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Chris1251

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  1. Chris here... today's water test... better results, but not where they should be two days after a water change... Added prime... PH 8.0, Ammonia 0-.25, Nitrite 0, Nitrate 0+
  2. Chris here... Oh Allie, seeing Miss Coco struggling is hard to see... I hope the meds work their magic asap!!! Sending healing energy your way....
  3. Chris here... Homer, your tanks are awesome!!! If I didn't have such a black thumb I'd consider a planted tank... I can't eve get avocado seed to sprout in the window... And the duckweed I got last month for the fishys is looking soooo sad... ????
  4. Thank you Sharon... I will start a weekly cleaning of the filters... Hopefully my cycle won't take a hit... I'll keep testing daily to keep a close eye on the water quality...
  5. Chris here... Hi Flipper, Mine is about 80% bare when the water piggys are not rearranging the glass pebbles...
  6. Chris here... I put a "super" wonder shell in the tank today... I'm thinking this a good thing... the surface bubbles created by the air stone and air bar are 90% diminished... And the ones that are left pop right away... I guess I'll be investing them from now on... When the fatties are retuned to the tank I am hoping that this will curb their interest in eating bubbles... Finger and fins are crossed....
  7. No, I clean the filters once a month, but I do look closely at them at each water change to make sure nothing is looking off... the take up tubes covers are thoroughly rinsed at each WC there is a lot of particles and poo collected there... The 12 to 15 degree tank and tap difference has always been a challenge for me and the 100% WCs once a week have not interfered with my cycle since I had upgraded from the 20 to the 40... I test the tank pretty much daily since I have a history of a fragile cycle... Hi DieselPower, thanks for your response... I'm hoping to close the gap from tank and tap so my water changes are not so challenging... yesterday the tap was the coolest it had been since May... 78 degrees, so dropping the temp the 6 to 7 degrees to get with in the at least 3 degrees of the 70 degrees of the tank prior the the WC was a much easier 1 hour vs 2-3 hours I have been dealing with...
  8. Hi Shakaho, The filter cleaning was done on the previous wc... what I did discover is that a month with the take up tubes having the sponge covers; the filter media is not near as nasty as in previous cleanings... I have absolutely cut the feeding way down... the babies get one bite of repashy soilent green and about 10 small pellets to share twice a day.... It's just really frustrating to get an ammonia reading the day after the water change...I cannot figure out what caused it... The reason for adding the heater is that my tap cold water even on cooler days is between 78 and 82 on the warmest days.... It takes a couple of hours of cooling the water before I can put the fish back in the tank... it is my intention to shorten that part of the WC process.... according to the reading I done 75 degrees is considered a very healthy temp for the fatties to thrive in.... If you see that I should be doing anything different please advise... Thank you so much!!!
  9. Hi Mickey! I used a bucket of tank water, placed all the media (sponges and bio) in the bucket while doing the water change... I then gently rinsed the all the media to remove the gunky stuff and replace it into the the filter chambers... I also rinsed the take up tube covers (which were loaded with poo and cleaned the take up tubes. All in tank water... but again that was done on the previous WC to this one... and the cycle was fine between the two...
  10. Chris here... I thought to start a thread on this since my cycle has been so fragile... I did a 100% WC yesterday... water testing prior to change showed: PH 8.0, Ammonia 0-.25, Nitrite 0, Nitrate 5-10... I have been doing a 100% WCs every Tuesday since 9/27... My tank was over stock until Monday 10/17, when the 2 fatties were moved to the no tell motel for the for see able future to deal with their floatiness. So all that is in the tank are Hindenburg and Nautilus both are small babies. Their body length from nose to beginning of tails are 2 inches... Both fish are being their usual self... No behavioral changes... Tank size is 40g. Filters: 2 AC70s, running at 75% each, one DIY water skimmer. 1 air stone, 1- 24 inch bubble wand... Both filters wer rinsed back on the 10/11 WC... Added a heater yesterday to bring the tank up to 75 degrees... the tank without heat was typically 69-70 degrees.. Added a wonder shell this morning after today's water test... Today's water testing: PH 8.0, Ammonia .50, Nitrite 0, Nitrate 0 In response to the spike I added a complete dose of Pime. If there is something I'm missing, please advise... Thanks so much...
  11. Hi Lisa... If their time in the no tell motel and the surface skimmer in the tank fail, I just may give your idea a try... Hi Allie... They may be adorable, but they are stinkers first!!! They are have too much fun splashing around in in there new digs... I here a splash and go see what they are up too, they look at me like "What???" ...
  12. Chris here... pictures of the Fatties in their Floaty suite at the no tell motel.... They are not pleased with the accommodations... . As you can see by the stink eye they are giving me....
  13. Thank you She is still dropping them too! I imagine that must be uncomfortable, but happy she's getting them out. I also wonder if this is why she's always been a bit extra rotund in the back end... it's actually one of my favorite features about her. At this point, I'm not so sure she's eaten any of the eggs... especially since she hasn't touched her duckweed or been interested in the pellets I put in yesterday. I haven't fed her since yesterday morning, but I've left the duckweed floating in her tank. Perhaps she'll have a snack today once she's gotten the rest of those eggs out? Good question! I know it can definitely help a female release eggs when a male is present as the chasing typically has the male pushing up against the female. I thought about that when I was reading up on eggs and spawning activity last night. Ideally, it would be good to have one of the boys in the tank with her... but if there's a chance she's having egg issues I don't want to stress her more or have the male accidentally push too hard and hurt her. Plus, since she technically hasn't complete her QT I don't know if it would be a good idea for me to have another fishy in there. Being a girl is TOUGH! Oh, I agree... But maybe the next time she is egg Chubby she won't have any issues... I'm sure she has no desire to have a tank mate right now.... poor baby is try to cope...
  14. Chris here.... Yay!!! She looks so much better... I was wondering... If her eggs are slow to release are due to not having a male to chase her around??? I have seen in videos that the males are relentless in chasing the females, maybe that chasing activity helps the female push out the eggs....
  15. Right?! It's weirding me out! OK... so I got home and I could see that she laid some more eggs today. As I got closer to the tank, her bum looks like it's about to explode with eggs! Poor thing What can I do to help her? She looks soooooooo uncomfortable. Also, it looks like she hasn't touched her breakfast... which I'm sure has to do with the fact that she's pretty full! Oh!!! Poor little mama... She must be miserable....
  16. Chris here.... Yikes!!! I would have sucked that thing out too!!! Bummer about Coco's mouth ???? Finger and fins crossed that it rights itself soon...
  17. Chris here... Both my fatties are in a low water tub.... I will be feeding duck weed exclusively... My tank has the two babies in it all by themselves.... needless to say the fatties are going into pout mode.... Poor babies....
  18. Thank you... I will move both to a low water tub... I also will get some more duckweed, since I have that special "no" growth skill with plants... grrrrrrrr.
  19. Yes... their may stay has been duckweed, peas and some repashy ( a couple of bites) that's it for a couple of weeks now...
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