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    Raising Fry, A Few Are Dieing....

    I have a batch of electric blue acaras that are a few months old now. About once a week or once every two weeks, I find one that has died. I am struggling to figure out what the issue is. Upon investigation, they appear as if they got "stopped up" and possibly became infected and couldnt poo...
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    Aqueon 15 Gallon Column Update

    Just finished setting up my new Aqueon 15 gallon column tank! Got the tank for $70 and the stand for $65 (both on sale). Upgraded the filter to the Fluval C2 and purchased the intake extension tube (must have for such a deep tank). Already had a 50 watt heater laying around, so I am using it for...
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    Battery Backup Air Pump Setup Question

    I have been thinking more and more about adding a simple battery back up air pump to my aquarium for peace of mind just in case of an extended power outage. Penn Plax offers a cheap air pump that runs off of 2 D batteries. If I understand it correctly, it does plug into an electrical outlet...
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    What To Pair With Electric Blue Acaras...

    I have a 36 gal bow front aquarium. Over a year ago, I purchased 6 juvenile electric blue acaras (EBAs). I ended up with one mating pair and have sold the other 4 back to my LFS. I also have a mating pair of albino bristlenose plecos along with 5 albino cory cats scavenging the bottom. My tap...
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    New Seachem Tidal Hob Filter

    Did anyone else see the sneaky release of Seachem's new HOB filter? Anyone happen to buy it? It appears to combine the best features of Aqueon Quietflows and Aquaclears! Features are unreal, heater clip, pump in water, built in skimmer, maintenance reminder, media basket, etc... Some serious R&D...
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    First Time Breeding and would love advice

    I have had a pair of electric blue acaras lay eggs about 5 times now...typically the eggs hatch and itty bitty babies start to develop a fin and then we wake up one day and they have disappeared (probably get eatin as it is a community tank)...however this go around, i just rehomed the momma and...
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    Small Aqueon Filter Manipulation

    My wife brought home a small BettaBow2.5 Aquarium Kit by Aqueon as she wants to have a betta as the class pet in her 4th grade classroom. Curious if others have any unique ideas on how to customize the small filter cartridges to get rid of the carbon and add some Matrix and/or other sponge...
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    Baseball size moss ball fell apart.

    just went to squeeze my baseball sized marimo and it literally fell apart...very brown on the inside. i now have 3 strands of it and have no idea what to do...suggestions? image
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    Ideas? low pH, low KH

    So i have noticed my pH has been trending down, along with KH....I recently did 2 weeks of Seachem Paraguard and am curious if this has anything to do with my changing water parameters. I have a 36 gallon setup, and did roughly one 5gal water change each week during treatment, typically i will...
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    API Nitrate Test help

    So I have the API liquid test kit and have been running pretty low on the nitrate test solutions. They havent expired, but are running extremely low. Just purchased new solutions and dida test with both sets. Equally shaking and pounding each set I did a test and the newer test showed roughly 5...
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    Electric Blue Acara SPOTS! What is this?

    Two of my electric blue acaras are developing a "spot" on their head. Any ideas what this is?
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    Diatoms outbreak

    I also am experiencing a diatom outbreak. I have zero plants, and am a little overstocked (40% WC weekly to keep nitrates below 30ppm). I have seachem matrix, matrix carbon, and purigen in my filter. I have ordered a phosphate test kit and seachem phosguard media...curious what others have done...
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    Young Blue Acaras

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    Anyone else always have 0.25 ammonia?

    36 gallon tank, no live pants, 5 small cory cats, 6 tetras, 6 young electric blue acaras Running air and a fluval c4 with zeo-carb as chemical and c-nodes in bio chamber I tend to always have 0.25 ammonia using the api liquid test kit. I never have nitrite, but i do rapidly produce nitrates...
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    Help to maximize C4 filter capabilities?

    I know i am probably over stocked at the moment or will be soon enough...36gallon tank with 5 very small cory cats, 6 tetras, and 6 young electric blue acaras I have a fluval c4 filter currently with the foam/poly pad as mechanical, zeo-carb for chemical, and c nodes for bio. However, my tank...
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    My CYCLING experience....

    For all those researching cycling, I figured I would share my cycling experience... Background: 36 gallon tank with new HOB filter, new gravel, new ornaments After extensive research, forum reading, and the fact that I have a degree in Environmental Engineering and work in the field of waste...
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    Classic Debate of HOBs: AquaClear or Fluval C series

    There may be a past thread about this, so sorry in advance if I didn't see it. In the market to replace my Aqueon QuietFlow30 for a 36 gallon tank. I have been doing a bit of research into the AquaClears and Fluval C series filters. I know a lot of people like the AquaClears and that they have...
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    How to keep filter from overflowing/bypassing media

    Just got a new 36 gallon bow front Aqueon aquarium kit. Using an Aqueon Quietflow30 with size large cartridges. I am still in the middle of my fishless cycle and have already noticed something and was curious if I should be worried and suggestions on what to do. I have already noticed that with...
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    Fishless Cycle Help!

    Starting a new 36 gallon tank and trying to perform a fishless cycle. I have an aqueon quiet flow HOB filter, some decorations, 2 heaters, gravel, and an air wand setup. I am on day 9 and my ammonia hasnt budged. I started by adding Prime to tap water and cycling for for a couple of hours, then...




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