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  1. Aiken Drum

    Why did my levels change overnight?

    There is a slight greenish tinge to your tap water test. It could indicate chloramine or could just be a slight inaccuracy in the testing which isnt uncommon. They are home test kits, not laboratory testing. Id ask your water company how they treat your water, but even if it is chloramine its...
  2. Aiken Drum

    fluval 405

    Impeller, impeller shaft, impeller cover and o ring should really be changed every 12 to 18 months on fluval canisters. Mine tend to start rattling once they get to about a year. Heres a link to the same maintenance kit that @Airborne 82nd posted for UK delivery. Im finding plenty of other...
  3. Aiken Drum

    Why did my levels change overnight?

    Do you know if your tap water is treated with chlorine or chloramine? Chloramine is chemically bonded chlorine and ammonia, so if your water is treated with chloramine every water change will add a little ammonia until your cycle converts it to nitrate. A test of your tap water for ammonia will...
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    Help! New tank/missing fish

    Request for information
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    Help! New tank/missing fish

    People often want someone to confirm what they think or that they arent at fault rather than tell them something they don't know or what the actual issue is. Professionally ive seen far too many people get into a lot of trouble because they wont admit they dont know what they are doing and wont...
  6. Aiken Drum

    Help! New tank/missing fish

    New members often put posts out on numerous platforms and dont always follow up the RFIs on them all. I often see an identical thread on another forum or quora. I dont do reddit or FB groups, but I bet you can find identical queries on them too. You can sometimes get some other info from another...
  7. Aiken Drum

    Bumblebee Goby issue?

    I think you missed the point. While some bumblebee gobys will do ok in freshwater, many wont. They really should be in a brackish water set up which @Andy Sager has advised better than i could on how to set up.
  8. Aiken Drum

    Please help my plants

    Going back to your water test results, your alkalinity/ carbonate hardness is very low, so mixing tap water with RO will make it even softer. Plants tend to do better with higher KH.
  9. Aiken Drum

    Bumblebee Goby issue?

    There are a variety of species classified as bumblebee gobies. Some will do better than others in freshwater, but generally they are a brackish water species, and the ones that are commonly kept in freshwater need to be in hard water with a lot of disolved minerals to thrive. My understanding...
  10. Aiken Drum

    Help! New tank/missing fish

    What precisely are your water parameters? How long has the tank been set up and running now? What might be going on are the residual effects of the tank cycling. It may be that the fish are suffering from long term health issues from living in excess waste earlier on. You do have a lot of...
  11. Aiken Drum

    plants not growing or dying

    I presume you got the part 1 alkalinity buffer? It says its sodium carbonate/ sodium bicarbonate so thats the same as other alkalinity buffers like seachem alkaline buffer. I cant find any reference to it being used in freshwater, and i don't know if it contains anything other than the...
  12. Aiken Drum

    What are the challenges and limitations of "no fertilizer" planted tanks?

    The water lettuce and red root floater are both going to be in areas of the tank with maximum light and access to atmospheric CO2. So the limiting factor with both of these plants will be nutrients. If these plants do well its safe to say the rest of the plants will have enough nutrients too...
  13. Aiken Drum

    Nitrite went away but ammonia stayed

    Im not sure what the issue is. You are cycling an aquarium. What are you expecting to see? The water test parameters are just a snap shot in time. What have you been seeing in your regular testing up to these test results. We need to go back to this thread and some of the questions asked that...
  14. Aiken Drum

    What's the best way to put fish to sleep, that are dying?

    There is also this thread. https://www.aquariumadvice.com/threads/what-is-the-proper-way-to-put-dying-fish-asleep.381171/
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    What's the best way to put fish to sleep, that are dying?

    Dont put fish in the freezer. Its a slow death and very stressful. Its much better to get a bowl of water, loads of ice, when the water is icy cold then drop the fish into the really cold water. The sudden shock of the rapid drop in temperature will kill the fish pretty quickly, and then put the...
  16. Aiken Drum

    What are the challenges and limitations of "no fertilizer" planted tanks?

    Common nutrient deficiencies in aquarium plants are iron, calcium, manganese, magnesium, potassium and carbon. An all in one fertiliser like seachem flourish contain all those in sufficient quantity for low demand plants. They also need nitrogen, phosphate and CO2/ carbon. There is commonly...
  17. Aiken Drum

    New Here! Had a q regarding my goldie!

    Please take a read through the "Unhealthy Fish" sticky and go through all the questions and give as much detail as you are able. If you are unable to answer a question, say you don't know. https://www.aquariumadvice.com/threads/before-posting-about-unhealthy-fish-read-this.32451/ A photo would...
  18. Aiken Drum

    Help!!! Goldfish Bullying My Pleco!

    Goldfish commonly work as a group to catch fish.
  19. Aiken Drum

    What are the challenges and limitations of "no fertilizer" planted tanks?

    Give it a go and let us know how it goes. There isnt going to be a one size fits all size answer. What works in one aquarium wont work in another. One persons tap water might be high in minerals and nutrients and provide sufficient, another might not. Aquarium plants tend to do better in harder...
  20. Aiken Drum

    Nerite snail eggs?

    Are they hard like a piece of stone? And stuck on really firmly? I resort to dental tools to remove nerite snail eggs.
  21. Aiken Drum

    Nerite snail eggs?

    They do look like nerite snail eggs, although ive never seen my nerites lay so many eggs in one go. Mine tend to lay a dozen or so eggs at a time. I wonder what triggered such a large egg laying episode when they have never laid before?
  22. Aiken Drum

    Fluval 407 and pot scrubbers

    I would start at the top and work down as you suggest. It seems intuitive to me that the microbes will spread out from the bottom to the top in the direction of water flow, so having the new media last will get it to establish quicker. You may have already read this, but this article is where...
  23. Aiken Drum

    plants not growing or dying

    Driftwood will lower KH a little, the nitrogen cycle will also lower KH. As far as im aware rocks can only harden water, but let us know how your experiment goes. I wonder what effect the terracotta might have. Maybe add that into your experiment. Your tap water is already soft so if you have...
  24. Aiken Drum

    Guppies Diseases

    You may want to consider a general use dewormer as part of a quarantine procedure. Something with Flubendazole treats both round and flat worms. NT Labs Anti-Fluke and Wormer is commonly used. You are from Greece within the EU, so antibacterial products will be controlled to vets prescription...
  25. Aiken Drum

    Bolivian ram doesn't have long fin thingys in back

    Can you post a photo of your bolivian ram?
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