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    Sourcing a 60x30x30 Tank

    I've (what I think is) a clearseal 30"x12"x12" in my kitchen - it does have a back/front brace but the top black trim came off easily. I think it's 6mm glass.
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    Breeding cardinal tetras - transitioning from very hard to soft water?

    A TDS pen might be helpful to you to monitor the change. Have a read up on osmotic shock - that's the issue you encounter moving fish from one hardness to another rapidly. I'd also suggest considering lowering the hardness in your main tank - even if you mix that to 50/50 tap/rain it would give...
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    Huge shrimp die off :( :(

    Maybe the water change triggered a moult and the parameters aren't quite right for the cherries and that's causing an issue - the water change made it really obvious as they did it in bulk?
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    Holes on anubia leaves

    Could they be breaking the surface and getting little dry damaged patches? Is it just on the ones near the surface or all over?
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    Huge shrimp die off :( :(

    Treated other pets for fleas or similar, touched someone else's pet that could have been treated?
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    Fish for patio pond

    That's interesting. Maybe that's the way to go then. I think the kids would really like some slightly easier to spot fish. I need to move a tank around and then maybe have a go at the eggs as I haven't seen them available in any LFS. It is a shame there doesn't seem to be the colour options...
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    Fish for patio pond

    I added four albino white clouds to mine (5th keeled over in the bag) the others have done fine though. They do show up against the black tub. However, I do find they stay in the bottom six inches - they don't really come up to the surface - where as in a tank they tend to be more upper level...
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    Front loading vs daily dosing

    If you are dosing the same amount, but either in one go or split equally by day, aren't you either 1. dosing enough daily for the plants to have all they need for the next 24 hours so it doesn't matter if it's lower total at water change as it's still excess of what they need or 2. not dosing...
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    Massive Nitrate spike after adding tons of plants? (Help)

    Keep in mind though, your tank/filter is 'cycled' to cope with the waste of one fish. That doesn't mean you can put lots more fish in and it will cope. I would wait a few weeks until your plants are actively growing and doing well (and your nitrite disappears) before considering adding any more...
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    Fighting the BGM

    I'd still advocate a black out, in my experience you can do a thorough clean so it looks visibly gone and you'll be back to where you started a week later.
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    Planted Tank Checklist

    Got all the non obvious stuff e.g. buckets, syphon tubing etc. tweezers for planting are handy although not a requirement. Bit of superglue for hardscape/epiphites.
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    Before / After - Back Again

    This reddish algae is being very persistent, any ideas? 1. Size of tank in litres - 55L 2. Age of the set - up - 18 months 3. Filtration - Aquael mini pat 4. Lighting and duration 15w T8 6hrs 5. Substrate - fine gravel 6. Co2 dosing or Non-dosing - none 7. Fertilizers used & Ratios - 1 pump...
  13. tam

    Before / After - Back Again

    This reddish algae is being very persistent, any ideas? 1. Size of tank in litres - 55L 2. Age of the set - up - 18 months 3. Filtration - Aquael mini pat 4. Lighting and duration 15w T8 6hrs 5. Substrate - fine gravel 6. Co2 dosing or Non-dosing - none 7. Fertilizers used & Ratios - 1 pump...
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    Oase BioStyle 115

    I'd be interested in what you think on noise level when it arrives. I have an aquaclear but found it annoyingly noisy so I feed it from an internal pump instead of the built in one.
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    Rhinogobius zhoui fry

    Very cool. I've zero experience with this sort of fish, but have you considered some indian almond leaves in with the fry? They provide a bit of cover and food source as they start to break down and get a bit of bio film and are meant to be a natural anti-fungal etc.
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