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  1. Best fish for Fish-In Cycling? Other than Danios.

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    First of all I'll need to state that I am fully aware of the pros and cons of both Fishless and Fish-In Cycling a new Aquarium-Tank - However it is my choice to try out Fish-In Cycling; to which I hope I do not offend anyone and in turn they can equally accept my choice (Since I know how...
  2. DO NOT BOIL ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    As many of you are aware a lot of people use rocs in their aquariums. This is fine but there aresome things to know before using them. The first is to make sure they are inert. This is done by putting them in vinegar and seeing if they bubble. If they do they will change your tank parameters...
  3. My guppies keep dying

    Freshwater and Tropical Fish
    Hello everyone, I'm not an expert in the business, but I can say I'm quite experienced, so here's my problem: My guppies keep dying. Yes quite embarrassing actually, everyone says they are the easiest fish to have but for some reason I find keeping Angels and clown fish much easier then silly...
  4. Stocking Calculator?

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    Has anyone used the aqadvisor stocking calculator? Is it fairly accurate in your opinion? I have read so many theories on stocking in the last month that I am now completely confused. I would like to maximize the space I have but not at the expense of hurting any fish. How should I go about...
  5. Caution on using baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) to raise pH

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    The use of sodium bicarbonate, i.e., plain baking soda, to raise pH was mentioned in one or more threads recently. In doing some research on Mimagoniates, a family of characins the reproduce with internal fertilization, I came across some pertinent information on the use of sodium bicarbonate in...
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