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  1. Fishstery

    Will caridina shrimp work with my water?

    I just converted one of my shallow tanks to high tech. Originally I was going to buy some high grade blood marys for this tank but I've always wanted to keep caridinas like taiwan bees and am now fixated on the idea. I'd like some advice on if my water is suitable for caridina species, and if...
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    Fishstery's first dutch(ish) style tank!

    Hey guys it's been awhile :) I decided I wanted to tear down my 45s pond style betta tank and convert it into a high tech dutch-ish style. I'm using dutch-ish because if you have ever read about dutch aquascapes, you'd know that there is tons and tons of rules for dutch scapes and they are...
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    Best light to make red plants vivid?

    I'm rescaping my UNS 45s and converting it into a high tech dutch-ish style. I bought mostly red stem plants. I've seen pictures online of tanks that photograph so vividly, and claim to not have a filter. I'm wondering if anyone has any red stem plants with co2 injection and could show me...
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    Fishstery's 20L DIY paludarium build for crested newts

    Well guys, I finally took the leap on something I have been wanting to keep for a long long time! Something different than typical aquariums, kind of side stepping into a different portion of the hobby. Now that I worked the kinks out of my first co2 injected setup, MTS struck again (hard) and...
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    Funny Power is out--genius way I'm running my air pumps

    Naturally when it rains, it pours. Literally. Had a terrible day at work and my beater vehicle died on me, then we get a HUGE thunderstorm that knocked our power out. No word on when it will be back on, but naturally my first concern were my 5 fish tanks. I literally started blowing bubbles into...
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    I learned something interesting about UG today...

    Today I learned something very interesting about utricularia graminifolia! I recently just started my first co2 injected setup 12 days ago. Naturally I was feeling ambitious and after having half decent success with UG in my emersed pond tank I decided to try it submerged and so far all I can...
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    New to co2--starting to get algae. Help?

    Hey everyone! I'm 11 days in on my first co2 injected setup and I'm starting to get algae, mostly on the side of the tank where the diffuser is and the flow is the least intense. I'm wondering--why am I getting algae? Is this normal until my plants grow in more, or should I start dosing ferts...
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    Low pH--co2 injection plus fresh aquasoil....is this right?

    I just started my first co2 injected setup and am in the process of trying to dial in my co2. Currently I have the solenoid turning on one hour before lights on and one hour before lights off. I have it set to about 1 BPS so 60 BPM. The drop checker is blueish green when the lights come on and...
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    Why are my assasin snails dying? Fish seem lethargic?

    I'm not quite sure what's going on with my pond style tank. It seems that anything I put in there ends up not doing so well. I lost all my pygmy cories except for one, and I had 2 assasin snails die within 24 hours of being in the tank. The first snail I bought to help with scuds and it died...
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    Fishstery's First co2 Injected Setup

    Hey all! I'm so so excited :) I finally got everything I needed to rescape my 12 gallon long to better accommodate my newly acquired rainbow shiners. They definitely seem to like the new setup much better, I upped the flow with a bigger canister, put a black background on, and removed all my...
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    Does placement of co2 tank matter?

    I dont see the placement of the tank causing any issues in regards to the flow of gas since the system is pressurized, but I'm a complete newbie setting up my first pressurized system this week and have a dumb question. When positioning all my hardware, I want to keep my stand below as neat and...
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    Help me ID--water fleas?

    I turned the tank lights on in my open top shallow pond tank and saw 3 of these guys chilling on my rocks. One was pretty big, like 1/4 inch. I haven't added anything to this tank since I started it up in March, and most of my plants were in vitro. They scurried into the rock wall, and they kind...
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    Best position for co2 diffuser?

    I just set up the neo co2 DIY kit on my 29 gal. I'm not looking to completely high tech but want to dip my toes into co2 for the first time so I just wanted a little boost to my planted tank to see the capabilities of co2 before I invest in a full blown system. I'm running one bottle on this...
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    Thoughts on skipping a water change (ONE TIME ONLY)

    Hey everyone! I'm pretty anal about keeping my once weekly WCs for all 5 of my tanks. In the years that I've kept fish I have never, ever skipped a water change. However I just got a beautiful school of rainbow shiners, which were hard to get and very expensive for me in PA. They must have been...
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    Pea puffers with cardinal tetras?

    Hey all! I've been going back and forth between what I wanted to stock my 12 gal long with since I lost my honey gourami. It has 12 cardinals in it. Originally I was just going to add a new centerpiece fish in, but I finally have an opportunity to get my hands on some rainbow shiners which I've...
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    Has anyone kept a. australe with tetras?

    I have a 12 gallon long (3ft long) tank that has cardinal tetras in it. I was considering adding a trio of australe killifish in but am concerned about them eating my cardinals which weren't cheap. In the past I've tried a blue gularis with rummynoses (successful) and my gardneris with pygmy...
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    Does Dr. Tims liquid ammonia expire?

    Title says it all, I have a bottle of Dr tims liquid ammonia that's about 4 years old left over from my fishless cycling days, and I'm wondering if anyone knows if it expires or looses potency? I'm looking to use it to keep some emergency sponge filters cycled in an empty hospital/QT tank.
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    Give me suggestions for a centerpiece fish in my 12 gallon long!

    A very sad incident happened last night ): my beloved wild type honey gourami that I've had for about 2 years apparently jumped out of the tank last night. It's been about 2 1/2 weeks since I rescaped this tank, previously this tank had a custom acrylic lid on it for the entire duration of me...
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    Check out my tanks

    I finally got all of my tanks that are in the main areas of my house in order and wanted to have a thread where I can share my tanks with everyone else, I currently have 5 tanks but won't be including pictures of my 10 gallon killifish tank because it's a hot mess lol! The killies are old and...
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    I cant get my surface skimmer to work--help please!

    Hey everyone! Due to some stand issues I had to move my 12gal long onto a newly purchased stand. Because of the new stand (too tall for the cats) I can finally go lid-free on this tank. So I went ahead and ordered some stainless steel lily pipes from Amazon that came with an acrylic surface...
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