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  1. DISGUSTING tank

    There's a 20 gallon at my dad's work shop. He loves the tank and fish but doesn't take care of it at all. So that responsibility fell to my brother who wants nothing AT ALL to do with the tank. My mom calls to tell me that that are finally taking the tank down and do I want to get the three remaining...
  2. Help me finish out my 46 gallon

    Check out my siggy to see what I've got in the 46. The 10 pristella tetra that's in the 10 gallon will also go in the 46 in a couple weeks. I just bought them so they are hanging out in QT for a while. So in a couple weeks my 46 will look like this: Female Pearl Gourami 10 Pristella tetra 5...
  3. Sanitizing QT water?

    I've had an angel in the QT with fin rot. I don't expect him to make it. How do I go about sanitizing the tank before adding in more fish (new purchases)? I've been using Maracyn to treat the angel? Will just finishing the round of antibiotics be enough? I don't want to have to break this tank...
  4. I thought Pearls were supposed to be peaceful!!!

    I researched the internet over and everything says Pearls are more peaceful. Compared to what? A piranhna?!?! LOL. I got a male and female last Wednesday. The male has fin nipped my angelfish to the point of fin rot (in seperate tanks now) and he harrasses the female constantly!! Alot of his...
  5. New angel with fin rot

    Wednesday I bought a pair of pearl gouramis and 1 angelfish. They are meant to go into the 46 gallon but I put them in the 10 gallon for quarintine. In hindsight, I see I shouldn't have got all 3 at the same time. The male pearl is very aggressive. He chased the female all over the tank (and still doing it...
  6. Bulbs overheating water?

    I just put two new bulbs made for an aquarium in my 10 gallon hood. They are 25 watts each (instructions said that was the maximum wattage to use). It heats my 76 degree water to about 81-82. That can't be normal. Do I need to just downgrade watts?
  7. 4 angels or ???????

    My tanks are cycled and happy. I need to update profile info. The 46 is housing 4 skunk cories and will soon have the 3 bronze cories that's being quarantined in the 10. So that's a total of 7 cories in the 46 eventually (if no one in QT dies). I thought I was settled on finishing the tank out...
  8. What is going on with my tank?!?!?!?

    A little over two weeks ago my fishless cycle finished. I had 0 ammonia, 0 nitrites, and less than 10 nitrates. Cycled tank. I add 3, just 3, tiny skunk cories to the tank (a 46 gallon). Now I know that I disturbed the bacteria. When I done a PWC before adding the cories, I got a lil overzealous on...
  9. What do I about this ammonia?

    I think it was Monday or Tuesday my tank parameters in the 46 gallon was showing to be done. I had 0 ammonia, 0 nitrites, and tons of nitrates (can't remember exact number). So I done a 50% WC and added 3 skunk cories to the tank (I'll boost that number later; I wanted to start out with small numbers...
  10. Finish the cycle with snails?

    Unintentionally I have introduced pond snails to my 46 gallon while still cycling. I'm ALMOST through with the cycle. Ammonia-0, Nitrite-5ish, Nitrate- Up there (haven't tested these in a few days). I know that with a fishless cycle ammonia has to be added to the tank every so often to keep the...
  11. Ack! I have surprise snails!!

    I've heard of this happening but it never happened to me before. I bought some drift wood from pet store and it introduced the snails to my tank. That's the only way the could have got there. I need help identifying them. They have a purple body and brown shell. Apparently they are very hardy as...
  12. High PH and angelfish

    I've been testing my PH and it's showing to be 7.8 Which is odd because when the tank was up a couple years ago I was in the more neutral range (7.0-7.2). Not sure why the difference now. Anyway, I had my heart set on a couple of angels but I see where they prefer more acidic water. I don't...
  13. I have nitrates using driftwood! Wooo

    I went to the LFS Monday getting dog food and an API master test kit and while checking out I asked them if they had any old filters, etc that I could jump start my tank with. They didn't. And then I went to Petco two days ago to gaze at fish. I saw where they were selling sunken driftwood in...
  14. Why do you love your pleco?

    I've never liked the way they look, personally. But they seem to be a pretty popular fish. I had really wanted cory's as my "clean up crew" but I was reading on anther thread about gravel wearing their barbels down. So I got to thinking about a bn pleco. Why do u like your pleco? Convince me to...
  15. Where do you buy your Angelfish?

    I've looked at Petco and Petsmart. They have none at all. Today I went to my mom and pop LFS and they had quite a few angels. They looked to be in good health. They got their fish shipment in Tues so they may have been picked over already. All they had were the white ones and the black/white...
  16. Angels or Blood Parrots?

    Which have the best personality? I thought I was set on a angel or two for my 46. They are so pretty. But something just draws me back to the BP's. I like they way they look but I think it's their personality that really does it for me. They seem to be like a puppy in a tank. So aware (once they...
  17. My filter is leaking!

    This morning my daughter drew my attention to some water leaking out from underneath the 46 gallon that I just set up yesterday. My first thought was leaking seam since the tank had been sitting up for a while. I was devastated at the thought of having to empty it after just filling it and starting...
  18. calling all biologists - cycling with enzymes

    I make my own enzyme cleaner. My own version of Biokleen or Nature's Miracle without the alcohol. The only ingredients I use is citrus fruit, brown sugar, and water. It sits for about 3 months to give the live enzymes (good bacteria?) time to grow. It's supposed to be good for pet odors and...
  19. Your fave online store?

    I thought I still had all my old decor. I had some awesome slate and such and now I can't find any of it. I must have given it away. I checked out the LFS's today and weren't overly impressed with what they had. So where do ya'll do your online shopping? Especially for slate/stone and fake...
  20. Help me stock my 46 gallon

    I'm planning on setting up my 10 gallon (to be used as a QT) and 46 gallon Bowfront today. That is if they don't leak since they have been in the attic for about 3 yrs. I know I've got quite a wait while it cycles so I'm doing my research on what I want to stock with while I wait. My focus is on the 46, of...




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