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  1. Calculating Salt Dose for Treatment of Possible Bacterial Infection

    Tropical Fish Diseases
    Hey there everyone, I have a few questions that I cannot seem to find after research and was wondering if any of you could help. My first question is: how effective is increasing salinity in killing bacteria? I am wondering if bacteria will perish in a similar way to parasites when exposed to...
  2. What type/species of growth is this?

    Advanced Freshwater Discussion
    Since maybe a month or so after adding fish to my 55G and 10G tanks, I noticed some sort of "fuzzy growths" on some of the silk plants. To recap: my 10G is a healthy tank with 8 danios and 1 male betta; there was a slow die off over the course of several months in my 55G (see post in the FW...
  3. Water Change Question

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    I was in the middle of doing a 50% water change when I noticed a complicaton. I unplug my filter during the water change and I noticed that the water level was so low that there was very little water in the filter, and I realized that beneficial bacteria needed to be wet to survive. Not wanting...
  4. White/Opaque Growth Bacteria/Fungus??

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    I have a 55 Gal Aquarium which I havent put any fish into yet because I am cycling the tank (Fishless Cycle with Ammonia). Im about 2 and half weeks into the Cycling phase and I notice this..... its like a white growth on the rubber suction cup of my water circulator. (also noticed it on the...
  5. Quick Question about Cycling Tank with Ammonia

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    I plan on using this method to cycle my tank but I have two main questions Where can I get Pure Ammonia (or Ammonia diluted in water with no other chemicals) WalMart? CVS? Home Depot, Lowes? etc. Where do the Bacteria that convert Ammonia into Nitrites and Nitrates come from? Are they all...
  6. Molly with small fuzzy lump behind fin?

    Tropical Fish Diseases
    1. Size of tank? 24 gallon 2. Water parameters a. Ammonia? 0 b. Nitrite? 0 c. Nitrate? 20ppm d. pH, KH and GH? i have hard water e. Test kit? API Ammonia kit 3. Temperature? 77 4. FW (fresh water) or BW (brackish)? FW 5. How long the aquarium has been set up? the gravel and filter, two...
  7. Adding new filter intake/outtake, leave old lines till the new colonize?

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    I have a 45g tank with about 14 fish. It's a relatively new tank, and about 4 weeks in. I haven't seen any spikes but keep it safe by checking my water every other day. Currently I have a penn-plax 1000 canister filter. I didn't want to spend a lot of money on a premade intake /...
  8. Carbon Cartridge replacement without removing bacteria

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    Hey, I've got a basic undergravel filter with carbon cartridges that the seller advisers i replace every 4 weeks. I have a 1 black moor so it's not exactly alot pressure on the filter to clean. I was wondering if i actually should replace them this often because they will soon harbour helpful...
  9. Basic Question about cycling

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    Greetings and Happy Holidays, I've been reading about products that contain bacteria to assist or speed up cycling an aquarium. "Colonize" is one such, Nite-Out II is another. It sounds as if you pour the contents into a brand new raw tank and it is suddenly all set to handle ammonia and the...
  10. moving a tank (across the house)

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    I have a 55 gallon tank that will most likely be getting moved across the house. Its about a forty foot trip but it has the potential to go very badly if I do this wrong. What I was planning on doing was bringing the water level down to substrate, putting all the fish in a 5 gallon bucket...
  11. BIO-Spira vs Tetra SafeStart vs Microbe-Lift

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    So, there's a debate out there about what is the best product to use when cycling a tank. Bio-Spira is no longer made for freshwater use, however, the lead scientist (bacteriologist) now has a company with basically the same stuff so we'll say it's still available (specifically called DrTim's...
  12. white fuzz on sponge in filter

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    I was changing my filters when I noticed this white fuzz on the sponges. This is just algae or bacteria overgrowth right? so I just need to rinse the sponges in some tank water to clean them or do I need to add some chemicals.