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What is special about an aquarium using no carbon dioxide, no fertilizer and no filter?

It is special in a sense that most aquarium setups include a lot of equipment, mainly a filter; the filter facilitates cultivation of nitrifying bacteria that are responsible for neutralization of ...
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How to test if fish tank will break and flood my house?

This link here outline pretty well how to check for bad sign around an used tank and also outline how to prepare the tank for your use. I will resume briefly what to check but I leave the link so you ...
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How to prevent my cat from deconstructing cat fountain?

Try a different fountain. You might like the look of that specific fountain, but it's made of lightweight plastic pieces that are assembled in a way that allows them to be easily moved by a pet (a ...
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Activated charcoal filters + fan for covered litter box?

A few things: You should be careful with covered litter boxes, some cats will decide that they don't like being in a confined space. Adding a fan to this situation could force a cat who is on the ...
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Are cat tracker devices too heavy to put on a cat's collar?

A cat tracker weighing 10 grams is not too heavy for your cat, but cats in general do not like to have objects hanging around their neck. I think it is better to get your cat microchipped to avoid it ...
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Is a carbon or cartridge filter necessary in an aquarium with a simple biofilter?

Firstly, thank you for reading about the nitrogen cycle before getting fish! That's a +1 straight away. Biofilter is a bit of a funny term, really, because all filters technically become biofilters as ...
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Are cat tracker devices too heavy to put on a cat's collar?

The main concern here should not be the weight, but attachment. When putting a collar on a cat, one should make sure to get one that has a safety unlock feature that opens the collar by weight, and ...
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Replacing gravel plants and ornaments in fish tank

The most important will be to keep your beneficial bacteria so you won't have to cycle your tank again. Fill your temporary tank with water from the main tank and if possible the old filter, so the ...
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How do I read my new tropical fish thermometer?

You don't exactly mention what your difficulty is in reading the thermometer. The scale from bottom to top reads 0, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40 (combine the digits left and right of the indicator). ...
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Adequate UV light for my birds

The UV light you need is UV-A and UV-B (wavelength of 300-400 nm). Be absolutely sure it is NOT under 300 nm and be sure to put the lights at a couple of meters from the cage (shortwave UV-B is the ...
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Is there a "shock collar" that doesn't actually shock the pet, but instead just makes loud noises?

You bet there is! PetSafe has a ton of products that will help you, I sold a lot of their products back in the day and people were really happy with the results. 1) In ground cat fence, this one has ...
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How do I read my new tropical fish thermometer?

To add to what JAD has already pointed out, these thermometers can be difficult to read. I was in the same position when I started fish keeping. The key to being able to see where the red line appears ...
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What is the correct order of elements in Haqos EX1500 External Aquarium Filter

The HAQOS EX1500 sucks water from the sectioned tube that is build into the filtration stages and goes all the way down. This filter circulates water through the stages from top to bottom. Once water ...
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Is my lighting correct for a bearded dragon?

Reptiles need to thermoregulate so you should always have a daytime basking light along with the tube UVB light for the cooler end. Mercury vapor bulbs or metal halide bulbs for basking are the ...
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Can it harm my water pump if I limit the input with a valve?

Short answer, Yes it can. Your product link is not English, and I did not see diagrams. Different designs can have different issues. Less water is probably better then sucking air, so your solution ...
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What's the purpose of a gravel blockage of a mat filter?

It's just to prevent gravel from sliding into the corner when the filter is removed for maintenance or to be replaced. Without it, a person would typically need to use both hands when changing the ...
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Better solution for holding appliances inside the aquarium?

I used silicon sealant in my Oscars tank as he kept moving the heater and tank décor. As long as it's practical to lower the water level whilst you do it, it's a great permanent solution. Just be sure ...
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Aquarium lighting systems that follow seasonal changes?

Easy way.. buy a dawn to dusk photo cell. Wire it to a relay. Normal switching for photo cell porch light. On at dark, off at dawn. Relay on at night cuts power to your lights. At dawn relay off send ...
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How to bridle a young horse

Dealing with my own young horse ATM (she had basic training a while before I got her, but she was left in the pasture for a long time, and decided she'd rather not work), and here is what I've learned ...
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What can I do to prepare my horse for backing

If you've taught her to accept the blanket already, that's very good. First, I'd start simply by grooming her. If she accepts being groomed all over her body, then start with a saddlepad; let her ...
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Sponges for mechanical particle filters for aquariums

Do not use kitchen sponges or other types of household sponges, they have been produced using different chemicals to make them softer and often fire resistant; this is toxic to life in water. You can ...
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Do pond fish need a pump, filter, or aerator, considering that this is not found in natural ponds?

In nature the fish only live in these ponds that have a good quality. The other ponds have either only plants and algae, or are more muddy, stinky places without higher forms of life. If you have a ...
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Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) characteristic for safe cat/dog static shocker

Short answer: Don't ever administer electrical shocks to pets because you cannot control how well the current is conducted through the fur. The following information is my personal experience as a ...
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I want to be prepared for my fish

The most important thing a fish keeper should know, especially a new person to the hobby, is knowing about the nitrogen cycle. I do not know if your do know about that already, but I will still give ...
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Light spectrum visible to hamsters

From a more technical perspective: IR is a notion for a wide range of wavelenghts. IR vision can be in near-IR or thermal which is on the other end of the range. Near-IR vision still needs the objects ...
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Aquarium filter... what's the order?

I assume you refer to fresh water. Nobody bothers with pH, KH and phosphate in fresh water. What matters (as far as the filter is concerned) is Physical cleaning (remove debris and particles) and The ...
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How many grams of ceramic rings do I need in my filter?

Biomax = 1 ceramic ring per gallon (3.78 L). As stated numorous times that's just a rough estimate but to be safe, at a very minimum one per. 1 biomax ring = at least 100 ft2 (9.3 m2) so that's a lot ...
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Heater problem in my 25 gallon tank

150 watts in 25 gallons is plenty in normal heated room. Is the heater on? Is it set correctly? There is usually some light indicating that the heater is actually heating (if not, test it carefully ...
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How to prevent my cat from deconstructing cat fountain?

I used a small hand drill & some craft wire to hold it down. Doesn’t touch the water & kitty can’t rip it apart.
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