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  1. fireevt

    Top view, side view, and a fishes new love.

    The Black Moor is about 10 to 11 inches and the Blue Oranda is about 6ish. Its hard to get a good reading. The redish orange ones are a red tuxedo variant and the I can't remember the others. Thanks for the great comments everyone.
  2. I cleaned the tank today a took a bunch of picture. 99% didn't turn out since I no longer have a nice camera. Here is a couple I liked. Top view of Ranchu Top view of Big Bob (Blue Oranda) Top view of three of the fish. The giant one is Leviathan the Black Moor. Side view of Leviathan. Side view of Big Bob. Leviathan's new love. The hand made fishy plate. Gift my wife bought me. In my display case or fish tank as others may call it. Couple guppies Rubber Lip moved to the Guppy tank for clean up. Found the yummy green algae really fast.
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    Hair Algae?

    I believe you are over dosing your tank. I would start by cutting the amount by 25% and see how the plants are doing. If they are still doing well you could drop it down again. The instructions are more of a starting point than a rule. It is a lot harder to dose a 5 gallon tank than say a 50 gallon tank. Drops in a small tank make a huge difference, were in a larger tank they make almost none. I would leave your light duration the same.
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    My New Blues?

    I picked them up from a Independent LFS. Other than the fact that they carry dogs and cat they are a pretty nice store. Thanks everyone for your wonderful comments.
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    My New Blues?

    I have been on the look out for another nice blue Orandas for a long time. Most of them have a lot of bronze colored markings on them. I don't mind one marking as I'm not super picky. I visit a my local 8 stores every week and a couple others when I can. Finally this last Saturday I found 3. I purchase 2 of them. They were listed as large for $11.99 each. They are about 3" to 4". One is dark and was listed as a black and is a dark grayish blue. The other was listed as a panda and is light grayish lavender color with a white belly, with one bronze spot. They are in QT (low light) and seem kind of shy for now, making it hard to get a picture. Here a the current pictures. I will post again in a month or so with better pictures. Lighter one with spot. Darker one (washed out by flash showing no spots) Color of darker one Lighter one (washed out on the other side - no spots)
  6. fireevt

    Shelf Life on Pro-Gold? (And other pellets)

    Dry foods should be kept in the dark. If you place them in a new bag that is clear you should put it in a paper bag or other non-transparent container.
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    Ago Of Female Question

    Breeding animals to early causes a couple problems. Breeding fish to early or excessively causes stress and generally shortens their life span. It can cause long term reproductive problems. They generally release their eggs early or produce smaller than normal eggs. If the eggs are fertile then the fish could be stunted or have a higher defect rate. Fish will breed on their own but I wouldn't encourage early breeding.
  8. There are more factors than wattage. Like color spectrum and light intensity. I didn't have any testable ammonia when I had green water. I had two 18 watt compact florescent lights over a 12 gallon tank. Both were 6700K/10000K combo lights. I had good luck with UVA reptile bulbs. Compacts are brighter per watt than T8 or T12 bulbs. Is this going to be a fish tank? You can also by green water starter online.
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    Loud Aquaclear Filter

    It could be from air, over heating or air causing overheating. Ways air could get into the impeller. Leaking motor o-ring. Just because air gets in doesn't mean it will leak. Crack or pin hole in the uplift tub. It maybe very hard to see. The water level should be at the lip of the filter. If it is lower, air could be drawn in through the fitting on the U-tube It could be from heating. Water must flow to keep the unit cool. Running the filter without water or running the unit while not lowing water could cause damage. A prefilter could slow flow. Have you tried removing the media and run the filter? Also make sure the U tube snaps into place.
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    Replacing A Biowheel

    IF you have the gray cartridges you can jump start the filter by putting other cycled media in it like tubes or gravel. This is how I did mine.
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    Bristlenose Plecos

    No, not all plecos species are herbivores.
  12. fireevt

    Replacing A Biowheel

    Do you have the extra gray cartridge? If so what's in it?
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    Replacing A Biowheel

    I have and experiment. The bio wheel is a single sheet of fabric that is pleated. It just comes out. If you remove it you could try to place it over the new one for a couple months. So there is two fabrics in the same wheel. If it will not spin you could just place the old fabric without the wheel in the filter for a couple months. It seems to me that it takes a couple months to get a healthy layer of BBs on the bio wheel.
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    Place your media in the tank. If you have a battery powered pump place the air stone my the media for circulation. If not you can scoop water out of the tank and pour it back in. Do this as often as you can. This will add surface movement and keep the tank from getting stagnant. You can also aerate the water with a spoon or beater before dumping it back in.