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    Pro aquascapers, I need your help (warning: cringe worthy photos)

    Long story short, I ordered plants online in March and most of them died in both tank and on top of that, my fish started dying for an unknown reason. I would've fixed this a long time ago, but as a broke high school student, I had already spent all of my money to get the plants, lights...
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    Betta and inverts in 20 gallon?

    So I finally found something that really peaked my interest in restocking my 20 gallon high and would like some opinions on the amount of stocking for inverts and information on the inverts themselves if anyone has experience. After a disease wiped out my community, I realized I really want a...
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    Need some general help...

    I'm going to recap the past of my tanks for y'all (long read, sorry, I would recommend just skimming the first couple paragraphs) So I had 1 honey gourami, 8 harlequin rasboras, and 1 Bolivian ram since last June until the ram and one rasbora succumbed to store illnesses shortly after I got...
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    Could this hold a 5.5 gallon tank?

    My soon to be 5.5 gallon shrimp tank needs a place to sit. Do you think the top of this bookshelf would be able to hold the tank with water, substrate, decorations, etc? It seems pretty sturdy. Forgot to add the photo oops! Here it is:
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    Changing substrate

    Hello, I'm converting from black aquarium gravel to Eco-complete to start my planted tank and I don't really want to change one but at a time, so do you think I could change all of the substrate at once if i keep a large cup/bowl full of the old aquarium gravel to keep some of the BB and take it...
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    What can I tie plants with?

    I am ordering plants next week and totally forgot to get anything with my Amazon order for plant/moss tying. I'd rather not have to run to the store to get fishing line or something, so would thread work? Is there anything I need to do to prepare it for the tank other than rinsing it? Will it...
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    Where can I get a wide variety of plants?

    Hello all, I have had my 20 gallon high for about 9 months (stocked with 1 honey gourami and 7 harlequin rasboras), and it's finally time to plant it! I just received my 24 inch finnex planted plus 24/7 led light and am waiting on a few other things (like my Eco-complete substrate) to come in...
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    Questions on planting/decorating fluval spec v

    I think I'm going to get a fluval spec v as a planted tank for a betta and want to know what plants would work in there with the low light. Also with decorating, I'd like to know if polished stones like these are okay for aquariums because I really like them. Or are there any types of...
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    Sleek looking nano tanks with good lighting?

    I'm not sure if this is the right place to post this, but it was best place I could find to fit this topic. I was going to plant my 20 gallon tank, but it has proved to be difficult to find something I like. I also want to replace my 20 high with a 20 long in the future (a long ways in the...
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    Uh oh... Here we go again...

    So about a week or so ago I posted a thread about a problematic harlequin rasbora who wouldn't close his mouth (might have had a piece of food stuck). Well, while I went on vacation I had my sisters watch as I expected him to die (and he did). So today I went to the LFS and got a few new fish...
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    What should I do?

    I just came home from a week long trip a few minutes ago to find that there is no power in my room (where my fish are). That means no filter/heater. Our house was getting worked on during the week we were away and there must've been a power outage during the week or the workers shut off our...
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    Is this normal?

    I have 8 harlequin rasboras (I think my profile still says 4 I'll have to change that later but I'm on mobile). Today while feeding, I noticed that my smallest rasbora's mouth is open and doesn't close. I saw him/her try to eat a small chunk of freeze dried brine shrimp and he/she couldn't do it...
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    Little bit of an issue...

    This summer my family is having our house remodeled. It will take about two months since there are only 2 rooms in the house that are not getting remodeled, which is my room (where my fish are located) and my sister's room. So instead of staying home while the workers are working, my mom has...
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    Is this brown algae?

    This brown stuff was on the suction cups of my heater and looked gross, so while doing my water change today, I took them out and cleaned them, but before I did, I took pictures to see if anyone could help me identify this. It wasn't anywhere else but the suction cups. I also have a lot of...
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    Can you add "too much" water conditioner?

    So I don't have any clean 5 gallon buckets since we used all of ours to haul bricks after tearing down our fireplace and carrying dirt to fill in the garden, so I'm wondering if there is a way I can make a couple of them aquarium safe for water changes. Secondly, when I did my last water...
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    Mystery Snails & Nerite Snails

    I want to get a couple of mystery snails along with a couple of nerite snails (I couldn't choose so I'm getting both ) for my 20 gallon, but I've gotten mixed information about them. My questions are: Can I just feed them algae wafers broken into pieces? Do I need to have live plants in the...
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    Bolivian Ram pairing & breeding questions

    I plan on getting a pair of Bolivian rams for my 20 gallon high along with 8 harlequin rasboras and 1 honey gourami. My first question is: When I go to get them, should I look in the tank for a couple that is already paired? Would it be too much of a problem if I just got two that weren't...
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    Finishing touches to my stocking plan?

    I have posted many threads about how I want to stock this tank (20 high), but I have a few last questions of if these ideas will work. I want a school of either harlequin rasboras or chili rasboras (8-12) depending on what the LFS has Along with these I'd like to get 2 Bolivian Rams (1m, 1f)...
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    Plants that would work for my tank?

    I originally got fake silk plants for my 20 gallon high and now, looking at all of these beautiful tanks on here, I don't like the look of them. I am going to attach some pictures of my tank with the lights on and my room's lights off and maybe if you guys can tell from the picture, give me...
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    Dwarf Puffer Questions

    So once I get my 20 gallon established, I'd like to start a dwarf puffer tank. I would only get 1 dwarf puffer for a 5.5 gallon kit that's $30 at Petsmart, but so would like to get some Red Cherry Shrimp to go with him/her because I really like them. I'd probably get the RCS and put them in my...




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