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How much do you mess with your tanks?
Old 06-20-2011, 03:51 PM   #1
 
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How much do you mess with your tanks?

After I cleaned my tanks for the second time in a week I was wondering how much time others spend messing with their tanks? I guess having been a dog person my whole life, I am used to an interactive pet.

Tonight I did a 60% water change, pruned the plants up a ton and sifted out a bunch of floating plant bits. I rearanged a few other plants as well. I took a few out entirely and moved some around. I am just not excited with how things look right now. I think I over did the pruning and removal. ha ha

Do you guys change things around in your tanks from time to time or do you just set them up and do general cleaning but ignore them otherwise?

I enjoy putzing with the tank but worry about over doing it. My fish seem to simply be used to me putzing and don't seem stressed. They all swim about freely while I am moving things about. They move out of my way when I get too close to them with something but don't go nuts trying to get away. Anyway, What are your thoughts? How much do you putz? How often do you add new things or take away old? How often do you get new fish?
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Old 06-20-2011, 04:27 PM   #2
 
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You're not alone there. I'm constantly re-arranging the plants/buying more/throwing some out etc...

Most of the fish are used to the weekly wc now and don't freak out but the 4 smallest tiger barbs will nip at my arms the entire time if I'm aquascaping. Lil buggers! No matter how much I think I'm used to it, they make me jump all the time. It's a good thing because they keep me in line on the rearranging constantly.

As for fish, I replace if I lose one but haven't added anything to the main tank for a while. I lost one of my emperor tetras a few weeks back bc he managed to jump out of 1/2" opening and I didn't see it happen :( :(

The problem is finding them around here and I hate to pay crazy shipping charges for one or two fish. Grrrrrr!!
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Old 06-20-2011, 05:18 PM   #3
 
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You're not alone there. I'm constantly re-arranging the plants/buying more/throwing some out etc...

Most of the fish are used to the weekly wc now and don't freak out but the 4 smallest tiger barbs will nip at my arms the entire time if I'm aquascaping. Lil buggers! No matter how much I think I'm used to it, they make me jump all the time. It's a good thing because they keep me in line on the rearranging constantly.

As for fish, I replace if I lose one but haven't added anything to the main tank for a while. I lost one of my emperor tetras a few weeks back bc he managed to jump out of 1/2" opening and I didn't see it happen :( :(

The problem is finding them around here and I hate to pay crazy shipping charges for one or two fish. Grrrrrr!!

First off, I am sorry about your tetra. I had a Mystery Snail sneak through a tiny hole once and Lucky for her, I found her but... she had a huge crack in her shell. She lived another 6 months after that when I came in, she was pretty dried out. She must have left in the middle of the night and I obviously didn't hear a golf ball size snail hit the ground. I always felt bad about that though.

I also know what you mean about not wanting to pay the shipping charges on fish or plants for that matter. You can get wonderful plants or fish for a couple bucks but it cost you another $40.00 or so to ship them. Ugh! For that reason, I stick with what I can find locally. My tanks are filling up with grasses and Swords as they do the best. I keep trying a few of the cool looking stem plants but my fish usually end up uprooting them so many times and damaging them so bad I finally have to just toss them and try again. 5 days ago I added 2 Cardinal plants. They are lovely with a deep purple large flat leaf but... next day, one was floating with all the leaves nipped off. Sassy, Sassy Guppies! Maybe that is why they have such lovely colors, they keep eating my colorful plants. lol

I also know EXACTLY what you mean about the goofy little Tiger Barbs, they love to fart around while cleaning. They are not afraid of much, that is for sure.

Today I was taking the net and swishing it slowly back and forth through the water to collect plant debris. I had to work very hard not to catch any of my fish. Even my Opaline Gourami came out to check out the net. I stopped moving it around so she could touch it and then she was happy to sit back and watch and not get in the way. Can't say the same for the sassy Guppies, they seem to enjoy darting in and out of the net. Guess they enjoy a little ride from time to time. Crazy, funny fish. :)
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Old 06-21-2011, 02:03 AM   #4
 
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im a cronic fiddler :P. my castle will be at one end of the tank one day, the oppisite end the next, the plants have been everywhere :P i think my fishies are used to me now!
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Old 06-21-2011, 05:11 AM   #5
 
I only really mess with the tank on water change day. I usually have to take out some plants or maybe take out a dead leaf here and there. The hardscape stays as it is because I've got plants I don't want to disturb growing all over it. Generally I'm happy to let the tank be and just spend some time watching the fish feeding each day.
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Old 06-21-2011, 09:08 AM   #6
 
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Other than water changes weekly I trim plants as needed and every now and then I will rearrange everything in them exspecially when I get new plants.
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Old 06-21-2011, 10:36 AM   #7
 
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Tomorrow is delivery day at the local fish store. I wonder what kind of new plants will come in? The last batch was sort of sad. I might not be able to get over there as I have a doctors apt. tomorrow. I was hoping, if it isn't late, I can swing over there and check it out. Sad that I am excited about the possibility of adding a new plant.
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Old 06-21-2011, 10:40 AM   #8
 
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LOL I don't think thats sad I think thats perfectly normal because I do the same thing. ; )
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Old 06-21-2011, 06:07 PM   #9
 
Hmm.. 60% at once seems a bit much at one time, perhaps barring an emergency.

As for moving plants around, this can disturb bacteria growth, although doing a complete rearrangement every 3 weeks to a month can keep semi aggresive fish from becoming too territorial and provide a new scenery for all.

Getting rid of dead plant bits is good so as to prevent an ammonia spike.
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Old 06-22-2011, 02:58 PM   #10
 
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Hmm.. 60% at once seems a bit much at one time, perhaps barring an emergency.

As for moving plants around, this can disturb bacteria growth, although doing a complete rearrangement every 3 weeks to a month can keep semi aggressive fish from becoming too territorial and provide a new scenery for all.

Getting rid of dead plant bits is good so as to prevent an ammonia spike.

I just really like the look of fresh clear water and the fish seem so happy and excited when they are in their fresh water. Yes, I might be imagining that but they seem that way to me. ha ha I don't move plants every day but... I do a little pruning and some moving around or adding of things. My fish are pretty relaxed while I am doing all the changes so I am guessing they just know it as part of life with me as an owner.

I have Angels, a Rainbow shark, a very large Gourami and some small fish all in the tank together, even fry and nobody is eating anyone so hopefully, the changing things around is helping. Nobody seems territorial at all. Well, maybe rainbow shark. He likes hit hollow log that he lives in and on occasion will chase others away but never nips or anything. I think the Guppies like teasing him and taunt him from outside of his log.

I know that 60% isn't neccessary but it makes me feel good to know they have very fresh clean water to breath.
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