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    Aquamaxx Or Uns 22g Long?

    I have some friends that have the Stratum and it appears to be very light. The Tropica Powder and Extra Fine Controsoil have much greater holding power, especially for smaller carpeting plants. I have read and looked extensively at all active substrates on the market and narrowed it down to...
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    Aquamaxx Or Uns 22g Long?

    Thank you for your reply. Luckily, my local fish store carry UNS and they will give me a 10% military discount as well, so my price will be $226 plus tax. So that will be my choice. Can't wait to set it up. Now I only have to make up my mind if I want Tropica Soil Powder or Controsoil…...
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    Aquamaxx Or Uns 22g Long?

    Thank you. Greatly appreciated. I'm going to a couple of my local stores tomorrow to inquire in person. I'm leaning towards the UNS. My tank is sitting on a granite counter in my kitchen and there are cabinets above, so the 22G long is perfect with low height but fairly long for a nice display.
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    Aquamaxx Or Uns 22g Long?

    My four month old Aqueon 20G Long started to leak somewhere at the top rim of the aquarium. I will drain it and find the leak but have decided to replace it with a rimless tank instead. I'm looking at either the 22G Long AquaMaxx or the 21G Long UNS. I would like to hear from my fellow members...
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    Tropica Soil Powder Vs Regular Tropica Soil

    Aquarium Soil Powder - a perfect, complete bottom layer for aquariums - Tropica Aquarium Plants Aquarium Soil - a perfect, complete bottom layer for aquariums - Tropica Aquarium Plants Was hoping to hear from someone that are familiar with and have used both products.
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    Tropica Soil Powder Vs Regular Tropica Soil

    I would like some advice from someone have used both the Tropica Soil and Tropica Soil Powder. I'm getting ready to buy soil for my 6', 125G tank and have contemplated both products. I will have carpeting and regular plants. Is there a disadvantage to use only the Powder? Is there an advantage...
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    Large Or Small Water Changes (discussion)

    Thank you for the advice. I'm new to fish keeping and read extensively about the hobby. Some advocate frequent and large water changes, others the opposite. I have tried to do weekly and every other week water changes between 20-80% and never seen a difference in Ammonia, Nitrite & Nitrate...
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    Do You Think I Can Do Cardinal Tetras ?

    Took me a long time to find really good looking Cardinals but all of a sudden, my favorite fish store here in Vegas had them in stock and they all had brilliant colors unlike the ones I had seen before that looked more washed out. I have also read and heard from experts that Cardinals are...
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    Anyone With A Fluval 406 Or 407 ?

    The sale on FX4 & 6 is still going on at PetSmart. $200 & $250 respectively. Very good price for that filter.
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    Starting A 125 Discus Tank.

    Discus are awesome looking fish. Have been following your thread with great interest. Thomas at Big Al's on Youtube also recently started a MegaBuild II that will have Discus. You might want to follow along there as well. Very knowledgeable and entertaining character.
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    Newbie / Questions About Food

    Thank you for your reply. I will try the ones that you mentioned, including brine shrimp and bloodworms. Yummy.
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    Tabs Vs Liquid Fertilizer? Both?

    I use NilocG liquid fert with good results.
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    Replacing Filter Media

    I have read some folks rotate their mechanical sponge filters on Aqua Clears. Wouldn't the beneficial bacteria die while out of the water in-between rotations?
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    Fluval 3 Question:

    Luckily, I will aqua scape a sandy river in the middle of the tank and only carpet plants nearby, so it might be ok.
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    Question Which Is The Best Filter Medium?

    I have a lightly planted low-tech 20G tank and see 5ppm most of the time. I will try to extend my bi-monthly 30-40% water changes and add a little extra food and see what happens. Have 30 small fish, like Tetras, Endlers and White Clouds. They produce very little waist.
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    Fluval 3 Question:

    Thanks. I pretty much have made up my mind on the V3 but my biggest concern is the overlap in the middle of the tank. I will call Fluval next week and talk to them about that. But unfortunately, based on two prior conversations with their tech staff, they are not very knowledgeable and it...
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    Question Add Fish When Cycling?

    API Freshwater Master Test Kit. Tested daily. "...start off that way,..." Would you mind to elaborate?
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    Question Add Fish When Cycling?

    I used TSS on two tanks and followed the online directions I found on Google to the "T" and it worked perfectly. No spikes and I have had 0,0,5 in both tanks since.
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    Fluval 3 Question:

    I'm looking for lights for my 125G tank and the Fluval V3 is on top of my list but I have a couple of questions: Initiallly, my tank will be low-tech and I will add plants as I go. Too much light for those circumstances? Will probably add CO2 later based on how much effort I'm putting into...
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    Newbie / Questions About Food

    So I ended up buying one bottle of Omega One Freshwater Flakes and another of TetraMin Plus. The results was somewhat surprising considering how highly rated the Omega is. My fish barely eat it. The Plus on the other hand, lol, they almost jump out of the tank when I serve that. So the...




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