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Old 08-30-2010, 08:28 AM   #51
 
Moved the swords behind the driftwood - couldn't find the root tabs I had planted next to each sword - should I bury more root tabs near the new locations or will that cause problems (algae?).

One other issue. I'm going on vacation for 9 days shortly. Will my fish survive without an automatic feeder and will my existing plants survive without a timer to regulate the light? If I need both of those things, brand recommendations would be sweet.
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Old 08-30-2010, 12:22 PM   #52
 
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Most root tabs do not dissolve that quickly. But they do shift a bit I find. But a tab between the plants should be OK. These are supposed to only release nutrients in conjunction with bacteria and plant roots.

As for vacation, the plants will be fine with the light on a timer. Do a 50% water change the day before you leave if that is possible, and feed the fish the day you leave. Healthy adult (not fry) fish in an established aquarium will be fine for a week or longer. I am not a fan of feeding blocks. Having a reliable person (with some knowledge of aquaria) is helpful just to keep a regular eye on things and they could feed.
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Old 08-31-2010, 08:36 AM   #53
 
Well, I wish i would have read your last post before I bought the automatic feeder yesterday. All I could think of was everything I went through to keep this fish alive, the time, the effort, the endless hours of research, the money (all i keep hearing is "you spent HOW much??").

I was NOT about to let a vacation ruin all I had put into this fish and this tank. So, I bought an automatic feeder and a light timer - which I wanted to get anyway. Tonight I'm picking up a sponge filter finally - otherwise the current in my tank will just spin the food away - and this way I'm finally able to reduce surface disruption and remove the carbon element in my current filter.

After this vacation is over, I'll start gathering the plants I want and move forward. Sorry about the continuous posts. I start talking fish and my girl's eyes glaze over and no one I know collects them, so I come here for refuge.

You should start your own website Byron. You're a good writer, you use multiple acknowledged references to illustrate a point and you have a TON of experience (with pictures to prove it). Maybe with the ads you could make a buck doing what you love. How's the all-natural, no-light 10 gallon tank experiment going?
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Old 08-31-2010, 08:37 AM   #54
 
I didn't mean "collects" to apply to fish. I meant "keeps, cares for, raises", etc. Though i suppose some could be considered collectables.
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Old 08-31-2010, 03:18 PM   #55
 
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Well, I wish i would have read your last post before I bought the automatic feeder yesterday. All I could think of was everything I went through to keep this fish alive, the time, the effort, the endless hours of research, the money (all i keep hearing is "you spent HOW much??").

I was NOT about to let a vacation ruin all I had put into this fish and this tank. So, I bought an automatic feeder and a light timer - which I wanted to get anyway. Tonight I'm picking up a sponge filter finally - otherwise the current in my tank will just spin the food away - and this way I'm finally able to reduce surface disruption and remove the carbon element in my current filter.

After this vacation is over, I'll start gathering the plants I want and move forward. Sorry about the continuous posts. I start talking fish and my girl's eyes glaze over and no one I know collects them, so I come here for refuge.

You should start your own website Byron. You're a good writer, you use multiple acknowledged references to illustrate a point and you have a TON of experience (with pictures to prove it). Maybe with the ads you could make a buck doing what you love. How's the all-natural, no-light 10 gallon tank experiment going?
Very kind words, thank you. The feeder is OK, I.m just not partial to them in case they dump the food at once. But as you have it, use it. Set it up a couple day s before you go so you can ensure it is working OK.

Timer is absolutely good, at all times. A regular consistent period of light/dark is better for plants and fish.
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Old 08-31-2010, 05:16 PM   #56
 
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[quote=wavebeast;460669] I start talking fish and my girl's eyes glaze over and no one I know collects them, so I come here for refuge.QUOTE]

I have that same problem! LOL
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Old 09-01-2010, 02:03 PM   #57
 
So I bought a Hydro II sponge filter last night because they didn't have the Hydro I at the LFS. I was just happy they had anything. Out of 6 fish stores I went to, they were the only ones who even knew what a sponge filter was. But only sort of.

She said the air pump I bought wasn't powerful enough for a 10 gallon tank (rated for 15 gallons, btw) and couldn't figure out why I refused to buy an air stone.

Anyway my issue isn't with the LFS, (except for conditions poor enough that I almost bought $75 worth of Cories just to get them onto some sand to dig through so they could calm down).

The Hydro II says it's good for tanks "up to" 20 gallons. So I figured it was fine for my tank. Well, fully assembled - the lift tube stands about an inch out of the water when sitting on my substrate. Idiots. They couldn't mention that on the box?

So i had to dig all the way down to the bottom glass, uproot plants in the process, mess with various configurations on the filter, flip my driftwood and cut the lift tube in half - all to get this thing working.

The current has slowed significantly, thought the amount of bubbles still disrupts the surface - it allows the floating plants to stay in one location and not spend the day spinning like a merry-go-round.

The fish seems Ok with it. I may have a microscopic worm thing going on in my tank and digging up the substrate seems to have them out in the water column, so the Betta was at an all you cna eat buffet and pretty much ignored anything else.

Worms (if that's what they are) could have also come from the Water Sprite I got from a different LFS. I think i also spotted a tiny baby snail as well - which is good for the tank.

So the filter is in place and running and I just received the timer and the automatic feeder and I'll set those up tonight.
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Old 09-01-2010, 03:57 PM   #58
 
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If the fish is eating the worms, not a problem.

If you want to lessen the air flow through the filter, you can do it easily with a valve. You need a 3-way valve, one is the input tube from the air pump obviously, and then 2 outgoing valves. One connects to the sponge filter, the other to a small piece of tubing with an air stone that stays outside the tank (on the shelf beside the valve, or anywhere). This is a "bleeder". You can then adjust the filter air flow, and have the bleeder open. Air pumps should run at full capacity, so this bleeder allows that while also allowing you to adjust the flow to the filter.

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Old 09-02-2010, 10:54 AM   #59
 
Thanks for the tip on the air stone as a bleeder valve. Appreciated.

Set up the feeder and timer last night. The timer rocks (as long as it works) which I think it will. The feeder was a disaster.

Fooled around with it, set it up for a test run, it worked as advertised except no food came out. So I figured I didn't put enough food in the barrel. Ran it again, no food. Noticed that the slot was closed. Opened it to the very lowest setting, test ran it again - BAM!! - 40 or 50 pellets dump into the tank.

Panic sets in. I use a net and get a ton of them out. The Betta is much faster and he eats like a drunken Viking. I couldn't get to them all. He got the rest. He ate so much that he filled his belly, and his cheeks but still couldn't let any food go - so he was swimming around with food sticking out of his mouth - periodically dropping it and picking it back up.

Like a little kid at a candy store with a mouthful who sees something else he wants. It was awful (comical but I felt guilty afterwards). He now looks like he swallowed a beach ball (to scale of course).

So - I'm in the process of returning that poor purchase and hoping the Betta won't have actually eaten himself to death.

I'm going to be thoroughly upset if after all of this time, effort, money and problems that this fish dies because of a stupid accident and a lack of instructions or warning on a product.

Unreal. Well if he survives at least he won't go hungry while I'm on vacation. Seriously, he looked like Belushi in Animal House in the cafeteria with the mashed potatoes. Unbelievable.

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Old 09-02-2010, 11:33 AM   #60
 
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He will be OK. Fish will often eat to excess if they can, but in the wild they then may not eat for days. As long as the gorging is not allowed to occur every day by overfeeding as some people do, thinking "the poor fish is still hungry."
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