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  1. Hi Guys I just purchased a Fluval 407 on Amazon and followed the setup process, From the get go the impeller has rattled, i am getting flow and no air discharge so this makes me belive its not a air lock. I also have checked all seals and they all appear to be working. I can only think its...
  2. I'm getting back into the hobby and want to do it right. I’m double the original budget already (was going to go 75gl) so I’m hoping I have a good plan. Tank: 130-gallon 72x24x24 w/ glass top Background: Universal rocks Texas wall in brown and a few stacking rocks (may do real or fake...
  3. South American Cichlids
    I am setting up a 45-gallon tank and was wondering how many gold or Bolivian rams I could do. Also, some tank mates for them. Right now, I have 2 angelfish and wanted to add them with the rams.
  4. Central American Cichlids
    My 125 south American tank. Curious as to what size tank yall would recommend for this group. They are all about a year old and it's not too crowded now but in another 6 months I will need to make an upgrade. Will 210 be enough or would 265 be better? 265 will be tough in the space but if...
  5. Unidentified Cichlids
    Bought two of these Cichlids at local shop when first setting up tank,they since bred twice,have 7 growing fast now,took parents back to shop, hopefully no more breeding for a while,would be grateful if someone has idea what Cichlid ??,Fish Shop just sold as Malawi Chiclids.
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