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  1. snowballPLECO

    Nitrate Drama - Help On How To Lower Nitrates

    My 125g and 55g consistently are at 40-80ppm, they aren’t deadly unless you’re at 80-100+ for long periods of time, i do 50-60% water changes every 3-4 days on each of my two big tanks. People spread false information regarding nitrate and when it becomes deadly, keeping it below “20” is...
  2. snowballPLECO

    Forced Fish-in Cycle

    Best fish for fishin is skirt tetras they’re hardy as all heck, when I started my first tank I used them, they lived and I endedup rehoming them obviously because who wants skirts lol
  3. snowballPLECO

    My Teacher Doesn’t Take Care Of Her Fish

    Well firstly plecos need veggies in their diet, and garbage brand flakes aren’t nutritious whatsoever, plecos need a diet tailored to them for them to flourish.
  4. snowballPLECO

    My Teacher Doesn’t Take Care Of Her Fish

    You definitely can tell her, what do you mean? You see a problem, address it. The teacher’s not adequately providing for living things, tell her to get some wafers for the pleco. By staying silent you become part of the problem, if it was a malnourished dog, would you stay silent? no... so do...
  5. snowballPLECO

    What Is The Problem??? My Tank Won't Cycle.

    This website gives such poor advice, prime doesn’t create “false” readings, cycling your tank is an easy process, fish-in cycles are simple as sticking a few skirt tetras in, dosing prime everyday and let nature run its course on your filter. Your tank WILL cycle.
  6. snowballPLECO

    Sick German Ram

    his Ph isn’t the issue, the issue is the terrible inbreeding of rams in general, I got like 6 bolivians last year and 3 died within a in pristine conditions, they’re low quality fish and I advise buying them despite their beauty, out of the 6 i bought only one remains. Not worth investing a...
  7. snowballPLECO

    Upgrading From 60 To 120 Gallons

    You'd want to run AT LEAST 2 AQ110s and honestly running 3-4 is ideal, depends on what you plan on stocking it with. My 125g has an FX4 + 2 AQ110s + 2 air stones and 2 powerheads. If you're gonna do a 120, you need ample filtration and circulation to make sure there isn't ANY deadspots on the...
  8. snowballPLECO

    Ammonia Over 6.0 Ppm??

    Instead of typing on here maybe do a water change to lower it? lol, haven’t done a water change in 3 weeks and you’re gonna just dose prime and tss+? **** lol. Just do a big water change
  9. snowballPLECO

    How Do I Clean My Sand?

    Is this serious? lol. I have pool filter sand in all my tanks, and it’s easy as **** to clean. when you do water changes you put your hand in there and turn the sand over and that’s it. Sands the best choice for substrate if you have any type of fish that is a bottom dweller or sifter like most...
  10. snowballPLECO

    20 Gallon Tank The Sad Life Of Bettas

    I keep my betta with 2 bolivians in a 20gallon and have for months, all do well together. my betta is a bada$$ guess u cant swear? what is this
  11. snowballPLECO

    Cory Cat Fish Not Surviving. Low Ph?

    I really wish people would stop talking about ph unless we’re talking about wild caught Discus or some african cichlids, but any tank bred fish can thrive in any pH. Best PH is a consistent pH.. pH is honestly irrelevant other than during the cycling process but you shouldn’t have to cycle a...
  12. snowballPLECO

    Bio Wheels And New Tank

    ditch the biowheel and get two AQ70s. aquaclear is the only HOB anyone should buy, especially for bigger tanks. for my 55g I have 2 Aquaclear 110s. but two aq70s. with a55g you want two HOBs bare minimum for proper filtration throughout the tank AND surface agitation, you don't want dead spots...
  13. snowballPLECO

    Too Many Fish To Use Qt

    IMO a perfect quar tank is a 20gallon with a sponge filter or an aquaclear50. i have a 20 gal quar w/ a aq50. i have a 55g and a 125g so i regularly get fish. Quar your fish always, or you'll end up losing your entire tank eventually, it will happen and you'll regret not investing $50 in a quar...
  14. snowballPLECO

    Tap Water Conditioner

    Seachem prime is the only dechlor you should really use and it's great just incase you have a cycle crash or ammonia spike or something to help while it fixes itself.
  15. snowballPLECO

    How To Get Nitrate Level Up?

    Nitrates are fine, people don't understand how nitrates work in aquariums. Freshwater fish can withstand 40-100PPM for a while before it becomes deadly. I have a 125g with 2 Oscars, 2 firemouths, 2 angels, a sailfin pleco, a rainbow shark, and a syno squeekercatfish and i have an FX4 +...
  16. snowballPLECO

    Pulling My Hair Out- Is Cycle Done?

    Lol, bacteria blooms aren’t harmful to fish at all, not sure where you read that and people over complicate the cycle process. get a couple skirt tetras and cycle your tank and if you care about keeping them alive dose prime. the cycling process is simple but people tend to make things harder.
  17. snowballPLECO

    Help With Blood Parrot

    Convicts are brutal, absolutely brutal especially a breeding pair they turn into mini doviis. I’d suggest rehoming the convict if you care about your fish, I had a breeding pair I got rid of due to how insane they are and they are pure devils. It’s 100% your dovii and blood parrots are normally...
  18. snowballPLECO

    Running A Quarantine Tank Questions

    Quarantine tanks are essential if you have multiple tanks and have a lot of fish, and expensive fish. Protect your investments. Peopls don’t even realize how often their fish die simply due to adding a new fish that has a parasite/infection. If you care about your fish, get a 10gallon quar...
  19. snowballPLECO

    Not Upside Down Catfish

    No, that's a syno catfish.. I have a syno squeeker and he swims upside down all the time, it's common for synos to swim upside down. My syno is the most active fish I've literally ever had in my entire life, he does laps around my tank ALL **** day, he's 3 years old now and still active as ever.
  20. snowballPLECO

    How To Stop Bullying

    get a 10g man, 5g isn’t big enough for anything other than a betta and honestly fish shouldn’t be forced into such a confined space ever. small tanks equate to aggression. Imagine sticking 2 6 foot people in a 200sqft apartment
  21. snowballPLECO

    Can I Keep A Pleco In A Traveled 10 Gallon For The Time Being?

    55g isn't big enough for a common pleco either lol, you'll need 75g bare minimum for him at max size and that's honestly pushing it. i have a sailfin pleco that is in my 125g that is roughly 10 inches and i'm gonna need a 220+ soon for him and my other fish. Common plecos shouldn't be sold in...
  22. snowballPLECO

    Annoyance At Giving Up So Easily

    I love when people talk about fish as if they’re not living things, they require care like any other domesticated animal.
  23. snowballPLECO

    Filtering For 120g

    my 125g has two AQ110s coupled with an FX4 and 2 air stones.
  24. snowballPLECO

    Cory Fin Rot Again (caught Early This Time)

    Fin rot is caused by poor water conditions usually. Fin rot is mainly fixed by daily water changes and a little salt
  25. snowballPLECO

    Oscar At Pet Store Is Grey

    Well I have 4 Oscars and been dealing with them for years, black oscars with red stripes are tiger oscars, and then theres lutino and albino oscars, you’d have to get a pic. Two of my Oscars are from Petsmart actually, both are healthy and exceptionally active. Get a pic
  26. snowballPLECO

    German Blue Rams And Gravel(or Other Types Of Cichlids) In Lightly Planted, Tall 26 Gallon Aquarium

    Alright, I'm kind of tired of reading this on this forum but GBR and any cichlid for that matter sift through sand for food, and sand is their preferred substrate, and do not get cories without sand, bottom dwellers especially cories and plecos need sand, cories non-stop sift through sand and if...
  27. snowballPLECO

    Need Help, My Cory Cats Are Dying

    The gravel is an immediate issue, not sure why it's a 'future one' Stop getting bottom dwellers without sand substrate, sand should always be the preferred substrate choice in any tank. Sand is better and safer and fish who like to sift through sand aka cories who do it constantly and cichlids...
  28. snowballPLECO

    Walstad Tank

    Walstad tanks are so impractical lol it’s hard to get success from it
  29. snowballPLECO

    Adding Ammonia During Fish-in Cycle

    Ok wow, fish in cycles are fine i do it everytime but you picked two very sensitive fish, the likelihood of them dying even with prime is high. Bolivian rams are sensitive and so are gouramis. You picked bad fish to fish in cycle lol, go with skirt tetras for fish in
  30. snowballPLECO

    Pleco Died

    Plecos do eat meat, and veggies. Both my plecos eat cichlid pellets, cucumbers, squash, algae wafers and krill and are healthy as ever. I’m not convinced the diet was the issue. Yes plecos eat veggies but they certainly eat meats lol.
  31. snowballPLECO

    2 Weeks No Water Change

    Regardless of water changes good filtration will filter your ammonia and nitrite constantly until your nitrates are at unbearable levels for your fish
  32. snowballPLECO

    So Much Contradictory Info On Cycling

    Let’s make this simple Easiest way to cycle your tank is get a some hardy fish i used black skirt tetras and use Prime the entire time and do water changes here and there and your tank will cycle. there’s literally nothing else besides fill tank with water dose it with prime put filter on add...
  33. snowballPLECO

    Best Beginner Cichlids

    Firemouths can be tough to breed, I personally have a breeding pair but firemouths imo aren’t starter cichlids, they can be very aggressice depends on who their tank mates are and heirarchy. Took my firemouths a good while to finally breed Breeding for money isn’t that easy, if you wanted some...
  34. snowballPLECO

    Interesting Find Regarding Petstore Cichlid Tank

    Captive-bred fish can survive in pretty much any pH as long as its consistent.
  35. snowballPLECO

    High Nitrites And Nitrates

    Please stop using stability, it does not work and doesn’t contain the right bacteria. Just use Prime that’s all you need for fish-in cycles. Water changes and Prime until it cycles. Your tank will cycle just stop adding stability
  36. snowballPLECO

    Does Playing With A Cichlid Through The Glass Make Him More Aggressive?

    all four of my oscars bite my fingers any time i put my hand in the tank they swarm me like a bunch of little idiots
  37. snowballPLECO

    Stocking Question

    What are you feeding your angel? it’s strange it’s not growing
  38. snowballPLECO

    Can Fish Be Instinctively Scared Of A Bigger Fish

    When you build an aggressive tank, I have 2 of them, a 125 and a 55g you need the fish to be all the same size and grow together otherwise you'll have huge issues. You'll still get aggression, but it should be lessened by the fact they're all the same size and can fend for themselves unless...
  39. snowballPLECO

    Red Texas Cichlid Stuck

    8 convicts and 2 texas cichlids youre gonna deal with so much aggression and 55g is so tiny for those guys. red texas are BRUTAL and if your convicts pair up it’s gonna be nothing but chaos
  40. snowballPLECO

    Too Much Stuff In Tank?

    I keep my tanks minimal, this is my 55g
  41. snowballPLECO

    Cycling Tank

    Fish in cycles are fine, all you need is Prime and water changes. when i cycled my 55g I had 2 oscars a pleco and a rainbow shark which all of them are now in a 125g thriving. Fish-in cycles aren’t inhumane when you do them properly and make sure the fish aren’t beinf poisened
  42. snowballPLECO

    Can’t Get My Tank To Cycle

    I buy 98% of my fish from LFS here in Arizona we have like 6-7 of them in a 30 mile radius, but I have a 8 inch Tiger Oscar and a 8 inch Blood Parrot and a 6 inch Bichir from petsmart who are all healthy and thriving. Like any fish, you should quarintine them, petsmart fish while can be sick a...
  43. snowballPLECO

    Do Peacock Gudgeons Eat Cherry Shrimp

    If it can fit in their mouths they’d have a field day, it’s shrimp and alive... nature kicks in and they’d try to eat them or eat them. You should see my oscars when i put krill in the tank, they turn into 10 inch idiots
  44. snowballPLECO

    If Only I Had Room

    Common plecos honestly shouldn’t be sold without proof of a tank big enough, or shouldn’t sell commons in general.. common plecos rarely get the proper tank size..
  45. snowballPLECO

    Does Removing My Carbon Cartridge Affect Cycled Tank?

    I really wish people would stop using filters with cartridges... I get they’re cheaper, but media is so much better for filtration and hosting BB.
  46. snowballPLECO

    Fish Dying Within 12 Hours

    Glofish are black skirt tetras which are INSANELY hardy fish, did you dechlorinate your water? glofish aka skirt tetras should be able to withstand brutal conditions for longer than 12 hours im thinking your water isn’t dechlorinated
  47. snowballPLECO

    Hi, Is This Tank Good For Just One Oscar Fish?

    One oscar is fine in a 75g, I have 4 oscars, two 10 inch oscars in a 125g with 1 8 inch Blood Parrot 1 green terror 2 angels 2 firemouths pleco and a rainbow shark Syno squeeker catfish In my 55g i have two 4 inch Oscars currently growing with a bunch of convicts and a pleco. Oscars...
  48. snowballPLECO

    Water Changes Killing Fish

    I drain my tanks, put water back in and then add prime... I never have had any stressed fish or dead fish following, the chlorine won’t kill your fish that fast, that’s not how it works. Once my tanks are filled back up, I dose prime then I have to start up my filter/canisters again. Not sure...
  49. snowballPLECO

    Just Upgraded - What Filter For 50g?

    get an aquaclear 110 and call it a day, i personally use two aq110s on my 55g and a fx4 + two aq110s on my 125g. I prefer to overfiltrate my aquariums guaranteeing insane consistent filtration but i also have big fish
  50. snowballPLECO

    Beginner Mistake, Now We Need Help!

    Fish won’t die that fast in a brand new aquarium, barely wont be any ammonia yet. You probably didn’t dechlorinate your water which will kill them that fast. Seachem prime is all you need for a fish in cycle




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