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  1. Crafty Cichlid

    About To Put An Axe Through This Piece Of Garbage.

    I'd go HOB or cannister for the filter. get one rated for at least 10g more than your tank size. (so 30g, go for 45-50g. 50g go for 75g, etc.) Ferts: Thrive-S. You have invertibrates, ferts have copper; bad mix. root tabs work pretty good for me. If you ditch the shrimpies, check before you...
  2. Crafty Cichlid

    Beginnings Of Fin Rot?

    It could be the start of fin rot, or the start of healing in clean water. how big is the tank, and how long has it been set up? Too many water changes in a new tank can make the water worse sometimes. Another thought, with the clean water and increased swimming space, he might be getting some...
  3. Crafty Cichlid

    Hello! New To The Hobby

    Those are some pretty great plants... what's with the daily water changes?
  4. Crafty Cichlid

    Red Mouth Guppy

    some salt can work. it's hard to say without more info. if it's around the gills too, it's probably a water quality problem. if it's just the mouth, could be an injury, some sort of infection, a weird thing that's going to go away. the bigger question is how much do you like your guppies, and...
  5. Crafty Cichlid

    About To Put An Axe Through This Piece Of Garbage.

    If you're serious about getting the tank in order, get us some stats is that sponge filter the only thing cylcing water, or are those power heads with an undergravel in the corners? temperature, what were the results with the last run of your test kit? Bioload? And your crypts look great...
  6. Crafty Cichlid

    About To Put An Axe Through This Piece Of Garbage.

    ^ those two things (my helpfulness is that I try to keep it fun, and will join any axing of tanks - strongly recommend eye protection for this) I do find that keeping my filter clean and massive water changes keep everything happy. When that fails - snails, and plastic everything else. Pro tip...
  7. Crafty Cichlid

    Help Guppy With Dropsy

    My experiences with dropsy come down to: make it comfortable, and help it cross the rainbow bridge when it looks distressed. Only seen one fish come back from it, and that was a guppy that I actually (misguidedly) tried to feed to my cichlids when I was new to the type. She out smarted them, and...
  8. Crafty Cichlid

    About To Put An Axe Through This Piece Of Garbage.

    I hear you. I haven't given up but recently decided my driftwood can live anywhere else, it always has fungus. Plants come and go. Do you want any ideas, or just to be ****. I want to full support your ****-ness if that's the route you want, haha. Otherwise, give us some info, and...
  9. Crafty Cichlid

    Boiling Ammonia

    You're testing it before putting it in the tank, right? Also I'm not sure Pixar makes a water conditioner. Try Prime; It removes ammonia.
  10. Crafty Cichlid

    Petsmart Fish?

    Columbia, MO Petsmart, great. Orange, CA Petsmart, just don't.
  11. Crafty Cichlid

    Question Is Essential Oil Diffuser Dangerous?

    Think about anything you wouldn't want diffused direcitly into your eye, or an open wound. Don't diffuse that stuff near your tank. Across the room should be fine.
  12. Crafty Cichlid

    Help Do I Have Planaria Or Detritus Worms (or Something Else)

    They'll mostly stick to the dirt and sand eating waste. You won't see them often, but they won't hurt anything. It's a neat little ecosystem thing.
  13. Crafty Cichlid

    Mites, Parasites Or What

    You probably have garden variety micro critters. I wish I could remember what the poop means regarding treatment, but the other life in your tank is probably harmless. She probably ate some, and that that might be the cause, however, her physiology is designed to consume little critters like those.
  14. Crafty Cichlid

    Help Id Stow Away Please!

    Definitely a cichlid, and definitely too soon to tell. Even if it's mbuna, it's agressive instincts might not be as strong if raised with more peaceful fish. What size is your tank? It should grow pretty fast if it's a large tank.
  15. Crafty Cichlid

    Stocking 29 Gallon

    I thought I was doing alright with about 6 or 7 garden variety mbuna (from the buy 5 for $5 tank) all raised from juvenile, however there was so much competition for space that I was got tired and worried watching them chase each other all day. I did wind up with two breeding pairs though; that...
  16. Crafty Cichlid

    Help Do I Have Planaria Or Detritus Worms (or Something Else)

    If they aren't attaching to the fish, they're probably okay.
  17. Crafty Cichlid

    I Removed All Purple, Red, Pink And Orange Things From Tank.

    I think this needs to be merged with another post.
  18. Crafty Cichlid

    Question Deal Thread

    Like a BSTF thread (buy, sell, trade, free), or a thread with discounts and coupons?
  19. Crafty Cichlid

    Whose Responsibility Is It?

    Of course, however that's the basic analogy, that assumes that the dog parent knows little more than that dogs eat food and breath air.
  20. Crafty Cichlid

    Whose Responsibility Is It?

    Who are we saying is selling the fish, and LFS, or Petco? I expect more from the LFS, regarding advising buyers, and less from a big box pet store. However, it's all on the consumer. If I bring home a Saint Bernard puppy, to live in a small studio apartment with no areas to frolick, it isn't the...




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