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Old 11-13-2006, 10:12 PM   #1
 
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How do you know if you have good water quality? My PH is 7, nitrites 0, ammonia 0, temp at 76F, crystal clear water, no odor. I'm using tap water when I do water changes I add cycle, AquaSafe, and Aquarium salts to my water b4 pouring it in. My tank is 20 gal and I do a 3-5 gal water change about every 2-3 weeks. I have good water movement and a whisper filter. I only have 3 small tiger barbs and 1 dwarf blue guarami. Everything looks good but how do you know if your fish are healthy/happy? (stupid question i know!!!) Am I doing and using the right stuff???

also, my water wysteria is yucky looking with algae. what kind of pleco would y'all suggest?
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Old 11-13-2006, 10:23 PM   #2
 
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Hi Sarah.

What is your nitrate level? Make sure it is below 40 ppm otherwise it will inhibit the fish's growth. The only stuff I'd add during water changes is dechlorinator to eliminate the chlorine and chloramine(depending on the dechlorinator used). Aquarium salt is unnecessary.

I'd shift the water change schedule to weekly instead of 2-3 weeks. Weekly will prevent further accummulation of mulm and other toxic substances.

What algae does your tank have? A picture will help. There are plecs that will not algae at all but some do eat specific types of algae. On the side note, do not buy a common plec. Even if someone suggested it(especially when that "someone" is your lfs employee), a common plec will outgrow your 20 gallons tank soon.
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Old 11-13-2006, 11:06 PM   #3
 
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my tank pics!
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Old 11-13-2006, 11:24 PM   #4
 
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Looks like a soft algae and if that is the case, a BN pleco would eat it like there is no tomorrow. I have 3 of them and the largest is a male that is only 5 inches long, they don't get much bigger.

I can agree with weekly 40-50% water changes and no salt added. I change that every week if not a little more often because my tanks are overstocked a little. You might get away with smaller water changes seeing as how you have plants and a very light bioload but if you don't change weekly, the ditritius and toxins will build up to potentially toxic levels.
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Old 11-14-2006, 12:50 AM   #5
 
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Agreed with everything you said, fish_4_all.:) I will add that if you are to pick BNs, make sure you give them veggies otherwise they will likely decimate your plants.

Sarah, your tank looks nice. First time I ever get to see your tank shot. The other one was generally just the fish.
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Old 11-14-2006, 11:14 AM   #6
 
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Thanks y'all!!! I love my tank!
What is a BN pleco? My fish store is not very good and would most likely send me home with a regular pleco...I'll try to find a pic b4 I get one.

Oh, any suggestions for my tank???
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Old 11-14-2006, 11:30 AM   #7
 
Agreed, you have a great setup! I love your plants, great work!
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Old 11-14-2006, 12:13 PM   #8
 
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BN pleco is a Bristlenose Pleco. They have small bristles along the bottom lip and the male has bristles along the top of his noseline toward tha back of his head.



Actually really hard to miss :D
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Old 11-14-2006, 11:47 PM   #9
 
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I'll get one this weekend! Thanks for the help y'all! AND i'll check my nitrates too!
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Old 11-17-2006, 02:00 AM   #10
 
just want to add toxic ammonia is different at different temperatures. the average tank is near 79 which holds safe at 1.0 or lower if a 7.2 ph yeah ph and temp have an effect. jump to an 8 ph with same temp keep it below 5.5 get a kit and it will help.
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