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Hello all, I'm still quite new to Koko's but I decided I will share some videos of my new babies! I have had these two little pearlscales for 3 weeks now. They are currently living in a 10 gallon tank. A couple days ago I set up a second filter because my water was getting murky. I bought a 40 gallon aquarium and supplies from a girl on craigslist and it came with an Eheim canister filter (I still don't know the model number, lol), which I added to the tank. When I came home today the water seemed much clearer! I did a 30% water change and had to head out again, but I'm a lot more relaxed now that I know my little ones are happy and healthy while I'm away from home for a few days! Their names are Ping and Pong! (lol!) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ohwEJrFD9o This one's not the greatest quality cause I had to take it with my cellphone, haha. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRja-rIa60I This was when the water was a little more murky, right after I set up the second filter and did a water change. My YouTube channel will be getting filled with more videos of my fish, so if anyone out there loves pearlscales like I do, feel free to stay tuned. Hope you guys enjoy!
Hello all! For those that may read this and have never seen me here before, here is an overview of my tank situation. I just wanted to make a post to update anyone at all interested. So today I got back from the long weekend away from home and did an 80% water change. I checked the param's shortly after, and found my ammonia and nitrite to be both at 0! I was excited to see that my cycle has finally been established and I can breathe a bit easier when thinking about my fishes' health. The nitrate was at 5 ppm... I can't remember the max level of nitrate that's safe exactly, but I plan to change their water regularly. I even started a tank journal to record when I do water changes, tests and adding anything else to the tank, cleaning filters, etc... Speaking of cleaning filters, when is a good time after the cycle has established to begin cleaning them? I wonder if adding the second filter (the Eheim) sped up the cycle's establishment? I only cleaned the floss in the filter and some of the tubing before running it in my tank, so there was probably a little bit of the old tank water in it from before I got it. Could this have kept the media live? I'm hoping the bacteria are growing in both of the filters and not just the canister one. Any advice is appreciated.
I am receiving help in another thread for my water quality problems and general help getting my fish to live while I figure out cycling. Someone requested I show photos of my current tank set up so here they are... (I'm rather embarassed after seeing all the amazing tanks in the Tank Photos thread- LOL). This is a shot of my entire tank. When we move in a month, Goldie will not be in such a prominent position (which will hopefully reduce some stress). It was our only option in our current home. Here is the heater (it came with the tank). Here is the filter (this also came with the tank). I just went and bought supplies to create my own filter set up so I will no longer be using the cartridges intended for this filter. I would actually like to make some changes to my tank when I replace the filter cartridge with the DIY filter media. I would like to remove all of the accessories except one and also add a bubble wall to the tank. Do these changes sound ok? For those who haven't read the other thread, we are moving in a month and will eventually be upgrading tank size, but for now I have to work with what I have.