pond in before it sets. That's my plan, once I figure out a way to control humidity...
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    2 HMPK's?

    Ah, ya I forgot that too. Guess one's going in a 5 gallon. If I do go for a real sorority, would it be important to get all similar females? Would "alien" and koi be too different from one another? All HMPK but different colorations.
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    2 HMPK's?

    If I put one in my 29 nano with leopard endlers and WCMM, will it significantly alter the dynamic? I don't want my schooling fish to become shy or hassled...
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    Defective White Clouds?

    It's a 29 gal nano tank. Never tested higher than .25 ppm (for anything). It had been a month with only top offs. Hadn't tested in the last two weeks but it's so heavily planted and filtered I doubt there were any spikes. Also, there are 3 otto cats, which I understand to be more sensitive...
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    2 HMPK's?

    Is there any chance that 2 female HMPK's from the same pond could coexist in the same 20 long? Or should I not even bother trying? Decently planted and dark with tannin.
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    Aquarium bugs

    Do you have an ID for the worms? I want to add invertebrates to my tanks like this, but I'm not sure what kind to get.
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    Defective White Clouds?

    When it was first happening yes- the numbers were consistent and well within healthy limits. The second time no- admittedly it had been a while since I'd changed the water, but there's about 20 fish in there and only one is showing this behavior.
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    Defective White Clouds?

    A few months ago I got 12 White Cloud Mountain Minnows. 8 of them died, one after another (as in not at the same time), the same way. I'd see them start sinking when they weren't swimming, their back gets kind of an angle to it (normally a nice curve, but then their tail starts to droop down)...
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    Dwarf gourami build yes/no?

    I put a Betta in there to control the fry but he's not aggressive enough... I have room for two more fish (or several if they can school) if I shuffle things around between tanks, and my LFS doesn't do returns, so I'm being careful about what I get. I'm 71% sold on a DG. Sounds like he'd be...
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    Dwarf gourami build yes/no?

    Would one DG be docile enough if he ended up in my community tank with leopard endlers?
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    Dwarf gourami build yes/no?

    Here's what I'm thinking: 3 dwarf gourami (1m 2f) in my planted 20 long with female leopard endlers. I'm hoping they eat the fry... Is the grouping right? Are they ok solo? And if they don't end up liking it there, could they (it) move to my 29 with the male endlers wcmm and cory's? Side...
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    Can't get my tank recycled

    I'd use whichever ends up with the least left uneaten on the bottom. If they've been over fed you probably don't have to worry about underfeeding for a while. Less food = less waste = smaller ammonia spikes.
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    Question Cycling tank with plants

    It's unlikely you could have dried bacteria in the substrate. It's probably advertising for plants, and so has available cycled nitrogen, but you'll need to cycle the tank to culture the bacteria before adding fish. I use fish food.




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