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    maintaining substrate depths?

    So how do you do it? I keep trying to keep the substrate 2-3 inches at the back of the tank and only 1 1/2 or so at the front. Partially because I put plants that need deeper substrate at the back, and partially for the look... but regardless, after a very short time it seems to try to 'level'...
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    So are these 2 short tailed males?

    What do you think Gremlin.... am I right? Are these two orange commons short-tailed males? I see the tubercles(sp?) on the gill plates... They are both about 5 inches long, possibly 6 with the tail This other one (red+wh) has the look of a male--the long fins etc, and he has showed breeding...
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    Is it just me?

    ... or are platies entirely neurotic? I think my sunburst platy finally snapped last night. She's been getting progressively more strange for weeks now. She looks perfectly healthy, no fins pinned or flat... but has spent the last two weeks hiding out under a bridge decoration. And as far as...
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    Signs of a Clueless LFS emplyee

    Well, its not really a top 10 list at this point, but at the end we can choose some of the 'best' (I say that laughingly) lfs employee utterances for the top picks. Lets see what we can come up with :gathering: Now don't get me wrong--I know there are plenty of knowledgeable lfs employees...
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    Prob posting with pics

    So long as I don't try to load pictures I have no problem posting... but once there is a pic then all bets are off. Its not a re-sizing problem either. I had sized all the pics I was trying to load, the same as always. But when I hit the 'post' button all I get is a blank screen, and my reply is...
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    A Study of Extremes

    Thought I would challenge you cat people out there to find pictures that offer a 'visual challenge' or contrast Here's mine: Tez (the lioness) and Butters (her Siamese buddy)
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    My 'ponies'

    I've said I was going to put up pics of my 'ponies' a while back and never did it... well, better late then never I suppose Without further ado, here's the current herd. Shady ~ my black Paint mare, coming 7 this year... I'm attempting dressage with her but really don't know what I am...
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    healthy... or just fat?

    My nasty friend tells me that I have a 'fat' fish. I think she's just obsessed... But you tell me: Does Circe look like she's put on too much weight? She actually told me that she looks like a little piggy
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    Preemptive parasite treatment?

    I know with some other types of animals I've had over the years you don't wait for signs of parasites... you just assume they have them and deworm (horses and barn cats for instance). Does anyone do the same thing with pond fish? Or is that just too hard on their systems? If you do though...
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    carbon removes nitrate??

    This is probably going to sound really stupid but.... Someone told me that carbon will remove nitrAte from the water. Any truth to this or is she just sadly delusional? (she has kept fish for years, but that doesn't convince me that she's right) I was talking to her about my nitrate heavy...
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    Bolivian rams and kribs?

    Okay I realize that the rams are s American and the kribs are an african cichlid, but I have a friend who suggested that they could be kept together. Given that he used to breed cichlids, I thought I'd at least run it by some knowledgable people and see what their thoughts on the subject might...
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    new look?

    What do you think of this look? I think the breeders are going crazy looking for new mutations that might translate into new-fad/money
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    hair algae

    Is there anything that eats hair algae? Its starting to crowd out the java moss in my shrimp tank and the RCS seem to have no interest in eating it. Or am I just stuck with pulling out patches of it?
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    Which is better in a betta apartment?

    I'm trying a divided tank so I can have more stable water temps then the 2.5s.... but I was wondering: which will be better in a divided apartment two males or a male and a female? And does anyone have an opinion on which will cause less problems?
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    hunch-back platy?

    When a platy starts swimming upright and looks like it has a hunch-back what is wrong? She's been hiding from the male for several days now, but this strange way of swimming is new... and looks concerning. :-\ Other info: 3 other platies in the tank 1m:3f, and some panda cories. All other...
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    my little pond

    Thought I would share a picture now that I am happy with the progression. I wish I would have taken some pictures of the early stages as well, so I could chart my progress, but I failed to do that ...and as a bonus a pic of my newest goldfish-baby that I bought to add to the pond fauna...
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    why do my snails keep dying?

    Actually, I should be more specific.... the pond snails are fine, the ramshorns are multiplying beyond control and the nerites are doing well.... BUT the ones that keep dying are the 'mystery' snails. So far out of 4 that I have bought I only have one left! And I'd really like to keep poor...
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    betta food upgrade

    I finally made the leap and bought better quality betta pellets for my finned kids. When I had perchased my first betta, I bought the first container that came to hand with 'betta' written on it. Thus I ended up with a 34g container of wardley betta food.... which as I have found out, is one of...
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    Sharing my kids! :)

    Just wanted to share my kids with everyone. I have learned so much about bettas on this site. After all if it wasn't for you guys I wouldn't even have one betta; let alone FIVE!!! ha ha First up: Windago (blue) He chose to starve himself for the first 2-3 weeks that I had him, so now that...
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    Solar powered pumps?

    Does anyone have one of these? And if so how well do they work for a small pond? I read through several articles on them but most seemed to be straight from the manufacturers so they were so glowing in their praise that I am a bit suspicious The largest 'con' that I found was that they...




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