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Do you have to leave the LED lights on all the time?

I just got a Bubbling LED 1 Gallon Hexagon aquarium. I believe I have it set up right. I have it in my room and was wondering if it is alright to unplug just the lights (not the filter) during the night, or do those have to stay on all the time.
How long have you owned an aquarium? Less than 6 months
Type of tank: Tropical
Size of tank: Less than 10 gallons
asked 2 years, 5 months ago
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EllaRae
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yes
How long have you owned an aquarium? Less than 6 months
Type of tank: Tropical
Size of tank: Less than 10 gallons
answered 7 months ago
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eagle
Worcester, MA, USA
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light is not necessary but fillter is must be on at all time. thats enough.
How long have you owned an aquarium? 3+ years
Type of tank: Tropical
Size of tank: 21 to 50 gallons
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
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skyaqu
aquarium
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How does your filter system work for you? I just got one but its not going through the filter. Is the water supposed to flow out of the top? Its not sucking up the water into the filter. Did you have this problem? Thanks for your help. I really want to get this set up tonight so my beta can get into tomorrow, but I cant get it to work right so I know that wont happen. Thanks for your help
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
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Turtle
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the light no

the filter yes
How long have you owned an aquarium? 3+ years
Type of tank: Tropical
Size of tank: Larger than 50 gallons
answered 2 years, 4 months ago
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dfrey
se Pa
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You can unplug it if you'd like. Just don't unplug the filter. The light isn't necessary.
answered 2 years, 5 months ago
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Kiley
Marketing
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Can i use "old used gravel" from a used aquarium i just recently purchased?

I just bought a used aquarium with everything in it.Can i use the old gravel if i rinse it? Or should i use it as is?
How long have you owned an aquarium? Less than 6 months
Type of tank: Tropical
Size of tank: 21 to 50 gallons
asked 2 years ago
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Wiley
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Before using the gravel, run it outside in yard with the garden hose, until when you stir it with your hand, the water is clear. Then go inside and wash it again in hot water, very hot water, to kill whatever might be lurking there in the gravel. Now you are ready to add it to your aquarium!
How long have you owned an aquarium? 3+ years
Type of tank: Tropical
Size of tank: 11 to 20 gallons
answered 7 months ago
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Bettta
Portland, OR, USA
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Yes, you can use the old gravel, but be sure to rinse it well in plain hot water.

BREX
answered 2 years ago
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It will be ok to use the gravel that came with the tank, however, you may want to wash the gravel with hot water before you set up the rest of your tank.
answered 2 years ago
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It will be ok to use the gravel that was included with the tank, however, you may want to wash the gravel in hot water before you add your water to the tank, and set everything up.
answered 2 years ago
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Can I move my fish to other tank

I have a 5 gallon tank and I want to move my fish and decorations to a other bigger tank but I havnt set it up do I just put water with safe start and put some of the old 5 gallon water in to the bigger tank and move every thing out of the old tank to the new one and also can safe start skip cycling?
How long have you owned an aquarium? Less than 6 months
Type of tank: Tropical
Size of tank: Less than 10 gallons
asked 2 years, 5 months ago
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giovanni
Longbeach
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yes you can as long as it is tropical to the same :D
How long have you owned an aquarium? Less than 6 months
Type of tank: Tropical
Size of tank: Less than 10 gallons
answered 1 year, 10 months ago
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zali
AZ
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I have never used it but I hear good things about it. and yes it can help
also use as much of the original water as possible
How long have you owned an aquarium? 3+ years
Type of tank: Tropical
Size of tank: Larger than 50 gallons
answered 2 years, 4 months ago
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se Pa
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Yes, SafeStart can help. I would also recommend using as much of the old water as possible, in the new tank. It will contain benefical bacteria.

Thanks.
answered 2 years, 5 months ago
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Tetra
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We just purchased a 5 gallon aquarium kit. Do we need an air pump with this kit?

This kit comes with the filter, but we weren't sure if we should also add an air pump for the health of the fish.
How long have you owned an aquarium? Less than 6 months
Type of tank: Goldfish
Size of tank: Less than 10 gallons
asked 2 years, 10 months ago
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Maine
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It is not required, but I would definately put one in, it really helps the health of your fish.
How long have you owned an aquarium? 1-3 years
Type of tank: Tropical
Size of tank: 11 to 20 gallons
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
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Katz
Watertown, WI
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the answer is yes and no the filter should do the trick but i would add one just to be safe
How long have you owned an aquarium? Less than 6 months
Type of tank: Tropical
Size of tank: Larger than 50 gallons
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
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Freeone
Ga
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Why my fish is staying at the bottom of the tank?

Hi
I bought my 7 years old son a fish tank as a christmas present. Every time we put a fish in there they die. We had 2 gold fish in there. I went to the place where I bought them from and they said that we need to add good bacteria and water ager to the water. I tried it and the fish are not living in my tank. The person who works at the shop asked me to do the same thing again and leave the filtter working for a week and then get him a sample of the water to check. we did that my fish lived for the day and the night but they are not swimming as they were at the shop. They are swimming at the bottom of the tank and this morning they had their first feed but they didn't swim to the top to get it. So I decided to do some water change. I changed about half the amount and put water ager and good bacteria ( Stress Zyme+). They still at the bottom of the tank and don't seem very happy which makes me worried to loose them again. My son is upset. What do I need to do. Sorry for been so long but I need some advice please.
Thank you
How long have you owned an aquarium? Less than 6 months
Type of tank: Goldfish
Size of tank: 11 to 20 gallons
asked 2 years, 9 months ago
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perth, WA
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Hello there,

We see your tank is between 11 and 20 gallons. If you are interested in keeping goldfish, try starting with just one and seeing how it does. Do not add more than one at a time. Goldfish produce a lot of ammonia, and you can see an ammonia spike occur very rapidly in a new tank if you add more than one fish. If he does well, add just one more after about 3-4 weeks. Have your water tested for pH, ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate before adding the second fish and only add it if the water tests perfect.

Also, be sure to pick a hardy variety of goldfish. Comet or what are commonly called feeder goldfish are not hardy or healthy usually. We recommend a fantail for the first goldfish. These do not grow as large, and are generally very hardy. Before picking one out, inspect the whole tank in the store. Is it clean? Are all of the fish actively swimming? Do any look ill? Have spots on them? Torn fins? Cloudy eyes? If any do not look healthy, do NOT buy a fish from that tank that day.

Next, instead of Stresszyme, add Tetra Safe Start. Stresszyme is just an enzyme that helps to encourage bacterial growth. Safe Start IS the beneficial bacteria that you need in the tank. Add it just before you add your new fish to the tank, and let the new fish float in his bag for about 15 minutes, gradually adding water from your tank to his bag. When you are ready to put him in the tank, gently pour him out of the bag into a net, over a bucket. Place him near a cluster of plants in the tank, and gently release him from the net. Do not turn on the light at first, let him settle in. And do not feed him for about 24 hours. When you do feed, feed only one or two pieces of food each day for the first week or two. Do NOT overfeed. This causes water quality issues.

Do not forget to vacuum the gravel and change 25% of your water once a week. This will keep the tank balanced and prevent problems.

Good luck!
BREX
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
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answer 2
I'm no expert but there are a few things that i noticed after setting up a new aquarium. . .

First off the fish can act strange in a new environment for a few days, especially if it is much different than the one they came from. Secondly, constant water changes are bad for new tank setups. The beneficial bacteria needs time to develop, so water changes of 50% or more can greatly reduce their numbers and eventually lead to dead fish. I would suggest changes of 20% every few days if your water appears cloudy, otherwise once a week should be fine. I have researched much about fish as i am relatively new to the hobby, but Goldfish are not as easy to keep as one might think. They tend to be very high waste producers, hence the need for beneficial bacteria to help keep the nitrate levels down that are created by waste and over-feeding. Also you need water movement on the surface to keep plenty of oxygen in the water. Most filters create the water movement necessary, so just another idea. The fish may just be stressed out so be sure to avoid water changes for a day or two also. Another thing i recently discovered is that when adding new fish to a tank, be sure not to put the water in the bags you brought them home into the tank. That water could contaminate your aquarium water, especially if any of the other fish at the store had diseases or were suffering is poor water quality. Just throwing things out there to try and help. Good Luck!

I actually setup a new 10gal tank today (also have a 20gal with fish) for nano shrimp and am planning to cycle my tank for two weeks before adding the shrimp. This will allow much time for the beneficial bacteria colony to grow (I added the bacteria I bought at the store) and adapt to the new tank and allow for a safe environment. I know that this isn't an option for you at the moment, but if the worst of luck occurs and the fish die yet again, you may want to consider something like this to stabilize the tank.
How long have you owned an aquarium? 6-12 months
Type of tank: Tropical
Size of tank: 11 to 20 gallons
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
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I bought the Aquarium Success Kit 15. The hood does not have an opening for the heater and filter system. What do I do?

How long have you owned an aquarium? Less than 6 months
Type of tank: Marine
Size of tank: 11 to 20 gallons
asked 2 years, 9 months ago
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Jose
California
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The back side of tank top has a cut out area (which I used sheetmetal cutters to start the holes for filter and heater,) I have just bought the same tank kit
How long have you owned an aquarium? 3+ years
Size of tank: 11 to 20 gallons
answered 2 years, 5 months ago
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littlebit
mo
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Hello,

Actually, there are little cut out areas along the back. If you look at the back of the hood, you will see areas that are scored. Take a utility knife along those areas to deepen the scores, then pop the areas out. One is for the filter and one is for the heater; you can tell which is which by the size and shape.

Regards,
BREX
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
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Can I get a full setup for a Turtle tank !!

Hello,

I looking for a complete set up for a turtle tank. I am looking for a size 24"(L)x15"(B)x15"(H) because I have cabinet which size is 24"(L) and 15"(B).

Would you mind to give me a estimate and all the details of the tank, filter, lighting, decor for turtle, thermostat, filter media etc. etc.

Waiting for your reply

Thanks
Abhi
How long have you owned an aquarium? 3+ years
Type of tank: Tropical
Size of tank: 21 to 50 gallons
asked 2 years, 7 months ago
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Abhi
Kolkata, India
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I got mine at Walmart for $50. But I don't know if that helps you.
answered 2 years, 6 months ago
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AmySue
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I'm not sure what the prices would be for you in India, and all I have to go by is American dollars. Here in the states, a full set-up as you detail could run you between $150-$200. I suggest visiting a local pet shop and discussing what your options are for your area.
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
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Kiley
Marketing
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Do I need a pump and filter? Please advise how much of what.

We have a used glass 55 gallon tank . We have washed it with clear water and bought new gravel also used some of the older ornaments ( large rocks and coral looking rock shapes also some plants ).
I bought a new tetra power filter multi-stage filtration 30-60 and a tetra whisper air pump for 30-60 gallon aquariums and an 18" bubble curtain. I have installed the filter but not the pump or the air curtain as of yet. Is it advisable to install it? I have read in some of the Q&A that it was suggested to install 2 60 gallon filters for a 75 gallon tank, why so much filtration and should it also have a pump? I am not trying to be cheap but it just seems to me that is a lot of over kill on the filtration along with a pump? Please explain because I AM confused as to what to do.
How long have you owned an aquarium? Less than 6 months
Type of tank: Tropical
Size of tank: Larger than 50 gallons
asked 2 years, 6 months ago
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Hurricane bait Alabama, Mobile bay area
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The needs to flow 4-5 times the volume or in your case 200-275 gph the higher end the better. Also make
sure it has a larger amount of filter media. air is ok matter of preference. I use air in my pond
but not in side esp. my planted aquarium
How long have you owned an aquarium? 3+ years
Type of tank: Tropical
Size of tank: Larger than 50 gallons
answered 2 years, 4 months ago
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dfrey
se Pa
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Hello,

A single filter up to 60 gallons is fine, but if you have two filters on a tank, one at each end, you get more even filtration. There is no such thing as too much filtration either. You also have a "backup" should one filter ever stop working for any reason.

In regards to air pumps and stones, additional air is very beneficial, encouraging a good biological filter, and preventing loss due to lack of oxygen should the power ever go off in your home. However, it is only recommended, and not completely necessary unless you have very large, messy fish such as goldfish or big cichlids. Small fish and live plants typically do not like a lot of air bubbles.

Air stones and bubble wands also help move water from the bottom of the tank to top, reducing stagnant areas.

So while they are not required, it doesn't hurt to have the additional air in the tank, and it may be a huge help during times of power outages, as air stones keep the levels of oxygen much higher in the tank than filtration alone can.

Regards,
BREX
answered 2 years, 6 months ago
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Temperature stabilization in glofish tank.

With the lights on, my glofish tank warms up quickly. How do I handle the night temperature drop when the lights are off?
How long have you owned an aquarium? 3+ years
Type of tank: Tropical
Size of tank: Less than 10 gallons
asked 2 years, 6 months ago
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Diane
Maryland
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Goldfish can handle a wide range of temps. 85 to 60 or even lower. too high temp lowers oxygen in tank
stress fish out then pron to diease you can add a heater but I only run one during winter time.
Temperature swings should be at a minimum 5 F fish do better when very thing is stable
How long have you owned an aquarium? 3+ years
Type of tank: Tropical
Size of tank: Larger than 50 gallons
answered 2 years, 4 months ago
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dfrey
se Pa
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Glo fish require a heater. They are a form of tropical fish. You will need to purchase a submersible heater through your local pet store.
Thanks.
answered 2 years, 6 months ago
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Tetra
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brown Algae

I set up a tank about a week ago and the features in the tank started to get a brown algae all over them. I have a 10 gallon tank with 5 small zebra danios in it with a top fin filter. what can I use to clear this up? can I stop it from forming again.
I also use dechlorinated city water.
How long have you owned an aquarium? Less than 6 months
Type of tank: Tropical
Size of tank: Less than 10 gallons
asked 2 years, 6 months ago
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Ga
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Cause
Excess silicates & nitrates
Inadequate light
Low oxygen levels
Brown algae is a common occurrence in a newly set up aquarium. It is generally caused by too little light, an excess of silicates, an abundance of nutrients, and too little oxygen. Silicates can build up through tap water that is high in silicic acid, and silicates that leech from some types of substrates.
Cure
Wipe off surfaces & vacuum gravel well
Use silicate adsorbing resin in the filter
Increase the lighting
Stock a plecostomus or several otocinclus
How long have you owned an aquarium? 3+ years
Type of tank: Tropical
Size of tank: Larger than 50 gallons
answered 2 years, 4 months ago
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A few things can cause excess algae. The first thing is direct sunlight on the tank. Make sure this isn't happening.

The next thing is excess nutrients. We suggest you have 1 inch of fish per 1 gallon of water. For example, a 10 gallon tank should only have 10 fish that are 1 inch each. You need 3 gallons of water per 1 inch of goldfish. More than this will elevate ammonia and nitrite levels. As a result, the algae will plenty to feed on.

You should do a 50% water change. Scrub down the insides of the glass. remove fake plants and ornaments, boil water and pour it over them. wait one whole day, then do a 25% water change. Cut back on your feeding. Your fish should eat all the food in 2 minutes or less.

This should help get your tank in good shape.
answered 2 years, 6 months ago
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Using amonia detoxifier withSafeStar

Unfortunately the instructions on my SafeStart bottle do not mention not using an ammonia detoxifier. I treated my new 65 gal tank with NovAqua+ water conditioner and AmQuel plus ammonia detoxifier before adding SafeStart. Now from what I am reading I basicly killed the SafeStart rendering it useless. Is this true and now what do I need to do??
How long have you owned an aquarium? 3+ years
Type of tank: Tropical
Size of tank: Larger than 50 gallons
asked 2 years, 6 months ago
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Boulder CO
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Amquel makes ammonia less toxic to the fish and is still food for your filter. So adding Safestart should still work because
it needs the food from ammonia weather its in toxic form or neutriziled with Amquel to help seed the filter.
How long have you owned an aquarium? 3+ years
Type of tank: Tropical
Size of tank: Larger than 50 gallons
answered 2 years, 4 months ago
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Most Chlorine removers & chemicals do kill the bacteria. Please have your water tested to see if the cycle has started.
Thanks.
answered 2 years, 6 months ago
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Tetra
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Does the Whisper Air device have to be placed above aquarium? I wanted to put it behind aquarium on table aquarium is on.

How long have you owned an aquarium? 6-12 months
Type of tank: Tropical
Size of tank: 11 to 20 gallons
asked 2 years, 5 months ago
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Medina
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if its a pump you can but add a air check valve near the top of the tank.
If you lose power the water will draw down to the pump and flood the room.
hope it helps
How long have you owned an aquarium? 3+ years
Type of tank: Tropical
Size of tank: Larger than 50 gallons
answered 2 years, 4 months ago
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Placing the unit on the table, at the same height as the tank, will require a check valve. Also, the flow will be reduced.
Thanks.
answered 2 years, 5 months ago
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Tetra
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How fast can Safestart speed up the cycling process of my aquarium?

Hi, I have a 137.8 L or a 36.4 gallon aquarium that is new... how fast can Safestart speed up the cycling process of the aquarium?
How long have you owned an aquarium? Less than 6 months
Type of tank: Tropical
Size of tank: 21 to 50 gallons
asked 2 years, 5 months ago
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Indonesia
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I hear good things about it and tetra says it will
I never have, but I seed my new tanks with bacteria from another tank

Good Luck
How long have you owned an aquarium? 3+ years
Type of tank: Tropical
Size of tank: Larger than 50 gallons
answered 2 years, 4 months ago
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The tank is safe for fish within 24 hours.
Thanks.
answered 2 years, 5 months ago
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Tetra
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Which Way Do I Put in the Blue Filter Cartridge?

I just got an Aqua-Tech with a 5-15 filter. I put in the white filter (closer to the front/toward the inside of the tank) and behind it is supposed to go the blue filter. Which way does the blue face? Should it face *away from* the white filter, toward the back?

The instructions say to face it "toward the back" but my blue filter is VERY close/tight up against the far side of the filter that way. Is this okay?

Also, my white filter has these little "finger" prong-like things...I have them facing toward the inside of the tank, and to the right...is this correct? Nothing seems to have a slot. :(
How long have you owned an aquarium? Less than 6 months
Type of tank: Goldfish
Size of tank: 11 to 20 gallons
asked 11 months ago
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MelanieK
SoCal
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Thank you so much, Brex!
answered 11 months ago
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MelanieK
SoCal
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You are correct on all accounts. :-) The blue faces the back. Note that there are two areas cut out on the black plastic frame. These areas should be on the right side of the filter, if you are in front of the tank facing the filter, and the cartridge is wider up top then at bottom.

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My Tetra Whisper 300 keeps tripping my GFCI

Probably about 30% of the time, either when it is coming on, or turning off, it trips my GFCI. I like the unit, but I don't have any non-GFCI power anywhere near my aquarium to use instead - is there anything I can do here? Inline power conditioner, something like that?
How long have you owned an aquarium? Less than 6 months
Size of tank: Larger than 50 gallons
asked 3 months ago
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Minneapolis
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GFCI = Ground Fault Interrupt, not breaker, huge difference.

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Rich
answered 2 months, 3 weeks ago
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The power consumption of this unit should not cause your breaker to kick. The fact that it only occurs 30 percent of the time would also indicate a potential other issue. Do you have the air pump above the tank or do you have a check valve in place? Is this air pump plugged into a surge protector? All of the above could be factors as to what you are experiencing.

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How do I safely clean an aquarium before setting it up?

asked 2 years, 10 months ago
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If you purchased a new aquarium, simply rinsing it out with water will be enough. When you get a "new" used aquarium, the most important thing to remember is what not to do. Do not clean the aquarium out with soapy water or with cleaning products. You should simply clean out the aquarium with hot water. If you wish, you can mix some non-iodized salt in the water you are using to clean the tank. You may want to use a razor blade to scrape off any algae or calcium clusters which you can't remove from the glass with water alone.
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
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Should I rinse my gravel before adding it to the aquarium?

asked 2 years, 10 months ago
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Yes, you should remove the gravel from the bag and place it in a clean bucket. Run water over the gravel to remove any dust that may be on it. Then hold the gravel in place and empty the water from the bucket. This will clean the gravel for you.
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
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Waterfall Globe - what is the little moter thing in the globe? And where is it supposed to go?

How long have you owned an aquarium? Less than 6 months
Type of tank: Goldfish
Size of tank: Less than 10 gallons
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Thank you for your inquiry. That would be a part of your filter system. The motor goes on the bottom of the filter, and pulls the water up into it. The water flowing through the cartridge is how the water is cleaned.

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TIPS ON SETTING UP A 75 GAL

HI I UJUST RECIEVED A 75 GAL TANK FROM MY DAD WITH ALL THE MACHINERY NEEDED ANY TIPS AND OR IDEAS ON WHAT PROPER PRODUCTS,FISH, ETC NEED I AM OPEN TO ANY AND ALL IDEAS
How long have you owned an aquarium? 6-12 months
Type of tank: Tropical
Size of tank: Less than 10 gallons
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Congratulations on your new tank! How exciting! Assuming you are going to do a freshwater tank, you would want a filter for up to 100 gallons. Or some people use two filters, one at each end of the tank, to provide all the filtration they need. You have several options. You could use for example, two of the Whisper 60 filters or two Whisper EX 70 filters. Another option would be to use a canister filter. Our other division, Marineland, makes an awesome canister called the C-360. This powerhouse has four huge trays filled with coarse sponges, carbon packs, bioballs, ceramic rings, and a polishing cloth. It would be all that your tank would need to keep it clean.

Lighting has really evolved over the past few years, so we highly recommend LED lighting. It gives a more natural look to the tank, puts off virtually no heat, is energy efficient, and you never have to replace a light bulb.

With a tank as large as a 75 gallon, you have many options. You could design a biotope tank for example. This would be where you pick certain species of fish from one part of the world and build the tank to represent their most natural environment. One of my favorites is a South American Amazon River biotope. This contains natural gravel, real driftwood, live plants such as amazon swordplants, java fern, brazilian sword, etc, and schools of rummy nosed tetras, neon tetras, other tetras, various corydoras catfish, dwarf ram cichlids, and either angelfish or discus as the showpiece. If you opted for discus, they are the kings of the tropical freshwater fish world and require certain parameters, and very large, very frequent water changes. They are well worth it though. Order them through companies such as Mac's Discus or Rocky Mountain Discus, online, for the best fish. A simpler, less expensive South American fish would be the classic angelfish. These are very impressive and make a nice centerpiece in a South American biotope.

If you prefer more aggressive, larger fish, we would then recommend a pair of oscars, and perhaps a shovelnosed catfish. Or a green terror, texas cichlid, midas cichlid. There are many wonderful cichlid combinations. You could build a rocky environment for African cichlids such as labeotropheus, zebras, johannis, etc.

We have probably just given you enough information to whet your appetite. If you would like to ask specific questions, please call our experts at 1-800-526-0650. They will be happy to help you.

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I set up my new tank why is the water cloudy?

I have set up my new 20 gallon tank. I used your set up tablets and now the water is cloudy. I have added water clarifyer but it has not helped. What can I do to get the water to clear up?
How long have you owned an aquarium? 3+ years
Type of tank: Tropical
Size of tank: 11 to 20 gallons
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Assuming you have not added any fish yet, this is a "bloom" caused by microscopic animals such as plankton and paramecium. They are harmless, and will eventually clear up. Go ahead and test your water for pH, alkalinity, ammonia, nitrite, and so forth, and add 1 or 2 very small fish to start the tank. Cloudy water off and on over the first month or so is not unusual, and as long as the water quality parameters are all okay, should be largely ignored. Add fish very slowly, one at a time, after the initial one or two have been in the tank for about three weeks, and do 10% water changes with a gravel vacuum every one to two weeks. Also, be sure to feed only one piece of food per fish, once a day, for the first month. The cloudiness will disappear once the tank matures.

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