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Old 12-02-2009, 07:03 PM   #11
 
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I've re-read this thread again now, honestly I can't find nothing majorly wrong here. Its a new tank, unstable and on its way to become an established tank. You know to leave your filter alone by now and adding plants will help your whole system. I'd watch the Ammonia to not rise much further (otherwise do a pwc) but that's about all I can see "wrong" here.
You say your fish act normal, eat normal, so really the only thing apparently "off" is their coloration from what you said. This can be caused by stress of moving, thou it disappears fairly quick (days rather then weeks) and / or change of diet, if you can try picking them up some frozen foods such as bloodworms.
Also another thing that can make your fish look more 'pale' at home then they did in the store is the type of light you use and the type or rather color of substrate, while full spectrum lights and dark ground makes colors 'pop' more a low wattage 'yellow' light with natural colored rocks will make them appear more pale.
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Old 12-02-2009, 07:08 PM   #12
 
i would get some floss like the one that is there that does not have any carbon on it. never throw that out unless it is falling apart. that is holding some very beneficial bactaria for your aquarium. when you remove that and change it you are essentially starting your cycling over. just take some tank water and rinse it off.
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Old 12-02-2009, 08:59 PM   #13
 
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Well all things considered, they've been in this tank for roughly 3 months. I do have some bloodworms, I stopped feeding them when my ammonia went up. the couple of times I used them they just went everywhere when they thawed and since then I've leared it doesnt take that much when it comes to bloodworms . I will give the diet change a chance too.

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Old 12-02-2009, 09:23 PM   #14
 
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You have 5 Barbs didn't you? When you take the pack out of the freezer cut 1 of these lil cubes in half and put the rest back in your freezer for the next day. A whole cube is too much for 5 barbs.
Also I'd pers thaw it out in a mini cup that's filled with tank water (takes few seconds) and then feed the fish and not hand them the frozen 'block'.
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Old 12-02-2009, 09:33 PM   #15
 
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Yeah next time I'm in the market for more bloodworms I'm gonna go the cubed way...right now I've got sheet I guess about 6inches long by about 3 wide solid of worms. I have to break off what I want, then go from there. However the second time I feed them, I pre thawed them like you mentioned but they still spread out and I didnt want uneaten worms laying there adding to the ammonia problem. As I think more and more my test kit is giving me false numbers, I'm thinking about using them again. Right now I'm just gonna hold off a bit on the pwc's and see what happens, and pay extra close attention to the fish and how they act. Time will tell...hopefully.
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Old 12-03-2009, 08:32 AM   #16
 
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The Bloodworms shouldn't be 'laying around' as you said. If that's the case, you're feeding too much!
I fed most my tanks (except the baby tanks) only every other day with thawed out frozen foods and I never had anything 'laying around'. I used Bloodworms, Daphina and Artemia's in my tanks.
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Old 12-03-2009, 09:02 PM   #17
 
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Yes I realize they shouldnt, it was just my first couple of times of ever feed anything like that and didn't know actually how many are in just a small bit. I did syphon out the excess as needed.
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