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post #21 of 23 Old 01-19-2012, 03:27 PM
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nothing of help to give,just hoping wifey gets a tank she wants this time

when you set up a new tank,hide an extra
sponge or two behind some decor,that way you have
something seeded for you next filter.
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post #22 of 23 Old 01-20-2012, 06:58 AM Thread Starter
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I'd try to borrow one as my first option, since its probably not something you'd use all the time. Failing that, I'll ask the club guy where to get it, since I have never used it myself. I'll let you know when he lets me know.
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nothing of help to give,just hoping wifey gets a tank she wants this time
HEY its been quite awhile!! yeah she has been resistant to my efforts to get her the "right" situation but i think this helped ... biggest issue now is finding a quality store in our area... we have access to a few but 2 of them are .. less than desirable.. and the 3rd we have not been to in a long time.

Back in the Game!!! Live Bearers in a 40 Breeder
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post #23 of 23 Old 01-20-2012, 08:06 AM
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My general thoughts...

If the water was off for 24 hours, either the water company overdosed on chemicals to counter the effect of stagnant water in the pipes with no flow for 24 hours, or something was introduced during scheduled maintenance.
What they introduce will most likely not be testes for by the average person.
Ask your water company for a report of conditions before the outage and 24 hours after it started up. They have to give you this information at your request.

Large water changes with guppies are generally a bad idea, better to do smaller changes more frequently. I have seen literally hundreds of threads on guppies dying quickly after large water changes. Parameters are good before and then the tank crashes. They can be very susceptible to additives like dechlorinator as well.

While it is never good to lose fish, cleaning everything with vinegar is almost certainly the way to go. Finding a good source of ammonia to do fishless cycling is a must as well. Dose it to 5ppm and reduce the dose over time. Once you can convert 2ppm you will have a massive bacterial culture straight off the bat and can fully stock right away.

Hope you have better luck this time around.

Please keep us informed of what you end up stocking the tank with.
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