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post #61 of 86 Old 01-29-2012, 07:14 AM Thread Starter
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i think the axlotis are crazy weird but soooo cool, the boys are doing well, i managed to get some water sprite but im still having ammonia spikes

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post #62 of 86 Old 01-29-2012, 12:36 PM
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i think the axlotis are crazy weird but soooo cool, the boys are doing well, i managed to get some water sprite but im still having ammonia spikes
Water Sprite will help this settle. Nothing more to add at this point, I will monitor this thread if something does occur.

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hey sorry i havent been on for a few days, i bought some more males on saturday totaling 6, i had a slight ammonia spike but for the last few days ive had ammonia 0, nitrites 0 and nitrates 20-30 ppm, however one of my fish stopped eating and the next day he had died, all the others seem fine, is this indicating a problem or was he perhaps just a poorly fish?

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hey sorry i havent been on for a few days, i bought some more males on saturday totaling 6, i had a slight ammonia spike but for the last few days ive had ammonia 0, nitrites 0 and nitrates 20-30 ppm, however one of my fish stopped eating and the next day he had died, all the others seem fine, is this indicating a problem or was he perhaps just a poorly fish?
Difficult to say amy. If this was one of the original fish, the cycling issues could have affected it; fish sometimes appear to survive cycling, but it takes a toll and down the road... . Of it can be the fish, who can tell what issues it may have suffered getting here, or what may be naturally inherent (genetic)?

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yes he was one of the original fish, considering all my parameters are now correct and my temperature is correct im hoping ive finally got it all sorted out, fingers crossed, at last

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yes he was one of the original fish, considering all my parameters are now correct and my temperature is correct im hoping ive finally got it all sorted out, fingers crossed, at last
Good job getting it cycled! Sorry about the loss; sounds like the poor guy took one for the team.


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its been tough but well worth it, i love seeing the little guys swimming around and having fun, however i now have the fish bug and want to get another, possibly larger tank, also thinking of buying a betta, ive read so many great reviews about them, or maybe create a larger community tank, so many choices !

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out of curiosity my gravel and center piece stone has started what seems to be dis-colouring, a slight browm/orange tinge to it, any ideas??

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out of curiosity my gravel and center piece stone has started what seems to be dis-colouring, a slight browm/orange tinge to it, any ideas??
Probably diatoms, or brown algae as it is commonly called. This is very common in new tanks, during the first 3 or so months as the bacteria/biology has not yet stabilized. If it occurs on plant leaves, you should clean it off (it will easily rub off with your fingers during a water change). On the decor is up to you. Sometimes it will appear on the glass too, an aquarium sponge scraper run over the front glass every water change is a good idea to keep this and other algae from getting started on the glass. This type is easy to remove, but some, like green dot, is more difficult so it is best to catch it before you actually see it.

It could also just be a biofilm. All object under water will develop a biofilm on which bacteria colonize, and algae too in some cases. You won't see the biofilm on plants (unless it attracts algae), but on decor it does usually appear sort of brownish. This will not rub off easily, and I would leave it.

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its been tough but well worth it, i love seeing the little guys swimming around and having fun, however i now have the fish bug and want to get another, possibly larger tank, also thinking of buying a betta, ive read so many great reviews about them, or maybe create a larger community tank, so many choices !
I hear you! I suppose it's redundant to keep preaching patience, but I encourage you to take your time and enjoy the aquarium you just got up and running. Over time if you still have the bug, you could upgrade to a larger tank and breed your guppies, using the current tank for fry. Or you could do the community set up you talked about (spend some time researching this in advance). I've learned first hand that Bettas are much more interesting than I'd ever given them credit for. They will NOT get along with guppies unfortunately (a little too similar in appearance it seems), but they can be included in a community set up with carefully researched tankmates. You can also keep a single betta in a small tank, but the experts here will encourage you to give it at least 5g of space and a heater.


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