I have an algae eater - bristlenose catfish - though he doesn’t seem to eat much algae! The rocks that were white/cream at the beginning are now a browny/green with algae. Other than just not looking as nice, will this do any harm, should I be trying to clean the algae off the rocks and if so how? It’s easy to scrape it off a flat surface but not so on the rocks. No other problems - test regular and take a sample to local lfs who said water parameters are perfect. It’s just the algae I’m not sure what to do about.
Isn’t it terrible that the so-called people you should be able to trust - manufacturers of a product designed to keep fish - give out such bad advice - wondering if I should complain - for all the good it might do 🙁
I have an Aqua-Flow 300 filter; it has a sponge with activated carbon in one chamber, and CrystalMax in the other chamber. The maintenance instructions say...
“The dual-action filter cartridge contains activated carbon. Clean the filter cartridge every 1 or 2 weeks by rinsing it with clean tap water. Replace this filter cartridge monthly, the carbon in the filter cartridge is no longer effective after it becomes fully saturated”
This has really confused me as it goes against everything else I’ve read about filter maintenance - I thought you were meant to clean your filter about once a month in the dirty water not clean tap water, and I also thought the whole point of cycling was to build up the good bacteria in the filter - so why would you completely replace that and have to start again once a month?? 🤯
I am a newbie too so I can’t really offer any advice but just wanted to say I love your story! Goodness knows what would happened to the poor things if you hadn’t stepped in. I would just say don’t feel embarrassed about making mistakes - I think I have made plenty, you are trying to do the right thing which is a lot more than most and it’s a steep but enjoyable learning curve.
I hope you enjoy your new fishies as much as I am 👍
Fish were first added to my new tank on 24th August - before that it had been cycling for a week - from 17th August. After the initial cycle I took a water sample to my lfs who tested it & said it was now safe to add fish to. So I added my fish and they said to do 10% water changes every 2 days while the filter builds up the safe bacteria (sorry I don’t know all the correct lingo yet!), and to feed them a couple of pellets per fish every 2-3 days.
I’ve been doing this religiously and everything seems fine, have been testing with tetra 6 in 1 test strips every few days and I think everything is looking good. N02 was borderline for a few days but so far so good - the lfs said that was normal and just to continue with the water changes - that was about 10 days ago.
So my question is, how long should I keep doing 10% water changes for and when is the right time to feed them daily? I feel like I’m starving them at the moment!
Re the jack Dempseys, I’m not sure what to do now that I have them; before choosing what fish to keep I read conflicting advice on the Internet about what would work therefore decided to take the advice from my local fish shop where I bought the tank, I was guided by them who told me these would be ok for my tank ☹️ In fact I’d hoped it would big enough for 3/4 cichlids and was surprised when they said I could put 6/9 in there. They said to stick with 4 first for a week or so to let the filter build up then I could get some more. My original plan was to have 3/4 cichlids, an algae eater and perhaps a few mollys.
Hello, New to fish keeping. I have a 30 gallon tank with a Superfish Aquaflow 300 internal filter. I’m not sure what the best position is and whether or not to use the optional spray bar that comes with it. The spray bar seems to reduce the noise but I’ve read it can put unnecessary pressure on the pump - is that true? If I use it, is there a right or wrong way of directing the flow of water? Does there need to be bubbles on the surface? Also, should I turn it up full or not? I have two Jack Dempseys and two Firemouths and I read their natural habitat is slow moving water - does that mean I should turn the filter down?