08-11-2009, 06:31 PM
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O hello! Yes i am. I have been trying to for a while....well not much trouble yet anyways. I filled my 20 about 2 months ago, and i put two apple snails in (they are about the size of a peach pit?lol) and they have lived in it hapliy since, i feed them cucumbers (whether thats enough to bother a cycle im not sure) So about a week ago, i went and purchased a beautiful "Johanni" and he died within 24 hours (eeek) that was sad, anyways i assume it has to be one of two things either my cycle hasnt done well, or he died from shock.
I have kept cichlids before and i do understand some of the species, however they DID co exist with other very large fish in a 100 gallon (which i did not originate, it was started for me, and i was taught how to maintain it). Which i understand its much easier to maintain a large tank. So now it has been two years and i have lost a bit of the little tank touch.
So in maybe a silly act, i went and got 4 more african cichlids on sunday and put them in the tank (they are doing wonderful so far). 2 rustys and 2 cobalts - And a few guppies to see if i cant kick start it a bit.
I have not yet purchased a PH kit (also maybe another silly act) due to location of the fish store i will be visiting it on the weekend. So i guess visual clues are my biggest obsticle right now. What scares me though is there is some science that i truly dont know about it, and there are possibly some negative variables - I have snails so salt cant be an option. I have a real plant (small), and a peice of drift wood in the tank. This could really make things shakey i think, but i guess i want to understand whats happening and if i should take anything out? The gear was given to me and im not sure what all of it is, i know my pump can probably suit a 45 gallon, and there is alot of air running through, its a tetra filter, pretty big........
My tank is also next to a window with lots of sun.....(im sure a pleco can help)
Is my tank a nightmare or what? LOLOLOL