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Old 11-15-2011, 11:17 AM   #41
 
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Oh yes I do have an air bubbler. I did a huge water change today and used the Coppersafe as you suggested. I found a really small pet store close by and they carried it so that is what I am going to use from now on plus I dont have to take out my carbon filter or treat more than once!! So much easier on the money. I think I have done everything for the most part everyone has suggested so hofully it will work!! I tested my water before the change and it really really good except for Ammonia!!! So im pretty please for that! I treated for the Ammonia as well and they all see to be preking up. I think maybe I might be feeding to much which is cause the Ammonia to go up is that possible?? I dont think I have to many fish in there...I have 4 Mollies full grown, 5 guppies full grown, 4 tetra full grown, plus my 2 alge eaters I have yet to rehome all in a 30 gal tank. Is that to many??
You're at the limit for your tank, for now. Like I said, the pleco will easily outgrow a 30 gallon, and the rule of thumb is usually 1 inch per gallon. (If I'm wrong, byron will correct me, haha) As far as feeding, that amount of fish only need 1 pinch full of flakes, enough to slightly sprinkle across the tank. i say that because that's how I feed mine, once in the morning, once at night (i also have fry in my tank too, and to grow they need extra food. When you feed, watch to see how much your fish eat. If they hurriedly eat everything within 1-2 minutes, and you think for some reason some fish missed out, it's ok to go with another small-SMALL pinch. Overfeeding is one of the most common causes of ammonia spikes.

If for any reason that store stops carrying Coppersafe, always go with a liquid. I don't trust the fizz tabs at all.
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Old 11-17-2011, 07:10 AM   #42
 
Another questions. I noticed the first time this morning that my fry are now rubbing against stuff. I am assuming that the moms had ick before I knew about it and they gave birth in there. Is CopperSafe ok to use with the babies?? I REALLY dont want to loose them!! They are doing sooo great!!
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Old 11-17-2011, 11:27 AM   #43
 
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I can't say how the fry might handle any medications, but Coppersafe seems to be relatively "easy" in my experience. With livebearers even if the fry don't survive this, there will always be more--hundreds more.
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Old 11-17-2011, 06:15 PM   #44
 
Well so far the fish in the community tank have handled it well!! There are a few fry in there as well. So Im going to try it. But the CopperSafe was a great recomendation all the Ick is off of the fish!! So thank you so much!!! All the fish seem to be acting pretty well!! The fry in the community tank are getting gutsy and are now getting out of the plants and swimming and running from the adults very well!!
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Old 11-17-2011, 06:28 PM   #45
 
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Thats great news!
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Old 11-17-2011, 10:10 PM   #46
 
Your tank seems to be carry a lot of fish in it i would suggest getting rid of the plecos because they poop a lot witch can cause a spike in ammonia, I had the same problem but with goldfish with two mollies that i still have and they are super hardy. You should buy some ammonia remover like this Fluval Ammonia Remover Replacement Packs at PETCO . It is for another filter but i just put it in the filter i had.

I thought that I was not meant to have fish either but things end up working out once you have the info you need. I have over stocked my self, I have treated for ich also and not all the fish make it, i treated two swordtails and the male died but the female made it and she is realy healthy. It WILL take about a week before you can "cure" ich, usualy the fish get it from stress and if you are adding chemicals in the tank like crazy of course they will stress out if you think it is the ammonia then do a 100 percent water change and scub down the tank with HOT water, that is what I did with my mollies. Look up if your fish are hardy and if some are not then keep them in a diff tank and put the hardy ones in the 30 and let it sit for a day then add the other fish but don't be discuraged if they just sit in the bottom of the tank for a while they will do that from the diff of the water put the Ich treatment in the tank as directed and wait a week, do not expect to have all the fish make it just hope they do. If the tank gets foggy then just let it sit there for a week do a cuple of water changes of 10 percent a day or two and let the tank alone and before you know it the tank is clean again. BEFORE you add the ich treatment remove the carbon form the tank so that the treatment wont just be removed.

AND SOME GRATE ADVICE I GOT FROM THIS SITE WAS NOT TO FEED THE FISH TOO MUCH, IT IS HARD TO STARVE A FISH JUST PUT WHAT THEY EAT IN THE FIRST 3 MINUTES. I had over feeded my fish before and that is a big factor when it comes to ammonia.

As for the ph problem, if you do a 100 percent water change and let it sit for a day or more then the ph levels of with the "cycle fish" and the other fish will be good. I have never had problems with the ph level because it is hard to change the level of ph, for me.

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Old 11-18-2011, 12:26 AM   #47
 
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How long do the Fluval ammonia remover packs last?
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Old 11-18-2011, 07:05 AM   #48
 
Honestly I don't know, I replace my filter every month and a half and I buy a new cartridge when I buy the filter cartridge. As far as I have been doing it there has been no difference in behavior with the fish acting up because of ammonia.
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Old 11-18-2011, 10:59 AM   #49
 
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Out of curiosity I went looking for a Fluval filter manual and found one. It says to replace at least once a month; of course they want you to buy tons of them but it does lose effectiveness over time. You probably don't need to use them once your tank is cycled unless you add fish or overfeed. It's good stuff to use though.
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Old 11-18-2011, 11:02 AM   #50
 
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You should not change your filter media every month it can cause your tank to go threw a minicycle. I only change my media when it is comeing a part.
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