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post #91 of 115 Old 09-16-2009, 04:12 AM
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I am with Byron and cannot see the filter playing a role in ammonia levels unless the filter material is being rinsed in tapwater rather than dechlorinated water or old aquarium water.
I would expect the consistent ammonia readings posted to have claimed the lives of fish by this point.
I would assume the test for ammonia has been done on tapwater to ensure that the ammonia is not eminating from your source water.

The most important medication in your fish medicine cabinet is.. Clean water.
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post #92 of 115 Old 09-16-2009, 08:10 PM Thread Starter
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Fish are alive and well. ZERO LOSES. All 7 are still happy, healthy looking and in the tank.

3 Molly
2 Guppy
2 Platy
and now.... lots of little white snails and one bigger brown one that came from nowhere!

DOH! Forgot to just test the tap water. I will do that an let you know. I have been fixated on the tank.

No, I have not touched the filter from the first day I inserted it in August. It was not washed by tap water. The only water flowing into it is from tank. In fact, to be clear, the only water going in right now is water that has been treated.
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post #93 of 115 Old 09-16-2009, 08:28 PM
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Question Need help in selecting a good mix of fish for a 10 gallon tropical tank

I'm thinking about having
1 AngelFish
4 Neon Tetra
4 glow fish
1 dwarf frog
1 snail
1 guppy

So i dont know if that will overcrowd or not
Would love some suggestions of other breeds that would be suitable :)
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post #94 of 115 Old 09-16-2009, 08:49 PM Thread Starter
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Just checked the tap water...... AMMONIA: .25
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post #95 of 115 Old 09-16-2009, 10:20 PM Thread Starter
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OK, I am going to take a stab at advice! :)

Neon Tetras grow to a little over 1", so you have 4"
Glow fish? I think they are banned in Canada!
African Dward Frong? 2.5"
1 Guppy 1.5"

Angel fish, depending on which one, can grow to 6" in size and I have read you need up to 30g tank for these!

I think you would be overstocked for a 10g tank, if I guessed right at the types of fish you listed.

The rule of thumb is 1"/g of fresh water

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post #96 of 115 Old 09-16-2009, 10:21 PM Thread Starter
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Question on the Bubble Makers. How useful are they, or are they just for appearance?
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Thanks :)
I live in america,so i think we are allowed to have mutant dna x-men like fish.
I have a bubbler,they just oxengate (sp?) the water for your fishies. also they look cool
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post #98 of 115 Old 09-17-2009, 02:45 AM Thread Starter
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Just curious but do these fish really glow in the dark?
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Just checked the tap water...... AMMONIA: .25
This could be contributing to persistent ammonia readings. I might run a bucket of tapwater and treat it with water conditioner such as PRIME. If tapwater after an hour then tested positive for ammonia, I would run another bucket of tapwater and add double the dose of PRIME and test for ammonia after an hour. If ammonia tested zero, Then for each water change thereafter,I would use double the dose of PRIME for all change water.
If after treating the tapwater with double the dose of PRIME the water still tested positive for ammonia, I would want to look for expiration date on water conditioner.For this tank, I might also consider a larger filter than the one rated for the tank or the addition of a small sponge filter.Both would provide a larger surface area for beneficial bacteria to colonize.
As has been already suggested, I would stop the use of any and all bacterial supplements for they too, irrespective of manufacturer's claims ,,have a shelf life that in my view is difficult to accurately predict. At the point that they cease to be the live bacteria that they claim to be,,, They then become ammonia producing organics for bacteria to eat. This is not wanted in ANY aquarium.

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I'm thinking about having
1 AngelFish
4 Neon Tetra
4 glow fish
1 dwarf frog
1 snail
1 guppy

So i dont know if that will overcrowd or not
Would love some suggestions of other breeds that would be suitable :)
TheRummy, this is a new topic and should be started as a new thread rather than putting it in the middle of an on-going thread. Others may not see it here and you might not get all the good advice you would otherwise if a separate thread. However, as it's here, I have a couple comments.

Angels and neons are not a good mix. The angels will grow and view neons 9and any small fish) as food; and neons (any many other small fish) view the angel's fins as good nipping targets. Bad for either fish.

Also, angels get much too big for a 10g. They do better in a small group and that means 50g or larger. Also, tetras are shoaling fish and should be in a group for good health and behaviours. Minimum 6 but more if space permits. Given your list of fish in a 10g, I wold go with 6-7 neons and add some bottom fish like corydoras, also shoaling fish so 3-4 of the small species; or a group of glofish with some corys.

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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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