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  1. mattgirl

    In need of input and photos of tanks with blue background

    I am debating as to whether or not I should replace the vinyl background on my 55 gallon tank. Right now I have one printed with plants, rocks and such on it. It looked good when I had plastic and silk plants in there but I think it kinda takes away from the live plants I've switched over to...
  2. mattgirl

    Symptoms of a Stalled Fishless Cycle and How to Fix it

    You have been going along adding ammonia and it is all gone by the next day. You are seeing both nitrites and nitrates. The nitrites are off the chart because the color in the test tube is a rich purple. They could be 5 or they could be 50 Your nitrates are steadily going up and then one day...
  3. mattgirl

    Female Pleco-eggs

    I have a female super red bristle nose pleco. She laid eggs a couple of months ago. I have lots of fry at this point and really don't want any more right now. I have separated her from the male. Is that going to be a problem for her? Will she continue producing eggs and if so will it hurt her...
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    Feeding Pleco Fry

    A quick question. Is it possible to over feed pleco fry. I am feeding them zucchini, green bell pepper, sinking bottom feeder wafers, shrimp pellets and veggie rounds. I don't feed all the different processed food daily. I rotate them but I do constantly have some fresh veggies in there. They...
  5. mattgirl

    Anyone Interested In Some Salvinia

    I am taking out and disposing of this plant by the handful at least once a week. I had just removed 3/4 of the total amount in the container before snapping this photo. Within a week the top was again a solid mass of it. I could ship a big handful of it for $5.00. Winter is coming and what you...
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    Free Microworm Starter Cultures

    I just started a new microworm culture so have at least 3 portions left over from the old one. Starter culture is free. Shipping is $2.00. These will be available this week only. After that I will have to toss them. For those that don't know. These worms are the perfect first live food for...
  7. mattgirl

    My Very First Planted Tank

    For years I had plastic and silk plants in my tanks. Last year I decided I wanted to expand my knowledge and learn how to care for live water plants. I have always had a green thumb when it comes to house and garden plants so thought this wouldn't be that difficult. I was wrong. I killed a lot...
  8. mattgirl

    Elbert Is Guarding Eggs (i Think)

    A couple of days ago Elbert started spending all his time up inside of the deco he is hanging onto in my avatar photo and it seems the female got a bit thinner. It actually scared me when it looked like her belly was sunken in a bit. BTW: It is back to normal now. . I moved him and the deco to...
  9. mattgirl

    Want To Buy: Hornwort And Brazilian Pennywort

    Hoping someone has some of either or both they would be willing to ship to me. If so should I wait until the temps drop or will the heat not hurt it? It has been well into the 90's in my part of the world for a while now and looks like it is going to stay that way for a while longer.
  10. mattgirl

    Can't Grow Floating Plants

    So far I have tried dwarf water lettuce, red root floaters and frogbit. I receive beautiful plants but before long the plant starts losing leaves and before long all I have left are babies. Lots of babies but they never grow into a plant that looks like the original plants. The only exception...
  11. mattgirl

    Water Rooted Pothos

    All sold..... Just checking to see if there is any interest in well rooted Pothos cuttings. I have way more than I have room for. Each cutting has a healthy root system and lots of healthy leaves. Shipping may cost more than they are worth since they would have to be packaged in a box instead...
  12. mattgirl

    Fish In Nitrogen Cycle Simplified

    Fish in Nitrogen Cycle Simplified: No bottled Bacteria added The cycle needs an ammonia source. In your case that ammonia source is your fish. They are in there eating, breathing and pooping. All those things produce ammonia. That ammonia is food for your cycle but can be deadly for the fish...
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    Free Microworm Culture

    I just started a new culture and always hate just throwing the original one away. I start a new one from the old one every 3 weeks or so. The original is still producing worms but I like to keep the culture fresh. I have enough to send out 3 cultures. I will include a bit of yeast and...
  14. mattgirl

    Nitra-zorb Review

    When I find a product that does what it claims to do I have to let folks know. I battle high nitrates in my well stocked (some would consider over stocked) 55 gallon tank. Even doing up to 60% water changes I have been having a hard time keeping the nitrates down to 40. I finally decided to...
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    Faulty Gh/kh Test Kit?

    I am trying to check the gh and kh in a bowl I would like to put shrimp in. The instructions tell me to add a drop and shake the test tube after each drop. For the gh it tells me to stop when the water goes from orange to green and the number of drops I have added determines my numbers. Well I...
  16. mattgirl

    Should I Get Some Shrimp

    About a year ago I set up a 2.5 gallon bowl. Right now the only things living and thriving in it are plants (dwarf sag, jungle val, frogbit, bacopa and just recently some green hairy looking algae on the white quartz rock I have in there) and a few assassin snails. The substrate is 1 1/2 inch of...
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    Want To Sell Assassin Snails

    Clearing out the herd. I removed 30 of them from my various tanks and want to find new homes for them.. They have done their job very well for me. Adult assassin snails $1.00 each up to 10. If you want more than 10 any after the original 10 will be .75 cents each. Shipping will be a flat...
  18. mattgirl

    Lost My Edit Button

    Anyone else or am I the only one that no longer has the edit option on my posts? This just happened in the past hour or so. I see I have it on this post. since I am editing this one but if it is like it has been on the other threads it will disappear. I make a lot of typing mistakes and do...
  19. mattgirl

    Could Use A Bit Of Guidance..thrive

    For most of my years in the fish keeping hobby I have had plastic and/or silk plants. I am now trying to switch over to real ones. I have not had the best of luck so far. The beautiful dwarf water lettuce and red root floaters I received from members here are now nothing but super tiny baby...
  20. mattgirl

    So Tempted To Just Throw In The Towel

    I love this forum and love helping when I can but am getting so close to just giving up. I don't want to become that person accused of doing nothing but correcting misinformation so for the most part I say nothing. I have thought about just putting the worst offenders on an ignore list but if...




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