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    30L tank with 2 male guppies, 4 female guppies, and 10 neon tetras.
  1. Hi all, I know this could possibly seem like a ridiculously stupid question but I would just like to come across a definite answer seeing as though I can't find anything on google. I am thinking of starting a marine aquarium some time in the near future, and I was wondering if I could possibly use the cycled filter media and some rocks from my existing planted tropical tank to "jump-start" the cycling of a marine tank? Would this be harmful for the new marine tank, would the bacteria just die because of the salt water, etc, or could it work? I figure I am better off just asking on here than taking a risk and guessing. Thanks in advance for any advice
  2. I do have a water testing kit, I just thought there may be more to consider than just ammonia, nitrite and nitrate. Will tropical fish flakes and algae biscuits be a substantial source of ammonia?
  3. Hi all, I've recently set up a new 23L (Fluval Edge) tank, and after much research, found that the best way to do so was to conduct an "instant" cycle. So after just leaving the water to sit for 5 days without a filter (mostly so the plants could root and the java moss could grab on to the driftwood without any water movement), I took some filter media from my existing 30L tank and put it in the new tank. However, I can't find information anywhere about how long you should leave an "instant" cycled tank before you put fish in. I don't quite trust the word "instant" from what I've read seeing as though I couldn't find much information on how long to wait before adding fish. I was intending on leaving it for another week with the filter running before adding fish, but then decided it would be safer to ask on here. So, how long should I leave my "instant"-cycled tank before adding fish? Thanks!
  4. I've heard some prefer to use top soil over potting soil because of the additives in potting soil? Is there a chance this could potentially harm fish?
  5. Hi all! So I've been researching all different kinds of aquarium substrates for planted tanks lately, and obviously came across aquarium dirt. I thought this was a fairly good idea until I saw the price tag... This might not be a problem for those with small tanks or big money, but unfortunately that's not me. Eventually I came across people using top soil as a substrate. This seems more cost effective solution, especially when I plan on aquascaping a 4ft tank with significantly deep substrate some time in the near future. I would like to know if anyone has experience with either of these substrates, and what your views are on them both. Advantages + disadvantages, advice and general discussion would be helpful and greatly appreciated. Thanks!
  6. Hi all! So first just some background information: Months and months ago when I first introduced plants to my small 30L tank, some pond snails hitchhiked along and it quickly turned from 1 to too many to count. I'm not sure if this is relevant at all, I just thought I should include it. In the last month or so, I've seen these other really thin, small slug looking things on the front glass of the tank. I see one or two of them for only a minute probably less than a week at a time so I never really get a chance to take a photo. However, today I did and I was wondering if anyone could help me to identify this critter. It's the really tiny thin pink slug-looking thing on the glass. I'm concerned as to whether these things may be a threat to anything in my tank, but mainly I would just like it to be identified. Thanks!
  7. Thank you for your response. Although I meant a desk lamp with a normal screw-in light bulb fixture, it probably is a much better idea just to get one of those HOB purpose build aquarium lights. I do already have a desk lamp, however I didn't buy it for the purpose of using it for my aquarium. So you have a better idea of what I am talking about I've attached pictures of the lamp and the type of light globe I'm speaking about. For informative purposes, do you know of any bulbs that will fit this lamp which suit planted aquariums? Thanks again!
  8. Hi all, I currently own a fairly small 30 litre tank, but in the near future I would like to upgrade to a 4ft tank. When I do that, I will most likely use the smaller tank for a quarantine/breeding/secondary tank. I have a full setup for the smaller tank at the moment, but when I get the larger tank I want to put the smaller one on a desk or table. I don't want the smaller tank to be covered in wires and what not (I want it to look somewhat clean and low-tech), so instead of using a T8 fluorescent tube over the smaller tank, I would like to use something more subtle such as a reading lamp. However, I've been looking online and can't find any globes that grow plants which would fit in a lamp. I was wondering if anyone knew of any screw-in light globes which can fit in a lamp and can be used to grow plants and/or is aquarium specific? Thanks!
  9. I ended up moving the clips so they aren't touching the globe just to be extra cautious, but thank you for your response. The clips are required because the plugs on each end of the globe are attached to wires (not like a ceiling mount). This is only my second tube so I'm not entirely sure if the tubes get black ends quickly. It should be fine how I have it now but I will keep the thread updated. Thank you for the information.
  10. Hi all! This is my first post on this forum so if I have done so incorrectly, please excuse me. I recently purchased an fluorescent AquaGlo T8 14W 15" bulb and it was delivered today. I bought this as my previous AquaZonic Tropical 10W globe blew and I have absolutely no idea why. I only just set up the new light probably an hour ago and noticed the globe gets considerably hot. The globe is being held in place by two thin metal brackets I got from my old ceiling light. I have heard that if a globe gets too hot in one particular spot then it may cause the globe to blow, however because the brackets are made to be held against the globe of the cooler ceiling lights I am uncertain if this is the case with these particular brackets. Does anyone have experience with anything similar to what I am describing? Will my globe eventually blow from getting too hot whilst touching the metal brackets? Thanks!
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