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  1. Thanks everyone. I will try the reverse respiration technique. Sounds like no matter the method I will have to cycle the tank. Just nervous about it because I am heavily stocked and don't want to risk losing anyone. I've mostly done fish in cycles, but didn't have as many critters in the aquarium at those times.
  2. I'm not actually treating the whole tank, just the plants and some decor. I just need to know if I dip the sponge filter in alum, if it will destroy the beneficial bacteria causing me to have to recycle the new set up, verses putting in the old sponge filter with established bacteria.
  3. I have a question for you all about getting rid of pest snails. Unfortunately, I believed a plant seller on Ebay when they said they didn't have any pest snail only mystery snails, and so I didn't treat the plants. Now I have exploded with ramshorns, because I have to feed heavily because of my many many neocaridina shrimp. I am fixing to just tear apart my tank and start over, which is fine, I have been wanting to do a rescape anyway. I was wondering if you know, if I treat the sponge filter with an allum soak, will it destroy my beneficial bacteria? I don't want to risk carrying any snails over to the new tank. If it will destroy bb, what else can I do besides totally starting over with a new cycle? Any other suggestions? Thank you 😊 - info- many neocaridina shrimp, 4 amano, 1 mystery snail, 1 nerite, 6 emerald eyed rasboras, 3 norman's lampeye killifish plus hundred + tiny ramshorn snails (grrr)
  4. I've given her a couple LFS suggestions. Ones I know take really good care of their fish.
  5. Truly appreciate the offer and will definitely consider it if there aren't any locals interested. (only because it's safer than shipping)
  6. Ok, so thank you for the well wishes. Cancer is horrible, but hopefully her treatments work well. Sorry it took so long to get back to everyone... Ok, so apparently, it's currently in a 10gallon tank and is on the small size. I don't think she knows the exact species, however I sent her some pics and she said it looks like this ...
  7. I do believe it's in a 29 gallon ... That's true, you never know.
  8. I've asked for a picture but she said it's super shy and hard to get a pic of. I don't know how she wants me to help without more info 🤷‍♀️ I'm trying to get a pic, but she said it's really shy. I suggested to look for one online, but I think she's just overwhelmed with dealing with her cancer.
  9. I haven't seen it myself, so I can't say for 100%, but I think it is an Orange Spot Bristlenose Pleco
  10. Hi, A friend of the family rescued an Orange Pleco. However, she was recently diagnosed with cancer and asked if I could take it as she's trying to downsize and reduce care load while in treatment. I only have room for my one 10 gall tank and it's at capacity. I said I would put feelers for an experienced aquarist that might be interested in taking the Orange Pleco. She wants it to go to a good, experienced home since it's already been rescued. Anyone in Western WA interested? Thank you!
  11. I have 1 little CPD who's just laying on a plant not moving. I thought it was dead but I got a different angle and can see it's gills moving. The other 4 seem fine, and yesterday all of them seemed fine. I was thinking I should pull it out and put it in a hospital tank with air stone and heater. There is nothing obviously physically wrong with it, so aside from maybe some aquarium salt? Not sure how to treat it. And I can't remember how much salt to add to a gallon? I have both aquarium salt and Epsom, and I have heard people use both, but not sure which would be more appropriate in this case? Any other suggestions welcomed ... PS I can't take water perameters yet, as I am disabled and don't have help for a few more hours. I'm just trying to get a game plan for when I do, if it's still alive. PSS I do have multiple different antibiotics on hand if needed - Kanaplex and API MELAFIX, plus another that I can't think of the name.
  12. I do have liquid easy green and root tabs. But I thought with the substrate I put in, I wouldn't need to put tabs in for a while.
  13. I do put in easy green once a week. The zero nitrates were shortly after the water change. But I appreciate the heads up! 😊
  14. The Lucens I can see a little of the root sticking out, and it looks ok, so that's probably good. The others? I can't tell without digging them up.
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