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  1. Expert Opinion Please: Need Help Cycling!!! Getting ready for a Dwarf Puffer

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    Hi! New here, I am currently trying to cycle my tank. I have a 5g Fluvial Spec and have gotten (I think) everything I need. As for as water care I purchased the Tetra Safe Start and dumped the bottle in as the instructions told me to do to grow beneficial bacteria (yes I understand the nitrogen...
  2. Digital Nitrate tester

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    Has anyone ever used a digital nitrate tester? Instead of the liquid test kits?
  3. 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...
  4. Curious about Nitrate Removers

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    Hey everybody, so since I got my tank cycled, everything has been great! I got a few more plants in there, everybody is happy! But I do find myself needing to do more water changes then I would like to due to Nitrates. So I have a few questions. First question - How high up do Nitrates start...
  5. Advice for two aquariums - Nitrates, pH, food

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    I've got a couple of fish tanks that I could use some advice regarding. The fish in Tank 1 used to be in Tank 2 until they started breeding and needed some extra room. I used gravel and water from Tank 2 to start Tank 1 a few weeks ago. I'll give the relevant statistics up front. Tank 1...
  6. Nitrates and Ammonia levels rising- Help!

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    I set up my 25 gal tank 4 months ago. And until now, all of the nitrate and ammonia levels have stayed at 0.1 and 0 respectively. We moved our tank into a different room 4 days ago, which meant that we had to drain about 75% of the water. We kept 10 gal of that water, and the rest is fresh. A...
  7. Jewel Cichlid randomly dies, worried about the rest of my tank

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    I have a 55G tank with a TopFin Power 60 filter. Tank is kept at 78F, and testing shows high Ph (around 8) and hard water. Housed in the tank are: 1 Blood Red Parrot Cichlid 1 Jack Dempsey 1 Convict Cichlid (female) 1 Electric yellow cichlid 1 Jewel cichlid 1 pleco Ok so here is what happened...
  8. new tank problems

    Freshwater and Tropical Fish
    hello everyone. I have brought a new fish tank on monday. It has been set up for three days with everything in it including the filter, the heater etc. I have washed all the ornaments but the water has gone cloudy, not on the surface but all of the water. I tested the water and the amonia is...
  9. Please help! Nitrates high

    Tropical Fish Diseases
    So I did a 50% water change less than 12 hours ago. I've noticed this evening my fish are breathing particularly heavy. Also, the BW tetras were hanging out at the top gasping for air. I've even noticed my clown pleco coming up for air a couple times! Just now: PH 7.6 ammonia 0-0.25 (which...
  10. Fishless Cycling Problems?

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    Hi! So it has been about 3 weeks since I started a fishless cycle for my 36 gallon tank. We have the temperature at 82 F, the water line a little lower than usual, lights off, and all the air stones going. We are using pure ammonia to do the cycling. After 2 weeks, the nitrite level was at about...
  11. crushed coral/ nitrates and nitrites

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    i set up my 26 gal FW tank about 4 months ago and everything had been going awesome. i have 4 mollies, 6 tetras, a pleco and a snail. i'm running a marineland hang on tank canister filter rated for a 55. i've also got 6 live plants- 4 amazon swords, an umbrella plant, and some kind of shrub...
  12. New 30 gallon cycling journal

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    I thought I could post this here, since this is the first time I've cycled and would like advice. I've been putting fish food in my tank everyday cause I think it helps it a long a bit? I've also taken the dirty filter cartridge from my 10 gallon and put in the new filter device in my cycling...