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Old 05-25-2011, 08:25 AM   #1381 
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Oh ya my 2.5s have never had a problem but my 20 was always around 72*.

So preset heaters stop at about 78-80*? That's good to know! I am putting it in the tank tomorrow and will watch the temp and how the heater is for about 5 days. That way I know if it has electrical problems or something.
@Laughing: It might. It depends what quality it is. I've had cheap ones that are "preset" to 78-80 but heated the water way above room temperature to mid-80s. Or you might have a nicer one that actually keeps the tank at 78-80. But you'll be watching, so you should be fine :)
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Old 05-25-2011, 03:38 PM   #1382 
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Oh, and question: One of my coworkers bought me a lovely red veiltail and betta pellets last week for the tank that's been empty by my desk :) I noticed today that they're Hikari BABY pellets. I don't have the normal-sized pellets to compare them to, so how many should I feed him? Would three baby pellets be about the same amount as two regular ones? I feed him twice a day, when I get into work and right before I leave. (The composition of these baby pellets is the same as the Hikari non-baby ones.)
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Old 05-25-2011, 05:47 PM   #1383 
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Has anyone had any luck using LED lights to grow plants?

My 3 gallon has LED's above it and my sword seems to like the light, i'm thinking of changing my other two tanks to LED's too. My other tanks seem to be warmer than my 3 gallon and the only thing i can think it is is the lights in the hoods. If i bought strips of LED's i could rig them up over the tanks so maybe they'd be cooler during the summer.

Trouble is both tanks are planted and i don't want the plants to die.

Also, the bacteria "death" my 5 gallon experienced the other day seems to have actually been bacteria sleeping or hiding or out for a walk or something. I checked the water parameters yesterday to find high nitrite levels and a healthy amount of nitrates. The cycle looks like it's back on track. So strange.
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Old 05-25-2011, 09:36 PM   #1384 
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Since one of my males have parasites and if I put him in a split tank with two other males would he give them parasites too?
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Old 05-25-2011, 09:38 PM   #1385 
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tsoto, chances are he could, so I'd leave him in QT until he's better.
pheonix, I've used LED lights, and they were nice. :)
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Old 05-26-2011, 06:43 PM   #1386 
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What is the best treatment for algae? I have a thin film on the surface and brownish algae growing on my decorations. I just took them out Monday, scrubbed everything down, changed out the water and it is back. What should I do?
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Old 05-26-2011, 06:53 PM   #1387 
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lighting probably isn't optimal. What is your lighting like, and how long do you keep them on?
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Old 05-26-2011, 07:01 PM   #1388 
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I didn't even think about my lightening. I bet that is it. I have it on for about 12 hours. LED light that came with the tank and I had to put a lamp by it for my moss ball I have. And the lamp has the spiral bulbs.
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Old 05-26-2011, 09:27 PM   #1389 
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do you know their kelvin and wattage, and how larger your tank is? Also, 12 hours is overdoing it. 10 is enough :)
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Old 05-26-2011, 09:45 PM   #1390 
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A good cure is a good cleaning out. Dont mess around with any kind of chemical algae remover or anything. Water changes help, too!
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