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  1. Thank you!!!! How much is a "scoop"? I see Kanaplex sold as a small 5 gram tube on Amazon. 5 grams doesn't seem like much of a scoop? https://smile.amazon.com/Seachem-N-A-Kanaplex-Pack/dp/B00LASJTJE/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3QD7X10XE5R33&keywords=kanaplex&qid=1673917985&sprefix=kanaplex%2Caps%2C96&sr=8-1
  2. Hello fishkeepers, I need some help diagnosing a problem with a Rainbow fish (see photos for clarification). One day I noticed that it had a scratch on his side from roughly his dorsal fin to his mid-section. I originally though he scratched it on a decoration or something. I kept and eye on it for about a week, but it wasn't getting any better, so I put it in a hospital tank where it's been for a couple weeks now. It is currently going through a treatment of ParaCleanse and Maracyn, but it doesn't appear to be getting any better. In fact, I've noticed that one gill is now visibly redder than the other. It is still eating and haven't noticed any other changes with it's behavior. He's still eating well and it doesn't seem to be bother by it. Any ideas what this could be and how to treat it? Thanks for taking a look. Jay
  3. Hello all, I'm in the process of setting up a 20 gallon tank for shell dwellers (multis) and saw two products at my LFS; Cichlid Lake Salt and Tanganyika Buffer. I recently read the the Co-op's article on shell dwellers and it mentions using Wonder shells or Equilibrium to raise GH, but doesn't mention these two products. I'm also using CaribSea's African Cichlid Mix as a substrate. My questions for those of you who care for African Cichlids are: do you use these two products? Any reviews? Are they really necessary? Thanks,
  4. Thanks! I'll give it a shot.
  5. Hey everyone, I recently noticed that one of my columbian red/blue tetras has black spots sprinkled over its body (see pics). It also appears to have a growth on its eye, too. I've been doing some research and according to aquariumscience.org, Black spot disease is typically caused by the larvae of parasitic digenetic flukes of the genus Neascus (Cercaria and Metacercaria). It is called diplopstomiasis. The larval flukes burrow into the skin of a fish, causing the formation of a cyst. The term “Black Spot” refers to the formation of black pigmented patches in the muscle and skin around which the parasite lives. Infested fish exhibit black, slightly raised nodules in the skin which are often less than 1 mm in diameter (the size of a grain of salt). Again, according to aquariumscience.org, Black spot is cured by Praziquantel but treatment really isn’t necessary. The disease tends to be self limiting and typically will just go away on its own with time. Anyone ever deal with Black spot? Does this look like black spot and if so, did you let it run it's course or did you treat it? I've already quarantined the fish in a hospital tank, so I'm gonna give it a go with some PraziPro. Any advice about the Black spot or his eye is welcome. Thanks!
  6. Hello everyone. I have two large Amazon Swords (see pics) that have holes in the leaves. I can't tell if it's a nutrient deficiency or if something in the tank is eating them. I use root tabs and liquid ferts, so I don't think it's a nutrient deficiency. The fish I have in the tank that could potentially be eating them are a single Bristle-nosed Pleco, a couple Panda Garras and a couple of Buenos Aires Tetras. I didn't think that the Bristle nose would eat a healthy sword, especially if it has plenty of drift wood to munch on. I know that the B.A. Tetras will sometimes eat plants, but I've never seen them do it and I keep them well fed. As far as the Panda Garras go, I didn't think they ate live plants, either. Any thoughts? Thanks!
  7. I have three 10 gallon tanks I use for either hospital tanks or QT. I don't have anything in them, no plants, no fish, no substrate. Okay, there is a lava rock in one of them. I use a sponge filter in each. Can someone please tell me what that brown stuff is that collects at the bottom? I vac it out and fill with fresh water, but it comes back in about a day. What is it and is there a way to prevent it? Thanks, Jay
  8. For all you aquascapers out there, what do you use to add elevation in your tanks? Would you use this: https://smile.amazon.com/American-Fireglass-LAVA-M-10-Glass-Medium/dp/B002NHW0NS/ref=pd_di_sccai_1/141-2996306-1191602?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B002NHW0NS&pd_rd_r=5f4e8ee4-0d61-4fc5-bbc9-03d6e4a33c19&pd_rd_w=8B5vP&pd_rd_wg=ZI8Lt&pf_rd_p=5415687b-2c9d-46da-88a4-bbcfe8e07f3c&pf_rd_r=F6T2CPPK0FNBHWQ062CE&refRID=F6T2CPPK0FNBHWQ062CE&th=1
  9. @Brandy No, the school in the 45 gallon is completely different batch from the two batches in the 90 gallon. I just must have gotten a couple bad batches. Oh well, the show must go on. Thanks for the advice.
  10. For the most part, I bought them in two batches. They all went through a quarantine period in a separate QT tank and were all treated with the Aquarium Coop med trio. I'd guess I've had them all for about two months now.
  11. S.O.S.! Over the last week my Neon Tetras have been dying off steadily and I can't figure out why. I started with a nice school of about 25 and now I'm down to the last three or four. They're in a 90 gallon planted tank with all community fish, mostly tetras, livebearers, corys, etc. My water parameters have been pretty steady at: PH = 7.9 (I know this is a bit high as they like more acidic water, but see the kicker below) Nitrates = between ~5 ppm Nitrite = 0 Ammonia = 0 Hardness = 140-160 (Moderate Hardness) KH/Buffer = 55-70 (on the low side, but I don't have big swings in PH) Water Temperature 77-78F Here's the kicker! I have a 45 gallon, planted, community tank with pretty much the same water parameters and my Neons are thriving in there. I just can't figure it out. They look healthy, too. No visible signs of disease or fungus or parasites. So frustrating. Any help is appreciated. Oh, and yes, I do regular water changes and use Prime to dechlorinate.
  12. How do you spec an air pump? I just took advantage of Petco's dollar per gallon sale today and bought three more tanks, a 20L and two 10s. I plan to run sponge filters in these three new tanks and in a 10 I already have, but want to run them all on a single air pump. What size air pump would I need? Thanks!
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