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  1. TexasDomer

    Lindsey's Tanks

    They'll be fine, you don't need to worry about disturbing them. Just do the change around them.
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    Victorian Lake Fish With Sunken Belly

    Because your water isn't hard enough for the rift lake cichlids. Water that is too soft for them causes health issues. You can also dose something like Seachem's Equilibrium.
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    125g Clown Loach Restocking Gameplan

    I do the same thing with my mechanical media, if I'm not just replacing it. Tap water is fine for mechanical media as long as you have separate biomedia (that isn't rinsed in tap). Glad your fish did well while you were out of town!
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    Are These Queen Loaches

    What else is in the tank? I'd just go with a species of cories (depending on what else is in the tank, peppered cories may not be the best idea due to their low temp requirements) and a BN pleco - the chain loaches are likely to outcompete/harass the cories as Redshark mentioned.
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    Victorian Lake Fish With Sunken Belly

    I'd increase your GH - at least by double.
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    Washing Filter Media

    If there is some waste or food stuck in the filter media, cleaning it will prevent further nitrate buildup, but it won't remove the nitrates already in the tank. You shouldn't be adding anything to remove the ammonia/ammonium, and nitrites. Adding anything to remove those will prevent the...
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    Will Killifish Fin Nip?

    Really just that the otos need cooler water than the GBR - they'll have a shorter lifespan at the high temps for the GBR.
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    Washing Filter Media

    I promise you, rinsing out the media will not remove the nitrates already in your water. They're already in your water, which is why you got a reading when you tested the water, not the filter media. Unless you have a dentitrate filter with anaerobic bacteria or a nitrate-reducing filter pad...
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    Are These Queen Loaches

    A group of queen loaches is too much for your tank. Your tank isn't very big, and most of the loaches we're talking about here need a longer tank, ideally 48" long or longer.
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    Fishes Dying With Unknown Reasons

    I think you could salvage your tank if you wanted to keep the two firemouths, but it would require frequent water changes to keep the water safe while it's cycling. You could also rehome all of your fish and start again. We can help you come up with a new, appropriate stocking plan too.
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    Blood Parrots In Community Tank?

    I'd leave out the gudgeons - they're rather small and are likely to be lost/outcompeted. I might go with something larger than keyholes, too, like chocolate cichlid or severums. Are you going to use the aquasoil in the 240? That'll be super expensive - you can grow plants just fine with cheap...
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    Pregnant Upside-down Catfish?

    It'd do no good to remove them if the male doesn't fertilize them. If you can see a male doing that, you could remove the eggs and try to hatch them.
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    Fishes Dying With Unknown Reasons

    I'd rehome both Texas cichlids and the tinfoil. The two firemouths may be fine. Can you take a pic of the sucker cats?
  14. TexasDomer

    Setting Up My 135 Gallon Tank.

    You could do a single male with a few females? Or just keep females, as there may be an issue with the angels and the male if the male starts breeding. What do you think Chrome?
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    Greasy Betta...

    I would say a 20 gal minimum for your current stock, ideally a 29 gal since you have two schooling species. The betta is likely stressed with so many tank mates in such a small space.
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    Fancy Goldfish And Tankmates?

    Lobsters may attack the goldies. What about a few more fancy goldies? They'll fill the tank nicely.
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    Pregnant Upside-down Catfish?

    You can fast the whole tank for a few days, then feed everyone blanched, deshelled peas. That can help rule out a few issues.
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    Washing Filter Media

    LFS employees often don't give accurate advice, and remember they are trying to sell you as much as they can. Rarely do you need the extras they want to sell you. The problem will be solved by water changes Cleaning the filter media won't reduce nitrates in the tank.
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    Pregnant Upside-down Catfish?

    They don't get pregnant, eggs are laid and then fertilized. Could be full of eggs, but could also be overfeeding, bloat, constipation, etc.
  20. TexasDomer

    Are These Queen Loaches

    Yeah, the tank isn't big enough for both species. And really, I don't think its big enough for the smaller loaches by themselves either. The tank is only 31" long, which is a little small for the more active loaches over 3".




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