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  1. FishRFriendz

    Substrate Question, CaribSea vs Pool Sand

    Unless you're picky about color just go with pool filter sand or black diamond blasting sand.
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    30 Gallon Tank What Can I Do With The Aquarium After Use?

    People usually won't buy used substrate. I wish I had used my eco complete and gravel at the bottom of my raised bed gardens, a 2" rocky layer would have deterred the moles/voles. The aqua soil substrates are soft and break down to just be used as soil. I also dump used carbon into my garden...
  3. FishRFriendz

    Help Pothos Plant

    Also, leaves are grown specific to the environment(Lighting, humidity, nutrients). That propagation method is called 'layering'. Cuttings work as well, it's how I started the portion in the plastic Jelly Belly container. I was planning to do a bit of 'hop-scotch' where I'd put a bowl of water...
  4. FishRFriendz

    55 Gallon Tank Diy Concrete Stand

    Is your rabbit litter box trained? When I was younger we kept rabbits, but let them roam in our patio so we never trained them, and we'd just spray down the patio regularly. I want to get one for my son but... not if it's gonna poop everywhere.
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    Tell All: Cherry Shrimp

    Thanks, but unfortunately I haven't been selling the Dream Blue for a while. I realized they were over sold early this year, so I stopped selling them in Feb or so, expecting to start again in May, but then I did a big rack upgrade and they're still getting established in the new tank. Now I'm...
  6. FishRFriendz

    Reducing Very High Nitrate Levels

    Feed less More water changes
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    Question Red Cherry Shrimp In Treasure Coast Florida?

    I sell juvenile RCS 10+2 for $30 shipped.
  8. FishRFriendz

    Question Looking For Magnetic Clips

    https://www.amazon.com/Zoo-Med-MagClip-Magnetic-Suction/dp/B000R9A5DG
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    Centerpiece Plant For A 20 To 30 Gallon Tank

    How about Nymphoides Hydrophylla
  10. FishRFriendz

    Aquamaxx Or Uns 22g Long?

    There are a few other alternatives: Florin Volcanit (color names are Rio Cafe, and Rio Escuro) Fluval Stratum Landen Aqua Soil Black - Normal 5L (1 Bag) - Ships Free You will need at least 2 bags if they're 9L bags. I like to mix it with another substrate that has more heft and can 'hold' stems...
  11. FishRFriendz

    Aquamaxx Or Uns 22g Long?

    The UNS is slightly nicer, having 45 degree mitered cuts is really clean, but you're gonna pay a lot for it over an Aquamaxx. If you're buying local and not having to pay the shipping then the difference isn't ginormous, just ~$40 . But if you're shipping the tanks... well then it gets crazy...
  12. FishRFriendz

    Why Aren't Long, Wide Tanks More Popular?

    See, the only way to go bigger, is to go UP.
  13. FishRFriendz

    Why Aren't Long, Wide Tanks More Popular?

    I like short tanks too. I'd love to see a 48"x18" tank that is only 12-18" tall. Seems the 12-18 height is limited to 36" in the standard tanks. There's really no loss of physical real estate for tanks to go more vertical. Usually we're sizing a tank for a footprint and then just getting as...
  14. FishRFriendz

    Question Aqueon Versus Aqua Clear

    The AC are not self priming, but I've seen them recover from an outage better than some other options. The Tidal has it's pump built into a part of the intake that hangs down into the tank, and the flow within the Tidal is also bottom up like the Aquaclear.
  15. FishRFriendz

    Eggs Or Legs?

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    Eggs Or Legs?

    Not moving around, maybe she's in the middle of her breathing and pushing exercises ha ha.
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    Eggs Or Legs?

    There's enough of a saddle that I'd say those are legs. The saddle is the internal eggs. And it's kinda all or nothing with those. Once they fertilize, they all get pushed out and attached to the swimmerets. Unless she's still in the process of laying and placing the eggs. Not completely sure...
  18. FishRFriendz

    Is There A Way To Use Pond Plants In My Aquarium?

    Looks like sagittaria latifolia aka broadleaf arrowhead. The Sagittarias are commonly referred to as Arrowhead plants around where I live. Named mainly for their emerse growth. I'm under the impression that the varieties that are not common to aquarium keeping, but are common in various garden...
  19. FishRFriendz

    2 Gallon Tank Azoo Mignon 60 Filter Basket

    Polyester floss is a bit harder to use in this filter. There is no dedicated flow path like an Aquaclear has that would really force water through the floss. There are some good choke points, but forming a pad of floss to fit is hard. The original configuration Azoo have only 2 thin sponges...
  20. FishRFriendz

    Question Aqueon Versus Aqua Clear

    Those are reusable/non-consumables, with exception of the carbon. The sponge you should clean when it's clogged up with dirt and the biomax really shouldn't be getting dirty enough to need to be cleaned. If you use the carbon just toss it out after 3 months or so, get more biomax in it's place...
  21. FishRFriendz

    2 Gallon Tank Azoo Mignon 60 Filter Basket

    So I did end up trying out the cable ties on the last one I made, and while the heads do take up some space, it seems alright. Just be sure to have the heads on the inside. Even with the heads inside the thickness of the ties makes this a bit more snug fitting in the filter than using fishing...
  22. FishRFriendz

    Question What Kind Of Pump Is This?

    Ah ha... so the original pump was an inline design like I was recommending with the Cobalt and the Sunsun pumps. Here's a place you can get that pump, Marineland Eclipse 2 Replacement Pump Motor Just reuse the impeller from the old one.
  23. FishRFriendz

    Question What Kind Of Pump Is This?

    Any pump, will work, but to ensure you don't have loose tubes that may move around and spray water outside the tank. a return pipe hooked on to the sump would be better. https://www.amazon.com/Multipurpose-Return-Pipe-Directional-tube/dp/B012B7FVUS So you need a pump, a small amount of tubing...
  24. FishRFriendz

    Question What Kind Of Pump Is This?

    Hmm I can't seem to see it in my mind how it gets a prime, as it looks like that would leave the pump out of water. Can you post a photo of the entire pump?
  25. FishRFriendz

    Question What Kind Of Pump Is This?

    Did the setup not come with a U pipe or something to go into the sump? Seems like there should be tubing and pipes already to go with the old pump.
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    Question What Kind Of Pump Is This?

    Yeah, either that or a regular pump, but then you'd have to figure out where to put it in your tank as they tend to take up some space and you may not want it on the bottom as it might suck up your substrate. SunSun also make in-line pumps, I think I had a JP-1000G for my canister filter once.
  27. FishRFriendz

    Question What Kind Of Pump Is This?

    Looks like you've got an overhead sump style filter. The specific brand/model of pump doesn't really matter. You just need a pump of appropriate GPH for your sump/tank. Just wondering what's the volume of water the sump holds when full/running, and how big is the return opening? I imagine...
  28. FishRFriendz

    Help I Need Affordable Light For 30gal

    Beamswork DA FSPEC (pale light) or DHL (warmer yellow light) are medium+ lighting. The EA are low light. On and 18" tall tank you'll need more than a 'low' powered light to get anything to live unless you only have anubias and java fern. A lot of ppl buy Nicrew but never specify what series of...
  29. FishRFriendz

    Cardinal Plant

    That looks like alternanthera reineckii tho...
  30. FishRFriendz

    Quick Question: What Type Of Foam/sponge?

    The sponges are used to mechanical filter ie catch debris. Generally you clean the sponges of dirt trapped in it. Biomax is for more surface area for bacteria to grow on. You don't usually need to clean the biological media like you do mechanical filtration media. Bacteria can grow on the...
  31. FishRFriendz

    Quick Question: What Type Of Foam/sponge?

    Sponge and foam generally refer to the same thing here. I'd replace the carbon bag with a bag of biomax
  32. FishRFriendz

    My Enabler, Er, Husband Is Awesome

    Shallower tanks are perfect. Easy to light, easy to reach the bottom to aquascape and clean. If someone else had to do the work and pay for the lights I'd get a tank that went from the floor to the ceiling lol.
  33. FishRFriendz

    Anubias Plant Issues!

    The rhizome looks kinda pale. Is the rhizome soft?
  34. FishRFriendz

    Carpenters? Will This Hold A 20 Gallon?

    I recommend keeping tanks above 30" from the floor. Noone likes sitting on the floor to look at a tank and fish scare easier when approached by a huge animal above them. The lower portion of a rack is also good for storing equipment.
  35. FishRFriendz

    Carpenters? Will This Hold A 20 Gallon?

    + Build a dedicated rack The 1" cantilever is fine assuming it's real wood. If that is a manufactured wood top, and it gets wet then this could be rather catastrophic. A 20g long is 30". The MTS looks strong with this one. He'll need a rack sooner than later.
  36. FishRFriendz

    Prime Problems

    Ha ha that's why I mix a day ahead too! I add the equilibrium and then I give it a while to settle rather than just go with the TDS immediately after I mix it. I find it usually drops a little overnight. Well that's too bad you have to use the dechlorinator.
  37. FishRFriendz

    Hybrid Refugium/filter Ideas

    I think he wants to grow emerse plants in it, as a refugium. Cheaper and simpler to just fill a HOB breeder box with media and plant marginals in it. Heck a lot of what I use it for is plant overflow holding... which tends to become permanent.
  38. FishRFriendz

    Prime Problems

    If you're that concerned about it, just leave your water out overnight and not bother with chems. Have you let your tap degas before checking PH? For a long time I was using Safe (the powder form of Prime) but I was diluting it in a bottle not knowing that it was not shelf stable once water was...
  39. FishRFriendz

    Carpenters? Will This Hold A 20 Gallon?

    About as good as an Imagitarium 20g stand... Just add a plywood sheet to the top. I personally would have gone wiith 2x4s for the legs, and definitely more than 1 screw in the butt joints. How tall is that? 18"-20"? I wouldn't worry too much about sheering force, but another horizontal support...
  40. FishRFriendz

    20 Gallon Stocking

    I'd recommend amano shrimp over cherries for algae. Any of the stiphodon gobies will eat hair algae. Probably not enough if you've got an actual algae problem tho, they are tiny fish after all.
  41. FishRFriendz

    Anyone Used The New Aqueon Canister Filters?

    Discount gift card web sites. I’ve used cardpool and cardcash. I bought a bunch of aquaclears for my rack tanks, and a Fluval 3.0 for my display tank with discounts and discounted gift cards. And I keep a few gift cards to buy fish in store. The sites sell them as online or in store but they’re...
  42. FishRFriendz

    2 Gallon Tank Azoo Mignon 60 Filter Basket

    I'd recommend just doing straight up without the little lip. I'm just iterating and playing with it. The bottom is not a perfect rectangle so the corner is taken off to get the bottom piece to lay flat. And there is a notch of plastic where the leveler socket fits into the bottom of the...
  43. FishRFriendz

    Anyone Used The New Aqueon Canister Filters?

    So far the only filter I've bought from Petco has been Aquaclears. I've never seen my discount combo price beaten anywhere on Aquaclears.
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    Anyone Used The New Aqueon Canister Filters?

    For a bit more $ I'd take a SunSun 5000. The retail price of the Aqueon is ridiculous for what it is, but... it being Petco, there are big big discounts possible. I regularly wait for $30 off 100 sales, combined with 20% discounted giftcards. A $70 giftcard costs $56, but I check out with at...
  45. FishRFriendz

    Anyone Used The New Aqueon Canister Filters?

    It may or may not be a disadvantage to you. Some ppl move to canister for quite a number of reasons, and that may just be 1 in a long list. If you don't find any use for directing the flow for whatever reason then it's fine. Lily pipes look very fancy and are supposed to create some kind of...
  46. FishRFriendz

    Anyone Used The New Aqueon Canister Filters?

    The return looks interesting. I don't know why anyone would prefer an hob style output over the option of using either a spray bar or a directional nozzle. That's always been one of the drawbacks of an HOB. On a canister it's like adding a disadvantage back to a product that had overcome it...
  47. FishRFriendz

    2 Gallon Tank Azoo Mignon 60 Filter Basket

    Worth a try, but I think unless the joint is completely surrounded in glue the bond will release over time with hot glue. And there's a risk of melting the mesh. I think my glue gun is too hot, I got one that is a bit more wattage than usual and it even melts landscape cloth. On larger filters...
  48. FishRFriendz

    Aquaponics?

    Maybe something like this. https://www.amazon.com/Maxxima-Linkable-Daylight-Hardware-Included/dp/B07H35W9N5
  49. FishRFriendz

    Shrimp Aquarium Smells Bad

    Yeah it's helping the bacteria that are producing the smell grow more. Kinda like body odor is worse if you're hot and sweaty.




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