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  1. mossman

    Split Canister Filter Intake?

    Is there any benefit to splitting the canister filter intake and installing two inlet tubes with two strainers inside a tank? Seems like it would be beneficial to me. How about using a spray wand-style intake (with slits instead of holes) across the entire bottom width of the tank (short...
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    Co2 Diffusing Idea

    Why not just get an actual ceramic diffuser? Not a pump, just aim the filter output across the long dimension of the tank to create a rotational water movement throughout the tank. Like this: How to distribute CO2 optimally A little trickier if you're using an HOB.
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    Question My Harlequin Rasbora Keep Dying One By One, What Could Be The Cause?

    What are you feeding and how often? I've had several mysterious fish deaths over the past year and was completely baffled. It turned out I wasn't feeding them enough.
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    Co2 Diffusing Idea

    What kind of diffuser were you using originally? Also, water flow is an important part of CO2 injection, especially if using an in-tank diffuser. You want the diffuser placed on the opposite side of the tank from the filter inlet such that the water flows across the surface, down the far side...
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    Upgrading From 20 Gal To 54 Corner Tank

    I could be wrong, so I'd wait for someone more knowledgeable to chime in. I just did a quick Google search and saw they were listed as aggressive and get upwards of 10"/
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    Wild Caught Panda Garra?

    Okay then, is there a possibility a wild caught Garra will be more susceptible to disease from my existing fish as opposed to a tank raised Garra?
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    Wild Caught Panda Garra?

    I'd like to get a few Panda Garra for my 20 gallon planted tank, but the only place I can find them were wild caught. I've never purchased wild caught fish. Is it okay to mix them with tank raised fish? Do I need to be concerned with disease? I have two other aquariums and share equipment...
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    Upgrading From 20 Gal To 54 Corner Tank

    I would say not to the Jack Dempsey. Those guys are aggressive and get upwards of 10". Electric Blue Acara would probably be fine.
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    Congo Tetras Swimming At Surface After Water Change!

    No worries. My best guess is the CO2 was way higher than it should have been Saturday evening after having increased the bps that morning. On top of that, I did not dose ferts Saturday, so the CO2 uptake was a little lower. Plus, I had very little surface agitation, which prevented the CO2...
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    Congo Tetras Swimming At Surface After Water Change!

    I have plants that need it and I'm EI dosing, so I'm not going to turn it off, but I will dial it back to 2bps. I also increased the surface agitation to increase gas exchange. The remaining three Congos appear to be fine. Hope this doesn't come off as rude, but I'm looking for a plausible...
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    Congo Tetras Swimming At Surface After Water Change!

    I think I just gassed them and couldn't undo it before three of them died. Should have trusted my drop Checker and not the KH pH relationship
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    Congo Tetras Swimming At Surface After Water Change!

    It's on a timer and comes on 1 hour before the lights come on and turns off one hour prior to the light turning off.
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    Congo Tetras Swimming At Surface After Water Change!

    Three fish dead this morning (the largest three) :/ The remaining three are acting more or less normal, but appear to be breathing rapidly, although not at the surface.
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    Congo Tetras Swimming At Surface After Water Change!

    With EI dosing, you dose the same day after the WC. Other than an airstone, increase surface agitation, and decrease water temp, what can I do? I left the CO2 running during the water change, but I don't think that would have affected anything would it? I have the light on full intensity with...
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    Congo Tetras Swimming At Surface After Water Change!

    I just did a 50% WC, added my micros per EI dosing, and 4mL of Seachem Flourish Potassium. My 6 Congo Tetras are now hanging out at the surface and breathing rapidly. This has never happened before. This is the first time I've used Flourish Potassium. Is it possible that this is the cause...
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    Help What Is This Spot On My Gbr?

    Just a guess, but maybe a burn from the heater or scrape from something sharp in the tank?
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    Okay To Use Bleach In Refill Bucket?

    Sounds like I'll be fine then. Here's a pic of the dragon stone with brown algae stains on it. I can't remove them for the life of me. I've tried bleach, Excel, hydrogen peroxide, and scrubbing with a scotchbrite pad and a toothbrush. Can't get it off. Maybe I'll try steel wool next (the...
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    Okay To Use Bleach In Refill Bucket?

    I'm sure it's dead. I just can't get it off.
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    Okay To Use Bleach In Refill Bucket?

    They are Ohko (dragon) rocks. A cup per gallon is only a 6% solution, so its not very much. A 10% solution is what was recommended. Regardless, I think it will be fine. Most of the algae is gone. I soaked in Excel then in hydrogen peroxide prior to the bleach. However, there is still...
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    Okay To Use Bleach In Refill Bucket?

    Is it okay to use the rocks? I'll soak them in dechlorinated water for a couple hours.
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    Okay To Use Bleach In Refill Bucket?

    What if I rinse it with vinegar? Guess I can just get another bucket.
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    Okay To Use Bleach In Refill Bucket?

    I have a bucket that is solely used to refill my tanks, and I used it this evening to clean the algae off a couple rocks. I used two cups of bleach in 2 gallons of water. I rinsed the bucket real well after. I feel like there's still a faint smell of bleach. Is it okay to use the bucket for...
  23. mossman

    Polishing Pads - Ac70

    I used the batted polyfill in all my filters. I don't like using the loose stuff. Too messy come cleaning time.
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    Quarantine Medications

    I don't believe you are supposed to stop feeding them at all. They still need to eat regardless if you are treating them. In fact medicating the food is more effective for treating internal parasites.
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    Python Water Changer

    My tank is 20" deep, so i don't want to shorten the tube, and I already shortened the hose as much as possible (about 30'). I think I'll give the powerhead trick a shot.
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    Polishing Pads - Ac70

    Okay. So the bio rings stay clean/don't clog, correct?
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    Polishing Pads - Ac70

    I just cleaned the coarse sponges really well last weekend, but not as aggressively as you describe. The reason I've been putting the pads on the top is because I was concerned about having all my BB built up on my sponges as opposed to the bio rings. For instance, when I go to throw out my...
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    Cloudy Water Help

    Just realized you said you are using a sponge filter. I've never used one of these and imagine the flow is pretty weak, so it will take some time to clear up regardless.
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    Cloudy Water Help

    Placing carbon in your tank will do nothing. It needs to have water flowing over it to be effective. Other than rinsing the filter in old tank water, did you also vacuum the gravel or clean anything else? Is your water cloudy white? If so, you likely triggered a bacteria bloom, which will...
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    Polishing Pads - Ac70

    I have two AC70s running on my 60 gallon FW aquarium and have the coarse sponge that came with the filter followed by Fluval Bio Rings, then finally a polishing pad on the top. After a few days, the pads start to turn brown and green and begin to restrict flow. When I checked this morning, the...
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    Python Water Changer

    I'll often have issues starting a siphon, but it is pretty good once it gets started. Not as strong as I had hoped though. Also, if I stop the siphon it takes forever to get it restarted. Not sure what the issue is. I have great water pressure and no leaks.
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    Constant Green Tint?

    I've had issues with cloudy water before, but it was typically a bacterial bloom from over cleaning, which is white. Are you certain it doesn't just look green because of that huge green plant? I'm not sure what your cleaning routine is, but I would alter between gravel vac and filter cleaning...
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    Why Do My Corydoras Keep Dying?

    Are your corydoras still dying off? I started with 10 Adolfoi and now I'm down to 6. As of this morning, the 6th is pale and probably won't make it another day. I have no clue what the problem is. My best guess is that they are starving because the Geos are taking all the food, but I can't...
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    Corydora Rapidly Dying Off

    3 months. )
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    Blue Angel Turning Yellow

    I don't think he's stressed, but I suppose it is possible. Other than the yellowing, his body and fins look to be in good condition. I haven't noticed him being picked on at all, other than the occasional peck from the slightly larger black angel in the tank. I should mention that I've been...
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    Blue Angel Turning Yellow

    Here's a pic from when I first got it. It has never been particularly blue. More white and black with a hint of light blue. I want to say he has always had some yellow. Sorry, not a marble. Couldn't think of the correct species.
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    Blue Angel Turning Yellow

    I have a juvenile blue marble Angel (about 2") and he has been turning yellow towards the upper half of his body. Is this normal coloration?
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    Corydora Rapidly Dying Off

    I ran out of shrimp pellets, but I'll pick up some more this evening. Should I just drop a couple in after lights out and let them peck at them as they slowly disintegrate, or should I crush them in a powder and sprinkle them in? If I do the latter, I'm concerned most of it will get sucked up...
  39. mossman

    Corydora Rapidly Dying Off

    Adofloi supposedly grow to 2-1/2" or more, but mine range between 3/4" and 1".
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    Can You Rinse Filter Out With Treated Water?

    Not if you use a python.
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    Corydora Rapidly Dying Off

    Okay. So hold off on any meds for now? What is the typical growth rate for Adolfoi? I swear they're virtually the same size as when I bought them 4 months ago.
  42. mossman

    Corydora Rapidly Dying Off

    Okay. So hold off on any meds for now? What is the typical growth rate for Adolfoi? I swear they're virtually the same size as when I bought them 4 months ago.
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    Corydora Rapidly Dying Off

    I see. I haven't consistently been feeding the brineshrimp and worms as much as I should. Should every other day be sufficient?
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    Corydora Rapidly Dying Off

    Also worth mentioning is that I've seen swimming around and along the leaves of my Swords and Vals and a lot of the leaves look ragged and torn like they are being eaten. Do Cories typically eat plants? Maybe they are in fact starving. I've had them for several months and they don't appear to...
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    Corydora Rapidly Dying Off

    When you say crush the Shrimp pellets, do you mean the cichlid pellets? So go ahead and deworm as a precaution to rule that out? I have Seachem Metroplex, Kanaplex, and Focus. Should I use one of these? I think I may have some Prazipro or similar dewormer come to think of it. But if I had a...
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    Corydora Rapidly Dying Off

    I pop a couple cichlid pellets in every other day so the Angels and Geos can pick them apart, and the Cories clean up the pieces that get left behind, and I also drop a half cube of Brine Shrimp and Blood Worms on alternating days. I watch them eat to ensure they all get some food, which they...
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    Corydora Rapidly Dying Off

    I originally had 13 Corydora (three Laser and 10 Adolfoi) in my 60 gallon and they were all doing great up until a couple weeks ago. Now I'm losing one about every 3 to 4 days for no apparent reason. They day before, the doomed fish is very pale, but still active and eating. Then the next day...
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    Issues With Python (leaking)

    Adding another washer would not resolve the leak. It is not leaking from that location. I followed the advice of the Amazon customer and tightened the stem using a 14mm hex wrench, and that fixed it
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    Issues With Python (leaking)

    Someone on Amazon said that piece can be tightened from the inside using a large hex wrench. I'll give that a try. Here's a pic of the location where it is leaking:
  50. mossman

    Issues With Python (leaking)

    It isn't leaking from there. It's leaking from the neck joint just below the portion that attaches to the faucet.




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