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  1. mattgirl

    I think I goofed up my TSS+ fish-in cycle by not adding enough fish.

    You are very welcome. If after an addition of fish you see an ammonia reading do a water change to get and keep it down as low as possible. If you don't already have it I do recommend you get a bottle of Seachem Prime. It is first and foremost a water conditioner much like all the other...
  2. mattgirl

    Root Tabs, what’s the best?

    The only ones I have used are the Nilog Thrive. They are actually capsules instead of tabs so can't be broken and spread around but that isn't a problem for me. I started having success with my plants once I started using them and the Thrive liquid. I can't say they are the best because I...
  3. mattgirl

    So confused

    Do you know if your water company has been doing any work on their water lines lately? Do they occasionally flush the lines? It is strange that this started happening after water changes. We can offer more help once we know a bit more about your tank.
  4. mattgirl

    Question What to feed assassin snails when the pest snails are gone

    Once my assassins cleaned out what I considered pest snails at the time I wondered what I would feed them. I found some ramshorn snails in one of my filters. I put them in their own 2.5 gallon jar and allowed them to breed in there. I just pull some out from time to time and put them in the...
  5. mattgirl

    Help My 5 new danios are dying 3 days in

    I just noticed this reply. Adding something when the ammonia gets high should be after you do a water change to get them down as close to zero as possible. A cycled tank should not have any ammonia.
  6. mattgirl

    Help My 5 new danios are dying 3 days in

    All Petco's are not the same. It could be you have one that takes good care of their fish. I would check with them to see if they are losing danios from their last shipment. I would also do what @Ronniethewitch suggested and run all the tests (ammonia, nitrite, ntrate and PH) to rule that out...
  7. mattgirl

    Help My 5 new danios are dying 3 days in

    I know we always blame ourselves and think we had to have done something wrong when we lose fish. It is possible that you did everything just right. It is possible that the fish had been though more than they could handle before you got them. Can you check with the place you got them to see if...
  8. mattgirl

    I think I goofed up my TSS+ fish-in cycle by not adding enough fish.

    I agree with @J. MacGregor How long ago did you add the seeded media and TSS? If it has just been a couple of days most of the bacteria in the bottle and on the seeded media should still be alive and ready to work. If it has been a couple of weeks some of it has probably died off and you will...
  9. mattgirl

    What snails are these?

    I am thinking it is a common bladder snail.
  10. mattgirl

    October 2019 - Forum Upgrade Issues

    Thank you Mike. I hated being so insistent but I use the sidebar constantly and was lost without it. It is working perfectly now. :)
  11. mattgirl

    Fun and games during the water change

    I have to keep a very close eye on my corys during the siphoning process. They are sure I am going to stir up some tasty tidbits for them. More than once I have had to stop the siphon and release one that tried to follow something up the tube.
  12. mattgirl

    Air Stone...

    I run mine 24/7/365 in other words, I never turn them off.
  13. mattgirl

    October 2019 - Forum Upgrade Issues

    I know you are working hard to get everything up and running as it should and I truly do appreciate all your hard work at keeping this forum running as well as it does. The sidebar thing is really strange. The only place it shows up for me is on the main forum list page now. Yesterday it was on...
  14. mattgirl

    Bioload and overstocking discussion

    Instead of adding more fish thus more ammonia leading to more nitrates have you considered adding something like Thrive liquid ferts? I know nothing about cyanobacteria and its causes so can't say what to do about it but if it is just a matter of more nitrates the Thrive will add some.
  15. mattgirl

    October 2019 - Forum Upgrade Issues

    Thank you @StarGirl15 I don't plan on leaving but I may not be as active. It depends on how bad it is on my eyes.
  16. mattgirl

    October 2019 - Forum Upgrade Issues

    So much of the useful information that was once at our fingertips with just a click now isn't. Before I could click on an avatar and get information that helped me help that member. Now I have to go to their profile page to get that information. I do like the fact that hovering over the title of...
  17. mattgirl

    October 2019 - Forum Upgrade Issues

    It is gonna take me some time to find every thing but as the day goes by I am getting more comfortable with the changes. I see the time and date now. That could very well be. I was clicking on some things just trying to figure out what they were gonna do. I guess they were just turned off and I...
  18. mattgirl

    October 2019 - Forum Upgrade Issues

    It wasn't there earlier today. It is possible that it has been there for a while now but since I normally use half screen it wasn't showing up. Earlier today I went full screen and it wasn't there
  19. mattgirl

    October 2019 - Forum Upgrade Issues

    Over there on the right there is a list of new threads and under it a list of new posts. I normally keep this site down to half screen. Now I have to have full screen to be able to see it. I can live with that.
  20. mattgirl

    October 2019 - Forum Upgrade Issues

    I feel sure it is on your list of things to do but am hoping the time and date a post is posted will be back.
  21. mattgirl

    October 2019 - Forum Upgrade Issues

    Thank you for getting our sidebar back. :)
  22. mattgirl

    October 2019 - Forum Upgrade Issues

    We have learned patience is necessary in all things in this hobby. Even this part of it :D
  23. mattgirl

    Help Water Wisteria Disease

    My water wisteria did a lot of this until it got used to my water. Like yours mine had been grown under water but it still had to get used to my water. It took a couple of months for mine to finally stop dropping leaves. Once it did it started growing like a weed. Just cut the top healthy part...
  24. mattgirl

    October 2019 - Forum Upgrade Issues

    I really miss the new/recent post sidebar :( I also miss being able to hover over the alerts and conversation buttons and get information. usng Windows 10, firefox, laptop computer Sadly this one now looks and acts much like all the other forums. I joined this one because it was unique and...
  25. mattgirl

    Almost Cycled?

    Sounds like a plan. Now that you are cycled you want to keep your PH up to at least 7. Since your source water is so low you don't want the PH in the tank to be much higher than that. It may be necessary to remove some of it from your tank but we won't know that until you get it down with a...
  26. mattgirl

    Almost Cycled?

    Congratulations!!!! You may not want to take all of the crushed coral out if your source water PH is only 6.4 That is pretty low. A question or two. Did you rinse the CC before putting it in the tank? Did you get the one called arogonite (s)? Is it the one crushed almost to sand but not quite...
  27. mattgirl

    Keeping Floating Plants Contained

    Great idea and looks good too. I use bendable straws for my floating plant corrals. I got the idea from another member here. Before the straws I had already tried everything I could think of with very limited success.
  28. mattgirl

    Fish Keep Dying. Anything I Should Be Looking For?

    I can't say for sure it is the only thing happening but I think 83 is too warm for the fish in this tank.
  29. mattgirl

    Switching Water Conditioners

    Thank you for the link. I have read that before and yes it does say it can lower the oxygen level if the oxygen level is already low. It doesn't say it will bond to oxygen if there isn't enough ammonia though. and now back to the original point of this thread. We can change to a different...
  30. mattgirl

    Buying Plants

    This is one of his threads in the B.S,T,F section of the forum
  31. mattgirl

    Switching Water Conditioners

    Oh my goodness. I have no idea where you come up with some of this stuff. Can you point us to where you read this one? Hopefully we can nip it in the bud before it gets passed around so often folks will start believing it to be true.
  32. mattgirl

    Using Old Filter Media For New Tank

    The one advantage of seeding the sponge in the cycled tank is it should save a month of adding ammonia, testing and water changes as needed. The seeded sponge should shorten the cycling process in the new tank to maybe a couple of weeks. That will mean it will only be a couple of weeks of...
  33. mattgirl

    Fish Frustrations

    The 50% water change was a good thing to do. It is possible that there is a buildup of things we don't test for in this tank. I have to think that is the case if being a couple of days late in doing the water change caused this to happen. When you just change out 25% of the water week after...
  34. mattgirl

    Can Anyone Identify These Rocks For Me Please.

    You are very welcome. I really don't think any of them will cause problems. The one may raise your PH slightly but most of the time even that won't cause a big problem. I agree, they are really nice looking rocks.
  35. mattgirl

    Debris Amongst The Eggs

    Right. Albino and bronze are the same type of cory and I am pretty sure they won't cross breed with peppers.
  36. mattgirl

    Can Anyone Identify These Rocks For Me Please.

    The only one I might be concerned about is the white one in the second picture. All the rest look like they wouldn't mess with your numbers. If you don't have vinegar to do the fizz test you could put this rock in some water. Test the PH when you first put the rock in there. Test it daily for...
  37. mattgirl

    Can Anyone Identify These Rocks For Me Please.

    I am by no means a rock expert but I am guessing the 3 in the first picture look like granite # 2 just normal river rocks # 3 and I hope I am wrong but they look like petrified wood. I hope I am wrong because that might mean it is being harvested from the petrified forest. :( I know when we...
  38. mattgirl

    My Common Pleco In 55 Gallon Tank

    It would be good to get good clear photos of each of your plecos so it can be determined exactly what you have. There are true common plecos, the ones that can grow to tremendous sizes. And then we have some that are called common bristle nose plecos. They are much smaller when grown. Plecos...
  39. mattgirl

    Debris Amongst The Eggs

    Looking forward to seeing it up and running :) I think you could post links to it. You can't post what may be copyighted pictures but can post links.
  40. mattgirl

    Debris Amongst The Eggs

    Well shoot, I hate to hear that. The good news is you will have lots more chances now that your corys are mature. The concept works but the holes need to be tiny. I actually used a heated sewing needle to poke the holes around the top. The suction cups need to be placed on two sides instead of...
  41. mattgirl

    Help Lots Of Baby Plecos. . .advice Please.

    I allowed mine to breed one time. The fry are 7 weeks old now. The female is now in a different tank. I had no idea that there would be about 50 eggs coming from my tiny female so was shocked at the number. The dad is that handsome fellow over there in my avatar. The female is a little bitty...
  42. mattgirl

    Using Old Filter Media For New Tank

    I keep 2 dual sponge filters running in my 55 gallon fully stocked (some would say over stocked) tank all the time. When I need to set up another tank I just pull one of those well seeded sponges out and can instantly cycle another tank. The amount of bacteria on the sponges will depend on the...
  43. mattgirl

    Using Old Filter Media For New Tank

    It would take almost as long to seed the new sponge filter as it would to cycle the new tank without using seeded media. I would want to run the new sponge filter for at least a month before I would depend on it having enough bacteria on it to jump start a new tanks cycle. It would be easier...
  44. mattgirl

    Ammonia Is Reading High!

    I would be doing water changes daily to get and keep the ammonia and nitrites down. You want to keep the total amount of ammonia+nitrites down to one or less. Add enough Prime with each water change for the full volume of the tank. Once the tank is cycled you will just be adding enough to...
  45. mattgirl

    Help Tetra Safestart Cycling / Nerite Snails Question

    My nerite Merlin does that at least once a day. He goes to the top of his bowl and just hangs out there for a while and then slides on back down. I know there is no ammonia so I think he just does it for grins :D
  46. mattgirl

    Help Received A Dying Betta - Please Help

    Thank you for this @PascalKrypt Now I know a bit more than I did about MB. This is some very good information.
  47. mattgirl

    Help Received A Dying Betta - Please Help

    It looks like you have a plan. Quite often baby steps are the way to go meaning one thing at a time. Sometimes we want to help them so badly we inadvertently do damage instead. I feel sure adding the almond leaf is a good thing to do. Since it is a natural remedy I think it can only help...
  48. mattgirl

    Help Received A Dying Betta - Please Help

    For now the most important thing you can do for this little guy is keep his water as clean as is humanly possible. I wouldn't add any salt at this point. Meds are called for in some cases but since you already have GC and MB in there I wouldn't add anything else. If it were me I would even...
  49. mattgirl

    Snail Keeps Turning Itself Over?

    No need to feed BW or shrimp pellets if there are pest snails in the tank with him. They are the best food for him. Is he moving at all?
  50. mattgirl

    Snail Keeps Turning Itself Over?

    That is a strange behavior for an assassin snail. I can't say I have ever seen mine do that unless two are mating. What are you feeding this little guy? Their main diet is snails but they will eat shrimp pellets and freeze died blood worms. You will need to some how get the dried worms to stay...




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