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  1. BloonStuff

    Low Ph, Kh & Gh

    So I’ve had my 5 gallon betta tank up whe running since April/May. I did a fishless cycle and then once that was complete I added a betta. There’s also a population of bladder snails and two nerite snails in the tank. Aside from some tail issues I put down to the fact Earl is a rose tail...
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    Fungus Meds Q (interpet)

    Hello there, On Sunday I came home from a couple of days away to find my betta had a bloody tail and a small patch of fungus on his head. I believe this has happened due to wounding himself on his bogwood as he had a habit of squeezing himself under things. I’m in the UK and the only medication...
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    Picky Eater (potential Live Food?)

    So I have a picky boy that right now is only taking garlic soaked bloodworms and I want to vary his diet some. I've been looking into live foods and I noticed some types of white worms that look very similar to the worms I find in my Giant African Land Snail tank around their food waste and...
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    Extra Bio Media Question

    So uh, this is probably a silly question but I just want clarification. If I keep a bag of extra bio media in the water column in my tank, will it still work to colonise bb even if it's not inside a filter? So I can use for like future tanks etc.
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    Ammonia False Positive? (api Master Test Kit)

    Hi again, lol. I'm just wondering if a false postive for ammonia is much of a thing with the API Master Test Kit because the other day I accidentally dosed my tank up to 8ppm+ ammonia and the next day it was down to about .50ppm or so. I was shocked tbh. However, for some reason I can't seem to...
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    Copycats: Fish Edition

    No... this isn't about copycat fish. Sorry! But does anyone else have a copycat in their family or friend group? I decided to get fish a while back and have been planning my tank and researching for quite a while and then my aunt got a tank, ran it a week and got fish before I even set up my...
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    Nitrites / Nitrates Disappeared

    So last week my 5 gallon fishless cycling tank (there has been a bit of a bladder snail boom but there's only two mature snails. They rest are only specks right now) started showing low nitrites and nitrates. The nitrites never went above 0.50ppm and the nitrates never went above 5ppm...
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    Betta Safe Amano Shrimp Hides

    Hi there! I was wondering if I could have suggestions for betta safe amano shrimp hides. Meaning, hides that my amano shrimp will be able to use to get away from my betta but also the betta won't get stuck in or anything. Something natural looking. It'll be going in a 5 gallon fluval spec v...
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    Ghost Shrimp Vs Amano Shrimp (5 Gallon)

    So I was hoping to try housing two ghost shrimp with my future betta in a 5 gallon fluval spec v. I'm going to get the shrimp first and let them figure out places to hide and get established a bit before I introduce the betta. However, I'm in the UK (northern ireland to be exact) and I'm finding...
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    Tiny White Critters.

    I have some white critters that I’ve just noticed in my tank and I’m just wondering what they could possibly be. They’re pretty much microscopic and I only have an iPhone so can’t really get a picture but some seem to run along the glass and tent to look like a speck, while others are a bit...
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    Bladder Snails?

    Tonight when I was about to test the water in my fishless cycling 5 gallon tank, I noticed a small snail on the lid of the tank. A little later I noticed another. From my little bit of googling I think they look to be bladder snails. They’re currently approx 6mm. I assume they hitchhiked on one...
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    Fishless Cycle Query

    Hi there! Me again. I'm running a fishless cycle in a planted 5 gallon tank. I'm using Kleen Off ammonia and API's master test kit. I'm 15 days in and I'm still not seeing any Nitrites or Nitrates. I've been making sure to keep my Ammonia topped up, not too high or too low. I'm wondering if...
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    Uk Tank Prices

    So I’m sure a lot of us are aware about the disparity between UK tank prices and that of the US, with their dollar a gallon sales and what not. But store prices aside, I often hear people in the US picking up great secondhand or thrift store bargains. I’ve been looking up local selling sites...
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    Ammonia 0ppm (fish In Cycle)

    My aunt is currently running a fish in cycle and after two fish dying, she added an aquarium bomb and started doing daily testing and water changes. She's just messaged me saying her ammonia is 0ppm and asking should she still do a water change today? I just wanted to double check yes or no...
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    My First Tank (5g Betta/shrimp)

    So I figured I would start one of these threads to track my first tank build. Just so I can see my progress or how it changes over time. Also if anyone has any suggestions or advice, I’d appreciate that too. I’m currently running a fishless cycle in a Fluval Spec V which is 19l or 5g. I plan...
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    Plants Reducing Ammonia? / Cycle Question

    Hi again! (Sorry to be a pest haha). I just wanted to clarify some things and get some opinions on my course of action. I'm currently running a fishless cycle in a planted 5.5g tank. It's been a week and a few days, so super early days and I know this takes a lot of patience. I just want to...
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    Water Changes (fish In Cycle)

    Hi there, I wanted to ask this question for my aunt. I’m not very familiar with the protocol when it comes to a fish in cycle as it was never something I considered. However, my aunt is currently doing one. She never asked me any advice before getting the fish so I wasn’t able to warn her off...
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    Helping Plants Thrive (anubias Nana, Java Moss, Frobit Etc)

    Hello there, I'm currently running a fishless cycle for the first time ever in a 5.5 gallon tank and I've already added a number of plants to make the tank a little more interesting to look at in the meantime. At the minute I have Anubias Nana, Java Moss and Java Fern on a small piece of...
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    Ammonia Off The Charts (first Cycle)

    Hi there, I am currently attempting my first ever tank cycle, fishless of course. I started by putting some flakes in the tank but decided to go with an ammonia solution instead to speed things up (famous last words lol). So basically I did my calculations of what I believed would give me...




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