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Old 10-15-2009, 01:46 AM   #51
 
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Thanks Pasfur.
One more question : When should i do water replacement or how often i do water replacement? Is it required now in the beginning of diatom bloom, last water replacemant was done 25% around 10 days back. If yes how much quantity?

Do i need to do top up with freshwater or saltwater coz my LFS says if u do top up with saltwater it will increase ur salinity.Right now the salinity is 1.023.

My yellow damsel eats a lot. I am feeding flakes (Indian Brand). Whenever i feed him he is ready to eat flakes and always searching for food. Are pellets reqd.? He is so small how can he eat so much ?

Take Care Bro.

(The tank is running with ceramic rings and zeolite stones from top filter).
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Old 10-15-2009, 02:39 PM   #52
 
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You should only need water changes once, maybe twice a month if the system is set up right. I do about a gallon a month, if that to my 14 gallon because it is all in balance for the most part.

For top off, use fresh water. You lose water to evaporation. But only water evaporates. The salt and everything else in the water remains.

Glad to hear you finally have a fish. Pellets are not required, however it is good to feed your fish a variety of food. This keeps them from getting bored, and not eating the same food.
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Old 10-16-2009, 01:49 AM   #53
 
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Thanks Arkamaic for reading my posts and replying but where is Pasfur.

What else i can give them apart from flakes?
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Old 10-16-2009, 10:32 AM   #54
 
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Is there any way that you can get some form of mysis shrimp, such as frozen?
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Old 10-17-2009, 09:25 AM   #55
 
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Pellets are not required, however it is good to feed your fish a variety of food. This keeps them from getting bored, and not eating the same food.
i havnt had a chance to read this entire thread yet but this caught my eye. the fish need a mixture of foods for their health and immune system as well as their protective slime coating, oily foods are best for that. think about it, in the wild your fish constantly swim on the search for food, but its all different kinds of things, like heres a crab, theres a patch of algae, theres a dead fish... and their diet changes.

i personally dont use flakes at all. i will however use the hikari small pellets from time to time but for the most part its squid,clam,algae sheets,mysis,blackworms and things of that sort soaked in aminios and garlic and ALWAYS pre-rinsed prior to soaking then feeding. i make my own foods but frozen foods are jam packed with phosphates and nasties which only lead to algae outbreaks.

for the longest time i was feeding my fish every 2 to 3 days. my tank was algae free but my fish still well fed. recently ive been doing multiple very tiny feedings more often. im seeing a few spots of bad algae in my tank as a result but nitrates have stayed 0, which personally doesnt bother me the least bit as my nitrates havnt been higher then 0 for over a year.
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Old 10-17-2009, 09:48 AM   #56
 
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after skimming through this, i dont know why you went with a damsel. they are "reef safe," but not "fish safe" any fish you wish to add now will most likely run into territory and aggression issues.
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Old 10-17-2009, 09:35 PM   #57
 
the first time around I tried this hobby I had a domino damsel, extremely agressive, had to bring it back to the LFS, that is.....after 2 hours of trying to catch it, fast little guys.
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Old 10-19-2009, 02:18 AM   #58
 
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Blue Spots on the Yellow Tail Damsel.

Pasfur Bro Whr r u ?

The sand(80%) and rocks(40%) is covered by the Deep brown algae . Hope it passes soon and turns into green.

Test Results :18/10/2009 (dd/mm/yy)
Ammonia = 0
Nitrite= No kit.
Nitrate = 20ppm (Water replacement 15%.)
Salinity = 1.023
Ph = 7.8 ppm (Should i add baking soda) Test done with New Tetra Test Kit. (Though fish looks okay BUT RECENTLY I HAVE NOTICED 2 BLUE SPOTS BOTH SIDES BELOW THE EYE). BLUE SPOTS ?
Temp : 87 deg farenheit.


Food provded Azoo Pellets and E-Jet Flakes.

New clown fish not yet added(not available). Will be available in a couple of days in my LFS.
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Old 10-19-2009, 08:50 PM   #59
 
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Thanks Arkamaic for reading my posts and replying but where is Pasfur.
I've been following along. Arkamaic has been guiding you perfectly, so I've really had nothing to add till now.

On the subject of your water tests, there are some issues beginning to present themselves. First, an isolated pH test of 7.8 scares me a bit. At what time of day did you take this test? How long had the lights been on (or off)?

For the record, not knowing your alkalinity makes this pH test even more concerning. ABSOLUTELY DO NOT ADD BAKING SODA. You do not have any test results that suggest adding baking soda would be helpful. Nothing. Who put this idea into your head? We need results for alkalinity and calcium. Find these test kits, especially alkalinity.

Your temperature is 87F???? Lets do something about that. WOW. I run my tanks at 76F. You can add a small fan to blow across the surface of the water if necessary.
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Old 10-20-2009, 02:40 AM   #60
 
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You can add a small fan to blow across the surface of the water if necessary.

mollies reply : A 4" Fan has been installed on the hood(cover) to run 6 hrs. in the afternoon installed 3 weeks back. i will confirm the temperature again.
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