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post #21 of 39 Old 05-28-2011, 01:08 PM
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Rather than maintain 2 topics on this subject, please refer to my main aquarium thread for the continuation of this story. Thank you :)

http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/f...36/#post684980
I came across the thread in Cichlids and have merged it into the longer thread. Mikaila's comments are important and should be included so we all know the page we are on. B.

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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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post #22 of 39 Old 05-28-2011, 01:11 PM Thread Starter
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After washing, I would immediately put it in the tank. If it dries, it will float.

If this is Mopani Wood (which is African, it is usually dark on one side and blonde on the other) watch for fungus. This wood sometimes contains a deadly fungus that will kill fish and plants; it comes from within the wood, sometimes over time. There are a couple of other threads on this, with bad experiences from some of us.
It's in now. I'm processing some pics I just took, will upload them in a min :)
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I came across the thread in Cichlids and have merged it into the longer thread. Mikaila's comments are important and should be included so we all know the page we are on. B.
Thanks for that, perfect :)
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post #24 of 39 Old 05-28-2011, 01:13 PM Thread Starter
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Instead of drying it, I would boil it for a few hours. Waterlogging wood is a pain.

Also, better cycle the 55 at 5 inches to be on the safe side.
It came out of an aquarium at the store, it won't need waterlogging, thank gawd. :)
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post #25 of 39 Old 05-28-2011, 01:42 PM Thread Starter
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Here are the pics, please tell me if you spot anything worth mentioning about my fishes. The dominant male blue ram has that red cheek (where the gills are I assume), is that normal? The other two (another male and a female) do not have this marking.

The markings are not as rich with the flourescent light on, the neon blue spots are great, but the yellow of their faces and the black stripes are far less apparent. During dusk without the flourescent is when they appear at their richest.
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post #26 of 39 Old 05-30-2011, 03:28 AM Thread Starter
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No comments on the pics?

I guess they look ok then...

Todays water:

pH=between 7.5 and 8
water temp=27.1 C (81 F)
Ammonia=0.03mg/l (this is the high estimate, read for water of pH 8, which mine is fractoinally less)
KH and GH unchanged
Nitrites=undetectable
Nitrates=undetectable
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post #27 of 39 Old 05-30-2011, 05:27 AM
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ill leave it to the more experienced to give you advice, just wanted to say that your tank is really nice and im impressed with how determined/attentive you are with your fish, it shows you really care about them. its a nice thing to see from mankind in general, in my opinion. :) and your rams are so pretty!

Meekish-female vt
Nahh-male vt
Rue-female lab/pit mix
Pandem-male kitty

Helios- male vt
Hades- male hm
Nero- male sd
20 gallon betta sorority

my girls: Maia (ct) Athena (ct) Eris(vt) Nyx (ct)
Hecate (ct) Artemis (vt) Bia (ct)
Rani (hm) Xylia (hm)
Pixie (hm) still in a 1.5g QT (conditioning)
Slugger and the Tag Alongs (my ragtag team of
freeloading snails )

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post #28 of 39 Old 05-30-2011, 07:56 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks :)

Today is the first day since I introduced them that I haven't been able to keep an eye on them (work all day), and all I want to do is go home and check on them asap, do the water tests, etc, and make sure everything is ok!

I can see I'm going to like this hobby very much. And yes, I'm a real animal person, I can't bear the thought of things suffering and I regret getting the rams (I obviously wouldn't have, knowing what I know now) knowing that they won't have much fun in my water at least while its cycling, but I'm hoping they'll feel the love and try as hard for me as I will for them :)
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post #29 of 39 Old 05-30-2011, 09:18 AM
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Awesome tank and awesome pictures!!
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post #30 of 39 Old 05-30-2011, 10:40 AM
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Well, aashenfox, sounds to me like you're trying very hard and are very dedicated, I too am a newbie, I've had my tank for 2 months and have a small selection of fish, but I have already lost a couple, which really upset me coz it was my fault, I made a silly, silly mistake. The only way we are really going to learn is to research and ask for advice which is what you're doing. Lots of luck with your Rams, I'll keep my fingers crossed you succeed.
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