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  1. Kat11

    Help Advise Stocking By My Tap Water

    Good question, I should find that out.
  2. Kat11

    Help Advise Stocking By My Tap Water

    I have a brand new 38 gallon and am trying to design it and plan my stock. My tap water has the following parameters after "resting" for nearly 24 hrs: pH: 8.2 KH: 3° GH: 4° Ammonia= 0 Nitrite=0 Nitrate=0-5 TDS: 96 I currently have a successful planted 10g with 5 green neons, 1 honey gourami...
  3. Kat11

    Help With Stocking Plan For 2nd Tank - 38 Gal

    Oh wow, thank you! It's been a while since I tested my tap water but I think I recall higher pH (7.8-8) which lowers some as it ages, and generally low KH (3-4) and moderate GH (9). My 6 rcs did not survive my tank for longer than 4 months. I raised KH to 6 with crushed coral but I saw one...
  4. Kat11

    Help With Stocking Plan For 2nd Tank - 38 Gal

    Hi! I have had a heavily planted 10g tank running for 6+ months successfully. I want to stock my brand new 38-gallon (36"x13"x19") but not sure with what! My main question is: should I select my fish specifically by what's best adapted to my tap water (good quality municipal-supplied resevoir...
  5. Kat11

    I Did A Thing...help This Advanced Beginner With Filtration Advice

    I can't thank everyone enough for the wonderful insight and advice here. Thank you so much!
  6. Kat11

    I Did A Thing...help This Advanced Beginner With Filtration Advice

    I just brought home my 38 gallon rectangular tank! I also have a glass top and a Fluval Plant 6500K 46 watt light. I've had a 10 gallon heavily planted setup running wonderfully for 6 months and plan to move my friends over and build a larger community tank (I'm thinking 2 pea puffers for the 10...
  7. Kat11

    Is My 10 Gallon Close To Cycling

    When my cycled stalled, I did a 25% water change. It kick started the cycle again!
  8. Kat11

    Painted Wood Stands

    I really wanted a Fluval F-90 tank kit but sadly they appear to be discontinued. I love the look of that tank and stand. So instead I bought a Marineland Majesty Pine wood stand (pictured below) and they only come in black. Id like to make it light-colored. Has anyone painted pre-made wooden...
  9. Kat11

    Question Tank Upgrade Cycle Questions

    Thank you so much! I'm likely going to start anew in the new tank, I'm thinking about different substrate to better support plants. Interesting about the water, thanks!!
  10. Kat11

    Question Tank Upgrade Cycle Questions

    Hi! I'm upgrading! What's the best way to seed something in my cycled 10g to transfer to the new 38g? The issue is the lid on my 10g is tight and can't accommodate a second HOB filter. 1. Can I just hang a bag of ceramic media or sponge/floss in the tank? Or must it be in the filter and have...
  11. Kat11

    Help Creeping Alkalinity

    I added the about a tablespoon of crushed coral during the cycle when I felt my pH was low and I wanted some buffer. But that doesn't seem to be the issue now? Straight out of my tap pH is 8.4(!), but I haven't let it age/sit to test yet. No rocks, just aquarium gravel and aquarium decor which...
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    Help Creeping Alkalinity

    My pH has been creeping up over the past few weeks. It was 6.8 during and right after fishless cycle, then crept up to 7.8 pretty consistently until 8.0 last week and today, 8.2! I'm worried because I lost a shrimp and another shrimp currently seems very active, swimming around bunch. I'm...
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    Question Need Help Finding A Rectangular 38 Gallon

    Thanks! I'm looking for a rectangular or non-bow front. I don't understand why I can't just find one! Great suggestion for finding a piece of furniture, that would be ideal. I've got 3 kids under 6 and work full time so I'd love to not have to hunt around and instead just buy one, preferably...
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    Question Need Help Finding A Rectangular 38 Gallon

    Hello, everyone! I'm upgrading my community tank and I only have a spot for it along a wall which can accommodate a tank less than 38" long and not too wide (for example, a 40 gallon breeder is too wide). Ideally, I'd like to find a 38 gallon glass rectangular which is: 36 1/4" x 12 5/8" x 19...
  15. Kat11

    Is There Hope After White Ring Appears?

    This will be my last update because ... The shrimp survived! I repeat, the shrimp survived! All of my shrimp were visible at once when I got home tonight, and none had the white ring! I'm just so thrilled! That shed must've been hers. Thanks to all!
  16. Kat11

    Is There Hope After White Ring Appears?

    Saw a molt shed in the tank this morning, and still no sign of a dead shrimp! :emoji_fingers_crossed:
  17. Kat11

    Is There Hope After White Ring Appears?

    Just in case anyone's curious, the shrimp is still alive! 4+ days later. It is hiding a lot but still eating and doing its thing. The white ring is still there, so I'm thinking it still hasn't molted.
  18. Kat11

    Is There Hope After White Ring Appears?

    Still alive but maybe a new crack forming toward tail? Still hoping this guy makes it through.
  19. Kat11

    Is There Hope After White Ring Appears?

    Hikari Shrimp Cuisine a couple times a week. They are always picking at algae and presumably eating extra food from tank mates (frozen brine shrimp and blood worms and hikari micro pellets).
  20. Kat11

    Is There Hope After White Ring Appears?

    Fyi my parameters are below. Should I make any changes to help molting issues? Ammonia: 0.25 (API kit always measures a touch green) Nitrite: 0 Nitrate: 10-20 pH: 8.0 KH: 3 GH: 8 Temp 78F TDS: 215ppm




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