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  1. Thanks! Unfortunately, we haven't closed just yet, and they asked for an extension of time before we move in to give the person they're buying their house from to move out, so they can move into their new house, and we can move into their old house, to see how the stuff runs. In the mean time, what about canopy/ no canopy/ hanging light/ other type of light/ floating plant ideas? Oh, and the kitchen idea, although the tank would be going width wise, the one end could possibly butt up next to an exterior wall, if that counts for anything. Or maybe it would fit at the exterior wall, but there's an electric panel back there and idk if that's high enough to not get blocked by the tank....
  2. Hi guys!! Sorry for the long hiatus!! Hopefully in the near future I will have more time to be on here! I hope everything is going well for you guys! So, I was wondering, can a 55 (or maybe someday 75...please??) gallon aquarium be kept in any direction in the house you want it in? Y'see, we just found out about our new house today and there's three places I can think of putting it, in the kitchen/dining area and/or the same direction but in the living room, or another spot in the living room going lengthwise, instead of width wise, like the other two ideas (our house will be a ranch, so it's basically a rectangle). I'd really like for it to be in the living/ dining, but the one lengthwise (which would put it over more joists iirc) idea is Exactly where my husband wants to put his tv and the 5 point surround system he inherited. The stand I have now is custom made, and the bottom also has ply-board going down the whole bottom of it to help distribute weight, but we were thinking of caving and getting a regular one with doors as well, since it's a pain in the butt to get the fluval out of there. I haven't been down there to see which way the joists go (we still have to close), but I'm guessing generally width instead of length wise, so if I were to put it in the kitchen (my next fave spot), it would be on regular flooring. What do you guys think? Also, once we get into this new house, since we use an automatic feeder now (somehow my poor pearlies were having that mysterious bubble issue before our honeymoon, in spite of regular water changes and cleaning/ changing out half of my media every other week, and after a week on a feeder, I came back, and the bubble were Gone, so I've left it up with the exact same food. I tried switching to gel food not too long ago, for only 4 days, and the bubbles came back on 1 and we couldn't get them to go away, and they were swimming upside down, so we had to euthanize. Needless to say, not trying to feed them anything else unless it's a treat), my canopy lid is open all the time and it's annoying. I was debating for the new house, to get one of those ceiling hanging lights for the aquarium, and going without a canopy (it just grows algae and keeps the light from getting wet) and growing water lettuce or other floating plants that are larger and slightly less insane than duckweed, or just getting a clear canopy and having everything attached to the back, and using my led light after I get a replacement for the controller (which, other than the power cord, is the only other way to turn it off, or if it's safe to use the LED light (it's supported on the sides and sits a few inches above the water anyways) without a canopy. What do y'all think?
  3. Snail food list?

    I know nobodies posted anything back yet, but just wanted to let you all know that I feel like I figured out a pretty ingeniously simple solution to keep the goldies out of the snail food! I was grocery shopping and we happened to go down the bathroom stuff aisle, and I noticed a clear plastic soap holder with suction cups. It has some holes in the bottom so I just have to make sure the wafers are too big to go through, as I'm keeping it up towards the surface so they can't swim into it. It's been in there a couple of hours now, and I've seen at least one snail in there, with all 4 of the small wafers gone and the larger one gone as well . https://www.amazon.com/LDR-168-1540-Exquisite-Suction/dp/B00NBMHSZY/ref=pd_sim_201_9?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B00NBMHSZY&pd_rd_r=D8TGRY7Y0C4HPE94VN7N&pd_rd_w=36o2b&pd_rd_wg=mNm0J&psc=1&refRID=D8TGRY7Y0C4HPE94VN7N
  4. Snail food list?

    Hello! I was just curious what a good snail food list is. The one at the top of the forum no longer exists. I have bought some algae wafers for the time being, as I've read around and seen a lot of people use those (except my fish keep eating them >.<), or the timed released feeders. So far I've seen lettuce and spinach, cuttlebone (where on earth would I get that?), eggshells (I'm afraid the fish would choke themselves on that), and that's about it. Are there any staple 'snail food' kits around? I've never seen any in any of the pet stores that I've been in recently. I also know that you guys don't tend to like hollow ornaments, but I was also wondering about getting a tiny 'cave' ornament or betta leaf, or something , for me to put the snail food into so the fish don't get to it. The reason I'm asking, is because we were completely cleaning out the aquarium to make it non planted, and when we had gotten it cleaned out, I noticed SEVERAL different cracks in the bottom, that also had hairline cracks extending out from them! Seeing that we live in an apartment that otherwise allows no pets, except goldfish (it says so on the lease just like that lol), I didn't want to run the risk of the whole thing exploding and souring our landlord's acceptance of any sort of pets, so we ended up going all the way out and buying a completely brand new 55 gal. Now we have no plants, no algae, and just algae wafers for our poor snails, that the gf keep eating.
  5. Backgrounds

    Then it had the same issue as the aquarium paper. The stuff was surprisingly chill otherwise tho yo; like it didn't act like regular paper that falls apart when it gets wet. I only had it on a 10 gal though, so it didn't have much to contend with!
  6. Backgrounds

    This might sound odd, but I used a semi-reflective Christmas wrapping paper for one of my tanks Years ago. Worked just like an aquarium backdrop that you'd buy in the store, and it was lighter (not to mention cheaper)! The only con is that if you don't have paper that fits the dimensions of your tank, then it could probably be kind of funky looking. =)
  7. Where can I get floating plants?

    Not really. There is a window by it, however the blinds are always closed and they're pretty thick so they block a lot of the light out (not blackout curtain level, but way more than the run of the mill blinds I'm used to. We don't even use curtains because of them). The tank is on the same wall as the window, except the window is up higher than the tank, but not directly above or behind it.
  8. Where can I get floating plants?

    It's not hair algae I'm dealing with (that's the long, stringy stuff, right? like hair? lol). It's a medium dark greenish brown and just forms a bio-film over anything if I don't wipe it off. It wipes off fairly easily though. It doesn't actually cloud the water, because it sticks to the surfaces of basically anything. It's so bad in some spots that it's smothering my plants out - I even had to wipe off my snail's shells! I remember it wasn't too awful bad when it first started (just on a couple leaves) until my fiance had the bright idea to wipe it off, then it spread to everything. I've noticed with my tall plants that the younger plants underneath do way better than the parts that get the most light, so I'm pretty sure the light is the issue - it's a plant LED on a 24/7 cycle that starts pretty early and goes pretty late. It goes through a whole daylight/night time cycle, with a nice dark blue light before going out. If only it wasn't causing these issues (or it wasn't a pain to turn on/ off because all it has is a remote)! I figured for sure, more light would just make the plants grow like crazy, but they were actually doing better with less I guess. My FSB filter uses, you probably guessed it, silica sand, and I also have sand in the bottom to cover the plant substrate underneath it -it's the API stuff. Besides this ugly brown/green stuff, I've seen a little bit of the green spot algae, but it's not enough to be an issue (you really have to look for it to see it). I wouldn't mind at all if you sent me some salvinia minima! The way you described it, it sounds just about like what I need, because I'd prefer to keep the lid on my aquarium, per the snails, and I was plenty worried about the duckweed stuff. I've been really lucky with my fish not bothering the plants much, other than nudging them when they're searching for food, so I don't think they'd eat it. My main concern about mailing, however, is with the time of year it is, would it end up freezing on the way over and end up dead on arrival? Depending on what day it would arrive, it could be sitting out in 20 degree weather for a while, anywhere between 5-8 hours or so.
  9. Where can I get floating plants?

    LoL you should've seen me on my fiance's reddit, trying to figure out what TIL and IIRC meant! I don't know if I would've ever gotten it if he hadn't told me! And it goes through a SunSun Canister before it goes through the sand filter, I want to say it's the HW303B model, but I can't remember which one it actually was without looking at it Why, what's up?
  10. Where can I get floating plants?

    I thought fsb was short for fluidized sand bed filter, one of these: http://www.americanaquariumproducts.com/FluidizedSandFilter.html And I guess it'd probably end up floating in the far left corner, that's where everything the fishes dig up ends up going. And a spiderweb of strings? LOL! Now I'm half tempted to do a 50/ 50 free floating and filter outtake experiment, just to see what each looks like!
  11. Where can I get floating plants?

    Cool! Do you think it would do okay loosely tied to my filter outtake? Idk why, but I feel like seeing mass floofs off stuff floating around wildly wouldn't do well with me lol. The outtake itself doesn't really have a whole lot of oomph since it has to go through the filter, then the fsb filter, so most of the movement in the water is from a separate powerhead pump nearby that I put to shoot in the same direction, more or less.
  12. I've noticed that my algae has gotten way worse since installing my new light. It's a LED 24/7 daytime/ nightime cycle light. I love it, other than this problem, and the fact that my algae has gotten so bad I need to wipe stuff down every few days, and the light is a pain to get back onto its cycle, or turn on/ off (you have to use a remote that doesn't always cooperate). Other than that, it's nighttime light is great because you can use it as a night light! And it does eventually go pretty dark. Anywho, I've noticed that my tall plants end up getting agae-fied, but the short plants beneath them stay nice and green. One day, I thought I'd pick off all of the dead, algae covered stuff, and BAM now everything is covered in algae, so, I'm thinking of investing in some frogbit, or something, anything, as long as it's larger than duckweed, floats, and will be fine in a tank with a lid on it. However, I've never seen any floating plants, save lilies (if those count, I know the roots are underwater, would those work too?) in any stores. Any ideas on how I could get my hands on any of this stuff? Thanks!
  13. Calcium

    https://www.amazon.com/API-330D-Calcium-Marine-16-Ounce/dp/B0017JHBFU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1486690470&sr=8-1&keywords=API+marine+calcium It's the same as this, thanks edit: It probably would've helped if I posted this link to begin with, lol!
  14. Calcium

    So I bought a couple of blue mystery snails about a month ago. I was in the LFS a while back and grabbed a bottle of calcium, along with some various other items, only to find out that it says Marine (I was so excited about the calcium part I didn't even notice it beforehand!). I was wondering if it's still safe to use in a freshwater aquarium or not, since its ingredients are deionized water, and calcium chloride. The instructions only give dosages for a reef though, so I'm not sure how it can be used, if I can even use it. Maybe I'm better off just taking it back and getting store credit? Just wanted to see what you guys think - Thanks!
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