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    hi guys .... thanks for all the replies. The...

    hi guys .... thanks for all the replies.

    The lights are stock lights that came with the tank. They are marked "Natural daylight", 18" long tubes, 17W and there are two of them. So 34W total? The...
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    i dont think its diatoms, because everywhere i...

    i dont think its diatoms, because everywhere i read diatoms are easy to remove. This stuff you have to scrub hard to get off the glass. Not easy by any means. Though based on other pictures, i agree,...
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    whats this growing in my tank

    Hi,

    I have a 65 gal cichlid tank and a couple months ago re-decorated it to a more minimalistic look. Removed all fake plants and ornaments and just put in a pile of large rocks. I like the look,...
  4. thanks for hte tips.

    thanks for hte tips.
  5. best position for intake/outflow tubes of canister filter

    Hi,

    I have a rather deep (24 inches deep) tank and i'm wondering what the best position of the intake/outflow tubes of my fluval 305 filter would be. The reason i'm asking rather than trying out...
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    excellent replies again ... thanks. I'll use a...

    excellent replies again ... thanks. I'll use a touch of hot water so the overall temp is pretty close and i'll do larger water changes starting now.

    Cheers :)
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    I have not measured the nitrates but I can do...

    I have not measured the nitrates but I can do that and will report back when i've had a chance.

    Quick question about changing 50% of the water .... with such a large water change, is it necessary...
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    thanks so much for all the feedback i really...

    thanks so much for all the feedback i really appreciate it :)

    What i'm going to do is get a timer that will keep the lights OFF for the hours that i'm away at work during the day. I will see what...
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    - The tank has been running for the better part...

    - The tank has been running for the better part of 2013. The Cichlids in it have bred 3 times now. Ammonia always reads 0, i think is a fairly established tank by this point.
    - The lights come on at...
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    Thanks for the feedback on what to check. I'll...

    Thanks for the feedback on what to check. I'll give that a try.

    Yes, people often hear "brown" and just say diatoms, but from what I've read diatoms are easy to clean. THe first time i cleaned...
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    The fish came to me with a messed up tail. It was...

    The fish came to me with a messed up tail. It was probably a trade-in at the store i bought him. I don't know his history nor what caused it. Not sure why you'd assume it was my fish that did that....
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    pleco questions for a newbie

    Hi guys,

    i have a 65-70 gal malawi cichlid tank and i'm having some issues with brown algae. The tank is cycled and has been up and running for the better part of 2013. The algae i can clean off...
  13. Thanks for the replies guys! I will stick with...

    Thanks for the replies guys! I will stick with pellets, but will try and source out some smaller size ones. Maybe they'll eat them in less messy way.

    Currently I do feed New Life Spectrum, but...
  14. Thanks ... i definitely wouldn't want her to...

    Thanks ... i definitely wouldn't want her to starve to death holding them in thinking she's protecting them. Guess we'll see what happens.

    Last time i stripped them out and like 3-4 survived just...
  15. will cichlid release fry if threatened in main tank?

    Hi guys,

    I have a tank with 5 cichlids and i don't have time or space to raise fry in a separate tank. However, my cichilds wont stop breeding! The first couple of times I noticed that the female...
  16. less messy alternative to pellets for cichlids?

    Hi guys,

    I've had my 75 gal for the better part of the year and i've been feeding pellets to my african cichlids. However, i'm wondering if there are alternatives to pellets that make less mess?
    ...
  17. Hi guys, just thought i'd give you an update and...

    Hi guys, just thought i'd give you an update and show you just how clear the water has gotten with the extra AC 70 filter helping the Fluval 305 out .... The phone jack on the wall is 9 feet away...
  18. curb mbuna aggression with more fish?

    Hi guys,

    Since my first topic on how to clear up tank water was so well answered I thought i'd ask another newbie question :)

    I have a 60 gallon 4 ft tank and it is stocked with the following
    ...
  19. I will do this, but can you tell me more about...

    I will do this, but can you tell me more about what the "filter floss" is? I've googled it but no definitive answer. Some say it's polyester fill you put in pillows???

    I bought a fine filter pad...
  20. Thanks very much for all the suggestions. Yes, i...

    Thanks very much for all the suggestions. Yes, i kept the Fluval 305 doing its thing and just added the AC 70.

    I left the AC 70 as it came in the box, just cut a fine filter pad to size and added...
  21. Ok, just want to thank everyone for the advice. I...

    Ok, just want to thank everyone for the advice. I went out and bought a aquaclear 70 in addition to the fluval 305 ... and the water is looking spectacular! I didn't use the tube extender, so the...
  22. Thanks so much guys! I was under he impression...

    Thanks so much guys! I was under he impression that the filter being rated for 70 gal was a realistic figure! Should have done more research before buying I guess :((

    I will look to either upgrade...
  23. lots of floating food particles in tank

    Hi guys! I searched all over but was not able to find a solution. My tank is a 65 gallon, 4 foot long cichlid tank. There are 4 mbuna, one catfish and one pleco in there. The problem that i'm having...
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