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  1. lorianne621

    Help Please Help! I need a quick answer, Please!

    I have been searching for a tank that fits my needs so I can begin a SW project. I only get $100 a month in "fun" money to spend on my hobbies. So I have been saving and I don't want to spend more than I have to on a tank. I found a 75g on CL that I am going to buy. It is exactly the size I...
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    Question How to get water to the sump if the tank is not drilled?

    Okay I am really new to the SW world and I am still in the planning stage for my first tank. I have been doing lots of research and I am so grateful for all the information these forums provide. I have gained a lot of confidence just from reading what all of you have written here on these pages...
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    Shells for Land Hermit Crabs?

    Does anyone know a good source for Shells for Land Hermit Crabs? All my crabs are the Purple Pincher type that you commonly see at local pet stores. I have been keeping them for about a year and started because my son wanted them for his 5 year old daughter (now 6) and when I did some...
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    How taking my puppy to the lake almost killed her.

    I thought I would tell you how taking my 6 month old chihuahua puppy to the lake almost killed her. My husband and I were planning a float trip in our Kayak... and part of that plan meant making sure Jesse, our 6 month old chihuahua would be safe... we bought her a life jacket and in late...
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    Question SW Newbie - First tank size - Opinions please

    I have been researching SW for a short while. I am still in the research stage and realize I have been kind of "all over the place" in my research and I am getting back to the basics. I am trying to decide the best tank size for my first tank. I have decided the first tank will be a FOWLR...
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    Question Huge KH difference between LFS and home a problem for fish?

    I have been trying to stock some of my tanks with various tetras recently. I started with neon tetras with not so good results at first. I was very careful to slowly acclimate them and even though I knew they were not as hardy as I once thought I kept trying... I lost 60% the first batch, 90%...
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    Photometer - Light Meter - Anyone used one?

    Well, I am still researching for my SW tank and learning a LOT! But I kind of got sidetracked when it came to lighting... I was reading how lighting became much more critical if I decided to branch out from FOWLR to REEF and I am pretty sure that I will after a year or two and I want to be...
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    Question How fast do Angelfish grow? Stocking question...

    How fast do Angelfish grow? I would love to put two in a 29 gallon Hex tank that I have set up and cycled... it has been cycled for several months and has only a couple snails and one lonely BN Pleco in it. It also has several plants. I really want to put two small angel fish in there...
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    Help please help me keep my neon tetras alive

    Please help me keep my Neons alive. For some reason I really have a hard time with Neons. I have tried several times to get a decent size school and they just don't do well. Other fish in this tank do fine. The only other fish in this tank right now are 6 male Endlers, 2 Bristlenose Plecos, 6...
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    Question Prime - ratio question for 1 or 2 gallons of water

    Hello Everyone, I have been using Prime for quite a while and I love it. I have 7 tanks ranging in size from 5 gallon to 55 gallon and I always just made up lots of water at a time mixing my RO water with tap water treated with Prime. This allowed me to add some of the minerals back to the RO...
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    can snails or cherry shrimp parents hurt my baby cherry shrimp?

    Can snails or cherry shrimp parents hurt my baby red cherry shrimp? Even to me this sounds like a silly question. But I have a 10 gal tank dedicated to red cherry shrimp. I bought the shrimp about 5 months ago and I started with 17 youngsters from a respected breeder here on FL. None have...
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    My new RO/DI unit - My thoughts so far

    Because of recent changes in our city tap water I bought a RO/DI unit. I went ahead and bought the DI portion even though I won't use it for a while since it didn't raise the initial investment that much and I don't have to use it until I need it. It is just an empty canister until I decide to...
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    About TDS meters... Which one do YOU use?

    I was doing my usual thing... which is research a subject to death... hahaha... and since RO/DI is the subject at the moment I was also looking at the meters with which to test said unit should I finally decide on one. One of the first steps I take is to go to Amazon and search there because...
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    Water quality issues... Newbie to RO needs help

    Hello all you SW experts. I am coming to you because you seem to be the experts in water chemistry. After much searching I found your RO/DI area here in the SW section.. I am a FW keeper so far... Here is my issue in a nutshell. My city water is what I have been using for my water source...
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    Question Help - Will mixing RO water help?

    I need to make some changes quick and I don't know what to do... I have always used our city tap water for water changes. It has always had a PH of 8.2 out of the tap that settled to 7.6 after 24 hours and this is what my fish are used to. The PH for the past week has been so high it is...
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    Do the weather changes affect Hermit crabs?

    My Hermits don't seem to be as active in the last week to 10 days. I wonder if the weather getting colder and the shorter days has any affect on them even though they have a nice warm and cozy place that seems protected from those changes. It has been a long time since I kept hermits and...
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    Vandalism of Saltwater Tanks at our LFS

    I don't know if this has been posted before as this happened a few months ago. I could not find the news article back then but since I now have a link to it and I have never seen the discussion here I thought I would share it. This particular Local Fish Store is not my favorite and my guess is...
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    My new crabitat

    I am setting up a new crabitat for my hermit crabs. I have purchased a 40 gallon breeder and I am fixing it up. I have been blogging about it and would like to invite all you land hermit crab lovers to take a look. I hope it's okay to do this. I looked and couldn't find any rules against it...
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    Neat article on Crystalwort Moss

    I couldn't sleep and was cruising the net looking at what I might like to put on my wish list. And I came upon a really good article on Crystalwort Moss. It is similar to Java Moss but has a different look. Take a look
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    I saw some Mollies with Tattoos :(

    I was at the Mall to exchange some pants and stopped by the Fish store.(of course) They had some Mollies they were calling Tattoo Mollies. They were white and some had polka dots. Those got my attention first and I thought they were natural at first until I looked closer and noticed that some...




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