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  1. mattgirl

    New glitch? are pop up ad permanent?

    It seems I am now getting pop up ads. When i first open up the forum i get one that covers the whole page. Other times it is a smaller one asking me if i want to download ebooks. I am thinking that one will take me to the ebooks available here on the forum.
  2. mattgirl

    PSA: Please DO NOT use ammo-lock when cycling a tank

    Ammo-lock has its place but that place isn't while trying to cycle a tank. Ammo-lock locks up the ammonia. Bacteria can't eat locked up ammonia. The ONLY time I would even consider using ammo-lock is if there was a high ammonia spike and I absolutely could not do a water change right then. After...
  3. mattgirl

    My First Rabbit Snail Baby

    Yay, I got my first baby rabbit snail yesterday. Something was happening that I didn't expect and was wondering if it is normal. She was working at this all day yesterday. Thankfully she was hanging right on the front glass so was easy to observe. She expelled what appeared to be 5 empty...
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    Nitrogen Cycle Template

    Nitrogen Cycle Template If you are cycling a new tank or having ammonia/nitrite spikes, fill in this template by answering the questions in each segment. These questions were specifically designed to make it easier for us to help you with your cycling problem. Copy the template and paste it...
  5. mattgirl

    Working on a Cycling Template-Looking for Input

    Good morning everyone. Dechi and I have been working on an emergency cycling template designed to help us gather as much information as we can so we can better help folks that need help getting their tank cycled. We need feedback from all of y'all. Please let us know if there is something we've...
  6. mattgirl

    Miss Sneller Layed Eggs

    I ordered and received a mystery snail January 7, 2021 He was about the size of a nickle when I first got him. I named this new water pet Mr. Sneller. Well Mr. Sneller kept growing and growing and before long I started seeing my plant leaves disappearing. The light dawned.....my mystery snail is...
  7. mattgirl

    PSA: Using Bottled Bacteria-You Must Add Ammonia

    You have chosen to do a fishless cycle and hope to speed up the process by adding bacteria in a bottle. You've read the instructions on the bottle of bacteria you are ready to pour into your tank. The bottle tells you it makes the tank instantly safe for fish but you are planning on completing...
  8. mattgirl

    7 inches of snow and more to come

    Here in my little part of the world we don't normally get much in the way of snow and the temps don't normally get as low as they have been this winter. 7 degrees this morning and is supposed to be -3 tonight. The feel like temps are much lower than that. BRRRRRRRRR. Growing up around here we...
  9. mattgirl

    Changing Aquarium Detail Entries

    Just a thought. Instead of "Do you know about the Aquarium Nitrogen Cycle?" Maybe we can we change it to "Do you understand the Nitrogen Cycle?". I usually check and quite often the answer is yes. Although the answer is yes we quickly see there is a lack of understanding as to what it is and...
  10. mattgirl

    Siamese Algae Eater/Black Beard Algae

    Some how or another I introduced black beard algae into my tank a couple of years ago. I tried all the various ways of getting rid of it. I did the one two punch twice. Adding a high dose of hydrogen peroxide followed by a water change and then add a high dose of Excel. It did kill off a lot of...
  11. mattgirl

    PSA: Something I am seeing more and more often, fishless cycling....

    I am seeing more and more folks having problems when adding fish after fishless cycling their tank. I have thought about this for a while. I am beginning to think something is missing when we cycle our tanks with only liquid ammonia. I am beginning to think the bacteria we grow isn't exactly...
  12. mattgirl

    Calling Researchers. Will too much ammonia kill Bacteria?

    We all know that ammonia can cause great distress and sometimes even death to our fish but what about bacteria. I keep seeing it said if the ammonia gets too high in a tank it will start killing off the bacteria. I have tried to find where this is coming from. Does anyone have a link to any kind...
  13. mattgirl

    Super Red Bristlenose Pleco Fry

    I have way too many of these tiny guys. There are 2 spawns so just guessing I will guess I have well over 100 of them. The first spawn are about 3/4 inch long. The second spawn are about 1/2 inch long. If there is any interest I will be selling them in groups of 10. What size you get will be...
  14. mattgirl

    Miracle Pleco Fry

    Back story: Last Saturday I used my small siphon to remove some pleco fry from the filter on their tank. Once done I put the siphon away. Today, almost a week later, I needed to do a water change on my shrimp bowl. I use this same small siphon for this bowl. As soon as I started the siphon I saw...
  15. mattgirl

    I finally have Shrimp in my Bowl

    I finally got brave enough to get some shrimp for my bowl. It is a 2.5 gallon planted bowl that I've had up and running for well over a year. I got 10 of these colorful little guys from Mcasella She sent me a variety of colors (blues, reds, orange and almost clear) I am intrigued with these tiny...
  16. mattgirl

    Instantly Cycling a Tank With Filter Media

    You have gone through the long drawn out cycling process on your first tank and if you are like most of us you will soon decide you need another tank. With a little pre-planning you never have to go through the long cycling time it took to cycle that first tank. To instantly cycle another tank...
  17. mattgirl

    Dwarf Sag - just pay postage

    My dwarf sag is taking over my 5.5 gallon tank so some has to go. I am just guessing since I won't know for sure until I pull it out but I am guessing there are at least 20 3" tall plants and a few smaller ones. The thing is I am battling black beard algae in this tank. I will do the one two...
  18. mattgirl

    Broken hearted today

    Some may have noticed I've been a bit quieter today than usual. We had to help my namesake "Mattie Marie" cross the rainbow bridge this morning. She was my sweet MattGirl. She blessed my hubby and me with her company for a little over 13 years. She came to live with us March 7, 2007. She was...
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    Old threads showing up as new posts

    Something strange is going on. Some older threads, some even closed threads are showing up as new threads and/or posts.
  20. mattgirl

    Elbert (Bristle Nose Pleco) is losing his bristles

    I started noticing Elbert's bristles getting shorter after breeding. Probably just a coincidence that it started when it did. Any one have any insight into why this is happening? I know the normal questions and info needed Tank has been cycled for over 4 years. 0 ammonia and nitrites. I change...
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