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Old 11-24-2010, 12:07 PM   #1
 
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Just got FISH!

So i have just completed a fishless cycle of a 10 gallon using a prawn (until it grew hair and I removed it) and then flake food for the remaining week of the cycle. I did a 50% water change last night and did a thoruogh (I thought) vaccuming of the rocks to get all the moldy and decayin fish food up. Introduced two cories this morning and they are doing swimmingly!

The problem... these guys are kicking up all kinds of gunk I must have missed when cleaning lat night... what should I do? I'm afraid to get back in there messing around becasue I don't want to stress the little guys any more than they already are today. How bad is it to have some "gunk"still in the substrate?
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Old 11-24-2010, 12:22 PM   #2
 
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So i have just completed a fishless cycle of a 10 gallon using a prawn (until it grew hair and I removed it) and then flake food for the remaining week of the cycle. I did a 50% water change last night and did a thoruogh (I thought) vaccuming of the rocks to get all the moldy and decayin fish food up. Introduced two cories this morning and they are doing swimmingly!

The problem... these guys are kicking up all kinds of gunk I must have missed when cleaning lat night... what should I do? I'm afraid to get back in there messing around becasue I don't want to stress the little guys any more than they already are today. How bad is it to have some "gunk"still in the substrate?
Well that would depend entirely on how much "gunk" were talking about. The best thing I think for you to do is take a master test kit and test the water. API makes a great one. Test it every day for a few days an if the water is stable and clean then i would wate a few days and do another cleaning. If you get an ammonia spike then i would do an immediate water change. Better to put your fish under a little more stress now then have them die from an ammonia spike tomorow. If you have any more questions this is the place to ask them. There are a ton of great minds here and an endless amount of information and experience.
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Old 11-24-2010, 12:32 PM   #3
 
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Hi, thanks for the quick response! I test regularly and will be testing extra often now that I have actual fish in my fish tank! I went ahead and vaccuming a bit a feel a little better about it. Thanks!
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Old 11-24-2010, 12:34 PM   #4
 
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on another note, is it normal for newly introduced fish to be a bit letharic at first? They were swimming around and scoping out the new digs for the first hour or so but have been "napping" for a while now. Normal?
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Old 11-24-2010, 04:19 PM   #5
 
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Sometimes fish kind of 'hang out'.
As long as the parameters are good, I wouldn't worry. They might be under a little shock due to the ph, but they should adjust. (Assuming ph is different than the tank they were in.)
If they don't eat in 24 hours, then you might need to be concerned... Until then, relax.
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Old 11-25-2010, 04:46 AM   #6
 
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Cories do that. They sit really still like statues and then all of a sudden they'll start fossicking around. Sometimes I think my cories have died, they are sitting there so still and not moving at all.
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