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  1. JamesM

    Help identify strange white particulates forming in 20 gallon planted tank

    Dang I think you are right. I had no idea so few pest snails could produce so much poop! Do shrimp or fish eat this stuff? There are no other critters in there no so it’s kinda piling up :/.
  2. JamesM

    Help identify strange white particulates forming in 20 gallon planted tank

    There are some pest snails in there yes but not many
  3. JamesM

    Help identify strange white particulates forming in 20 gallon planted tank

    Hi - I am hoping someone can help me identify these strange white particulates that are forming in my 20 gallon freshwater aquarium. They do not appear to be living critters - they do not move or float. They sink to the bottom and do not get sucked up by the filter. I am wondering if this...
  4. JamesM

    Advice on explaining the Nitrogen Cycle?

    I might just smile and nod and say "yup, fish are resilient critters". Look away wistfully for a sec, then deliver: "Till they're not".
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    Fishless Filter Cycle

    Thanks for the reply mattgirl - you make good points and I appreciate your expertise. I got into fish keeping because I thought fish would be an easy pet to start with my children, but I am finding that fish are the most complicated animals I have ever had to keep! I feel fortunate to be able...
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    Fishless Filter Cycle

    Thank you for the responses. Mattgirl, I added the occasional pinch of fish food to suppliment the ammonia doses on your advice - the theory makes sense to me. I agree that slowly building the colony by starting with low doses of ammonia is a good idea. Dr. Tim agrees: “Bacteria … do not...
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    Fishless Filter Cycle

    I have learned so much here about tank cycling, I wanted to share back my own recent (ongoing) cycling adventures with the hope that this little log will help someone else. A little background: I am in my first year of fish keeping, and building my 3rd tank, a 22 gallon long planted hi tech...
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