05-28-2007, 01:21 PM
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How often do you do water changes?
About every 4-6 days, usually 50%. More water changed when trying a new vitamin food, or after algae wafers (my gourami really unloads after eating them. *lol*) In a few days my floating plants will arrive, that will hopefully soak up nitrates.
How often do you gravel vac?
I don't understand this question. Gravel vac = water change for me. I don't see how else people get the water out. Not sure why people would take the water out, maybe from the top? when most of the problems are from excess waste/uneated food lying on the bottom. Maybe this depends on how many real plants you have. (None for me.)
What kind of filter do use? (specify brand name pls)
My tank is in kit form, an Eclipse, and the filter is manufactured by Marineland. It filters 35 gallons per hour.
How many fish do you have in there? 12 gallon
My preferred stocking recipe:
Big fish first: a dwarf gourami
small school next: 7 neon tetras
algae feeders next: 3 otocinclus
I actually have 3 more neons that have been quarantined for 5 months and have recovered (I thought they were terminal, apparently not.) Once I get my nitrates lower with the plants, I'm going to try putting them in the tank and see how it works. Doesn't seem fair to punish them when they aren't sick anymore. But usually I wouldn't put that many neons in a tank that size. It may work ok since all the fish are full grown, and no one really competes for space - the dwarf gourami uses the top of the tank most of the time, the neons the mid/bottom, and the Otos are usually on the plants or on the sides of the tank.
I love it - it's a perfect size, easy to maintain, gives me a good range of stocking, has a great filter and a bio wheel, and it looks great. The fish have all colored beautifully, the neons school nicely, and my Otos are active even during the day now, and fat as can be.
(I'm still not sure I recommend neons though, they are definitely subject to disease despite doing everything I could before they arrived, and after, to ensure their health. I've only lost 3 out of 13, but the others have been sick for 4 months or longer without any treatment working, other than they eventually get better on their own. Golden or white cloud minnows for me next time. *lol*)