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  1. Caroline J

    Question How To Get Rid Of “algae” On Top Of Sand?

    Hello! So this is my first time using sand, and after having it for about a week now I’ve noticed that there’s these little green spots scattered on the top of the sand, and I’m assuming its algae. I thought it would be easier to clean than gravel, but it seems like it’s almost sticking to the...
  2. Caroline J

    Question How Long Before I Can Turn My Filter Back On After Adding Sand

    Hello! So yesterday I finally added sand to my 20 gallon. It’s been in there almost a full 24 hours now. When should I be able to turn my filter back on? The water is growing quite stagnant at this point. I’ve heard a couple people say to wait until it has all completely settled and there is no...
  3. Caroline J

    Help How To Get Rid Of Cloudiness Faster From Sand

    So yesterday I finally put my sand in the tank, and while it looks decent, it still isn’t nearly as clear as I’d like it to be. I used the bio magnet clarifier that the bag came with, but it hasn’t seem to help tremendously. Any methods for clearing it faster, or should I just expect to wait a...
  4. Caroline J

    Question How Long Should I Wait Before Turning My Filter Back On After Adding Sand?

    Hello! So I’m almost down rinsing my sand, but I’ve heard it’s best to turn the filter off and wait for the sand to settle. I’ve heard an hour or more, but I wanted to make sure. Thanks in advance!
  5. Caroline J

    Question Can I Rinse My Sand In Segments Of Time?

    So I just got home to start rinsing my sand for my 20 gallon, but it’s already 9:40 and I’ll probably be heading to bed soon. Should I start rinsing right now and probably get a couple pounds cleaned or just put it off until the weekend? I was wondering if I could just wash it, put it in a...
  6. Caroline J

    Help How To Take Care Of Sand

    Hello! I ordered a bag of sand as the substrate for my 20 gallon and it arrived today. Before I wash it and put it in, I was wondering if anyone had any tips on taking care of sand, and any past mistakes you’ve made. Yes, I have read articles and watching videos already but I wanted to see if...
  7. Caroline J

    Question How Long Will It Take For My Tank To Be Cycled?

    Hello! So I had a 20 gallon tank that i kept guppies and ghost shrimp in for about 7 months. I chose them to get the tank started on the nitrogen cycle and to become more familiar with the hobby. I finally felt ready to move onto fish that I had been wanting from the beginning , so we re-homed...
  8. Caroline J

    Question Can I Put A Bundle Of Peat Moss In My Filter?

    Hello! So I’m considering putting neon tetras in my 20 gallon tank once it is cycled, however I’ve heard that they prefer a ph on the lower scale. Mine is quite high right now, I couldn’t test for high ph but it was well above 7.4 I believe when I checked today. Granted, I’m having my substrate...
  9. Caroline J

    Question Best Dwarf Gourami/kuhli Loach Breeders?

    Hello! So I have a 20 gallon tank in the process of cycling, and I have a bag of sand coming in the mail soon. Of course I’ll have to let my tank finishing cycling, but I wanted to go for a Dwarf Gourami, hopefully around 6 Kuhli Loaches, and a school of neon tetras. However usually my lfs and...
  10. Caroline J

    Question Caribsea Super Naturals Vs Instant Aquarium

    Hello! So this is my first time dealing with sand, as all of my previous tanks have been gravel. I’ve been researching different brands of sand for my freshwater 20 gallon, and I found a brand that’s relatively inexpensive but also seems promising. That would be CaribSea, however I’m not sure...
  11. Caroline J

    Stocking A 20 Gallon Freshwater Tank

    Hello! So recently we completely cleaned out my 20 gallon tank, and I get the chance to start fresh. Last time I had gravel and while it was pretty, it got very frustrating to clean and in general I had always just regretted not trying sand. Now that I have the chance, I’m very excited, and I...
  12. Caroline J

    Question Sand Vs Gravel Substrate

    Hello! So there is a large chance I could be getting a new, most likely larger fish tank for Christmas. I’ve been keeping guppies, guppy fry, and ghost shrimp in a 20 gallon tank for the past year almost. I used white gravel since I was a beginner and absolutely loved it, but the look of sand...
  13. Caroline J

    Question How To Replace Filters?

    Hello! I have a Marina S20 Slim Filter with 4 cartlidges inside. It’s attached to my 20 gallon long tank that I currently keep guppies in. I’ve had them for about 4 months now ( the tank is split for the fry) and I’m rather ready for some more experienced fish. I was thinking a dwarf gourami or...
  14. Caroline J

    Help Guppy Fry Situation

    Hello! So my Cobra guppy fry have been growing quickly and healthily, and some are beginning to show their colors. Tomorrow it will be a full month since they were born, which is very exciting but also poses a problem. I've heard most guppies become sexually mature at around a month old, and I...
  15. Caroline J

    Important Urgent- Fish Bleeding

    Hello. So I am a beginner to this hobby, and this is the first time this has happened to me. A couple weeks back, we added two new guppies to my 20 gallon long tank. There are now 8 of them in about a 12 gallon section because I divided it for the fry. But today I came home to my prettiest male...
  16. Caroline J

    Question When Do Guppies Become Sexually Mature?

    Hello! So my pregnant guppy gave birth last month on the 26th. They've been growing pretty rapidly, and I've loved taking care of them. I divided my 20 gallon tank for them, and recently I've been thinking a lot about inbreeding. Obviously I'd hate for this to happen, so I've been doing research...
  17. Caroline J

    Help Birth Defect In Guppy?

    Hello! So about a week ago, my pregnant guppy gave birth to her fry. One ended up dying most likely because of a birth defect, but they were so tiny it was hard to tell. There's about 18 of them, and just today I realized that one is bent in a sort of V shape. Not exactly like that of course...
  18. Caroline J

    How To Properly Cut Live Plant Roots?

    Hello! So one of my live plants, I believe is a water sprite (correct me if I'm wrong), is growing extremely quickly. It's... Roots? I suppose you could say, are sprouting off the top of the plant and growing fast, attaching to everything around it. I'd prefer for it to not spread over...
  19. Caroline J

    Is This Normal Guppy Behavior?

    Hello! So I added a new adult male guppy into my tank today. It's a 20 gallon long, but had to be divided in half for my guppy fry. This specific new one keeps swimming up and down rapidly behind the bubble wand for a long period of time. I thought he was just playing at first but he's doing it...
  20. Caroline J

    All Male Guppy Tank?

    Hello! So a family member surprised me with two new GORGEOUS guppies that we had been looking at. The only problem is now the male to female ratio is quite troublesome. It also doesn't help that the tank has been divided for my recent guppy fry and they don't have as much space to hide. But I'd...




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