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  1. Hi Koko, I'm heading to the market After a large WC... Should I buy fresh or fresh frozen??? Either way I will steam them and then attach it to a veggie clip... I already fed peas this morning but move to the green beans for the evening feeding.... Thank you!!! :food

    Pre-WC test results: PH 8.0, ammonia 0, nitrite 0, nitrate 5-10 :)

    fresh is always better

    Chris here.... Koko, after I steam the green beans, should I then chop them up into tiny pieces??? The reason I'm asking is that I seamed 3 beans, with both ends cut off... So I took one of them (whole) and put in a veggie clip... And the entertainment has begun... All four fish are trying to eat this one loan bean and it refuses to cooperate... And of course Mr. Potato Head knows that this bean is his exclusively... :rofl3 So he try's to protect it... So every time he chases some one way another sneaks in for a bite... But no one gets any cause the beans outer skin won't let them truly bite thru... So I assume that I was supposed to chop it up...

    But I'm an evil momma, I'm enjoying the show... :tomuch::donthit:

    They should be soft enough you can kinda squish them :o

    They are squishy... It's just the outer skin is kind of tough and inside is soft... :idont

    I would then cut them up hun... how did they do?

    Hi Koko, I took down the bean cause they all lost interest... Too tough... :( I then hung a piece of softer steamed broccoli just see if he would be interested in that... Well all the fishys are liking that... They are all grazing on it... More like a drive by bite and Mr. Potato Head is again trying to claim it as his exclusively... Every time he swims away here come the others for a bite... He is getting a little tired so he is less vigilant in his protection of the broccoli... I will do the beans for the morning feeding...

    He is still floatie at night and his poo is long, white and kind of gel like or green like the peas and fluffy... :idont

  2. Hey hun... lets feed them green beans for one day.. all you need to do is cook them till they are soft and give them maybe just one or two beans :)

    Hi Koko, I'm heading to the market After a large WC... Should I buy fresh or fresh frozen??? Either way I will steam them and then attach it to a veggie clip... I already fed peas this morning but move to the green beans for the evening feeding.... Thank you!!! :food

    Pre-WC test results: PH 8.0, ammonia 0, nitrite 0, nitrate 5-10 :)

    fresh is always better
    Chris here.... Koko, after I steam the green beans, should I then chop them up into tiny pieces??? The reason I'm asking is that I seamed 3 beans, with both ends cut off... So I took one of them (whole) and put in a veggie clip... And the entertainment has begun... All four fish are trying to eat this one loan bean and it refuses to cooperate... And of course Mr. Potato Head knows that this bean is his exclusively... :rofl3 So he try's to protect it... So every time he chases some one way another sneaks in for a bite... But no one gets any cause the beans outer skin won't let them truly bite thru... So I assume that I was supposed to chop it up...

    But I'm an evil momma, I'm enjoying the show... :tomuch::donthit:

    They should be soft enough you can kinda squish them :o
    They are squishy... It's just the outer skin is kind of tough and inside is soft... :idont
  3. Hey hun... lets feed them green beans for one day.. all you need to do is cook them till they are soft and give them maybe just one or two beans :)

    Hi Koko, I'm heading to the market After a large WC... Should I buy fresh or fresh frozen??? Either way I will steam them and then attach it to a veggie clip... I already fed peas this morning but move to the green beans for the evening feeding.... Thank you!!! :food

    Pre-WC test results: PH 8.0, ammonia 0, nitrite 0, nitrate 5-10 :)

    fresh is always better

    Chris here.... Koko, after I steam the green beans, should I then chop them up into tiny pieces??? The reason I'm asking is that I seamed 3 beans, with both ends cut off... So I took one of them (whole) and put in a veggie clip... And the entertainment has begun... All four fish are trying to eat this one loan bean and it refuses to cooperate... And of course Mr. Potato Head knows that this bean is his exclusively... :rofl3 So he try's to protect it... So every time he chases some one way another sneaks in for a bite... But no one gets any cause the beans outer skin won't let them truly bite thru... So I assume that I was supposed to chop it up...

    But I'm an evil momma, I'm enjoying the show... :tomuch:

    :donthit:

  4. Chris here... Thank you all... I will put in a tub with the Airstone and feed it.... I was wondering... I'm waiting on some duck weed to arrive... Would it work to put the duck weed with it in the same tub??? Would they support each other??? :hummm

     

    Nope.  Duckweed will compete with the biobugs for the ammonia.

    Oh dang... :(. I was hoping the do double duty... :bubbles

  5. So do you just want to store it for later use? If so, just wash, let it dry and put it away.

    Or do you want to keep your biomedium cycled?

    I would love to keep it cycled if possible...

    For how long?

    You can toss the bags in a container of water with some aeration and put in a bit of ammonia from time to time.

    If you want it out of the aquarium put in an air stone in the bucket + tank water/dechlorinated water. Buy some pure ammonia from ace hardware store (janitor strength-i use this stuff all the time on fish-less tanks), or buy ammonia with no additives (dyes, fragrances, or other chemicals). Use this calculator to figure out ammonia doses daily(scroll down):

    http://www.fishkeeping.co.uk/modules/smartsection/item.php?itemid=51&keywords=cycling

    You may also went a needleness syringe (look at oral baby med syringes on ebay/amazon) for easy dosing.

    Test the ammonia level each day to see if its all being consumed before adding more (don't 'over feed' you beneficial bacteria). Once the bacteria is consistently consuming all the ammonia each day you don't have to test any more, just dose daily.

    Do weekly/bi weekly water change to remove nitrates so when you finally use the media again is doesn't spike nitrates in the tank it goes in.

    Chris here... Thank you all... I will put in a tub with the Airstone and feed it.... I was wondering... I'm waiting on some duck weed to arrive... Would it work to put the duck weed with it in the same tub??? Would they support each other??? :hummm

  6. I have to ask - you didn't QT the new arrival? Or are they all chilling together? Generally speaking if you add a new fish into an ongoing quarantine the clock starts over, and that even goes for ECR.

    I can't watch the vid right now but congratulations on the new arrival!!!

    Yes dirty face did his/her time all alone... I wanted to be very sure that I followed the ECR quarintine instructions to the letter... I even added time and was very diligent with daily WCs... I have been running quarintine tubs for 3 1/2 months as of today... Hindenburg was first and was almost 2 months on his/her own due to the accident with the tank up tube... In fact the last do the bruises are finally gone this week !!! :happydance. Nautilus (little fishy) was in the tub (duplex) right next to Hindenburg... And since dirty face was soooo much bigger a bigger tub was required... I am sooooo relived to be done with all the quarintines... :pianobanana

  7. Chris here... First of all I fully expect that Koko will smack me with the stick... :donthit: I just couldn't help my self... It's all Amoonklein's fault... :tantrum

    I purchased an ECR oranda a few weeks ago... We call it the fish with the dirty face, at least till my oldest son (the giver of names) comes up with one that fits. Today dirty face joined the Mr. Potato Head, Hindenburg and Nautilus (aka little fishy) in the tank...

    I took everyone out and did a complete WC and cleaning, then put dirty face in to get accustomed to the new digs then added the others back in... They all have been doing the meet and greet dance for a couple of hours now... :)

    I'm hoping that my over filtration and pristine water conditions will allow them all to thrive... I promise not to get anymore water babies until I get a bigger house for them.... :gfish:

    Here are my water babies...

  8. Hi, Chris here.... Would these shells be a positive add to to a tank that is higher PH... My PH 8.0 with a tap of 8.2... I am running some peat moss to get the PH at a better balance... The reading I have done so far speaks to a lower PH conditions... Thanks so much... :hummm

    They don't change pH, and the benefit is primarily in adding stability and redox to a tank that is softer in general hardness. Acidity and alkalinit can be associated with harder and softer water but isn't exactly it - the amount of available minerals in the water for osmotic regulation in the fish is at issue.

    Here is THE primer I recommend on the topic of redox. You can decide whether your tank would benefit or not. My goldfish tank is 7.8 with good hardness and I still use them, but it's up to you:http://www.americanaquariumproducts.com/Redox_Potential.html

    Thanks so much... I will read to see if it's something that will add to the health of my tank... :)

  9. Hey hun... lets feed them green beans for one day.. all you need to do is cook them till they are soft and give them maybe just one or two beans :)

    Hi Koko, I'm heading to the market After a large WC... Should I buy fresh or fresh frozen??? Either way I will steam them and then attach it to a veggie clip... I already fed peas this morning but move to the green beans for the evening feeding.... Thank you!!! :food

    Pre-WC test results: PH 8.0, ammonia 0, nitrite 0, nitrate 5-10

    :)

  10. Chris here... Evening update... Mr. P is back at the top of the tank and chasing bubbles... He had a 3 to 4 inch long clear poo trailing for a while... :(. He is kind of side ways to avoid his back coming out of the water... He can swim down but doesn't stay down...

    I just did a video of his floating and swimming... Sorry for the low light, I need to add another light to the tank for the evenings...

  11. Hugo says hello from his QT:20160919_202647_zpsuqhp55xi.jpg

    He's chillin :)

    The QT is holding 15 gallons of water. I have .75 tsp of epsom in the tank with him and the temp is at a nice 76.3 degrees at the moment. We are still fine tuning the heater.

    Hugo weighs in at 141 grams so I have measured out 2.82 grams of the antibiotic II flake food for him to nosh on tomorrow. He already got a small nibble and greedily ate it from my fingers so I think he'll do well on his schedule :D

    Chris here... That bouffant gets every time I see it!!! :tomuch:

  12. Chris here.... Up date on Mr. Potato Head... His floatiness is still random... When it's most visible is in the evening.... Usually starting around 8pm... Last night he wasn't floating as high in the tank... Maybe about 2 inches Lower in the water... Morning and during the day time hours he swims tilting on and off and at more normal depths of water...

    I have seen some colorless poo casings in the water today along with some pale green (pea color) floating in the water... And what looks like free floating green pea poo... I'm going to do a little house keeping with the battery mini vacuum in the tank today...

    Water test results have been stable since the last WC on the 16th...

    Pre WC test 9/16. PH: 8.0, Ammonia: .25, nitrite: 0, nitrate: 5

    Post WC tests:

    9/17 PH: 8.0, Ammonia: 0, nitrite: 0, nitrate: 0-5

    9/18 PH: 8.0, Ammonia: 0, nitrite: 0, nitrate: 0-5

    9/19 PH: 8.0, Ammonia: 0, nitrite: 0, nitrate: 5

    9/20 PH: 8.0, Ammonia: 0, nitrite: 0, nitrate: 5

    Mr. P is still visits the top and collect s bubbles thru-out the day... The duck weed should arrive tomorrow...

    :idont

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