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  1. johnbirg

    Distilled water to lower ph

    The normal water changes will ensure your pH stays within the 7 to 8 range. The most important thing to monitor is the nitrate levels which should determine when and how much water needs to be changed. It is ideal to keep nitrate levels at somewhere between 20-40 so if you get a nitrate reading...
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    Distilled water to lower ph

    As with ro distilled water would need to be remineralised. Your tap water is obviously below the 7.6 reading you're getting. Driftwood will lower the pH level but not easily controlled. Seachem make a pH neutral buffer which works well at keeping stable pH and that would be my choice. But not...
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    New to fish keeping and excited

    There is a sticky at the top of the freshwater beginners section with pretty much all you need know about the nitrogen cycle and cycling a new tank.
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    New to fish keeping and excited

    When our granddaughters who are TV addicts come over it's great to see them watching the fish and learning about the aquarium instead of pestering about what movies we have for them to watch. They now want tanks of their own. Looks like an expensive Xmas coming up.
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    New tanks!! What would YOU stock it with??

    I recently got back into Apistos after many years of not having them and I had almost forgotten what great little personalities they have. Plus I really like their great colours. With a 29 and a 10 you could also breed some which would probably be more profitable than the plants. They breed well...
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    More Jokes..

    A joke which i find quite funny , if you know who King Billy Coke Bottle is.. is one of my favourites.
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    More Jokes..

    You know that you have a drinking problem when you go to the drive-in bottle department at the local hotel and the assistant gets the wine you always drink without you having to ask for it!
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    Might or might not be funny?

    And the air bubbles going sideways LOL.
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    What type of moss is this?

    Hi and welcome to fishlore. It's not moss. It's green hair algae and not a welcome addition to the pond. You can use algaefix to get rid of it because if you don't treat it it has the ability to take over the pond and kill off your other plants.
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    Bristle nose babies die off

    Hi and welcome to fishlore. Bristlenoses are easy to breed as you have found out. If you are getting fry to 1 inch there must be a reason why they are dying off. You say that there is no change to diet and that could be a reason. What do you feed while they grow to that size? When they approach...
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    Black Beard Algae and water flow strength correlation?

    Unable to get an answer as it's Sunday here but do a search for the techden to see if they ship to the US.
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    Black Beard Algae and water flow strength correlation?

    Seems really strange to me but in Australia we have a product called no more BBA. It's marketed by a company in Melbourne and available on eBay.com.au. This product is fantastic - cleared up the BBA in my tank within a week and no recurrence in 6 months. I will check if they ship to the US and...
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    Question Can I put an Earthworm in my planted tank substrate?

    Hi, Have you seen the earthworms after heavy rain trying to escape the sodden soil? Short answer is they will drown. They do make good food for big fish like Oscars and I used feed quite a few to mine when I had Oscars.
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    Debating CO2

    Hi, In my tank I have a 3-4 inch layer of washed river gravel ( fine ) as substrate and all of my plants are planted in that. I do not use CO2 or fertilizer and while it took about 2 months for the plants to settle in they're all thriving.
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    Seachem Pristine

    Hi and welcome to fishlore! I use pristine at every weekly water change. No ill effects on plants and definitely saves me having to vacuum the gravel. Pristine only has bacteria which work on any accumulated debris in the gravel and convert it into nitrate just like the BB in the filter. You can...
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    Might or might not be funny?

    A friend came over and it was the first time he saw my aquarium. The comment was " I've been to lots of aquarium stores but none of them had such realistic looking plastic plants" Of course the plants are real.
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    Instagram Worthy Member Pictures

    Hi Mike, Not sure if they are Instagram worthy but I love my male GBR.
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    Hey

    Hi and welcome to fishlore!
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    Instagram Worthy Member Pictures

    Hi Mike, Not sure if they are Instagram worthy but I love my male GBR.
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    Air pump for around 15 filters

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