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  1. Top Fin 20 Power Filter Cleaning Procedure

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    Hi, I am fairly new to the amazing hobby of fish keeping. It has been a month and it is time for a water change, and filter clean up. Now I was wondering what to do with the black bio sponge (where the beneficial bacteria are). Do I dispose of it or do I keep it there forever? Thanks Guys...
  2. Cory Cat Deaths - is this a Substrate/ Water/ Disease or Aquarist issue?

    Tropical Fish Diseases
    Hello, Either my LFS is reprehensible (and i don't think they are), or there's a major tank problem. ...Or a major “me” problem. I've clearly messed up, made rookie mistakes, possibly relied a little too much on my LFS for advice… but how can I do right by these last little...
  3. Guppy Fry Tank Maintenence

    Fish Breeding
    The day after I brought my four pet female guppies home, I had around 30 baby guppy fry in the tank. Rather than trying to fish out all the fry, I just took the adults out and set them up in another tank. I also took out the filter as I was afraid the fry would get killed in it. What do I do...
  4. How often do I/ When do I clean my 10 Gallon Tank?

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    Hello! :) Last week I got a 10 gallon MarineLand tank It's filtered and has a heater. It has 2 silk plants and pink gravol stone things. It contains 2 african dwarf frogs, 2 red columbian tetras, and 1 Veil Tail Betta. How often should I clean this tank? And how the heck do I clean it??
  5. Weekly Maintenance Cleaning...first time question

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    So, yesterday I did my first tank cleaning/water change. I scrubbed the tank with an algae pad, suctioned the gravel with my hose, & did a 15% water change. I noticed when I was done the water was cloudy and there was gunk floating around in my tank. The fish swam around gobbling up some bits...
  6. New Tank Questions...Females & Cleaning

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    I recently got a 20 gallon tropical freshwater (I heard they like brackish water though so there's some aquarium salt in there) fish tank and after waiting on my cycling and such, I now have 6 fish (2 mollies, 3 platys, 1 guppy) establishing themselves. I don't want any fry because my tank...
  7. Cleaning a fish tank...

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    I'm due to clean my aquarium for the 1st time since my new set up. I started of with a few casualties in the first few days. I then completed a one week and two week course of ammonia/nitrate and chlorine remover respectively. During and after this I gradually added new fish and since then they...
  8. Excess dirt removal?

    Ponds and Waterfalls
    Okay so I have a pond, about 250 gallons, and on the bottom there is much dirt that I can get with a net :( I tried to use a bucket and get all the water out but I didnt work :/ any ideas? Ps my waterfall pump isn't on yet, but I'm just wondering if there's any techniques to get it out? Thx...
  9. Regular sterilizing of tools?

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    I have a highly contagious worm in the tank right now and read that I need to sterilize all nets, siphons and other tools after every use. I have no idea what I can safely use to do this since I know that soaps, bleach and chlorinated water can all hurt my already sickly fish. Any suggestions...
  10. How to properly care for equipment?

    Freshwater Aquarium Equipment
    Now that I own fish, I've found that I also own a boatload of stuff that goes with them, and am wondering if some more experienced fish keepers out there can give me some advice on how to care for it all! More specifically, I'm wondering about how to properly keep things like nets, algae...
  11. Best way to clean 1.5 gal tank

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    Hi everyone. I'm new to the forums. I have a 1.5 gal tank, and I'm trying to figure out the best way to clean it. Using a pump just sucks up too much of the water at a time. I don't have any gravel at the bottom of the tank, but what ends up happening is that I just have a lot of fish waste &...
  12. New to shrimp keeping, MANY questions!

    Freshwater Shrimp
    Hi! I'm fairly new to the aquarium keeping hobby, so please forgive any noobiness and my many questions. Hope someone out there is nice enough to read all this and help me out. I bolded the main questions I have so that it'll be easier to refer to, or if you don't want to read the whole...
  13. the clean up crew!8)

    Freshwater Shrimp
    hello who every sees this, im looking for suggestions on a clean up crew in my 55 gallon fw planted tank. if you could give me some suggestions for shrimp cories loaches anything. i was thinking of shrimp for like algae and waster and cories to get food:) list possiblities for me if possible and...
  14. eheim 2213

    Freshwater Aquarium Equipment
    Hi I use an eheim 2213 classic - I love it and have been cleaning it regularly - I know how to take it apart and get all reconnected - no problem. What I want to know is this: a) I simply don't understand how to take the impeller housing apart - there are no screws or any other method I can...
  15. Unplug Filter To Clean Tank?

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    How long can I safely unplug my canister filter without killing all the beneficial bacteria? When I clean I first stir up the tank real good and use a Magnum HOT filter to clean up a lot of the floating debris. This seems to work better than just the canister filter alone. Any other suggestions...
  16. cleaning a filter

    Freshwater Aquarium Equipment
    we recently started our first aquarium. it is a 3 gallon freshwater tank. it has 1 cardinal tetra, 1 red wag platy, 1 silver molly, 1 apple snail and 2 ghost shrimp. how often should we clean our filter? it is a whisper 2-10i if that helps.. and how do you clean a filter? i read somewhere...
  17. White Specks on Glass?

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    My little 5-gallon holds two albino cories, a kuhli loach, and a betta, and several plants. In the past day I've noticed lots of tiny white flecks on a couple sides of the glass, where the tank tends to get a little more light. They are so small you wouldn't see them from a few feet away, like...
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