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  1. Basil

    Car Guys/girls?

    Haven’t been to that one. Don’t get to Frederick much! :)
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    Broken hinge on glass top

    Oh, that’s a great idea! Add it to the 1005 uses for duck tape lol! And yes, I will probably try this as I use the stuff for everything! And I have hinges to fix.
  3. Basil

    Car Guys/girls?

    Ok, which Home Depot was this? I’ll have to tell hubby to keep an eye out! Plus, who would even drive that to a Home Depot!!!
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    Best small pet ever !!

    I also loved my rats. I had three many years ago. Great pets!
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    75 Gallon Almost Ready

    Pretty! I’ve wanted to do the contrasting substrate but wondered if it would just all eventually mix together.
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    75 Gallon Number Two

    So finally had a conversation with hubby about where I want to put 75 #2 and he informs me that he didn’t think the floor would support it. Waaah. So I did a thing and purchased a 40 breeder at Petco for 50% off. Then hubby informs me that he needs to take a look at the floor joists again (which...
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    75 Gallon Tank Enough Filtration?

    Yes I did the numbers. If the 300 works, I’m leaning toward using both the aquaclears and saving the Fluval for another future tank. Thanks!!
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    75 Gallon Tank Enough Filtration?

    So as I was going through all the free stuff that came with the free tank, I also found an aqua clear 300. If it works, any opinions on using the aquaclear 500 + the 300 instead of the Fluval 307 + aquaclear 500. Or would it just be personal taste at this point? Oh and I run a tank specific...
  9. Basil

    Can A 75g Tank Fit In A Car?

    I had to make 2 trips for my first 75 and stand in my Crosstrek. For the second one, yeah, we hauled it in the dually lol!
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    Question My Freshwater Planted Tank

    Wow! Gorgeous!!
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    110 Gallon Tank Tiger Barb 112 Gallon Upgrade, Hopefully!?

    Fingers crossed! That will be an awesome tank! Alas, I’m horrible at stocking so I don’t have any suggestions.
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    Magicpenny's New 30 Long

    My regular, glow, and green Tiger barbs are schooling together in my 75. And in the quarantine tank, the platinum green and regular TBs are schooling together:).
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    30 Gallon Tank Zebras With Tigers, Surely Not!?

    It’s a color variation of Puntius Semifasciolatus. They supposedly have a more glittery sheen to their scales. When they were young, they were quicker but they are definitely slower as they have gotten older and fatter lol! I wasn’t sure who was eating their tails but then watched a loach...
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    30 Gallon Tank Zebras With Tigers, Surely Not!?

    Great update! If you can find a 55 or even a 75, that would be perfect! I’m in the process of setting up a new tank for my golden diamond barbs because the Queen loaches are eating their tails. So the 75 will then be stocked with 7 Queen loaches and 16 Tiger barbs. I have some in quarantine...
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    75 Gallon Number Two

    I was away all week and came home to a tank that is totally leak free. Yay! I’ll leave it full until the middle of the week when I’m off and drain it and clean it. And start getting all the hard scape items and the sand ready. The consensus on my filter thread is that the Fluval 307 canister...
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    Tiger Barb Looking Weird?

    No worries! We all purchase fish without doing proper research first. That is kind of how mts (multiple tank syndrome) starts lol! So yep, Tiger barbs absolutely thrive in larger groups and as large of a tank as you can afford and well planted. I have 7 Tiger barbs in my 75 g currently and 9 in...
  17. Basil

    Oops...

    I usually call water change day, floor cleaning day lol! Luckily, no carpets under my tanks.
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    Tiger Barb Looking Weird?

    Welcome! What do you mean by getting darker and lighter? Also, there are some issues with a single Tiger barb in a 10 gallon if you care to discuss.
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    75 Gallon Tank Is Blue Green Algae Always Cyano?

    Thank you. I’m guessing my problem is some sort of nutrient imbalance. I use remineralized RO/DI water that I mix to a dGH of 6. But weirdly, the TDS of that is about 280. My tanks run at about a TDS of 290. I have no idea if that is too high but not sure if I should decrease the dGH or not. I...
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    75 Gallon Tank Enough Filtration?

    So my new free tank turned out to be a 75 g, not 45. I jumped on a good price for a Fluval 307 before I picked up the tank. Oops! Free tank came with an older aquaclear 500 hob. I know neither of these filters would be adequate for a 75 by themselves but what about in combination? I could return...
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    75 Gallon Number Two

    I sure will! I already have a partial scape picture in my head. But I’m sure I’ll tweak it once the Hardscaping is in the tank. I already have a seasoned piece of driftwood and rocks to go in it. I do need to figure out filtration. Since I *thought* I was getting a 45, I purchased a Fluval 307...
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    75 Gallon Tank Is Blue Green Algae Always Cyano?

    May I ask what was your underlying issue?
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    75 Gallon Tank Is Blue Green Algae Always Cyano?

    Thanks! You’ve been very helpful! I’m going to treat it as cyano. I have the good article ( thread?) that’s been posted here using H2O2 saved so I’ll dig that back up. Meanwhile, I’ll be away this week but I’ve premeasured the fish food for hubby to feed. And they will only get fed once a day...
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    75 Gallon Number Two

    Not quite lol! Nah, I’ll leave the stand. It’s going into my Greatroom that has a wide plank pine floor and wood trimmed windows. It will fit right in lol!
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    75 Gallon Number Two

    Maybe. If it doesn’t leak. Because I need another large tank to care for! :confused: My friend said she had a 40 g tank to give me; older but never used. I recently realized I needed to remove the golden diamond barbs from my first 75 g. The Queen loaches are eating their tails. Sigh. So pick...
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    75 Gallon Tank Is Blue Green Algae Always Cyano?

    So if I am proactive, what should I do to decrease and hopefully, eradicate it?
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    75 Gallon Tank Is Blue Green Algae Always Cyano?

    Hmm, to me it seems more like how diatoms act. It rubs off easily and I can’t say it is in sheets or fibers! I’ve read that one cause is high phosphates and over feeding. I probably do tend to over feed this tank a bit to try to make sure the loaches get to eat. I recently switched to a...
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    75 Gallon Tank Is Blue Green Algae Always Cyano?

    Most of this algae is on one wisteria. Not on the rocks, driftwood, or sand. To my eyes, it looks blue-green in color but in these pictures, I think it looks more green. Meh. I trimmed all of it off the wisteria and removed a gazillion handfuls of the small floater (not sure if it’s duckweed or...
  29. Basil

    What Do You Think Is The Cutest Bottom Dweller?

    Definitely Corys. But I also have a soft spot for all the botia loaches. This is one of my botia darios.
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    75 Gallon Tank Is Blue Green Algae Always Cyano?

    ??? I don’t sell any fish or plants. I’ll post a picture tomorrow. Tank will be dark when I get home from work.
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    75 Gallon Tank Is Blue Green Algae Always Cyano?

    Howdy fellow Marylander! Did a quick search on cyano and this stuff doesn’t seem to act the same. It’s not fast spreading and isn’t slimy or smelly. Tank nitrates stay at 10 and sometimes below. I haven’t done a phosphate test in a while but the last one was whatever the reading up from 0 is...
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    75 Gallon Tank Is Blue Green Algae Always Cyano?

    I don’t have a current picture but my water wisteria and a couple of the other plants are getting an algae that is blue-green in color. It’s only on the plants and isn’t spreading very quickly. The tank smells normal. I’m planning on trimming most of it off during maintenance tomorrow but...
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    180 Gallon Tank Clown Loaches Graduated From Quarantine

    I have glo Tiger barbs. But they are just the greenish ones. You don’t really notice it too much under the regular lights. But they do fluoresce under the blue light. The ones in the back are green tigers. They look a bit blue under the sunrise light.
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    180 Gallon Tank Clown Loaches Graduated From Quarantine

    Awww, so cute! What are the blue and yellow fish?
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    Basil’s Tanks

    Sooo, free tank is actually a 75 g! Cool! The stand is a nice, solid homemade stand. Also got 2 HOB filters. They look like aqua clears but I have no idea what size. And there is a plexi glass canopy and a glass one. So a 75 opens up a ton of stocking possibilities. :D And I’ll need a lot more...
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    Basil’s Tanks

    Oh and the small fish in the video of the quarantine are Laubuka dadiburjori. I put them in there to hold the cycle. I had 4 but only 2 left. I’ll put them in the new tank and then wait for them to be back in stock to add more.
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    Basil’s Tanks

    Moved the Petsmart tiger barbs to the 75 and added 3 regular and 6 platinum green tiger barbs to the quarantine tank. I looooove them! I’ve missed them the last 2 times they were in stock. Third time is a charm lol! All Tigers in both tanks are doing great so far. I’ll pick up the free tank...
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    Keeping Occupied

    Deer
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    Keeping Occupied

    David! Please be careful...on several levels! :wacky: I do agree though, that living in the middle of nowhere does have its advantages. :D
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    Keeping Occupied

    Yay for you!! Today is my day off and it corresponded to the LFS an hour north of me getting platinum green tiger barbs back in stock. Just got back and am acclimating them plus 3 regular ones to the quarantine tank. Hrmpff. My picture won’t load.
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    Slowly Upgrading 55 To 75 Gallon

    I don’t know. I haven’t launched back into the world of Plecos this time around. So I don’t know their penchant for possibly getting stuck in things.
  42. Basil

    Negative Experience With Eheim

    I had the same issue with an Eheim heater. I also just have up lol!
  43. Basil

    Black Sand

    Also, look under the pile. I found the medium buried by the bags of fine.
  44. Basil

    When's Your Anniversary?

    January 2018. I joined 4 months after deciding to just get one tank that was being given away. But it came with waaaaay too many fish. :eek: I’ve also changed my username. Started as Refishkeeper. That was too generic lol! It says a good many of us need glasses! ;)
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    Kals Tanks ( Video )

    Cute addition! I love the colors Plecos come in now. I haven’t added any cause I’m afraid of their ability to produce copious poop lol! The barbs look great! I’m hoping to be putting some platinum green TBs in quarantine tomorrow. The fish store north of me got them back in. I’ve missed them...
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    Question Emperor Loach Aka Botia Udomritthiruji

    Isn’t it funny how they graze in the sponge filter? My dario do that. I bet they will grow a bit.
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    Question Emperor Loach Aka Botia Udomritthiruji

    Oh wow! How cool!! On a related loach note, my botia darios are hoodlums!! I discovered it was they that are eating the tails of the golden diamond barbs. Now I need to set up another tank to separate them. Darn lol! :D
  48. Basil

    10 Gallon Planted Tank - Runsoncoffee's 1st Tank

    The tank looks great!




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