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StephenP2003 last won the day on August 17 2020

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  1. Agree 100%. I've been a technical and proposal writer for 15+ years, and all the knowledge and wisdom you pour into this will mean nothing if you don't know your audience. Whatever density of information you think your customer can handle, cut it in half. And then keep cutting it until you have something that will help the customer understand the utmost important facts in just a few sentences. e.g.: "Aquarium stuff has bacteria on it. It helps make the water not kill the fish, and it needs time to establish." - and maybe another sentence or two in form of actionable advice, like "don't put too many fish that the bacteria can't handle" and "don't clean your filters too much." If they want to know why, they'll ask or they'll research it themselves. You can ease them into the stuff like testing water, being patient through a stress-free fishless cycle, etc. Do what you can to improve the visual. Personally, I'm a visual learner, and because it's late, I skipped all the text you wrote and went straight to the diagram. It's the simplest, most pleasing way to impart just the essential information. Even better if you impart the basics in a few sentences and a refined diagram, and direct them to your LFS's website or YouTube channel for a reasonably paced video that expands on it.
  2. So, if you go to youtube and look at the other videos on my channel, I have a more recent video that goes over how I'm managing this livebearer tank. Title is "Livebearer Mosh Pit Breeding -- Guppies and Platys Out of Control! (Tank Tour 3!)" I know self-promotion is frowned upon here, but the video is a fairly condensed but thorough answer to your question. Mods, do what you gotta do if I'm overstepping. 125 gallon guppy mosh pit would really cool! Mine is only a 40 breeder.
  3. Ok, I'll bite. Nitrogen of any form converts to ammonia by all the life that consumes it, including plants. Is that the magic answer to progress this thread?
  4. Yeah, wish I had a better idea of what was going on with mine, but ultimately he stopped doing that and is still alive and seemingly fine to this day.
  5. I gotta say, it was a good feeling to browse the co-op tonight and see literally every plant is in stock. This has been a long pandemic, and I don't remember the last time that happened. I needed some very specific stuff, and I was able to get it all. But I swear if I get another duplicate sticker...
  6. I think you answered your own question. Verify with some test strips, but personally I do not press it against the paper. Not enough light gets through and it will always look darker.
  7. Other possibility is misreading the strips, which I've done from time to time!
  8. Does an accurate test strip for potassium exist? I have a liquid potassium test that uses three reagents, and apparently it's really sensitive.
  9. My third tank tour, an overview of my 40 gallon live bearer mosh pit and how I've sustained it:
  10. So since the beginning of this thread, I've really been inspired to stretch the limits of my existing equipment. I bought a cheap clip-on macro lens on Amazon, and I've been working with a OnePlus 6 phone, some walmart desk lamps, and a tripod. The OnePlus 6 - close to a 3-year-old phone now - can shoot 4K 60fps reasonably well on a tripod. It also has a slowmo mode claiming 1080p 240 fps, but looks super grainy with terrible autofocus and no ability to lock it. So I used both of those modes to make a video with the macro lens. (Sound Warning: I don't stand strongly behind my song choice). Camera Experts: Would love your feedback on these shots, and maybe some opinions on whether it might be worth it for me to simply upgrade my phone for a better camera, or if a dedicated camera would be that much better (for the amount of money you might spend on a nice new phone).
  11. No but I bet the guppies would really enjoy that.
  12. If you have one of those metal frame stands, or can otherwise see the bottom of your tank, take a pic and post it. Is it spotless, gravel-vacced thoroughly every week, with a low stock of fish, very light feeding? Or does it look like my live-bearer colony tank that's never been gravel vacced? Yummy
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