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    Planaria rhabocoela or…something else

    So I’ve got some plants in quarantine that I’ve bought from my lfs. looks like I have some hitchhikers, although not sure if these are rhabocoela, planaria, detritus worms, or even something else I usually have no problem ID’ing any of them in the past after getting help from others on the...
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    Quarantining plants/plant dip suggestion

    So after buying plants several times from my lfs without issue of any pests, I recently delt witha hydra and damsel fly nymph problems that caused a complete take down of a very well established tank. So rather than playing Russian roulette from now on, I’m definitely going to be taking extra...
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    Hydra and what looks to be planaria in newly established tank?

    I apologize if this is the wrong section but I wasn’t sure where to post this. So I recently fished fishless-cycling my 20 long and stocked it with a male dwarf gourami whom was in a quarantine tank for 6 weeks. Needless to say everything has been going well other than one, well maybe 2...
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    Helping a neglected betta from family

    So I’ve attached photos to give a better idea of the situation. So my mother bought a betta on a whim without consulting me for advice. She knows I keep fish and have knowledge of them but for some reason didn’t ask me for any help. Needless to say I came over to find him in a 1.5 gallon...
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    Stocking for a 20 gallon hex?

    So I’ve set up a heavily planted 20 gallon hex, with some Italian Vallisneria, Water Wistera, Amazon Swords, and Rotala indica. Everything is doing great and the plants are really starting to fill out the height of the tank. (Dimensions 19.1 In L x 16.6 in W x 24.4 in H). My only concern is...
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    Emergency, golddust mollie erratic swimming

    Tank What is the water volume of the tank? 10 gallon How long has the tank been running? 5 weeks without fish 3 weeks with fish Does it have a filter? Yes Does it have a heater? Yes What is the water temperature? 80 degrees Fahrenheit What is the entire stocking of this tank? (Please list all...
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    Seachem Kanaplex dosage trouble?

    So my friend has had a betta and needless to say has little knowledge on how to properly care for it. I offered to help and will be taking it in and nursing it back to health as well as upgrading it to a 5 gallon up from a 1.5 that he had him in (horrible) once the fin rot is cured. I’ve done a...
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    Tap PH higher than Tank

    So I’ve had a bit of a struggle keeping my ph stable (due to fluval stratum) although recently I’ve used Seachem’s alkaline buffer and acid buffer together and have managed to get a stable ph of around 7.4. The issue is, my tap is 8.2ppm (after sitting out for 24 hours) and I don’t want to add...
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    Cycling tank with established media

    So I’ve decided to go ahead and get some established media to cycle my first tank from my lfs as I’ve heard a lot of issues with Bottled bacteria an ammonia, specifically an article from Mattgirl. That says (this is from memory so info may be wrong) that using liquid ammonia while cycling a tank...
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    Uncycled 10 gallon planted tank with 5ppm nitrates, 0.50ppm ammonia

    So I've had my first tank, a ten gallon lowtech planted tank set up for just about a month, I've haven't cycled it as I'm still dealing with a few issues. First there is a about .50ppm ammonia in the tank. I'm not overly concerned about this as I'm going to use dr tims ammonium chloride to help...
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    Root tab recommendations?

    So I’ve been using the Api root tabs for my first aquarium.( 10 gallon low tech planted tank) I added them to the tank at the start. You are supposed to replace them every month, it’s been a month so it’s time. Would it be best to wait until a large water change? My concern is that I know they...
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    Unstable ph, in new tank (fluval stratum)

    (Post edited to most recent details) So currently I have set up my first tank, a 10 gallon low tech planted tank, with amazon sword, java fern and anubias with fluval stratum as a the substrate. It has been set up for about 2 weeks no fish of course because I have not cycled it. However, I have...
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    Help with confusion on my PH, Ammonia and Nitrate Levels in uncycled 10 gallon planted tank

    So Currently I have a 10 gallon planted tank with fluval stratum substrate and some api root tabs. The plants are one Amazon sword, two Java fern, and one anubias and planning to add some more plants to make it nice and lush. It’s been set up for about two weeks and I seem to be having some...
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    Help with starting my cycle

    I’m currently in the process of setting my first aquarium. As you can see by the first picture, it’s a 10 gallon planted tank (2 Java fern, 1 Amazon sword, 1 anubias). I’ve had it set up for about a week and haven’t cycled it as I’ve been confused on the best way possible due to there being a...
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