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  1. Colleen B

    Question Angel With Damage And Spots

    Thanks. I just didn't want to give someone a fish and have them say "OMG, it has ich!" or infect their whole tank with something. This poor fella and my other koi are getting bullied by my big beefy black marble male. He is way bigger and dominates the tank so I'm hoping to rehome the kois and...
  2. Colleen B

    Question Angel With Damage And Spots

    I have an angel in my 60g with a larger angel fish who is aggressive towards it. He has suffered some damage to his fins as well as some white spotting. It kind of looks like ich but it's only on his fins, not his body, and not on any other fish in the tank. This has been a recurring problem...
  3. Colleen B

    Free Fish In Massachusetts To A Good Home

    Hey guys, I have a 60g tank and its inhabitants are quickly outgrowing it. My bala shark is about 5 inches and desperately needs a home with a tank that can support his eventually massive size! I also have 2 koi angels who are about a year old and I THINK they might be a pair. No breeding...
  4. Colleen B

    Severum Injury

    my green severum is very skittish. she flew around the tank when I turned the lights on this morning and scraped her head on the filter intake. she has a wound and some scales hanging off. what can I do for this? will it heal okay?
  5. Colleen B

    Betta Fin Rot Wont Go Away

    this fish is actually recovering really well! now my problem is my OTHER betta...and his tank is all natural java ferns and anubias so I dont think there is anything that could tear his fins. and this fish is black so its difficult to see the details of his fins
  6. Colleen B

    10 Gallon Tank Substrate Looks Odd

    Nerites require little to no extra care. I have a few in all of my tanks to control algae. I just plop them in and forget about them lol. Sometimes they will lay eggs on your glass but they can't hatch in fresh water so you can just scrape them off. No baby snails to deal with, unlike other...
  7. Colleen B

    10 Gallon Tank Substrate Looks Odd

    nerite snails always solve my diatom problems
  8. Colleen B

    White Fuzz Growing In Hob Filter

    My sister is a teacher and has a small 5 gallon fresh water tank in her classroom. She sent me these pictures. There is a white fuzz growing on her filter and I've never dealt with this in any of my tanks before so I have no idea what to tell her. What do you think this is? How should she get...
  9. Colleen B

    Help Can Anyone Id This Aquarium Pest?

    I just bought fly paper this morning and I made the fatal mistake of getting the sticky all over my hands LOL the only thing that would get it off was acetone!
  10. Colleen B

    Help Can Anyone Id This Aquarium Pest?

    they're too tiny to tell unless I zoom in with my camera. they do look like some of the fungus gnat photos on google though. I was so scared that they were mosquitoes lol thank god they are not! have you tried those sticky yellow traps?
  11. Colleen B

    Help Can Anyone Id This Aquarium Pest?

    I found these flies living above my hoodless planted tank and thought I had killed them all. Turns out they've taken up residency all over my room. Super wigged out. They're about the size of fruit flies, maybe a tiny bit bigger. help! It's a soil tank with live plants so maybe fungus gnats? I...
  12. Colleen B

    Betta Fin Rot Wont Go Away

    I'm using so much prime because my city water is currently at 0.5 ammonia and the sponge filter in his tank couldnt keep up with it, especially with frequent water changes. The bottle says use 5x dose in ammonia or nitrite emergencies. I'm not sure why we have ammonia in our tap water but I'm...
  13. Colleen B

    Betta Fin Rot Wont Go Away

    is there anything I can do to support fin growth and discourage nipping??
  14. Colleen B

    Ammonia In Tap Water

    We are having tons of rain in Massachusetts and I just found out my tap is at 0.5 ammonia like yours. Following for tips.
  15. Colleen B

    Betta Fin Rot Wont Go Away

    Update: I'm not a terrible fish keeper after all. My tap is reading 0.5 ammonia. The filter cant keep up with it since I've been doing huge water changes trying to save him. Guess I've been making it so much worse. I'm going to dose 5x Prime right now. I added a second one of my emergency...
  16. Colleen B

    Betta Fin Rot Wont Go Away

    Well, I am totally shocked and a little embarrassed to find that the ammonia in this tank is at 0.5. This tank has been cycled for a long time so I must have lost the bacteria during water changes this week or something and didnt give the prime enough time to detoxify the chlorine in my tap...
  17. Colleen B

    Betta Fin Rot Wont Go Away

    I've had my betta for the better part of a year. He's a dumbo and has had recurring fin rot for a while now. I've been treating it with aq salt at 1tsp per gallon and it worked the first time, but it just will not heal this time around. it doesnt always affect the same fins. I'm not sure what to...
  18. Colleen B

    Reducing Flow In A Canister?

    I have a cascade 700 on my 37 gallon tank with the spray bar but the flow is still way too strong. Is it possible to reduce the flow on a canister filter somehow?
  19. Colleen B

    10 Gallon Planted Tank - Runsoncoffee's 1st Tank

    I actually didn't do the dry start method! that was my plan but I ended up using monte carlo
  20. Colleen B

    Staghorn And Cloudy Water Battle

    I'm sick of staring at this green disaster so I broke down and bought a uv sterilizer. *sigh*




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