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  1. Need Help with Nitrite Levels!!!

    Beginner Planted Aquarium
    Last weekend I finally took the plunge and switched from all gravel with fake plants to a dirted/ planted set up! I'm super happy with the look (except for the tanins from the driftwood used... despite having soaked it for a month ahead of time--- but that's another issue :-)) I have been...
  2. Chemicals for Water Hardness

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    Hello! Does anyone know a good, safe chemical that lowers water hardness? The hardness of the water where I live is extreme,and it has killed most of my fish so far.
  3. Chemicals To Aid In Cycling A Tank

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    as i mentioned in another thread i am starting out a 55g planted tank but am having some trouble. is there any chemicals i can use to kick start the process. i alot of people are against using them but i dont want to loose my plants and fish i already have. thanks in advance.
  4. Ammonia spike! Help!

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    I have a mature 12 gallon tank that I've had running for a few months now. The only fish in there are a Praecox Rainbowfish (3in), a Clown Loach (2in) and an Angelicus Dwarf Pleco (3in). It has an Eclipse 1 hood. I keep the air stone bubbling pretty good. I've been cleaning the tank...
  5. what is the reason for water changes?

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    what is the purpose of changing the water? Is it a preventative measure to keep nitrates, nitrites, ammonia, hardness & the PH from getting to high. If the carbon, sponge, & bacteria in the biomedia keep the level of harmful chemicals at proper levels is it still neccessary to do water changes...