Hope you and all your fins are doing well :) Little Splash's tank is maturing nicely. She currently has 4 male Platys, 3 male Guppies and at least 40+ Cherry Shrimp.
Some guidance needed here. I need to do some decorating in Little Splash's room. I would like to repaint her window sill (using "oil" based paints) and also need to do some silicon work on her window frame. Both of these products have a strong smell. Will the fish tank (which sits just along from the window) be OK.
I would obviously work with the window open and the bedroom door open to allow a good flow of air.
This thread has thrown up some great ideas on getting tap nitrate down. Thanks everyone for all your input.
As my PWC each week is only 20-30L I've decided to try using the JBL NitratEX in my maturing water container before my PWC . It should be delivered tomorrow, so I'll let you know how things go. As I have high GH and KH, I'm guessing that removing the nitrate will not cause me any pH swings.
Do I just store my filter with NitratEX in a container with dechlorinated water until next PWC?
Thanks for the link. Do I need to actually put the bag in my filter? I only have the small filter which I use for the QT tank with a sponge size of 5cm x 3cm x 2cm. Or would it be OK just to wrap the bag around the outside of the filter?
I'm also guessing that I will only need to use part of the packet as I'm only working with 20l water.
Little Splash's tank is currently stocked with 3 male Platys, 5 male Guppies and about 40+ Cherry shrimp and fully planted. Actual water volume is 55L
We do a 35% water change weekly and sometimes, twice a week. Nitrate has always been below 40ppm even before a water change. However recently our tap nitrate seems to be between 15 and 20 ppm which means despite 3 water changes in the past 5 days, we have been unable to get our nitrate below 20ppm
Is there something we could use to remove/reduce nitrate from our water change water before adding to the tank. We always mature our water change water for 24 hours (really love our Cherry shrimp and don't want to upset them by pH fluctuations). As we only have one tank, don't think that making our own RO water is appropriate and there are no "local" LFS to buy RO from. Any other ideas folks?
Thought it was time to post a long overdue update on Little Splash's tank.
The tank has been running for 18 months now and maturing nicely. Our current stock is 3 male Platys, 5 male Guppies and "loads" of beautiful Cherry shrimp. Since the total tank wipe out in Feb 13, we now seem to loose fish through "old age" rather than illness.
Little Splash was kindly given some Cherry shrimp over a year ago, by Fishlady. Really happy to report that even now, two of the original shrimp are still happy in the tank and have helped to produce an extremely healthy community of 40+ shrimp! The new baby shrimp are really clever?.they are using the underneath of a slightly flat moss ball as a nursery. Every time I pick up the moss ball to clean, it is covered in tiny, almost see through baby shrimp.
We did have a little of a scary moment the other week. Some of Little Splash's older Platys had died, so it was time to introduce some new friends into the tank. After spending time in the QT tank, we moved a "male" mickey mouse Platy into the main tank. Oh my, what a shock when the tank light went on?."He" was a "she" and very pregnant! Very quick trip back to the LFS the next morning for a fish swap.
Sorry to say that Little Splash lost her Red Platy whilst in the QT tank. There was no sign of disease but the little fella was never good from the day we bought him. He seemed really shy, not wanting to feed and spending a lot of time just resting on the gravel. In his last few days he was beginning to roll onto his side and seemed to be suffering. Little Splash did not want to see him suffer so we carefully euthanised him.:(
On a happier note, the yellow, black Platy (AKA Cosmos) has been introduced to the main tank. Initially there did seem to be some aggression towards him. After a few days the tank has calmed down beautifully and now Cosmos is out partying with the Guppies even when lights are out.
So, as things stand Little Splash has 3 Guppies, 3 Platys and loads of RCS in her tank. The tank is very lively but friendly apart from when shrimp and Platy fight over food?..guess what, the shrimp normally win. I am also very happy to say that even with the increased stock level, the nitrate is still below 40ppm by the end of the week. An excellent result all round!
dismalscientist wrote: I always love reading your posts Splash, it's so wonderful to hear how much Little Splash is enjoying fish keeping and how well she's taken to it! It must be a lot to learn for a child.
I hope the two new platies get on well with the current tank-mates, it would be nice for you and Little Splash to have a nice quiet time as you've been through a fair few fishy dramas already!
Fab video by the way :)
Little Splash wants to say "thanks" for your lovely reply.
Feeding time now in LIttle Splash's tank is entertaining. The Guppies seem to do a "food dance". At feeding time, when Little Splash enters the room,they wiggle from side to side, right at the front of the tank, moving slowly from side to side, near the top. This dance only stops once they have been fed. It is even more amusing when "Jasper" the yellow Platy joins in. He may not have the beautiful long tail fins of the Guppies but what he lacks in tail fin, he certainly makes up for it in effort.
We are also now suffering "Shrimp pellet wars" The fish are always fed first and then shrimp pellets are dropped by hand close to the shrimp cave. The fish have learnt about this and no sooner are the pellets down on the substrate the fish are at them. I'm sure one one of these days, there is going to be a tug-o-war between an adult shrimp and Guppy over a pellet...not too sure who would win, Fishlady's shrimp offspring are not to be messed with.
After the last two remaining Guppies were added to the tank we had some "issues". One of the male Guppies took a real liking to "Jasper", Little Splash's yellow Platy and would not leave him alone. We decided to give everyone time to settle in. It did not work, Jasper was hiding in the shrimp cave and would not come out.
Little Splash decided that "Jet" needed to go back to the LFS. Since he has been removed from the tank everyone is getting on really nicely.
Since the Guppies have been added, the water quality has been perfect and the nitrate after a week is only about 20ppm. Very happy with that result.
Little Splash wanted to replace "Jet" with a young Platy. It did not feel right to keep one young Platy in the QT tank for three weeks on it's own so after having checked our current stocking level we decided to bring back two young Platys. They are only about 2cm in length and are in the QT tank. They seem very nervous and hiding quite a lot, but are eating well and so far are healthy.
These will definitely be the last additions to Little Splash's tank...apart from our ever increasing shrimp population
Here is a short video which Little Splash made just after "Jet" was removed from the tank.
Welcome from us too . LIttle Splash and I were total fish "newbies" this time last year and we managed, with the support from people here to do a successful "fishless cycle". The tank has been up and running for a year, without one water quality issue.
It gives you a great sense of achievement to know that you did not harm any fish with getting the tank cycled. For us, it was also a great learning experience and Little Splash now probably knows more about the nitrogen cycle than anyone else in her primary school.
If you do go down the fishless route, can I suggest that you get a API liquid master kit. Amazon/Ebay will be a lot cheaper than your LFS. It will allow you to see exactly what is happening in your tank and will continue to be useful once your tank has occupants.
Good luck and feel free to ask as many questions as you want to. The advice given on here is superb.
Just can't believe how time flies. Little Splash's tank has been up and running for almost a year!
This has been a "big" week for Little Splash. Her four male guppies spent the last three weeks in the QT tank without illness. Last Saturday ,it was time for the first two to be moved into the main tank. They have settled in really well and the water quality has been perfect. "Jasper" one of Little Splash's platy's is now really having fun. He had become very nervous to swim in open water in the tank after the loss of "Cola" and more recently "TJ". However, really happy to say that since the guppies were added, "Jasper" is a new fish. He is having so much fun swimming with the guppies....it is so lovely to see.
Once all the guppies are in the main tank, I will ask Little Splash to make a video. The guppies move so fast it is almost impossible to get a good photo of them.
You may recall that Fishlady was very kind and sent some Cherry shrimp to Little Splash earlier in the year. The shrimp absolutely love our tank. Four shrimp were first added in April/May time and now.......we have at least twenty visible shrimp and the number seems to be growing daily.