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post #21 of 31 Old 01-25-2007, 03:46 AM
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I'd suggest doing a water change to lower the nitrates.:) It should not exceed 40 ppm. Try Elodea densa. They're fast growing and undemanding plants.:)

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post #22 of 31 Old 01-25-2007, 03:49 AM
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ok thanks blue, other than plants and water changes is there anyother way to keep the nitrates down?
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Yes, there are other ways. The first and most effective way is to get into a larger tank. When ammonia and nitrite are at zero and nitrates are increasing, that is telling you the biological cycle can handle the waste load but only to a point. If you need to buy yourself a little bit more time, start doing 2 water changes/wk instead of one. As the fish grow and waste levels increase, the number of water changes you will need to do each week will also increase. Be sure to gravel vac at least once/month, and go easy on the food. No fish (other than fry) needs to eat every single day. Their systems need time to digest food, and anything they don't eat right away will only serve to increase waste levels in the tank. Try cutting the amount of food in half, and moving to every other day instead of every day.

Please remember, this is a "temporary fix". This will buy you a little bit of time, but not a whole lot. The fish will stay in a healthy environment, so will grow rapidly, and eventually even doing water changes every day, you won't be able to keep up with waste levels and the fish, larger than they are now, will begin to have issues with each other due to lack of territory and space to move around properly.

If you'd like to post some pics of your plecos here, we can help you to determine the correct species of each. It's always important to know what species of fish you are keeping. You can't take care of something properly if you don't even know what it is.

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thanks for all the info, i would love a larger tank but i simply couldnt afford it. the danios and tetras i have r more than 2 years old, will they grow more? i know the plecos will grow but i think majority of fish r fully grown ie guppies. heres some pics, i do think they r all common pleco. the pics arent very clear.



tho u cant really c, the last 1 is darker than the other 2 with dark orange patches rather than the yellow spots
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thanks for all the info, i would love a larger tank but i simply couldnt afford it. the danios and tetras i have r more than 2 years old, will they grow more? i know the plecos will grow but i think majority of fish r fully grown ie guppies. heres some pics, i do think they r all common pleco. the pics arent very clear.



tho u cant really c, the last 1 is darker than the other 2 with dark orange patches rather than the yellow spots
I think the second pic is of a L001 Gold spot pleco?
It looks like one.....

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so hes not a common then? or is that just a type of common?didnt know they had numbers lol
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He doesn't look like one.

They are 2 completely different species....:D

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so hes not a common then? or is that just a type of common?didnt know they had numbers lol
A lot of plecos have L-numbers as it is almost impossible for the ichythyologists to identify all plecs available. There are plecs that are still far too big for most tanks.

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so if he is in fact not a common and L001 gold spot, how big will he get? just out of curiosity
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unfortunately, they grow to the same size as the commons ( 30cm ).

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