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  1. Beginner's Circle
    Hi all, I've been keeping aquariums for quite a while, but I just purchased a 95 gallon and gutted the rest of my tanks - I realized to make this successful I needed better knowledge. So far the 95 has a Filstar XP3 L with some media from my established 30g, a 300w heater with another on the...
  2. General Freshwater Discussion
    Hello folks, I have a few questions regarding colonizing filter media bags in the aquarium but outside of the filter. I've searched online and this forum but can't find an answer. I want to get a couple media filter bags setup so I have them on hand for new tanks. My questions are: 1. What is...
  3. General Marine Discussion
    Hi everyone, I'm looking for some insight or guidance on cycling my tank. I'm worried I may do something wrong or stall the cycle if I'm not careful. My setup total with tank and sump is around 100 gallons. I have been dosing with old country ammonia and yesterday my ammonia was up at around...
  4. Beginner's Circle
    Hi there, I have a noob question! It's my first tank, and I'm half a week into the fishless cycling process. I set up my tank (hob carbon filter, heater, gravel etc) and added some squeezed out filter water from the LFS, as well as a java fern plant. Here's the thing: I forgot to buy fish food...
  5. Beginner's Circle
    from http://www.rexgrigg.com/cycle.htm "... [B]y setting up a tank and filling it full of fast growing stem plants one can add a medium to large fish load all at once and never see the traditional ammonia or nitrite spikes. The reason for this is simple. The plants love ammonia. So it never...
  6. DIY
    Hi guys! I'm a lurker here, but thought I'd post a quick tip. In starting new tanks, I usually always use some form of bacteria booster, like cycle, or BA's bacteria or sera or w/e my LFS has on hand, or filter material from an old tank... I've been playing with the idea of using septobac for...
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