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View Poll Results: If I had a 220 Gallon Aquarium, I would stock....
Cichlids. Duh. 34 30.36%
It would be Saltwater. That's how I roll. 11 9.82%
Bala Sharks 14 12.50%
Tinfoil Barbs 6 5.36%
1 Male Betta 6 5.36%
100 Neon Tetras 23 20.54%
Rainbowfish 13 11.61%
Goldfish 4 3.57%
Other - Please elaborate in a comment in the thread. 22 19.64%
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post #601 of 1118 Old 11-18-2012, 12:28 PM
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Boxer feeds a lot too, so you may not be over feeding. I may be under feeding. Do you test your nitrates regularly? Do you know what they're usually at?

I try to keep mine at around 5 in all my tanks, but when I feed more I find it climbs to 20 to 40 in some tanks, so I cut back.

How big are the snails you throw in? My Red Tailed Shark's tank formerly housed 2 adult Apple Snails, and now contains a bunch of tiny snails 1 mm to 2 mm. I need to start feeding some of those snails to the puffers.
i just throw pond snails in there. if they are on the back of a plant they are his... also he LOVES the eggs...so i just throw a snail egg plant into the tank sometimes to have it cleaned. he seems to like doing it. i also over feed for my cories and my rts. he doesn't come to the surface like the others. he eats by grazing around the tank. my nitrates are usually under 20. even with the over feed. but i change 50% once a week. so that may be why.

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post #602 of 1118 Old 11-18-2012, 12:39 PM Thread Starter
I threaten until I am blue in the face, but there's no way I could follow through on wiping out Christmas. I will, however, fill his stocking with coal, or partially full, so he knows how close he was and not to screw around next year.

There are three Santa videos to choose from naughty/naughty and nice/nice. I'm hoping he can work his way to nice by Christmas.

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I generally feed flake food to the Rainbow tank and once in awhile, not even weekly do I give them Bloodworms. The tank goes nuts over that.
I do drop in algae and shrimp pellets for the bottom feeders but once they have softened I find the top swimmers all come down and eat that too.

That same son who just graduated college also had to have a letter to Santa pinned to the tree stating that unless his behavior improved Santa was not to leave anything on Christmas eve. Gosh I sure hoped I didn't have to follow thru!!... and I did not ever have to. Thank goodness!!


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post #603 of 1118 Old 11-18-2012, 12:42 PM Thread Starter
Yeah, I don't change 50% once a week. I find when I do, my tap water contains trace amounts of ammonia that show if I test right after a big change. Plus I'm lazy. I hear Prime takes care of that little bit of ammonia that can be in tap water. I use Tetra Aqua Safe, I should switch to Prime. Does it have the "slime coat" for the fish? I have never used it but everyone here seems to talk about it.

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i just throw pond snails in there. if they are on the back of a plant they are his... also he LOVES the eggs...so i just throw a snail egg plant into the tank sometimes to have it cleaned. he seems to like doing it. i also over feed for my cories and my rts. he doesn't come to the surface like the others. he eats by grazing around the tank. my nitrates are usually under 20. even with the over feed. but i change 50% once a week. so that may be why.


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post #604 of 1118 Old 11-18-2012, 01:13 PM
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Yeah, I don't change 50% once a week. I find when I do, my tap water contains trace amounts of ammonia that show if I test right after a big change. Plus I'm lazy. I hear Prime takes care of that little bit of ammonia that can be in tap water. I use Tetra Aqua Safe, I should switch to Prime. Does it have the "slime coat" for the fish? I have never used it but everyone here seems to talk about it.
yes it does have the slime coat...and i use prime... LOVE it. i don't have anythign that shows up on my tests. so it's super good for me.
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post #605 of 1118 Old 11-18-2012, 01:19 PM
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I feed Blackworm to my Pea Puffers,dwarf frogs and Betta.I also feed the bloodworms and Brine shrimp as a treat to all my fish 2-3 times a week.And Omega One flakes and Spectrum Thera + A.
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I also use Prime
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post #607 of 1118 Old 11-18-2012, 02:58 PM
I also use prime and have a fluval cannister and put in the ammonia remover carbon and as Canadian already knows I over feed do a 30% water change weekly
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post #608 of 1118 Old 11-18-2012, 03:18 PM Thread Starter
I do about a 30% water change too. Seems to be enough to keep nitrates down.


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woot go team skinner our fish are looking good . weather loaches are awesome but they have creepy tendencies when they burrow and leave their head sticking out
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post #610 of 1118 Old 11-18-2012, 03:54 PM Thread Starter
Plus they're cool water.

But they were creepy at our LFS. They were all under an ornament with their heads' sticking out, looking like a house had landed on them and crushed them, like the witch in the Wizard of Oz.


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