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  1. :) I guess just be patient, your tank will cycle eventually! I know what it feels like...thinking that its never going to happen. but it will.....maybe the danios are producing very little ammonia and you are not getting big readings, I'm not too familiar with these fish but I think a lot of tropical fish make less waste than goldies. but really that shouldnt matter much.
  2. Jimmy, if you're going to cycle it without fish (and this is a less painful way of doing it) then try adding some ammonia to the water. If you can't find any ammonia, you can (and no i'm not trying to be gross) add some pee to the water - it's pure ammonia :D

    This way it can cycle without having to do enormous waterchanges daily :D

    :rofl funny thought, but an excellent idea for getting ammonia, never thought of that one!

  3. right I dont have tests for gh and kh, and the only place I can get these is online and they are gonna take a while to be delivered if I order them. but the last time I tested the hardness of my tap water the test strip said...moderatly hard, think I tested it about a month ago with a quick dip strip. and I am living in a hard water area.Is it a posibility that something was added to the water supply by the council or something like that, Think I will ring them to find out. by the way I did another 20% water change.

  4. yeah but its the jump from 7.6 to 6.8 thats worrying me, cause isnt that like 100 times more acidic or something???cant get to petshop for coral gravel today so is there anything else I could use???what about baking soda can i use that??if so how much do I put in??

  5. hi I'm having some worrying ph problems

    I noticed that my fish were acting a little less alert than usual and after measuring parameters in the tank, I have

    amonia 0

    nitrite 0

    nitrate 5 to 10

    ph 6.8

    ph from tap 7

    last water change was yesterday, but only changed about 20% water

    now the worrying thing is my ph usually measures 7.6

    the ph from tap has obviously gone down for some reason, what do I do, should I do annother water change straight away or will I add something to the tank such as limestone rock or something????????????

  6. hi

    Ive noticed my female fish has been nudging and chasing at the male, I presume she wants to mate and is trying to get him to chase her or something, her belly is really big and her vent is sticking out, however the male is not chasing back. Now I am just a bit concerned because what if she doesnt release these eggs and they get infectected inside her or something ???? should I try and strip her by hand to get the eggs out??? has any body any ideas or experience of this.

  7. Worms in your aquarium. The worms in your aquarium are most likely to be one or both of the following. (a) nematodes, which appear as thin thread like white worms, that swim in a wiggling s-shape in the water when disturbed, they may also be found on the glass and surfaces and gravel of the aquarium (b) planaria, which are a short flat worm found crawling on the glass and other areas of the tank. Both types of worm are a non parasitic worm which are harmless to adult fish and there is no evidence that they pose any threat to humans. Although they could attack unhatched fish eggs but are harmless once fry are free swimming and even provide a source of food for the young fish. They can be found in both fresh and saltwater aquariums. They vary in size from microscopic to a few millimetres.

    Nematodes and planaria thrive in a situation where there is an excess of uneaten food accumulating in the gravel bed of the tank, typically in tanks with messy eaters. They are feeding on the resulting bacteria being produced by the decaying food. Some evidence suggests that the worms are introduced via live food and could possibly even survive in freeze dried preparations. They can also be found within the filter media, and so they can be introduced into another aquarium if media from the infested tank is used to seed another tank. They reproduce and multiply very quickly and their rate of reproduction increases as water temperature increases.

    Medications and chemical treatments are not necessary and not a desirable method for getting rid of nematodes and planaria. The best method of riding the aquarium of these unsightly creatures is increased gravel vacuuming and cutting down on feeding, as their food source decreases so too do the worms. They will eventually die off although it may take some time and vigilance, feeding less and vacuuming the gravel will decrease their numbers.

    Fig 1; outline drawing of a nematode worm. Actual size 5mm

    Fig 2; outline drawing of a planaria worm. Actual size 3mm

    It must be remembered that these worms exist in all natural ecosystems, and there is nothing abnormal as such about their presence in the aquarium. They are simply the sign of too much waste collecting in the tank, and since the aquarium is a somewhat unnatural environment and they quickly reproduce then it is preferable to eradicate them.

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  8. thanks for the link about the scoria rock, had never heard about it or seen it anywhere...but would like to find some....I love the holes in it, :rofl dont worry jeanna727 :rofl I wont be using the coal, anyway Id never do anything i wasnt sure about without checkin' with the fish experts here!

  9. the best way for me to describe it is his black bits look like patches of dots and sometimes these seem to darken and other days they are a paler shade of black?!for a while I thought the tiny black dots were a parasite, but i do believe they are his colouring. and as i have already treated him for parasites and the dots remain i can only assume it is his colour. I am also very carefull about his water quality cause he is still in a qt. tub

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