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  1. 😮 I hadn't considered that it was for alligators! [Not surprising, they seem to be in every single ditch you drive past on the freeway] I had just assumed it was for mosquitos. Another reason not to live in Florida! There's an idea for the OP. Take the screen down, have a pet alligator (or 3). I don't think they eat algae though....
  2. You probably missed the OP's post, but the home is in SW Florida. No worry about freezing!
  3. My guess is that the metal framing around the yard is just screening and not glass. It's a somewhat common thing for suburban houses in Florida to have full screens around their back patios, including a screened in roof. I wouldn't know this except that I visited some relatives in Florida a few years ago, and all the houses in their subdivision had the same screened in back patios with pools.
  4. Yes then your tap water is providing kh to your tank.
  5. I'd call that a dkh of 1. KH can be measured in either parts per million of carbonate and bicarbonate in your water, or in degrees. 1 dkh equals 17.9 ppm. Of course, the real answer is that it's around that amount, but we don't need finer detail for aquarium purposes. As long as your kh and ph stay stable, I wouldn't worry about it. Just be sure to do regular water changes, which will help to replenish KH. Based on what you said about the pH of your other tanks, I'm assuming that the kh of your tap water reads higher?
  6. Do you want it to grow out of the pond too? Hornwort comes to mind, as does pennywort.
  7. Aquarium snails like nerite or mystery snails come in many patterns and colors, and are very attractive looking!
  8. Yeah, plants will be fine for a week or two without fertilizer, and if you order Easy Green from the Coop now, you should have it early next week.
  9. @HenryC I see on your profile that you live in Mexico. I imagine shipping live fish from the US would be expensive and a hassle. However, many species of sunfish occur naturally in Northeastern Mexico, so if you really want to keep these fish, you could try taking a trip and catching some for yourself, depending on what part of the country you live in. Here's an interesting website I found listing fish native to Mexico with a list that includes 5 species of sunfish: https://mexican-fish.com/fish-alphabetical-index-by-common-names/
  10. In addition to Sachs, you can try Jonahs Aquarium and Zimmerman's, both specialize in native fish. I'd email them directly with your inquiry to get the most recent stocking and pricing. They can be bought fairly inexpensive, and if you buy a group it makes shipping less per fish. Also where North American Native Fish Association (NANFA) is a great resource on all things native to North America. Here are a few things on sunfish that I found on their site: http://www.nanfa.org/fif/longear.shtml http://www.nanfa.org/articles/acgreen.shtml http://www.nanfa.org/ac/sunfish-bass-in-aquariums.pdf
  11. Did you check the pH reading using both the regular and the high range pH tests in the master test kit?
  12. In the aquarium hobby, we tend to use the terms alkalinity and KH (carbonate hardness) interchangeably, which, while not entirely accurate, for our purposes the two are close enough to be considered the same thing. Though both alkalinity and carbonate hardness can be expressed in either degrees of carbonate hardness (dKH) or as parts per million (ppm). Alkalinity is how well water resists acidification, and carbonate hardness is a measure of the amount of carbonate and bicarbonate in water. Carbonate and bicarbonate are what help water resist acidification, and the difference between measuring alkalinity and dKH is that they are calculated slightly differently.
  13. I personally wouldn't recommend any chemical additives to alter pH. A pH of 7 isn't a particularly important number for keeping aquariums (as compared to say 6.8 or 7.3), though 8 is on the high side for fish that prefer a lower pH. However, if you are keeping captive bred fish instead of wild caught, they should more readily be able to handle it.
  14. I think on the aqueon standard sized rimmed aquariums only the bottom is tempered and only for the larger ones.
  15. Aquabid has them available. I'd imagine they'd arrive fine and be microworms.
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