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Old 11-08-2012, 07:22 PM   #431
 
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They gave me the stuff they use in their tanks for free. They make it themselves. But I had to treat the tank for a week, and do a 30% water change every other day, which would be five 70 gallon changes in 7 days.

Screw that. I couldn't find coppersafe, which I used the one and only other time I had ick. Byron recommended it and you only need to use it once and it lasts 30 days. However, I got it at Petsmart last time, and our location doesn't sell it any more. Big Al's doesn't either. But I brought back the free stuff and bought this stuff that they swear is like coppersafe but even safer (who knows if it is true, they're salesmen. My fav fish room girl is gone for 10 days. Her I trust)

This stuff you use once, then once again in 48 hours, and it lasts for 14 days. The bottle was $23 but they charged me $15, I'm even lazier than I am cheap, and I didn't want to do those 5 water changes. I'll test my water in a week and if it needs it I'll do one 25% water change and add 25% of a dose of medication if needed.

It only takes 11 milliliters of this stuff in a 220 gallon tank. It's 1 ml (drop) per 20 gallons. And it comes in a 250 ml container. So if it doesn't go bad, i"ll have enough ick medicine to last a long time.

I love denisons too, but had ruled them out because they are so expensive, and got the congos instead. However this weekend they have marked them down to 13.88 each. They're usually closer to 20. To be honest, if I didn't have the ick, I would be tempted, lol. But the Congos are beautiful. They really shimmer.

That's amazing that your loaches are growing already! I have never had much luck in getting fish to grow much, even though I use a variety of foods. My Rainbows have grown some, though I've had them since March. I think my balas have grown a little in the last 5 weeks. The rest of my fish, however, not so much. Actually 3 of our harlequins we bought TINY and they have grown some. And 2 guppy fry made it a small size by hiding in the cracks of the driftwood when they were specks. They're still tiny but they're not meal size anymore.

I hope my clowns survive the ick and the medication. One isn't very active but the other 5 are. I have so many hiding spots for them, it took me awhile to find all six and confirm they are alive.

Your pleco is all by himself? Is he a bristlenose? I can't remember.

What do you think you'll put in there? We had a lot of fun stocking our 20. They're all little fish, but it is a very active and colorful tank. Our RTS is all alone and he hides a lot which is boring, but he seems to gradually be getting more bold. As he grows, I'm sure he'll be less boring. I worry he doesn't eat enough, as he always hides when I go to put food in the tank.


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Glad you got the Clowns sorry about the ick and to treat a tank that size would be pricy did they supply if for free?

I am treating my 120 gallon right now I saw a white spot the cotton stuff on one of my rainbows yesterday its gone now probably nothing but I treated anyways since I have the scaleless loaches so I have a yellow tank.

My clowns are really growing they are the such a cool fish Hopefully the black skirt tetras leave yours alone my sister has discus with her 8 loaches and hers hide all the time mine are with the other loaches and rainbows and are always out

my tank is full now with fish so I won't be adding the dennison barbs at this point everyone is growing and it would be too crowded

I am looking for some fish for my 30 gallon though my pleco is sulking because he is by himself now

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Old 11-08-2012, 07:39 PM   #432
 
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I added a poll! I should have done that back in May.

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Old 11-08-2012, 07:59 PM   #433
 
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I added a poll! I should have done that back in May.

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Ha it took you months to figure out that and you want us answer that let me think might take a while alreadey have my rainbowfish tank so I would have to choose cichlid or salt water
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Old 11-08-2012, 08:00 PM   #434
 
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BTW I bought coopersafe from pets and ponds have some in case of ick
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Old 11-08-2012, 08:02 PM   #435
 
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i took the poll. i would put the rainbow fish, and either bristlenose plecos or a giant pleco in there. i would also do something else... idk what...but i like variety! lol.
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Old 11-08-2012, 08:13 PM   #436
 
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Your pleco is all by himself? Is he a bristlenose? I can't remember.

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Yes he is a common pleco and he would reek havoc in the planted 120 so we didn't move him over he has a molly and sword with him but hes doesn't care for them I think he misses the loaches because they were always under him and stuff and he liked their pellets which I still give him
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Old 11-08-2012, 08:24 PM   #437
 
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I would love to have a Sailfin Pleco. It's such a shame they can't go in a planted tank.

Stupid plants, just one more thing to make compatibility that much more complicated.

They have some awesome plecos in at my Big Al's right now. I can't remember what it's called. It starts with "A". It's black and has white spots. They have a bunch. They're 45 bucks but they're easily 10" already.
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Old 11-08-2012, 08:29 PM   #438
 
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I would love to have a Sailfin Pleco. It's such a shame they can't go in a planted tank.

Stupid plants, just one more thing to make compatibility that much more complicated.

They have some awesome plecos in at my Big Al's right now. I can't remember what it's called. It starts with "A". It's black and has white spots. They have a bunch. They're 45 bucks but they're easily 10" already.
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Old 11-08-2012, 08:34 PM   #439
 
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Nice! I went and looked at him in your aquarium log because I couldn't enlarge the attachment. He's a good looking fish! Do you have lots of algae for him to eat, or does he eat wafers? I had a bristlenose once, before my tanks had algae, and he would not eat wafers. Not even if I put them right under him.

How long is Ernie now?

Oh yeah, and Discus? She's lucky! Too expensive for us but SO beautiful! How many does she have, and what colors? I think they're the closest you can get to Saltwater colors in a Freshwater tank.

If they weren't so timid, and if you could keep a solitary one, I would keep one. But my super active fish would drive Discus out of their minds.

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Old 11-08-2012, 08:42 PM   #440
 
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He eats wafers he gets one s day plus a few shrimp pellets and I put frozen bloodworm for dinner and I think he eats that too there is no algae in that tank he keeps it clean
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