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  1. bigdreams

    Do Cardinal Tetras Have The Same Infamous Issues That Plague Neon Tetras?

    Acclimation method also makes a difference. I tried slow drip acclimation with my first batch of Cardinals, lost 75% within a few days. Did "plop and flop" (basically just netting them and putting straight into QT tank after 15 min of floating the bag) and only lost 25%. I only do plop and flop...
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    No Top With Led Dangerous?

    I would get an GFCI adapter if your aquarium stuff is not already connected to a GFCI outlet. They can be bought on Amazon pretty cheap (~$20 or less). Talking from experience, it's pretty easy to accidentally knock a LED light into the tank during maintenance if there's no lid. Good way to...
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    Switching From Hmf To Hob...

    What's causing the surface scum in the first place? Maybe you need to deal with that first? Air bubbler should help with the surface biofilm. Like others said, a circulation pump aimed up towards the surface will churn it enough to keep it clean. Honestly, I find using a plastic cup to skim the...
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    Will A Sump Allow A Higher Bioload?

    If you do under the stand sump and aren't drilling, then I recommend what I did, which was use an eshopps overflow box with dual drains, which let you set up a Herbie style drain. The second drain line serves as an emergency drain line if first one gets clogged. I think the suggestion to use a...
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    Will A Sump Allow A Higher Bioload?

    A 5 gallon sump is so small it's practically an oversized HOB. You could consider an overhead sump (one that drains from sump down into to the tank, rather than a typical below tank sump where return water is pumped back up into to main tank). Those tanks may be more "fun" to build as you could...
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    Liquid Ferts Has Moldy Growth

    Hi all, I have a bottle of liquid ferts i was going to use but noticed it has some moldy growths in it... is it still safe to use? I bought it almost a year ago at last year's Aquatic Experience in NY, and has been sitting on the shelf all this time and likely got more light that it should have...
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    Question Major Roadblocks - Micro Swords, Moss, Algae

    Green slimy algae may mean you need more water flow in your tank. Do you have deadspots in the flow? Or are all you leaves gently swaying in the flow?
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    Question Major Roadblocks - Micro Swords, Moss, Algae

    Three hours feels too short to me. Also 70% brightness feels like too much light . Especially on a 12" tall tank. That is more like high light . I would turn it down to 40% on fluval 3.0 for five hour photo periods. (with four hour break (0% light) in between . And 0% light over night . The...
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    Matten Filters And Airlifts

    Very impressed w/ your DIY jet lifter. I definitely dont have the skills/machinery needed for that... I have a mattenfilter in my sump... 2 3" blocks of Poret foam from Swiss Topicals. love it. It's insane how much mulm these things generate after a while ... one benefit is fewer filter...
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    Unsure About Tetra Problems

    Here's the latest pic.. "pre-move"... tons of algae as I had basically neglected tank for about 4 months leading up to the move... I just moved and my tank is a blob of green at the moment. got tons of plants just floating... havent had time to scape.. or even do water change in over a month :/...
  11. Dirt tank at 3.75 yrs old

    Dirt tank at 3.75 yrs old

    Dirt tank approaching 4 yrs old, premove.
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    Unsure About Tetra Problems

    Here's a pic of my tank during its "golden age"... (looking its best)... the stem plants grew like crazy, i ended up removing them,... i kinda regretted that about a year later... fishtank 20161112 by bigdreams posted Nov 12, 2016 at 2:10 PM here it is with a amazon sword "carpet"... they...
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    Fluval Plant 3.0 Melt Down (coming Your Way)

    I hope you figure it out. Every once in a while (like the 0.0000001% situation) some crazy thing happens like yours, sorry to hear that, but people should realize it's a bit of a fluke/chain of bad luck events and not a common occurrence with the light. Vast majority of people will have great...
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    Fluval Plant 3.0 Melt Down (coming Your Way)

    Can't afford a diesel generator.... Must be Fluvals fault
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    Fluval Plant 3.0 Melt Down (coming Your Way)

    Gee, I love my light. Haven't had power issue yet. Why not just get a UPS or battery backup for your light (and pumps/filters) if power is that unreliable where you live?
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    Unsure About Tetra Problems

    Getting rummynose from different vendors only increases chance of disease. For example, I may have immunity to the local common cold but if I go to Australia, bam, I get a cold. (Or travellers diarrhea, lol). You are exposing fish to different set of germs. You would need longer QT period for...
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    Unsure About Tetra Problems

    How long is your quarantine period? You may want to consider longer QT like 2 or three months
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    Fluval Plant 3.0 Melt Down (coming Your Way)

    I set up my pro mode... Then changed it to the planted tank profile , lol. Not sure what levels to set the various color lights. For my low to medium light plants not sure what percentage to set things too. 100% is in my likely overkilll in my low tech setup
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    Fluval Plant 3.0 Melt Down (coming Your Way)

    So you can set up "siesta periods"?? That would be awesome
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    Serial Killer Fish- Skirt Etra Territory Aggression (long)

    Started with just two skirt tetras? Pretty sure most people on this board will say that's the issue. Need at least 6 for a school otherwise they will pick on other fish.




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