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Setting Up New 10g Tank - Need Advice
Old 08-22-2009, 04:59 PM   #11
 
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I will buy a test kit by Wed. That is when they said they would stock again. I am also going to go to the local mall and see if the pet store there has one.

When I said I had run the filter 24 hours, that is how long it has been since I started preparing the tank. The filter will now run forever! ;)

So, I am going ahead then. I have put the fish in a bag to get them used to the temperature of the big tank. It is close, but I will let the get used to the temperature and then transfer.

I will also try to post a picture later after they swim around a bit and I figure out how to get a picture posted!

Thanks
Mix the water, this is very important. Whenever I transfer fish from one of my tanks to another that is new, I net them out into a pail of the established tank water, half full, then slowly add water from the new tank; depending upon the degree of difference in temp and pH and hardness (all three are very important, not just temp) this can be done with 2 additons or longer with more. I then net the fish from the pail into the tank.

You can do much the same with a plastic bag; float it to equalize the temp, then add a half cup or so of tank water to the bag, wait 15 minutes, add more, and so on. Then net the fish out of the bag.

You could, as it is your tank they're coming from, tip the bag and let the fish swim out with the water. But never do this with fish from stores. You don't need the pathogens and waste in the water in your tank.

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Old 08-22-2009, 05:02 PM   #12
 
Thanks Byron,

The transfer is complete. They look happy enough. I have two pictures, but have no idea how to transfer them so you can have a look!
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Old 08-22-2009, 05:05 PM   #13
 
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I will buy a test kit by Wed. That is when they said they would stock again. I am also going to go to the local mall and see if the pet store there has one.

When I said I had run the filter 24 hours, that is how long it has been since I started preparing the tank. The filter will now run forever! ;)

So, I am going ahead then. I have put the fish in a bag to get them used to the temperature of the big tank. It is close, but I will let the get used to the temperature and then transfer.

I will also try to post a picture later after they swim around a bit and I figure out how to get a picture posted!

Thanks
The API test kits are highly recommended by many on here. Nutrafin also make them, as does Tetra. Make sure they are liquid test kits, not test strips. Its worth getting a good one, your fish's health is going to depend on the results being accurate.

Also, most manufacturers now say their kits will be good for one year from first use. After that, they will not guarantee the results being accurate. Some also specify a limited shelf life from the time of manufacture.
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Old 08-22-2009, 05:08 PM   #14
 
API is the one I am looking for, thanks. I will pick one up as soon as I can.
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Old 08-22-2009, 05:30 PM   #15
 
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As alway, great advice from Artgalnj and Byron!

Can't wait to see your pictures!
You may find this helpful. http://www.fishforum.com/freshwater-...ictures-18569/
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Old 08-22-2009, 05:52 PM   #16
 
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Thanks Byron,

The transfer is complete. They look happy enough. I have two pictures, but have no idea how to transfer them so you can have a look!
Assuming the pics are digital, load them onto your computer in a file/folder. Then on here, when you do a new post in this thread, under the "Additional Options" below you'll see a button "Manage Attachments", click on that, then click on "Browse" on your computer, find the file/folder, and click "Upload". When it has, close the attachments window. You can click Preview" to see the message with the photo to confirm it worked. B.
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Old 08-22-2009, 06:58 PM   #17
 
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As alway, great advice from Artgalnj
See, you taught me well Twistersmom! Great advice is worth passing along. BTW, Byron was awesome in helping me pick out the lights for my 75g. His tanks were an inspiration for me to jump into the planted tank world.

Don't forget to post pics of your fish when you have the chance.
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Old 08-23-2009, 01:08 AM   #18
 
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Old 08-23-2009, 07:28 AM   #19
 
Talking Big Fish, the new 10g Tank!

The first is a picture of the tank while I am getting it ready.

The second is with the happy new occupants.

For those who did not see my first post, the fish are:


3 Mollys
2 Guppies
2 Platy

They are great today!! Fed them this morning. One thing I don't like is how the filter shoots the food around the tank!

I dropped it in and because it moves the water, the food swirled and the fish had to chase it all over the tank. I turned the filter on to minimum but it didn't reduce the movement by too much.

Thanks for everyones help, greatly appreciated.

PS: Threw my back out last night! I think I have a prolapsed disc! Oh the joy!
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Old 08-23-2009, 10:30 AM   #20
 
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Your tank looks very nice!

Sorry to hear about your back! Hope you feel better soon.
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