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    White hair like algae on plants

    Getting this hair like algae on plants . Nitrates are around 10 (orange). Frequent water changes and light 8-10 hours. 36 gallon and should have enough plants. Brown spots on some plants and this hair like on Vals and Octopus plants. Also having to keep brown off of glass. 50% water...
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    Is this too many plants in tank - 36 gal Bow Front?

    The tetras and gourami really dig hiding in plants and the danios love swimming through them - when I mainly just had the vals. LFS had octopus plants for cheap (like $0.75/stem) so I picked up 12 of them and a shipment I had ordered finally came in with some Crypts and spiral vals (just got...
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    36 Gallon - 2 male dwarf gourami - has anyone had luck?

    I THOUGHT I had done some research on dwarf gourami's but now realize I didnt (after reading information here). I thought that the males got aggressive with each other if there were females in the tank as well. So, I got two male dwarfs (the normal striped dwarfs). There has not been any...
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    Will Java Moss grow AROUND branch

    I have some Java Moss on order and want it to be wrapped around a branch (1-3 inch circumference) that is kind of horizontal in my tank. I am going to tie it with cotton string. My question is do I have to wrap it all the way around or can I tie it so it lays on top of branch and will it grow...
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    Any pictures of Java Moss or other moss used on spiderwood to give tree like appearance?

    I have two pieces of spiderwood in my tank that is giving my tank a "bare" appearance. I was thinking of using java moss or some other form of moss on the end of the branches to give a "tree" type appearance and with the height of the spiderwood should give me a green in center of tank. Does...
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    Will fish injure themselves on rock?

    When I redid tank, I divided the gravel and sand substrate with broken up dragon rock (wanted the sand because I wanted to add some Cory), but now I don’t know if danios will injure themselves on rock when they are flying around....hasn’t been an issue and they seem to avoid them but just...
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    Going au naturale

    Only been at this for a month so please bear with me and my mistake s. Had the tank going and I think it looked pretty good for all artificial. I wanted to go more natural and also start with live plants. The artificial was cool but what I thought was giving fish more hiding places actually...
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    Found some cool spider wood

    Petsmart started carrying spider wood here. Found a cool piece-wanted something for a centerpiece. Kind of heart shaped. Soaking now....anyway I thought it was cool. Should give the danios something else to go nuts through.
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    Where do you glue rhizome - annubis

    My first live plant in tank and don’t want to make newbie mistake like I have with everything else so far. Haha. I picked up an annubis congensis and have yet to open package (tube plant from petco). I understand that you do not bury rhizome in substrate but glue to small rock or something...
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    Can you vacuum out sand?

    Two questions actually. I have both sand and gravel as substrate. Tried to do a separation and as filter has moved sand some is mixed with gravel and I don’t know if I like the sand and may just go to all gravel. So just curious, question 1 would be could I just kind of mix it all together...
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    Fish In Cycle - is this just a waiting game or do I need to change anything

    36 gal bowfront with a TopFin Silentstream 75 Powerfilter (400 gph). Stock 8 small zebra danios. You can see below the tank parameters thus far (on Day 20 since set up). I am the one who put the TSS+ on second day 15-30 minutes after Prime (so dont know if it worked or not and no real ammonia...
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    Bacteria Blossom - New Tank

    So I have had a bad bacteria blossom going on - 18 days on new tank. Water is very milky and if you look close you can see very time white stuff floating in water. Blossom has been going on for about 6 days or so. (Picture doesnt really show milkiness - looks worse than picture shows). I...
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    There should be a sign above aquariums at LFS

    That says - this is not a home decoration nor a hobby - it will become a change in LIFE. Wife says, "didnt you use to have an aquarium 40 years ago? Why dont you get another one now - but it is your responsibility" Sooooo.......I am a "kind of" an intelligent person and I can read up on it in a...
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    Diatoms?

    New tank start up (16 days in) and brown spots are starting to cover EVERYTHING. Sand (washed pool filter sand) is turning brown and brown spots on everything in tank. I assume this is the diatoms (or brown algae) that people experience on new tank set ups? Maybe from silica in sand? From my...
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    WIll I ever read bright yellow O Ammonia ?

    A little over two weeks into "fish in" new tank cycle and I have been reporting 0.25 ammonia (0.0137 free ammonia) the entire 16 days with 0 Nitrates and 0 Nitrates (one day test showed 0-0.5 Nitrates but was 0 the next, so may have just been the test). Anyway, was thinking about doing my first...
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    With bottled bacteria (TSS+ and Stability) - do I or do I not change water

    PLEASE dont bash all my rookie mistakes too bad. - 36 gallon tank. Well, to make a long story short (I hope), today is 14 days that tank was set up and added some fish food first day. Tomorrow will be 14 days since I used TSS+ but I put it in about 30 minutes after using Prime to dechlorinate...
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    Ammonia testing - does the water lose ammonia after sitting?

    In week 2 of a fish in cycle and I have been putting this down in my journal as 0.25 ppm of ammonia on API tests. Test run with shaken bottles (since I understand it may give a clearer test) using the API master test kit. Directions followed and when I run the ammonia test - after sitting 5...
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    Guess this should work - water lift pump for water change

    I got the vacuum siphon (with bulb - medium) from Petsmart to remove my water from tank to bucket but was thinking about how to get my fresh, treated water from second bucket to tank - besides dipping and pouring. Was in the garage and I had a fountain pump I bought about a month ago that...
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    Is this a trace of Nitrate?

    I hate to keep sounding like a rookie-but I am. 10 days into fish in cycle and it appears to me I may be getting a tinge of orange on Nitrate(perhaps). One thing I do not like about API is the vivid colors they have on chart and then my old eyes are squinting, putting it under various light...
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    My new 36 gallon build

    New to aquariums. I had them in my 20’s, but that was 40 years ago. Wife and I decided to get into hobby and add aquatic babies to go with our 3 rescue dogs, 2 rescue cats and 2 rescue birds.. When I use to have aquarium 40 years ago, it was buy a 20 gallon tank and light from Walmart and...
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