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    This is out of line in more than one area. In my...

    This is out of line in more than one area. In my 25 years of maintaining thriving aquaria I have always washed my filter media under the tap. Over the past two years I changed the substrate in all...
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    Perhaps you should clarify something. Back in...

    Perhaps you should clarify something. Back in post 1 you mention this tanks having been set up for months...is this true? Or are some of us (like me) getting mixed up over what is actually...
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    This is sometimes a possibility, but rarely so in...

    This is sometimes a possibility, but rarely so in established tanks (i.e., not brand new). I have always rinsed my filter media under the tap, and it has never caused any issues. Here again, the...
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    You mentioned having soft water, so I would avoid...

    You mentioned having soft water, so I would avoid any livebearers. These fish need hard water as the mineral (calcium and magnesium primarily) is crucial to their internal health.
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    I concur with what fishmommie said about the...

    I concur with what fishmommie said about the ammonia and such. But another issue here is the soil, as I mentioned previously and to which you questioned me.

    This is one of the issues with soil,...
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    The swordtail will grow (or should, in sufficient...

    The swordtail will grow (or should, in sufficient space) to 4-5 inches; they can attain 6 inches. This means no less than a 30-inch tank.

    On the siamese, "eventually" is not very good. I would...
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    Agree, no warmer than 23C/73F.

    Agree, no warmer than 23C/73F.
  8. Thread: PH problem

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    Ancistrus species, presumably a Bristlenose which...

    Ancistrus species, presumably a Bristlenose which is an algae eater so I would wait until there is algae in the tank before adding this fish. They will usually adjust to prepared foods (veggie...
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    The aquarium is only 100 liters or 26 gallons, so...

    The aquarium is only 100 liters or 26 gallons, so be careful. On the rams (Mikrogheophagus ramirezi), I would only suggest a pair, and make sure they are a bonded pair. There is not sufficient room...
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    Just watch the tank for algae. The main issue...

    Just watch the tank for algae. The main issue with window lighting is controlling it. It varies from day to day due to the time of year, clouds, etc. Algae is always waiting for the opportunity to...
  11. Thread: Biomax Question

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    I would use a good bacterial supplement here as...

    I would use a good bacterial supplement here as well as the "dirty" filters.

    To your original question on the effect on your tank, it will be zero as you have plants and not overstocked.

    Byron.
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    From the information you've given in this thread,...

    From the information you've given in this thread, I would suggest the cloudiness is a bacterial bloom. Goldfish add a lot of organics to the water. Plus you have soil which is notorious for this...
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    Good, this is fine. I would add a few fish. ...

    Good, this is fine. I would add a few fish. Some are better than others in newer tanks--and I am not meaning their hardiness to cycling, but some fish do settle in an established tank better than a...
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    I have had C. melini, but have never seen C....

    I have had C. melini, but have never seen C. eques locally. Over the past 20 years I have kept perhaps two dozen species of wild caught corys. As far as hardiness, with the exception of the dwarf...
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    This was a new one for me, I had to check into...

    This was a new one for me, I had to check into what oak galls actually are. Having done that, I would not think it would do much for the pH. I can't say if it might also be toxic in water.

    But...
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    I would not write off the JBL Aquabasis quickly. ...

    I would not write off the JBL Aquabasis quickly. I looked this up, and it didn't say either way. But most of these substrates containing minerals do leech them into the water a bit. I know my...
  17. Are you sure about two 20g long fitting a 55g? ...

    Are you sure about two 20g long fitting a 55g? The 20g long is 30 inches, and the 55g is 48 inches (4 feet). Perhaps you meant two 20g high covers, as this tank is 24 inches length? And I assume...
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    With this information, I would suggest there may...

    With this information, I would suggest there may be something calcareous in your aquarium. Rock, gravel, sand are the usual substances that may be calcareous. Some enriched plant substrates also do...
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    As has been mentioned, out-gassing the CO2 from...

    As has been mentioned, out-gassing the CO2 from your tap water may be needed to accurately determine the pH of the tap water. As Cliff said, let a glass of tap water sit overnight, or alternatively...
  20. I'll just add a couple things. Rocks are safer...

    I'll just add a couple things.

    Rocks are safer than wood, generally. I use rock I buy from a local landscape supply, it is very inexpensive; a large pail of river rock (pebbles of differing...
  21. Thread: Platy - Ich?

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    Agree. In fact, water conditioner mis-used can...

    Agree. In fact, water conditioner mis-used can harm fish too. I missed this question earlier...was there a reason for asking? Conditioner is not a medication or a fix for anything; it simply...
  22. I have twice battled Velvet, and I do not believe...

    I have twice battled Velvet, and I do not believe I am seeing it on the fish in these photos. But I admit it may just be the photos. Flashing (fish rubbing on objects) certainly suggests an...
  23. Thread: Cory Tank?

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    OK, I scanned the fourth tetra article and...

    OK, I scanned the fourth tetra article and started a new thread as we are getting far off the topic in this one.

    http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aquariumforum/showthread.php?t=114966

    Byron.
  24. Account by Heiko Bleher of his discovery of the fourth "neon" tetra species

    This topic came up in another thread and a member asked me for the article, so I scanned it. This is somewhat outside the scope of that thread, so I'm starting a new thread rather than hijack the...
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    Another good suggestion from steeler. ...

    Another good suggestion from steeler.

    Something occurred to me in reading your last post, TxRoper, and that is to be aware of where in the tank these fish remain. The cardinals are lower half...
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