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  1. BloonStuff

    Low Ph, Kh & Gh

    I have no idea tbh. I definitely didn't over clean the filter. I don't clean my filter all that often and when I do, I clean it with tank water. I just swish it through and squeeze the sponge a little. I guess it is possible that I've forgotten to add conditioner to a jug of water and not...
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    Low Ph, Kh & Gh

    So I’ve had my 5 gallon betta tank up whe running since April/May. I did a fishless cycle and then once that was complete I added a betta. There’s also a population of bladder snails and two nerite snails in the tank. Aside from some tail issues I put down to the fact Earl is a rose tail...
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    Fungus Meds Q (interpet)

    No, the ammonia is from his waste. His tank wasn't fully cycled yet and I was performing water changes every other day when necessary and treating with Prime on the days between. Keeping a close eye on water parameters. That is why I can't leave it a week until doing a water change as every 3 to...
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    Fungus Meds Q (interpet)

    I already did the above steps. Removing everything, including betta, 100% water change, added medication, next day added salt. He hasn’t got worse aside from the fungus looks bigger. Like longer? The issue is I can’t wait a week to do a water change as he’s registering ammonia. Unless I dose him...
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    Fungus Meds Q (interpet)

    Hello there, On Sunday I came home from a couple of days away to find my betta had a bloody tail and a small patch of fungus on his head. I believe this has happened due to wounding himself on his bogwood as he had a habit of squeezing himself under things. I’m in the UK and the only medication...
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    Picky Eater (potential Live Food?)

    I’ve tried Spectrum and Fish Science pellets and brand of flakes I don’t remember the name of and he wouldn’t eat Spectrum or the flakes at all and won’t eat Fish Science 90% of the time. I’ve also tried garlic soaked pellets and he won’t eat those either. I don’t seem to be able to source Bug...
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    Picky Eater (potential Live Food?)

    So I have a picky boy that right now is only taking garlic soaked bloodworms and I want to vary his diet some. I've been looking into live foods and I noticed some types of white worms that look very similar to the worms I find in my Giant African Land Snail tank around their food waste and...
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    Extra Bio Media Question

    So uh, this is probably a silly question but I just want clarification. If I keep a bag of extra bio media in the water column in my tank, will it still work to colonise bb even if it's not inside a filter? So I can use for like future tanks etc.
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    A New Hamster ‘tank Build’

    I love all your little pink and blue stuff! Where did you get it?
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    Ammonia False Positive? (api Master Test Kit)

    'Kay, thanks. Is it normal that 8ppm+ can drop down to .50ppm in 24 hours but .50ppm can't drop down to 0ppm in 24 hours?
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    A New Hamster ‘tank Build’

    Yeah. In our local chain store the adoption part has older hamsters that wouldn’t sell but mostly it’s returned hamsters. Happens a lot when parents get them for kids but the kid gets bored or finds them too quick or nippy. That’s why a lot of the time in ours you see dwarf types for adoption...
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    Ammonia False Positive? (api Master Test Kit)

    Oh, sorry. I should have included those. Yes, I tested them. So earlier in the week my nitrites and nitrates disappeared and were both at 0ppm. My ammonia was still .25ppm and it was suggested that perhaps the small bioload and the plants are taking care of the nitrates and that my tank might...
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    A New Hamster ‘tank Build’

    My sister recently got a new hamster and I'm obsessed. It's making my miss my last hamster, Rue, so much! I'm so tempted to get one soon but I'm telling myself I should probably wait until I have my fish first and get into a routine with that after my tank finishes cycling but hamsters are just...
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    Ammonia False Positive? (api Master Test Kit)

    Hi again, lol. I'm just wondering if a false postive for ammonia is much of a thing with the API Master Test Kit because the other day I accidentally dosed my tank up to 8ppm+ ammonia and the next day it was down to about .50ppm or so. I was shocked tbh. However, for some reason I can't seem to...
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    Copycats: Fish Edition

    Yeah, I can see that being a thing. I mean I guess that happens in every hobby and in life in general. But yeah, that is my point and why I find it particularly frustrating. I mean my sister and I have a lot of the same pets and I've never had an issue with it (though you might have to ask her...
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    Copycats: Fish Edition

    That's awesome that you all have a shared interest. I mean my sister wants fish too and I'm excited for her to get a community tank in the future cos we feel the same in regards to research and pet care (tho we live together so I mean... that's probably cheating haha) and like I said, I wouldn't...
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    Copycats: Fish Edition

    I do encourage her and advise her but it doesn't make it any less frustrating when people don't learn from previous mistakes that have resulted in dead fish. Or when you try to advise someone and they don't seem to want/trust/listen to your advice and double check with people that have already...
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    Copycats: Fish Edition

    No... this isn't about copycat fish. Sorry! But does anyone else have a copycat in their family or friend group? I decided to get fish a while back and have been planning my tank and researching for quite a while and then my aunt got a tank, ran it a week and got fish before I even set up my...
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    Cycling A New 3 Gallon Tank For Betta

    Yeah, definitely have to be patient but it's for the greater good. Lol. Yeah, I didn't plan on snails at all. They hitchhiked in on one of my plants. I started with two a week ago and now I have probably more than 100 babies and I've removed about 20 clutches of eggs too. But those are bladder...
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    Nitrites / Nitrates Disappeared

    Well I have a bunch of bladder snails pooping up a storm in the tank but I'm still dosing a little ammonia every day. Hopefully it won't take too much longer to finish up cycling. I seen a beautiful betta in a store today that I was so tempted by. He'll probably be gone by the time I go back...




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