Using Carbon in a Freshwater Aquarium - Rate My Fish Tank

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I feel really stupid but I am fresh fish when it comes to an aquarium, and the lingo, what is RO water, I am having the same issue with my PH, it exceeds 8.2 and I have done everything from baking soda, to water changes. I am glad that there are ideas, peat moss I have not tried. Thanks a the Advice. Have a Very Happy New Years.
Worms in the aquarium. Are they common? Who can get them? What can I do about them? And what do they mean for the health of my fish?
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Much of the information available here is derived from my opinionsand based on over two decadesof raising tropical fish, maintaining my own tanks, helping friends toget their own aquaria started, extensive reading of literatureavailable regarding the aquarium hobby and industry, and, morerecently, running the fish department at Bozeman Pet Center. I havealso incorporated information based on feedback I have gotten fromothers who may have more experience with specific equipment andinformation based on some of the most frequently asked I get. I have also included someinformation on why people often get from varioussources on fish care. My Tank Has Cloudy Water And My Fish Are Dying :( | My Aquarium Club
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My recommendation for any beginning aquariist would be to use tapwater unless you know there is a reason to not use your tap water,such as your local municipal water supply is know to be contaminatedwith some toxin. In general, for a beginner, tap water will be thebest choice. It should be excellent for a wide variety of fish, isreadily available, is cheap, and is easy to prepare for use in yourfish tank (you just need to remember to ). Tap water usually hasknown and relatively stable parameters, and tends to be reasonablychemically stable, so sudden fluctuations in pH or other parametersare unlikely unless you start messing with them.All aquarium owners have looked at their tank at least one time and noticed a fish was missing. The happy ending to that story is that the fish was behind something, and reappeared in short order. However, sometimes the fish is never found at all. In some cases, a body is never found either. Why do fish go missing sometimes, and how can a fish simply vanish into thin air? Any time a fish goes missing, it's important to try to find it and determine what happened. If fish continue to mysteriously disappear, the need to determine the cause is even more important.This is my new 2ft tropical fish tank, first ever in fact. This video is just an explanation of my aquarium. I'm obviously an amateur, though willing to gain skills ready for a much larger tank and expensive, extravagant breeds of fish.

My Fish Diet: Tropical Fish Food - two small feeds a day (cucumber once a fortnight for catfish)

Cleaning Of The Tank: I minimise the amount of times I change of the water to twice a month. During the water change I clean the gravel with the gravel siphon and only change 30% of the water. I have all necessary drops that's required when changing fresh water.

Lights on/off: The Tank lights are only on between 9am - 9pm. Giving the fish time to relax and sleep.

If there are any tips which you think I will need, please comment. Thank you xFirst, remember your own safety. If you are catching a fish withsharp teeth, strong jaws, sharp or venomous fins, or that could harmyou in other ways, always bear that in mind. Remember that a fish thatcan bite off a finger should never be held. You will have to rely onthe net to support them - and that means having the bucket you aremoving them into that much closer to the aquarium you are catchingthem from. Similarly if a fish can sting you, whether that sting isjust a nuisance, incapacitating, or deadly, you need to not hold thatfish.