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  1. Does anyone know where to find a list of fish banned from export out of Brazil?
  2. Thank you so much! Looks like it will work!
  3. I was wondering if anyone has a Fluval FX4? If so how tall is it from base to highest point with tubing connected? Reason I am asking is my filter died and was going to get an FX4, but cabinet portion is only 18in. tall. Trying to figure out if I could squeeze it in there. Thanks for the help/info!
  4. The best way to search journals, research articles, and the like is to use Google Scholar. It will look specifically at articles, journals, and books. Figured I would post this as I've seen it many times where people ask on how to search research papers or scientific articles.
  5. Ah yes usually it is peat or coconut husk fiber, but still doesn't mean you shouldn't double check your water parameters especially after you add anything to your tank. Always better to be safe than sorry.
  6. So that's meaning plant in your tank substrate. However I wouldn't plant it, instead I would place it on your substrate and let it grow. They say plant because you can and it helps if you push the bulb in the substrate a little no more than half the bulb height, but usually if it's just a bulb it can be hard to determine what's the top and bottom. So if you just place it on the substrate with the right side up it will root into the substrate, where as if you are wrong you can just flip it easily and let it be. Hope this helps! Also on the dirt with the bulb that's just to keep it moist and dormant. If you add that to your tank it will spike your ammonia, nitrites, and nitrates.
  7. Some aponogetons go through dry seasons where the plant dies back and needs to rest, so don't freak out if that happens and pitch the bulb.
  8. I personally would do the two filters so I had more water movement in the tank. Plus the two filters should give you more surface area for beneficial bacteria to grow than just the one.
  9. Yes, I am aware of this. Honestly you can even use your morton table salt or any salt that is non-iodized, which I have a couple of times when I was out of my aquarium salt. The reason I would use marine salt is for the minerals that would be added to my planted tanks when feeding and the possibility that the bbs uptake some of the minerals which in turn benefits the fish.
  10. I have not, but would love to hear how it goes. I've only ever used purigen in my display tank filters.
  11. Hygro pinnatifida can be very sensitive and usually takes high tech setups to thrive, so if you try that just now it may fail to grow and thrive.
  12. Have you tried steel wool and vinegar? You will want 000 grade steel wool. That is specifically for cleaning glass and will not scratch it. That is what I've used on old tanks I've bought before and it worked for me. Another option is a razor blade scraper. Just be careful not to cut yourself or the silicone seal. Best of luck!
  13. So in my experience in some of the fish I've bred, I noticed that I needed dither fish to help fish breed. The dither fish help make them feel more comfortable and in some cases, much like yours, help ease aggression towards the female. The tetra and baby rams were that and that is why you were able to have spawns. So what I would do is either get them a few dither fish that are fast swimming like the tetras so they can escape abuse or move them back to the community tank with the tetras. You will have faster breeding by putting dither fish in their current tank, because if you move them it will take a day or two for them to get comfortable again. Best of luck to you!
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