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  2. On my way to getting my dream aquarium...

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    We have a 20, 35, and 2 x 55 gallon tanks. Today we took the plunge and put a 6 foot, 125 gallon tank with stand on layaway. It will be our last tank. It'll take a couple of months for me to pay off the tank, stand, heaters, filter, etc which gives me plenty of time to figure out what kind...
  3. Problem with filter intake sucking up fish

    Freshwater and Tropical Fish
    I have a problem with fish getting stuck to my filter intake line. I've found two fish on two separate occasions dead and stuck to my filter. The first one was a perfectly healthy large black neon tetra and the second was just a regular neon tetra. I don't think they died and then the filter...
  4. 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...
  5. Bloated belly on neon tetra

    Tropical Fish Diseases
    One of my neon tetras has an unusually large belly. Its been this way for maybe 3 days, I thought maybe he just overate. Its still pretty bloated. He is quite active and motivated by food, but doesn't really appear to be eating much of it. He seems pretty normal except for the belly. Viewed...
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