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  1. Is something wrong w/my nerite snail?

    I waited a couple months, and used a little extra light to grow a bit of algae before getting my first nerite snail. It's a black one, with what almost looks like calcium deposits on its shell. The first couple days, it moved around the tank well enough, but completely missed the visible...
  2. Storing empty tanks

    I have a couple of empty tanks that I'm not going to be using for a while, and I'd like to know how best to store them in limited space. One is a 33 long, the other is a standard 29 gallon. Both have standard rims. Can they be stored standing on end, without stressing the frames? Thanks
  3. Help Possibly sick Betta?

    I recently moved my very social, highly interactive betta into a new, slightly bigger tank. I moved his favorite plants with him, so things would feel more familiar to him. After a struggle with the filter flow, and replacing it with a sponge filter, he seemed fine. Normal. Actively exploring...
  4. How Do I Slow the outflow on a filter?

    I know this is an extremely similar thread to another at the top of the list, but I'm hoping for different advice than "get a sponge filter". I just upgraded my betta to a 5.5 gallon tank, with several plants and aquasoil, etc. I started the filter, and it was WAY too much for my betta. I moved a...
  5. Bought a plant bulb, got a bulb full of worms

    Can anyone tell me what kind of worms these are? I dropped the "dwarf lotus" bulb into the tank about 12 hours ago. At first I thought roots had broken through the surface, but then they moved. They're worms. And they're living in this bulb. They're not fond of light. I've removed the bulb, but...
  6. Some kind of Amazon Sword?

    I ordered Madagascar Lace bulb, and the eBay seller sent me some type of sword plant. As best I can tell based on the limited info that accompanied the plant it's a Echinodorus Red Diamond. It's a pretty large plant, at least as far as my aqariums go, and is too tall. (Around 12-14 inches.) Is...
  7. Funny My snails are dumb.

    I used a water bottle to make a snail trap to get some puffer snacks out of my betta's tank. They clearly know there is food in the tank, but they're just crawling around on the outside, at the wrong end to get to the food. I put their favorite foods in there! I know they have sensory organs...
  8. Help Tiny, barely visible worms in my puffer tank

    I have a Pea Puffer. He's the only survivor out of 5. He's been through Ich treatment, survived some mystery illness that took the others that seemed like food poisoning, then went through a 7 day round of PraziPro, and finally... Everything seems fine. I just put some fresh baby brine shrimp in...
  9. Question Zucchini = cloudy water?

    I put fresh zucchini into my snail tank, as well as my betta tank, (he has a lot of snails) to give them something different to snack on. Both tanks got very cloudy. I looked it up, and found several mentions of this happening, but no mention of how to prevent it, or if it's possible to...
  10. Question Baby Brine Shrimp

    Yes, I am aware that this one will get me nominated for the dumb question of the week, (late entry, depending on your time zone) but I need to know what to do with extra baby brine shrimp. I made a tiny amount. Maybe 1/16th of a tsp of eggs in the brine water, waited 2 days, and got enough bbs...
  11. Can I use the skeleton of a long dead rhododendron as aquarium wood?

    I've got two dead rhodies in my yard, and while contemplating their removal the other day, I noticed that the dried out branches have a really nice shape to them. Does anyone know if these are safe for use in a freshwater aquarium?
  12. Stocking a 15 gallon column tank!

    I'm very excited... Just about ready to go with stocking a new (to me) tank I got a while back. I've spent months compiling lists of nano fish, and oh boy, have I got a long list. This tank is very limited in size of course, but I have others in the works, so I'm not tempted to overstock, just...
  13. Question How to clean a snail tank

    I have a small tank dedicated to growing out and allowing snails to breed freely in order to produce snacks for my Pea Puffer. They have eggs plastered all over that tank, and there are many, many babies... Or I should say, were many many babies. While doing routine tank maintenance, I...
  14. Question Tannins from live plants?

    I just got some plants I ordered from an eBay seller; Bacopa, Jungle Val, Dwarf Hair Grass that isn't actually the dwarf variety, and Ludwigia Repens Red. I put them in a tank to hold them until I'm ready to use them, and they're turning the water dark. They all look healthy and viable, so I'm...
  15. How Do I Raise Daphnia

    My (hopefully) live Daphnia colony will be arriving tomorrow. I have done research on how best to keep them producing, and I'm finding a ridiculous amount of contradictory instructions. The first issue, bubbles or no bubbles? One person will say they need an air stone to keep the water moving...
  16. Might be Ich...?

    I've tried taking pics, but none of the spots show in any of them. I've had my Pea Puffers for 2 weeks. Since they went into their own tank, no other livestock, I didn't go through any quarantine process. They had used/fully cycled filter media, plants, and a couple little glass jars I use as...
  17. How Much Weight (in Rock) Can My Aquarium Hold?

    I've got a beautiful 24 gallon, rimless, low-lead glass tank that I've been gathering hardscape for. I found some beautiful rock that I want to use, but this stuff is dense and heavy. I'm concerned about the amount of weight I'd be putting on the floor of the aquarium. Is there a formula out...
  18. 65 Gallon Tank Filter Size/type For "tall" Aquariums

    I acquired a beautiful 24g tank a month ago, (along with a less than beautiful 33 long for growing my own plants) and had everything planned out, and designed, many of the needed supplies gathered, and ready for building... But I have a severe case of MTS, and when I saw the 65 gallon "show" tank, I...
  19. Long Aquascaping Tools

    There's a beautiful tank I'm thinking of buying. It's a 50 gallon tank, 31" tall. Much taller than wide, and I have visions of the awesome scene I want to create, but I can't even begin to picture planting it, when I can't reach the bottom, or use both arms. I've found a 24" long aquarium rake, but I...
  20. How Do I Best Way To Clean A Used Tank?

    I found a used tank for sale, and I just love the size and shape of it... But as you can see in the picture, it's filthy. What is the best method of cleaning for this type of mess? I don't want to pass this up, if the tank could be restored to clean & useable. Thank you




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