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  1. Wow. That is a fantastic result from just one filter. You must have had some pretty great starting images to work with.
  2. Aquariums can support denitrifying bacteria in some situations. If you have plants these may hit a point where they remove all the nitrogenous waste as well.
  3. That's a very clever idea. It's a gimmick, but still. I'd get a huge kick out of one of those if I had a display tank. A magnetic glass cleaner? Man, I don't know how I'd live without them sometimes. They're pretty nice for deep tanks or ones with objects/plants close to the glass.
  4. Of course not. Just like I wouldn't let you maintain my tanks, we clearly have incompatible methods.
  5. ???Yes, it is a bit confusing. First a 10-gallon cycle can't succeed because of water volume, then turnover, then gph, then filter media... I am not the one moving the goalposts. Yes, successful cycling is dependent on whether or not there's enough surface area for bacteria to colonize. The great news is you can put media with high surface area into a small filter. Just don't get it plugged up so water doesn't flow through. (As you've pointed out, higher surface area is why canister filters often work better than HOB filters with the same gph.) Send me fish and a filter and I'll be glad to undertake the experiment. Otherwise, no thanks. I already know most of these these hard-line "impossibilities" dictated by common knowledge are not real impossibilities, and I don't have a couple pounds of fish I'm willing to keep in a 10-gallon atm.
  6. Then if your tank isn't cycled you have the wrong amount of media.
  7. I have a SunSun which has been working awesome. I hear Eheims are nice too though.
  8. shhhhhhhhhhhh! they're referring to tropicals... :rofl My guppies' "feed me" dance compares nicely though.
  9. ???She doesn't need live food immediately. Not ever really, it's just nice to have. What's wrong with microworms? As far as I know, BBS are just easier to deal with. I hated microworms. Kiara, if cost is so much of an issue, I can send you ~50 grams of eggs and a small air pump. The pumps come with a filter I use for my guppy tanks but I run them all off one so I have the extras sitting in a drawer unused. That should be enough to give 60 fry a kickstart.
  10. So is there no way to keep sand on top? Put sand with smaller particles underneath. No good way I have run across. Soil may have some potential.
  11. Big particles will wind up on top almost always.
  12. Yeah, they still eat pellets too. They'll eat about anything I give them, I think. All of the bowl-dwellers together for cleaning. I like how algae is starting to coat the inside already. And two of the pond-dwellers with a mess of guppies. They were really skittish for a while, but they're starting to learn I'm the Food God and not some kind of predator. The guppies, as always, will swim right up top by me no matter how much room they have to hide. I need to get a polarizing filter and blot out those reflections.
  13. You can get potasium permanganate from a hardware store. It's used for regenerating certain types of water filters.
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