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    Part of the reason for the extremely low nitrates...

    Part of the reason for the extremely low nitrates is because we did 3 huge 85% water changes to the tank the day before we added the shrimp to bring our TDS down closer to tap water and to remove...
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    Thanks for the reply Cliff, Zander All 3 being...

    Thanks for the reply Cliff, Zander

    All 3 being 0 as well as phosphates being 2 are all likely due to this being a heavily planted tank, and we actually dose nitrate and phosphate (macros)...
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    Can't keep shrimp alive - help!

    Apologizing in advance for the length of this post, but I want to include as much info as possible to hopefully help figure out what our problem is.

    So have a 20gal high tank, cycled for 5 months...
  4. Thanks for the replies everyone! Evidently he...

    Thanks for the replies everyone!

    Evidently he was just sulking as he was back to his normal self after a few days. I'd read about bettas sulking but had never seen it before. What an ungrateful...
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    Getting the xp3(L) for the 55, and xp2(M) for the...

    Getting the xp3(L) for the 55, and xp2(M) for the 20 and the 45. 55 and 20 are planted, 45 is not.
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    Thanks so much for the reassurance everyone. I...

    Thanks so much for the reassurance everyone. I figured I was being a bit paranoid; good to hear my fears of flooding are unwarranted! :)

    I had the thought of putting the canister in something to...
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    Canister filter concerns

    Hey all,

    So we have the chance to switch our 3 big tanks over to canister filters. We currently have HOBs. My biggest concern with the canisters is with them leaking, and consequently flooding the...
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    Is this really a bristlenose???

    Hey all,

    We got this fish about a month ago, he was labeled in the fish store as a long fin bristlenose pleco. So far he seems to be doing well, has grown quite a bit! But, he has no...
  9. new Aqueon Evolve for my betta, questions about water flow

    Hey all,

    Just upgraded my boy from a Marineland 3 gal bowfront to an Aqueon Evolve 8. Thought he would enjoy some more room, and I wanted to give him some live plants (java fern and anubias). ...
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    Thanks firefly. I wasn't sure if it was C. parva...

    Thanks firefly. I wasn't sure if it was C. parva or not, until I went to the LFS and found they had pots of the same plant labeled as C. parva, next to Anubias nana var. "petite". Whatever it is, I...
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    My new baby! Cryptocoryne parva, found it at...

    My new baby! Cryptocoryne parva, found it at PetCo of all places, labeled "assorted cryptocoryne!!!" Not sure how well it will grow, I've read varying opinions. Crossing my fingers. I was looking...
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    Just thought I'd post some updates on our tank. ...

    Just thought I'd post some updates on our tank. Cleaned everything up this weekend and actually cleaned the outside glass. So far everything seems to be doing great, flora and fauna both.

    FTS:...
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    @steeler1 - thanks so much! :jumpeveryone: ...

    @steeler1 - thanks so much! :jumpeveryone:

    @talldutchie - Yeah, worms are going to be just a treat, weekly or even less frequently. Otherwise we have a variety of pellets, flakes, etc. Just...
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    Solo ram - girl? No fin trailers. ...

    Solo ram - girl? No fin trailers.

    http://i1339.photobucket.com/albums/o705/tobinkinz/fish033_zps3dccdd58.jpg

    Boy? Long fin trailers. Read somewhere about rounded or angled anal fins too, but...
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    more pics!

    FTS:

    http://i1339.photobucket.com/albums/o705/tobinkinz/fish003_zpsdee0a50e.jpg

    Better shot of the pleco. Love the white edging on the fins.
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    replies and ramblings :)

    Thanks fishmommie! These are Bolivian rams - you have German blues, right? I love the look of the GBRs too, but decided to go with the Bolivians as it seems they are a little less finicky than the...
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    Pics and update in the journal are up! :)

    Pics and update in the journal are up! :)
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    http://i1339.photobucket.com/albums/o705/tobinkinz...

    http://i1339.photobucket.com/albums/o705/tobinkinz/dec2012167.jpg

    Close up of my little guy(or girl *lol*). Cute? I think so. :) Picked him because he has the one black/one while pectoral fins....
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    Finally fish!

    So it feels like it's been such a long journey, but we finally have fish in our big tank!!! Finally cycled over the weekend, did a huge water change last night and went to get some fish! Stocked...
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    My hubby (bolsen27) found a formula somewhere...

    My hubby (bolsen27) found a formula somewhere online that you can use. I'll get him to post it when I get a chance.

    Sabra
  21. Not to mention our poor vals are melting horribly...

    Not to mention our poor vals are melting horribly - just from being newly planted in a cycling tank?

    Or from the excel?

    Any hope for them?

    I wonder if I planted them a little deep also,...
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    850R - That is a beautiful tank! Mind me...

    850R -

    That is a beautiful tank! Mind me asking what plants and substrate you have? Do you dose any ferts at all?
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    Full tank shot now that the corkscrew vals and...

    Full tank shot now that the corkscrew vals and moss is in:

    http://i1339.photobucket.com/albums/o705/tobinkinz/IMG_0309.jpg

    Close up of the java moss tucked into the rocks. Still not exactly...
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    So finally have some time to post some updates to...

    So finally have some time to post some updates to our tank. As Brian mentioned in the posts above, we are impatiently waiting for it to cycle. We keep going to the LFS (I know, a mistake) and...
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    Ok, as promised, more pics. FTS: ...

    Ok, as promised, more pics.

    FTS:

    http://i1339.photobucket.com/albums/o705/tobinkinz/IMG_0281.jpg

    Another one, this time without flash:
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