Questions tagged [maintenance]

The process of maintaining, or preserving, something. Either by making repairs or replacements to it.

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What is the level of effort for this fish tank? [duplicate]

One a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being metaphysically impossible) what is the level of effort to start and maintain a salt water tank with coral and fish (like the picture) for an amature? I currently have ...
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What is the best way to clean soil substrate in my aquarium?

I recently set up a tank for a Betta sorority (I'm letting it cycle till we have everything) and as a substrate we have dirt. I was under the impression we just clean it like sand using a wider gravel ...
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Pet Insurance: with no pedigree for a street-rescued cat, is it necessary to disclose suspected but unconfirmed breed?

If one has a cat they're pretty sure is a Manx - he has a short tail - but rescued him from the side of the road, is it necessary to when signing him up for pet insurance to tell them the breed he ...
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Which dogs shed the least?

My son want a puppy like yesterday. We will be going to an animal donation center tomorrow. My wife is adamant that it has be be a dog that doesn't shed fur. I don't know if such a breed exists, ...
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Looking for an automated aquarium

I'm looking for a fully automated aquarium. Need an automatically timed feeder for the fish Could the aquarium could automatically clean itself A battery backup for both the feeder and the cleaning ...
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Could my gravel be causing my tank to be cloudy?

I have several freshwater aquariums a 5 gallon, a 10g, x2 20g, a 29g, a 55g and an outdoor 300 gal pond. Aside from the pond, I started with one community tank and now have a rescue tank, a neon ...
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Can I guess on information requested by pet insurance forms?

I've recently adopted a found cat. Looking into pet insurance many forms ask for unknown information; e.g. date of birth. Is it ok to guess such information, should we contact those companies to ...
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Better solution for holding appliances inside the aquarium?

We've all seen these devices. They're the suction-cup clamps used to affix heaters, filter intakes, tubing, and other appliances inside the aquarium. But the suction cups quickly deteriorate and no ...
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Why do you need to change the water in your fish tank?

There are several posts here about the right ways and wrong ways to change water in your fish tank, and all the ways it can go wrong. Why do you need to change it? It would seem unlikely that water ...
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What remaining equipment do I need for a marine aquarium? [closed]

I want to convert my soft water aquarium into marin aquarium, but before I do that I want to make sure I have all the required equipments and few critical equipments in spare as well. I already have ...
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What will happen if a young labrador is not given proper exercise? [closed]

I am a college student in India. I own a four month old labrador dog. I just want to know about the importance of exercise for that breed. Can anyone help me?
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Is the “Million Bubble Air Pump” necessary for the long-term health of sea-monkeys?

I got my son a Sea-Monkey set several months ago. It's just a very basic set, which had the eggs, the plastic tank, some food, and a feeding spoon. It's been doing very well, and we've had ...
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Are enzyme treatments more effective than vinegar for removing rabbit urine?

In this answer, I was directed to use an enzyme treatment like "Natures Miracle" on my rabbit's pee stains. To date, I've always used vinegar, which seemed to work well. Enzyme treatments are more ...
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How can I keep a guinea pig clean?

We recently adopted a guinea pig and in contrast to our rabbits, he's a smelly slob. We clean his cage every other day, yet he's still musty. He has a litter pan which he uses, but still ...
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How do I eliminate the black algae from my planted aquarium?

My aquarium has live plants with a betta, hatchet fish, barbs, a cory, and a Siamese algae eater. Black algae is growing on the decorations and glass. I scraped it off the glass. What else should I ...
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Would a new 500 L marine aquarium need to be cycled again if upgraded from 80 L nearly finished cycling?

I have a 500 L aquarium I would like to fill with saltwater and eventually fish. I have an 80 L tank starting to cycle now on the 3rd week, containing about 2 kg of live rock. I plan to partially ...
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Can I repair a leaking aquarium without removing all the water and fish?

If my aquarium begins to leak, I know I could repair it by removing everything, applying silicone (or another sealant), waiting for it to cure, and then starting over. If the leakage is at the top of ...
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Is it ok if I stir the substrate of my aquarium?

I have an aquarium with a 5 cm (+- 2 in) rock-and-clay pellets substrate. I stir it every 6 months, to remove some of algae and so on that is deposited there. That way, the water gets a bit muddy and ...
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Does a pond have to be covered with a net during fall?

There are several different trees and bushes surrounding our pond. As fall season peaks, the amount of leaves and needles falling into the pond gets quite high. There are koi, sturgeon and goldfish ...
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How does one effectively “cycle” an aquarium?

I have read that prior to putting fish in an aquarium, one must "cycle" the tank so that bacteria that eat ammonia will produce nitrate, and nitrate-eating bacteria will make nitrite. I understand ...
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How can I permanently reduce the pH level of my aquarium?

I have an aquarium with some rocks and substrate mixture, and about 15 small fishes. The pH level of the water is always high (7.6 - 8), away from the recommended value for the fishes I have. I want ...
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How to remove the algae from the glass of an aquarium?

I have an aquarium and it has algae on the glass. The algae is somehow so attached to the glass that I´m afraid I'd scratch the glass if I tried to clean it using some hard plastic. How can I remove ...