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  1. Biev

    Dither For Rams

    Hello! I'm looking for a new dither species for my german blue rams. Can anyone suggest a small schooling fish that would be comfortable at 28°C (82~83F), in soft to moderately hard water and acidic to neutral pH?
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    African Cichlids

    Someone traded me a bunch of African cichlids in exchange for other stuff, and now I've got this community of fish that probably shouldn't be kept together. Could you help me identify them so that I can figure out which ones can be grouped? I usually only keep American cichlids, I have no...
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    Tankmates For Juvenile Fuellerborn's Cichlid?

    I was sold a fuellerborn's cichlid by mistake. He's a gorgeous boy, about 2.5", but space is my shop is at a premium, so I'd like to pair him up with another species. Can you help me choose the best short term tank mates for him (for the next 2-3 months) among the following cichlids (all...
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    Buffer With Low Kh

    This is a pretty random question, but I'm making an aquarium problem-solving chart, and I realized I don't know the answer to this specific problem: how do you buffer pH when keeping species with low KH requirements? [edit] The specific problem here would be pH swings, rather than chronically...
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    (please Pin!) How To Euthanize A Crayfish

    I had to do research on humane crayfish euthanasia at work, so I thought I'd share my findings. It turns out humane crayfish euthanasia is quite easy to do at home: all you need to do is raise the water temperature at a rate of 1°C per minute, until the temperature exceeds 30°C (86 F). Strangely...
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    Isaah 2018 - Who Else Is Here??

    HI everyone! I’m fortunate enough to have a job that flies me to cool places to meet other fish nerds. I’m spending this week at the International Symposium on Aquatic Animal Health in Prince-Edward-Island, Canada. I’ve met people here from all over the world, so I’ve been wondering: are there...
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    Mystery Fish Babies!

    I sell axolotls, and whenever a client reserves one, I transfer it to a plastic tub so that I can keep track. The tubs are very basic: all they contain are the axolotl itself, some kind of hide, and an indian almond leaf. No filter necessary - the axolotl gets transfered to a new, clean tub at...
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    Pink Convict Genetics

    Is anyone familiar with the genetics for the different convict cichlid colorations? I have one male pink convict I'd like to breed, but I'm having a hard time sourcing any pink females that aren't direct siblings. If I breed him with a regular convict female, will all offsprings be heterozygous...
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    Safe Way To Raise Kh?

    My city water is medium hard (7-9 dGH) but KH is always low (0-3 dKH), which causes pH to fluctuate between 6 and 7.5. I mainly raise American cichlids and other hard water fish/amphibians, so they're not very happy with the low KH and pH swings. I even lost a tank of guppies to a sudden pH...
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    Brackish Tank Stocking

    I have a bunch of empty 20 gallon tanks lying around, and I'm tempted to turn one into a brackish setup. Could a figure 8 puffer live happily in a 20 gal high with a couple of bumblebee gobies, provided their lines of sight are nice and broken with driftwood and leaves? I'm always overrun with...
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