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  1. Dkapp

    Recommendations for Two 125's Stocking

    Hey all! For the past couple months I've been planning out a large-ish fish project of which I hopefully plan to begin starting near the end of the summer. It has gone through various variations of what exactly I wanted to do, starting with multiple smaller freshwater tanks, transitioning into...
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    Do corydoras actually school?

    Corydoras tend to be more of a shoaling fish than a schooling fish. They need to be kept in groups because of their gregarious nature, however tend to form more loose aggregations than something along the lines of a traditional schooling fish.
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    10 Gallon Blackwater

    Yeah I don't expect them to make it too long, but I'm giving it a shot and worst case scenario, if they begin to wilt away from lack of light I can just pull them out, no harm no foul. I'm not sure why DO levels hadn't crossed my mind when I threw in the botanicals, thankfully the only thing in...
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    10 Gallon Blackwater

    Hi all! My botanicals finally arrived yesterday for my 10-gallon, which consisted few catappa leaves, sterculia pods, and quite a surplus of alder cones. In just one day, the increase in tannins within this tank is astounding, so I thought I was as well share some photos of the tank as it is...
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    Tank Rack Layout (Tanganyika, Hillstream, & Puffers Respectively)

    Yeah, the otocinclus are a gamble, especially with the number of puffers going in it'll all depend upon whether or not I get any excessively aggressive ones, but worst case scenario I have plenty of other tanks that they can be moved into. I'd never heard about them diving into substrate, but...
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    Tank Rack Layout (Tanganyika, Hillstream, & Puffers Respectively)

    Hi all! I'm planning on setting up a tank rack, consisting of two 75 gallon tanks (48.5" x 18.5" x 21.125") and one 40 gallon tank (36.25" x 18.25" x 17"), and have some rough outlines as to what I want to do with each individual tank. However, I thought it might be best to run the current...
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    Rainbow Darter (Etheostoma caeruleum) in a Hillstream Setup

    For the species I've picked out, minus the Baryancistrus beggini of which I need to omit for a separate more suitable Plecostomus as it prefers warmer temps than the rest, I planned on maintaining the temperature a bit over room temp (~75 Fahrenheit/~23.8 Celsius), so would this be adequate, or...
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    Rainbow Darter (Etheostoma caeruleum) in a Hillstream Setup

    Hi all! I’m planning on setting up a 75-gallon tank rank, and for one of these tanks I’m interested in doing a Hillstream-style tank. It’ll be a relatively open setup, with a tangle of Manzanita branches atop river stones interspersed through the tank over a primarily sand substrate, with...
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    Blackwater Parosphromenus Tank Thoughts/Tips?

    Yeah, after further revising my original plan and further looking through available resources and information, I’m aware the species I had initially picked would have very easily hybridized, and I’ve reformed my plan from this post almost entirely. Currently, my plan as of now is utilizing a 10...
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    Plans for 125 Gallon Discus Tank

    Yeah I guess tubberware would always be a gamble, I'm just going to have to find the space for a proper hospital tank. Also, yeah I always treat water before adding it into my tank, and I have no issue keeping up with the frequency of water changes necessary, whether it were to be in a larger or...
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    Plans for 125 Gallon Discus Tank

    Beautiful tanks! And yeah, I understand the necessity of having a larger quarantine/hospital tank established to be able to treat any complications, I just need to figure out where exactly I can fit it as most of my space is taken up by 20 longs and 10's lol. I could possibly run a medium-large...
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    Plans for 125 Gallon Discus Tank

    Thanks for the reply, I'll be sure to check those threads out! My only concern at the moment would be, is it necessary to go through upgrading tanks up until the 125 when raising juveniles, or is it possible to still properly raise them in solely the 125 given it is properly set up and...
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    Plans for 125 Gallon Discus Tank

    The place I have picked out now I believe should have a adequate amount of foot traffic, as it's in an area where only a few people from my family walk by each day infrequently, allowing the fish to not be completely foreign to any passerby other than myself, but not at all overwhelmed either by...
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    Hill Stream Loach not doing well

    I doubt temperature is the issue for your lack of success keeping Hillstream Loaches, as it is only nominally above their preferred range, although I may be mistaken. I would make certain there is adequate oxygen available to the loaches via the addition of some air stones &/or plants, and...
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    White fuzz/dots on plant

    It looks like it may be some type of algae, assuming I'm looking at the correct area on the leaf, or possibly biofilm. If you haven't noticed it spread, I'd just keep a close eye on it, but if it does spread you may need to treat the tank as it likely is algae, what specific type I'm unsure though.
  16. Dkapp

    Plans for 125 Gallon Discus Tank

    Hi all! I'm just looking for some thoughts/input regarding my current plans for a 125 I will be setting up sometime soon. The dimensions of the tank are 72.5"x18.5"x23.5"(LxWxH), and I've done a fair amount of research so far into the layout and stocking, however no source of information would...
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    Ideal pH/KH/GH for 10g Blackwater? (And thoughts on proposed setup)

    Hi all! Previously on this account, I had made a post regarding my initial plan for a 20 gallon long blackwater setup, however after some further research and planning I've decided to instead dedicate my 10 gallon to be a Licorice Gourami breeding tank, (Specifically either Parosphromenus...
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    20 Gallon Tank Normal Behavior for Aphyosemion bivittatum?

    Hi! I have a question regarding a pair of Aphyosemion bivittatum I've been keeping in my 20 gallon long planted community tank. They've been housed in the tank for close to around two weeks or so now, and I'm a bit perplexed by the behavior I'm seeing exhibited by these two. I'm unsure if what's...
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    20 Gallon Tank Recommendations for Blackwater Tank Plants?

    Oh I think I misread your original comment because I thought you were listing off more suitable species when you noted Pogostemon helferi, my bad lol
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    20 Gallon Tank Recommendations for Blackwater Tank Plants?

    Yeah, when I start to set up the tank I'm going aim to try and source solely plants that can tolerate lower levels of light, although I'm going to try and achieve a good balance between adequate light for the plants I do put in and proper dimness for the Parosphromenus. I rather invest into...
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