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  • Posted on: 29/6/2004 8:54
Re: Goldy, need your advice please #1
Hi Fiona,


From what I'd been reading household ammonia solution is fine to use. I think it is difficult to get the strong stuff 30% proof, etc...

I'm using Boots Household ammonia, that is about £1.60 for 500ml and is about 9% solution (no additives or perfumes). This appears to be working fine ( i'm starting to get a nitrie spike ) an ddoes fit in well with updated method included in the sticky at the top of this forum.

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  • Posted on: 29/6/2004 8:50
Re: BiOrb start-up #2
Thanks Meercat,

That is reassuring to hear.
I'm currently cycling a BiOrb an am planning on adding fish in a couple of weeks...

I had considered going tropical 'cos small coldwater fish I find a tad boring (dannio's and minnows). But I think I may stick with the original plan and add two small goldfish and upgrade the tank later....

How big are your babies? 1.5" long.. smaller???

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  • Posted on: 26/6/2004 10:17
Re: Cleaned and cycling #3
Thanks for the advice but I goona have a look around at some of the smaller species before I decide...

Got a couple of weeks beforehte tanks ready anyways...

Guppies may be a possibility, I'll have to go a look at some... see how they rate..


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  • Posted on: 25/6/2004 11:41
Re: Cleaned and cycling #4
I Really wanted to keep goldfish ... :(

Whey do they get away with plastering the BiORb box with pictures of a BiOrbf full of gold fish then when it can only realy handle one ... Grrrr... I feel a nasty email coming on...


Well, anyways, other than Minnows and Danios what other fish would you recommend me looking at that are good for coldwater and a novice fishkeeper....

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  • Posted on: 25/6/2004 8:00
Re: Cleaned and cycling #5
Ah... the link was on tomgriffin.com ... so I just assumed, but the article is by someone else...



Two fantials will give the fish 15L of water each. When you say that two fantails are enough, are you thinking about the entire life time of the fish? or just in the short term...

I am thinking of upgrading the tank later on and scaling up the aquarium in a year or so [ the reason I am starting with the small tank is due to my inexperience (start small) and the fact that my partner is not aware of the these plans so I want to introduce the idea slowly... LOL....].


So with that in mind will the BiOrb be suitable for over the next year.. before much growth has occured?


The BiOrb instructions state that four goldfish can be kept in there. I take it they're balancing fish health against making their product more attractive... [ annoying! ]











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  • Posted on: 24/6/2004 22:44
Re: Even More worring #6
I shall tread more carefully new time...

I do suspect that I was the treatments adding to a already stressful environment for my fish... and me being too hasty and adding white spot treatment straight after the anti-fungus as Goldy pointed out...


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  • Posted on: 24/6/2004 22:42
Cleaned and cycling #7
Thank you Goldy, FishyFeet and lseaton, for all the advice on my last few posts....!

I've cleaned the tank out and started from scratch..
I'm letting it settle tonight, then I'll add some ammonia starting tomorrow..
I just got the Boots household kind which seems to be just ammonia solution, no additives...


So until the tanks ready I'm going to sort out what fish I'm going to get ...

My original plan was to go for a fanfail, a blackmoor (butterfly if I can find one) and then some smaller fish, something like minnows, or dannios, or suitable tetra's... but no more than about 6... Maybe there are some incopatibilities there..?


I was reading the Tom Griffin article and he mentions added many fish at once after the cycle...

Has anyone actually done this??

Cheers !
Steve


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  • Posted on: 23/6/2004 19:15
Re: Even More worring #8
I Came home today with a second pump, to move him into a large bowl I have, with clean water..

too late though, he must have died sometime today... :( very sad.


I now have a tank with live plants, white spot and fungus in there and not a clue as what to do next...

Goes without saying I'm not getting any more fish until I have a stable cycled tank (learnt something for this at least). But what to do?

Clean out the aquarium and add fresh water to start cycling? (will that get rid of white spot?)

Or should I continue with current water, finish white spot treatment and then start cycling the tank?

or something else...?






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  • Posted on: 23/6/2004 13:40
Re: Even More worring #9
I don't have a heater unfortunately....


He's still hanging in there but he's stopped eating now....
He didn;t eat this morning or last night... just ignored the food...


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  • Posted on: 22/6/2004 21:51
Re: Even More worring #10
Nope no word of that....

it says

"continue filteration during treatment"
" recommend a 10% water change after treatment has finished...>"
"Renew filter carbon after termination"

and then info about dosage and tank size...

That's it.... i'm thinking this is probably a bad sign,....




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