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Old 11-05-2012, 08:08 PM   #11
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You can upload pictures directly to your aquarium log (It hasnt been working the past few days and am not sure if it is fixed or not at the time of writing this - I dont use it).

If not then you can upload them to a free hosting site such as flickr, photobucket. Click "Go Advanced" in the message box and you will see a globe with a chain on it under the smiley face, you can link to the image there, OR you click the paperclip and upload them directly to the message.

Try if you can to replace the artificial driftwood with a piece of real driftwood, artificial and it will give nothing for the fish to munch on. It would absolutely be required if you have any bottom feeders such as BN pleco or synodontis catfish as they will eat on it overnight and clean all the algae off it.

Rocks, look for Texas holey rock or you can order rocks from marcorocks.com, they are slightly pricey but the quality of the rock is superb.
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Old 11-06-2012, 01:25 PM   #12
Bad News....My girlfriend noticed today that one of the chiclids is dead, and the small corydora....and the one chiclid is hiding and the othe ris swimming eratic...i noticed the fish swimming a little eratic almost like they try and brush the side of a rock or the gravel with their side. Nothing to be reall concerned about. only thing I can think of, in having the fish for two weeks, after I purchased them and had them for about 5 days, I added small terracota pots (8 of them 3" in diameter" as caves for them to hide in, as a temp means to rocks. boiled the pots, removed the sticker and glue residue and did research and seemed to think the pots (not glazed or painted) would be ok in an aqarium. Im depressed now to learn two fish have died. my water testing last week and as of two days ago seemed unchanged and reads as follows

Water Temp 76-78 degrees
General hardness ppm (mg/L) 170-180
KH (Carbonate harndess) 40-50 might be closer to 30 though when last tested 2 days ago
pH 7.0-7.5
Nitrate 0
Nitrate 20 ppm mg/L

Any clue as to what could of caused this?

The one fish I did notice acting strange the past 5-6 days was the small corydora..he would swim up and down up and down in the stream of water that flows into the tank from the hang on the back filter return flow. I thought he was just socializing with the Chiclids, but this is the only strange behavior i've noticed.
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Old 11-06-2012, 01:34 PM   #13
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cory cats will often do this in an aquarium,not unusual behaviour,so
i wouldn't worry about that .
whats the Ammonia reading ?
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Old 11-06-2012, 01:45 PM   #14
I think the Nitrate = ammonia on the test strip?

the levels were

Nitrate 0
Nitrate 20 ppm mg/L

I usually do a 35% water change 1 time a month....which was fine when I only had 2 fish in the 55 Gal tank. figured I would do it every 3 weeks since adding the 3 new cichlids I was planning to do a water change this upcoming weekend.
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Old 11-06-2012, 01:52 PM   #15
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i don't use test stripes so i can't advise what is on them,
nitrate could do with being lower,and more water changes will help.
live plants help as well if you can add them.
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Old 11-06-2012, 02:33 PM   #16
i will add a few live plants once I can figure out the problem....havent lost a fish in over a year...not sure what the issue could be. My test strips dont test for ammonia specifically just the nitrite and nitrate which seem to be in acceptable ranges. My water is at the very high end for General Hardness and at the low end for Carbonate hardness. PH seems stable. Im going to do a test as soon as I get home and have all ready instructed my girlfriend who is home now to remove the dead fish and also to bag up a sample of the water to be tested at the petsmart store.
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Old 11-06-2012, 03:12 PM   #17
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maybe take the dead fish along with the water sample,they may be able
to advise what happened.
good luck.
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Old 11-06-2012, 03:16 PM   #18
Will do, UI'll update any new info they tell me or that i discover in the process. Thanks!
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Old 11-07-2012, 09:07 AM   #19
Lost all three cichlids and my cory....Tested the water and everything was fine. looks like a bacteria infection though because now pleco now showing signs of tailrot so I am treating the tank after a 50% water change with Pimafix and Metafix....carbon has been removed, hoping every other day water changes of 40% and the meds will save him....

Should I increase the water temp at all or add aquarium salt? these are some other remedies I read about on line.

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Old 11-08-2012, 09:30 AM   #20
the remaining fish, the Pleco which i had for 4 years and was 11" long, subcomed to death last night. Poor guy. Ive drained the tank nd will clean it throughly this weekend, along with the gravel. the plastic plants and decor has all ready been boiled and sanitized.

Its been years since I had to start over and cycle a tank. Anyone want to refresh my memory on the best way to do this, and when is it safe to start adding a few fish to the tank?

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