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    30 Gallon Tank New rabbit snail clumsy and inactive

    So I've got a rabbit snail 2 weeks ago. I picked a small one thinking it will be younger, but now I think it might be small because there's something wrong with it. From day one it wasn't very active. Unlike other aquatic snails, this one is legit slow. And it's also quite clumsy - e.g. all it...
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    30 Gallon Tank Help choose between Corydoras julii and C. sterbai

    I have 30 gal unheated tank. 80% of time it stays at 24 C / 75 F, which is within the range of both fish. Currently it's at its coldest, 21 C/ 69 F, because the heating season hasn't started yet (I'm freezing :( ). Then during summer heat waves it gets up to 29 C / 84 F. Sterbai seems like a...
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    30 Gallon Tank What is this growth on barb's eye?

    One of my rosy barbs has been having this whitish-transparent growth over her eye for a past few days. So far it's getting neither bigger nor smaller. The fish is active (thus bad photo quality), curious, feeding well - maybe a bit more shy than usual. My first thought was fungus, but most...
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    30 Gallon Tank Rosy barb balance/coordination problem

    One of my male rosy barbs seem to have a difficulty to either tell up from down, or to maintain his body position. When the lights are on, it looks a bit goofier than others, but nothing too drastic, except during feeding when it will go in all random body positions to get to food, upside down...
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    Rosy barb has a pimple on his face and is less active

    This morning I noticed one of the male barbs just sitting in the corner for an extended period. I got suspicious and looked closely at him. I noticed he has a pimple-like white spot right in the centre of his snout, slightly raised (not just the white part, but the skin around it, like a pimple...
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    30 Gallon Tank Injury or infection?

    One of my rosy barb females has a wound on her side. She seems to have lost a patch of scales and some skin. The wound seems clean, no fuzz or mucus, but the scales around the wound are pineconed. The rest of her body looks normal. The behaviour is unchanged, fish is active and curious (that's...
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    Chilled grocery store shrimp for fish food?

    It's pretty hard to get my hands on frozen shrimp that aren't boiled, and even if I find some, they're crazy expensive. Today I found fresh chilled (on ice) whiteleg shrimp for much better price, but it's listed that they've been treated with salt, sodium metabisulfite, and citric acid. Can I...
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    Sexing Sewellia hillstream loaches

    I have 5 Sewellia lineolata and 1 S. SE01, I was wondering if anyone has a good eye for sexing them. 1-3 are with me for 3 months. 4-5 I only got a week ago, but the guy at a shop told it's the same batch as my previous ones, although these 2 are much smaller. 6 is the Sewellia SE01, and it also...
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    30 Gallon Tank Best way to cover external filter intake without decreasing filtration?

    I noticed that when I feed fish, a lot of food gets sucked into the filter before the fish can grab it. Today I wanted to treat my fish with some grindal worms, but instead of settling to the bottom, they were sucked into the filter in half a minute or so. It's both a waste of food and...
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    30 Gallon Tank Compressor starts buzzing but goes back to quiet when fiddled with

    I have Eheim Air 100 compressor. It's 3 months old, like the tank itself. It's quiet by nature, but it starts buzzing/vibrating after staying in the same position. If I adjust the airflow dial in either direction, or flip the whole compressor from horizontal to vertical or the other way around...
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    30 Gallon Tank Can I get rid of staghorn algae without liquid carbon?

    Recently I noticed some staghorn algae on the tips of spiral vallisneria, Java fern and guppy grass. Nothing too crazy at this point but I'd like to get a handle on it before it gets out of control. All of the problem spots being in brightly lit areas suggest the culprit being the light, so I...
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    Tiny flies/gnats around the tank?

    Recently I'm noticing some sort of gnats while sitting at my desk, which is also where my tank is. My first thought was that I'm having fungus gnat infestation in one of my potted plants, as that happens sometimes, but I checked and rechecked all my pots and I see no gnats around them. Could...
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    30 Gallon Tank Lighting timer flaw with interesting result

    I have two LED tubes for my tank plugged into two different timers (I have the lamps switch on and off consequitively because maybe that's more pleasant to the fish than just suddenly blasting them with full intensity when it's still pretty dark in a room). One of these timers seem to let some...
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    Moss ID

    I bought it as Java, but I'm nearly certain it isn't. I suspect it could be Flame, although it lacks the spiraling shape flame is said to have. The 1st photo is when it first grew without fish, the second one is current, and it's all disheveled by fish foraging in/on it.
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    What happened to one of my hillstream loaches?

    I have 5 hillstream loaches in a planted 30 gallon tank, living with 6 rosy barbs and some invertebrates. One of them is way smaller than the rest. At first it was shy and hiding, but eventually became as active as the rest. Then I decided to add some additional gravel to my tank, because my...
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    What is this worm hanging from Danio's rear?

    Asking for a friend. She has a 10 L/ 2.6 gal tank with 5 (I think) danios, 1 betta, 2 assasin snails and a marimo ball. Today she noticed this worm or something on one of the danios. She also has been coplaining that her betta lately is being less active than usual. Tank is cycled at this point...
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    30 Gallon Tank Hillstream loaches and rosy barbs in a planted tank.

    So I decided to make a journal for my tank, if not for others then just for recording my own progress. On the road so far: 2020-10-07. I receive the tank and equipment. 2020-10-08. I start it. I plant moss, Ludwigia repens, hornswort (RIP), Java fern and pearl weed (those two aren't in a pic as...
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    Rosy barb lost 1/3 of its caudal fin. Should I do something about it?

    Well, I made my first rookie mistake yesterday... I changed a sponge of my internal canister filter to a thicker one, since it wasn't doing proper mechanical filtration, and despite my filter having a separate compartment with ceramic media for biological filtration, I left the old sponge lying...
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    What plants grow on driftwood, don't mind medium-high light, and aren't tall?

    I have a big driftwood with moss on it, but I feel it's missing something on top, because all the moss makes it look flat. There are a couple of branches at the top, where I could tie some plants, but being so close to the surface would mean they'd get more intense light, whereas most of plants...
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    Cloudy water, are suspended particles a problem for fish, or is it just aesthetics?

    Are suspended particles a problem for fish, or is it just aesthetics? I have a lot of them in my tank. The water parameters are good, and I'm pretty sure it's mostly dead and decaying moss leaves, thrown into the water column by barbs who constantly forage in that moss. The water is very...
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