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Charlie Charlie
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  • Posted on: 31/3/2015 21:55
Re: blackmoor goldfish problem #11
Hey

I've just got my 4 fancies through a fish in cycle with the help of these ladies... I did as advised, tested daily, every evening my ammonia was a least 0.25 and I did a water change daily up to 50% sometimes more depending on the levels.. Fed sparingly.. Poor pops!

My black moor had this same behaviour and she would just sit at the bottom of the tank... And come out for a swim from time to time... Since it's cycled she hasn't once sat still at the bottom... You should defo get a good test kit.

My tank cycled in exactly 6 weeks

Good luck!


Charlie Charlie
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  • Posted on: 31/3/2015 20:12
Re: fish in cycle.. signs the cycle has started?? #12
Hey fishlady

Thanks once again for your super advice! You are becoming my guru!

Happy to report all still well... :)


Charlie Charlie
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  • Posted on: 31/3/2015 19:59
Fishless cycling..... #13
Hi Guys

I've decided to do a fish less cycle on my 27l tank. Into the second week.

For the first week used fish food.. This got the nitrites going. They rose to between 2 & 4ppm. Then I swapped over to pure ammonia for the last leg

Then the nitrite started dropping within days I was down to Zero. Was amazed by this reading yesterday. The ammonia went to around 4pmm when I added the pure ammonia and this has dropped to 1ppm

Tested nitrate yesterday also, between 40 & 80ppm.

I have around 30ppm in my water supply so tested both at the same time, definitely showing a rise.

Tested this evening and the ammonia is still at 1ppm... Is something wrong? I thought ammonia would be zero if nitrite had risen and then dropped to zero.

Do I need to add more ammonia? Has it all gone wrong?

The tank is planted...

Once again any advice is so appreciated!

Cheers


Charlie Charlie
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  • Posted on: 26/3/2015 23:38
Re: Dwarf puffer fish tank size #14
Thanks for your reply and the sheet is very informative. Info on the net on DPs is quite confusing plus my local aquarium seems to have given me not so good advice.

as I do really love little puffers I feel a bigger tank coming on.

Would 45L be big enough for 2 DPs?


Charlie Charlie
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  • Posted on: 26/3/2015 23:29
Re: fish in cycle.. signs the cycle has started?? #15
Hey Fishlady

Tested again tonight and great news.. ammonia yellow!!! I even did another test on my water supply to compare and couldn't tell them apart! My next concern was the nitrates so I did a partial water change tonight also. Will continue testing daily for the next week or so and of course now weekly water changes if all good. How much is a good water weekly water change? Im always tempted to do more than 25% would that be ok?

My lovely goldies had a bloodworm feast to celebrate! :) cant believe the daily changes might be over!

One more question but regarding normal feeding.. ive been doing a little bit a day and missing a day or so throughout the week while we dealt with the ammonia.. whats your feeding schedule for your goldies?

Thanks very much for your help and advice!

Pets at home should employ knowledgeable and caring people like you, it might prevent people like me and fish like mine ending up in the situation we did!


Charlie Charlie
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  • Posted on: 25/3/2015 22:24
Re: fish in cycle.. signs the cycle has started?? #16
I tested again tonight, ammonia low but still some there, nitrite 0 and nitrates rising. I have nitrates in my water supply between 20 & 40 on the api colour chart... the tank water tonight is between 40 & 80 on the chart, I can see the difference so id say tank water is rising in nitrates.. what does this mean? I still have some ammonia so im not cycled

Thoughts are really appreciated!

Cheers


Charlie Charlie
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  • Posted on: 25/3/2015 8:46
Re: fish in cycle.. signs the cycle has started?? #17
Hi Fishlady

Thanks so much for your reply.

I also tested my water supply last night which was very yellow so looks like the test kit is working well. I would be over the moon if the cycling has finally started. All my fish are well and happy so coming out the other side like this would be a victory! I shall continue testing. Would it be normal not to see any nitrites and complete the cycle?


Charlie Charlie
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  • Posted on: 24/3/2015 23:45
Dwarf puffer fish tank size #18
Hi Guys

I've always wanted Dwarf Puffers. I have a 27L tank which was a very brief home for my lovely goldies. Im thinking of using it as a species only tank for 2 Dps. My LFS advised it would be suitable for 2. After the terrible advice I received from pets at home when getting my fancies I would love to know if any of you guys agree a planted 27L would be a good home for 2dps.

any advice is really appreciated!

Cheers


Charlie Charlie
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  • Posted on: 24/3/2015 21:48
fish in cycle.. signs the cycle has started?? #19
Hi Guys

Im back with another question. Currently going through fish in cycle. Into the 6th week.. normal daily water change was done sat morning. Tested Sunday ammonia levels low nitrite 0. Didn't do water change.. Monday tested, ammonia still under 0.25ppm, nitrite 0. Didn't do water change. Tested this evening same readings and haven't done a water change. the ammonia have always continued to rise and I've dealt with it by water changes.. now ammonia seems to be staying low but no nitrites? Is my tank starting to cycle? I was using seachem stability daily, then after nothing for over the 7 days dosed the tank with full 250ml bottle of tetra safe start. Using seachem prime to treat the water and detoxify any free ammonia..

Thanks so much for any advice!

Cheers


Charlie Charlie
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  • Posted on: 13/3/2015 13:00
Re: Big lump on base of Oranda Fin #20
here are some updated photos, a bit blury also photo bombed by my 2 girls... so without any intervention luckily the lump seems to be getting better. I'm wondering if indeed it was water quality related and since using the seachem prime it has helped him to recover.. what do you guys think?



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