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  1. bobduhgeek

    Canister replacement conundrum

    I have a sunsun 303b on my 55 freshwater tropical. It's fully cycled, doing great. The tank is at 100% population. This is my third sunsun. I am relatively happy with it. Over time however they start to make a lot of noise. It's fixable I know. But they also start to leak over time. Looking...
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    Canister Filter Longevity

    What canister filters are built to last? I have had SunSun 304, 303 and a pennplex. They all seem to be fragile and wind up leaking and making too much noise after a year. What has been your experience?
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    The sweet spot?

    I just started to water my house plants with aquarium water when I do a weekly change. The ph is generally around 10ppm. Does anyone else do this? It should be good for the plants but how much is too much? All comments welcome!
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    Zebra danio with red bulge in belly

    - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Tank What is the water volume of the tank? 55gal standard/48.1volume How long has the tank been running? 9 months Does it have a filter? SunSun 303b & hydro-sponge IV Does it have a heater? 200w adjustable What is the water...
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    Danger Will Robinson!

    How do you think this will turn out?
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    Nematode, anyone care to hazzard a guess?

    I picked up a dozen gold stripped danios. They are in quarantine, and being treated with two doses of API General Cure, Day three of Focus, Metroplex, Kanaplex and fenbendazole food. I found this floating in the water and tossed it on a slide. Picture is of the whole mess to give you an idea...
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    How long should I quarantine gold stripped danios?

    How long should I quarantine gold stripped danios? I did some googling on common problems with the breed and found they are susceptible to atypical Mycobacterium and nematodes. I just bought a dozen and have them in the QT tank. One did not make the trip-(they were mailed from an ebay seller)...
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    Does anyone use a microscope?

    I picked up a microscope to get a better idea of what was collecting at the bottom of my qt tank. Does anybody else do this? Do you have a resource for identifying what's what
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    I was thinking of getting a microscope to more closely examine what's on the bottom of my tank. I am still reeling from a nematode infestation and may be a bit over the edge. Does anyone do this? Would a microscope be extreme or is it a reasonable thing to use?
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    Fluval Cycle and ammonia?

    I am about 4 weeks into a fishless cycle. Everything is new. No old bb from filters. I did plant about 40 plants - so there is so bb in the tank. It's 55g standard with a canister filter. Started the ammonia at 4ppm, it's straight 10% ammonia from Ace. I tested the water daily, maintaining...
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    Will high nitrates kill snails?

    I have a new cycle started in my 55 gallon freshwater tank. New gravel and sand. New plants. The new plants brought snails. Doing fishless cycling. 10% ammonia at 5ppm to start (10ml ) I'm 2 weeks into the process. The nitrite is way up (2 - 5 ppm) and so are the nitrites. I use the API...
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    Segregate gear?

    Does anybody have an idea on having separate test tubes (I use API mostly) for different tanks? I have a problem with Camallanus that I am treating, I have learned the hard way to use separate equipment between tanks. How do you deal with your water testing gear? I would generally rinse the...
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    Any idea what it is?

    Added plants to a new tank. Now these are on the glass. What is it?
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    Should I euthanize the entire tank?

    I am loosing a battle with camalanus worms, I have used every method I can find to deworm the tanks, but they keep coming back - or just don't die. I think these are immune to the current medications available. I have used Fish Bendazole, Levamisole, prazipro, metro/kana-plex-focus, general...
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    ID please?

    These came out of a Molly in my tank. Are they canalanus?
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    Medicate plants for parasites?

    I've been trying to get a parasite problem under control. I think I am fighting canalanus <sp?> worms. I have used praziquantel, levamisole, fenbendazole, metroplex, kanaplex and focus, prazipro and general cure. Still the problem persists. I have a planted tank. I removed most of the Java...
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    I Think it's a worm

    Bought 6 magnolia platy. Tossed 'em in the quarantine tank. Wacked 'em up with PraziPro, Focus+MetroPlex+KanaPlex. An hour or so latter I see one swimming with something hanging out of her. It sure didn't look like poop. It dropped out and I grabbed it. Can anybody id what this is?
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    Angelfish male from female?

    I have two angels, thought they were both male... Maybe not. They are not a happy couple. If there are any gender pros out there please look at these pics and let me know what you think.
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    I don't know what the problem is.

    I'm having a problem. I think it's a parasite but I have no idea what to do. A sailfin molly died first, then a red swag platty Had what looked like a white tumor growing to the point it was protruding from the side. The fish was lethargic and not eating. Another red swag had huge bumpy white...
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    Thick Glass aquariums vs less thick

    I have an old 55 gallon rectangular tank. It has 3/8" thick glass. It has sprung another little leak. I am thinking of replacing it. Are there 3/8" tanks manufactured ? All I see are 1/4". My hunch is that the thicker is better but I could be wrong. Thoughts, comments or positive...
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