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  1. The only way to reduce the tannins is through...

    The only way to reduce the tannins is through patience and water changes . One day you(l noticde the water stays pretty clear after a water change and soon after that the driftwood will be all spent...
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    I wouldn't be too concerned about using a heater...

    I wouldn't be too concerned about using a heater in the water . Although its true accidents are possible, they're very rare . If it was a considerable risk they would not be used almost universally...
  3. I'm hip to your methods for this reason . I...

    I'm hip to your methods for this reason . I harbor some pretty hippy beliefs, including purchasing and consuming only organic food, so it seems somewhat ironic that I'd endorse a method of pet animal...
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    If you actually want to net them out of a bag one...

    If you actually want to net them out of a bag one of the easiest ways to do it is just set an appropriate-sized net over a bucket and gently pour the bag of water out into the bucket, pouring through...
  5. If you're bringing the fish as well as the tanks,...

    If you're bringing the fish as well as the tanks, one of the best things you can do for yourself is to make sure everything else is already taken care of and out of the way . In other words, all your...
  6. If its similar to Petco, that's just how the...

    If its similar to Petco, that's just how the supplier provides them, just as one sku for 'assorted' on their order form . As others said, I'm sure its hybrids, overstock, and various individuals...
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    I'm in agreement with the above . Other than your...

    I'm in agreement with the above . Other than your dechlorinator, the chemicals are probably unnecessary and you can discontinue using them .
    Don't replace your filter media, just take a cup or...
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    They sell sheets of this diffuser material at...

    They sell sheets of this diffuser material at Home Depot in the lighting section, its pretty inexpensive and not too tough to cut/break to size .



    If the light doesn't get too warm you could...
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    Hey since this thread has apparently been brought...

    Hey since this thread has apparently been brought back from the long long ago I wonder if I could voice a question about fiddlers .
    Several weeks ago I put a fiddler in a tank with fish and water...
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    Not to hijack to the thread, but for those who...

    Not to hijack to the thread, but for those who paint their tanks did you use a rattle can or did you roll on the paint ? And has anyone tried to remove the paint ? I imagine on a glass tank you can...
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    I had a bumble bee goby that survived in a 55g...

    I had a bumble bee goby that survived in a 55g for 1-2 years and I probably only saw him get some food three or four times during that period . The tank was heavily planted, which is probably the...
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    Cyndi - Everything everyone's said here as far as...

    Cyndi - Everything everyone's said here as far as the tank being too small is correct .. however ! If you're not going to return the fish or upgrade the tank there are still some things you can do to...
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    I swap around 50% of the water at a time, not on...

    I swap around 50% of the water at a time, not on any set days but its worked out to be about twice a week . Its a small volume of water for the oscar, so its mostly him wolfing down food and blasting...
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    http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4052/4548942648_aaf...

    http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4052/4548942648_aaf313208c_o.jpg

    Here's another shot, this time of hydra coating the leaves of a plant .. they don't seem to anchor to the java moss or the...
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    http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4064/4548252075_ed3...

    http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4064/4548252075_ed37803452_o.jpg

    Just thought I'd post an update..

    Its been two weeks since the copepod invasion . The oscar and the small rubbernose pleco in the...
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    Weird, I'll have to check out that article ....

    Weird, I'll have to check out that article . Thanks for the tip . :shappy:
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    I've never heard this before; why is activated...

    I've never heard this before; why is activated carbon not recommended for tanks with discus ?
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    Looks good; simple design that's highly...

    Looks good; simple design that's highly functional . :shappy:

    Looks like you also block the lights from being directly viewed with just the addition of one added piece too, if you were so...
  19. Yup, the fixture itself is grounded, a...

    Yup, the fixture itself is grounded, a three-pronged plug . I did a continuity test with the multimeter between a ground on the wall outlet and the screws in the fixture while it was plugged in and...
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    Do you have an aquarium with very sensitive...

    Do you have an aquarium with very sensitive livestock where you feel this step is a necessity, or is it possible you're being overly cautious ? The water can be temperature adjusted at the faucet...
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    Its certainly true that you can keep fish alive...

    Its certainly true that you can keep fish alive in a tank where you do twice yearly water changes or you can keep fish alive in a tank where you do twice weekly water changes . Understand though that...
  22. Update: The outlet with the lighting fixture -is-...

    Update: The outlet with the lighting fixture -is- properly grounded, and the 30" fixture of the same brand but using only one 21" 65w compact light instead of two (and presumably a different ballast)...
  23. Thanks for the quick responses guys . :shappy: ...

    Thanks for the quick responses guys . :shappy:

    Bhrino - I do have electrical tools, a multimeter, wire, etc . I'm moderately savvy with actually working on wiring but not at all savvy on...
  24. How do I prevent power compact radio interference ?

    I'm in a pickle, guys . :ssuprised:
    About a week ago I got a new light fixture for my 55g tank, a Coralife Freshwater Single Linear Compact Fluorescent fixture, that sports two 24" 65w 6700K bulbs...
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    How cool that your son has that bowfront tank in...

    How cool that your son has that bowfront tank in his room . You're developing a young aquatic hobbyist for life right there . :)
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