April 2013 Blog Posts (32)

Missing fish

I am trying to set up a north american domestic tank, but i still have some goldish and i had two big rosey reds(about 3"). The only predators i have in the tank are a 4" bluegill and a 2" craw fish, neither of which are big enough to eat the other fish, yet one of my rosy reds has vanished. I obvioulsy checked behind the filter and under some rocks, but it is no where to be found. Any ideas on where this thing could be?

Added by Nick monk on April 30, 2013 at 9:26pm — 4 Comments

Any good quality neon tetra breeders out there?

Okay guys I know I've said this but I am not willing to give up on these beautys just yet. I think my problem is the lps I get them at doesn't get them from a quality breeder,just breeding farms in florida ect. So I was wondering does anyone know of any GOOD/GREAT quality neon tetra breeders?Not willing to pay more then 40 dollars for 15 fish with shipping next day. I really don't wanna give up on these guys. The 7 I have left are so cool and so bright swimming together please let me…


Added by Hard core pokemon gamer on April 30, 2013 at 2:34am — 7 Comments


Hey guys, so I was gone all weekend and I returned to my rainbows looking like this. One of them is very bad and 3 others have developed darker scales and they seem to get dark blue, then gray, then white. Its not spots tho it seems more like the scales changing color and falling off or something, also they have the classic white poop. I had just done a dirt convert a few weeks back but I did a water change before leaving. There was a freshly dead tetra in the tank although he has been the…


Added by alex9j4m on April 28, 2013 at 7:37pm — 3 Comments

New Guppy babies again

Hi all well Ive got some more new baby Guppies. My older ones are just starting to show their colours and they are in my 25liter tank along with the females. I noticed a couple or fry this morning and Ive been watching ever since scooping them up as soon as I notice any. I havent been able to tell which Guppy itis thats in labour but Im keeping my eyes open. My main question is how do I tell what sex my older fry are? They were born on the 13th March they have the odd black spot on their…


Added by Sue Ball on April 26, 2013 at 8:59am — 2 Comments

New 5 gallon tank question for planted

I have a 5 gallon fluval spec tank 17in by 11in with substrate called azoo plant glower bed. I had replaced the original light fixture with Starkled flare 3w x 10 LED bulbs 65000k. I'm also using a nano canister filter made by zoo med that pump out 75 GPH.

Do I have enough light for my tank? And is my light consider low/med/high light?

Does anyone had experience with the Azoo plant glower made from Japan?

I'm also thinking of injecting Co2 down the road. I'm… Continue

Added by Sakda on April 26, 2013 at 1:07am — 1 Comment

newbie question - dwarf sag melting

Hey everyone,

So I planted a new dirt tank on last Friday. Everything is looking pretty good, but my dwarf sag is melting. I barely see any new growth and I'm starting to worry. Am I freaking out prematurely? Has anyone had this happen to them? How long will it take for it to bounce back? I appreciate any advise.

My tank is 75 gallon, dirted with a fine gravel cap. I have two T5's one bulb at 6000K, and one aquaflora (pink bulb) running 6 hours, a fluval 405 filter and an…


Added by Scott on April 25, 2013 at 6:15pm — 9 Comments

Iron Supplements

Hey Everbody,

Just had a question that I'd like to answered. Now I've had my dirted tank for about a month and a half it's not very hi-tech by any means. I have clay in the dirt, dosing flourish excel and iron, and running a pink zoomed T5 and a super daylight zoomed T5 as well. But I've been wondering for a while now what is the best source of iron for the plants. If there are any further questions any one would like to know about the tank post a comment


Added by Dennis Williams on April 23, 2013 at 8:04pm — 5 Comments

pond building

i'm going to build a 4' by 4' pond and i was wondering how deep should i make it and what do you guys think about home made bio filters i been looking at videos on you tube and alot of people are on bored with it . if any one has personal experience with home made pond filter let me know how its going for you and how you made it (: please let me know 

Added by Bryant Avila on April 22, 2013 at 1:13am — 4 Comments

Substrate questions!

I plan on having a 55 gallon high tech tank. I am dirting it of course.

Several questions regarding substrate:



-If so what kind is the best and will plants do okay?



-Done it want to try something new.


Which one would you say would do best with congo tetras, 2 silver zebra angelfish, and around 5 Corry Catfish.


Need some help if anyone can help..

Added by Anchorboy on April 19, 2013 at 9:50pm — 7 Comments

Keyhole Cichlids breeding

The other day the power went out and I really messed up my aquarium from it. When the power finally came back on my filter wouldn't start. So I took the top off the canister filter before shutting the water off from the tubing. What a disaster!!!! I had about 5 gallons of water on the floor and on the the electrical power outlet that everything for the aquarium was plugged into. So nothing was working and I had to clean up my mess. I was in a rush for work so I plugged in the filter some…


Added by Jessica on April 19, 2013 at 5:21pm — 2 Comments

plant help

I got a 40 breeder that needs some plants im not a rookie but im not at intermediate quite yet so any suggestions would be awesome

Added by Anthony on April 19, 2013 at 2:52pm — 3 Comments

Fox farm ocean forest

Can anyone kindly tell me if fox farm ocean forest is good for a dirted tank? Thanks

Added by Anthony on April 18, 2013 at 8:20pm — 2 Comments

How to breed plecos?

How do you breed long finned albino bristle nose plecos?

Added by Henry Young on April 18, 2013 at 5:15pm — 1 Comment

Gravel source

I need a good source for buying some black gravel to top off my dirt. Can anybody help me?

Added by Sid parsons on April 17, 2013 at 11:05pm — 1 Comment

Algae, Diatoms Oh My!

Diatoms is a algae problem that we all go threw. New tanks especially.  After seeing them grow and dealing with it i have finally found a couple of ways, alone or combined, that can help the issue(s). 

First thing is we have to look at what make Diatoms grow.  Light is one of them, you could not be giving your plants enough light to grow to use up all the extra nutrients in the water.  I did update my Lighting to a better LED system with that one on a 8 hour timer to insure…


Added by Jeff Mc on April 17, 2013 at 3:38pm — 1 Comment

When to re-dirt?

So, I have a 90 gallon dirted with flourite on top (no co2, regular water changes). Been going about two years. Heres the current problems: cryps and amazon swords are getting holes in the leaves, amazon swords are pushing themselves out of the gravel(rhizomes are now completely out) and the roots are also poking out of the substraight; also swords are growing curled leaves. I think it might be time to re-dirt. I want to keep the flourite so I might have to shop vac it off the dirt(not looking… Continue

Added by Jason DuBois on April 16, 2013 at 11:51am — 3 Comments

so just looking looking for advice

so my 44 has a 250w metal hilade hanging over it high enough so most the light is disapated by the time it hits the tank its a 2 foot tall tank with around 2 inchs of dirt most the plants (jungle val crypts and ludwigia) are doing great but my drift wood and anubias are flat out over runs with algae(its like a mariomo moss ball type algae) and i keep having fish die i got plenty of filtration im big on biological filteration, the tank is around a year old it nw has one discus about 2-3 iches…


Added by Raymond Boulanger on April 15, 2013 at 9:55pm — No Comments

Dirt and Substrate questions?

I am setting up a high tech 55 gallon and so on. I will use dirt to get the plants growing with clay and all. My question is what should I cap it with? 

I have gravel in my 29 which it looks okay. I like the way sand looks in a tank. I would use play sand or pool sand from lowes to cap my dirt. I will have congo tetras and Corey's in my 55 with a heavy amount of plants.

Give me your ideas on what is best sand or gravel? 

Added by Anchorboy on April 14, 2013 at 11:44am — 2 Comments

green fire tetras and no more plants, oh my

Wow, can't wait to find a new home for these guys.   I picked up "something hardier" than the rummies I lost,  to put in my newly replanted tank.  SO MUCH for that.   These guys destroyed my temple plant, green foxtail, and really chewed up my pennywort.   What a mess.   Just posted them on craigslist.  Pretty little things but WOW. 

Added by HeatherS on April 12, 2013 at 4:34pm — 6 Comments

High Tech Tank regarding a few questions

I plan on setting up a 55 with dirt around 30 to 40 Lbs of dirt. Then add Co2 with an aquaticlife t5 HO 48" light strip. possibly adding an additional one. I will be doing injected Co2 with a regulator attached to a inline reactor which will be attached to my out take like of my 305 canister. 

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-11 Congo Tetras

-4 Corey catfish

-1 or 2 Siamese algae eater. 

-(maybe) two decent size angelfish…


Added by Anchorboy on April 10, 2013 at 11:49pm — 4 Comments

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