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  1. Strider1520

    Show off your fish tank!

    Here’s where mine (36g Bowfront) is at now. Man, I guess I should do some trimming. 3 months in. A lot different from 3 months ago when it was colorful coral ornaments and plastic plants that the fish couldn’t swim through.
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    Filter killed my betta

    So sorry for the loss of Hopper. I lost a glass bloodfin tetra from having too large of a sponge filter at the end of my HOB suction tube and he swam behind the sponge and got lodged between the sponge pre filter and the tank glass - it was devastating to me as well since I felt like his loss...
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    Plants - Too crowded?

    I think it looks great! Very nice looking!!!!
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    Strange Corydoras Behavior

    I have 5 peppered cories and one or two will do the same thing-just lay there for a time and then swim off. I think they are just resting. I have one that likes to lay partially on it’s side ( I used to tap on tank to make sure it was alive and usually just got a Cory “wink”). Even had...
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    White hair like algae on plants

    Getting this hair like algae on plants . Nitrates are around 10 (orange). Frequent water changes and light 8-10 hours. 36 gallon and should have enough plants. Brown spots on some plants and this hair like on Vals and Octopus plants. Also having to keep brown off of glass. 50% water...
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    20 gallon planted

    Both builds are FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!! Awesome!
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    Hi

    Welcome-nice people and FANTASTIC help here. I have learned so much here and everyone has been willing to help me. My tank is sooooo different now since I set it up by learning from others on this forum . Welcome!
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    Why are my plants melting? Full spectrum 16W light

    I got melt as well on most of my plants just from being planted in new water / temperature variation, etc but they have all come back - usually with even nicer color-except for one Java fern.
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    Is this too many plants in tank - 36 gal Bow Front?

    The tetras and gourami really dig hiding in plants and the danios love swimming through them - when I mainly just had the vals. LFS had octopus plants for cheap (like $0.75/stem) so I picked up 12 of them and a shipment I had ordered finally came in with some Crypts and spiral vals (just got...
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    Thanks for accepting me!!!

    Welcome-came to the right forum. Great people and everyone has been willing to help with all my newbie questions. Welcome!!!
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    55 Gallon Tank Help With Fishless Cycling (Ammonia Not Dropping/No Nitrites/Nitrates)

    My recent cycle was “fish in” and even using bottle bacteria (Tetra safe start and Seachem stability) it went through a natural cycle anyway. It was one month to the day when my ammonia started going to nitrite and two weeks before they dropped and i got my nitrate. I would think you may be...
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    My Java moss isn’t doing good

    Had mine in since the 9th and just started growing new green. Still has a lot of brown but is starting to get green. Hasn’t gotten attached completely yet (tied to spider wood). If I touch it, pieces go loose and I lose some drifting off during water changes. Guess Java moss is another...
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    36 Gallon - 2 male dwarf gourami - has anyone had luck?

    I THOUGHT I had done some research on dwarf gourami's but now realize I didnt (after reading information here). I thought that the males got aggressive with each other if there were females in the tank as well. So, I got two male dwarfs (the normal striped dwarfs). There has not been any...
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    What TV shows have you recently watched?

    I usually don’t watch commercial television very much so I had never heard of James Spader’s series, Blacklist. Not really into series either but it came up as something I might like on Netflix so I put it on a month or so ago and got addicted. Like a big soap opera-you have to find out what...
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    Hey! Trying to be well educated before starting my first proper tank!

    Welcome. You’ve come to the right place!
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    New member

    Welcome!!!!! Great advice available here if you have any questions during fish in cycle.
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    Thank's for letting me in

    Welcome!!!
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    20 Gallon Tank Brand new to the forum!

    Welcome! Great looking tank!!!!
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    Fish In Cycle - is this just a waiting game or do I need to change anything

    Mattgirl, sorry I didn’t post back but work, work, work. First I wanted to thank you for talking me through this cycle. It’s so greatly appreciated!!!!!! I now have full bioload and no issues. May have gotten a spike (at most ) of .25 ammonia and then nitrite and was back at 0 within 24...
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    Can someone say something about this design I made?

    Nice designs. I kind of dig 1 as well. Can’t wait to see pictures of finished tank. Very nice drawings of designs.
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