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Forum: Freshwater and Tropical Fish   05-29-2014, 07:11 AM
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Any new driftwood in the tank or anything else...

Any new driftwood in the tank or anything else that might be leaching tannins ?
Forum: Livebearers   05-11-2014, 09:47 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,817
Posted By fish monger
Males have the largest sailfin feature. Females...

Males have the largest sailfin feature. Females have much smaller dorsal fins.
Forum: Aquarium Photography   05-11-2014, 03:59 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,214
Posted By fish monger
Very nice looking tank !

Very nice looking tank !
Forum: Tropical Fish Diseases   05-07-2014, 11:55 PM
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You might want to keep an eye on the Jack Dempsey...

You might want to keep an eye on the Jack Dempsey to see if he is bullying the other fish. Other than something toxic getting into the tank, that's all I can think of for now.
Forum: Tropical Fish Diseases   05-07-2014, 10:39 AM
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How long was this list of fish together ? Any...

How long was this list of fish together ? Any changes made in the last month ?
Forum: Freshwater and Tropical Fish   05-04-2014, 10:45 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 788
Posted By fish monger
They kind of look like Bumble Bee Catfish to me....

They kind of look like Bumble Bee Catfish to me. Mine is very reclusive...very rarely see him.
Forum: Freshwater and Tropical Fish   05-02-2014, 07:44 PM
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Posted By fish monger
You could put netting over the intake of the...

You could put netting over the intake of the filter. You could make the netting out of a filter media bag or a piece from old panty hose or stockings. A rubber band would probably work to secure it....
Forum: Cichlids   05-02-2014, 07:27 PM
Replies: 12
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Posted By fish monger
Looks like a female to me.

Looks like a female to me.
Forum: Beginner Freshwater Aquarium   05-02-2014, 06:54 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 687
Posted By fish monger
I have six black skirts in a 30 gal. When I first...

I have six black skirts in a 30 gal. When I first got them, they would hit each so hard that you could see the scales flying. That behavior stopped in 3-4 weeks as I remember.
Forum: Beginner Freshwater Aquarium   05-02-2014, 06:39 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,956
Posted By fish monger
KH level tells you how stable ph changes will be...

KH level tells you how stable ph changes will be in your tank. My guess would be that your KH is low and that changes made to ph via products made to raise or lower ph would not be very stable. More...
Forum: Beginner Freshwater Aquarium   05-02-2014, 06:09 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 478
Posted By fish monger
Do you know your water hardness and PH ? That...

Do you know your water hardness and PH ? That would give you a guideline for researching which fish would do best with your water. Live bearers typically do best in hard water with a higher PH....
Forum: Livebearers   05-02-2014, 09:30 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,690
Posted By fish monger
A water change of 50% right away would definitely...

A water change of 50% right away would definitely help alleviate the ammonia / nitrate issues for the immediate future. Since the majority of your bacteria is located on the interior surfaces of your...
Forum: Beginner Freshwater Aquarium   05-01-2014, 01:04 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,716
Posted By fish monger
I have had good luck with liveaquaria.com. Good...

I have had good luck with liveaquaria.com. Good selection and great packaging and shipping.
Forum: Beginner Freshwater Aquarium   04-26-2014, 02:14 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 684
Posted By fish monger
Looks like mineral or salt residue. I would start...

Looks like mineral or salt residue. I would start with warm water, a cloth, and a little elbow grease. Any remaining residue should be removable with vinegar. A clean, new brush might come in handy...
Forum: Beginner Freshwater Aquarium   04-25-2014, 01:28 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 953
Posted By fish monger
Is other parrot or other fish picking on him ?...

Is other parrot or other fish picking on him ? Kind of looks like wounds.
Forum: Off Topic Discussions   04-20-2014, 08:16 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 714
Posted By fish monger
Happy Easter !

Happy Easter !
Forum: Characins   03-19-2014, 01:50 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,102
Posted By fish monger
Black Neons might be hardier in general due to...

Black Neons might be hardier in general due to parameters; however, that has nothing to do with keeping them with Bettas. Size and behavior seem to indicate that all of the fish you have mentioned...
Forum: Characins   03-17-2014, 11:18 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,102
Posted By fish monger
While the Black Neons are nice looking, I would...

While the Black Neons are nice looking, I would go with the Cardinals or regular Neons. Their colors really stand out much more.
Forum: Beginner Freshwater Aquarium   03-13-2014, 12:00 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 536
Posted By fish monger
How is everything going now ? Any issues ? What...

How is everything going now ? Any issues ? What plants do you have / want ?
Forum: Beginner Freshwater Aquarium   12-20-2013, 08:41 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,265
Posted By fish monger
First of all, my opinion is that you need much...

First of all, my opinion is that you need much more cover. Plants, natural or artificial, would provide cover and improve the overall appearance of the tank. The cichlids would most likely kill the...
Forum: Freshwater Journals   12-17-2013, 12:49 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 5,138
Posted By fish monger
The new fake stuff looks great and it doesn't...

The new fake stuff looks great and it doesn't impact parameters. I only use natural drift wood when I'm trying to provide a specific environment. After a while, the artificial drift wood takes on a...
Forum: Beginner Planted Aquarium   12-09-2013, 11:09 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,932
Posted By fish monger
People have different opinions insofar as what is...

People have different opinions insofar as what is easier or less work is concerned. Also, the multiple layers are sometimes used for more than just plant growth. Some folks use various materials to...
Forum: Beginner Planted Aquarium   12-09-2013, 01:42 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,932
Posted By fish monger
You could just use sand. Keep in mind that the...

You could just use sand. Keep in mind that the sand would sift down through the gravel to the bottom. Unless you add a lot of sand, the substrate surface would have some gravel on it. CO2 should...
Forum: Beginner Freshwater Aquarium   12-08-2013, 09:09 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,361
Posted By fish monger
As long as your parameters are within the desired...

As long as your parameters are within the desired ranges, 30-50 % water changes once a week should be fine. If you don't like the tea colored appearance, you could do more frequent water changes just...
Forum: Fish Breeding   11-29-2013, 08:21 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,145
Posted By fish monger
I'd leave things as they are. If you want to save...

I'd leave things as they are. If you want to save the platy fry in the future, you might set up a birthing tank. As long as you have female live bearers, you're going to have occasional fry....
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