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  1. Leafydragon

    10 Gallon Stocking Ideas

    Gourami, corydoras and catfish aren’t recommended for a 10gal tank since those fish typically do better in larger spaces
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    Question Is My Tank Cycled?

    10gal tank, I have a customized marina 15 slim filter (polyfill batting in first chamber, biomax refill in second chamber and carbon filter in last chamber) The start line on the spreadsheet is my tap water
  3. Leafydragon

    Question Is My Tank Cycled?

    I’ve been anguishing over cycling my tank for the past two months. Daily tests and constant panic after change and I kept thinking “it’s not right, what am I doing wrong!?”. Well...after countless questions here I found a discord server and asked a few times there and people kept suggesting...
  4. Leafydragon

    Help Help With Cycle!

    My tank doesn’t seem cycled since in a day it doesn’t process all the ammonia (it’s <2ppm after adding ammonia). I use fritz ammonium chloride and add .2grams when I add it. I was told that if the pH gets too low or nitrates get too high I need to do a water change. Do you know how I can keep...
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    Help Help With Cycle!

    Fish Garbage (Link to cycling spreadsheet) Highlighted lines means something was changed/added GH of tank currently is 3 and KH is 2 I’ve been cycling my tank for over a month, and every time I add ammonia or do a water change it seems fine for one day then I start to see those stupid...
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    Help Ammonia Won’t Change

    I was planning on emptying out over half the tank first (and possibly a good amount of the gravel) before moving it, leaving enough for the betta to be comfortable but as little water as possible otherwise. I wouldn’t be able to lift it otherwise. I’m going in-state and the main colleges I’m...
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    Help Ammonia Won’t Change

    My original plan was to get a pair of male ADF and a betta but my parents and I weren’t too sure if the college dorms would let me keep the ADF so we decided to wait until after I got there to make sure I wouldn’t have to get rid of them. I love to research pets so I’m definitely sure that...
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    Help Ammonia Won’t Change

    It’s all okay, everyone has probably had a long week! For the divider thing I’m not sure I specified correctly, I was saying if I decided to get the betta that day with the schooling fish then I would sue a divider for a day or two so they “establish” territory away from each other then take it...
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    Help Ammonia Won’t Change

    Fish Garbage It looks like I jinxed it by saying it was almost done cycling Is it possible that the driftwood is the reason for the pH not staying up? I figured I shouldn’t jump the gun and just keep doing water changes if there was still ammonia and wait to see if it might right itself...
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    Help White Worms?

    That makes me feel so much better now! I just didn’t like the idea of ever accidentally touching them or knowing they were there around hen I was rearranging the tank (like how I know bees are necessary, but I’d never want to be near one). I haven’t seen the worms since the wc so hopefully I...
  11. Leafydragon

    Help White Worms?

    I use fritz ammonium chloride. I guess when I vacuum I can vacuum more in the gravel when I do water changes. I usually water change anytime my tank gets way off from the previous trends (I included link to my spreadsheet below). When I got my betta I planned to use regular betta food but put it...
  12. Leafydragon

    Help White Worms?

    The idea of worms in my tank kinda freaks me out though, so they just kinda live under my gravel?
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    Help White Worms?

    I’m currently cycling my tank and found these little guy’s floating around my tank. I read a few things and believe they’re harmless, but I want them gone forever. I read that if you keep water conditions good and don’t over feed then they’ll hide, but I want them dead/out of my tank forever. I...
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    Help Ammonia Won’t Change

    My plants are real and I’m trying to find what plants I can plant in gravel so I can add two or three more (since my water wisteria has basically rotted and died). The image I included is almost how my tank looks now minus the wisteria in front of the driftwood which I was thinking I could just...
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    Help Ammonia Won’t Change

    Would it be possible to add a small amount of ammonia with the inverts or would that kill them? Like maybe .1g or .05g instead of the .2g I normally add. I don’t know if I’d be able to part with any small fish since I get very attached very quickly to pets and the store near me has a two week...
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    Help Ammonia Won’t Change

    Fish Garbage I’m beyond excited!! I think my tank to close to finishing cycling! The pH has almost evened out, the nitrates aren’t going too high, nitrites are staying at 0, only thing I need to make sure about now is that the ammonia goes down within 24hours. I’m so excited because if this is...
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    Help Ammonia Won’t Change

    I’m so glad to hear that my cycle is going so well and from someone with so much experience! I’m really excited to finish my cycle (as you can tell by my daily and sometimes multiple daily tests) so I’m very grateful for your advice to help speed up the process. I always figure if I’m taking a...
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    Help Ammonia Won’t Change

    Fish Garbage There’s a link to my tracking. My water seemed to meet all the requirements but I’m going to go ahead and do a small water change now then check again later tonight to add the ammonia. I actually like doing water tests, makes me feel responsible. I’m just wishing the process would...
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    Help Ammonia Won’t Change

    I’m changing my water when I get home in a few hours and I will definitely change to digital for my tracking. How long after the water change should I wait to add the ammonia?
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    Help Tss+ Progress

    Here’s how everything is looking so far. I’m planning to do a bigger water change (5-6 gallon) tomorrow night since I can’t tonight. I was wondering what reason there was for the pH to drop so dramatically and if I should I do anything to fix it? I read on another thread I should wait about 24...
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    Help Ammonia Won’t Change

    Here are how my test results are looking so far. I will only be able to water change again tomorrow night (5-6 galling this time) so hopefully my tank will be fine until then. Should I add the ammonia after the wc tomorrow? I went ahead and turned up the temperature in the tank to 83F
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    Help Ammonia Won’t Change

    I was hoping to just get two shrimp for now and let them get big enough that the betta might not see them as an expensive snack and I was going to get a few mystery snails and one nerite snail. I’m going to make sure to watch for aggression as well. Thanks for the help and quick replies! I hope...
  23. Leafydragon

    Help Ammonia Won’t Change

    I’m not exactly sure how much water is actually in my tank (due to water displacement from the gravel and decor) but I’ll just fill up my 2gallon bucket twice in that case. I’ve just been super anxious about my cycle since I wanted to get the snails and shrimp for my tank before the betta and...
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    Help Ammonia Won’t Change

    The source is about 7.6. So I should start doing water changes more often?
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    Help Ammonia Won’t Change

    Sorry it’s a bit cut off in the picture, but the last column was for water change and I did a 3-4 gallon one on 8/19. Should I do another water change in that case? And from now on should I wait a day after ammonia goes down to redose it?
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    Help Ammonia Won’t Change

    Pink lines are normal days and blue is test after something was added/changed (ammonia added or water change) I started my tank’s cycle using TSS+ and the cycle seemed to be going very well until last night when I tested it and the ammonia hadn’t gone down. I’ve been testing it since then and...
  27. Leafydragon

    Help Tss+ Progress

    ph- >6 Ammonia- 2ppm Nitrite- <1ppm Nitrate- <10ppm The ammonia didn’t seem to process as well today but the nitrite and nitrate levels are going down and I’m worried I might’ve messed up somehow. I accidentally left the filter off for 12 hours overnight after changing the water Friday and I’m...
  28. Leafydragon

    Help Tss+ Progress

    It seems like the ammonia is processing in about 24 hours, but the nitrites and nitrates are still high and pH still isn’t very high. Am I somehow doing the test wrong? Could the water from previous tests be somehow alternating the results since occasionally I see colored water left (that I...
  29. Leafydragon

    Help Tss+ Progress

    Color to left of tubes is most accurate, tested 24 hours after last time pH- 6.6? Ammonia- >.25ppm Nitrite- 2ppm? Nitrate- 40ppm What happened? I went ahead and added more ammonia but these results don’t make sense to me. Why is the pH falling and how did nitrites suddenly shoot up. Will this...
  30. Leafydragon

    Help Tss+ Progress

    This is how my test results looked at 5pm today pH- >7.2 High pH- oops, didn’t need it ammonia- .25ppm Nitrite- >0ppm Nitrates- 40ppm? I also added the ammonia (2g) at 11:45pm then tested it at 12:05 and it came out as about <2ppm I’ll probably end up testing it tomorrow closer to 11pm again...
  31. Leafydragon

    Help Water Wisteria

    So I should snip only brown? I’m still super new at this so I don’t want to accidentally ruin my plant :emoji_disappointed_relieved:
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    Help Water Wisteria

    Only one seems to have healthy roots, one has two roots and the other two have no roots. Should I still cut off the ends for the ones with no roots? I heard that over time snipped pieces can grow into their own plant.
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    Help Water Wisteria

    So should I just snip off the ends of all of them and it’ll regrow?
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    Help Water Wisteria

    I bought some water wisteria a few weeks ago and have been letting it float in my cycling tank since then. The roots seem to be growing then don’t then it looks unhealthy but then healthy roots look healthy near it? I’m kinda confused and just want to know if it’ll regrow roots or if I should...
  35. Leafydragon

    Question Stocking 10g With Betta

    African draws frogs are what I originally wanted but I’m going to college next year and I’m worried the RA might kick them out since colleges usually only allow fish only tanks. Ottos don’t do well in small tanks or small group usually though
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    Question Stocking 10g With Betta

    I’m currently cycling my tank and if it keeps going at this rate it should be done in time for me to go pick up some invertebrates on Labor Day and get the betta later in September. I know I want one betta, 3 mystery snails and at least two amano shrimp, but was wondering what else I...
  37. Leafydragon

    Help Tss+ Progress

    I’ll definitely do that Friday during my break if I need to add the ammonia, I can’t believe I didn’t think to do that, thank you! You also have a great week!!
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    Help Tss+ Progress

    I’ll still probably test the tank daily because it’s the only calm thing I have to do at night after these super long days :emoji_grin:, gets me excited to add the snails and shrimp in (if the tank ends up cycling within the next two weeks, otherwise I’ll have to wait until I get a free weekend...
  39. Leafydragon

    Help Tss+ Progress

    Here’s how the test results are looking right now pH- >7.6 high pH- <7.4 (idk what happened here or how in messing up the test) Ammonia- >1ppm Nitrite- <2ppm Nitrate- <40ppm Is it time for a water change? How long can I leave it like this? Only chance I have to change the water is possibly...
  40. Leafydragon

    Help Tss+ Progress

    I just tested my water again to make sure the ammonia actually was added properly and was somewhat surprised by the results The pH and nitrites rose and it looks like the nitrates also rose a little bit (obviously the ammonia rose since I dosed two grams of the powder). I last tested it only six...
  41. Leafydragon

    Help Tss+ Progress

    I removed the fertilizer and these are my test results from the past few days (the pink notes on the blue lines are how much ammonia I added) (pink lines are normal days and blue lines are days after I added something to the tank related to the cycle) The results right now look like pH- >7...
  42. Leafydragon

    Help Tss+ Progress

    This is how my results are looking now pH- >7.2 Ammonia- >.5ppm Nitrite- 0ppm Nitrate- <10ppm Is it time to add more ammonia? I just added a marimo moss ball, 3 anubias and some wisteria to the tank as well as one seachem fertilizer tablet for the wisteria (the Anubis are tied onto driftwood)...
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    Question New Plants

    This is how the tank looks now that everything is planted! Now that I’ve see that comment I might plant the wisteria, but I’ll need to rearrange everything to make space for it. I had a few questions now that I’ve added them. Should I only keep the wisteria stalks with full roots?(one had a...
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    Question Are My Plants Okay?

    I recent picked up 2 anubias congensis, an anubias nana, a water westeria and a marimo moss ball at petsmart. I floated the westeria and then tied the rest onto a piece of Mopani woodI dipped them in 1:20 bleach to water solution for two minutes each, scrubbed them gently with my fingers in...
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    Question New Plants

    I also posted this onto the aquarium plants section but was worried I might not get an answer soon so I’m sorry it it looks like a repeat to anyone. Today I went to petsmart and picked up 2 anubias congenesis, 1 anubias nana, 1 water wisteria and 1 marimo moss ball. My tank has gravel and one...
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    Question New Plants

    Today I went to petsmart and picked up 2 anubias congenesis, 1 anubias nana, 1 water wisteria and 1 marimo moss ball. My tank has gravel and one piece of Mopani wood. I was planning on floating the wisteria and tying the other three plants onto the Mopani. All the plants are the smallest size...
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    Question Ghost Shrimp

    Mystery snails lay their eggs on the water line so I can easily scoop them out (they won’t hatch unless near water). Woah, those snails and busy bees, I’d be worried to get two nerite snails then leave no food for the amano shrimp since it is still a new tank.
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    Question Ghost Shrimp

    My filter capacity according to aqadvisor is still pretty decent and it’s only 69% stocked with all five snails and I’ve heard that mystery snails are more of a decoration then an algae cleaner. Should I just skip the nerite snails and go with 2 amano shrimp?
  49. Leafydragon

    Question Ghost Shrimp

    Could I maybe mix the ghost and amano shrimp? Two of each? Mystery snails normally don’t take care of algae problems, so it would only be the nerite snails doing that as well as the amano shrimp. I was planning on using algae wafers and blanched vegetables
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    Help Tss+ Progress

    Like the trends I should be looking for should be a possible spike in nitrites then a rise in the number of nitrates (I mixed them up, sorry) correct? I’m bad at articulating my questions sometimes, I was wondering if the trends should follow like that or is there something else I should watch...




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