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    Cichlid Female changing to a Male

    So I know I wrote this a while ago but still haven't vented them. They just had a baby though. I only see one baby about a half inch long and the yellow blue one stays by the baby. So 1 is definitely a female and one is definitely a male just don't know which yet. I'm shocked my Oscars haven't...
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    Pictus decision help!

    My Pictus was extremely shy and I was worried about him because someone had gotten his whiskers so I moved him to another tank for about a week I could tell he didn't like this tank (the flow isn't as hard in this other tank and he didn't have the room it's just an emergency tank) so when I...
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    Do Pictus Catfish rotate their eyes all day or just when they come see you?

    I understand that pictus catfish do not blink their eyes. I think I read somewhere that they actually rotate their eyes downward and back up and it looks like a blink. My question is do they do this all the time or just when they're around their owners. I've watched him when he's in the back of...
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    When will Moss Balls be available again?

    I just now saw your post and they are sold out. My Oscar ripped apart one of my moss balls that I bought right before the outbreak and I can't find them anywhere. But I did read that they take 7 to 8 years to get to the size of a mini one so it might be a while unless they can figure out how to...
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    Why wont my fish tank ammonia and nitrates go down?

    I stand corrected. The legal limit in the US is 10 PPM with the legal limit in the UK being 50 PPM. I'm glad I test my tap water and there is just a tiny amount. I wouldn't drink my tap water if there was 10 PPM nitrates in it but I would definitely want to know. High levels of nitrates in...
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    How often must I change my 7.5 gal tank

    I noticed a few people telling you that you should test your water to let you know how often to do a partial water change. Everything in your tank that rots turns to ammonia. Uneaten food, dead plant leafs, fish pee. It's all ammonia which is harmful for fish. You can't see it though. They sell...
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    How often must I change my 7.5 gal tank

    Sorry I never even looked at the date. It just came up with the new post. Did you ever start testing your water?
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    Why wont my fish tank ammonia and nitrates go down?

    Yes but they are usually .005 ppm they help with cycling your water and establishing your bacteria colony but you will never see 10 PPM nitrates in tap water. You get very small readings of nitrates in tap water from soil run off. When you're nitrates are testing 10 PPM that is when your tank is...
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    How often must I change my 7.5 gal tank

    You can always drop pieces of algae wafers in there for food if you're worried about him getting eaten in another tank. But I agree, you definitely need to be testing your water. The results of your water test determine when and how much water to change. Your ammonia and nitrite levels should...
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    Why wont my fish tank ammonia and nitrates go down?

    If his tank is showing the presence of nitrates then his bacteria didn't die, he's just getting higher ammonia levels from food and plants rotting. That's how you know your aquarium is cycled when your test shows the presence of nitrates. That means that bacteria has converted your ammonia into...
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    Why wont my fish tank ammonia and nitrates go down?

    Absolutely. Everything that rots in a tank will turn to ammonia. Just do a good cleaning and a partial water change and you'll notice a difference. Never leave food that doesn't get eaten within a few minutes and feed less next time and remove any dead leaves when you see them.
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    Why wont my fish tank ammonia and nitrates go down?

    If you're ammonia levels are not reading zero, after the presents of nitrates (meaning your tank is cycled) it could mean your tank is overstocked or you're feeding them too much. Everything in a tank eventually turns to ammonia. When your plant loses leaves and they rot that turns to ammonia...
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    Apistogramma Stocking

    Oh absolutely. I never believe in getting all of my information from one place I just use it as a tool but I also believe you should research each fish species that you put in the tank while using the tool to check. I just noticed that this site was a little more accurate then most but there...
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    Zeolite vs. Activated Carbon?

    I'm not an expert in pH by any means but I thought I would mention this, I've heard from several experienced fish keepers not to mess with the pH level. Once you do it's a race to get the right pH, with each water change, and most fish are able to adapt to different pH levels over time and it...
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    Please help my ADF

    And like everyone said, Everytime you take new water from the tap either dose it with prime or let it sit out with access to air for 24 hours before using it to get rid of chlorine which is very deadly for fish and frogs and will hinder your cycling process because it kills the bacteria which...
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    Please help my ADF

    If you didn't move the gravel into the new tank then it's going to take a while to cycle. Can you move your filter media from your last tank? He's probably getting used to the new tank and parameters of the new water. I would test the water to see how high your ammonia is. If he is stressed from...
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    Apistogramma Stocking

    I ran across a site the other day which helps you with stocking your aquarium by giving you warnings and other helpful info. You put in your aquarium dimensions and fish and it tells you if they are too many or which ones get along with others. http://aqadvisor.com/
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    How do I know how much food to offer?

    Too much protein isn't going to hurt them, carnivores live off of protein in the wild. As long as they are still begging and ready to eat at mealtime then your not feeding them too much. With cichlids you'll notice that aggression gets worse if they don't eat enough. My cichlids will start...
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    Do i need to cycle?

    So, you posting this has a few problems. First off, this was not a post asking how to clean sponge filters. They were asking about upgrading to a new tank. In the video, with his report from Australia, he was stating that if you rinse your sponge filters in tap water very quickly then your not...
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    How do I know how much food to offer?

    You have cichlids and catfish which are always notoriously hungry all the time. Most cichlids you feed 3 times a day as much as they'll eat in 5 minutes when their smaller. When they get bigger you go from twice a day to once a day. I would look up the feeding requirements for each fish though...
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