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  1. jtwizz

    Why Do My Crayfish Keep Dying

    crays also need added iodine when they molt. they are known to die of iodine deficiencies. I just add a dose after my first water change after a molt. it doesnt need to be added constantly as it is possible to overdose.
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    Stumped On What's Wrong With My Angelfish

    Following. I am having a similar issue with one of my Platyfish right now, although I was able to pinpoint a physical injury as the cause of her issues. sorry I can't be of more help. my fish has not had more than a bite or two of food that I've noticed in the past 2 weeks either, or a bowel...
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    Question Least Generic Name You've Given A Fish?

    my 2 nerite snails are ladybug (red with black spots) and bumblebee(black and yellow striped). I also now have 6 cory cats named Tom, Felix, Heathcliff, Garfield, Pete, and Sylvester. I've decided to dub my Ramshorns collectively as Gary. I also acquired some bladder snails in my last plant...
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    Baby Mystery Snail Colors

    what are the most sellable colors?
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    Help Id My Plants, And Other Misc. Questions

    it might still be accessible, but it's not *easily* accessible. the only time I ever had an ammonia test come out to 0 was when I skipped my water change for like 3 weeks. you don't even wanna know what my nitrates were tho I personally don't feel the extra prime is necessary, I was just...
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    29gal Fishless Cycle

    your ph might be too low. at low ph levels, ammonia changes to ammonium which is inaccessible to BB. I don't know how to remedy that; I have the opposite problem
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    Help Id My Plants, And Other Misc. Questions

    My water also tests positive for ammonia out of the tap at about the same level, maybe a little less. the thing to remember about the ammonia test is that it will test positive for both ammonia and ammoniUM. Ammonium is not harmful, and in fact when you dose prime to a tank containing a low...
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    Stocking Options For Community Tank - Feeling Overwhelmed

    I saw some really pretty dumbo-eared guppies at my lfs the other day... my never pictured myself a guppy lover, but man were they gorgeous. the guy at my lfs also said i might be able to get cherry or gold barbs, or all male neon barbs? my independent research also has led me to zebra danio or...
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    First Ever Fishless Cycle

    oh yea, i shake those things like crazy... but I was doing some research elsewhere and apparently the nitrate results can be thrown off if ammonia is too high. I did do a water change just now... 70% whew! somebody remind me why I wanted a tank over 100 gal?.... anyway ammonia is at 2ppm now. I...
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    Stocking Options For Community Tank - Feeling Overwhelmed

    Missed this part of your post earlier. love the gouramis.... but mightn't they eat the shrimp?
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    Stocking Options For Community Tank - Feeling Overwhelmed

    I am really really wary of getting any more livebearers. I do not want baby fish, and I have heard so many horror stories about them being incorrectly sexed, and people ending up with babies anyway. Honestly, I didn't even want the platies I have... it was one of those, "Oh school is closing...
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    Stocking Options For Community Tank - Feeling Overwhelmed

    I have a 30g tank that is about to be vacated, once my 125 finishes cycling. I currently have four platies in a 20g that I want to move to the 30g and build a community around. all my platies are female, and have never been exposed to males since reaching maturity (i have had them since they...
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    Ahhh! Help! I Had Baby Yellow Labs ... Now What?!?

    not a helpful comment at all, but when i first saw your title, i thought you were talking about puppies, and wondered if you'd wandered into the wrong forum.
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    First Ever Fishless Cycle

    I was following the advice of another forum member who wrote a thread on doing a fast fishless cycle (link is a couple posts up). In that thread, it said to dose ammonia to 12PPM
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    First Ever Fishless Cycle

    UPDATE: so the day after my last post, (Saturday), I tested parameters, and my ammonia had actually gone *up* to 2PPM (obviously due to the decomposing fish food) so I figured I'd go for broke and go ahead and dose the pure ammonia. I'm worried that I may have overdosed though, since I didn't...
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    Aquarium Addiction - Help! How Do You Stop?

    to be fair, it was my 3rd trip to the pet store in about a weekops:... and we have a joint account, so he would've seen it anyway
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    Aquarium Addiction - Help! How Do You Stop?

    so I might have figured it out.... it's when your SO says something along the lines of, "you spent how much???" when all you did was buy some stability and root tabs (to the tune of $60....)
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    First Ever Fishless Cycle

    okay, thanks I meant to add that my nitrates are already at about 20ppm, so I think I'll hold off until after my water change since I'll have to siphon off all this gross fish food now
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    First Ever Fishless Cycle

    Thanks for the advice everyone. I started my cycle with the fish food since I wasn't able to get pure ammonia right away. I didn't test the ammonia level for a couple days though, since I figured it would take a little time for the food to break down. I tested last night and ammonia was only at...
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    Aquarium Addiction - Help! How Do You Stop?

    lack of money is definitely what slows me down. I just dropped prob close to $500 over the last 2 months slowly setting up a 125g. have tank, stand, lid, light, filter, and sand but no decorations or plants yet. I also had to reseal the tank, which was oddly fun and satisfying. I highly...
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    First Ever Fishless Cycle

    I have plenty of fish food... a whole canister in fact that I'm willing to use because none of my fish will eat it.
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    First Ever Fishless Cycle

    so I'm setting up a 125g and I want to do it right, so I will be doing a fishless cycle for the first time ever. I have a sunsun 304b canister with ceramic rings.... i also have ceramic rings in my established tanks but it took me so long to set up the sunsun the first time, i'd rather not have...
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    Black Diamond Blasting Sand

    oh great. I just bought 2 bags earlier this week and never even thought to check the grit size I was just so excited that the display was right inside the door at tractor supply and I didn't have to ask an employee. at least the bags are still in the trunk of my car so should be easy enough to...
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    What Kind Of Snail

    I have just one mystery snail in my 30 gal and while he does eat some of the algae, he does not nearly eat enough of it to keep up with it. he much prefers other food sources. I don't think only one mystery in a 55gal will do the job you're looking for.
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    Will My Goldfish Get Bigger?

    yes, I am aware they are commons and I know how big they can get. I just wasn't sure if they had already been stunted to the point where a change in environment wouldn't help. I only have 2 of them though, and do not intend to add anymore, so I'm sure that the 125g will be just fine thanks
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    Will My Goldfish Get Bigger?

    so about a year and 4 months ago, I won a couple goldfish at a carnival. unbenownst to me at the time, my 20g was much too small for them. as soon as I learned that, I began searching for a larger tank. I was able to upgrade them to a 30g back in June, which while still too small, definitely was...
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    Picky Goldfish?

    my goldfish love goldfish flakes, but I also feed them freeze dried shrimp, and seaweed sheets (clipped to side of tank) they also really love pond pellets. I also have some Ramshorn (pest) snails in my goldfish tank. pretty sure they eat them too. my goldies are little garbage disposals tho, I...
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    Question Least Generic Name You've Given A Fish?

    I had a goldfish named mashimaru once. I can't take credit for the name though... I rehomed him for a friend. what constitutes a generic name though? I had another Goldie that I named Bessie because her markings resembled a cow. I had a comet named Celebdil (elvish for "silver") we had a pair...
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    Worst Stocking You Ever Had

    I had four common goldfish in a 10 gal tank with 2 mystery snails
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    Mystery Snails! *a Few Questions*

    I need to try the zucchini again... I hadn't blanched it (I usually eat it raw myself) and also I clipped it to the side of the tank rather than weighing it down to the bottom. Also, at the time, he was still pretty new to me, so probably wasn't used to eating real food
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    Mystery Snails! *a Few Questions*

    My mystery will eat fish flakes and pellets. I also feed them freeze dried shrimp and green algae sheets with garlic. I did not have much luck with the snail-o but I'm going to try a different recipe next time. Up to today, I haven't had luck with regular veggies either (I've tried zucchini and...
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    Mystery Snails Eating From The Surface

    My guy does that too he actually knows when it's feeding time and usually makes a point to hang out near the surface for the evening feeding. It's so adorable.
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    Snail Photosensitivity

    My ivory snail periodically hides out but it seems to be irrelevant as to whether the tank lights are on. His favorite hiding spot used to be in the shady spot behind the in-tank filter, but he kinda stopped doing that after he accidentally climbed inside it a couple weeks ago, and we didn't...
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    Dream Aquarium

    My cousin once had a self sustaining aquarium/terrarium with snails shrimp frogs and various fish. Heavily planted. It looked like a miniature rainforest. He never had to feed, because all of the animals would eat either the plants in the tank, or the fry/eggs of the breeding animals. It was...
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    Filter Recommendations For 90g+

    Doesn't a sump require plumbing? If so, that's definitely not an option because we rent.
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    Filter Recommendations For 90g+

    My next tank is going to be between 90-120 gallons. It will be home to 2 common goldfish, with no plans to add any other fish. I really do not have any experience with anything other than HOB filters, but am not opposed to other kinds as long as they're easy to set up. What kind of filter would...
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    What Did I Get?

    Let's see if this helps? I tried a couple different angles.
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    What Did I Get?

    My LPS was having a sale on aquatic plants today 3 small bunches for 10.99, and as I've been wanting to add plants for awhile now, I got 6 problem is none of them were labeled so I have no idea what they were. I'm pretty sure 3 of the bunches are anachris and two of the bunches are some kind of...
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    Trace Ammonia? Can't Read Api Results...

    Well mystery solved... I never got around to testing distilled, but when I tested my 30g today before my water change, it finally came through as true 0 (matched the card)... the 20g was still testing with a trace ( I recorded as .125)... After the water change, now the 30g is showing a trace...
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    How Do You Interact With Your Fish?

    I just pet the outside of their shells. They always retract into their shells whenever I place my hand nearby whether to move them or pet them anyway
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    How Do You Interact With Your Fish?

    i pet my snails, and hand feed my goldfish and my platies on occasion. i also talk to them, and i swear they can hear me say "dinnertime" from across the room.....
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    Any Philadelphia/ Pennsylvania Clubs Or People?

    Haha not at the present time. One of my tanks is goldfish and the other is platys and snails.
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    Trace Ammonia? Can't Read Api Results...

    That's a good idea. I didn't think of that!
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    Trace Ammonia? Can't Read Api Results...

    Yes my cycle is done, has been fully cycled for months. I did fish in cycles, so they cycled rapidly.
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    Trace Ammonia? Can't Read Api Results...

    Ok. It'll have to wait a day or two tho. We don't have any LFS nearby, and the nearest LPS that has a decent aquarium supply section is a 30min drive, as is petco
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    Trace Ammonia? Can't Read Api Results...

    That is actually the result straight from my tap water so I'm not sure a water change will help.
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    Trace Ammonia? Can't Read Api Results...

    So until recently I have been using the tetra 5 in 1 strips to test nitrate, nitrite, gh, kh, and ph. The 5 in 1 doesn't test for ammonia so I had purchased a separate ammonia test strip kit (jungle). After my tanks finished cycling, I was consistently getting a 0ppm result on the ammonia test...
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    Lowering Water Hardness (gh)

    Refrigerator filters do not filter out minerals. You just have to look at the calcium deposits on my dispenser to see that, and my water is actually double filtered I don't have any reason to lower my gH so I don't even test it anymore. It's always 300ppm+
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    Any Philadelphia/ Pennsylvania Clubs Or People?

    Hi! I live about an hour outside Philly in Montgomery county... I am in the beginning stages of MTS... only 2 at the moment, but already pricing out a 150g to move my goldies to and dreaming about betta sororities and an invert tank...
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    Mystery Snail Worries

    I am no expert and I have no insights but my one mystery snail is behaving in a similar manner. She only gets active for the first 24hrs after I do a water change, even if my parameters are all good.




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