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post #21 of 28 Old 04-15-2012, 01:35 PM Thread Starter
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Unfortunately my Angel and my BGK both died. I'm not sure what happened, but the LFS said it looked like some sort of bacterial infection. I thought that wouldn't happen with good water parameters, and this was in my established tank. Anyway, I wont be replacing them until my super sized tank project is finished and cycled. Hopefully by then I will be more educated about all of this. A mentor or two on this site would be greatly appreciated. A couple of you have already helped immensely.
Right now the 46 gallon is housing my two parrot cichlids, a jeweled cichlid, and two otocats. All are getting alone fantastically.
My parameters are ammonia 0, nitrates 0 (from the plants I am told?), nitrites 0, ph was between 7.2 and 7.8 last time I tested. Down from 8.3 after removing the rock and adding another piece of driftwood. The empty space in the center is for another piece of mopani that I ordered.
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The two striped African cichlids are in two separate established 10 gal while their larger tank cycles (fishless!). The largest piece of rock removed from the 46 gal has been placed in that tank, and the smaller pieces are split between the 10 gallons so that the ph stays at the level they've done well with. The mama guppy and her few fry are in the 5 gallon until the cichlids are moved. At that point they will have a 10 gal to themselves.

My bf also bought a green spotted puffer and a fiddler crab. Since they are both brackish they're in my 3rd 10 gallon together. Photo-0030.jpg
He will be forced to upgrade the puffers tank when the time comes. They're from Wal-mart, so of course the employees didn't bother him they need aquarium salt. Not only that, but they also told him the crab didn't need land!

I have a couple more questions here:http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/f...iftwood-98841/ but no replies so far.
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*there is one puffer, and one crab.
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I guess I'm doing everything right now...No advice or lectures ;)
Seriously though, either would be appreciated, as they would help me learn.
I had another question too, so I may as well tack it on here. If I sift out the rocks with a colander, will the tank have to cycle again? I put the rocks in first, but I'd rather it be just sand.

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I guess I'm doing everything right now...No advice or lectures ;)
Seriously though, either would be appreciated, as they would help me learn.
I had another question too, so I may as well tack it on here. If I sift out the rocks with a colander, will the tank have to cycle again? I put the rocks in first, but I'd rather it be just sand.
I can't see the rocks...but removing just them and leaving the rest of the sand substrate and not touching the filter plus the fact you have live plants won't hurt the cycling.

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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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I can't see the rocks...but removing just them and leaving the rest of the sand substrate and not touching the filter plus the fact you have live plants won't hurt the cycling.
Oh good, thanks! You've been a great help to me.
I think I have another problem now, though (it's always something). The ph tested good last time, but after reading some of the threads, I'm wondering if I got the wrong sand. It said marine sand. I'm going to the lfs tomorrow and checking the bag. Hopefully it doesn't have to be scooped out.
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The bag says for freshwater or marine aquariums, so I guess It'll be good. :)
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The bag says for freshwater or marine aquariums, so I guess It'll be good. :)
That should be inert sand (meaning it has no effect on water chemistry). If you have the bag still, read what is on the back and see if there is any mention of this. Also, just monitor the pH and as long as it does not rise you're OK.

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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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That should be inert sand (meaning it has no effect on water chemistry). If you have the bag still, read what is on the back and see if there is any mention of this. Also, just monitor the pH and as long as it does not rise you're OK.
Thanks again, Byron!
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