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    20 Gallon Tank Help me figure out where the ammonia came from

    Hi, I decided to test my ammonia today and wow, I had some in the tank! I've done a couple things in the past couple days so I'd like to list them out and see if any stand out as very likely the cause. First off, my tank has been running since the beginning of January with an aquaclear filter...
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    20 Gallon Tank CPDs, Otos, and neocardinia numbers

    Hi, My 20 long is doing pretty well right now and it has a lot of plants, 5-6 cherry shrimp, 2 otos (all the pet store had, going to get more as soon as they are in stock, with the idea being that they would have been lonely in the pet store anyway. ) And I should have a young clown pleco in...
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    20 Gallon Tank Rosy loaches vs oto cats

    Hi, I've got my 20L that I'm actually pretty happy with right now. I have a clown pleco who I never see an honestly it doesn't move at all, just sits on the driftwood all the time. And I have 7 cherry shrimp an then 2 nerites and a bunch of pest snails. My plan is to wait a couple months for the...
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    Funny Prefilter sponge and shrimp

    Some people will find this funny, and some people will find this sad, personally I find it both. Here's my story of how I realized to always use a pre filter sponge with shrimp, with a happy ending! I got a delivery of shrimp last Thursday, and I put them in 2 tanks. I had a pre filter sponge...
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    20 Gallon Tank White fuzz on snail

    Hi, My tank has been running for about a month, fully cycled, nitrates around 5-10 ppm. I have a little bit of detritus and Algae buildup, but what I'm worried about right now is that ive noticed some of the snails in my tank have a white fuzz on them. Is this some kind of fungus, and will it...
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    20 Gallon Tank Clown pleco question

    Hi, I just got a clown pleco on Sunday and he immediately went under the driftwood and attached himself. He basically never leaves that location, and when I added an algae wafer on his third day he didn't touch it at all and I had to take it out. I know they are shy and that I won't see him...
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    20 Gallon Tank Biofilm and Algae

    Hi, I've got my first tank set up, it's a 20 long with a lot of plants and it fully cycled, currently home to a clown pleco and 2 nerites. I have a bit if diatoms and some type of bigger brown colored algae growing on the top of my anacharis stems, which I'm hoping will go away in time as I add...
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    20 Gallon Tank Talk me down from a bad decision

    Hi, my local petco just got in some Celestial Pearl Danios, but my tank isn't fully cycled yet. My ammonia is at 0 but I have high nitrites. I really want the CPDs and was going to order them online, but they are right here in front of me. I'm thinking (kind of halfheartedly) of doing a large...
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    20 Gallon Tank Suitable bottom dwellers for fluorite gravel

    Hi, I have a tank currently cycling that has a lot of plants in it and thus I went and bought eco complete substrate which I believe is a flourite gravel. I really want some type of bottom dwellers in my 20 long, honestly I was thinking of a clown pleco and... 6 kuhli loaches. However as I'm...
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    Grass ID

    I bought this in a plant pack online and I can't figure out what it is. Does anyone here recognize it?
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    20 Gallon Tank More 20L questions

    Hi, As someone else pointed out would happen, I've gone through a million ideas of what I want in my tank since my last post, so I'm looking for suggestions again. Does anyone have experience putting a betta in a 20L? The more I think about it the more I find that they look really nice, but I'm...
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    20 Gallon Tank Floaters in a 20L

    Hi, As the title says, I'm wondering if it would make sense to put floaters in a 20L. I bought a plant pack online and have my tank pretty full of plants already, but I really like the idea of a plant on top with roots hanging down like a red floater(I think that was the name). I also have one...
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    Please help me I'd this little snail

    Hi, I bought some plants and didn't sterilize them because I was lazy and figured I'd try my luck. Well, I'm cycling the tank and I have plants in there and after 2 weeks I found a tiny snail on what I think is my hornwort. Is there any way to identify them when they are this small?
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    20 Gallon Tank African Dwarf Frog tank mates

    Hi, I'm looking into getting some ADFs and I wanted to ask some people with experience about ADFs. I got some feedback on a thread of mine in stocking, but a lot of the questions that came up were about these frogs. So, my idea was to have african dwarf frogs with a clown pleco, cherry shrimp...
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    20 Gallon Tank First tank stocking questions

    Hi, I'm new to the hobby but I have some experience with animal care and I have a degree in organismal biology so I feel like I'm ready to dive deep into this. Many of these questions will be about stocking but feel free to move this post if it belongs elsewhere, as I couldn't really find a...
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    New hobbyist!

    Hi, I'm matt and I'm new to fish keeping and this forum! I had a 29g as a kid but my father mainly took care of it, and im only just now getting into the hobby and I'm currently cycling a 20 Long planted tank that will hopefully be home to some guppies, shrimp, frogs, snails, and a clown...
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