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  1. ForceTen

    Pool Filter Sand Questions

    I use an air stone under my gravel. Can I do this with sand?
  2. ForceTen

    Pool Sand/Sand vs Gravel?

    Thanks. I see Ace Hardware carries it as well as Lowes and Home Depot. So, it looks like a very easy product to pick up most anywhere. I guess all pool filter sand is the same?
  3. ForceTen

    Pool Sand/Sand vs Gravel?

    Thanks. No live plants. I do not need anymore to care for. Is all pool filter sand the same? Or are there different grit? I'm excited to pick up the new equipment. I will wait until Monday so I can get the sand as well. Ordered my AquaClear 70 today.
  4. ForceTen

    October 2019 - Forum Upgrade Issues

    I love the new layout. My favorite upgrade is the hover over thread to see what it is, before having to open it.
  5. ForceTen

    Pool Sand/Sand vs Gravel?

    I just bought a new 40 gallon tank today. I have never used sand before and from what I hear on this forum most people really like it. Seems its appearance is the main attraction and I do agree. Other than appearance, what are the pro's and con's regarding sand as my new substrate. Fresh...
  6. ForceTen

    $1 Per Gallon Sale

    I got the 40 gallon for half price. I ordered the stand as well. Anyone know the difference between a 40 gallon breeder vs a standard tank? The stand says its 1 inch less wide than the tank. But Petco assured me the stand has a 1 inch give on width and length? Tank measures "19.25 wide. Stand...
  7. ForceTen

    $1 Per Gallon Sale

    Petco has the $1 per gallon tank sale going on. I just placed an order. Just wanted to let everyone know about it. Order online and pick up at store is another 10% off.
  8. ForceTen

    Adding rocks

    I used Seachem Stability for the BB. Not sure I could recommend it as I'm not certain it was not just a bottle of white colored water. I wonder if these bacterium can be seen under a microscope? LOL
  9. ForceTen

    Adding rocks

    The rocks pictured do not look like limestone at all. I unsuccessfully collected many rocks from local rivers and lakes hoping to find limestone and never have yet. So I ordered some from Marine Depot. These rocks are very soft and will crumble if you're not careful. After adding them to my...
  10. ForceTen

    Python Vacuums

    I'm not a fan of the Python system. Setting up and then draining and putting away is more work than a few buckets IMO. Plus remaining water in the tubing will grow algae. I guess if I had a very big tank I might feel different?
  11. ForceTen

    Help I Need Affordable Light For 30gal

    Is your existing light fixture fluorescent? You can buy LED line voltage tubes/lamps for the fixture. Eliminate the ballast and direct wire to the LED tube/amp. Will provide plenty light and will last a very long time. Just take a look at the lamp/tube and see what it is. Then Google LED line...
  12. ForceTen

    Flake Fish Food

    Thanks. That was fast. I will check them out.
  13. ForceTen

    Flake Fish Food

    Can you point me to the larger pellets? Micro pellets are fine as flour. Almost.
  14. ForceTen

    Flake Fish Food

    I bought this ^ online at Amazon. It's way to fine. The consistency is like flour. So, I still need a suggestion on semi floating pellets for tiger barb tank. TIA
  15. ForceTen

    Roommate/landlord Issue

    "Emotional Support" animal? Animals? I hope it works out.
  16. ForceTen

    Flake Fish Food

    No sub forum on fish food so here it is. I have 12 small and medium size tiger Barbs all by themselves in their own tank. I have been using “TetraPro Tropical Crisps”. These round flakes are designed to float. They are crispy as well. Designed to help keep the tank cleaner than regular...
  17. ForceTen

    Neons Dying In New Tank

    I doubt you cycled your tank that fast. I would suggest adding Seachem Stability (follow instructions on bottle) and dose Seachem Prime every other day. Do your water changes first then add the Prime and Stability. Have you done a water change yet?
  18. ForceTen

    Help Tried Buying Seachem Liquid Prime

    Buy it here. Amazon.com: seachem prime
  19. ForceTen

    How Many Fish In A Ten Gallon Tank

    If you are a beginner, I would start with at a 30 gallon. I have a 20 gallon and I am looking for a 30 long with zero luck. Or a 40 long. The sad part is I gave away my 50 gallon aquarium to my daughter as I planned to stop keeping fish. Fast forward 10 years and I am back into this full...
  20. ForceTen

    Toddler Dumped Flake Food In Tank

    I meant no disrespect to children. After all I have 4 daughters and 8 grandchildren. I guess I'm old enough now to be a little grumpy?
  21. ForceTen

    Toddler Dumped Flake Food In Tank

    Lesson. Never let kids do anything that involves the tank. When I watch cooking shows, they always say "this is a good one to do with kids". No way. There are just some things we need to keep kids away from. My aquarium is one of those things.
  22. ForceTen

    Where Can I Find 29 And 39 Gallon Long Tanks?

    Thanks. Build one? I would never attempt that. To much water to take that type of risk. So I guess we agree long tanks are not easy to buy or find? That I must buy one used or have one made? I have my heart set on long. So I will continue to look and hope I find one.
  23. ForceTen

    Where Can I Find 29 And 39 Gallon Long Tanks?

    - and buy 29 - 39 gallon long tanks? I am guessing 30 and 40 gallon are not the correct description? Nomenclature? Seems they are not very popular as I have been looking for them with little success. Second question: Do they make stands for long aquariums? Third: what about long tank...
  24. ForceTen

    Aqueon Pro 300?

    I hate having the heater horizontal. It’s visible. Cord too! It’s black like my substrate but still very noticeable. It will work vertically if I were to bury an inch or better the very end of the heater. I don’t think it’s recommended, but what you guys think. Have the tip under the gravel...
  25. ForceTen

    Aqueon Pro 300?

    Thanks. I have no idea where I read about the 2 flashes? I just double checked the heater written instructions and also read the online PDF. No mention of flashes in either publication. So I was wrong and the heater is working. Dial temps do not match actual water temps. I have to set it...
  26. ForceTen

    Am I Ready?

    Went for the 8 Barbs yesterday and they were completely sold out. Figures. They get new shipments on Weds. So it is then I will get them. Trip wasn't wasted as I got a few more silk plants. Silk plants look real! Beats the heck out of the plastic phonies......LOL Very limited selection on...
  27. ForceTen

    Aqueon Pro 300?

    My 100 watt heater quit working so I bought the Aqueon Pro 300. Now I know 300 watts is way more than I need. But the 300 watt was on sale and less money that the 75 watt. It was $25 on sale at Chewy.com My tank is 20 gallon and it looks like 200 was the correct size, but I now have 300 watt...
  28. ForceTen

    Am I Ready?

    Why would that matter? It’s 20 gallon. I only got four as this is what I have learned here. Why put 12 fish at risk. I figured start with four, then when satisfied I would then introduce the rest. The next 8 fish will come from Pet Smart and the same tank they were in at the store. Also...
  29. ForceTen

    Question Api Freaswater Master

    I rinse my test tubes well after use and again with tank water before proceeding with testing. I have a small brush that fits them perfectly for cleaning. Is water and brush enough to get them clean? Can I use dish soap and rinse well? Dish Washer? Question on my recent new thread. I’m not...
  30. ForceTen

    20 Gallon Tank Cycle Complete! Yea!

    Spend a couple extra bucks and get a good scraper. Those magnetic ones suck in my opinion. But of course I never had a real good one. Never spent the money on one is what I mean. I bought this and have been extremely happy with it...
  31. ForceTen

    Question Api Freaswater Master

    Thanks. Thats a good observation. I have been using the same finger for all four tests. I do dry my fingers between tests, but your point is well taken.
  32. ForceTen

    Am I Ready?

    I just finished cycle last week and introduced 4 Tiger Barbs. I want 12. The four barbs are doing great. Eating and swimming very well. I put them in last Weds. How soon would you get the rest? Oh.......Water parameters are excellent.
  33. ForceTen

    20 Gallon Tank Cycle Complete! Yea!

    A word of caution about the Scotchbrite pads. They will and do scratch the glass. I found out the hard way some years ago. No telling how bad they would ruin a non glass tank. You may not notice the scratches right away and especially if they are submerged. But that pad is indeed scratching...
  34. ForceTen

    Question Api Freaswater Master

    Hi Mongo. I can relate to all 3 paragraphs. 1) I quit using the caps and use my finger instead. But you need a test tube stand. Or make one so you can stand up the tube/tubes while you put in the drops and wait the 5 minutes. I made my own stand out of a small strip of 1x2 wood. Drilled...
  35. ForceTen

    Question Ammonia Not Lowering

    I would add some "Stability" or similar.
  36. ForceTen

    Ph 6.0 To 6.6 In 24 Hours

    Yes. The limestone is brittle and even clouded the water when I fist put them in. I soaked them in treated water for several days and then rinsed them real well. When I was adding them to the tank, they were making a powdery discharge when moving them around. I may go back to the river rocks...
  37. ForceTen

    Ph 6.0 To 6.6 In 24 Hours

    I do not need PH that high. I am going to keep tiger barbs. They say 6.0 to 7.0 I think. I guess I did not need the limestone? I thought I was doing the right thing going natural instead of chemical adjustment. Yes, very soft water here. Will the PH go up as high as yours? Should I live...
  38. ForceTen

    Ph 6.0 To 6.6 In 24 Hours

    I have been with low PH for some time now. Tap PH runs at >7.0 give or take. Tank was at < 6.0. Long story short, I bought some limestone flat rocks. I was surprised at how pure white they were and very porous. Also quite crumbly. They are designed as bases for living rock in salt water...
  39. ForceTen

    Wild Crayfish As Pets???

    Also you might get hungry and boom they are all gone.
  40. ForceTen

    The Best 70 Bucks I've Spent In The Hobby

    We had one. I did not know where it is at, or why my wife either gave it away or its somewhere hidden in the basement. We have a smaller tank now and really buckets work just fine. I do remember having to uncoil the Python and attach the valve, run the hose out and then repeat everything in...
  41. ForceTen

    My First Case Of Ich

    I think he should ramp up the temp slowly and wait for his meds to arrive. However, like you say do not use both methods at the same time. Wait to see how temp increase works before adding meds. I think your fish can handle the increase. Raising the temp and changing water has always worked...
  42. ForceTen

    Help What Kind Of Aquarium Heater To Use With A Temperature Controller?

    If your heater has a control knob or other control function you must turn it all the way up for the controller to do its job. On/Off as needed. I would look into a heater that is designed for this application. Until then I would use the heater control knob. Measure the tank temp and make sure...
  43. ForceTen

    Do You Turn Off Your Filter/heater During Water Changes?

    I wondered how long it would take for someone to recognize the avatar pic and the alias/name. Good to meet you snow dog. Hope you do not mind me using your last name!.....lol
  44. ForceTen

    Do You Turn Off Your Filter/heater During Water Changes?

    You got it going on bro! I never even considered a UPS on anything but my computer equipment. I like the out of the box thinking. Actually your ground wire is mostly satisfactory as the NEC allows this today. Some requirements though, but if the ground goes from the receptacles back to the...
  45. ForceTen

    I Give Up! Ammonia Issue

    Its Friday night folks.
  46. ForceTen

    Do You Turn Off Your Filter/heater During Water Changes?

    I agree about the safety standpoint 100%. I agree regarding a power strip. And suggest GFCI protection. But you are correct. I am unplugging my filter and heater during water changes. But the light will remain on during water changes and maintenance. I know its likely the most dangerous...
  47. ForceTen

    Moving With A Five Gallon Tank

    A A very reasonable approach to moving such a small tank. I cannot see stressing the fish though when its not necessary. Leaving him in his own water although lower than normal has to be 100 times better than to be be netted.
  48. ForceTen

    Any Advise On Sparkling Gourami Happiness

    If I was a fish and had that beautiful tank to live in I would be happy as ********.
  49. ForceTen

    Moving With A Five Gallon Tank

    Bag? Bucket? its a 5 gallon tank. Save water to add back. Done.
  50. ForceTen

    Hello, New To The Site And The Forum.

    I'm new as well. Very informative forum. Welcome




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