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    Help Compact internal filter

    We do have a 25 gal with some tetra school and 2 GBR and some cories....... This 5 gal one is just for the ADFs.... That said I do want to get 55 gal for the fish, but wife is against it So what is it about the internal filters you don't like? Thanks....
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    Help Compact internal filter

    Thanks for the suggestions. I tend to agree about the Top Fin brand products and hence my hesitation. I tried to trim the hood but it wasn't that easy. I didn't want to try hard and mess it up - may crack it or something. Then I'll be in big trouble I do have some sponge filters with me and...
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    Help Compact internal filter

    I am looking for a compact internal filter for my daughter's 5 gal tank in which she keeps her pet ADFs (2). The tank is an Aqueon 5.0 kit and the filter it comes with is a joke. I added a Marina S10 HOB to it, but it prevents from the hood being closed and there's large gap in the back. We...
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    Question best canister filter for 20G long BW tank

    That Eheim deal Ziabis posted is very good one. They make good canisters.... With your setup, is the tank shelf at 18 in off the ground is offset mostly by 14 in height of the canister. And that extra 4 in may be good enough for some wiggle room. It doesn't have to be BELOW the tank...
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    Question best canister filter for 20G long BW tank

    Have you considered Fluval? I have a Fluval 206 on a 25 gal tank (tall) planted tank. Works great. Fluval 106 may also be adequate for a 20 gal tank.... You can adjust the flow as well.... I thought you could adjust the flow with most of the canisters.....
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    Help Best Light(s) For Low-Light Planted Tank

    Hi, I like LEDs too, but I would like to know any thoughts in OP's question about the LEDs (BeamWorks) being 10000K and if that's suitable for plants.... TIA
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    Black mollies in planted freshwater tank

    Thanks for the quick response. I understand I am close to the limit with this tank, but I have good filtration in this - a Fluval 206 canister and an Aqueon 30 HOB and a couple of sponge filters too!! So I thought I could push it a bit.......
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    Black mollies in planted freshwater tank

    We have a 25 gal (tall) planted tank with cardinal tetras (5), german blue ram pair, rasboras (6) and some peppererd cories (5). It's been a while since we added new fish and some old ones (tetras) have died. My wife wants like them black mollies... I am just worried about their well being in...
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    peppered cory disappeared in QT

    Agree. That's what bothered me. Usually, I change water every other day and this time was no exception. But when I realized one was missing, I should have searched right away.... Thanks for your responses...
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    peppered cory disappeared in QT

    Actually, it was a 5 gal tote. I did have the lid on.
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    peppered cory disappeared in QT

    I had 6 peppered cories and QTed them in 5 gal tub. After about 4-5 days one of them was missing. I thought may he was hiding somewhere. Today after about 2 wks in QT I put the 5 remaining in the main tank. I looked and looked all over the QT tank. No sign of the 6th guy!!! Not even...
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    sick honey gourami - help

    He died sometime last night I feel terrible about this. I could have avoided this. May be I should have added another one before it got to this. Anyhow, the spots weren't fuzzy and other fish do not have any. However, when I saw the dead HG this morning, he was covered with slight fuzziness...
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    sick honey gourami - help

    One of 2 honey gouramis in my 25 gal planted sick has fallen ill all of a sudden. He was fine yesterday and this morning I found him lying in the gravel. I immediately out him in a QT. He's swimming OK, but he's 2 whitish spots (pics attached). I have added some salt in the QT. All other...
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    Question What kind are these?

    Any pics??
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    Question Honey Sunset Gourami Aggression

    So looking at your picture and based on what I know from my research you do have sunset honey gourami. Though its color is similar to that of Flame dwraf gourami, the main difference is in the color of the tail fin. Honey's tail is white or colorless whereas the flame DG has reddish colored...
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    Question Honey Sunset Gourami Aggression

    What you have is honey gourami indeed. Sunset is just a color variation. Usually, they are somewhat yellow. Hence the name honey.....
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    Question Honey Sunset Gourami Aggression

    Like others have said, it's honey gourami indeed. And they can grow up to be ~2 in. They are peaceful, but can be territorial. They're gouramis after all. Yours have been there long and he thinks he wons the the tank! He's looking good and you've got lot of plants, which helps. I wouldn't...
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    jungle val not doing well...

    Sorry, I forgot to add some more details... Yes I have used root tabs. Also, recently I added Osmocote in gel caps as it's been a while since I put in root tabs. I also dose (just once a week) SeaChem Flourish Comprehensive... I have gravel mixed Caribsea Floramax and some EcoComplete... My...
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    jungle val not doing well...

    I have a 25 gal with two 14w NO T5. All plants except the jungle vals are doing well. I have anubias, mayaca, amazon swords, windolev fern, java fern and anacharis... Jungle val has been there for nearly 3 months.. No new growth at all. Just old leaves some which have been yellowing and I...
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    aggressive honey gourami..

    Just to update the situation, I introduced the timid one in to the main tank about after a week in QT. May be not long enough, but I didn't want the poor guy too stressed and that kind of defeats the purpose of QT! He is happy in the 25 gal tank with many plants. Then after about 3 days, I put...
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    Petco $1 per gallon sale

    Yes you can buy all other accessories cheap online. Check out ebay, amazon etc... Petco sale is a good deal... Wanted to go for a 55 gal, but the boss at home says no... not now... Oh.. welll... may be next time!!
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    aggressive honey gourami..

    I don't have option of another tank at this point, let alone a larger one... I'm planning to in introduce the timid one first in my main tank and put the bully in a few days or a week later... I just things will work out OK...
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    aggressive honey gourami..

    I bought 2 sunset honey gouramis over the weeknd and they are in a 5-gal QT now. I suspect they are both are males, but difficult to tell as they are still fairly young. (I'd like a pair, though). One of them is chasing the the other around most of the time. I know it could be new...
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    Losing Tetras

    Good point, chevyguy.... That was one of the main concerns expressed before....
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    Losing Tetras

    That's good. Let us know how this combo works. I wanted to add betta to my community as well, but folks here and elsewhere weren't too fond of that idea.... I know it depends on individual betta... just didn't want to risk it. I have only one tank now ... Good luck with your plan..
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    Losing Tetras

    are there other fish in there? If not, you could add a couple more easily...
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    Losing Tetras

    Good! And you did mention that you got these at a local store... I'm just spacey.. Also, at petsmart only neons are 1.99 I think. cardinals are a lot more.. like 4.50??
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    Losing Tetras

    Hi I meant to ask you... you bought 3 neons and cardinals for $10? Is there a sale at Petsmart?
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    Losing Tetras

    I do buy fish (mostly) from petsmart too and have had good luck with them - for the most part It really depends on individual stores and the stock they have obtained.... With cardinals, I have seen good looking batches sometimes and (many) other times they just don't look healthy.... Recently...
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    Losing Tetras

    Sorry to hear about your loss. Like the other post said neons, due to excessive inbreeding, have become much less hardy - especially if you buy from petco/petsmart types. As with cardinals they have always been delicate and more so from buying those big chain stores. So don't feel bad...
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    gourami question

    I think so too, but the color and appearance looks like the honey variety I see in pics. The reason I ask is I thinking of adding a dwarf tor honey. I'd rather go with the honey gourami as I've been discouraged by the disease proneness of the dwarf gourami. Any one with a happy experience...
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    gourami question

    I saw a gourami labelled "Red Fire Dwarf" at local Petsmart. Is it same as honey gourami? Thanks.
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    T5 fixture not working, how to fix

    To update: I tried new bulbs and no go ( I tried the continuity (resistance) testing across the leads and it' doesn't move. However, the same test across the bulb leads work fine. So somewhere inside the fixture there is a circuit breakage. I opened the screws at the end and can only access the...
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    T5 fixture not working, how to fix

    Thanks for the site. I tried to open the unit, but it looks like a molded one and I am not able to open it easily. I tried to pry the end caps out and it started cracking a bit and I left it as is.
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    T5 fixture not working, how to fix

    Thanks for the suggestions. Will try new bulb(s). Hopefully, that will work. Even the new bulbs are not cheap for this. And it's got 2 of them. Hoping only one is burnt!
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    T5 fixture not working, how to fix

    Here's a pic
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    T5 fixture not working, how to fix

    It's T5 NO... Thanks..
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    T5 fixture not working, how to fix

    When I was changing water, some water seems to have gotten into the T5 fixture, just few drops may be. The lamp made weird cracking noise and went out. What went wrong? any way to fix this? I really can't afford buy a new fixture now. This one is only about 3 months old. Any help is deeply...
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    Let's play The Alphabet Game!!

    X = X-ray fish
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    Let's play The Alphabet Game!!

    H = Honey Gouramis
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    new sponge filter with strange odor

    but, i like the "new car smell" this one i'm not so sure!!
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    new sponge filter with strange odor

    Sorry about the link. Here's a pic: I've let it air out in my garage. Hoping the hot air will take the odor out. Actually, it seems like it worked somewhat... Will let it for next couple of days and see... Thanks.
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    canister filter tray- what to put in place of carbon

    Plastic pot scrubbers! What an idea, indeed?! Thanks for a creative suggestion!
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    new sponge filter with strange odor

    Bought a sponge filter sold on ebay, which was shipped from China. It was cheap and just wanted to try it with my bubbler. However, I noticed that the product has a strange smell - kind of plastic-like but not quite. Has anyone used these filters? Is the odor safe for fish? How will I make it go...
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    canister filter tray- what to put in place of carbon

    I agree and have left the carbon in the canister for 2 months (since newly added) now. So I am sure it's lost all its chemical filtration ability and now is merely a surface for bacteria. I just wanted to have something else instead that would provide a "better" surface for the bacteria...
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    canister filter tray- what to put in place of carbon

    jammer, that gives me an idea... when you say polishing pads, are they like filter floss? Pads mad of Poly-fil type material?
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    canister filter tray- what to put in place of carbon

    In 206, with only 3 baskets, it's biofoam at the bottom, rings in the middle and carbon on top. so biofoam gets first flow among the trays...
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    canister filter tray- what to put in place of carbon

    I shouldn't have bought Purigen in the first place. Just stupid decision made in haste. Anyhow, may be I could find some use for it in future... Thanks for all the help, folks....
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    canister filter tray- what to put in place of carbon

    There is a foam screen frame (as Fluval calls it) with a 2 large set of thick foam layers, as an internal prefilter... In addition I have added a foam prefilter to the intake tube. in 206, there are 3 media trays - foam, ceramic rings & carbon. All supplied with the filter. Thanks
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    canister filter tray- what to put in place of carbon

    I too have read something like that. That's why I haven't used it yet. My plan is to use that Purigen in my HOB if I happen to go on (short) vacations. Just as a precaution... Some added help to remove ammonia etc, in case...




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