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  1. TheMadScientist

    Need A Good Fish Business Name

    Something fishy
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    I Think My Axxie Died

    Hand and feet twitches only no gills nothing else I fridges him I didn't want to leave him in the tank as is. Even this morning just hand and feet twitches like nerves but im doctor. I've never had any issues just read at the first sign of any trouble fridge. I see you saw lacking...
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    I Think My Axxie Died

    It's about 930 pm. My water parameters stay the same i tested imeidietly to make sure nothing off. 0 0 25 I don't see any fungus he isn't pale other than his arms and legs. I tubbed and fridged him. I keep seeing him twitching so i don't want to just burry him. . I've had these guys...
  4. TheMadScientist

    Finally Got My Pond Built

    I coulda swore I read the bristlenose liked cooler temps. Man I could be wrong. I guess I'll have to try and trap em some how and being em back in
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    Finally Got My Pond Built

    Cold cold cold. Like last winter I saw -28 plus wind chill. I'm hoping to leave it be. My other pond really shallow did alright for 3 years. The minnows I had in it did ok too. I saw some solar pond heaters. I'll probably pump it out and try to cover it or something. Bring my fish inside...
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    Finally Got My Pond Built

    So after weeks of work. Digging. Underlined pond liner doubled up underlined again on every rock. The lower pond is about 5 foot deep in the deepest. The upper is 3 foot. I got 2 450 gph running the waterfall. A air pump at the bottom of the fall. 2 55\75 aqueon hob pumps in 2 random places...
  7. TheMadScientist

    Anyone Root\mod Android Devices?

    I root and mod android devices to the gills . Currently have a US snapdragon S8 rooted on my own stock based rom. I was a moderator for a long time on XDA developers. Figured i could offer any help or services here to to any one that needs it.
  8. TheMadScientist

    How To Lower Nitrate Levels

    Test your houses water. Mine is 20 ppm out of the faucet
  9. TheMadScientist

    Can I Use Rock From Local Stream?

    I have my betta in my 55 community and she gets along with every one is really social. But my other one is like yours. Don't like it's own shadow but i just barely got it a few weeks back to
  10. TheMadScientist

    New Tank Cloudiness

    Even my well water is cloudy after water changes. Normally for me it's a few hours but after major changes in my well cycled tanks upto 24 hours
  11. TheMadScientist

    Question Filters For A Axolotl

    I got HOb with a big fake plant dispersing the flow. Then I got a marine land 220 on a spray bar I built And a Under gravel filter riser tube with a bunch of holes drilled below a sponge line Which is also dispersed by a tall plant My guys seem to be happy with what they got going on They...
  12. TheMadScientist

    Help Thinking Of Getting Axolotl

    if this is where your house stays for sure a couple fans on top for evap should do fine I run sveral high power PC fans and a 6 fan setup i bought and it maintains my temps very well
  13. TheMadScientist

    Tap Water Has Nitrates

    I got a aqueon stream 8.8 gallon tank and once I get it cycled here in a couple weeks Im gonna plant the **** out of it since its so small To try and handle my nitrates I do weekly water changes on 2 55s a 30 and now a 8 gal So thats nearly 50 gal a week or so depending on what and how im...
  14. TheMadScientist

    Black Mass/growth On Goldfish Head

    I dont know about the mass But 4 gold fish in a 20 gallon is bad I have 2 in my 55 and I need to get them in my pond quick. The bio-load of 4 gold fish specially with standard filtration is way to much for that tank That alone can be causing massive amounts of stress and health problems
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    Need Help Setting Up Axolotl Tank

    I have a custom built fan setup on my 55 pc fans . Mine so far stays around 65 but i live in a cooler climate. I'm currently working on a coil setup with fans and a lot of coiled piping but not quite done yet
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    1 Axalotl In A 20 Gal. High?

    Not only is a 20 long for 1 required . Strong filtration . A spray bar they don't like currents in the water . Needs to stay 74 is max figure 58 to 68 is ideal. Sponge filter. They can be loads of work i have to full size adults in my 55 their about 10 inches or so. I would never keep...
  17. TheMadScientist

    Tap Water Has Nitrates

    My well water starte at 20 ppm of nitrates so i go with it. Nothing i can do about it
  18. TheMadScientist

    8.8 Aqueon Springs Couldn't Resist

    Ive been eyeballing it for the last year .Its Itsn sitting there. And no one ever bought it . So o decided it was time. I used to do the little fountains and junk . Had one it was like a 40 lb bowling ball that sit n spin .It would lift up like a half inch . So the stream is perfect for me ...
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    8.8 Aqueon Springs Couldn't Resist

    This little one was born in my tank about 1.5 years ago. It seemed to have quit growing like ally others. I got 7 among 2 55 gallons .but most where born together and do really well. O got plenty of hiding for everyone
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    8.8 Aqueon Springs Couldn't Resist

    How's this? I'm waiting on my wife to get home with a new surge protector . I gotta zip tie the wires up and hide em under it all . I'll slowly add more plants . I fed the tank really good. I'm gonna wait about 3 or 4 days and I'll start media seeding. I figure 2 or 3 weeks it will be cycled or...
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    8.8 Aqueon Springs Couldn't Resist

    Yes i got a few really small ones. Like over a year old and under a inch.. I also got baby bristlenose. But i figured as long as the little one i got don't get much bigger it looks like it would be ok in there . It is about 1.5 years old. And about. 75 inch long. If it every gets to big i...
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    8.8 Aqueon Springs Couldn't Resist

    I figured my betta and one of my bristlenose. I gotta get a substrate . And a new surge protector, not enough plugs. Figured i would throw in a sponge filter as well. I'm one of those like clockwork work water changes every weekend on all my tanks. So i figured as long as i throw in enough...
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    8.8 Aqueon Springs Couldn't Resist

    8.8 gallon aqueon tank . Couldn't resist . Im a sucker for fountains,ponds,and rivers. I think my betta will like this. I gotta figure out how im gonna scape it . Figured I would let me water settle for a couple days and start seeding it from one of the other tanks.... Any one got any ideas...
  24. TheMadScientist

    Can I Use Rock From Local Stream?

    Now out of curiosity. Am i a bad fishkeeper since i have never and have never bought prime or anything like that . I keep some ph up and down which i have never used. It came with my master kit . Also i keep some ich treatment on hand just incase . But never had to use it either . I just...
  25. TheMadScientist

    Can I Use Rock From Local Stream?

    Yes my auto correct kicked in I meant anti-microbial
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    Can I Use Rock From Local Stream?

    I just read this in several places now Sodium Bisulfite Which is one chemical Also noted in several explanations Just because it says formaldehyde in its chemical name its apparently not the same as used in embalming Alone, this stuff has antimicrobial properties; it’s excellent as a...
  27. TheMadScientist

    Help Soap And Fish Tanks

    Sorry wrong thread
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    Can I Use Rock From Local Stream?

    They say when sealing a tank no silicone no nothing with microbial in it as it can leach into the water. Imo if it loses small pieces like they do using them everywhere else Then your leaving traces of those chemicals behind Or at least how I have perceived it
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    Can I Use Rock From Local Stream?

    Yea and it shows a microbial which imo most def isnt going in my tank
  30. TheMadScientist

    Help Soap And Fish Tanks

    Vinegar and hot water is best IMO
  31. TheMadScientist

    Important Aqueon Shrimp Pellets (beware!)

    How do you guys feel about wardley brands?
  32. TheMadScientist

    Question Aqueon Hob Filter Rubber Balance Piece?

    Yea I got one of the big 50/70 aqueons on my 30 gallon and the rim lets it sit unlevel really bad before folding a towel and placing under. I dont even think the rubber foot would have helped
  33. TheMadScientist

    Dirty Filter

    I just did mine today I got hard water So I use vinegar,It eats through most of the mineral deposits while being much safer than bleach
  34. TheMadScientist

    Question Aqueon Hob Filter Rubber Balance Piece?

    So i never knew this piece was a thing. But i did exactly t this for one of mine
  35. TheMadScientist

    Any Welders Out There?

    Now mind you im no professional welder either . Im just a car mechanic thats had to weld a thing or 2 .And when you can do it all it makes things a lot easier .
  36. TheMadScientist

    Any Welders Out There?

    I dont know about the others in the similar proce range .but the omni has all the features most would need
  37. TheMadScientist

    Any Welders Out There?

    Of coarse last 5 years ive been using a snap on one but its a bigger one not very portable .
  38. TheMadScientist

    Any Welders Out There?

    I like Hobart brand but that's what i grew up around. I don't know much about the other one most of the Hobart do good welds. From the looks the omni looks nicer and theirs times tig and stick are needed Man I'd go for the omni. Seems a lot better
  39. TheMadScientist

    Question Axolotl Algae Eater

    No axolotls are meant for their own kind only . They will try to eat anything else in the tank. The Barb's on the algae eaters can hurt Axos. They can get impaction from the snails .
  40. TheMadScientist

    What Should I Name My Betta?

    Mines got a long history. Shouldn't even be alive... Tough guy. So about a year ago . Every 3 months i tear down my tanks. To clean em out. Rip up the UG filters and all... Well i left a bit of water and a couple of my bristlenose and the betta in there they where being a pain to catch. So...
  41. TheMadScientist

    What Should I Name My Betta?

    I named mine swim shady. Yours looks like mine
  42. TheMadScientist

    Question Axolotl Tank Size And Filter

    So i drop my earth worms in and use my old rabbit ear antenna to poke the worms around to them. Great from moving things and such . Filters .I run on mine a marine land 220 i think it is .With a nice home made spray bar . I got a rigged of sponge setup in one corner in desperate...
  43. TheMadScientist

    Axolotl Tank Upgrade

    I love mine I'm glad i got landed with mine. A woman was selling their tank, stand and equipment... So i get there to pick it up never even heard of a axolotl before. She was like here these come with it . They looked to be very neglected. I've learned a lot about them in the last year. Weekly...
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    Axolotl Tank Upgrade

    Transferring all the water and everything from the old tank should suffice . The bio load is the same. I have 2 in a 55 i run. The sand cloudiness should be ok.
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    Help Came Home To Fish On My Porch, Didn't Order Them, No Return Address

    I don't know. The box was clearly marked woman's bicycle. I'm like I'm nope . Went down they saw all my receipts online . And was able to straighten it out .But as a avid online shipper i gave had some shipping horror stories
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    Help Came Home To Fish On My Porch, Didn't Order Them, No Return Address

    Once i ordered a 56 inch TV from Walmart .I got a woman's bicycle addressed to me. Which means some one ordered a bicycle and got a 56 inch TV On s side note Walmart fixed it i got my TV. But so did someone else
  47. TheMadScientist

    Help Nightcrawler Came Through Axolotl Gills

    Even for my adults i cut them in half . I've been doing Axos for about a year now. Don't let this discourage you . They love worms . Its their main food
  48. TheMadScientist

    How Quickly Does Good Bacteria Die Out Of Water?

    I've heard it starts within hours . My concern is the ammonia in your tap. Any is bad. And you showing upto 1ppm that all in its own is enoigh to stress and possibly begin to harm fish
  49. TheMadScientist

    Aquarium Heat

    Yea mine drafts like crazy maybe i just have more than enough wattage to maintain
  50. TheMadScientist

    Aquarium Heat

    Wow my house heater is set at 60 and all my tanks stay at 79. But each of my tanks have 2 heaters in each my 55 has a 200 and a 150. And my 30 has 2 100 watts. Btw i live in a 150 yo house in vermont so its always cold my axolotl tank stays around 60 to 65




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