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    Assassin snails aren't a great snail control...

    Assassin snails aren't a great snail control option. They'll eat 1-2 snails per day and reproduce slowly. The lettuce method is a much quicker way to reduce snail populations, as well as reducing...
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    Wattage is a poor measurement of light output for...

    Wattage is a poor measurement of light output for plants. The ones trilliane listed(with some exceptions in the swords) will do well under most lighting schemes, so long as you use a bulb that...
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    I like it. As easy as java fern propagates, I'd...

    I like it. As easy as java fern propagates, I'd leave it be as a source of clean material.
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    Generally very little bb exists in gravel due to...

    Generally very little bb exists in gravel due to oxygen concentrations. Filter media is another beast. Many modern filters provide a biological media intended to house the majority of the bacteria to...
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    A koi constantly trying to jump out of the tank...

    A koi constantly trying to jump out of the tank suggest water quality issues. Do you have a way to test for parameters outside of nitrogenous compounds(particularly phosphate?). Keeping a turtle with...
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    I'd go the 4 bulb route for a 75 gallon. Though I...

    I'd go the 4 bulb route for a 75 gallon. Though I say that with a bit of reprehension. the 2 outer bulbs would be for high PAR rating and the 2 inner for adjusting spectrum to be pleasing to the eye....
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    Definitely looks like egeria densa(anachris) to...

    Definitely looks like egeria densa(anachris) to me...as to the yellowing do you mean the brown foliage? If so, that's(somewhat) normal in new setups since lfs supplies are usually so poor. Looks...
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    Just remember to be extra careful when dosing K...

    Just remember to be extra careful when dosing K since it affects cellular pressure and overdose can be fatal. The best stores to try to find the salts would be a lawn specialty store or rose...
  9. Thread: High PH

    by BrandonBCA
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    I'd shy away from any "easy" pH fixes. They're...

    I'd shy away from any "easy" pH fixes. They're generally phosphate buffers, which can cause problems. On top of that pH is more like a thermometer than an actual parameter. What I mean by that is it...
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    The comprehensive ferts are low in macronutrients...

    The comprehensive ferts are low in macronutrients because macronutrients need to be more vigorously controlled than micronutrients and have a greater variance of need from tank to tank. If seachem...
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    Even for fish that are sensitive to pH, the pH...

    Even for fish that are sensitive to pH, the pH changing chemicals are pretty much useless. The measurement of pH is more about dissolved solids than direct pH when it comes as a requirement for...
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    What are you feeding him? Lower quality foods...

    What are you feeding him? Lower quality foods will often have negative impacts that are slow to show up, and "sunken around the head" makes me think it's some nutritional deficiency causing his body...
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    I'd suspect something eating them over nutrient...

    I'd suspect something eating them over nutrient deficiency. The leaves seem to lack any chlorosis(yellowing/dull coloration) and actually appear pretty healthy other than the holes. The stems also...
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    For compost tea you take a small bit of...

    For compost tea you take a small bit of compost(composted manure, worm castings, or if you've got a compost pile compost from there) and unsulfured molasses and then put it in water with an air stone...
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    Yeah, it was some neighbor kids. Unfortunately...

    Yeah, it was some neighbor kids. Unfortunately they destroyed it, but their parents paid for some of the cost and made them help clean up debris for me.
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    Update: My schedule has been pushed back by two...

    Update: My schedule has been pushed back by two weeks because the leak was far worse than I had originally thought. The back end of the house was an absolute swamp underneath so I'm waiting for it to...
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    The easiest DIY comprehensive fert is compost...

    The easiest DIY comprehensive fert is compost tea. The nitrogen in it is in the form of nitrate from bacterial action in making the tea. It may stain the water a bit and lower pH, but not noticeably...
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    Allowing the nets to dry between use will...

    Allowing the nets to dry between use will disinfect them of nearly all nasties. Net soak isn't bad to use if you can't let the nets dry. The main ingredient is one of the antimicrobials found in...
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    if you have a ready source of nitrate, I'd...

    if you have a ready source of nitrate, I'd prepare a known solution and test the test kit. These kits can be off by quite a bit and are usually just to give you an idea of your basic conditions. A...
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    Pre-mixed are just the dry salts in distilled...

    Pre-mixed are just the dry salts in distilled water, so there's no real difference. Cost, storage and control over concentrations(and which particular salts used) are about all that changes using dry...
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    surprise addition...raphael catfish

    I noticed last night something moving in my tank that was larger than any of the stock I put in. Today I spotted him again and identified him as most likely a striped raphael catfish. I assume one of...
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    ah, yeah that would be a problem. Have you...

    ah, yeah that would be a problem. Have you considered the other diy co2 setups? The acid/carbonate(vinegar+baking soda or vinegar+CaCO3) setup is good because it's easily controllable if you have the...
  23. How long had you had them? Does the tank have a...

    How long had you had them? Does the tank have a good flow and surface agitation? Is the tank planted? Denison's barbs come from fast-flowing streams, and have high oxygen requirements.
  24. Thread: Ryunkin?

    by BrandonBCA
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    Looks like a pretty poor specimen of ryukin, or a...

    Looks like a pretty poor specimen of ryukin, or a cross between a ryukin and fantail. Unsurprising since a lot of fancies in lfs are culls. The curve on top is a deformation to the spine, so it is...
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    His stocking scheme is probably in conjunction...

    His stocking scheme is probably in conjunction with his recommendation of 70% WC. It's doable, but the quality of life for the oscar would be highly debatable. Oscars can grow to 18", so a tank at...
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