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Forum: Beginner Freshwater Aquarium   02-26-2015, 04:57 PM
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Views: 1,461
Posted By moghedan
Snails multiply to the source of the food. ...

Snails multiply to the source of the food.

If you overfeed, you get a lot of snails. If you feed less, or have less dying vegetation in the tank, then you have fewer snails.

Both of those...
Forum: Beginner Freshwater Aquarium   02-26-2015, 04:47 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,435
Posted By moghedan
With digging snails in the tank, you can do 3 or...

With digging snails in the tank, you can do 3 or 4 inches without worry.
Forum: Beginner Freshwater Aquarium   01-28-2015, 09:26 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 500
Posted By moghedan
No, but the problem is different than you are...

No, but the problem is different than you are thinking. You seem to be under the idea that they grow like terrestrial plants, dropping seeds and slowing expanding from a central point.



Many...
Forum: Beginner Freshwater Aquarium   01-21-2015, 07:59 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,613
Posted By moghedan
Shrimp don't burrow as much and stir the sand...

Shrimp don't burrow as much and stir the sand like MTS. :-)
Forum: Beginner Freshwater Aquarium   01-20-2015, 12:06 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,613
Posted By moghedan
What is a pest snail explosion? I frequently...

What is a pest snail explosion? I frequently hear about it, but I either haven't experienced it, or didn't recognize it.

In my experience, snail population is tied to uneaten food in the tank. ...
Forum: Beginner Freshwater Aquarium   01-20-2015, 11:57 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 493
Posted By moghedan
Tetra is fine. The formulation of the...

Tetra is fine.

The formulation of the common tropical flake contains more fillers than some brands, making it cheaper, but the fillers are not inherently harmful. It's not ideal for all...
Forum: Beginner Freshwater Aquarium   01-20-2015, 10:34 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 637
Posted By moghedan
Ok... while everything you have posted CAN be...

Ok... while everything you have posted CAN be done by experienced and prepared aquarists... you did post in the beginner forum.

Schooling fish and their requirements can easily lead to...
Forum: Beginner Freshwater Aquarium   01-20-2015, 10:16 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 721
Posted By moghedan
First, put the sand in a cup and fill it with 6...

First, put the sand in a cup and fill it with 6 inches of water. Reach in, lift some of the sand with your fingers, and let it fall through your fingers.

If the sand fell down to the bottom and...
Forum: Beginner Freshwater Aquarium   01-20-2015, 09:59 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 746
Posted By moghedan
When should I start the filter? - Add the...

When should I start the filter?
- Add the filter when ALL the sand has settled. You do not want sand in your filter.

When should I put the heater in?
- You can put the heater in at any time,...
Forum: Beginner Freshwater Aquarium   01-16-2015, 08:46 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,613
Posted By moghedan
1) Would a combo of cories, cherry barbs, and a...

1) Would a combo of cories, cherry barbs, and a single gourami work in a tank of that size?

----- Not really, no... it is a bad combination for a beginner with space limitations. Gourami are...
Forum: Beginner Freshwater Aquarium   01-12-2015, 11:08 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 652
Posted By moghedan
Depends on the size of the Rams... same as the...

Depends on the size of the Rams... same as the Pencilfish.





Anything that fits in mouth is dinner.
Forum: Beginner Freshwater Aquarium   01-11-2015, 03:33 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,156
Posted By moghedan
Platies have a reputation as a tough fish. This...

Platies have a reputation as a tough fish. This is from 50 years ago, and is really no longer true. They are really poor fish for a fish in cycle, and you should expect losses.


You didn't tell...
Forum: Beginner Freshwater Aquarium   01-11-2015, 03:17 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 652
Posted By moghedan
Three is actually too few. Both of your...

Three is actually too few. Both of your selections like groups of "as many as you can get", like 8-12.


You already have the Rams and Garra in the bottom. Lose those two groups and you can...
Forum: Beginner Freshwater Aquarium   01-11-2015, 03:05 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,226
Posted By moghedan
Other than dechlorinator, chemicals usually do...

Other than dechlorinator, chemicals usually do more harm than good.

If the plants grow and the fish eat, leave the test tubes in the case.
Forum: Beginner Freshwater Aquarium   01-08-2015, 02:54 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 918
Posted By moghedan
Despite everything it says on the bottle... ...

Despite everything it says on the bottle...


Stress Coat is for removing chlorine and heavy metals from the water. You use it every time you add water to the tank. You only need to add as much...
Forum: Beginner Freshwater Aquarium   01-08-2015, 02:47 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 850
Posted By moghedan
Every single platy and swordtail you see in the...

Every single platy and swordtail you see in the stores has mixed DNA. I have yet to see a moonfish or yucatan that wasn't special order. Crossbreeding is a hallmark of the Gambusia "tree". ...
Forum: Beginner Freshwater Aquarium   01-02-2015, 04:00 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 931
Posted By moghedan
Snails are not usually a problem. I say usually,...

Snails are not usually a problem. I say usually, because I am certain someone can give an example of a one in one billion chance horror story. However, snails, in general, are self regulating. ...
Forum: Beginner Freshwater Aquarium   01-02-2015, 09:24 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 850
Posted By moghedan
All swordtails, platies, and mollies will cross...

All swordtails, platies, and mollies will cross breed... although if their are many females and only a few males of each, they tend to stick to their own species. Crossbreeding is usually a forced...
Forum: Beginner Freshwater Aquarium   01-02-2015, 09:16 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 931
Posted By moghedan
When a sword plant is moved, it will "die". All...

When a sword plant is moved, it will "die". All the leaves die, and new ones come back eventually. However, it can be a long process, and they really need iron. They root feed, and sand can keep...
Forum: Beginner Freshwater Aquarium   12-01-2014, 09:20 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,977
Posted By moghedan
10 years ago, the bacteria in a bottle solutions...

10 years ago, the bacteria in a bottle solutions were somewhere between iffy and dangerous. You will still find a lot of sentiment that goes with that from that time.

Modern technology has...
Forum: Beginner Freshwater Aquarium   11-24-2014, 08:17 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 623
Posted By moghedan
5 degrees is not going to hurt them if it...

5 degrees is not going to hurt them if it happened in 6 minutes, much less 6 hours.


Gasping at the surface is oxygen, ammonia, or a pollutant that you introduced that was on the heater.
Forum: Beginner Freshwater Aquarium   11-04-2014, 10:57 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,166
Posted By moghedan
"The greatest population of bacteria in a healthy...

"The greatest population of bacteria in a healthy balanced aquarium occurs in the substrate, not the filter."

Read more:...
Forum: Beginner Freshwater Aquarium   11-04-2014, 09:48 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,166
Posted By moghedan
It is fairly common to have bettas in community...

It is fairly common to have bettas in community tanks free swimming.

They have a reputation as mean, but are usually the recipients of being bullied, instead of the other way around.



Things...
Forum: Beginner Freshwater Aquarium   11-03-2014, 01:59 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,166
Posted By moghedan
Yeah... that's pretty much the way it works.

Yeah... that's pretty much the way it works.
Forum: Beginner Freshwater Aquarium   11-03-2014, 01:56 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,166
Posted By moghedan
You may not need a breeder net in that situation....

You may not need a breeder net in that situation.

If he gets bullied, sure. Otherwise, he would be fine.
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