Re: Newbie queries on stocking a 70l tank with tetras
Thanks for your help. I'm hellbent on getting the fishless cycle right, seems so much more humane even if it does require a lot of patience. I'm trying the fish food method detailed in the guide linked above, but I'm four days in and seeing relatively low levels of ammonia (0.25ppm rising to 0.5ppm today). I've been testing daily and adding an increasing amount of food because it's well below the recommended 3ppm.
Anyone able to steer me in the right direction? Should I just keep adding food until I reach the threshold? I'm a little wary that there's quite a lot sitting at the bottom of the tank already. Perhaps it just takes time for the food to decay and provide a source of ammonia? Maybe I should just get some ammonia to jumpstart the process? As ever, I'm all ears if anyone's got any ideas!
Edit: To clarify, starting out, testing was done with strips and the ammonia one was hard to read (hence the initial 6ppm reading, which was probably wrong). I've since got myself a master testing kit for the sake of accuracy.
Hello, i recently decided to take over an old somewhat neglected tank we've had in the house for over 15 years. Its a nice 4ft by 1ft glass tank which i recently changed the substrate in, did a complete water change (used tetra water safe) and added some needed monuments for the fish. I bought some dalmatian mollies as the tank was quite barren, there were maybe 8 fish in their before hand. The mollies were fine and very friendly with the other tetras we had. After giving them a week to settle i bought more fish today, 4 male guppies and 8 neon tetras majority females and a few males. I had been told in store that it was fine to buy purely male guppies and i could be more females after but they recommended i didnt buy anymore fish at the time, that's the reason i didn't buy any female guppies. Well my problem is now, the neon tetras were fine and friendly but the 4 guppies are chasing and possible biting all of the other fish, which mostly are not fighting back. They are particularly interested in one dalmatian molly which i bought as pregnant. Luckily the other mollies appear to be somewhat defending her but i'm worried i'm going to lose some of my fish to these guppies. Is this normal and will they stop? I'm really not sure if they're doing damage as they appear to just be chasing the fish and i cant see any injuries as of yet. Hope someone can help. Thanks in advance.
Sorry to read about this but, thankfully, at least you've discovered the error now. I did a google search for that particular product and see that someone else on another forum has encountered the same problem; I'll PM you the link to that thread so that you can read it and the advice for yourself.
In essence, the advice is that: * if there are any soaps/perfumes in it, it would affect the tank and filter as it could leach into the tank items (media, decor, substrate) which would be hard to get rid of without and maybe not even with at least incessant rinsing; * you could test this out by seeing if bubbles form which don't go away immediately.
You could maybe also contact the manufacturer for a list of ingredients. However, I'd definitely change the water and start incessant rinsing of everything in the tank, then start again with ammonia such as Jeyes' Kleen-Off.
Better that than inadvertently inflict any toxic harm on your betta when he eventually moves into his new home.
I’ve been cycling a tank for 12 days now. I couldn’t figure out why I’m not seeing any change in the water chemistry. Come to find out the ammonia I’m using is not just ammonia. Ugh! I bought LA’s totally awesome ammonia. It has surfactants and other things that I’m sure hinder cycling.
My question, do I need to change out my water completely or can I just start using real ammonia? My betta has already endured more than he should have. So I want to get back on track as soon as possible.
Feeling sad for my fish. Thanks for helping me help him.
Sorry - meant to reply to this the other day. In addition to that, other options I've tried for weighing down plants include: * multiple terracotta rings round their base to secure them; * planted into mini terracotta pots filled with sand (+/- a root tab); * secured to decor with cable tie; * attempting to weigh them down with a pebble; * JBL Plantis pegs (probably best if you have soil to secure them into as opposed to sand or gravel).
Hopefully your own suggestions or one of these will help.
I have gravel in my 5 gallon tank. I have two plant bunches that are hellbent on floating. Can I secure them to the ceramic ring they came in to weigh them down.. can I use a rubber band to secure them?