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    15 Gallon Tank New tank - what should i do to it?

    HI guys! I'm back and I've got a nice new project - I got a 55 litre/14 US gallon tank and want some ideas for some things...I'm going back to basics because i've forgotten a lot of stuff! I want to create a minimalist tank that can be viewed from all the way round as it's going in the...
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    Lobster, anyone?!

    Hey guys, a friend of mine has shown an interest in keeping a lobster. He has no experience in fish keeping at all but he's dedicated and bright so I think he would be ok... Has anyone kept a lobster before?What do they need? He says he wants one of the little blue ones. Any advice would be...
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    Malu anemone looking very ill

    Hey guys, my malu anemone has been rolling around and had his mouth open the last 3 days. I have tried feeding him but he hasn't eaten for about 2 weeks. He's competely retracted and his tentacles are short and limp. my water conditions are tip top and I haven't made any changes so I really...
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    Anenome is shrinking - not good.

    Hey guys, I got myself a malu anenome this week and he seems to be a bit sad - he's open but definitely shrinking. Help!
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    150 watt halogen in my tank WOOHOO!

    Morning All! I have finally got myself a proper light ;D I found 150 watt halogen on ebay for £50 - normally they go for around £200 so I'm a very happy little lady! I cannot believe how much difference it makes. I still have to find a way of mounting it above the tank because it did not come...
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    Change of plan

    Well, after much deliberating and reading and agonising over what to do with my new marine tank I have finally decided to go down the "fish-only" route. I was desperate to have a reef tank but after looking at the prices of equipment such as lighting and filtration for corals etc I have no...
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    RO units

    Hey guys, can you explain to me how RO units work? I understand how they purify the water by osmosis but I'm clueless about how you use one! Does it go on your aquarium? I've seen some that you kind of plug on to your mains water supply... can you drink it? Do you just pour the water from the RO...
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    How do I reduce Alkalinity?

    HI guys, I've been testing my water and found that the pH is 8 but the alkalinity is "High" on the test kit (it doesn't give any indication of numbers) and I've read that this could be why my calcium levels are not going up. I have read all about this but nopbody seems to be able to tell me how...
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    I WISH I WAS A FISH

    I really really REALLY want to be a fish so I can swim under my live rock to see what's growing under there...grrr...it's not fair! :-[
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    How to dispose of aquarium test kit water

    HI guys, I was wondering how to dispose of water in the test tube once it has been tested. Obviously it is full of chemicals... I was reading one of the leaflets' fine print and it said (regarding the bottle of nitrate tester) that it should be disposed of as hazardous waste in its container. I...
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    Do I have a tiny starfish?!!

    Morning guys - I was admiring my live rock this morning and *think* I have discovered a star fish! I really don't know if it is or not though...it's really REALLY tiny. It must be about 5 mm across and a very pale blue. I touched it to see if it was just part of the rock but it felt like it...
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    Very bare tank

    hey guys! Finally managed to get some pics of my new tank - still looking very naked and needs some substrate and more live rock etc I know! But i'm just SOOO excited and I also wanted some advice on plants etc And this is my live rock with the lovely purple stuff growing on it.. And can...
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    The biggest impulse purchase in my life...

    Today my boss told me he was selling his 4 foot long complete marine set up including 2 yellow tangs and a clown fish... I told him I would have it there and then! It's about £500's worth and I'm getting it for £150 ;D I'm SOOOO EXCITED! I thought my mum would flip but she's really excited too...
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    Gill flukes.. any secrets?

    HI guys, one of my very old white cloud mountain minnows has a gill fluke. I noticed it this evening and put him in the quarantine tank with a homeopathic remedy for worms and parasites. Tomorrow I'm going to pop down and get him sonething stronger from the pet shop but are there any other...
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    getting killifish

    Hey guys, i've also been tempted by killifish recently. You can buy eggs on ebay with care instructions etc and they seem fairly easy to keep and I have a perfect tank for them but was just wondering if anyone has hands on experience of keeping them? Thanks! Ursh x
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    My whole tank has ich

    Hey guys, Just checking I'm doing this all right.. I have heated the water a bit more and removed the 3 platys which are worst affected. I have treated the tank with white spot treatment and done a 30% water change. Can I do any more to save my Marmaduke and my precious botias? They don't seem...
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    Introducing... MARMADUKE!

    hey guys! I finally came across a better betta (heehee couldn't help myself). I was wondering through the pet shop to buy some dog food and thought I would just have a quick glance at what they have. They very rarely have bettas in so I didn;t expect to see one but there he was.. like an angel...
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    I've sinned again...

    Heehee I'm SO excited! I fell in love with "figure of 8 dwarf puffers" today and ordered 2 for my biorb which I will now have to turn into a brackish tank They won't be ready for 3 weeks yet so I've got time to set it all up and research the water although I think I read enough today.. can't...
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    Remember the betta with a zit?

    HI guys, sadly I lost Taro my betta this week - remember he had a zit a while ago?It came back and his abdomen swelled up - I thought maybe it was constipation or dropsy and treated him for both but it didn't help :-\ He's in fishy heaven now so I've cleaned the tank, put a new filter in and its...
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    Bettas Fins are shredding

    I've just had a look at Taro and his fins seemed a little odd and then I looked closer and they seem to have shredded at the ends a bit like split ends when your hair gets too long! Some of the skin has gone transluscent too. Any ideas? It almost looks like he got stuck under a stone or...
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