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  1. Hello from AZ!

    Introduce Yourself
    Hey all, Greetings from sunny Arizona where we are enjoying our winter. We started in freshwater aquariums benignly enough with a pair of 1 gallon Betta tanks - 1 for each of our daughters. Bettas didn't thrive and we moved up to a slightly larger tank. We then upgraded to a 3-gallon aquaponics...
  2. fish recommendations

    Brackish Water
    I am looking for a fish that likes to shift through sand in my aquarium. It is at a SG of 1.006-8 Temp: 80F/27C size: 55G/208L Decor: little watersprite, large rock structures with java fern and moss inhabitants: 6 Molly's (2male, 4 female) Guppies (2male, 3 female, fry appearing almost daily)...
  3. Lake Superior

    Advanced Freshwater Discussion
    I only mention this because I want to stress my desire to use Lake Superior sand as a substrate. I've recently returned to the shores of Marquette MI after 13 years as an Infantryman in the Army. I have experience with tropical freshwater aquariums. My parents owned a pet store when I was young...
  4. Help please deciding on tankmates and conditions

    Anabantids
    Hi there! I have been taking care of guppies and platys for about 6 months now (they are my daughter's and I kinda took over because I became fascinated with them lol) I am now interested in starting another tank for myself. I have been researching but I want to run this mix by you and get...
  5. Lake Sand Substrate Concerns

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    Hi, I am new to the fish keeping world and I need a little help. I have access to a bunch of lake sand ( private property) , theres no issues with laws or any thing of that nature, however i do know they spray the lake once a year for plant population control. I do not know what chemicals...
  6. Stoney River aquarium sand without letting sit for 48 hours

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    I just bought my fish and I put him in a bowl with Stoney River aquarium sand at the bottom. I realized after he was already in there that the bag says to let the sand sit for 48 hours before putting the fish in. should I take him out?! is the sand toxic?! what do I do????
  7. Setting up a new tank!

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    Okay so it has been a long time since I set up a new tank. I cleaned out a tank I found in my garage yesterday, and today I went out and bout a few bags of White Sand. I have black, and a different brand, not petco brand sand in my other tanks. I filled the 13 gallon up about 80% of the way...
  8. Important Questions before Adding Cichlids

    Cichlids
    Greetings Everyone. Getting ready for my 125 gallon tank to become a Cichlid tank and just have some general tank questions: 1. I am using black lava rock which is not heavy at all. Is this ok to place directly on the bottom glass? I heard that I should do it that way because cichlids...
  9. Lighting 40 Gallon Breeder

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    Whats up guys I just purchased a 40 gallon breeder tank and I was wondering what type of lighting you guys would recommend. It will be a planted tank, no co2, miracle grow organic dirt capped with pool filter sand. Plants will probably be amazon swords, dwarf sag, crypts, and stuff like that. Im...
  10. Should I switch to a canister filter?

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    Current tank conditions~ I have a 50 gallon tank fully stocked. I was thinking of switching over to a canister filter but I have many questions about them with my tank conditions. I have a marineland penguin 350 HOB filter(works fine. Just creats alot of micro bubbles). The only bottom...
  11. Lake sand as a substrate?

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    Hi - total newbie here. Just acquired a 100 gal tank, planning on taking it slowly to build a planted community tank! I've read through a number of threads on substrates and the relative advantages/disadvantages of sand v gravel etc. I favor sand. Now, I've seen recommendations for pool...
  12. Crypt Craziness

    Beginner Planted Aquarium
    So I've been having some issues with crypts in my 29 community. There is an area where they (and other plants) just won't grow. Normally I would attribute it to light or water movement but there are plenty of plants growing around this area, and its in the center of the tank. Let me start from...
  13. Sand Vs Gravel

    Freshwater Aquarium Equipment
    I've been running my 3 tanks (30G, 75G, 160G) with gravel and I recently purchased a tiger shovelnose catfish, before reading that they do better with sand or no substrate due to them potentially eating the gravel and not being able to digest it. Will this hurt/kill the fish? Should I change...
  14. Problems with hardening water

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    I used to harden my goldfish tank with a bag of crushed coral in the filter. I had a great system that took me weeks to perfect, and it worked just how I wanted it to. I went away on vacation a few weeks ago and had someone else do my water changes. They didn't follow directions and emptied my...
  15. BN plecos Eating Sand?

    Catfish
    Hi all, So last week I added some live plants to my gravel-substrate tank, and they kept coming unburied and floating up to the surface. To solve this problem I added some sand to the substrate and secured the plants. Within 2 days, I noticed my albino bn pleco, whom i've had since she was...
  16. Adding sand to aquarium with fish in it...

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    Am I supposed to remove the fish? Cause I didn't.:oops: Didn't even think of it. They didnt seem affected by it, cause as I was adding to one side, they went to the other. I added some yesterday, and some today. The waters definitely cloudier than yesterday, though I assume it's just a waiting...
  17. Is sand ok

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    I want to put sand in my freshwater and I was wondering if all my inhabitants would be ok I have guppies, albino bristle nose pleco, African dwarf frog, ghost shrimp, blue mystery snails, trapdoor nails. Thanks for the help
  18. Fine Plant Substrate question

    Beginner Planted Aquarium
    Hi guys and gals I was looking at some cheap aquarium substrates for my 46 gallon tank. I'm looking to having live plants in it and was wondering what types of substrates would be best. I've read Bryon's 4 page sticky on planted tanks and concluded that a 1-2mm gravel should be good for a...
  19. Flidised bed filters

    Freshwater Aquarium Equipment
    Years ago i had a fluidised bed filter which hung on the side of my tank and apparently bolstered the biological filter in the tank due to its massive surface area of the sandy substrate. My question is this, after a while the sand seemed to stop flowing and become sort of compact and more or...
  20. didn't rinse my sand enough?

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    So we got a new 60 gal tank from a friend. With great excitement we decided to switch to sand for the first time. I went out and bought two 50lb bags of the quikrete play sand from lowes (by byrons suggestion). Spent the morning rinsing it, to the point where I thought it was throughly rinsed...
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