You need to try a recent distro.
The only problems I've had with Mint have been using Google products like Picasa (they stopped at version 3.0 or thereabouts) or Google Earth which crashes regularly.
I use a proper GIS programme instead.
Protein skimmers will work on FW.
The difference is that you normally have other filtration media that deals with large molecule nitrogenous compounds.
The quick experiment to illustrate the idea is having a look at the toilet!
First thing in the morning, pee directly in the water getting...
I find being on forums too long can make you get a little short in your replies when you see the same things over and over. I know I can get a little blunt sometimes. When I catch myself doing it, I give myself a time out from the internet for a few days.
If we're not making the...
As long as you keep the media wet, you should be able to maintain the cycle.
When you move a whole tank, it's worth keeping a close eye on your water for the first couple of weeks as you can get a mini cycle. If you don't intend on adding fish immediately, you will need a food source for the...
There's nothing to stop you using a light. Grow some duckweed or similar to provide filtered light as well as hiding places and they'll be fine
Keep an eye one them when they grow.
They can get cranky when they have to share their space.
I eventually just learned to accept snails. They're a normal part of the ecosystem after all. But then I have fish that think a juicy young snail is the perfect snack so they're kept very much under control.
I agree with all the above.
Unless you're attempting to breed fish that need a low pH, you're just going to make things difficult for yourself and stressful for your fish. If they've been happy for the past two years, don't worry about it. There are ways to lower your pH safely and naturally...
What else is in it?
It's only a small tank. If there's nothing special (which is how I read your OP), break it down and start again. Your filter media will be fine for a few hours as long as it's kept wet. Your snails will survive fine in a bucket.
Otherwise, remove any driftwood/ornaments for...
I have built this overflow. It doesn't work reliably enough for me.
The bottom T piece needs to be much higher to maintain the siphon when the power is out.
As to the sump thing. Your tank is too small to make it an economically viable option. Do it for fun and the learning experience, but for...
Thank you for a very informative post. While it's very good, please tell me you got permission to post this stuff.
Most companies would see this as a fairly serious breach of employment conditions. I can think of a number where this would get you fired and I'd hate to see that happen.