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Originally Posted by casssch View Post
For the pleco, I think that you could blanch some zuchini or other veggies. I think that they would go for that while you wait for your wafers. They should have driftwood to chew on too... I'm not certain exactly why but it is recommended.
Swordtail. What is it with livebearers? Nice coloured fish and all but the hassle of livebearers constantly reproducing... just not my thing I guess. So many times a new tank has livebearers as if it is the standby fish of choice by sellers.
Total years fish keeping experience: 7 months, can't start counting in years for a while yet.
The shotgun approach to a planted tank with an LED fixture
Small scale nitrogen cycle with a jar, water and fish food; no substrate, filter etc
Cass, welcome to the world of fishkeeping! We have almost all been in your shoes, so dont feel bad. You are learning and trying to fix what may have went wrong. The good thing i can see is that you have a heater. And you care. You cant go wrong there. Just keep at it amd eventually your fish will have a lovely home :)
The API Liquid Test kit is $20 on Amazon and it's what most of us use. Or if you need more supplies check out Drs. Foster and Smith, I LOVE them. (I sound like a salesperson, sorry!) Really good prices for the most part as well. I just have a thing about buying all my stuff at the same place, lol.
My testing kit came a day early, yay! Ph is 8.2, ammonia and nitrites are both at .5, nitrates are 0. So far we've lost 2 of the globarbs, and I have doubts on a 3rd one surviving. The fourth one I believe will survive. The other two fish have good and bad hours, so I'm hoping they'll pull through. I'm also not sure how the pleco is doing as he is hiding the majority of the time. I did put an algae wafer in for him last night and it looks like he might have ate half.