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post #51 of 73 Old 12-17-2008, 02:39 PM Thread Starter
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heh, good call.

on the high range it comes out to 8.2

Well, im glad to hear about the water then. I was getting kinda scared for a minute. Its getting really milky and i cant see the back of the tank anymore. It was somewhat bad before but now its pretty bad. Well im happy its not something more serious then.
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post #52 of 73 Old 12-17-2008, 04:06 PM
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Bacterial blooms are pretty normal for a cycling tank and since you don't have any fish in there, there's no need to worry.

However, for future reference the bacteria that cause these blooms use oxygen as part of their metabolic cycle, just like fish and other aerobic organisms do. A population explosion like that can seriously deplete oxygen levels in a fish tank. I recently had a bloom on an established tank (I still can't put my finger on why). I did a 60% or so water change as soon as I discovered it, another 50% change a few hours later right before I went to bed, and by the time I woke up in the morning the water was milky again and two fish had died. One water change later, the water was back to normal and the other fish fine. So in other words...these blooms can be serious on stocked tanks.

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post #53 of 73 Old 12-17-2008, 04:17 PM Thread Starter
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well the oxygen pump im using is for a 60 gallon tank, if that matters at all
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post #54 of 73 Old 12-18-2008, 06:42 AM
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Not really. Air pumps don't put oxygen into the water. Oxygen enters the water at the atmosphere/water surface interface. It's largely a function of surface area and the quantity of dissolved gases already in the water. The best way to increase the oxygen in the water is to agitate the surface. The ripples and waves on the surface dramatically increase the surface area and consequently the oxygen levels in the water. What your bubble bar will do is agitate the surface above it and encourage oxygenation that way.

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post #55 of 73 Old 12-18-2008, 09:48 AM Thread Starter
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Alright, well the tank looks to be cleared. Now theres a nice white covering on everything including the glass and i can see all these little white floaties i never noticed before.

Should i clean all this off?
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post #56 of 73 Old 12-19-2008, 01:02 PM Thread Starter
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what if i put a dojo loach?
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post #57 of 73 Old 12-20-2008, 08:37 AM
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Bacterial blooms are pretty normal for a cycling tank and since you don't have any fish in there, there's no need to worry.

However, for future reference the bacteria that cause these blooms use oxygen as part of their metabolic cycle, just like fish and other aerobic organisms do. A population explosion like that can seriously deplete oxygen levels in a fish tank. I recently had a bloom on an established tank (I still can't put my finger on why). I did a 60% or so water change as soon as I discovered it, another 50% change a few hours later right before I went to bed, and by the time I woke up in the morning the water was milky again and two fish had died. One water change later, the water was back to normal and the other fish fine. So in other words...these blooms can be serious on stocked tanks.
That happened to me once too. I think mine was related to dosing meds though. I noticed it at night time and did a 50% water change, turned the airstone on (that darn thing is so loud! kind of made it hard to sleep!), did another 50% change in the morning, and by afternoon all was clear. And, even though my fish were already compromised they all made it.

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post #58 of 73 Old 12-21-2008, 08:38 PM
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Not sure what the white stuff is. Pictures might be helpful.

Dojo loaches are a coldwater fish, so they wouldn't mix with the tropical fish you're interested in. I can count readily available coldwater fish on one hand, so you can definitely do more with tropical species.

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post #59 of 73 Old 12-21-2008, 11:47 PM Thread Starter
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well i guess ill stay away from that.

I guess it seems wierd that all that will be there is plec/barbs/shark. Seems like it will be really plain
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post #60 of 73 Old 12-23-2008, 07:30 AM
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Tiger barbs are colorful and active and the RTBS is gorgeous. Plecs.... well they're not my cup of tea. Give it a chance first, you may be surprised.

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