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post #11 of 14 Old 10-15-2009, 02:10 PM
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Exactly, lol. I was thinking gallons and wrote litres

Sounds like my tank is okay then, eh? This will be alot less worrisome the second time around
Yes, I think you're on track with what you're ding.

Just noticed you're in Abbotsford; I'm actually in Pitt Meadows [use Vancouver here cause no one would know where PM is]. Point here is twofold. First, your water will be very soft like mine, KH and GH 0 or 1 at most. So that is the explanation of your lowering pH. As the tank matures, this will continue and I recommend putting a small quantity of dolomite gravel, crushed coral or marble chips in a nylon bag in the filter to add calcium (minimal) and buffer the water a bit. The ph will remain above 6 which is fine for your fish species, and like me, weekly partial water changes of even 50% won't be a problem.

Second thing, if you ever want some free plants, let me know with a PM. I throw them out if I can't find anyone who might want them. I regularly have pygmy chain swords [both species, Echinodorus tenellus and E. quadricostatus], Brazilian Pennywort (a stem plant that grows extremely well in our water and with minimal light, contrary to many stem plants), floating water sprite (Ceratopteris) and Wisteria (Hygrophyla difformis) another stem plant that would be great in your Asian-fish Zebra danio tank.


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post #12 of 14 Old 10-15-2009, 11:06 PM Thread Starter
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Oh that's great! I'll certainly let you know

I've been doing 20-30% water changes about every two days and things seem to be pretty stable. The only thing is that 1 of the tetras is behaving a little strange. Initially the 3 of them were schooling but now the 1 is hiding and putting little effort into eating. I have at this point put it down to stress and with the water being okay I was considering doing the changes less frequent in case I am stressing out the little guy.

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post #13 of 14 Old 10-16-2009, 03:44 AM
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Lol, sorry, another correction to be made. In Canada we use Litres so I wasn't really thinking. It's 29 US Gallons and has 8 Zebra Danions, 1 Pleco, and now 3 long-finned black skirt tetras.

The ammonia spiked over Tuesday night after a 40% water change Tuesday evening so it is now sitting at 0.02. I just did another water change of 5 gallons to clear more waste out. The fish seem totaly happy and very active despite my little ammonia monitor saying that 0.02 is in the stress range. Byron, you mentioned that the ammonia levels will rise and then drop down followed by nitrite levels rising, should I expect to see elevated ammonia levels for long?
Adding fish to a tank that is cycling is not recommended, (ie) 3 longfinned blck skirt tetras.
More fish = more ammonia and that can cause ammonia levels to rise from dangerous to lethal in hours.Better to wait until the tank has (cycled) to add any more fish.

The most important medication in your fish medicine cabinet is.. Clean water.
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post #14 of 14 Old 10-17-2009, 05:39 PM Thread Starter
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I have been monitoring the pH and ammonia daily with a monitor in the tank as well as checking the ammonia, pH, nitrite, and nitrate every few days. Everything has been excellent so far so fingures crossed it continues that way. I have heard of people cycling their tanks with no fish but chose against that method. The tetra is just behaving strangely after I did a water change but the other fish are energetic and eating like champs so I'm assuming that this point that he is just a little rattled from all the shipping around and water changes.

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