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  1. I agree with @Guppysnail. I stopped drip acclimating fish long ago. Found it wasn't worthwhile in most cases.
  2. To acclimate I use a Lee's specimen container hooked on the side of the tank. I dump the fish (or shrimp) into this container. I have a piece of airline tubing that has a Ziss air valve in it. I then start a siphon into the specimen container from the tank and manage the flow using the air valve. This works well as the siphon will stop as soon as the specimen container reaches the same level as the aquarium water (if that makes sense). So I don't have to babysit it or worry about it running over the specimen container if I step away.
  3. I just finished setting up a sump and learned a lot! I'm certainly no expert, but in general I'd agree with the thoughts shared above. As to a return pump size, the variable flow pumps have really come down in price and certainly worth the cost to have that adjustability rather then buying several pumps till you get the right one. I added a Jebao DCW pump and found it to be much better quality then expected as an example.
  4. I feed daily, sometimes twice when I'm trying to fatten up some fish. I have a ton of shrimp so I feel the need to feed a bit extra to ensure they get some. This is something I've been contemplating lately though, I plan to try once a day and add in a fasting day as this is what Gary Lange does and it seems to work for his rainbows (I keep rainbows mainly).
  5. I wanted to piggyback a bit on this question as it seems related. What is a healthy amount of KH if your PH is around 7.0? What would be the minimum you would want in this scenario?
  6. Thank you Cory. Based on what you were saying I assumed this product would be coming, just a matter of timing.
  7. @Cory mentioned Coop heaters may be coming soon. Anybody with inside information on this? I happen to need several and would prefer to just wait if it won't be that long, otherwise I'll need to get them somewhere else.
  8. Am I the only one that is constantly trying to find the most efficient way to perform water changes? I have decided that a fully automated system like what Cory uses isn't right for me as several tanks I have can't be drilled and are spread across a couple rooms, but a semi-automated version is what I'm working towards. Seems I have been in a constant state of refinement to gain efficiency with some automation being added.
  9. I had a similar situation. My sink wouldn't work, but not all was lost. I got myself a cheap pump from Amazon and threw it in the bottom of a 5 gallon bucket. I drained the water into the tub as I found this to be quicker anyway. I'd fill the bucket with water the temperature I was looking for and pump it to the tanks using this cheap pump. Just make sure you buy one that is large enough to pump the water quickly and for any head height you have. Hope this helps someone, it is the method I used for quite a while.
  10. That seems odd indeed. Hard to tell for sure without pictures what is going on. I'd buy a quality CO2 system with dual stage regulator, it really isn't something to mess around with on the cheap. Could lead to gassing your fish. Running a small amount of CO2 all day isn't the same as running the proper amount during the photosynthesis period for plants. You need to get the amount right during that period and really isn't needed the rest of the time.
  11. I believe the temperature may be the issue.
  12. I'll raise the temp a bit and add another rainbow to see if that helps things. Thanks all.
  13. This manifold: https://www.aquariumcoop.com/collections/air-accessories/products/4-way-metal-gang-valve These airstones: https://flipaquatics.com/products/matten-filter-air-line-kit?variant=49323129476 If I did it again I'd likely use the Ziss never clog air stones. Will likely be installing these eventually.
  14. I don't normally look at kh or gh, but my temp is 72 and ph ranges from 7.1-6.5 as I inject CO2. I closely monitor CO2 to maintain these parameters.
  15. It started about two months ago. I had 4 fish that had been in the aquarium pass, I'm unsure why. They were all rainbow fish, I have otto's and lots of shrimp that didn't seem affected at all. 2 of the rainbows did survive and actually seemed to thrive. I checked parameters and had no ammonia or nirtrite with minimal nitrate present. Fast forward to now, I watched the tank for a couple months and checked the parameters. No ammonia or nitrite appeared. I added 10 small rainbows after it seemed the tank was stable. All but two of them have passed over the week they have been in the tank. No other residents have had any issues. Again, I checked the parameters and noted no ammonia or nitrite and minimal nitrate. This is a 78 gallon heavily planted tank that has been running for over a year. I have a bunch of cherry shrimp and 6 otto's in addition to the fish mentioned above. I'm confused as to what could be going on, any help is appreciated.
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