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  1. What Size Submersible Pump For Water Changes?

    Does anyone know how strong of a water pump I will need to pump water out of a tank, through 50-75 feet of vinyl tubing, and up into a sink? Basically want to use a submersible pump for water changes and shopping has been confusing since most pumps seem to be designed as simply return pumps for...
  2. Led Lighting For 5 Foot 120 Gallon Planted

    Hello, Looking to eliminate the dark edges of my 5 foot 120 g planted tank. Currently running the 48 inch fluval 2.0 fixture. Works great but would be better for a 4 foot tank. Any thoughts on a better lighting setup are appreciated. Thanks!
  3. African Cichlid Substrate Advice Needed

    So I'm converting my 125 tank to african cichlids and contemplating swapping out most of the gravel, pool sand, flourite mix in there now to african cichlid sand/ substrate for the ph buffer. The ph in that tank is naturally high (around 8.0). My understanding is the buffer effect basically...
  4. Tiger Barbs As Dithers Not Working Out

    School of 12 tiger barbs is being slaughtered by 2 jack dempseys and a green terror. The survivors are getting relocated tonight. Any suggestions besides silver dollars or giant danios? Silver dollars would be best but I didn't want to wait months to grow them out. Thanks all.
  5. Oscar Hith Treatment

    One if my oscars has had hole in the head pretty much since I got her. I managed to get it pretty much healed up by doubling my water changes and adding a little vita Chem to her nightly meal. However, it's now come back with some authority. It's time to treat with meds. I was gonna put her...
  6. Glass baking dishes as substrate divider

    I'm consolidation 2 55 gallon planted tanks into a new 120 gallon. The new tank will be viewable from both sides and as such, I'm want to create a black sand perimeter around the entire tank. The planted center section will be flourite/ eco complete mix mostly. I've been tossing around...
  7. Dithers/ targets for SA & CA cichlid tank

    I've been researching this a bit. I've got 2 oscars, 2 green texas, and 2 jacks. Looking for dithers and targets to bring the jacks out more and focus texas cichlids on something other than each other (1 is very aggressive but only towards the other texas. Leaves everyone else alone). I've...
  8. What are you feeding your texas cichlids?

    I have 2 texas cichlids in a 180 with 2 jacks, an oscar, and a royal pleco. They are prob only about 4 inches at this point and yes, they are growing slow. They have completely stopped coming to the surface for feedings so I've resorted to sinking pellets etc. They are never too excited for...
  9. Pest snail control

    Had anyone discovered a humane way to control pest snails? They are out of control in my planted tanks and I really dislike executing them in masses but they multiply so fast it's insane. I leave very little uneaten food in the tank and have a school of 8 corys, 4 ottos, a blue phantom pleco...
  10. Oscar picky eating

    Hello, I have 2 Oscars in 2 separate tanks (wanted to house together but the elder wouldn't have it). Both have now decided they refuse to eat pellets and will only accept a variety of frozen foods. I just tried Seachem Entice and it not help. I also tried soaking pellets in Entice with...
  11. Sponge filters on planted tank

    I try to provide as much filtration as possible on my tanks. I'm running an Emperor 350, generic canister filter that actually works pretty well, and 2 sponges on a 75. I'm wondering if the surface agitation from the sponges is causing the tank to lose CO2 quickly. I have plants that are doing...
  12. Carbon usage?

    I'm running 4 tanks right now and changing carbon every month gets a bit pricy. Has anyone got away with out using carbon long term? I know that it's not really necessary as long as you are keeping up on maintenance and water changes which I do. I was thinking of going to a schedule where I...
  13. How strong of an air pump to power 2 sponge filters

    I'm looking to add 2 normal size sponge filters to my 180 gallon hoping they will help collect debri and fish waste between weekly cleaning/ water change. I did this on my little 27 gallon cube tank with a very small sponge filter and it does a great job. On the small tank I'm just running...
  14. Eheim auto gravel vac

    Anyone ever use one of these? Thinking about getting one just to clean up after my pleco in between weekly water changes/ full gravel vacs. I've read mixed reviews. The royal pleco dishes out some serious waste and I've been vacuuming a little bit mid week. I think the Eheim would be much...
  15. Rope fish care

    Any one out there keep rope fish. Just wondering how often/ how much you feed them (once a day, twice a day....?). Mine are enjoying some blood worms at the moment.
  16. Royal pleco care

    I recently added a young royal pleco to my 180 gallon tank. Tank is set up south american style with a ton of driftwood. He is in there with american cichlids and they ignore him. I know royals eat wood and he's doing a lot of that and the bio load shows! However, he hasn't paid attention to...
  17. Last chance for my red tail shark

    This guy is on his last chance before going back to my LFS. He was in my 55 for a while but began harassing my 2 rope fish (will be upgrading tank when they get older). I moved him to my 180 and he terrorized my texas cichlids and jack dempseys. He spent the night in a bucket with a sponge...
  18. Restocking 55 gallon tank

    I moved some fish between some of my tanks and now I'm left with a 55 mostly planted tank (soon to be fully planted) with 1 large gold angelfish and a CAE and that's it. the CAE was rehoused from my 180. I'm watching him to make sure he doesn't try to go after the angelfish. So far he totally...
  19. Compatibility questions

    Ok so I'll start by saying I know my proposed set up is not an ideal situation but I hate returning fish I've owned for a while to the store so here it is, I added a royal pleco to my 180 with 3 juvenile green texas cichlids, 2 jacks, I oscar, and......a pretty tough CAE. the problem as you...
  20. Keeping substrate clean between weekly maintenance

    I was wondering if anyone has found an effective way to collect debri (mostly fish poop) from the substrate between weekly gravel/sand vacuums. I'm running a Aquaclear 110 HOB, Penguin 350 HOb, and Fluval 406 canister on my 180 gallon. I was thinking of adding 2 sponge filters with the hope...




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