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    Sexing Bolivian Rams

    I just got two bolivian rams today but I want to know what sex they are. I was hoping to get a pair but after getting home, I think I got two females. Can someone confirm? I've inserted two photos of each and then one together.
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    Plant Storage before Planting

    Lol sorry. Okay so I think I'm fine then
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    Plant Storage before Planting

    The instructions said to put java moss in the fridge until planting. Everything else I have in the garage with a towel over.
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    Plant Storage before Planting

    My plants arrived early and my aquarium stand isn't here yet. What can I do to keep them alive for a few days. I have them in a home depot bucket right now with dechlorinated water. I also have pretty cold water and a towel over to slow metabolism. I also put the cup of Java fern in my fridge...
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    Garden Soil Substrate

    Thanks a lot for the help. I really appreciate it Can I ask how often you change your osmocote root tabs? Also, how long exactly does the soil last?
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    Garden Soil Substrate

    This is my first time trying a planted tank and I wanted to know if eco-complete or garden soil would be good. I found a brand that I've heard is okay for aquariums but I'm not if it is. The brand is miracle gro organic and natural potting mix with nature conserve. I'm planning on having 2" of...
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    Help with DIY 29 Gallon Aquarium Stand

    From your previous post you said subtract 7" from the inner vertical beams. Do you mean the outer vertical beams? There's going to be two for each leg of the stand and they're going to be wedged in between the top and bottom rectangles of the stand. Also, can I ask why it's 7". The video just...
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    Questions about Eco Complete

    I'm creating an aquascape and I want a pool filter sand cap to make it look more natural and to save my wallet. I just wanted to know if this was a good idea or not. Also, I'm confused about the CEC of Eco complete. Some sources said that it had really high CEC and some claimed that it had none...
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    What kind of Dry Ferts

    Does anyone have recommendations for dry ferts. I want something like Easy Green; easy to use and effective.
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    Help with DIY 29 Gallon Aquarium Stand

    Which one should I subtract 7" from? The 30" or the 23". Also, I can raise the height to 34" would that be good? If I raise it to 34" would 27" for the outer support beam be good?
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    Help with DIY 29 Gallon Aquarium Stand

    Does anyone have any experience building DIY aquarium stands? I found a model I like but the problem is that the dimensions are for a 40 gallon and I've tried translating them for a 29 gallon as best as I can. This is what I got: 31" - 4 (Lenth) 30" - 4 (Height) 10" - 5 (Width) 23" - 8 (Height)...
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    Which Root Tabs and Ferts

    So I searched online for Jobes House Plant Fertilizer but I'm not sure that it's aquarium safe. It is meant for indoor houseplants after all. I might just go with the osmocote root tabs. I'll have around 1 to 1.5 inches of plant substrate with a 3 inch pool sand cap so I think I'll be fine as...
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    Which Root Tabs and Ferts

    Thanks for your input, but I have a few questions. Would you say that dry ferts are equally as good or better than liquid ferts? Also, which type of liquid ferts would you recommend to a beginner such as myself. Factors such as cost, ease of use, water parameters, and amount of doses per...
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    Which Root Tabs and Ferts

    Which root tabs should I get? I've seen the mainstream brands but I think they're too expensive. They usually cost around 10 dollars for ten root tabs. Even aquarium co-op's root tabs are a little too expensive for my taste. I've seen osmocote root tabs, which are supposedly more risky (never...
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    Warm Water Fish

    I'm pretty sure I'll be safe with 50+ stems of dwarf sag, moneywort, anubias, crypt, java fern, java moss, amazon sword, ludwigia, micro sword, rosette sword, and giant duckweed or amazon frogbit. Might even do duckweed and that should absolutely decimate nitrates.
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    Warm Water Fish

    Because preset heaters are cheaper than the adjustable ones. Also, 78 is a really solid number for all of the fish I'm going to keep. High enough for the rams to feel comfortable but low enough that it won't make the other fish overheat. 78 is pretty much the perfect number in terms of...
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    Warm Water Fish

    Yea 30 percent weekly is my goal. 50 percent once twice a month. Gonna have prefilter and try maxing out the aquaclear 50 in terms of media. Still going to keep it at 78 all year round. Most heaters are preset at 78
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    Warm Water Fish

    Thanks. After some consideration, I'm thinking bolivian rams instead of german. They're both pretty, but the bolivian likes cooler water, is more forgiving in terms of water quality, and is easier to keep. I'll have 6 panda cories, a pair of calico bristlenoses or just regular bristlenose...
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    Warm Water Fish

    But the plecos that you mentioned wouldn't fit in my tank or are really expensive.
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    Warm Water Fish

    I'm planning a 29 gallon tank and thanks for reassuring me with the 90F number although a little skeptical I think I'll go with 6 sterbais, 12 cardinals, and two bn plecos.
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