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Old 03-01-2010, 04:05 PM   #21
 
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just wanted to say hello and welcome.
you are in very good hands,and they will get you through,and
you will end up with a beautiful tank.
deep breath........and don't panic.
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Old 03-02-2010, 03:03 AM   #22
 
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Your numbers look pretty good, but keep monitoring them as you might get an ammonia spike since there might not be enough beneficial bacteria left in the tank after the move to handle all of the waste your fish will be producing.

The Cycle...hmm. I don't really use that stuff and results seem to be mixed. If it has a short shelf life (which a product like that almost certainly does) I'd probably use it now as any benefits it might have will probably be best used during a potential mini-cycle. You definitely don't need a product like this on a long-term basis; it's designed to "jump-start" your cycle when setting up a new tank.

Sounds like the heater is underpowered. You want the tank temp to be around 76-78*F for most community fish. It can take a while for them to heat the tank up.

Fish might not eat for even a couple of days after something stressful like a move, but they should be eating again soon. Post pics as soon as you can!
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Old 03-06-2010, 06:21 PM   #23
 
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I can't seem to get pictures because my camera get blurry when I get close enough.

I checked the water again and it's still the same as previously. But I can't get them to eat. The two little schooling fish seem to eat ok but the shark and the pleco are on a hunger strike. The shark spends all the time hiding except for today when the pleco went and took up his hiding spot so then he had to find a different place to hide.
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Old 03-06-2010, 06:38 PM   #24
 
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70 degrees is pretty cold for those fish. I'd use both heaters in the fish tank. 150 watts should be alright I'd think.

Also when moving the tank make sure to keep the filter wet with tank water and I would leave it exactly how it is and not clean it out.

Sounds to me like the tank is cycled if you're getting no ammonia or nitrite readings and low nitrate. That's good. Not sure if you moved it yet but I'd take about half the water in buckets, don't clean the gravel or anything just yet. I'd keep everything the same as I could until everything settled down. If you could just transfer the 350+ pound tank that wouldn't cause any cycle or anything right? Well as close to that as you can is how you'd wanna be.

If you can test often, unless you see ammonia or nitrite I personally think the bacteria is a waste of money for you since your tank seems to be cycled already. It won't help anything in an already cycled tank.
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Old 03-06-2010, 08:27 PM   #25
 
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I am using both heaters and it's now staying at 76 degrees. The neighbor said she was keeping that heater right at the middle where it was. I don't get it because it was down at 70 and dropping when I had it there. I asked her what the wattage of it was and she had no idea.
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Old 03-06-2010, 09:09 PM   #26
 
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She sounds very knowledgable. :p (no offense!)

Just keep the heater where it is for a day or so and check the temperature. If u need to raise it a few degrees move it up a bit on each one then wait and see where that goes.
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Old 03-07-2010, 03:48 AM   #27
 
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hi
sorry if you've said this already, but what are you feeding the fish ?
a lot of catfish won't come out during the day time,so you could drop in a couple of
pellets before you go to bed,a nice chunck of cucumber for the plec would
be greatfully reiceved,pleco tabs should be around in your fish store,if you
can get some of those too,and like i said drop them in at either lights out time,
or when you go to bed,not too many,you don't want to turn the water.
HTH.
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Old 03-08-2010, 09:09 PM   #28
 
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My neighbor gave me some flakes and also some cubes of dried blood worms. She said she used to try the pellets that drop down but they wouldn't eat them. She said the pleco would swim up to the top and grab the cube.

It put a cube in late last night when I saw him being more active and the shark was out but it was still floating in there this morning so I took it out. The shark is still hiding.
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Old 03-09-2010, 02:21 AM   #29
 
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The cubes are dried, not frozen? You should rehydrate freeze-dried foods before feeding them to your fish.
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Old 03-09-2010, 10:49 AM   #30
 
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I know but two things made me decide not to 1) I wanted to give them what they were used to just to get them to eat. I'm certain my neighbor never did this since, when I told her the betta's pellets need to be pre-soaked she looked at me like I was crazy and said "but they're going into water" and 2) since I knew they wouldn't be going for it any time soon I figured it would soak in the tank which it did.

I know it's not ideal but I'm a bit desperate to try to get them to eat.
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