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  1. Maybe I am over thinking this... but I did not expect this. I have 2 berried amano shrimp in my 20 gallon long blackwater community tank. I keep amanos in other tanks, but this is the first time having berried ladies. I have done some research and understand the requirements/difficulty of raising them and I am not sure if I want to take it on. I am curious about the larvae hatching, surviving in freshwater for up to 5-8 days, and the impact on water quality. The stock in the tank includes 4 sparkling gourami, 10 sundadanio axelrodi, 15 boraras merah/brigittae and 12 diamond head neon tetra. These guys are all hunters and enjoy a variety of live foods. I know they will eat the larvae, but there could be thousands of them. Water quality is my main concern as this tank has really hit its sweet spot and is running like a dream. If I see them as a food source, do I do anything beyond normal tank maintenance and monitoring water parameters when the hatch happens? OR Should I take the leap and try to raise them? Anyone have success?
  2. I just set up my 29 gallon fresh water tank 7 days ago. My current water parameters are below. I currently have half gravel and half Fluval Stratum. I'm using the API master test kit and Tetra strips to monitor everyday before and after water changes. This tank is planted as well and I'm getting the below fish. Besides lowering my ammonia to below .25 what else needs to be done with this tank? I'm planning on stocking 12 Cardinals on Wednesday and feeding them after 4 days then waiting a week then feeding them again then twice the next week and so on until each day. I will be getting the other fish the following week or so as I had to special order all these fish because the local stores only do Cichlids and a few others I don't want and Petco doesn't have them either. I plan to water change every day and treat fully with Prime. The plants are doing great and no issues I see. I have the 3 snails in it already since day 2. I seeded the tank with Fritz fishless fuel and Fritzyme 700 on the first day and then got filter sponge water from a koi tank at the local fish store the next day and added a few small pieces of raw chicken that I just took out today. The tank topped at 5 ppm ammonia but never touched any Nitrite or raised the Nitrate. I just started doing 50% water changes yesterday and today and dropped it from 5 ppm ammonia to 1.5. Today it got to 2 ppm and I changed and its at 1ppm. I'm also using Prime at every change a little over the normal dose. On day 3 or 4, I did clean the filter and sponge out in a bucket of tank water just to get the mass amount of dirt from the substrate out and then put them back and I left the tank light on from day 3-5 24/7 to try and get allege and left the window blind open as well but none grew so I went back to 12-14 hours of light. This tank is for my son's birthday and was a last minute idea as we just went to the aquarium and he absolutely loved them and is so excited for this tank. Otherwise I would of done this the right way and let the tank cycle over several weeks before stocking anything. Tank pH - 6.6 Ammonia - 1 ppm Nitrite - 0 ppm Nitrate - 5 ppm GH - 75 KH - below 20 Temp - 76-78 Tap pH - 7 Ammonia - 0 Nitrite - 0 Nitrate 5 GH - 150 KH - 30-40 Fish 12 Cardinals 6 Rummies 6 Harlequins 3 Pygmy Corries 3 Khuli loaches 2 Hillstream loaches 3 Nerite Snails Plants 1 medium Amazon Sword 1 small Flame Sword 1 medium Narrow leaf chain sword with 2 off shoots I replanted 1 Bronze Wendtii 1 Green Wendtii 2 small cups of Java moss split into 4-5 patches Filter 1 medium sponge air filter 1 Aqueon QuietFlow LED PRO 20 with a sponge over the intake 1 Fluval small bio ball in the filter 1 small Fluval polishing pad cut up to fit in the filter 1 Carbon filter that came with the filter
  3. I'm pretty new to fish keeping and I have a Fluval Aqua-Clear 30 hang on back filter (20 gal long tank) I'm getting fish sometime this weekend and I'm finishing shopping for the aquarium (getting lemon tetras and it has a mystery snail in it) and I was wondering from yalls experience if a pre filter sponge would be beneficial for my tank. (my tank has been cycling for the past 3-4 weeks with that filter) (live java moss and 1 anubias nana in the tank and we're getting some floating frogbit this weekend) 🐠
  4. So idk much about lighting, but I got my 55gl running 2 25$ shop lights, (50w 6k lumen, color 5k, each) water Is 79°, A 0, ni 0, na 0, gh 300+ kh 40-0 pH 7.8-8.2, I'm having the issue of the water being to clean, like no amount I feed will shift the water and my plants (water lettuce and duckweed) are going the cycle of massive growth in couple days then massive die off just as fast, blasting my water to, A 1, ni 4, na 0, then swinging it back to 0,0,0 in a 6-8 day cycle, is there any way to stabilize this cycle, cuz I'm feeding 4 tbl spoons of repashy community Plus twice daily and it's just barley keeping it stable but it keeps going out of whack, anyone know what to do or any ideas, no easy green but I am using easy carbon 6 pump per day
  5. Just got my 2020 water report. For a high tech planted tank what do you think? I already use easy green and root tabs. No reported phosphate that I saw.
  6. I've been using the Aquarium co-op test strips and they are so easy to use that I've been getting low on them and decided to try the API Master test kit, it was on sale. I used the API kit and the only test that gave me pause was the Ph results, the Co-op test strips said I had 6.4-6.8 Ph But the master test kit says I have a Ph of 7.6 there was no green in that blue vial, so really concerned. I had a digital Ph tester that I have only used a couple of times it's a pain to use but it gave a Ph reading of 7.04... which one do I trust? I have noticed the test strip colors tend to run and so I will use 2 or more strips at a time to figure out a consistent reading but these numbers seem way off from each other. Co-op Ph 6.4-6.8 API Ph 7.6 Digital Ph 7.04 I
  7. @Cory So, I had another thread going with pond questions and chlorine, I'd like to condense it and add more info. I asked during the live stream on 5-2, and Cory mentioned the aerator on the indoor faucets (which made total sense)(also, ty very much) But I feel like he wasn't getting the whole picture, hence this long post. I recently set up a 125 gallon preformed pond. Each time I refill it the chlorine is out of control. I have dosed with Prime at each refill. Using my coop test strips, the outdoor water tests at 3.0 ppm chlorine, Prime says 5ml/50g, the first time I used 4 whole capfuls (16ml), even after 2 hours, water tested out at 3.0. Waited a few days, did another test, STILL 3.0, another water change and added 40 ml Prime, tested before and after the water change, still 3.0. Today after 2 weeks of not adding new water from the hose, I tested the water and it's down to 0.8 ppm. My city does not use chloromines to treat the water, so I've been super stumped as to why this stupid chlorine isn't going away. Should I be using a water conditioner meant for ponds? I do have a filter/fountain running all the time, so there is aeration happening. I use a python to water change/refill my aquariums in the house and the pond outside, so my indoor faucets have the aerator removed for they python. Which is also why I don't understand why so much chlorine outside vs inside? I test my tap about once a month, and my tanks weekly, the inside taps barely reach 0.8 chlorine, but the outside ones are always stupid high. And there are no water filters in the house, and I checked under the house, all the pipes are stemming from the main street source.
  8. Hello everyone, We've all heard the term canary in the coal mine and I’m curious if people do this but with their aquariums with specific fish? What are the signs? Is it even worth having these fish? I’m curious to know peoples ideas and implications to this.
  9. I have a previous post related to getting a our new tank going. We have been having issues getting the ammonia to drop below 0.25. We have been using our tap water and treating it with prim and stability. We tested our tap water this morning and we were shocked at the ammonia reading from it. Was at least 1 ppm. We really don't want to use it anymore. The question is what is a good water to use . We are considering a water change to attempt to drop ammonia again, and have considered buying one of the pre treated waters that you see in pet stores. Is this stuff ok to use? I don't want to mess up our tank that has been going for almost a month now, and has a thriving albino pleco. New and Learning. Glad I found a forum for questions. 🙂 **Edited to add.. We currently get water to drink from a machine. I tested this water as well and it has 0 ammonia , 0 clorine . The only possible downfall to it is the PH on it is in like 6.0 range. So would we need to add an enhancer perhaps to it ? Should we consider doing like a 25% water change with this water? Also our tap water test in the very hard range and this water test as soft.
  10. I’ve been keeping discus for the past year, I absolutely love them. I have a breeding pair, I’ve been growing out their fry, and I have 10 medium sized ones in my display tank. They’re one of my favorite fish. I’ve always been super diligent about water changes but that’s because the internet has told me to be. But why? I understand changing the water daily in the fry grow out tank and the breeding tank due to how heavy I feed and how small of water volume they have. But why change water in my display tank if the plants are sucking the nitrates from 20 ppm to 0 in about 4 days? Is there any reason to actually change their water if the plants are scrubbing it clean for me or is there more to it than that for discus?
  11. I have a problem with my water, I think 🤔 my water comes out of the tap with a ph of 8.4. My water frequently goes cloudy, and my nitrates and ammonia are always climbing up. About 6 weeks ago I added pothos clippings to my hang on back filters to see if it would help. The leaves of the pothos are now yellow and dying off. Any ideas?
  12. Good morning guys! Just wanted to solicit for opinions regarding the need for PWCs if your tank parameters hold stable in a moderately planted tank. Week after week, my parameters have been unchanged, but I did 20% changes out of habit, however, for the past 3 weeks, I've forgone changes as the parameters remain unchanged regardless. Everything seems happy and healthy. I've read some opinions online equating fresh water for the aquarium to fresh air to us as humans, but I've also seen opinions of "it ain't broke, don't fix it." Any thoughts? I'm leaning towards just reducing the frequency of my PWCs. As always, thank you wonderful people in advance!
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