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Aquarium Maintenance

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Parent Category: Care of Fish
An aquarium of fish makes a fascinating focal point in homes, businesses, and offices. Keeping them operating and the fish healthy is a challenge that can lead to a lot of questions. For answers, ask your questions here.
To lower the alkalinity in a pool you can use PH Minus or Muriatic acid. When adding pour into one spot in the deep end of the pool away from circulation, make sure the circulation system is running. Do not apply near metal fittings or near the pool skimmer. Also make sure you follow directions when…
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If you live in a windy area or have debris getting into your pool then you should check the pump basket at least once per week or after you have vaced the pool.
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There are generally two types of aquariums: Fresh water and salt water.The most common tropical fish available for a home aquarium thrive in fresh water. For fresh water aquariums, people usually use tap water, but treat it first with commercially availble water treatments to remove harmful proper…
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Salting FruitThe people who salt mellons or other fruit swear that it makes the fruit taste sweeter. I know of no research confirming or refuting their opinions.It has been shown that salt can block the bitter taste receptors on the tongue. This allows the sweet taste receptors to be more heightened…
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Well i have 2 tanks running a 55gallon cichlid tank and a 30 gallon cichlid tank.First all you need to do is put the tank where you want it.Then you get the gravel you want for the substrate.You can either boil the gravel or rinse it off good to get rid of gravel dust.Than you put the gravel in the …
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Answer breeding goldfish
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When I started my aquarium, the book I read recommended eight hours of artificial light a day. I put mine on a timer and actually only run it for six hours as the algae was terrible. Bear in mind, mine is a ten gallon fresh water tank, a salt water or living tank may be different. NO, fish are use…
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Gravel has a specific meaning in both Civil Engineering and Geology. In both cases it is related to the diameter of the grains which the soil is composed of. Gravels are composed of grains of sizes within the range 2 mm to 60 mm. Coarse sand = 0.6 - 2mmFine gravel = 2 - 6 mmMedium gravel = 6 - 20 m…
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You should change at least 50% of the water in your tank each week at minimum. If your tank is too small, to over-stocked, or you do not have enough filtration, then you will need to change the water more frequently.
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In one US gallon there is 3.78541178 litres.But you can also say there is about 4 litres.
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of course, but only keep one male in there at a time unless you have a divider. They say a one-gallon is big enough but my personal opinion is a 5+
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As long as the fish bowl only has one betta, or perhaps some ghost shrimp, then you should clean it weekly.If you have any other type of fish in it such as a goldfish, then you need to get a 20 gallon starter kit.
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A RODI is a Reverse Osmosis De-ionizer used for purifying water, especially in reef tanks.
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A yard of gravel is the amount of gravel that will fill a container whose inside dimension is 1 yard by 1 yard by 1 yard. It's a cubic yard of gravel. The metric equivalent is .9144 meters by .9144 meters by .9144 meters.
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No - this is cruel and inhumane. If an animal needs to be put down, you should contact your veterinarian. If someone around has a firearm (at least a .38 for small animals, .45 or higher for large animals), knows how to use it safely and knows where to place a bullet to kill in one shot, you can eut…
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Hot air and water.
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Yes, most larger fish eat other (usually smaller) fish. Guppies in home fish bowls are notorious for eating baby fishes.
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Squid,Octopus,Salted Cod (Soaked in Water for 2 Days), Scungelli. calamari (squid) pulpo (octopus) baccalá (salted cod) scungelli (whelks) gamberi (shrimp) Aragosta (lobster tail) Sardines are also popular, as is swordfish. Generally speaking, as with all good cooking, the ingredients depend…
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Absolutely. In extreme cases you can filter and clean the water to an extent where you will kill off all of the good bacteria in the water that help the fish to thrive. You will then have to counter act the effects with over the counter nitrate drops or something similar. Alot of times tap water can…
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Vacuum tubes mostly rely on thermionic emission of electrons from a hot filament. The harder the vacuum, the better the tube will work and the longer it will last.
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The purpose of aquariums is to contain natural life in its own habitat so you can watch, observe, and learn more about God's creations. They are very peaceful, pleasant, and enjoyable creatures.The aquarium's life is brought by there exotic fish and natural beuty.They also educate the public about m…
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if its a bow front, often 36" x 16" x 24" if its a hexagon, often 27" x 24" x 29" measurements are length x width x height in inches exact measurements may vary slightly depending on the manufacturer due to glass thickness and whether they measure the inside of the tank or the outside of the tank…
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Microorganisms which spread diseases are harmful microorganisms.
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The water that comes out of your tap depends on where you live and there are many specialist aquarium chemicals you can buy from any fish shop to change the hardness/softness of the water.
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It depends on the fish. Most fish are cold blooded, but a few are not. Several species of tuna, for example, are able to maintain their body temperature within large range but above the temperature of the water around them. Well Actually, bluefin Tuna and some other species are neither warmblooded …
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Yes, there are aquariums in every one of the 50 states. There 224 accredited zoos and aquariums in the United States
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You will need to test the PH, KH & GH to find out whether your water is soft or hard. If your PH changes easily in the tank, then you can add crushed coral to help it rise and be stable, or peat moss to help it lower and be stable
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To control the turbidity in an aquarium, make sure there is adequate filtration and water flow. Also make sure the water is clean to maintain low nutrient levels.
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Maintenace of salinity and other levels such as trace elements, phosphorus, and calcium. All these are easy to maintain in aquariums 55 gallons and up and become quite stable once it is established. It is no harder than freshwater if it is larger (120 gallons and up) and stableized along with the ri…
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I have a male betta in a 1 gal bowl & I change his water, put in bettasafe, and oxygenate about once a week
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You would see quite a few tiny organisms floating or swimming in the water. You would also see fish feces and probably parts of scales and other debris.
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Well, it depends on the type you have... I'm no expert, but I do know that fish don't actually 'sleep'. Half their brains shut down at a time in order for them to get oxygen and keep themselves from getting in trouble. I also heard that a fish has to move to keep in their intake of oxygen, so of cou…
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Most of them pump air into the tank so that the fish can breathe better. You should get one if you have a bamboo shrimp, I know from expirience. The usefull thing an air pump can do is to drive a filter which is designed to remove the poisons that occur in every fish tank. Simply using it to blow bu…
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Snails can be beneficial in an aquarium because they will keep algae down, and they also feed on dead plants and animals. You have to use caution with which types of snails to get and how many of them, because they can also cause damage if not managed properly.
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The Tennessee Aquarium has an average of 20 million visitors each year. The aquarium is located in Chattanooga and is open 7 days a week.
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Everything from 1 gallon, which are pretty much useless except for one goldfish to 100+ gallons. Standard sizes sold commonly are 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 29, 50, 55, 100 gal and even larger to the 200 gallon variety. Larger than that are usually custom made to order and can be purchased by contacting you…
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The type of filtration greatly depends on the size of your tank. I would in any case recommend a wet/dry "sump" filter. It will increase your total tank water volume. If that is out of the question I would not go for anything less than a canister filter. Salwater aquarium supplies and equipment can …
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removes waste.
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the monterey bay aquarium is the largest 1 in the world.
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You don't need one if there is light in the room from a window or some other source unless you have live plants
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PH can be easily changed. Many water sources around the world usually come from alkaline or hard water. In order to increase pH, you could use chemicals or put crushed rock and shells to make the water alkaline. In order to decrease the pH, you could also use pH, or inject CO2. Another way of decrea…
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I am most definitely an aquarium supporter. They offer a very calming effect and pure enjoyment for me. But with everything they give comes work, the most important are the water changes that come with keeping an aquarium clean. You also may face leaking water (though I've never had it happen to me…
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YES. Ammonia is the most detrimental waste that you could find in your tank. It can really harm your fish and species. It is all apart of the nitrogen cycle so the best recommendation for high ammonia is to balance out this cycle by doing a water change or adding plants to the aq…
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clean the tank, go to the pet store and you can find fish tank cleaners. just make sure you dont suck up the fish
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To build a balanced aquarium in a jar, start with a clean jar that is clear in coloring. Choose aquatic gravel and plants and make sure to root the plants in the gravel. Then, add shrimp or snails and close the lid. Make sure the jar is kept in an area that receives filtered sunlight.
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For full saltwater reef you need somewhere near 34 to 36 ppt salinity or a specific gravity of 1.021 to 1.026.If you are mixing a dehydrated salt base from the ocean then this would equate to about 33.3 grams per liter in RO water, imagine that.
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Nutrients! Start with a good planted tank substrate, this is all you need with well fed fish for many plants to simply survive. Some good planted tank lighting will help them consume nutrients.Take a look at Seachem products, Fluval has some good stuff too, Kent Marine Products, some DIY guys in fo…
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Decorations (bridges, houses, caves, etc.), plants (live or fake), or even mini statues that you are willing to sacrifice.
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I don't know all ten. But I'm sure that the top tree are: - Dubai Aquarium (United Arab Emirates) - Georgia Aquarium (United States of America) - Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium (Japan)
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advantages Looks great Filter sounds cool water tickling Fish are funny Disadvantages Have to flush the dead fish kinda sad but every pet does go smells sometimes Air pump is kinda loud
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Induced breeding is an optimal effort to produce fish fry without considering the season. This technique is used to produce fry of fish species that have or potentially have great economic significance for aquaculture, which do not reproduces spontaneously in captivity.
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yes because it is a fish all fish are cold blooded
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Generally speaking, yes. HOWEVER, terrariums were not necessarily built to hold water so you run the risk of a catastrophic leak or even losing the entire contents. My advice would be to NOT use a terrarium as an aquarium. But many have and have had no problems. If you are tempted to try, check t…
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There are a number of pH lowering (and raising) products available for aquariums. One that pops to mind is pH Down. You can get it from www.bigalsonline.com. I attached a link below.~~Alternatively, you can do this naturally by adding driftwood to your tank, and/or peat moss to the filtration to …
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This depends on the type of thermometer you are using. The stick-on type (which are less accurate) can be placed mid-way between the top & bottom at one side.If it's a suction cup type, you should place it at the opposite end away from your heater (if you have one)
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If you have nitrites in your tank, it means that it is not fully cycled. You should perform regular weekly maintenance on your tank which includes changing at least 50% of the water each time along with removing waste and debris.When adding the new water back to the tank, ensure that you add the rec…
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No fish are warmblooded. :P They all have the temperature of the environment (coldbloodedness) so they don't waste energy trying to be warmer or colder. The only warmblooded animals are mammals and birds!
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The eggs will almost instantly perish. Since the inside of the eggs contain low salinity and the outside environment has high salinity, the fresher water in the eggs will flow out of the eggs to the saltwater in order to balance the chemistry of the system.
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away from any doors Avoid placing aquariums in areas that will cause a increase or decrease in water temperature such as near doors, windows, furnace or air conditioning vents, and heaters. Also try and keep it away from direct sunlight for long periods of time as algae will go crazy!
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Well, you can keep your aquarium clean by changing the water! Every week, take out about 25% of the water and replace it and by the 4th week of the month, preform an entire tank cleaning! To do this, you'll need: A separate bowl/tank, a fish net, water, water conditioner, a bucket, and paper towels.…
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and I'll raise you 18 gallons and make it 50?
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If it's pond snails, nothing short of tearing down your entire setup, fully washing it, and getting all new filtration will totally eradicate pond snails
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It depends on what's making it cloudy. If it's white or whitish then it's most likely a bacterial bloom. This is normal in a newer aquarium, or when you make significant changes to an established aquarium. The bacteria grow like crazy until the food supply is exhausted, then they should become bala…
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A cloudy aquarium usually clears itself over time. Cloudy water is most often caused by unicellular organisms (AKA algae or bacteria) floating in your water. If the tank is sitting in the sun, either cover the window or move the tank. If you have lights on the tank, reduce the amount of time they ar…
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You need to empty half of the tank and replace it with fresh water. You need to leave half of the of water because if you put all new water in it becomes a shock for the fish and it could die. Empty half of the tank (with a cup for a small tank or a hose pipe for a large tank) you can pour the old w…
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Although there are many debates about the effectiveness of aloe vera in a tank regarding a fish's slime coat, it's best to not add it at all.
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usually there is a kit you can get for aquariums There are things available called pH Buffer Blocks. You simply drop one in the corner of the tank so that it gets a bit of current from the filter inlet or outlet and it will keep the pH steady.
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Yes, all fish are cold-blooded.
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Clean it every two weeks. Be sure your filter is working properly. In some aquariums, the use of snails or mold-feeding fish may help.
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The pH in tropical systems should never be that low. Tropical systems need a pH of around 7.8-8.4. Always a little high with higher salinity and temperatures as well. 
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um yes, i think so Yes the tank can be planted and stocked immediately provided the filters don't loose their 'cycled' bacteria. The important thing is to keep the bacteria in the bio filters alive. You should use as much fresh water as you can rather than the old water. But make sure you use a cond…
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Start with an almost full and fresh water tank. Turn the water heater off and let the water cool. Dilute 1/4 cup of household bleach for each 15 gallons of tank capacity in to a gallon of water. Add the chlorine or water solution to the water tank. (Do not pour straight bleach into the RV fresh wate…
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That depends on what sort of fish you have, for a Betta Fish I would suggest, once a week, for Goldfish three times a week.
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COULD BE BECAUSE OF PUTTING TOO MUCH FOOD IN FOR YOUR FISH, OR YOUR TANK COULD HAVE NEW TANK SYNDROME (WHICH IS CAUSED BY TOO MUCH BACTERIA) AND YOU CAN BUY A CHEMICAL TO FIX THAT REALLY QUICK
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There is nothing wrong with tap water. Most people use it safely. You simply have to make sure that you either let the chlorine evaporate off before using it or you use a commercially available water conditioner to remove the chlorine/ chloramine.
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I'm not looking this one up, this is from memory so here goes.Fish generally use gills to get their oxygen and this works by oxygenated water (H2O + extra Os) passing through the fine gill filaments that absorb oxygen from the water supply.
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Most fish cannot survive very long at all without oxygen. Most fish can only survive about 10 minutes in the complete absence of oxygen.
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An Aquarium is a good example of mini-ecosystem carefully examine an aquarium set up to represent a pond or reef. This will allow you to observed behaviors or interactions that may be difficult to observe in the natural habitat.
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Power out how long can six African cichlid and one algae eater in a 55 gallon tank live without oxygen
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This could be many things. You could have an aeration unit that provides too much gas into the system. This would not be a problem. On the other hand, you might have high amounts of minerals in your pond and these minerals may be gathering at the surface as the water evaporates. I would do a water c…
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Yes, you can use rock, but only the aquariam rock used in lining the bottom of fish tanks. Aquariam tank rocks are preferred over sand.
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Overfeeding, and not chaning the water enough. That fog is a combination of phosphates and ammonia, which comes from decomposing wasted food and fish waste. You should change about 20% of the water once a week, and make sure to remove any uneaten food from the tank. When you change the water, you…
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sometimes people use filters. it cleans the aquarium UV Systems are becoming more popular for swimming pools and aquariums, UV light destroys bacterial growth, even fecis, As far as aquarium sealants and Coatings or paints, I highly recommend a product called "ArmorGuard" This will permanetly…
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Yes, of course! If fact, you should change 50 percent of the water every two weeks!
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Lighting that imitates natural lighting is excellent for aquariums, it helps both the fish and the plants, as fish, like most animals, require sunlight to remain healthy. That said, incandescent lighting is worse for an aquarium than no lighting at all, it causes dangerous temperature fluctuations…
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Yes. It will need to be washed in fresh water then boiled several times in clean water and then left for a few days in the sun to make sure there are no bugs or things that could possible damage your fresh water environment.
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Aquarium water should never be hot; depending on the type of fish you keep, the temperature will vary.Goldfish for example are best in 75F, but a betta prefers 80F. Do plenty of research about the fish you are considering for your tank before going out & buying anything.
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Buffers are important because they control the PH or "acidic" balance.
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It is OK to use a detergent when cleaning (scrubbing) out a dirty fish tank. The important thing is to make very sure the tank is scrubbed with clean water a couple of times after the detergent has been rinsed out. Any detergent left in the tank could easily kill your fish.
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A fish tank can be sterilized by adding a good disinfectant or detergent when scrubbing it out. Care must be taken however to rinse very very well and really make sure there is none left contaminating the tank when you are refilling it.
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I would place the filter in a back corner facing the outlet water stream along the back. This should create a small current in the tank. Please remember that once the filter is cycled and it needs cleaning, only rinse one of the filter pads. Then next time, do the other pad and so on alternating the…
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In a marine REEF aquarium nitrates should be kept as close to 0 ppm as possible. In a fish only marine aquarium you should strive to keep your nitrates below 20 ppm.
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Just about every suberb has a fish or pet shop. Just use your yellow pages and find one near you. They will all stock some species of catfish.
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