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  1. Hello! I just boil mine for about an hour in a pot on the stove. I would advise against putting them in the oven because they’d be more likely to explode if there are air pockets. You may also want to test the rocks with some drops of vinegar on the outside to see if they fizz at all. That’d be a sign that they’ll dissolve in your tank and release alkaline minerals into the water.
  2. I personally use Seachem Flourite in my aquarium which is just a clay substrate that is good at absorbing nutrients without changing water parameters. Before going as far as to entirely switch out the substrate on an established planted tank, you may want to see if any other factor could be to blame for subpar plant growth. There are a number of factors that could be affecting your plants which include whether or not you fertilize the tank, your tank's lighting, the type of plants you have in the tank and how they are planted in your aquarium (some plants do better anchored to rocks and driftwood than planted into the substrate), as well as probably many other factors that I'm not too well educated in. Bottom line is I would address these possible other variables before having to go through replacing your substrate. -Brayden
  3. Hey Everyone! Very general question, I was wondering what your favorite fishkeeping related deals are that you think more people in the hobby should know about. This is very broad and could be a special sale that happens at a specific store or online, best "bang for your buck" for fishkeeping items (filter media, substrate, etc.), or literally anything else you think applies! Looking forward to your tips, Brayden
  4. Update! For anyone wondering I put him in a quarantine tank with 1 tablespoon of salt per 1-2 gallons and he seems to be improving. I believe the scales that were raised on him have since fallen off and I've not seen anymore of his scales become raised. I'm continuing to monitor him and will probably keep him in there for another week. Thanks for all the replies!
  5. Tank Parameters: pH: 6.9 Nitrates: 25ppm Hardness: 150ppm Nitrite: 0 Ammonia: 0 KH/Buffer: 40-80ppm Water Temperature: 82F Hello, I recently had a heater malfunction resulting in my tank dropping in temperature and an ick outbreak. All of my fish have recovered from ick after treating them with Ich-X. This one cherry barb seems to have developed an infection on his head and I have moved him to a quarantine tank with salt. I was wondering what specifically this infection is and what else I should be doing to treat it. His scales seems to be raising and the infection appears white. Thank you.
  6. Tank Perameters: pH: 6.9 Nitrates: 25ppm Hardness: 150ppm Nitrite: 0 Ammonia: 0 KH/Buffer: 40-80ppm Water Temperature: 78F Firstly sorry about the crappy picture quality! One of my female Platies (the yellowish one) seems to have some sort of injury or disease on the scales in between her eyes on the top of her head. It looks like the scales are turning white/lightening. I don't see this on any of my other fish or on any other parts of her body. The orange, male Platty also seen in the picture chases her around a lot, so it's possible she scraped herself on something. Thanks in advance!
  7. Water parameters: Nitrate: 10ppm Nitrite: 0 Ammonia: 0 GH: 150ppm KH: 40ppm pH: 6.8 Water Temp: 78°F 29 gallons: Platies Otocinclus Red Cherry Barbs Kuhli Loaches Hey everyone, It seems that one of my Otos has an eye injury/infection, but I’m not sure exactly what it is. I originally thought this otocinclus was dead when I first saw it, but when I put in the net to scoop it out it started moving around, so it seems to be alive and eating algae off of one of my plants. If anyone has any insight or advice, I’d love to hear it. The right eye area is the only place I can see with damage.
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