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  1. I don't mean to freak you out but my first tank (now a few years ago) took approx 13 weeks to cycle (with fish in it). Just keep up with the water changes - hopefully it will sort itself out soon!! (I remember I thought I'd be changing water daily forever!!!) Jenn
  2. You really need to know your water params. Poor water quality will kill fish quickly. You ned the lps to tell you what the readings were not just that they are "ok" (I am not sure about your LPS but I had to show the guy working in mine how to test the water & read the results.) When you say you transferred him to the bucket - did you use fresh/treated water or did you transfer him & the water to the bucket? What are you using to treat the water?\ Jenn
  3. Are the eye & the gill flap on the side of him that was stuck to the filter?? Was/is he floating around head down tail up? (THis can be a sign of septecemia). It is not a good sihn that he won't eat. Do you have a seperate tank that you can use as a QT tank? Jenn
  4. The Prime binds the ammonia so it is not toxic to the fish. I haven't been on in a bit & so my poor rusty memory can't keep up but I agree that I would just keep an eye on the ammonia level. I would continue to use Prime as a water conditioner though when doing water changes. You haven't said but if you have ammonia in your tap (I do) sometimes you see a slight spike immediately after a large water change (if you test right away). I find the Prime takes care of this. I wouldn't do anything with that pH as long as it's stable. Jenn
  5. Anywhere from the same day to 3-4 weeks later. I finally got 2 minutes to rub together & bought some other food - including some special sinking food. The 2 largest corys from the last batch are still here so far (a record!!!) so maybe it is a picking on thing. I lost quite a few male guppies before I figuered out what was up & I even had a 3-1 ratio (or more) of girls to boys. My one male is very agressive - do you think it's possible he has anything to do with it?? I've never seen him at it but.....whadda think?? (My pH & the store's are identical) Sigh..... Thanks for the help!!! Jenn
  6. This is my tank that been up & running for about 2 1/2 years now (remember that forever cycle awhile back...the one that took like 12-14 weeks.....) No disease that I know of (although another cory died this AM). pH runs 7.2-7.4 rock solid. That tank is a 38 gal which currently is understocked (although as I said if all those guppy babies live....& they make more babies.....& then the platys get on the bandwagon.... ) I have been vac about 30-50% every 2 weeks. (My tests have been fine. As you know the only thing I have no control over is the amount of nitrate in my tanks. My tap comes with 20-40 (usually 40 - I still test it every now & again) so I'm pretty much always around 40-80 unless I change 100% of the water so I can be at 40 - depressing no??) The tank has a fluval 404 cannister on it. I use the biomax type stuff along with prefilter (the hard cylinders). I don't use any carbon. The cannister also has sponges (for those of you who aren't familar with it). OK so far I have (don't laugh! I don't know as much about these guys as I know I should) striped cories?? The adults seem to get between 2.5-3" long. (I had green corys but they really didn't do well). I think I need to get some tropical flakes. I just realized the flakes I've been using are spirulina based & don't have much protein. Do you think this may have something to do with what's going on??? Thanks for the help!!!! Jenn PS - Hey Devs...I just noticed in my sig ...I'm a guy???? Guess I know what part of the site I'm headed to next! PPS As I remember ...wasn't it your fault that I'm so addicted???.......Hmmm.....now I'm onto tropicals.....hmmm........
  7. I always forget that little decimal point!! Thanks glitterfish! Dave - the dose amount I gave you is correct for .1%, I just forgot the all important decimal point! (Wouldn't want you to think it was OK to salt to 1%!!!!! Whoops sorry about that!!!) Jenn
  8. Daryl - I'm with you . It was quite the trip trying to bend that tubing the way I needed it to bend. I'll take it over the ribbed stuff though. I was getting pretty frustrated with the whole clean the tank ...turn on the filter...clean the tank again. The first time that cloud fluffed out the outflow.....I think my eyes just about bugged outta my head! Kingyo - The Fluval came with gray ribbed tubing. The ribs catch all the gunk & hold it there until water (with force!) comes through. I even tried holding the python against the outflow while I had someone else plug in the filter. I'm glad its done though. The fish look much happier. That tank has more algae than any other in my house. I'm not quite sure why it does though (no direct sunlight to any of the tanks). I'm hoping I can spot the gunk now & be more proactive in cleaning the tubing!!! Jenn
  9. Oy! OK so far - nope no salt in the tank. The guppies are doing well enough without it (if they were any better they'd be in every container in the house). The guy in the store (yeah yeah I know but I couldn't find a good link & it was a semi-spur of the moment decision) that I could try algae tabs (smacks her head in frustration). What other sinking food should I try? I already feed flake, daphnia & a live bearer mix in that tank (which contains blood worms yum yum. I know they're not live bearers but all of my babies seem to go for bloodworms so....) No symptoms. They just disappear & then I either find them dead or I don't ever see them again (not on the floor nothin'). Very bizzare. I bought larger ones this time (thinking that maybe it was a picking on issue. Although I've never seen any evidence that this is happening in the tank) I'm off to check that link!! Thanks!! edit: OK - this is the third time I've posed this edit. I'm starting to feel a bit . The link was great! Maybe not enough meat?? Any suggestions on brands??
  10. I agree with glitterfish. The stuff that removes ammonia can also prevent your tank from cycling properly (because it removes the ammonia from the cycle), need to be changed with some regularity & you can't use salt while it is in (which means that if your fish gets ill - you may cycle again. Probably not the time you want to be trying to do that.). What happens is that the ammonia remover eventually will re-release the ammonia back into the water (if it's not changed) & will re-release all at once all of the ammonia if you use it at the same time that you use salt. I too think that Prime is a great water conditioner & a tremendous help during cycling . While I was cycling, I tried to keep my ammonia & nitrite levels under 1.0 (still high I know, but if you knew the water changes that went into that...sheesh.) That's when I found Prime. You sound by your levels that you're well into the cycle. I think I'd just "tough it out" at this point. If you want to, you could salt your tank to 1% to try to help your keep your fishies gills healthy during the nitrite phase of the cycle. (I use the 1 teaspoon per gallon rule = 1%). If you do choose to salt your tank - remember to only put back into your tank what you took out (ie if you do a 5 gal change, only put in 5 teaspoons. Do not salt for the entire tank volume everyday/every waterchange-salt is only removed with water changes & does not evaporate. You can quickly oversalt a tank that way.) Good Luck & enjoy your fish! Jenn
  11. Just a question - why are you trying to regularly salt the tank? Jenn
  12. OK so my 38 gal is now a tropical tank. I have 5 Rasboras, a load of guppies (who knows?? Babies all the time so I'm treating it as survival of the fittest so I'm not overrun) & a couple of platys (something bizzare carried them off. I think it was mainly old age - they were 2 years old). My problem is this- I keep trying to keep corys & they keep dying. I usually buy them in batches of 3-4 & I'm feeding them sinking food so ...any ideas??? I'm totally at a loss. Everyone else seems to be fine. Help!!! Jenn
  13. THe NItrAtes are the end product of the cycle. I wouldn't add tank water just to get NItrAtes. (In a cycled tank they're what you're removing with the water changes since the bacteria are handling the nitrIte & ammonia). It could be that you're still partially cycling. Have you tested your tap water to see how it reads (mine comes with all sorts of bad stuff like ammonia & nitrate along with the clorine)? I'd continue with the small water changes based upon the test readings. I'm glad your fishie is doing better!!! Hope this helps - Jenn
  14. I just had to share . I just spent close to 3 hours cleaning & re-tubing my 58 gallon!!!! Oy!!!!! I have been hanging upsidedown in the cabinet under my tank close to the whole time!! I guess the fish will be happier but.... my back!!! (The Fluval tubing that came with the filter was totally covered in algae & sludge. I remember reading about using clear tubing from Home Depot BUT...somehow I didn't remember anything about how stiff it would be (can you say hairdryer???) Looks good right now. (I have to go & get the clamps though - I must have been in an alternate universe & I let the guy talk me into metal. Now I ask - WHERE WAS MY BRAIN?? ) (so I decided I'm just taking the time to post. Time off for good behavoir ) Goodness the board looks all sharp & new. I've missed everyone so much!!! Hopefully things will calm down soon & I'll be on more....guess I'm off to check out the rest of the boards!!! Jenn
  15. Depends upon how much you've disprupted the cycle. Unfortunately (for your back) it sounds like you're cycling again. It's good that you're keeping up with the water changes though!!! I forget if you mentioned it but are you using a water conditioner which binds ammonia & nitrite (like Prime). That would also help (It will still show up on your tests & it will be available for the bacteria BUT it will be less toxic for the fish) Jenn
  16. I'll bet the filter change did it. That's why its so nice to have the extra media baskets. That way you can cycle which media needs changed & the other baskets will hold the cycle better. When you rinse your filter media make sure to always do it in either old tank water or in treated tap water (untreated tap water will kill off the bacteria) Jenn
  17. Oooh - my hubby has promised me a built in when we finally get around to our addition, I think I will have to check into this!!! Hmmm......
  18. Barebottom is easier to vac. I like the look of river rocks myself. (I have an in between size & it doesn't cover the entire bottom) In fact in my one tank with regular gravel (it's a betta tank) I grumble every time I have to deal with all the nooks!! I'm glad it went away on its own. Hopefully all will keep going smoothly!!!
  19. I'll bet that this is due mostly to the water conditions. Having kept too many fish in too small an tank (I didn't know any better at the time), I can tell you that water testing kits will be essential. You may even need to do daily water changes at some point depending upon your readings. As your fish grow they produce more & more waste & in that small of a tank the filter will not be able to handle it & the problem will get worse.
  20. Just like people, different fish react differently to different stressors in their environment. I too would get my water tested, if you can't afford the test kits you can take a smple to your local pet store - most will test it for free. Get them to tell you actual numbers & post them back here (although the best long term solution is to purchase the test kits if at all possible!)
  21. I too would take out the airpump & not change the water so frequently. Many bettas get very stressed out by water changes.(They also breathe at the top of the water so the airstone may be agitating the surface too much) Also make sure your filter current isn't too much. Just to keep in mind, although some bettas like tanks, some really prefer to be in gallon containers & just have 100% changes (no filter). I have always found bettas to be very picky & very individual in their tastes and tolerance levels. I have a local store that sells beautiful bettas but they also tend to come home with a bacterial infection which manifests itself a few days after they get home. Maybe your store has something similar??? I hope you can figure it out!!! *Hugs* Jenn
  22. fisharenewtome

    My Betta

    Wow! He's beautiful!!
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