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    How Do I Heavily Plant A Tank

    I have a 5.5 gal (22L) betta tank, and I want to heavily plant it. Right now I have java ferns, an anubias, some duckweed, and an unknown rooting plant that A) is doing better than the rest combined, and B) seems to be a rooting bacopa. I wasn't planning on getting it and it's a happy surprise...
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    Does Charcoal Actually Release Stuff When It Gets Too Old?

    If I was using a carbon in my filter, would I need to change it at some point, or if I don't need it anymore could I just forget about it?
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    Is There Such A Thing As Too High Ph When Fishless Cycling?

    I'm doing a fishless cycle in my 5.5 gal, and (long story time) wanted to add my driftwood. However, the tank had very soft water, and I didn't want pH to drop. It was very good, at 7.6, but I wanted to add some KH, which I did by adding some sodium bicarbonate. (Baking soda.) Before I did that...
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    Question How To Quickly Raise Ph/kh While Fishless Cycling?

    I'm fishless cycling and want to raise the KH and possibly pH in the tank. There's a long story as to why this won't matter when I'm done cycling or why the water in the tank has such low levels, but, as far as I am aware the nitrifying bacteria won't mind a sudden parameter change. What can I...
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    Question How To Diy A Hood?

    I have a 5.5 gal I'm planning on using as a betta tank, which means I need a hood, but the hood that came with the tank won't fit the light I have. How can I make a hood for my tank, that will both give a place for the lights and keep the betta in? The LEDs are waterproof, so they can go on the...
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    What Is And Where To Find Pothos?

    What is pothos? I think it's a plant that helps clean nitrates, but am I right? If it is, where would I put it in my tank? Where could I buy it? What would I want to look for in a plant?
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    How Close To Cycled Am I?

    I set up a 5.5 gal tank 16 days ago, and am doing a fishless cycle with fish food. There are 2 Java ferns and a few dying duckweed, and very little light. One Java fern can from a tank with a very heavy bioload, but everything else was new. pH is 7.6, temp is 79. The entire time I've had it...
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    Question Why Are My Java Ferns Turning Clear?

    I recently set up a new 5.5 gal tank, currently doing a fishless cycle with fish food, and have noticed that parts of my two java ferns are turning clear. They still have a green color, and while fixing something else in the tank I touched a part of it and it felt the same as the rest of the...
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    Best Way To Attach Two Pieces Of Driftwood

    I'm planning on setting up a blackwater-ish betta tank with live plants and driftwood. I have the plants, IAL, substrate, driftwood, etc, and most everything is fine but... I need to attach pieces of driftwood together to turn it from long pieces of wood into something that looks more like the...
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    5 Gallon Tank Betta Or Mystery Snail?

    I'm doing a fishless cycle in my 5.5 gal (20.8L) right now. The tank has a Marineland Penguin 75GPH filter, Aqueon 50 watt heater, Smiful 4 watt LED colored light, 2 java ferns, and some duckweed. I have a few marimo moss balls I might add in at a later date. My tap water is unchlorinated well...
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    Can't Use B/s/t/f

    I have 50+ post but still can't use B/S/T/F forum. It's been a good 2 hours since I reached 50 post. Can anyone help?
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    5 Gallon Tank Betta + Snail(s)? Don't Want To Overload

    I'm setting up a 5.5 gallon (20.8L) betta tank and wanted to know what the best snails might be? I want to know if I'm going to have a much heavier bioload, or if the betta would probably bother the snails too much. In particular, I really like mystery snails, because they come in so many...
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    5 Gallon Tank Can I Have An Assassin Snail With My Betta

    I just set up a 5.5 gal tank. It's currently doing a fishless cycle, and when it's done I was planning on getting a betta. Last night, to my surprise, I found a snail! In a lightly planted tank with hides, could I keep an assassin snail along with the betta, or would it be too small?
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    Question Pest Snail?

    I'm on day four of a fishless cycle, and just found this dude in my tank. He's only in the very corner of the tank, and the shell is really translucent. I have a small light behind the tank and if it's the only thing on I can see straight through him. He's about half the size of a pea. I have...
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    Question Best Live Food For Bettas

    I'm planning on getting a betta soon and I was wondering what the best/most important things to live culture? I already have Omega One pellets but I wanted to culture something else as a supplement, and while daphnia look really easy I don't know if they would make a good supplement. What...
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    Funny Pre-cycled Tank

    3 days ago I set up a 5.5 gal (20.8 l) betta tank, and am doing a fishless cycle. today, and only today, I remembered that there is another tank, in my house, fully cycled, media full of all that good bacteria. whelp. time to skip like three months of waiting.
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    Question Cycle Just Started Or Already Done

    4 days ago I had a fully cycled tank (5.5 gal/20.8l) containing only a few plants and a dead fish. Due to many frustrations, 3 days ago I skipped a simple solution and broke down the entire tank, moving the plants to a 1.5 pot (technically a tank, but it's only use in life has been to hold...
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    Question How To Collect Water For Test Kit

    I was wondering how people collect the water when using a test kit? There are a few different ways and I was wondering what the pros and cons to all of them are. Of the top of my head I can think of: putting the vial in the tank water, using a syringe/dropper/siphon of some sort, and there may...
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    Best Water For Bettas

    I want to set up a betta tank and have read through the care sheet and found that people have a lot of different opinions about what you can/can't do concerning the water, such as Ph, Gh, conditioners, whether or not to use IAL, etc. So my questions are: What is the best water for bettas...
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    Question Sudden Ph Jump

    I'm doing a fishless cycle, and just set it up yesterday. It's a 5.5 gal tank with only 4.5 gallons of water in it right now. Yesterday the Ph was 7.0, and today when I tested it was 7.6. It doesn't matter right now since there's no fish and none of the plants would care (as much,) but I would...

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