Posts by Avery

    I’d have to say when I adding in a pretty badly attacked black knife eel as a friend was tearing down their tank, only to notice a day or two later that it completely killed all of my other community fish in the tank (not sure if it was an attack feast, or if it was super hungry, or what). Kinda sucked the most as doing a favor tended to make me restart my whole tank.

    I tend to dip the plants a few times in vinegar and a light copper solution (as copper kills snails and most invertebrates). Then I rinse them throughly in water to make sure the copper treatment is gone so it’s safe for my tanks that do have invertebrates and snails (the ones that I do want that is).

    I would probably say the aspect of needing more equipment. A ton of times you can get away with just a tank, heater, and filter with freshwater - although saltwater requires more equipment for daily use and for maintaining levels (ex; making sure the salinity is the same when doing water changes).

    Since everyone has their own personal opinion on how much substrate they like, if they want it level or at a grade around the tank, and other aspects. What is your preferred substrate depth and does it vary from substrate type (ex; gravel/sand/soil/etc.)?

    Where do you end up sourcing your aquascaping material from? Do you source it at your local stores, online, or even around your home in nature itself?

    This can range from wood, rocks, to other items that are aquarium safe to give it that biotop feel/look.

    From a friend who does this all of the time;


    Put polarized sunglasses on and look at a known peice of tempered glass compared to a known non-tempered peice of glass.

    I believe it looks similar to the reflective rainbow I see when I look at my trucks side glass which is tempered.I believe it looks similar to the reflective rainbow I see when I look at my trucks side glass which is tempered.

    Otherwise I’d highly recommend on calling the manufacturer and seeing what they say.

    I’ve seen a few do it, but I never had a tank that either was too experience for a stand - or was an odd shape and therefore a common stand isn’t really an option.

    For strength, I’m sure one could use some type of CAD program or even go to a lumbar yard and see what they would recommend for thickness of wood and what type of wood to use.

    Do you use a protein skimmer for your freshwater tanks, and if so, what made you set one up?

    I personally use one for my turtle tank, however I don’t use it in any of my other fish only tanks since I never really had a protein layer on the surface build up enough to warrant one.

    I believe that the fish major thing that wiped out one of my tanks when I was starting with either Ich or it possibly was something else in the form of a parasite.

    As far as cleaning, I used a ton of vinegar, magic erasers, and water to clean it fully out. Then I setup new filter media, and let the tank run through a cycle for a month and half.

    By then anything that was there is surely dead without any hosts available.

    It really depends on your lighting and the corals you have. A vast majority do fine without any extra feeding, although some do better when fed if they aren’t getting enough nutrients from the light or waste that is being created in your tank. Some even do good as they are normally indirectly fed by fish who swim between them and get trapped.

    As a basic answer, is it required? No - but feeding them CAN provide them with more nutrients which will allow for them to grow and be more vibrant under a light.