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Forum: Equipment 09-14-2014, 01:42 AM
Replies: 2
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Exclamation Need instructions for Red Sea CO2 paintball system

I bought a used Red Sea CO2 regulator from Craigslist and it didn't come with instructions. I've set up pressurized CO2 before so I assumed it would be easy, but I can't get it to work. Either I'm...
Forum: Algae 09-01-2014, 09:41 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 217
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I wanted to take a conservative route with...

I wanted to take a conservative route with fertilizing and was planning to add liquid fertilizers when necessary. The shrimp poop a LOT and the plants seem to be okay so far, but then again it's...
Forum: Algae 09-01-2014, 02:20 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 217
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Question Diatoms in "old" tank - treat or wait it out?

I have a 15 gallon glass tank that I used for saltwater for a couple of years. About a month ago, I switched to planted freshwater.

Currently, there is a light dusting of diatoms all over...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 07-27-2011, 01:55 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 291
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How to catch a bunch of shrimp at once?

When I first started my tank I threw in a dozen clear feeder shrimp. The population has exploded and now I have too many - they are everywhere! Is there an easy way to catch/trap a lot at once?...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-30-2011, 10:01 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 682
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I had two of my CPD play in the bubbles from my...

I had two of my CPD play in the bubbles from my CO2 diffuser, get sort of paralyzed, and float to the top of the tank. This happened the first day they were added to the tank.

They recovered...
Forum: Fish 03-29-2011, 02:03 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,220
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I got ten for my tank last week. My LFS said they...

I got ten for my tank last week. My LFS said they ate flake, so I bought the same type of flake. Apparently, once they moved into their new home, they were too good for flake. They chased the bits of...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 03-29-2011, 01:40 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 666
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As someone who nearly gassed my fish, I can tell...

As someone who nearly gassed my fish, I can tell you that your pH would be really low if you had a lot of CO2 in your water, so it's probably not that.
Forum: Equipment 03-27-2011, 02:37 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,593
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Sock? That actually sounds like a very practical...

Sock? That actually sounds like a very practical idea!
Forum: Algae 03-25-2011, 05:09 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,012
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Without pics, it's hard to say, but it sounds...

Without pics, it's hard to say, but it sounds like it could be rhizoclonium. I am having a bout of this. I lowered my light level (from 2 x 24 watts to only one bulb) and added some little local...
Forum: Equipment 03-25-2011, 01:46 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,593
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How do you keep the top edge of your rimless tank clean?

What do you guys use to clean the white stains from evaporating water off the top edge of your tank? I know a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser would clean it off easily, but I have no idea if it is safe to use...
Forum: Substrate 03-23-2011, 04:02 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 748
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I haven't started dozing ferts yet. I figured...

I haven't started dozing ferts yet. I figured the AS is full of nutrients right now. The tank has been set up only since the 9th. The smell is making me seriously consider replacing the AS.
Forum: Substrate 03-22-2011, 08:52 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 748
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Aqua soil makes water smell weird?

My aquarium water smells like my substrate, ADA AS Amazonia. My husband doesn't mind the smell because he thinks it smells like wet soil, but to me it just smells awful - like rotting vegetation and...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 03-22-2011, 08:12 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 627
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I just tested the water again after rigorous...

I just tested the water again after rigorous aeration and the pH went up to a bit under 7. I kept a sample of the original water and retested it in a new test tube. Still says 5, so I think the...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 03-22-2011, 07:00 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 627
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CO2 chart not making sense

I just tested my water and had a KH value of 4 and my pH is 5 (!). According to the little chart that came with the test kit, my CO2 concentration is 1,284 mg/L!!! Is this even possible?

My...
Forum: Substrate 03-20-2011, 09:43 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,870
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It costs less than half the price of ADA AS here...

It costs less than half the price of ADA AS here as well. The guy at my LFS said they are about the same quality, though.
Forum: Equipment 03-20-2011, 05:43 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 950
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I got one of those cheapie eBay ones. I literally...

I got one of those cheapie eBay ones. I literally broke it in two minutes. The stem snapped off as I was installing it. So now I have a super ghetto glass diffuser that has been mended with superglue...
Forum: Substrate 03-18-2011, 09:53 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 337
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How to make sandy area next to AS area?

I really want to get a herd of habrosus corys, but I don't have any sand in my tank, only AS right now.

We were going to section off a part of the tank and replace the AS with fine sand. Do you...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-17-2011, 10:10 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 320
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Thanks so much! I'll leave it alone then.

Thanks so much! I'll leave it alone then.
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 03-17-2011, 07:36 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 862
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When can I start using Purigen in a new tank?

After seeing all the rave reviews about Purigen, I bought some to help keep my water clear. It's currently tea-colored because of my driftwood. I'd like to use it soon to make the water more...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-17-2011, 07:13 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 320
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A thin layer of slime on everything?

I took out my airstone to install a CO2 diffuser and noticed that my glass and all the tubing was covered with a thin film of slime. It looks clear (not white) and when I wiped some off with a paper...
Forum: Equipment 03-13-2011, 09:21 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,465
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Is it possible that the "tax" they are charging...

Is it possible that the "tax" they are charging is actually for tariffs or fees they have to pay to ship stuff out of Singapore?
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-09-2011, 09:22 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 252
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When to begin CO2?

I'm sure this has been asked but my search-fu is failing me.

When should I begin pressurized CO2 in a new tank? Does it need to be on right away? I have read that the light period needs to be...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-09-2011, 09:15 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,430
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I would flip my lid if my only option was to swap...

I would flip my lid if my only option was to swap out my brand new aluminum tank. Thankfully I haven't had the pleasure of refilling my tank yet, but now I'm getting worried.
Forum: Equipment 03-09-2011, 04:31 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 337
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Thanks for the info, all. I ordered a drop...

Thanks for the info, all. I ordered a drop checker but it won't get here till the end of March. I don't think I'll add any critters till it gets here. Watching my fish asphyxiate is not a good way to...
Forum: Equipment 03-08-2011, 12:44 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 337
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Do I need a drop checker if I don't have fish yet?

I want to set up my tank soon, but I am still waiting for my drop checker to be delivered. Is it ok to err on the generous side with the CO2 until my drop checker comes in if I don't add fish/shrimp?
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