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    Fish-safe Adhesive/Sealant (That isn’t Silicone)

    Hi All, I'm in the process of building a free-standing 'indoor pond'. It has a wooden frame that is lined with an EPDM rubber liner. It's an 'L'-shape and will to fit in a corner. As designed, there are 2 peek-a-boo viewing windows on the front faces of the 'arms' of the unit. We have...
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    Fish ID: Friends for Goldfish

    Hi All, I'm currently working on building an aquaponics system that will include a tank that holds roughly 325 gallons of water. I'm going to be housing my 2 large 'common' goldfish, JJ and Lucy. JJ is a comet. Lucy is...round. ;) I know there aren't many tankmates for goldfish other than some...
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    Move Large Goldfish

    HI All, We're preparing to move across the country and have 2 large goldfish and 1 large pleco that will be moving with us. We want to make the process as smooth as possible for our fishy friends. Does anyone out there have any good tips, dos and don't, etc? Much appreciated!
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    Betta With 'bruising' Around Head And Possible Lesions

    Hello, Our sweet betta, Sugar, has been struggling lately. I posted last month about a mysterious white 'lichen-like' growth she had developed over her left eye (pictured below). I took photos to our LFS and spoke with one of their aquatics experts. He couldn't provide a solid diagnosis and...
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    How To 'tone Down' Super Bright Led Lights

    HI All, My goldies have voted: ALL FINS DOWN on the new LED lights. One of my fluorescent hoods recently kicked the bucket. In the photo below, you can see I replaced it with a new LED fixture. It's obnoxiously bright, casts really harsh white light into the tank...and the fish aren't having...
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    Seeking Recommendation: Replacing Fluorescents With Leds

    Hi, I have a 55-gallon rectangular tank on which I currently have 2-24" hoods that each take an 18" fluorescent bulb. For a second time, the ballast has gone out of one of the hoods and I've had to replace it. When I went in to our local pet store today, I discovered that they are phasing out...
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    How To Encourage Successful Ember Tetra Breeding In Community Tank?

    Hello All, I have a fairly heavily10-gallon planted nano community tank containing: 9 ember tetras 10 (or so) pygmy cories 3 male guppies the ubiquitous pond snails a number of assassin snails (3 adults + some new juveniles roaming around) I've recently noticed that my small school of ember...
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    Betta Lichen? (not.)

    HI All, Our beloved betta, Sugar, has had a white spot above her left eye for nearly a year. It hasn't spread and she has no other strange spots on her body or fins. (So I don't think it's ick.) She's quite perky, eats well, naps well and goes about her days without much deviation. I've been...
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    Any Way To *humanely* Control Growth Of Common Pleco?

    HI All, I have a question about our beloved pleco, Al. Al is a healthy and I hope happy pleco residing in a 55-gallon tank with his two goldfish friends JJ and Lucy. When I first moved Al and JJ from their original 10-gallon to their current 55-gallon home, I built Al a hidey tunnel. He has...
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    Ember Tetras: How Long Until The 'orange-ing' Occurs?

    HI there, I procured a happy school of 9 young ember tetras a couple of months ago. They seem very happy and healthy and have grown quite a bit. However, they all still have their rather neutral coloring. I was wondering, however, how long it takes for them to take on their brilliant orange...
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