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Old 12-10-2012, 05:42 PM   #871
 
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My tetra aquasafe that I use for water changes has some of that in it. Can I just add that? Even if I'm not changing the water tonight? The Silver Dollars freak out when I do water changes, so I want to keep the tank stress free.
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Old 12-10-2012, 06:11 PM   #872
 
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My tetra aquasafe that I use for water changes has some of that in it. Can I just add that? Even if I'm not changing the water tonight? The Silver Dollars freak out when I do water changes, so I want to keep the tank stress free.
I wouldn't add this unless you are doing a water change. See my new article on Total Solids for the reasons.

I never fuss if fish jump out like this, I just put them back. If they are otherwise healthy, they will be fine.

Most water conditioners contain some form of "slime coat protection" as they call it. Some are supposedly natural, some are more likely chemical substances or aloe vera or something similar. Not everyone here thinks these "slime restorers" are good for fish--my concern is more with the TDS from them.

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Old 12-11-2012, 09:31 AM   #873
 
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Last night I added some Aquasafe before I saw your message Byron. It's a 55 gallon tank, and I only added enough to treat 20 gallons of water, so hopefully that will be ok.

All four of my Silver Dollars are all alive (and hopefully well) this morning.

Fingers crossed he makes it through this.
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Old 12-11-2012, 09:47 AM   #874
 
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Believe it or not they can bounce right back. I found a fuzzy dry goldfish on the carpet one time.... put it back, very gently rubbed the fuzzies off and held it upright and gently moved it back and forth to get water thru it's gills. Fully recovered from it. It's tail fin was a little wonky lookin but it lived! He'll be fine, especially since you found him right after he jumped.
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Old 12-11-2012, 10:23 AM   #875
 
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fish can be tougher then we think..
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Old 12-11-2012, 10:40 AM   #876
 
Many little fish, with lots of live plants, and driftwood. Sand substrate, sump filtration.

8 Neon Tetras
4 Bristlenose Pleco
8 Emperor Tetra
8 Danios
4 German Blue Ram
8 Cardinal Tetras

increase those numbers as you want, but I would put those type of fish.
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Old 12-11-2012, 10:43 AM   #877
 
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Not everyone can 'get away' with this, but I have to add water to one of my betta tanks frequently because the cats like drinking water out of it. I just do it straight from the tap and no one has a problem.

When I was refilling all the tanks, after a water change & direct from the tap, I was using API tap water conditioner. According to the fish guy over at Selmers petland, and he is a fish person, it is a very forgiving additioner and does not require mucy.

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Old 12-11-2012, 01:47 PM   #878
 
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Oh no! Matt! I hope he makes it through okay :/ Poor thing!
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Old 12-11-2012, 02:26 PM   #879
 
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Many little fish, with lots of live plants, and driftwood. Sand substrate, sump filtration.

8 Neon Tetras
4 Bristlenose Pleco
8 Emperor Tetra
8 Danios
4 German Blue Ram
8 Cardinal Tetras

increase those numbers as you want, but I would put those type of fish.
Nice! I'm thinking of adding some Bristlenose Plecos actually. I would like a big Sailfin Pleco, but cannot do it with my plants.
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Old 12-11-2012, 02:34 PM   #880
 
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Not everyone can 'get away' with this, but I have to add water to one of my betta tanks frequently because the cats like drinking water out of it. I just do it straight from the tap and no one has a problem.

When I was refilling all the tanks, after a water change & direct from the tap, I was using API tap water conditioner. According to the fish guy over at Selmers petland, and he is a fish person, it is a very forgiving additioner and does not require mucy.
Wow, I can't believe your fish doesn't kill your Betta. That's awesome. You should totally get a video of that.
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