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  1. Mongo75

    Fall Is In The Air!

    Today is the first day my hose tap was too cold for a water change,and I had to temp match from the kitchen sink. PITA with all the flow restrictors. Took almost 5 minutes for warm water to start flowing, then about 5 minutes each to fill a 5G bucket times 3! Today is day five that we've barely...
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    Question Wc For High Nitrates

    I'm running consistently high nitrates in my 20g. After 4 or 5 days, my nitrates are between 40 and 80. I do 75% WC and 4 or 5 days later, it's back up. I consider my tank lightly planted at this point. I have 2 anubias nanas, one java fern, a patch of s.repens, 2 sweet potatoes, and am trying...
  3. Mongo75

    King Of The Stump!

    One of my Mystery Snails showing off again, then my Angel shows him who the real boss is, lol. If you look closely, you can see my granddaughter running by in the reflection
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    Walmart Discontinuing Sale Of Pet Fish

    So ive been seeing a Los of speculation here on the forum about Walmart getting out of the live fish business and decided to try to find more information. This is one article I came across... Walmart Discontinuing Sale of Pet Fish BY PET BUSINESS STAFF Published: 07.02.2019 Walmart is getting...
  5. Mongo75

    Balancing While Cleaning

    Caught one of my mystery snails showing off again, lol.
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    Funny Had To Laugh At My Mystery Snail

    Last night after lights out, I was dropping some algae wafers in for my snails. I look into the back right corner where I keep my powerhead driven sponge filter, and see one of my Mystries shooting across the back of the tank . Seems he got too close to the powerhead output, and it sent him for...
  7. Mongo75

    And The Winner Is...

    My daughter-in-law, my granddaughter, and I were sitting in the back yard when my DIL shrieks and is brushing at her shoulder. I said "What?", and she says "look at the chair by your leg! That was on my shoulder!" So I look down and see...
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    I Guess I'm Just Lucky...

    This is my "hat's off" to all those who persevere and those that help others. I read all these threads about "my fish has...", "what are these things in my tank...", "my tank wont cycle", etc. I guess I've been lucky. I kept a 30g FOWLR for 4 years, and 2 110-130g FW for another 5 years, and...
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    Question Floating Wisteria, What Next?

    I received my water wisteria on the 24th, and was advised to trim the bottoms of the stems and float them and let the roots develop. I'm getting there with several of them developing new root growth I'm assuming (yeah, I know, that's dangerous) that i just need to snip the leaves on the...
  10. Mongo75

    Who Needs A Heater When...

    It's 103° and your A/C doesn't work Yep, its 99° now, but today's high was 103°. Our A/C froze up this morning about 11:30, and I just checked my tank temp, and it's about 81°. I don't know who's more miserable, me, the fish, or the two dogs. It did this to us last Thursday too. My...
  11. Mongo75

    Dead Heater :(

    Yesterday, I decided to relocate my heater from vertical to horizontal, and about an inch above my substrate. I also wanted to tweak it up from 74F to 76 or 78. The dial is extremely hard to turn and I have to use my thumb nail to get it to move. So I tweaked it about 1/8 inch, and now, it's...
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    Funny Hungry Or Just Curious?

    Every time I get within spitting distance, all my fish head to the top front of the tank where I drop in their food. It's fun(ny) watching them. If I don't feed them, well...if fishy looks could kill, lol. Every morning, it's flake food. Every evening, it's either freeze dried blood worms, or...
  13. Mongo75

    Aquarium Plants Factory

    I found a few other threads about this vendor, Aquarium Plants Factory, but wanted to add my own perspective... They're based out of Fontana, California, and can be found at aquariumplantsfactory.com, on Ebay, and amazon.com. This is my second order from them, and so far, I'm quite pleased...
  14. Mongo75

    Brown Algae (diatoms), Too Cats And Overstocking

    Ok, so I know already know I'm overstocked. I just finished reading the "Stocking tools" thread and the "AqAdvisor" thread. Current setup: Recently (1-2 weeks) cycled 20g standard (high) Tidal 55 HOB and powerhead driven Hydro 3 sponge Air pump and 7" bubbler Gravel substrate Four Mollies One...
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    Question Seeding A New Filter

    I'm expecting a new Tidal 55 filter for my 20g in the next day or two. I want to replace my Marineland penguin 150 with the new Tidal 55 plus I'll be adding a Hydro 3 sponge filter to keep in the tank. How long should I wait before taking the old Marineland out? Right now, it only has the...
  16. Mongo75

    Pesky Wasps/yellow Jackets

    So, by the title, you would be correct in guessing I didn't make it to El Pollo Loco for some :emoji_chicken:, lol - NOT Yep, I go barefoot almost all the time, and as I was stepping around the front of the car, WHAM I looked down and there it was , nasty little bugger :emoji_bug:. A yellow...
  17. Mongo75

    Plant Recommendations For...

    My 20g standard high. I want to get rid of that plastic plant dead center back and replace it with live plants. I will be moving the heater to the bottom, about an inch above the gravel. The powerhead on the right will be driving a sponge filter, and the HOB will be all the way to the left...
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    Question Api Freaswater Master

    I'm using the API Freshwater master and have a few ???. 1. Caps leak! Any suggestions? I just wrap it in paper towels, but its messy! 2. pH? High, low, or both? My tap is 7.8 and my tank is 7.8 - 8.0. Honestly, my eyes can't differentiate between the two most of the time. Today, it was 8.0 -...
  19. Mongo75

    20 Gallon Tank Cycle Complete! Yea!

    I'm probably being over optimistic, but I believe my 20g is cycled! One month (28 days) ago today I started a fish-in cycle of my new kit tank. The only casualty was an Angel that got stuck to the HOB intake tube and I didn't find it until it was too late :banghead:. Yesterday, pH was 7.8...
  20. Mongo75

    Quarantine Tank Build

    A few days ago, I had a scare with my mystery snails. One looked, for all I could tell, dead. The other didn't look much better. Turns out they're both alive and doing fine. Anyway, I decided I needed a QT tank. I will be getting a 10g for the QT, when they go on sale at Petco for $1 per gallon...
  21. Mongo75

    When To Stop Adding Bacteria?

    I'm just over 3 weeks into my fish-in cycle, and was wondering when to stop adding liquid bacteria? I've been adding Top Fin starter bacteria, then switched to Stability, with every water change. My ammonia has been zero for over a week, and nitrites are slowly going down, hovering at 0.25 or...
  22. Mongo75

    Help Is My Mystery Snail Dead?

    I have a 20g tank. I tested my water this morning @0730. pH=7.8, ammo=0, nitrite=0.25 and nitrate=10. I did a 15g water change with Prime and Stability. About 1300, one of my two mystery snails was just floating in the current on the top of the water. It's operculum was open about 3/16 to 1/4...
  23. Mongo75

    Molly Goes For Water Slide...

    Not sure if this is the right place to post this... Doing my water change this morning and not paying attention to my syphon intake, I look down and see one of my mollies on the ride of its life, heading into my 5g bucket. I'm using 10' 5/8" I'd tube and thankfully (s)he didn't get stuck, but...
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    Question Water Changes And Conditioner

    I just changed from Top Fin conditioner to Prime. The Top Fin was easy, 1ml to 1 gallon. Five ml and 10ml lines on the cap. Easy peasy, add 5ml to each bucket. Five gallon bucket and 1/2 capful, 5ml. Prime, 1 ml to 10 gallons. No lines on cap. Count threads! What's with that? Top of the thread...
  25. Mongo75

    New S.repens

    Ok guys and gals, I received 3 packs (3 each) of s.repens just a few minutes ago. Wish me luck! I've never had any luck with aquatic plants in any of my past aquariums, so I've done a lot of research on low tech lighting and low/no co2. S.repens seems to be a harder plant for carpeting so here...
  26. Mongo75

    Help Can't Differentiate Test Colors

    I'm not colorblind, but sometimes, I wonder. I'm just looking for second opinions, confirmation of what I'm seeing. Ammonia, Zero or .25? Nitrite, 1.0? Nitrate, 20? pH, 8.0 or 8.2? When it looks like these, I do a 50-75% water change anyway, but I just want to know what others are...
  27. Mongo75

    Rhyzomat Or Terracotta

    I'm having one heck of a time planning my 20g tank! Right now, its overstocked with fake decorations, and I want to replace them with rocks and plants. I have a plethora of "river rock" landscaping rock in my back yard, and am planning on vinegar and ph testing them for suitability, but my...
  28. Mongo75

    Bio Load, Plants And More...

    Current setup... standard 20g (24x12x16) kit tank Penguin 150 HOB 2 anubias nana and 1 java fern 1 small Angel, 2" 4 mollies 2 Nerite snails, 1" and 3/4" 2 Mystery snails, 1" 7" bubble bar 1 120gph powerhead w/air Misc ornaments and fake plants I'm nearing completion of my cycle. I do 50% or...
  29. Mongo75

    Question Biowheel Filters W/o Media During Water Change

    Opinions wanted! I have a 20g kit tank with a Penguin 150 BioWheel HOB. I use the Eheim battery vac to vacuum my gravel because I find the siphon vacs take the water out too fast to do a decent vacuum. The Eheim vac stirs up a lot of debris so I'm wondering about removing the media from my...
  30. Mongo75

    Question Indirect Natural Lighting

    Just curious about indirect natural lighting and plants. My aquarium is facing our sliding doors about 10 feet away, facing to the west. It gets a lot of sunlight which I know can benefit unwanted algae, but is it helpful to plants in a low tech tank?
  31. Mongo75

    Introduction: New To Forum

    Howdy! Name's Tony. I'm new here, but not to to the hobby, though it's been over 15 years since I was active. Finding that I've forgotten almost as much as I knew, lol. I'm starting a new 20 gallon community tank, with 4 Mollies, 1 Angel (the second one died after getting stuck on the intake...




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