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post #31 of 36 Old 11-22-2012, 07:29 PM Thread Starter
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I did some Googling and found my filter is BADLY rated by those that have it. Many say it actually would cause minni cycles if the filter was cleaned or changed. I need to look iinto another filter...
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post #32 of 36 Old 11-22-2012, 07:46 PM
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Don't know what filter you have, but if you do decide on another, I would go simple. A sponge filter with a small air pump is sufficient in small planted tanks; I have this on my 10g, 20g, 29g tanks. If noise is an issue, as in a bedroom especially, you might consider something a bit up, as air pumps can be a bit noisy.

Live plants will do your filtering. And here, I would look for some higher plants than those mentioned. Faster-growing plants are best for ammonia and long-term stability. Pygmy chain sword if you can find it. Brazilian Pennywort is one of the best stem plants as it manages with moderate light and grows nicely as a floating plant.

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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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post #33 of 36 Old 11-23-2012, 09:26 AM
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Of course if noise is an issue in a bedroom then you might try just the plants with no mechanical filters or air pumps. I have done that fore decades with good results

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maintain Fw and marine system with a strong emphasis on balanced, stabilized system that as much as possible are self substaning.

have maintained FW systems for up to 9 years with descendants from original fish and marine aquariums for up to 8 years.

With no water changes, untreated tap water, inexpensive lighting by first starting the tank with live plants (FW) or macro algae( marine)

see: http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/a...-build-295530/
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post #34 of 36 Old 11-23-2012, 03:24 PM Thread Starter
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Light is really not an issue in my tank. Tank light is on 11-13 hours per day. They also are near windows which always have their blinds up (I like natural light). The overlaping time gives them about 14-15 hours of light per day.

I got my tank stats done at PetSmart! Let me snag it so I can share...

Edit: Okay, here it is...
stat: Tap > Tank
pH: 6.2 > 7.2
NitrIte: 0 > 10
NitrAte: 0 > 20
Alkalinity: 40 > 80
Hardness: 10 > 75
All in mg/l measurements

Also, I got a new filter. Tetra Whisper 10-30gal
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Light is really not an issue in my tank. Tank light is on 11-13 hours per day. They also are near windows which always have their blinds up (I like natural light). The overlaping time gives them about 14-15 hours of light per day.

I got my tank stats done at PetSmart! Let me snag it so I can share...

Edit: Okay, here it is...
stat: Tap > Tank
pH: 6.2 > 7.2
NitrIte: 0 > 10
NitrAte: 0 > 20
Alkalinity: 40 > 80
Hardness: 10 > 75
All in mg/l measurements

Also, I got a new filter. Tetra Whisper 10-30gal
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These results are a bit scary, meaning the vast difference between tap and tank water.

The GH and KH will not rise in an aquarium unless there is something targeting it, such as calcareous substances. Similarly with pH.

Nitrite of 10 will kill any fish and bacteria in seconds.

Rather than trust Petsmart, I would get the API liquid Master Combo kit, it has tests for pH, ammonia, nitrite and nitrate which are all you need. The GH and KH of the tap water will remain similar, again if not being affected by something calcareous.

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post #36 of 36 Old 11-24-2012, 03:22 PM Thread Starter
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The pH has gone down thanks to lots of water changes and gravel cleaning which took out most of the leftover calcium.

Maybe she meant Nitrate 1.0? She was new.

I can't get the test kit. No debit card, credit card, or checking account. And the one in the store is over my budget.
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