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  1. faydout

    Just ordered my first RO unit, question about remineralizing

    As the title states, I just ordered my first RO unit which should get here this weekend. I picked it up after getting 2 (I bought one, and my wife bought me one after seeing it sit in the Amazon cart for a few days for xmas) TDS pens. Testing my tank and tap water, I've got 450 TDS out of the...
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    Thoughts and advice on the Sicce Shark ADV 800

    I've got one of these coming and was hoping someone here can give a short review on it. It was kind of an impulse buy. I need to imporve water movement in my 40B, just wasn't considering this filter until I saw it on a youtube video and ordered it before the video was over. If there are any good...
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    Using a Fluval CO2 Kit for a passive CO2 system?

    Thoughts? I'm thinking of picking up a 95G kit, attaching some rigid airlline and a ball valve as an on /off for a passive CO2 system in a few tanks using one of these kits. If I wanted to actually inject CO2, I'd want to go with a bigger and higher quality setup, but the fact that I don't have...
  4. faydout

    Babies!!!

    The first batch of free swimmers that I've ever had, of any type of fish. I picked up some frozen cyclops and BBS last weekend because I saw what was about to go down. Going to try feeding for the first time now.
  5. faydout

    Are my new Apistos breeding?

    Denver's water isn't really conducive to SA cichlids breeding. I've never had it happen before (high PH 8+, low KH 1-2, mid GH 7-9) with any of my Rams or any of the other cichlids I've kept over the last decade. I just got my first Apistogramma (cacatuoides) on Tuesday and noticed yesterday...
  6. faydout

    Stocking ideas 54G(204L) wedge shaped tank... let's have a chat about dwarf cichlids.

    So, I've been running this tank empty since June, slowly planting and scaping as it's come along. It's inspired by some of the blackwater tanks I've had in the past. Black sand, leaf littler, tree stumps, and black Seiryu stone. The only plants I'm keeping are water lilies, banana plants, and...
  7. faydout

    Time to try again?

    I have 2 Kuhli's in qt right now, I had bought 8 from a LFS 3+ weeks ago. Six of those hippy noodles died off in the first 48 hours, I don't know why. I pulled them out and looked them over and there was never any sign of infection / parasites or odd behavior before I lost them. I'd like to have...
  8. faydout

    So I missed the part where Keyholes are snail eaters...

    I finally got my order of Nerites in the other night. The warlord, Penda (my smaller male) was awfully interested in the little black and yellow guys horned snails. After about a half hour, he started flinging them around. I only found the 1 shell today doing a deep gravel cleaning. I went and...
  9. faydout

    Ready to buy, looking for advice.

    As the title states, I'm ready to buy the Keyholes for my 54 gallon, medium planted corner tank. I have 20 lemon tetras in there now, and I'm thinking that the Keyholes are the only other fish that I want to put in there (if theres wiggle room to fit in a small shoal of kuhli's or cory's later...
  10. faydout

    Shipping update... uh-oh...

    I ordered some lemon tetras from Aqua Huna that were supposed to be here tomorrow evening. I got up and dosed my last heavy dose of Ammonia (4PPM) before doing a 90% wc tomorrow before fish get here. Been doing 2ml Flourish (have an all in one ready to go when this bottle's gone) a day lately to...
  11. faydout

    Nitrites broke overnight...

    I've been waiting for Nitrites to drop for a week and a half, and as of this morning, they're gone. Woo!!! (done in Ric Flair voice) Think I'm cycled enough to start looking at fish for real.... and of course Aqua Huna and all of the other decent online stores are out of Lamb Chop or Harlequin...
  12. faydout

    Cycle stalled?

    I've got a question on this part. I'm cycling a new tank as well, my ammonia was going down slowly, nitrates were going up slowly (never saw nitrites move at all) but the past few days, ammonia is stuck between 1 and 2 PPM, and nitrates dropped to 0, and none of it seems to be doing anything...
  13. faydout

    How long do I have to get my BB home from the LFS?

    I need to run an errand at lunch today, which will put me a block away from one of my favorite LFS in the Denver area. If you're in Colorado and want healthy Discus, this is the shop you're looking for (not that I'm looking for Discus, but she keeps her water parameters on point). The thought...
  14. faydout

    54G Corner Ram tank

    Hey all, looking for more critique of my new tank plan. It's currently cycling, and I have a ways to go... being patient sucks. I've got almost 10 years of fishkeeping experience, and am just getting back into it after 6 - 7 years away. I'm going over stocking ideas now, I had planned on doing...
  15. faydout

    Question about Sterbai Cory temp range

    HI all, I've been out of the hobby for about 6 years and am currently doing a fishless cycle on a brand new 54G corner tank. While I wait, I'm planning my stock and intend on doing 10 Cory's to start with (they're the hardiest of the fish I'm planning on). As it stands, I'm doing a warmer tank...
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