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Old 08-15-2011, 06:26 PM   #11
 
OH MY GOD THE POOR FISH. She had 3 "filter systems" but never gravel vacuumed. The water was foul smelling. the angel and corys are in a bucket with a bubbler right now, i have to get a stand, hers is so full of spiders. I am thinking we'lre going to do cinderblock stand for now.
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Old 08-15-2011, 07:14 PM   #12
 
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OH MY GOD THE POOR FISH. She had 3 "filter systems" but never gravel vacuumed. The water was foul smelling. the angel and corys are in a bucket with a bubbler right now, i have to get a stand, hers is so full of spiders. I am thinking we'lre going to do cinderblock stand for now.
Make sure you support the middle if you're going that route for a stand right now. It may not be a bad idea to lay a piece of 1" thick plywood or MDF on top of the blocks then the tank.
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Old 08-15-2011, 08:24 PM   #13
 
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Make sure you support the middle if you're going that route for a stand right now. It may not be a bad idea to lay a piece of 1" thick plywood or MDF on top of the blocks then the tank.
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3 sets, since the tank is 15.5" "wide" and a cinder block is 16" wide...2x4s and stuff. we'll do it right.

Does anyone know if the top plastic ring of a tank needs to be siliconed in place? and is RTV silicone the right stuff?
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Old 08-15-2011, 08:33 PM   #14
 
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3 sets, since the tank is 15.5" "wide" and a cinder block is 16" wide...2x4s and stuff. we'll do it right.

Does anyone know if the top plastic ring of a tank needs to be siliconed in place? and is RTV silicone the right stuff?
Not sure about rtv silcone, I know some people have used ge silcone clear for windows and doors and haven't had any problems. Want to make sure that it does not say anything like mold resistant. When I resealed my 50 gal I picked up aquarium silcone, I had researched the different types of silcone and had people tell me that they used the ge stuff without any problems. But I did not want to take a chance of it not holding up or anything possibly being released into my water over time.
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Old 08-15-2011, 08:34 PM   #15
 
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3 sets, since the tank is 15.5" "wide" and a cinder block is 16" wide...2x4s and stuff. we'll do it right.

Does anyone know if the top plastic ring of a tank needs to be siliconed in place? and is RTV silicone the right stuff?
Not bad looking! Home depot sells Aquarium Sealant. That way you don't have to worry about getting silicone that is harmful to the tank life.
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Old 08-15-2011, 11:51 PM   #16
 
Menards sells it too, DAP household silicone. Should have a fish on the package
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Old 08-16-2011, 01:13 AM   #17
 
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okay she has 4 buckets and i am going to go get some today (my buckets have only ever had conditioned water in them and that's not changing today)

2-3 with gravel (she said 3 inches which seems like too much substrate to me, and i have a bunch here that is clean) and water and the filter, and the rest with fish and water. i think the fish should do in 2 buckets, and the rest can be water.

Thanks to you all, very helpful. I'm going to have to do this all again next month when we move, but still, free established tank.
Do be aware that fishes will be fine in bucket's with airstone for perhaps an hour or two tops.After that,, ammonia produced by all fishes asumming they are breathing, could begin to rise to toxic levels.
Pays to make such moves as quickly as possible.
If fishes are going to be in bucket's for much longer,then either adding some of the saved ,wet,filter material to the bucket's or changing out some water for fresh dechlorinated water would in my view be necessary in bucket(s) holding fish.
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Old 08-16-2011, 02:04 AM   #18
 
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Do be aware that fishes will be fine in bucket's with airstone for perhaps an hour or two tops.After that,, ammonia produced by all fishes asumming they are breathing, could begin to rise to toxic levels.
Pays to make such moves as quickly as possible.
If fishes are going to be in bucket's for much longer,then either adding some of the saved ,wet,filter material to the bucket's or changing out some water for fresh dechlorinated water would in my view be necessary in bucket(s) holding fish.
Roger that, we do have a farily large problem... the pH difference between the cleaned tank with my water and hers mixed is 7.4 and her tank was running 6.0...

What should i do? i don't have any tank that acidic in my house and changing water in the bucket they are in is raising it by .2 each 32 ounces.

I've been monitoring the ammonia levels and they were rising so i did a few cupfuls of new water and checked the pH. These fish were living in pretty dank conditions... but i don't know how fast i can acclimate them to pH in a bucket without ammonia poisoning setting in.

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Old 08-16-2011, 02:16 AM   #19
 
Old Tank Syndrome is what i am reading right now, and it looks like, since she only vacuumed every 6 months that nitrates were through the roof; and hydrogen is responsible for the low pH. I did a PARTIAL water change while i was at her house today, so i assume the pH was even LOWER than 6.0 in the tank prior to a 5 gallon change. the 5 gallons was probably a 20% water change at that point, so...


Wow. I really hope i can save these fish.

Edit: evidently what i am doing right now is called the drip method, someone mentioned this earlier. The angel is fist sized and the pleco is huge, too. like 5x as big as the fake julie.

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Old 08-16-2011, 03:34 AM   #20
 
some pictures

while waiting on the drip acclimation thing:
First picture, freshly filled after cleaning and verifying the stand was stable:


Drippin bubbling:


clearer water already:
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