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    I actually just ordered some off Amazon from...

    I actually just ordered some off Amazon from Critters Direct. They arrived alive and well, so I'd recommend them.
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    If water has a dKH of 1 or more the PH will be...

    If water has a dKH of 1 or more the PH will be above 7.0 unless you have aquarium soil that reduces the KH to 0, or acidic substances in the tank like wood. As you feed and the tank matures the...
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    Some lava rock supposedly doesn't leech minerals,...

    Some lava rock supposedly doesn't leech minerals, but I just went through a bad experience of the lava rock I was using leeching a lot of KH into the tank. I now avoid all rock in any soft water...
  4. What kind of scape do you have in mind for the...

    What kind of scape do you have in mind for the 20L? Are you using aquarium soil? Nice IG. I'm terratropicals
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    If you wanna go the cheap route, you can also...

    If you wanna go the cheap route, you can also just let a bag of aragonite (crushed coral) sit in a bucket of RO or distilled water for a few days and the KH and GH will naturally go up. I do this for...
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    I used to like that type of filter, but then I...

    I used to like that type of filter, but then I got into shrimp keeping and its hard to keep babies out of the skimmers. I would make a matten filter for that tank out of foam. You can even paint the...
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    Wow looks amazing, and nice carpeting! I've...

    Wow looks amazing, and nice carpeting! I've wanted to do a tank with more carpeting plants going on.
  8. Thread: Ph high?

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    Like the others said, the stone is raising your...

    Like the others said, the stone is raising your KH which in turn raises your PH. Most rock will release both KH and GH. I pretty much only do small water changes now on my tanks with pure RO, letting...
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    Rad! They don't fight?

    Rad! They don't fight?
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    Hey there, welcome back. Nice scape its looking...

    Hey there, welcome back. Nice scape its looking great!
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    If the nitrate coming out of your tap is indeed 70, you are gonna struggle with algae from the get go unless you heavily plant the thing to keep it down. My brother in La Habra had nitrate that high...
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    Your kh was very high from topping it off with...

    Your kh was very high from topping it off with tap for a year. A sudden kh change of more than 3dkh on shrimp can cause osmotic shock from what I've read. They usually die a few days after the swing.
  13. Rad journey! Nice tank and progress. I'm...

    Rad journey! Nice tank and progress. I'm currently combating some blue green cyanobacteria in my 90 gal planted and am not sure what to do right now. The tank is heavily planted with 0 nitrate, and...
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    Rad setup! Reminds me of Red Rocks out by Vegas....

    Rad setup! Reminds me of Red Rocks out by Vegas. I just received some brownie purple from buceplant last week too. I hope it grows in like pics I've seen online
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    The koi are sure to be generic off amazon. Try...

    The koi are sure to be generic off amazon. Try Andrews koi on brookhurst street. They have an amazing selection and decent pricing.
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    I like Tropica aquarium soil. It will drastically...

    I like Tropica aquarium soil. It will drastically lower the ph by pulling the kh/gh out of the water for the first few months while cycling, but then its great.

    Does anyone have a good...
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    Put a small sample in some distilled water and leave it for a week. If it doesn't dissolve and the TDS doesn't go up its probably ok.
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    2nd story tank progress

    I cleaned up my tank, so I decided to take a current pic. Its been up and running since June now, and its been doing great. Between the main sump tank, and the 2 upper cubes I probably have a colony...
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    Nice scape I love the setup! I have Tropica...

    Nice scape I love the setup! I have Tropica Aquasoil in my tank as well. That stuff is great, but it will suck the KH/GH out of the water for a while making the tank soft especially for the first 3...
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    Nice tanks!

    Nice tanks!
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    Lava rock is usually safe and good if that stuffs...

    Lava rock is usually safe and good if that stuffs just lava. If its manufactured or has any dyes I wouldn't use it.
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    Rad! I always wanted to try this. Do you have a...

    Rad! I always wanted to try this. Do you have a link to a good how to page? Last time I looked I couldn't find any very helpful. CO2 bubbles never seem to hurt any of my plants, and I've read that...
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    Alternanthera Reineckii croaked

    My Alternanthera Reineckii was growing like weeds for months, but then all started to disintegrate and I'm not sure why. When it started getting to tall for the tank I cut it off and replanted the...
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    Nice carpet you got going there! That's a pretty...

    Nice carpet you got going there! That's a pretty Betta too.
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    Yeah Tong's tropical fish in Fountain Valley has...

    Yeah Tong's tropical fish in Fountain Valley has an amazing selection of Bettas. They probably have over 100 to choose from.
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    Hello Tien, I just got into shrimp too. I've...

    Hello Tien, I just got into shrimp too. I've never been to a meetup before either, so maybe I'll see you at the next one.
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    Thanks! Yeah I love having plants both under...

    Thanks! Yeah I love having plants both under water and above haha.
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    Hello from Huntington Beach

    Hi, my names Garrett. I've been in and out of the hobby over the years, and used to do reef tanks with my dad growing up. This community looks great! I'd love to make it to the next meetup. I'm...
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    Nice tank! I'm new too. Welcome.

    Nice tank! I'm new too. Welcome.
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