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    Missing scales and lethargic fish

    Ok, great. I'll stop the Nite Out do the 50 % water changes, I'm assuming until I see the chemistry change? jdhef - your explanation really makes sense to me. Thanks for breaking it down like that. I've been researching so much and trying very hard to do everything right, and I just couldn't...
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    Cycle problems

    The activated carbon is part of the filter media. Usually, power filters will have three layers; a sponge or foam where the bacteria grows, the carbon insert (which in mine, is just a cloth bad filled with carbon pieces) then a top layer which is a chalky "bio" layer. Heres what your filter...
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    Missing scales and lethargic fish

    Hi there, I seriously cant thank you enough for all your help. Its unbelievable how helpful everyone here is. I'm going to explain everything that's happened since I've set my tank up so maybe, someone will know where in the process I've gone wrong (if anyone actually reads the whole thing...
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    Missing scales and lethargic fish

    haha, I figured that out about 4 seconds after I posted it.
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    Missing scales and lethargic fish

    I dont really understand the science surrounding this process -- Tap water will produce the necessary bacteria by itself? I've been adding Amquel + with every water change... so I've apparently stunted my cycle by trying to protect the fish, yes?
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    Missing scales and lethargic fish

    Thanks, I didn't realize that (about the SafeStart and the Amquel +) . So, am I to understand that I should do another round of SafeStart (or similar product) with tap water that I've not added any chemicals to? Also, I've not changed the media, I know that disrupts the bacteria.
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    Missing scales and lethargic fish

    Oh, I guess my info was not up to date! I really thought I had changed it. I have a 40 gallon with 2 goldfish. When I wrote 40L I meant "40 gallon, long". Thanks for the help - that link is awesome!
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    Missing scales and lethargic fish

    Hello everyone, I've run in to a problem, that I can't seem to fix! I am pretty sure I'm completely cycled (My tank has been up for 2.5 months, I've used Prime Safe Start and have had healthy fish for the last month or so - I started out rough though!) But... I've got high Nitrite and can't...
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    Good Test Kit

    Hey there! Unless I am misunderstanding your post, you said your API master test doesn't include the Ph? Mine does.. it has a separate solution bottles for standard range PH and high range ph. It doesn't, however, test for Kh, which, apparently, becomes important when you are planting your...
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    Planted Goldfish Tanks - Sep. 2010 Update

    Thanks for the update - very informative! I cant wait to get my tank looking like yours! (although I've got a long way to go! )
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    Information overload... help!

    I'm glad you brought up KH. How do you test for it? I picked up the API Freshwater master kit that everyone was suggesting to get - but no KH test included. Is it worth getting a separate one?
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    Information overload... help!

    Hey Dart! Yeah, we have soft water - so bad, in fact I've been thinking about switching to RO water. Anyone have any experience with that? I dont know too much about it, but a friend of mine who grows a lot of hydroponic plants swears by it. Monitoring my PH has become nearly a full time job...
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    Information overload... help!

    My fish has been nibbling on the java fern a tiny bit, but has pretty much left the lily alone, strangely enough, uprooting the anubias seems to be his favorite pass-time... besides playing in my bubble wall.
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    Information overload... help!

    THANK YOU!!!!! I feel a lot better now. Am I understanding correctly that plants use more CO2 during the day, when the lights are on - which is why it is suggested to turn the bubble wall on only at night?
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    Information overload... help!

    Ok, that's really good advice. I will try leaving things alone for a while and see what happens. But as far as the oxygen and carbon dioxide goes, do I need to add anything to my water to get more CO2? Or should I take out the bubble wall? My PH situation is strange - and my local let store...
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    Information overload... help!

    = ! Hello everyone! I have resisted asking too many questions, because there is so much information out there - that all you really need to do is read it - but my problem is nearly everything I read about plants in aquariums is a little bit different! I'm frustrated and would like to know...
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    New fish brought Ich?? Please Help(Goldfish)

    Success! After two days of Ich Attack and a small amount of aquarium salt (I know its heavily debated, but I decided to try it - and am glad I did!) my fish are looking almost completely better! I've decided to keep the black moor - as I figured if I returned him to petsmart, they probably...
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    Planted Goldfish Tanks - Sep. 2010 Update

    Hi Yukoandk! I am really inspired by your tank! I have a 40 gallon w/ 3 fancy goldfish (currently being treated for a severe Ich outbreak) and am not having luck with my plants. There is soooo much information on the web about what types of plants and how to grow them that I would love your...
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    New fish brought Ich?? Please Help(Goldfish)

    Thanks Aquarist 48 - that link was really helpful- i'm headed in for the Ich Attach now. Do you think I should also be doing the salt bath? "Gremlin" says he doesnt do it unless there is a parasite, but I'm not sure if my fish has one or not. Thanks everyone for all the help!
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    New fish brought Ich?? Please Help(Goldfish)

    Thanks for your quick reply! I am planning on getting the ich treatment tomorrow. I'm already using amquel + (the whole line of kardon products, actually) I'm also using the API master test kit for my readings. When I wrote "40L" I should have put "40 long" as it is a 40 gallon, shallow tank. my...
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    New fish brought Ich?? Please Help(Goldfish)

    Hi there, because you all were so helpful with my filter question, I was hoping you would be able to help me with my (assumed) ich problem. I'm extremely concerned! I have just set up a new 40L tank, had it running for 3 days without fish, used Tetra SafeStart when adding my one existing...
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    Question Power Filter or Canister?

    Hey meenu - Just wanted to let you know that I took your advise, got a 40L, and think it was totally worth the difference in price. Can't wait to get my fish in there!
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    Wondering what everyone looks like?

    Hello! I thought the "Fish face" was sort of fitting - although I have no idea why I was making it!
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    Question Power Filter or Canister?

    Awesome! Thank you so much for all the help - I think I will get the 305, in anticipation of a larger tank down the road. And psalm18.2, thanks for the link... can't believe I missed that thread!
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    Question Power Filter or Canister?

    Hi there! I apologize in advance if this question has been previously answered, but I've been reading the "fresh water beginners" forum for an hour or two and just have one question... So, I have 2 Fancy goldfish (one Ryukin and one Black Moor) who are getting an upgrade in tank in the next...




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