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Old 09-17-2009, 06:00 PM   #11
 
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I didn't want to wait, so I tested now:

nitrite: 0
pH: 7.6
nitrate: 5.0
ammonia: between 0 and .25, but it looks closer to the yellow than the yellow/green

also, not using the strips, using a kit with the test tubes by a company called API...thought I'd be getting more tests for my $$$
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Old 09-17-2009, 07:28 PM   #12
 
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I didn't want to wait, so I tested now:

nitrite: 0
pH: 7.6
nitrate: 5.0
ammonia: between 0 and .25, but it looks closer to the yellow than the yellow/green

also, not using the strips, using a kit with the test tubes by a company called API...thought I'd be getting more tests for my $$$
What is Seachem "Neutral Regulator"? I just went to their site and this product is not listed, and I'm not familiar with it.

Your test results are OK (API are reliable test kits, good purchase). And with some plants and shrimp in the tank now, I believe it is safe to add the corys when they arrive. Personally I would not quarantine them but add them to the tank. They will have gone through considerable stress with the trip, and might as well get settled as soon as possible. They are sensitive, and do not always adjust to new tanks that well.

I would get a bottle of Seachem's "Stability" (is this what you actually meant by Regulator?) and add the one or two capfuls just before the fish go in. It is 100% live bacteria and can't hurt; I've used it.

Do you know how to introduce fish to a tank, by slowly mixing water, etc, and then netting the fish out? If not, I'll explain. And I may have more suggestions when I know what the Regulator stuff is.

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Old 09-17-2009, 07:31 PM   #13
 
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You have a very interesting insight. I just use Cycle each week as a matenence once a week like the label says. So in other words I should stop using the Cycle after my tank is established because it is a waste of money. You do have a point. I have a bio filter that has good bacteria in it and the sand in my tank has good bacteria. So if I do a pwc once a week that would be ok? Thanks for the information because I was almost out of my Cycle and was going to order some stuff that Drsfostersmith came out with that is the same as Cycle . It is a little pricey as I have a 55 gal, two 5 gals, one 6 gal., one 3 gal, and one 10 gal. in the garage right now that might be set up at a future time. This will save me a ton of money in the long run over the year.
Yes. IMHO. In all cases, for any aquarium, the less chemicals that go in the healthier will be the inhabitants.

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Old 09-17-2009, 07:44 PM   #14
 
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Byron,

It's supposed to balance the pH. Here are the links:

Seachem. Neutral Regulator

Seachem. Neutral Regulator FAQ

The tank has cleared out quite a bit now, but I had quite the mini-fright there for a bit. My pygmy's should be here by lunch time tomorrow, and I don't know what I would have done had I fouled the tank.

I ordered the pygmy's from Corys R Us...I'll send you a message with the text they sent me about adding them to the aquarium, as it is too long for a post. I would have got some locally, but there are no pygmies to be had here, and from what I have read, that is what I need for a 10G.

BTW, love the one in your avatar, what kind is it? Makes me want to forget about mid-level tankmates and have an all cory tank...but I doubt 10G would cut it. I am totally new to this, but if everything goes well i will get one of those narrow 20G tanks
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Old 09-17-2009, 07:56 PM   #15
 
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This is it sans fish...i want to add more plants, but I would like to keep the middle mostly clear for the cories to dig around. I am adding a hideout in the middle, but that's about all I had planned.
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Old 09-17-2009, 08:13 PM   #16
 
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Byron,

It's supposed to balance the pH. Here are the links:

Seachem. Neutral Regulator

Seachem. Neutral Regulator FAQ

The tank has cleared out quite a bit now, but I had quite the mini-fright there for a bit. My pygmy's should be here by lunch time tomorrow, and I don't know what I would have done had I fouled the tank.

I ordered the pygmy's from Corys R Us...I'll send you a message with the text they sent me about adding them to the aquarium, as it is too long for a post. I would have got some locally, but there are no pygmies to be had here, and from what I have read, that is what I need for a 10G.

BTW, love the one in your avatar, what kind is it? Makes me want to forget about mid-level tankmates and have an all cory tank...but I doubt 10G would cut it. I am totally new to this, but if everything goes well i will get one of those narrow 20G tanks

Is there a reason you decided to use this Regulator? Your tank pH is 7.6 which is quite workable. Is that out of the tap too? Or did the Regulator stuff lower it from a higher pH?

The avatar fish is a Tatia perugiae, common names Spotted Driftwood Cat, Spotted Wood Cat. Quite rare in the hobby I believe; i have a group of three in my 115g. They spend all day in tunnels in the wood, only coming oput in total darkness. Truly nocturnal. But they also learn when bloodworms are fed, and appear every evening for their meal, then disappear back into the wood. Not a fish for everyone, and needs a well established tank. The fact that you never see them would put some aquarists off.

I know Corys-R-Us, though haven't ordered fish from them myself, so I expect no problems. But I'll check what you PM me and comment accordingly.

Let me know about the pH, I will probably have something to suggest. Remember, clear water and clean water are two very different things.

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Old 09-17-2009, 08:15 PM   #17
 
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This is it sans fish...i want to add more plants, but I would like to keep the middle mostly clear for the cories to dig around. I am adding a hideout in the middle, but that's about all I had planned.
A couple more of those swords would be nice, they will fill out but not too much and not over the sand. Your pygmies will enjoy the sand. B.
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Old 09-17-2009, 08:18 PM   #18
 
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It just so happens that it is 7.6 out of the tap...now I feel *really* stupid.

Any thoughts on possible tankmates? I don't want the cories to get eaten...I am kinda planning the whole thing around them, thus the sand and open space in the middle.

And thanks for all the advice!
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Old 09-17-2009, 08:34 PM   #19
 
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It just so happens that it is 7.6 out of the tap...now I feel *really* stupid.

Any thoughts on possible tankmates? I don't want the cories to get eaten...I am kinda planning the whole thing around them, thus the sand and open space in the middle.

And thanks for all the advice!
Mikey, my honest advice:

1. Don't use the Neutral Regulator or anything similar; it isn't necessary and it is adding chemicals and I mentioned preivously what that means. As your tap water is 7.6, I would do a 50% water change tonight; condition the new water, but nothing else. Drain the water from the top so as not to disturb the sand because bacteria are colonizing it and you don';t want to remove them. The only reason I suggest this is to clear the tank of the chemical stuff. Pygmies are sensitive to these things, I know, I've lost several.

2. Your tests are Ok as I said; if you can get to a fish store before the pygmies arrive, I would get a small bottle (the smallest) of Seachem's "Stability" and add a capful (or 2, forgotten what they recommend for a 10g) when the fish go in. May not be necessary, to me it's like insurance. It can't hurt.

I'll comment on tankmates later. Wanted to get this off to you, and my supper is waiting. Didn't see the PM yet, so in brief, open the bag when they arrive, float it to adjust the temperature; when its the same, add a bit of tank water to the bag, maybe a cup. Wait 15 minutes; add another, wait; add another and wait. Then net the fish out of the bag into the tank. Don't pour the bag water into the tank (even if they tell you to do this) because it has urine, waste, ammonia and possibly pathogens yo don't want in your tank. Adjust to the tank water like the this, the corys will be fine. They will look pale and may not move much for a few days, let them be.

Good luck.

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Old 09-17-2009, 08:38 PM   #20
 
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I will do just as you suggest.

Bon Apetit!
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