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  1. You're more then welcome to talk whoever you want out of their tanks. That doesn't matter to me. I made a point that she can have what she wants and she just has to look into it and you come back arguing about a couch. Lol supportive all around.
  2. Um no.No. Structural engineer husband's response: "A four person couch is roughly 91” x 30” or converted to square feet is 19 square feet. Say each of the four people is 300 pounds. That is 1200 pounds total. 1200 pounds over 19 square feet is 63 pounds per square foot. That is the same as 12” of water. If your tank has more than 12” high water, the load effect is higher than four 300 pound people sitting on a couch." Thats a very percise couch you must have. Better tell the millions of people with massive fish tanks that arent directly on a slab that they shouldnt have a tank right?
  3. You definitely don't need to put the tank on a slab. That is insane. People all over the world have 200+ gallon fish tanks in old houses on 2nd, 3rd, and way up in condos. If you can check out how the floors were made to ensure they weren't designed by 1st graders using 1x1" support beams then you're golden. Wood is strong. Houses are strong. Your floors are strong. Think of how much weight they currently hold. Their designed to hold more. Look at a family of 4 sitting on a couch, how much weight is right there?
  4. I just put a 150gallon, with 50 gallon sump, in a 40 or 50 year old house, second floor. And that's all in a 4ft by 2ft area, not even spread out over 6-8ft like most 150gals You would be surprised what your floors can handle. Especially in newer houses. I might suggest speaking to a structural engineer if you're super worried. And ensuring the tank is against a load bearing wall. In a corner next to 2 load bearing walls would be best. If I was me... I would do it.... I've all ready done it lol.
  5. You should be good to just fill it up. Unless it got super cold or baked in the sun.
  6. Hey now. Youd be surprised at how many people research and still salt their plecos [emoji14]
  7. Prazi is awesomely safe. Ive used it in my reef and the corals and various snails and all other critters did just fine. Plecos will be fine with prazi. But like everyone else said no salt.
  8. I painted the back of mine to avoid the bleh of the backgrounds you can buy, plus my new reef tank was 7" taller then any background you could purchase. I view my tanks from the sides so no, definitely didn't paint the sides. Used sand so didn't bother painting the bottom either.
  9. It depends how they were sealed. There are 2 normal ways to seal drilled holes. 1 is to keep the bulkhead in the hole and use a threaded plug with Teflon tape to plug the hole. This means the stand for the tank cannot be solid. It must have a spot for the bulkhead cut into it. The other is to use another square piece of acrylic and add some sealant of some kind and just place that over the holes. I personally would NEVER get a used tank. Not worth the risk. You cannot use silicone on acrylic. IT just doesn't bond properly. Many people would try and use a piece of acrylic or glass and silicone that over the drilled holes. That will not hold properly.
  10. You will want to copy and paste this form, and fill it out in your topic here. Please fill out the entire form. http://www.kokosgoldfish.invisionzone.com/forum/index.php?/topic/116133-help-request-check-list/#entry1690453
  11. You will want to copy this form and fill it out. Then the helpers can better narrow down the perfect treatment for your fish. Please check this link for the form. http://www.kokosgoldfish.invisionzone.com/forum/index.php?/topic/116133-Help-Request-Check-List#entry1690453
  12. This is frightening.... It can do harm in lesser quantities then you think. A small dab of cocoa powder on the nose can kill a 100lb dog. Small quantities of chocolate can still cause extreme liver damage. So no. The animals dont need to eat "quite a lot" to do harm, including big dogs. And while most chocolate people eat like a kit kat or mars bar isnt true chocolate, small pieces of good quality chocolate is more then enough to make a large dog very ill or kill a small one. Same goes for raisins! Please dont let your pets have grapes or raisins! I think issues you guys are running accross here is the ornamental variety of a sweet potato is going to be different then the variety grown for producing sweet potatos we would eat. There are many many varieties of sweet potatos so dont lump them all together. http://www.nola.com/homegarden/index.ssf/2012/05/ornamental_sweet_potato_vine_i.html http://www.ehow.com/facts_7358468_sweet-potato-vine-toxic_.html Cutout from wikipedia Potato (Solanum tuberosum). Potatoes contain toxic compounds known asglycoalkaloids, of which the most prevalent are solanine and chaconine. Solanine is also found in other members of the Solanaceaeplant family, which includes Atropa belladonna("deadly nightshade") and Hyoscyamus niger("henbane") (see entries below). The concentration of glycoalkaloid in wild potatoes is sufficient to produce toxic effects in humans. The toxin affects the nervous system, causing headaches, diarrhea and intense digestive disturbances, cramps, weakness and confusion, and in severe casescoma and death. Poisoning from cultivated potatoes occurs very rarely, however, as toxic compounds in the potato plant are generally concentrated in the green portions of the plant and in the fruits, and cultivated varieties contain smaller concentrations than wild plants.[16][17] Cooking at high temperatures (over 170 °C or 340 °F) also partly destroys the toxin. However, exposure to light, physical damage, and age can increase glycoalkaloid content within the tuber,[18] the highest concentrations occurring just underneath the skin. Tubers that are exposed to light turn green from chlorophyll synthesis, thus giving a visual clue as to areas of the tuber that may have become more toxic; however, this does not provide a definitive guide, as greening and glycoalkaloid accumulation can occur independently of each other. Some varieties of potato contain greater glycoalkaloid concentrations than others; breeders developing new varieties test for this, and sometimes have to discard an otherwise promising cultivar. Breeders try to keep solanine levels below 200 mg/kg (200 ppmw). However, when these commercial varieties turn green, even they can approach concentrations of solanine of 1000 mg/kg (1000 ppmw). The U.S. National Toxicology Program suggests that the average American consume no more than 12.5 mg/day of solanine from potatoes (the toxic dose is actually several times this, depending on body weight). HOWEVER The sweet potato or kumara (Ipomoea batatas) is a dicotyledonous plant that belongs to the family Convolvulaceae. Its large, starchy, sweet-tasting, tuberous roots are a root vegetable.[1][2] The young leaves and shoots are sometimes eaten asgreens. Ipomoea batatas is native to the tropical regions in the Americas.[3][4] Of the approximately 50 genera and more than 1,000 species of Convolvulaceae, I. batatas is the only crop plant of major importance—some others are used locally (e.g. I. aquatica(kangkong)), but many are poisonous. The sweet potato is only distantly related to thepotato (Solanum tuberosum) and does not belong to the nightshade family AND https://hort.purdue.edu/newcrop/proceedings1999/v4-388.html So look as the varieties SUB SPECIES before writing them all off.
  13. I cant see your location from the app, but what about petco sales? And as long as you cut out the silicone you put in properly, you can still reuse the tank. The glass doesnt suddenly become toxic. However because it previously leaked, unless you phyiscally pull all the panes apart so you have 5 loose pieces of glass, clean all those up, re-silicone them together, then do your interior silicone..... which only professionals should do, i would never trust a tank that has previously leaked. Most people only re do the interior seals and that leaves the primary seals between the glass comprimised. Better to spend a few extra bucks then have your floors flooded. I personally will never buy used again.
  14. You can do it like when you bring a new fish home Put them ina smaller container so youre not using as much water Add a bit of the new water at a time Take some old water out. Moving to a higher ph isnt as rough as moving to a lower one. And your difference isnt huge either so.
  15. I may not be a certified helper but you really need to get them out of that tank asap. GE I and II Have been linked to numerous tank crashes and issues and it is not aquarium safe. Heres a link to a thread from the reef forum im on. http://www.canreef.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=88439 I know no linking to other forums but it has good info.
  16. There are multiple ways you can make a tank like that fit in a small car. Its quite skinney and short so even easier. Back seat. Open the trunk and put the back seats down. Lay the front pass seat down and put it in the front like a human. Slide the front seat forward and put it on an angle in the back seat.
  17. I believe I was looking into getting one of those snakes at a pet shop but I can't deal with keeping hamsters in the same room in case it escaped If you keep it in a proper enclosure it wont escape.Ive kept snakes for years and never had anyone escape. That amazon tree boa was kept in a large exo terra and the clips on the screen lid were broken, she never escaped. My rats were kept on top of my snake rack right beside the amazons exo for the longest time. No issue. But if you have poor enclosures for any of your animals then there will be issues. Just dont get poor quality stuff
  18. Arghhhh 2 more weeks until i head back to my parents and upgrade my salt tank. .... And rip down my empty goldie tank.
  19. They fit quite large as they are mens sizes. Perhaps somebody with a 2x can measure it side to side? They are very pretty shirts, it would be a shame to miss out
  20. Just thought id add. Nipping comes in many shapes and forms. They can do just the tips or the whole thing. Often tricking people into thinking its caused by objects in the tank. Can be brought on by stress, boredom, even their tail being too big for them. Many many reasons. Recently my dude ripped a massive chunk out of his beautiful tail right to the base after being fed up with being confined to a 1litre jar (vacation). The butt face did it the night before we were going back home and he would be in his big tank again.
  21. That's looks like tail biting. Filtration of some sort and air movement is good for them.
  22. My fluval c4 motor went belly up, so i took that off and replaced it with the motor from my ac 70. You just twist it off and put a new one on. Their supposed to be pulled off and cleaned on a regular basis.
  23. I've had swords and crypts all go though .3% QT just fine. The crypts I managed to kill when I put them in the main tank after a few weeks. Ive never put Hygrophilia though QT so cant comment on that. And never owned Onion, lilys or Banana plants.
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