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  1. @Kieflow that is a trickier question than you might think. Because there is a forum guideline against either praising or trashing other aquarium related companies, and additionally there is a second guideline against linking to other aquarium related competitors (with the exception of Amazon.com, Ebay.com, Aquabid.com, and Aquahuna.com which are approved), you have to exercise some common sense and discretion in order not to violate the guidelines. So the general advice is to try Aquabid, Ebay or Aquahuna. In the past I bred show bettas and was a member of the IBC (International Betta Congress). I got all my breeding stock from other IBC members. If I were you I would join the IBC and begin to network with other members.
  2. I found this in green water, in fact it is what made the water green. Ankistrodesmus.
  3. @Hafton that is a trickier question than you might think. Because there is a forum guideline against either praising or trashing other aquarium related companies, and additionally there is a second guideline against linking to other aquarium related competitors (with the exception of Amazon.com, Ebay.com, Aquabid.com, and Aquahuna.com which are approved), you have to exercise some common sense and discretion in order not to violate the guidelines. So the general advice is to try Aquabid, Ebay or Aquahuna.
  4. Sometimes I cut the Tetra Strips lengthwise down the middle in order to get 2 tests out 1 strip.
  5. Okay @Bill Smith this is not quite the same as a DIY forum, but here goes my try at a DIY of a DIY forum. https://forum.aquariumcoop.com/tags/diy/ If you click on that link, it will take you to every post that I have put the DIY tag on.
  6. Almost every picture I have posted on the forum has been taken with my iPhone. For close up photos I use a Moment macro lens with my iPhone.
  7. Pygmy sunfish, so tiny (about an inch) but so much personality when mating. Please, please don't tell my discus.🙂 It was a real 'Sophie's Choice'.
  8. Totally agree with @Aubrey. New posts bring out new ideas. Even if we talked about the topic in July, if it was interesting then, it is interesting now. Plus the mix of people and personalities changes day to day and month to month. For me I use search for the same reason I used to use a card catalog to find books in a library, it gets me to the information I am looking for more quickly. Anyway, if there weren't new post all the time whatever would we do for a social life?🙂
  9. @Will Billy Luckily for me I don't have to worry about whether I seem like I am a know it all. The answer is...yes!!! But we all know nobody knows it all. Just because somebody sounds like they know what they are talking about doesn't mean they do (especially me). I have given incorrect information more than once on this forum. For example in a recent post about snails mating I jumped in and said: Sounds like I know what I am talking about, right? Wrong! @Sapere_Ceta nicely, and gently gave the correct answer: The lesson I learned is to be careful repeating something you read somewhere as truth. Especially about something you haven't done personally. I have never had mystery snails or read up on them. I think I watched a PBS video on snails mating and was parroting that info. But one of the beauties of this forum is for every @Daniel who gets his facts jumbled up a bit, there is a @Sapere_Ceta to gently get the discussion back on track. Does anyone remember the old SNL skit with Dan Akroyd and Jane Curtain as debate partners where Jane would give a thoughtful answer to a question and then Dan would then turns to her and say 'Jane you ignorant &$@(...' That's not how we do it on this forum. I guess this is a very long way of saying don't worry or be shy or self-conscious about posting, but if possible speak from personal experience. It is hard to go wrong from there!
  10. @Lizzie Block has a good post on this: This post is in the 'How to Use the Forum - Tutorials and Guides' thread she started which is pinned to the top of 'Introductions & Greetings'. Lots of super useful stuff in there!
  11. Of course, it is expensive, but I tested several clip on types and was unsatisfied. The Moment lens brought satisfaction. Biggest downside is also its biggest upside. You cannot use the lens without the Moment case. That is part of the reason the starter kit cost $110. But this is also why is works so well.
  12. In a recent discussion with @Brandy we both noticed that the 'Search' sometimes doesn't return a result. Brandy said: Maybe this there is room for improvement with the 'Search' feature, maybe not, but you never know until you ask. If there are other suggestions for making the forum more useful please reply to this thread with your suggestions.
  13. Not necessarily, depending on your tastes you might really like it when your Vallisneria does this: I personally like that look. But if you don't like the look, you can trim your Vallisneria to look the way you want, just realize that you have ended the growth on that particular leaf.
  14. I use Black Diamond Blasting Sand in some of my aquariums. The Black Diamond Blasting Sand seems to be one of the most popular black sand type substrates used in aquariums. As pointed out by @Larrimore with tax the 50 lb bag that I purchased from my local Tractor Supply was $10.66 which certainly made it popular with me. As @CT_ points out I made sure the front of the bag indicated it was 'Coal slag'. I looked it up on the U.S. Minerals website's FAQ and got this description: What is coal slag? This stuff is boiler slag, which is a recycled product from coal burning plants. When coal is “fired” at over 2500 degrees it melts and produces a by-product called slag. When the slag is cooled through a process called vitrification, it crystallizes, forming sharp, angular granules in a variety of sizes. We reclaim this slag and put it through several screen processes to remove dust and unburnt coal, and then size the remaining crystals into five different “grit” categories. There was also a Safety Data Sheet which listed its composition: I thought to myself, is this stuff safe? But it was almost like U.S. Minerals read my mind because one of the next FAQs was: Is it safe? You’re darn right it is. It’s a recycled product, for starters—and it meets drinking water standards. Black Diamond Granules have been tested and not linked to any disease, including Silicosis. That’s because Black Diamond Granules contain less than 0.1% free silica and are low dusting and chemically inert. And if you’re worried about berylium, don’t sweat it. While our slag does contain trace amounts, an independent lab says we’d need to have 1,000 times more before we’d have to report. So rest easy. Fortunately, I learned, I don't have to sweat the berylium! I think they meant beryllium. I didn't rinse my BDBS and didn't have issues with cloudiness. Here is a picture of the aquarium on the first day.
  15. I would be surprised if the white algae were indeed an algae. Almost all plants (which includes algae) are green, purple, red or brown. This is because without the color pigments that are used for photosynthesis, the plants and algae would starve to death.
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