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Old 02-02-2007, 07:02 PM   #11
 
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Ah see though with the tank not properly cycled all the more reason to choose the ghosts. They can withstand less than ideal water and will search out uneaten food all day long. The cheap price is another bonus over the cat since losing a 10 cent shrimp is a lot better than losing a fish. And the pictus I used to have ended up eating all the smaller tetras in my tank before I got rid of him so depending on what type of fish you are keeping or planning to keep I'd watch out for that. There are lots of bottom feeders that will help with cleanup but until everything is running smoothly I'd stick to cheap and expendable ghost shrimp.
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Old 02-02-2007, 07:14 PM   #12
 
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The cycle does seem to be going fast but I think it is going well. Water changes will help with the nitrates. The fish will eat what they will eat, is hard to get it all eaten before it hits the bottom. Cory cats, shrimp and other fish will help clean this up. But that will still cause excess waste and keep the levels up from fish waste. The cycle is going nicely and as long as you keep up with water changes you should be bale to see the ammonia and nitrites reach and stay at 0 in less than a couple weeks. Once it does, you can add 3 more fish and give the bacteria a week or so to catch up, then add a few more. Just keep testing and doing water changes to keep the tank healthy and monitor that the bacteria is keeping up with the bioload and all should be fine.
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Old 02-05-2007, 11:06 AM   #13
 
I have diatoms now... Little brown algae spots forming on the fake plant leaves, gravel, and a couple spots on the glass.

They started a couple days ago but they were real faint and I didnt realize what they were.
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Old 02-05-2007, 03:35 PM   #14
 
diatoms can be a good sign which means you are near the end of the cycle. Either way you should still test the water and make sure there is nothing wrong, find the phosphates levels.
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Old 02-23-2007, 01:15 PM   #15
 
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... but the bio-wheel filter quickly submereses the flakes so within 30-45 seconds the fish either eat the food, it settles on the floor, or it gets sucked up into the filter.
This is probably the reason you tank is cycling quicker than would be anticipated.
The uneaten food on the floor and in the filter is decaying and generating high ammonia and nitrite concentrations.
Would it be easily possible to turn off your filter for 3 minutes while feeding?
A general "rule of thumb" for feeding flakes is that no flakes should reach 3/4 depth of the tank and should be consumed before reaching this depth.

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Yeah I wish the filter had an on/off switch... Unfortunately, the aquarium sits on my kitchen counter and the plug runs down the back of the oven to an unreachable outlet. I may need to mount a powerstrip up higher so I can reach the plug.
This was an awesome idea. :D I got an extension cord with 3 outlets on it so I was able to place the outlets right behind the tank in easy reach. I plugged my light and heater into those outlets and then plugged the filter into a simple small outlet switch and plugged that into the outlet.

Now when I feed my fish, I can turn the filter off for a few minutes and the food stays at the surface for a much longer time. The smallest of my tiger barbs seems to be eating more now that the food stays at the surface. My gourami seems to like to wait for the flakes to start sinking and will nab them at mid-tank level. After the last flake has sunk, I flip on the filter again and the current picks up the flakes off the ground and circulates them a little bit and the barbs and gourami will eat a little more. When it finally sinks, my plecostomus takes care of it. 8)
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Old 02-25-2007, 12:18 PM   #16
 
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This was an awesome idea. ...
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