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Old 02-19-2009, 06:59 AM   #11
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Hi - I did a big 50% water change and cleared the tank of a lot of snails and a couple of day later the water is much clearer - might have bean a combination of huge snail population - due largely to over feeding i think (which i'm real bad at doing - they always look hungry!) and the pad not being rinsed. Most of the fish don't seem to have been affected at all but i have noticed the cories are coming out more and seem much happier Just charging the camera batteries to get a few pics later tonight - can't wait til water is totally clear cos it's nice to see my cories out and about again - well pleased
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Old 02-19-2009, 04:05 PM   #12
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hay,great news.
i've just finished a water change this evening.water looks better
don't know why,but the tannis seemed to leech at little more latley.
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Old 02-19-2009, 04:33 PM   #13
did you boil/soak your DW before adding it to the tank?
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Old 02-19-2009, 04:36 PM   #14
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me ?
nope.i never do.i don't mind the tannis when it's not dark,just sometimes
i think it makes me tank look dirty.
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Old 02-25-2009, 10:41 AM   #15
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Ok - I feel a bit stupid! Did a water test last night and the ammonia was still 0 but the nitrites were up slightly between 0 and 0.25 and my nitrates were really high 35ish! even though I do regular water changes.

It then occurred to me maybe I wasn't cleaning the gravel well enough cos I only really clean the surface and sure enough when I put the tube right down into the gravel to the bottom the water that came out was almost black!!!!! and I ended up doing about a 40% water change.

The difference in my cories behaviour today is pretty amazing they have been out and about all day pretty much swimming around just like they use to (I've really missed seeing them) - I thought they just liked the new tunnels I put in & that was why they were hiding but obviously the bad water quality was affecting them :( and could also have been responsible for the cloudy water maybe.

I'm going to do another test tonight but judging by the cories behaviour it's looking good today.

You live and learn I suppose.
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Old 02-25-2009, 11:31 AM   #16
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Hi I was reading your post. It is always a good idea to reuse the exsiting filter pad by cutting out the pad and putting it infront of the new filter pad This depends on your filter pads.It has good beneficial biological activity on the old filter pad. But do not rinse it. The new filter pad should only be rinsed in treated water in a bucket. You do not want city water on those pads because of chlorine and cloramine. I have a canister filter that has 4 pads in it. I have a 55. gal tank but have a filter system for a 75 gal tank. I was told that a bigger filter system is better for the tank. I put new pads in the back and move the old ones in the back into the front. This way you don't get rid of the beneficial colony in the filter. This will keep your tank water clear. I also use this stuff called Cycle once a week in all my tank or you can use this stuff By Tetra called EasyBalance keeps aquarium water biologically balanced for up to 6 months. Good Luck on your tank. I hope this helps your water in your tank.
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Old 02-25-2009, 02:48 PM   #17
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Thankyou Eileen for advice with filter pad changing - unfortunately I've already changed all three filter pads now over a period of 2 months. When I rinse the filter pads I usually do them one at a time 2 weeks between each and I have been rinsing them in the water I remove from the tank. But I'm learning new things all the time, really thankful to one post which gave a guide to how to syphon the water without sucking on the pipe to get the water flowing!
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Old 02-25-2009, 05:40 PM   #18
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aww now come on you can't beat a mouthfull of fishie water,
you're a fish comes with the job.
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Old 02-25-2009, 06:11 PM   #19
Yummy fish water! lol
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Old 02-26-2009, 06:13 AM   #20
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Well if I own up and I'm honest I never actually did it - got my hubby to do it cos he really didn't mind in the slightest and it was a bit like a wine tasting session for him

Mind some of the beer he drinks I suspect he might had a liking for tank water?! But he did seem pleased he didn't have to help clean the tank anymore.
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