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  1. Hello, I am experiencing green water in my tank for the first time in many many years. Its a planted tank and had been running just fine for a long time. The green water started like 2 weeks ago after a period of medicating and gravel vac-ing (something I usually never do), so I feel like the cause of this is not an excess of nutrients since I was feeding very lightly or not at all. So no feeding for a week until today and the 2 weeks before that the feeding was very light compared to the usual. Clearly there is some imbalance causing this, but what I'm wondering is, if I go back to treating everything in the usual way regarding feeding and cleaning, shouldn't the balance re-establish slowly? Or any other suggestions? Keep in mind I am not in a hurry at all to get rid of this green water, I just want the end result to be clear water and would like to achieve it in the most natural way possible.
  2. So I dont have water to my garage.. I need a good way to get water to my garage without plumbing it in. My thought process was I could plumb water to the room but itsabout 20 feet away. I have 2 hose spigots close and want to utilize them. I dont want to hard line the water although it would be the best. I was thinking a sort to "jumper" connection from the spigot to the garage. IDK just thinking out loud. Give me some ideas and input please !! Ill add pictures tomorrow.
  3. So, I'm new to the hobby but I've been researching quite a bit. I'm building a 29 gal. Sand, dragon rock, driftwood, and planted with java fern and anubias (16 plants total), as well as java moss and guppy grass. I intend to keep cherry shrimp (already have 30+ in a smaller tank), 10-12 neon tetras, 6 pygmy corys, a clown pleco, and 3-4 nerites. The tank is already cycled and planted but no livestock yet. Keeping temp at 78 and running Aquarium co-op's sponge filter. My issue has been water parameters. I started out just using tap. Out of the tap, it runs 6dKH, 8dGH, and pH 7.8-8.0. I wanted to lower my pH so I got the Buddy+ RODI kit and started doing 30% water changes every week while it was cycling. Apparently I did one too many because my pH crashed down to 6.2. I've managed to get it back up to 6.8-7.0 by doing mixed water changes with RO and tap. My concern is my kH. Current water conditions are pH 7.0, 7 dGH, and 2 dKH. (Aslo, 0 NH3, 0 nitrites, 20 ppm nitrates - adding NH4CI daily until stocked) I tried adding some sodium carbonate in the form of API's pH UP, and that got my pH up to 7 but had no affect on my KH. I'm worried about my plants and pH swings with that low of KH. Am I right to be concerned and if so what should I try differently?
  4. I have a 10 gallon freshwater tank that I've been cycling (no fish are in the tank). The water has been perfect (0 ammonia, 0 nitrite but 40 nitrate) for the past week. Yesterday, I did a 50% water change out just to see if I could get the nitrate down I added some new plants and put them down into the gravel along with some plant tabs. I also changed to a new light-a Finnex LED for the plants. Today, my nitrate is up (.25), ammonia is still ) and my nitrate is 20 (which makes me happy). It the nitrite increase due to stirring up the gravel yesterday (adding the plant tabs and planting 8 plants)? Do I need to do anything or just retest tomorrow? Thanks!!
  5. 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?
  6. So I’m thinking about getting a water circulation pump for my 20 gallon. (Nano size). If I decide to get it, where would I position it in relation to my HOBs I have in the tank?
  7. Anyone successful with plant in brackish with figure 8 pufferfish
  8. 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.
  9. Can anyone help determine what is wrong. After a water change my water is clear for about a day then it starts to turn into like a brackish color. Water parameters are stable ammonia and nitrite are 0 nitrate are right around 20. I have plants and drift wood. The drift wood has been in the tank for over a month. I boiled it and soaked it for two weeks to remove as many tannins as possible before putting it in the tank.I even tried adding carbon to my filter to catch the tannins but that didn't seem to help. I was and still may be dealing with brown algea. I can see some on the substrate and some on the decorations that are in the tank. When I do a water change I make sure to vacuum the gravel to get out as much waste and mulm as possible and scrub the inside of the glass. I rinse all the filter media(course sponge, filter floss, and bio rings) and last change i cleaned the down tube and filter box. Is there anything else I should be doing to try and get rid of the murkyness. TIA
  10. Soooo what's the deal with using river water/rocks, driftwood, debris, silt, media for cycling??...I live on a nice river here in northern California.. Full of trout and a type of bluegill, also two fatty salmon runs a year and huge steelies! The water is good and clean. Been drinking it 30years..I waz at the river, fishing and waiting on my new 20gallon to cycle (done the normal way)and got to thinking...anyway I'm new so any info would be great stay healthy. Cw
  11. Hi, so i came up with idea to use active carbon for my water changes. I use two way siphon for water changes and i am adding water directly from sink pipe to aquarium. I was thinking of adding active carbon in mesh adding mesh inside of siphone pipe and capping it with gilter wool so particles/dust don't go in aquarium. Would this work!?
  12. Cherry shrimp seem to do just fine under ice. Yesterday it was 18°F in the morning and a couple of inches of ice had formed on the cherry shrimp pond. I went out and broke a hole through the ice to harvest some shrimp and I noticed there were definitely two kinds of ice. One had formed with round trapped bubbles. And the other kind had formed with long linear bubbles. How does air get trapped in ice? And what causes one kind to form instead of the other?
  13. Someone please help lol. I have the api master test kit and a gh and kh test. All liquid solutions. I’m trying to figure out what’s going on with my well water. Currently, out of the faucet my tests show ph- around 9, when I test gh, I put 2 drops in and it immediately goes green. Never shows orange. And for kh it only shows blue. I can put 30 drops in and it never changes to yellow. All the bottles say they still have 4 years before they expire. I don’t understand my results or if api is just junk?
  14. If you’ve been following my struggles to re-cycle a tank that I crashed, I’d love a little more input. Is it looking cycled? It’s been a little over two weeks. Everything looks good expect for the Nitates. I’m thinking a small water change, and then adding my betta back to his big tank? He’s been in a one gallon holding tank until I felt it was safe for him to go back. I tested ammonia twice, and then nitrites and Nitrates. I appreciate any and all thoughts! I don’t want to be too eager to get him back in his tank, and do so before it’s 100% safe.
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