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  1. This is what we set up for these two orphans.
  2. I am new and don't know how to get my photos to load in my responses and questions. I use an MacBook Pro laptop, and I am not sure if I am doing something wrong? Side note: I didn't have internet growing up (hint hint) LOL Any ideas appreciated! Donna in North Carolina
  3. Hello, My husband has a 5 gallon betta tank, with one betta. For over a month, my husband cannot get water clear. Water is green all the time even after water changes. Before he came home from work yesterday, I tested parameters API. pH was 6.6 - 6.8, no ammonia, no nitrite, and looked to me like nitrates were between 40-80. He did a 50% water change. He told me that he had previously been doing about 75% water changes. I told him no no no?? He never checks parameters, for whatever reason. Would adding a little African Cichlid Mix help raise her pH to 7 or is it necessary He has several large tanks that never have an issues, and this betta fish is thriving as far as I can tell. However, I feel bad for her because her water is always green. I have considered all possible potential causes - the HOB filtration, the plant (Aponogeton Ulvaceus Bulb), the heat from the bulb light in the lid, the decorations and the gravel substrate. Her tank stays around 79-80 temperature. Hoping to help, I put an air stone in her tank last week, does she need that? The air stone seems to cause a lot of surface agitation. I wonder if we should begin a new tank for her, with an old sponge filter that is in a different tank already? Although the betta is well, how long can she live in that horrible water like this? Thanks for ideas, Donna in North Carolina
  4. Hello, If Petco has a return policy, then you're in great shape. I know Petsmart has a 14 day guarantee. Water parameter levels and acclimation are important. I like Cory's video regarding a "seasoned" tank. I am very new to the hobby and still learning many things by trial and error. Youtube, Youtube, and more Youtube! https://www.youtube.com/user/AquariumCoop Best wishes and update with future progress, Donna in North Carolina
  5. Hello, About a week or so, I received an order with Jungle Vallisneria. It was brown but I wasn't too concerned thinking it was transitioning? Is this color "normal" or is it dead? Should I cut off the brown long leaves so the plant can "re-focus" itself?
  6. Hello, First time freshwater aquarium plants. This (I think) is a temple plant. It is growing out of the water and the part in the water looks great, but the top out of the water looks a little sad. What do I do? Thanks very much, Donna in North Carolina
  7. Hi guys, UPDATE: Ramshorn snails are at Nemo's (no store credit, but that's ok). They were happy to get them!
  8. I'm not sure how to post a response to the answers you gave me so here's what's happened. I just called a local fish store (called Nemos) and they will let me donate some! Yay! Those folks at Nemos are so helpful and their business has really grown the last few years. So I know (I hope) the snails will be safe. I was feeding them QD at first, then qOd, then q3d. Now I am going to starve them a while! Great advice, and thanks so much!
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