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  1. One of the many questions @Cory gets is: How many... So, in today's inaugural episode of 'Care Forum Investigates', where average fish keepers of average intelligence attempt to solve simple problems, the question is… How many gallons of water can I put in a 10 gallon tank? I'm not the only one apparently. According to Google people have asked: Not having the fancy scientific equipment to answer the question 'How many gallons does a 10 gallon tank hold per hour?', in this episode we will confine ourselves to the 'how many gallons can I put' question. Equipment used: Non Affiliate Links Aqueon "10 gallon" aquarium: https://www.amazon.com/Aqueon-Aquarium-Fish-Tank-Size/dp/B01MRCNVSY/ref=asc_df_B01MRCNVSY/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=167116240456&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=8960182847743316893&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9010107&hvtargid=pla-338193400514&psc=1 United Scientific Large Beaker: https://www.amazon.com/United-Scientific-BG1000-10000-Borosilicate-Capacity/dp/B007QO3RDA Medelco Small Beaker: https://www.fishersci.com/shop/products/pyrex-griffin-beakers-15/02540M The result after adding 37.85 liters of RO/DI tap water 25°C (but with no dechlorinator) is seen below: The aquarium began to leak at about 9.95 gallons apparently because of the lack of an unbroken seal along the top most part of the rim. Discussion: While technically possible to put 10 gallons of water in a 10 gallon aquarium, you may not be able to do so without a substantial leak. It is also possible that if we were to increase the total dissolved solids (TDS) by foregoing reverse osmosis water, that all the little solids in the water would plug the leak along the rim, thus allowing for the full 10 gallons of water. Next week on 'Care Forum Investigates': How many gallons of water can I put in a 20 gallon aquarium?
  2. Do you experiment with hot-rodding aquarium filters? Or is your practice more, use as is? Do you have any special tricks or tips? I like to try different things with filters & my latest filter to hot-rod, is not my favorite out of the box, but has great potential, IMO. IMO, You can customize nearly any filter, within reason, of course. A number of sponge materials will fit well in this hang-on-back (HOB) filter, but am going to use the Co-Op's, black coarse sponge pads. They are great for providing additional surface area and do mechanical filter some. I often also use the Co-Op's fine poly pads for particulate filtration. The biggest thing to remember is don't jam the filter material inside or keep it too high near the edge of the housing; might possibly flood if there is a backup in the system, etc. Always be careful & proceed at your own risk, when modifying any product from it's initial design. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- @Cory, Also, has a great video on filter optimization and has input on this particular filter in one of his videos. I'll link the video below: NOTE: His filter optimization begins at 23:05 , regarding this filter.
  3. When @Cory, termed the phrase 'NERM' awhile back, it may have been out of his subconscious genius. I consider myself, a self-proclaimed 'NERM' & have drawn a few conclusions, of which, some even may be valid. Why do people keep aquariums? IMO, It's an extension of nature into their homes for enjoyment & furthering life itself. If you look at the 'term' 'NERM'; is it just a word or even more; perhaps an acronym. For everyone, the word, term, phrase, acronym or # 'NERM' may indeed mean something very different and often times very personal to each individual, in their relationship with the hobby. For me: I classify the N.E.R.M. as an acronym, using each beginning letter, as follows: N.E.R.M. Natural Environment Respective Mentality Be a good Aquarist, be a NERM, today.
  4. @Daniel, Wanted to share a story with you & everyone as a C.F.I. item. Found one of my larger mystery snails strangled in the aquarium. Culprit identified: One of my Anubias plants was tied down with some clear, fishing line. Evidently, the snail caught itself into a loosened loop of the line. It appears that it twisted itself and actually partially severed it's body. Not a good sight.... First time I've seen anything like this with using fishing line; maybe others have? 🧐
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