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« Reply #750 on: May 26, 2017, 10:15:26 AM »
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...seems to have some form of green tufty algae growing on his shell

So does one of my nerites. Quite ironic for an algae eating snail  ;D

Perhaps they are just carrying their own snacks.  ;D

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« Reply #751 on: May 26, 2017, 07:11:09 PM »
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Hamster snails  :isay:

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« Reply #752 on: May 26, 2017, 08:18:02 PM »
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I thought Spider pig, but that is my answer to most things

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« Reply #753 on: May 28, 2017, 07:56:05 AM »
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Great, now I've got the tune stuck in my head.  ::)

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« Reply #754 on: May 29, 2017, 06:18:16 PM »
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Snail moved 0.5 cm over the weekend. (S)he seems to have disappeared overnight, though - which I'm taking as a positive that (s)he's moved at all, and hopefully (s)he's just under some plant leaves.

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« Reply #755 on: May 29, 2017, 07:10:06 PM »
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It is a good sign. I often lose my snails for days at a time. If you remember a couple of years ago I needed to remove my nerites to treat the tank and couldn't find all of them no matter how hard I looked. The missing one turned up the following day.

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Re: Think Fish Keepers Daily News.
« Reply #756 on: May 29, 2017, 11:16:14 PM »
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My Assassin Snail is equally elusive.  Most of the time the only evidence that he's alive is the occasional empty snail shell.

I assumed that they were called Assassin Snails because of their carnivorous diet, but now I own one I'm fairly sure that it's because they're invisible, like Ninjas!

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« Reply #757 on: June 01, 2017, 09:13:42 PM »
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Snail has covered more ground in the quarantine tank today than covered for the past 9 days, at least during the daytime - think the water change has perked him/her up. Would love to do the transfer to the main tank but am erring on the side of caution and going to delay the move for another week.

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« Reply #758 on: June 06, 2017, 01:59:34 PM »
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After 2 weeks' quarantine, and confirmation from the reputable company that the snail had never lived with fish, I moved my tiger nerite into the main fishtank today rather than later in the week as previously intended. Within a minute of his arrival there, he started exploring avidly and seems to be thriving on the biofilm and algae food opportunities provided. :)

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« Reply #759 on: June 06, 2017, 02:16:30 PM »
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I found when I first got nerites that they ate their way through the algae creating lovely abstract patterns as they went. A bit like crop circles in algae  ;D

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« Reply #760 on: June 06, 2017, 05:34:55 PM »
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Great to hear that your snail is enjoying his move to the new tank.  :)

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« Reply #761 on: June 07, 2017, 08:16:51 AM »
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Wow - overnight, the stubborn patch of algae along the rim at the front of the tank has vanished, as well as the patches on the heater suction caps; I'm impressed. Mr Snail must now be taking a well-earned rest to sleep it off as I can't see him.

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« Reply #762 on: June 07, 2017, 09:32:34 PM »
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Bless him, he's been very busy.  ;D

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« Reply #763 on: June 14, 2017, 08:05:08 PM »
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Mr Snail had been snoozing on top of his Snail Stixx in a terracotta pot turned on its side and up against the glass to prevent the two female tetras from stealing his food; I managed to find him by discovering the trail of snail poo around the pot (- there's a lot of it!). At lunchtime, he appeared full of energy and covered all 4 tank sides with speed. The fish also convey his whereabouts as there is usually a flurry of activity from the entire gang and a watchful, slightly bemused eye from a female tetra close to his location.

At one stage, he slid off the glass and onto a leaf, only for the leaf to bow completely under his weight. He then stretched as much of his body out of his shell as is probably possible in order to get a grip back onto the side of the tank. The two pieces of bogwood have now been pressed up against the glass to give him the opportunity to climb onto them and go exploring. A path of pebbles has been laid on the substrate between each piece of bogwood to enable a smooth transfer between pieces, given that he doesn't like sand. He also doesn't seem to like one of the two filters - it vibrates more than the other which is the only explanation I can think of - and which is a shame as I'd been keeping the algae on it for him to feast on.

I would never have envisaged a snail could provide such fascination!  :D

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« Reply #764 on: June 14, 2017, 08:15:19 PM »
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Yes, they are the most entertaining creatures. My two small ones regularly crawl along the bottom glass under the sand. I can track where they are by the sand moving.


Something I haven't warned you about nerites. If they fall on their backs, they can't always turn over and the fish can pick at their bodies. It is up to us to turn them over. I use a long stick so I don't have to submerge my arm to the shoulder.

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« Reply #765 on: June 14, 2017, 10:44:44 PM »
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I like watching my assassin snail Mossy, he's generally quite easy to spot, for obvious reasons  :o .....

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« Reply #766 on: June 15, 2017, 06:34:55 AM »
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@fcmf  snails are quite cool.  8) I think that they are a great addition to a tank and I enjoy watching mine - even the ones in the breeding tank.

@SinghRathorTari  very appropriate name for a very stylish snail.  ;D

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« Reply #767 on: June 18, 2017, 06:05:41 PM »
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Been fighting cyano bacteria in two tanks.  I seem to be winning.

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« Reply #768 on: June 19, 2017, 02:05:25 PM »
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Hi all. GCSE's finally over... Long time no see!

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« Reply #769 on: June 19, 2017, 02:14:08 PM »
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I hope you get good results  :)

What are your plans next? A levels, training course?

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« Reply #770 on: June 19, 2017, 02:52:33 PM »
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I hope you get good results  :)

What are your plans next? A levels, training course?
A level then Marine Biology....
One thing fishkeeping is good for!

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« Reply #771 on: June 19, 2017, 06:50:24 PM »
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I hope you get good results  :)

What are your plans next? A levels, training course?
A level then Marine Biology....
One thing fishkeeping is good for!

I like the sound of your plans. :cheers:

In the meantime, enjoy a well-deserved break.  ;D

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« Reply #772 on: June 20, 2017, 08:09:21 AM »
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Thanks... My fishtank is of my top priorities, as well as chickens and some new bees!

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« Reply #773 on: June 20, 2017, 08:16:46 PM »
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Marine biology  :afro
Hope you manage to find some time to relax between the fish, chickens & bees.  ;D

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« Reply #774 on: June 21, 2017, 09:23:14 PM »
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After seeing the "Soilent Green" fish food mentioned on the forum, and the ensuing entertaining comments, I thought I'd have a look for some.
I apologise in advance for my immature sense of humour, but some of the other foods they had available made me chuckle.

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« Reply #775 on: June 23, 2017, 10:44:48 AM »
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I've got morning wood for my L397's.  Sounds so wrong...

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« Reply #776 on: June 23, 2017, 03:45:28 PM »
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 :rotfl:

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« Reply #777 on: June 25, 2017, 10:16:59 PM »
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Well, I now have more panda cories than I realised. When I bought some new ones to increase the numbers of my current gang, I found babies in the quarantine tank. I thought these were from the new fish because I thought my original group were all male. I now know that I'm wrong as there must be at least one female to have produced even more panda babies in the original tank, while the newer gang are still in the quarantine tank until the babies are big enough to move. No idea how many I have now.  ::)  :)
To top it all off, Bertie and Harri (the BNs) have laid eggs every month, but Bertie has eaten the eggs every time. Until this month. I didn't even realise what had happened because he chose a different place for the nest this time. I didn't know anything about it until I just saw something on the tank glass, and went to have a closer look.  Now I have no idea how many bristlenose plecs I have, but when they get bigger I think most will have to go to MA as there is no way I can keep all of them.  ;D

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« Reply #778 on: June 26, 2017, 09:23:09 AM »
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Congrats on all those fry  :)


You'll be able to start your own shop if they carry on like this  ;D

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« Reply #779 on: June 26, 2017, 10:30:17 AM »
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Thanks. They are very cute, and a mix of dark and light, which I hadn't spotted yesterday.
Have had to text the guys at MA to see how big the fish have to be before I can take them to the store.
I'll also have to spilt Harri and Bertie up for a while to give them a rest.
Hands are very full, and the babies are not making tank maintenance any easier, but they are adorable.  ;D

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« Reply #780 on: June 26, 2017, 05:05:58 PM »
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You'll be able to start your own shop if they carry on like this  ;D

I think she has more tanks than my village FS so why not?  :))

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« Reply #781 on: June 26, 2017, 08:31:06 PM »
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Awww cute  :wave:

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« Reply #782 on: June 30, 2017, 09:49:30 PM »
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Something I haven't warned you about nerites. If they fall on their backs, they can't always turn over and the fish can pick at their bodies. It is up to us to turn them over. I use a long stick so I don't have to submerge my arm to the shoulder.
Thanks for this warning, @Sue - the first instance of this has just occurred. I took a peer in to the tank to say goodnight to the gang before lights off, when I found him beside the driftwood he'd been crawling up 5 minutes beforehand - on the substrate on his back and struggling to get himself the right way round. Thankfully, I managed to rescue him - 5 minutes later and I would never have noticed as it would have been darkness in the tank.

Wow, @Littlefish - I missed this exciting development. Keep us posted on your brood.  :fishy1:

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« Reply #783 on: July 01, 2017, 06:31:21 PM »
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I've been trying to get my fish to try blanched veg for a while now, started trying once I put ottos in the tank, I've tried spinnach, lettuce, cucumber and courgette with no success. Today I tried peas and my fish went mad for it, all except the ottos.

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« Reply #784 on: July 01, 2017, 06:54:20 PM »
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Otos can be very picky. Some people report success with sushi nori, if you can put up with the mess.

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« Reply #785 on: July 03, 2017, 10:41:38 PM »
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The panda cories are still laying eggs and I think I've spotted another couple of little ones.
I think I've just worked out how they are surviving in that tank (not heavily planted). I made a tree out of whatever branched piece of wood it is, trimmed pads of filter sponge, and willow moss. It's been under high light to grow the moss, and I was looking at it this evening, wondering if it would be safe to trim the moss to encourage growth. Without shame a couple of pandas swam in front of me and started to lay eggs in the moss. There are even a couple of eggs stuck to the glass by the moss pad. I think this is making it difficult for the other fish to eat the eggs, causing more to hatch.
Taking the "tree" out will cause too much disruption, but I hope they stop soon, before the tank becomes too full.
 ::)

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« Reply #786 on: July 08, 2017, 02:27:32 PM »
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Busy, busy, busy.  Moved the L397 to the refugium of the Amazon tank to keep an eye on them and see if they'll breed.  Forktail Blue Eye are finally in the Papua New Guinea tank and have had fry.  White Cloud Mountain Minnows have had fry.  Small snail packets all over the quarantine tank.   The quarantine tank now has Silver Tipped Tetra in it which will be the final addition to the Amazon tank instead of Lemon Tetra.

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« Reply #787 on: July 12, 2017, 09:58:30 PM »
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Nerite snail was hanging off filter outlet, with what looked like his entire flesh being sucked out/buffeted by the water output. I was just about to take a photo of him to post on here to ask for advice when he fell off backwards and landed on his shell. I waited to see if he could rectify himself but it looked as though half of his underside was a gaping hole while the other half was flesh. No idea what this means but I've put him upright and will just have to hope he's alive in the morning...  :o

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« Reply #788 on: July 13, 2017, 06:31:17 AM »
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@marquismirage your fish have been very busy.  ;)  :cheers:
I hope that all the fish & babies are still doing well.

@fcmf how is your snail this morning?

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« Reply #789 on: July 13, 2017, 08:38:41 PM »
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@fcmf how is your snail this morning?
Found eventually, thanks - alive and sleeping on a piece of bamboo stick.   :)

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« Reply #790 on: July 16, 2017, 10:20:41 PM »
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Nerite snail is not only an acrobat (cf catapulting backwards from the filter outlet a few days ago and heading towards there again late last night before I went to bed) but now an escape artist (despite water quality being at 0, 0, 10-20 for ammonia, nitrite and nitrate consistently). Going to have to keep a very close eye on him and make more use of filter wool to block up cable holes.

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« Reply #791 on: July 16, 2017, 11:08:35 PM »
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Long time no post... but I have been lurking to keep up on any fishy goings on.
A couple of things I would like to raise, brown water from the taps - horrid and smells 'a bit of pond' in large quantities, this has been going on intermittently for several years but over the last two months it became a real issue, see the bath pic. We obviously stopped drinking the water and used a carbon filter once it cleared. The reply from the water company was quite prompt and an inspector was due to come and have a look at the end of the week, didn't turn up but rang and explained that it is deposits in the aging iron pipes getting disturbed, not to worry and promised to start a maintenance program of monthly flushed from the nearest standpipe
So its now six weeks later and the second picture is what I was able to recover from the filter I keep in the water aging (conditioning) wheels bin, its 240 litre and picture is after 1 1/2 fills so say 350litres and I didn't manage to collect all the sediment. So back to the water company and explained that my water coming out of the fish tanks is cleaner than the water going in, not happy. They say they will start a 2 weekly flush and see how it goes. I'm starting to think that I will fit a a three stage mechanical filter to the inlet - the fridge has a carbon filter for drinking water. I have relatives in Tunbridge wells and the water there was a Victorian attraction because it comes from iron rich sandstones it smells and tastes of iron. Maybe i should start bottling this muck as still Iron Bru?
In the tanks... I have a Amazon sword that has put up three 1m spikes they are well above the water level and I thought they might be about to flower but it seems they are runners and little sword-lets (or should it be knives or daggers?) Anybody seen this and do they ever flower?

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« Reply #792 on: July 17, 2017, 09:35:55 AM »
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All I can say is  :sick: Have the fish suffered from this water?


If you can get someone to visit I would offer them a glass of water and see if they refuse to drink it.

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« Reply #793 on: July 17, 2017, 10:37:06 AM »
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That water looks nasty.  :sick:
It's bad enough when this sort of thing happens and you just have to deal with drinking & general water use, but with the extra stress of keeping your fish tanks in good condition it must be a bit of a nightmare.

As for your plants, I've had amazon swords with similar runners/plantlets. I have made the mistake of cutting the runner before the plants were big enough previously, so the two I have in my plant storage tank are being left alone to grow. I have had something "flower" in the dwarf puffer tank before. I'll have a look through my previous pics to see what it was.

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« Reply #794 on: July 17, 2017, 12:10:24 PM »
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@Sue Offer them a drink I like it! Wasn't there a politician that offered to feed beef to his daughter during the BSE problem.
@Littlefish I expect the runners need to stay submerged if theses are just runners?

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« Reply #795 on: July 17, 2017, 12:25:00 PM »
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The first picture is the runners on the amazon swords in my plant storage tank at the moment. The runners go up toward the light, and the roots remain submerged even if the leaves break the surface.
The second picture is from the dwarf puffer tank, I think it was last year, but can't remember. I'm fairly certain it was from one of the amazon swords. As you can see, the runner doesn't have any leaves, and was quite long (more than 50cm). I had no idea what it was, but it was nice to see something like that in the tank.  :)

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« Reply #796 on: July 17, 2017, 07:24:47 PM »
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@Andy the minion My helanthium quadricostatus (aka echinodorus quadricostatus) has done the same with runners.  It's growing so fast and at a maximum height of 15cm I think I may just let it cover the whole front of the tank as a carpet.  It looks like the plant in your first photo and it can flower (although I haven't experienced it).  The flower appears on the end of a stem that grows from the centre of the plant and has three white petals that emerge from a bud.  The second photo looks like a flower from the actual echinodorus amazonicus species.

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It's turning into a very long night.
Decided to tackle the bristlenose & tetra tank, mainly to split the BNs to avoid any further babies.
So far I've transferred 57 babies, and I'm not finished yet.
They are cute, but I wish the babies would all just swim into the net now.  ::)

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« Reply #799 on: July 25, 2017, 10:42:30 PM »
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The (possibly) final total is 107 babies moved to another tank.
My back hurts, so I'm going to have a rest for a few minutes, before a final check of the original tank.

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