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  1. Hello again everyone, i haven’t been on much since I’ve joined, life is interesting right now. I am in the process of trying to modify my 40g breeder set up so that it is easier for maintenance. briefly, the story goes like this. About 7 years ago i fell on my shoulder and after going to dozens of doctors since then I’ve only recently been diagnosed with, basically a pinched nerve that has to be surgically resolved. Who knows when that will happen. The symptoms include not being able to reliably hold my arm up parallel to my shoulder without losing all feeling in the pinky and ring finger. Its a degenerative issue, so i hadn’t noticed how difficult it was for me to deal with until i weekly began needing to remove the glass lid from our 40g tank in order to gravel vac, and cutting my hand several times when my fingers went numb and i couldn’t maintain a grip. I also can’t see inside the tank to clean it with the lights off. first I was going to try to make those pendulum lights like the kingofdiy’s but he doesn’t really tell you anything about the bulb that goes in the lights. Or actually what products he uses at all. I bought These e26 light cords so that i could hang them over the tank, thinking i could just adjust their height when i needed to move them out of the way and i wouldn’t have to reach up too much to do it. The light bulbs i got don’t seem to penetrate the water column at all, despite being 100w (or the led equivalent of 100w incandescent). I have all low light plants and don’t want to spend $40 for a plant light bulb, that seems ridiculous honestly. The other modification is to get a lighter lid. I was going to make a polycarbonate lid, in 2 parts, so it is easier for me to lift for feeding and such but it has not been available in my area for a while. There are the clear polycarbonate sheets that are more like glass but they are only .08 inches thick and that seems too thin. At least its not the kind cory used in his video about diy lids. We want to purchase clown killifish in the future so the lid is important, otherwise i’d just leave the lid off and get a python hook to top off the tank every few days. Plus it would allow me to put my hang on back filter on the side instead of the back of the tank and it would be way easier for me to get to it to clean. It wouldn’t look at good but, beggers can’t be choosers lol. Does anyone have experience with this stuff? i really appreciate everyone’s help once again, i want to make maintenance as easy as i can so we can keep the aquariums because they truely give us joy.
  2. So I have a planted 20 gal long tank with eco complete and I’m looking to get 6 sterbai corydoras... I’ve read multiple sources that say you’re not supposed to gravel vac a planted tank... yet I’ve also read multiple sources that say if cory’s don’t have very clean substrate their barbels could become damaged and infected... I’m not concerned about the eco complete being “too rough” as much as being “too dirty”. Thoughts? TIA
  3. I am almost a year into my role as a maintenance tech for a large store in the Chicago suburbs, I figured it would be fun to share some interesting clients tanks, cool new aquarium installs, current favorite fish in the store, and fun perks of professional fishtankery. Here is one of my favorite saltwater tanks. This one is interesting because the client had this cabinet face custom made by a carpenter. All of the doors are functional for quick feedings but the whole front and sides are on sliders so it can be easily pulled away from the tank for easy maintenance.
  4. I am pretty much eye level with my new 90g set up and I can only rearrange plants and such with the tank half empty. I am getting close to being able to add fish. Question: how do I add root tabs or work on plants without having to do a 50% water change? Especially in those first weeks as fish get settled.
  5. Hi! I was wondering what does the comunity think are the best practices for keeping aquariums while in a family environment. Which safety precautions should we teach children that are too young to manage an aquarium? Or, how are there propper steps to follow if an accident happens like a broken aquarium, flooded aquarium or other hazard that may happen? It would be cool to have a brochure for common situations that may arise and how to propperly manage them. Even how to manage fish species that may harm ecological factors if released in the wild.
  6. My canister filters had been slowing down for a while and I couldn't figure out why. There's a grate on the inlet so nothing big can enter and any water leaving will have gone through the filter so it should be clean. The impellers looked fine. The hoses are black so there should be no algae inside. I found it very unlikely that there could be an issue in the intake or exhaust hoses. I was wrong. After the last cleaning I decided to order a hose brush (under $7) and just see if there was anything in the hoses. Yikes! I got the hose brush today and the intake and exhaust hoses on both filters were horrible. Globs of stuff came out of each. (Bacteria perhaps?) Once the black, slimy stuff was flushed out and the filters restarted, they were back to their old flow rates. It's amazing the amount of gunk that was in the hoses and restricting the water flow. If you have a canister filter that's slowing down, clean out the hoses. You may just find that's the problem.
  7. After my fluval 406 canister broke, I'm done with canisters lol. I've switched my entire fish room to full sponge filters, and they work great but I'm a real fan of crystal clear water. As more and more tanks get added to my collection, I become more and more lazy when it comes to filter maintenance, so I'm brainstorming some ideas. What has worked for you? I just need something easy to operate in order to use polyfilter for that pristine water clearness! I was thinking of saving some money and putting a downsized hang on back for each tank (since they're not the main filtration source). Also, Shark internal filters seem to do the trick too, I got one and it works fantastic, clogs up really fast but I guess that's good cause it's doing its job!
  8. What do you guys and gals use for tank smell what some other tricks to keep it from smelling ?
  9. Just finished my weekly WC about an hr ago and noticed my Royal Plec is supper happy and leaving me presents.
  10. So I'm going on a trip for a week in a few months and just thought about my fish. I know I can get a automatic feeder but I do have some picky fish like my puffers that only eat frozen blood worms and snails. Any ideas? Don't have anyone to come feed them
  11. Is there any way to chase the shrimp out of a sponge filter before maintenance? Moving it a bit gets the big ones off but the shrimplets just burrow into the sponge deeper it seems.
  12. I’m on the tail end of doing a fish-less cycle. I’ve been running a canister filter during that time. In the canister is that fine poly-fil, polishing type of media. Since there is no actual fish to gunk it up. Would you replace it as if there were fish gunk in it or leave it until there are actual fish in the tank to gunk it up? It’s been about a month + a week since day one. Trying to figure out a game plan for when the tank is ready for fish. Leave the media in place and reset the maintenance clock to zero after adding fish or go through maintenance like normal when you have an established tank before adding the fish?
  13. Not entirely sure what this is - so wasn't too sure which thing to post this in, to be completely honest! These are pics from my best friends tank (her and I have grown together in this hobby - literally from the start of *my* obsession 4 years ago to now - and I'm at a total loss here) First pic was from 7 weeks ago - a green algae can clearly be seen beginning to grow on the substrate and rock (rock = bottom right front corner). Before the next pics - here is tank info & parameters and whatnot :: ~ 45 gallon tank ~ has been running and cycled over a year now ~ •temp 76°F •pH 7.6 •ammonia 0 •nitrite 0 •nitrate about 40 •phosphate btwn 0 - 0.25 •dGH 19° Tank inhabitants : •10 or 13 Neon Tetras •1 Molly •3 Guppies •1 Platy Tank is fed every other day (sometimes 2 days in btwn) 15 - 25% weekly water changes (more if necessary) Had started planting the tank before this mess, and had a few aponogeton plants, small piece of spider wood with java moss and anubias coffeefolia, and a bunch of small windelov java ferns, some small val plants and one or two other "root feeders" - so started to do less "deep" gravel vac'ing so the plants roots could expand and settle. Well..here's the mess! There was 2 weeks in the time between when the first pic was taken and now, when grav vac was not done at all but water changes still were done. And the sponge filters were both/all taken out and cleaned a week after the first pic. So, my fellow #nerms - what the HECK is going on!? Help! PLEASE!!?
  14. Sorry for another silly question. I have what appears to be brown algae growing in my filter. I assume this is just another level of filtration and I shouldn’t really be concerned but that I should double check. Do I need to clean this out of my filter? Do you even need to clean your filter? I know about rinsing out the filter media which I do but do you need to clean the actual filter housing?
  15. Ok, So I did my research and picked a Topfin tank from Petsmart which all youtube videos said had a filter that would be able of variable strength. Vids said oh yeah I turn it all the way down and my Betta does great. Guess what, not a feature any more. Frustratingly the housing outside of it is still the same but there is no mechanism to regulate the strength. So my Betta is getting pushed around. I contacted the store and they said yeah, we've got one it can be switched out for, but I A) would need to go into the store and thats not happening right now and B) it will be an over the edge kind and thats not the same as what i've got. So Im looking at getting a replacement off amazon and so I'd love advice from you all on this idea, brands that have worked, sizes I should get. How slow do I want it to go down to for a Betta Ill attach some pics of what Im trying to talk about (new to filtered tanks). As another idea, could I add one of the sponges to the output spout to diffuse the strength of the current? https://www.petsmart.com/fish/starter-kits/top-fin-retreat-aquarium-5230342.html?lsft=utm_source%3Agoogle%2Cutm_term%3A5230342%2Cutm_medium%3APLA%2Cutm_content%3AGSC - Medium - Specialty - Fish - LIA Only | *Catch All%2Cutm_campaign%3AGSC - Medium - Specialty - Fish - LIA Only&utm_id=432|pg1050590301|766749893206&utm_source=google&utm_medium=PLA&gclid=CjwKCAiAuoqABhAsEiwAdSkVVFr5-9H4JprR8X7RzUAZdDlaU_A1nG_oUqluyJrAO569Gov7w83l3RoC0ysQAvD_BwE https://www.amazon.com/PULACO-Submersible-Aquariums-Hydroponics-Fountains/dp/B07YLHVZ4Q/ref=sr_1_19?crid=3RGF34COSUYH3&dchild=1&keywords=5+gallon+water+filter+aquarium&qid=1610809248&sprefix=5+gallon+water+filter%2Caps%2C147&sr=8-19
  16. I’ve got my 10 gallon betta tank up and running added 3 live plants and my sponge filter with a betta conditioner going to let it cycle before adding my betta fish. Was wondering how often to clean the sponge filter I’m new to this system my other 10 gallon is a hang on filter. Ive seen where you rinse the sponge out with the tank water in a bag video was Cory lol anyways any suggestions or ideas can help.
  17. Hello I have 2-125s, 2 -75s, a 55 gallon aquariums. All with shubunkin goldfish. All the tanks are overstocked. The water temp is 70 degrees in all tanks. I have no heaters in them. I have multiple filtration on each tank. Combination of hob, canister and sponge filters. I need to get on a filter cleaning schedule. I try to do a filter cleaning on each tank once a month. That's one filter on each tank once a month. I have 15 filters that plug into outlets and 11 sponge filters total. I also have pre filters on my hob and canisters. I usually rinse the pre filters along with the sponge filters. It's a little overwhelming. I change 50 percent water at least once a week. I run seachem matrix, coarse sponges and fine pads in all filters. I also have all bare bottom tanks. Let me know what I can do for the maintenance schedule. Thank you. Rob S
  18. Hey all, I recently bought a paint scraper from the hardware store that has worked great for scraping algae, but it's already chipping after only a couple weeks. Does anyone have any recs for any of the magnet ones? Or is there any reason to stay away from them? I'm sure I'll still have to go in there with my hand to get some hard to reach areas, but it'd be nice to have the magnet do the bulk of the work. Any brand suggestions? thanks.
  19. One of my no clog air stones just clogged and I couldn’t even blow through the hose. After Looking closer It seems it unscrews and has two felt pads and on plastic. I always wondered what the extra tiny pads in the bag where for. Therefore no clog just went out the window correct? Do we need to clean these felt pads? Replace them every few months? If replace where do we get them? thoughts?
  20. I am new to plants in this tank. I included pictures so you can see the layout of my tank and the amount of rooted plants in my tank. my question is, do you gravel vac around the plants or stop gravel vacuuming once you have rooted plants in there so you don't disturb any runners or root growth? I've read that some people vacuum around plants or just the surface of the substrate. Some info: I just added cryptocoryne today in the left corner. And I have aponogeton and an Amazon sword on the right side. I also have some snails too.
  21. I am a new hobyyist. I setup my first tank two months ago. And added fish 3 weeks ago. First 3 days there were amonia fluctiations. After that, amonia(0ppm) nittrite (0ppm) nitrate(10-20 ppm) stabilized. I've been testing every day and so far so good. I have not done a single water change in two week. Is this wise? Should I still do a 20% water change every week? My tank is well planted.
  22. I made this for siphoning out my ten gallon tanks on my fish rack. I wanted something smaller to poke around the tank and clean with. I made it with: Brass fitting: 3/4 female garden hose x 3/4 female npt adapter, with a washer, very important. White fitting: 3/4 threaded x 3/4 slip pvc fitting I used a spare undergravel filter lift tube for a siphon tube. I cut a 45° angle at the end to better siphon off the bottom. I used a little Teflon tape on the threads. I siliconed the tube into the adapter because it's not a tight fit but it's water tight. If you don't have a spare tube a 3/4 pvc pipe would work. A little silicone in the slip connection would probably make it water tight without using pvc glue.
  23. How do you guys clean ur tanks the rims or under under lids when food gets wet or stuff like that to keep it from smelling?
  24. I've been watching my water parameters to try and do water changes when it's necessary not when I "feel" like I should. My question is, would cleaning the HOBs even when the water parameters look good, help keep the parameters stable longer?
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