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  1. Shrimp & Other Invertebrates
    I’m setting up my first shrimp tank and I’m wondering how to handle water and water changes. Our city water changes quite a bit depending on whether the city is getting water from a well field or reservoir. TDS can vary fro 60 to over 200ppm. Right now, I’m planning to use distilled water and...
  2. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Hi, I set up a new 20-gallon tank about 12 days ago and got the pH to about 6.8 (temp is staying around 74 degrees F) and then put three Endler's Guppy in it. The ammonia went up to about 1ppm and I did a 25% water change as well as drop in a dose of AmmoLock (a week ago today). Since then I've...
  3. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Hello! I am soon going to be transitioning my tank from dry start method to being flooded. I have monte carlo and S repens in there currently. I will be adding some more stem plants the day I flood. I read alot about quite a few water changes when you get a new planted tank. So one of my...
  4. Fish
    Hi, Planted Tank's Member, I've just done a ½ water change and remove some decorations for cleaning. Suddenly, my ember tetras seem like they are playing tag. However, I suggest that this big guy is asserting his dominance over the others. Any clue? Even now, one of the tetras (on the right...
  5. Shrimp & Other Invertebrates
    So I have a handful of cherry shrimp in their own planted shrimpy tank. I did a water change yesterday after removing a piece of cholla wood. I had boiled that but it clouded the water and had this thick slime stuff all over it. Ammonia was .50 before the change and is now at .25 and all other...
  6. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    My aquarium has a stable nitrats at 12, and have been like that in 2 weeks, it's under stock, and I have a lot of plants, but how long can I wait till I have to water change?
  7. Shrimp & Other Invertebrates
    Hi all! New to the forum so apologies in advance for any missteps (just let me know). I have a ton of questions regarding Neo care & breeding, but I suspect posting them all on one thread might make a few people crazy, lol, so I’ll start with my main pressing concerns: I am wanting my water...
  8. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    Using the EI Dosing method, does anyone add any Beneficial Bacteria on Water Change Day (7)?
  9. Substrate
    So I would like to have a discussion about denitrification regarding its understanding and what aspects are imperative. First off anyone replying to this thread understands denitrification is the conversion of nitrate to nitrogen gas through having a deep substrate that creates anoxic (No O2)...
  10. DIY
    Posed on reddit thought there might be interest here as well. Found something similar in a google search but decided to make my own. Makes the weekly %50 water change that much easier. Parts were purchased at Lowes and cost @$20. Filler venturi was purchased at my LFS, petco also sells it.
  11. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Ok I can't believe I am about to ask this question and I am sure there will be a good reason but I have kept fish for over 20 years and always carried out weekly waterchanges but I recently (2 months ago) set up my first fully flanted tank now I cycled the tank the first month using fishfood in...
  12. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    Will it still work?
  13. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    I'm going on holiday from Friday until next Sunday, so 9 days. I've got someone to do my ferts and feed the fish but I don't want them doing a WC! My plan was to do a water change on Thursday and another on the Sunday (usual day) when I get back. This would mean that the tank would be dosed for...
  14. Fish
    My fish keep dying and I can’t figure out the cause. I have a 43 gallon aquarium. It has been going for 4-5 months. I started with a mix of eco-complete and seachum florite for soil. It is medium planted. I started with 6 Glo Tetras and 2 corys to cycle the tank. I have a eheim 150 classic...
  15. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    Once in a while, I see discussions about the importance of water changes with users taking different positions and arguing about how much water change is adequate. I try to take a step-by-step differentiated perspective and hope this might be useful for some of you. This is obviously my opinion...
  16. Fish
    I set up a new planted Fluval Spec V aquarium recently and went through a couple weeks of cycling (which I am sure still wasn't enough). I added 5 neon tetra this past Saturday and they are staying a group of 4 at the bottom not swimming around, with one off to itself, and they are moving their...
  17. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Hello everybody. I'm relatively new to being serious about the hobby of fishkeeping. I searched this forum, and the wise God google with only some topics brushing on my question. So I turn to you glorious gurus! My question is, when I am doing 20-30% water changes in my 20 gallon H tank, with...
  18. Low Tech Forum
    I have some questions about Equalibrium that someone may be able to answer. I keep my RO water in a 44 gal can and like to mix the equalibrium in the can. I have 4 tanks of all different sizes when mixing the equalibrium in the can should i mix the recommended amount based on the 44 gals of the...
  19. General Planted Tank Discussion
    OK so you pretty much read everywhere to rinse the things off in "used" tank water. At first I just said ok...cause what do I know. But now I'm wondering why exactly...I mean all the Beneficial Bacteria is "sticky" and water changes to not really impact it because the BBs are not in the...
  20. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    I am an experienced fish keeper (successful at planted tanks, always low tech), but there are always times when it seems like I could learn something more or maybe I am missing something. With my fish load 30% water changes per week keep my tank going great. Whats better, 10% water changes...
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