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Forum: Aquarium Photography   05-11-2014, 03:59 AM
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Posted By fish monger
Very nice looking tank !

Very nice looking tank !
Forum: Freshwater and Tropical Fish   05-04-2014, 10:45 AM
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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: Fish Breeding   11-29-2013, 08:21 PM
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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....
Forum: Beginner Freshwater Aquarium   10-31-2013, 08:41 AM
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Posted By fish monger
Liquid drops are more accurate and, over time,...

Liquid drops are more accurate and, over time, less expensive. The API Master Kit seems to be the kit of choice for TFK members.
Forum: Tropical Fish Diseases   07-05-2013, 12:37 AM
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Posted By fish monger
Best to just wait and see. A few degrees on the...

Best to just wait and see. A few degrees on the warm side shouldn't make that big of an impact. Just let the temp adjust itself.
Forum: Beginner Planted Aquarium   07-04-2013, 07:58 AM
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Posted By fish monger
We have members who are well versed in the soil...

We have members who are well versed in the soil substrate. The initial set up can be time consuming. Some folks actually cycle the soil before using it and all aspects of the tank are geared toward...
Forum: Tropical Fish Diseases   06-07-2013, 09:17 AM
Replies: 8
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Posted By fish monger
According to my little bit of research, shimmies...

According to my little bit of research, shimmies are a symptom of stress caused by water quality. Supposedly, rainbows are very sensitive to sudden changes in their environment. Water changes that...
Forum: Livebearers   06-05-2013, 06:53 AM
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Views: 1,267
Posted By fish monger
She's a pretty fish; however, I think it would...

She's a pretty fish; however, I think it would take an expert to tell you what strain or combination of strains she is. We have some guppy gurus here, so maybe they'll offer some insight.

I...
Forum: Beginner Freshwater Aquarium   05-31-2013, 07:52 AM
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Posted By fish monger
The smaller tetras and barbs would be a good fit....

The smaller tetras and barbs would be a good fit. Your PH probably goes back down because your carbon hardness (KH) is low. KH acts as a buffer for PH swings and if it is low, your water will revert...
Forum: Beginner Planted Aquarium   05-31-2013, 07:28 AM
Replies: 4
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Posted By fish monger
Plant them to the point where the roots are...

Plant them to the point where the roots are covered, but no deeper. Having the roots show a little bit above the substrate is much better than planting too deep. Sorry, I can't picture a bulb so I...
Forum: Freshwater Journals   05-28-2013, 07:52 PM
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Posted By fish monger
Very nice looking tank. You have a real eye for...

Very nice looking tank. You have a real eye for aquascaping, unlike me.
Forum: Cichlids   05-28-2013, 07:26 PM
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Posted By fish monger
Hopefully, the cichlid experts will chime in...

Hopefully, the cichlid experts will chime in here. The only time my Oscars ever reclined on their sides on the bottom was when I had a heater malfunction in the middle of winter and the water went...
Forum: Cichlids   05-26-2013, 03:29 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,286
Posted By fish monger
The Oscars that I have had over the years weren't...

The Oscars that I have had over the years weren't aggressive, so to speak. They would eat anything that they could swallow, but they pretty much tended to their own business insofar as other fish...
Forum: Cichlids   05-24-2013, 06:31 AM
Replies: 4
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Posted By fish monger
It is common for Oscars' color to fade and...

It is common for Oscars' color to fade and brighten back up. Mine always seemed to fade at night when the lights were off. After the lights were back on for a while, they would brighten up. Beyond...
Forum: Beginner Freshwater Aquarium   05-23-2013, 11:03 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,073
Posted By fish monger
I'd test both water sources for ammonia and...

I'd test both water sources for ammonia and nitrates and go with the best quality. Also, IMO it's not necessary to store water for changes. A good water conditioner will take care of most water and...
Forum: Beginner Freshwater Aquarium   05-23-2013, 06:58 AM
Replies: 12
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Posted By fish monger
Water changes are the best thing you can do (50%...

Water changes are the best thing you can do (50% twice a week until you get ammonia under control). I'd just use the Ammo Lock according to instructions. Leave the filter alone unless it is...
Forum: Freshwater and Tropical Fish   05-16-2013, 07:19 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,815
Posted By fish monger
Well, I can't say insofar as the loaches are...

Well, I can't say insofar as the loaches are concerned. I would be tempted to say it would probably work out if the loaches are in a big enough group. My rainbow shark kind of "bugs" my corys...
Forum: Tropical Fish Diseases   05-15-2013, 07:37 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,670
Posted By fish monger
If you're talking about the light area in front...

If you're talking about the light area in front of the dorsal fin, I don't think it's ich. That's not to say it's columnaris; however, it can be a symptom. I have attached one of many links you might...
Forum: Freshwater and Tropical Fish   05-12-2013, 04:51 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,425
Posted By fish monger
Here is a link to your water quality report;...

Here is a link to your water quality report; however, it doesn't show the info we need. It says you can call 825-1040 in you have questions. Maybe try that route.
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Forum: Freshwater and Tropical Fish   05-07-2013, 06:58 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,463
Posted By fish monger
Your fish wouldn't be compatible with African...

Your fish wouldn't be compatible with African Rift Lake cichlids. Neither are actually good for your water hardness. Most tetras do well in the slightly soft / slightly hard range and appreciate a...
Forum: Beginner Planted Aquarium   05-01-2013, 08:26 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 652
Posted By fish monger
Since you intend to sell these plants, I think...

Since you intend to sell these plants, I think the soil and a few drops of Flourish Comp weekly would work out for you. The soil will last as long as it takes to get the plants to size and a handful...
Forum: Tropical Fish Diseases   04-30-2013, 10:18 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 4,582
Posted By fish monger
Well, the temps and water changes are very...

Well, the temps and water changes are very important as you know. I asked about the plants because, if you didn't have any, I was going to suggest aerating the tank with an air pump and air stone. If...
Forum: Anabantids   04-29-2013, 07:17 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 739
Posted By fish monger
1 male and 2 females would be better.

1 male and 2 females would be better.
Forum: Cichlids   04-29-2013, 06:29 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 920
Posted By fish monger
Not the biggest of cichlids but, it can be pretty...

Not the biggest of cichlids but, it can be pretty nasty. I wouldn't keep anything with them except larger cichlids.
Forum: Introduce Yourself   04-25-2013, 07:08 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 574
Posted By fish monger
Welcome, Seph ! There certainly is a lot of...

Welcome, Seph !

There certainly is a lot of new information. Some of it is extremely valuable, some of it is theory, and I suspect some of it is providing a name for what we are already doing. In...
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