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    Not sure if DIY C02 is working...

    If you wanted to know it was working, use a diy bubble counter. I do not use an airstone in my planted tanks, but I have considered putting one in that works at NIGHT only. During the day the airstone is going to just compete with your CO2 system - you're introducing CO2 and the airstone...
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    Question DIY plant weights?

    Fishing weights are called LEAD but the ones sold today in stores in SOME places actually contain no LEAD. It depends on your regional laws. Lead-free fishing weights are available in most places, if you ask for them. I am pretty sure that the "lead" strips used in aquarium plants are NEVER...
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    Toronto Willowdale Aquarium Society (meets monthly, except for july/august)

    I just wanted to post a note for anyone in the Greater Toronto Area looking for a fish club. We meet at Earl Haig Secondary School, which is not far from Yonge/Sheppard streets. (Willowdale is the name of a neighborhood within "north york"). We meet the third wednesday of the month, 7:30 pm...
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    Plant ideals please!

    None of my tetras touch my plants. But then they all have HBH Vegetable Flakes in their diet.NOBODY has ever taken a nibble at hornwort, it tastes AWFUL, I'm guessing. So your fish must be STARVING. Also it's possible that they are eating organisms that live on your plants and not harming...
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    A setup idea to poke holes in.

    The easiest way to make water changes easy is to buy a pump and a "python" water changing setup. Plumbing is a lot of work. You said you were lazy right? A hose long enough to make it to the shower drain or a bathroom/toilet is all you need for the draining part, and a python is the best way...
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    55 Gallon Tank Are these fish good tank mates?

    Most Gouramis are VERY sensitive to nitrates in my experience. You will need LOTS of water changes to keep them healthy. Same thing with Oto cats. Maybe add them LAST when your tank is already really really stable. Be sure to do a fishless cycle. None of the fish you list will survive even...
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    55 Gallon Tank Are these fish good tank mates?

    Kuhli Loaches are very reclusive fish. You might not see them much, but that means that when you do see them it will be a great treat. I made a little cave at the front of one of my tanks, that was relatively "dark" and the kuhlis love to escape to it. If you are going to keep kuhlis...
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    50 Gallon Tank New tank started - trying to plan stock...

    Your tank would make a nice Puffer habitat. Why not try keeping puffers plus bumblebee gobies. I keep brackish puffers with brackish bumblebee gobies. It is a really nice tank. Puffers are friendly, interesting, they smile at you, and become very used to you, almost tame. You should keep a...
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    55gal community aquarium-stock help

    The only tank that is freshwater that can compete with salt for color, are Malawi Mbuna (cichlids), or other similar malawi cichlid species, like the Aulonocara species (Peacocks), or "taiwain reef" protomelas species. The mbuna community are community only in that you can mix various mbuna...
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    Help Zeo-carb

    Regular use of Zeolite can starve your normal biofiltration capacity. Special occasional use of Zeolite, plus active carbon, after water changes can be a good idea. I wouldn't leave it in the tank more than 24 hours after the ammonia readings go below your ability to measure it in your test...
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    How long will the water remain "Primed?"

    If you're going to let your water sit for 48 hours, just forget adding prime in the first place. The chlorine in your water will dissipate. If there is chloramine in your water, you still need prime or something else. Who cares if the prime dissipates. Your water will not have any ammonia or...
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    Handy tip for feeding you tank whilst on vacation.

    Ken's link is very good. I have some tanks that contain species that can't eat flake food. They are a particular hassle when going away on vacation. My puffers prefer snails, but would take any frozen meaty food. I built a snail housing for them, which the snails (hopefully slowly)...
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    Question What's the biggest DIY canister I can get?

    If you want a closed container rather than an open top container, you will have a lot more pressure to deal with. I think that there is a reason why people stop doing contained vessels (cannister filtration) above a certain size, they go to sumps. A sump is typically open topped, and has a lot...
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    turning a cheap filter into an outstanding one!

    My favorite "filter MOD" is to "over buy"but under pay. :-) Get the AquaClear 70 for anymore than $47 and you over-paid for your aquaclear 70. If you have a 20 gallon tank, you do NOT want to buy the AquaClear MINI. Instead, at least buy the AquaClear 50 or 70. Or you can do what I do: Buy...
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    Your favourite canister filter and why?

    I love my Eheim 2215, 2217 classic, and Eheim Professionel II (2026) filters. Second to those, I love my AquaClear HOBs. Between those two filters, I don't need anything else. I have had nothing but bad luck with the other brands of cannisters, and HOBs that I have tried. I...
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    Question Anybody else NOT use filters

    If you had a gravel substrate and were quite good about vaccuuming it, and you fed very sparingly, you could get a very stable aquarium without a cannister or HOB filter. You would still have a biofilter, but with reduced capacity, because your tank itself, especially the plants, would do some...
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    NooB

    Here are some pictures. I could really use help ID'ing this guy, nobody can tell me for sure if he's a hybrid, a protomelas sp. (hap), or a aulonocara sp. (peacock): And, because I need to be humbled, here is my first tank, behold it in all its ugliness:
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    my convicts (pics)

    It's like trying to count fruit flies. Somewhere between 60-80. They spawned again while the fry are less than 1/4" in length, but the fry went in and ate their eggs (I saw them do it). Housing Shortage Problem averted. :-) W
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    How do ya'll clean your hoods?

    I wonder if baking soda would neutralize the smell. W
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    When to change activated carbon?

    Exactly. Carbon could become relatively inert (harmless, but useless) within a few days, in many tanks. But the good news is it starts to get colonized by helpful bacteria, so even though it's not removing nitrates from your tank, or anything else, it can help your tank grow a bigger...




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