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Originally Posted by acuman
I am replacing the bed with this, and I should fit nicely, a 200g complete setup for $500, but it ...
We went to the shop to buy some sheets for the bed on boxing day (2010, 3months ago) and saw a new pet shop and 30min later we walked out with a 65lt tank and now 3 MONTHS later we have a 65lt, a 140ltr, a 160 ltr and a 200ltr with a combined population of 3pearl and 3 blue gouramis, 4 Clown Loach 10 rasbors, 10 neon tetras 4 bristle nose cats, 3 corys 3 dainos 3red coral platties with 10 baby platties!!!! need less to say we are still looking for some sheets lol,
ps I'm not alowd to go out by myself any more hahaha
This belongs in the thread called "you know you are addicted when"...... hahaha !!!! Don't ya think?
So ... another trip to Petsmart today. I got some tall plastics, some real floating plants, a Seachem ammonia alarm, 2 Sunset Mickey Mouse Platys, and 3 Black Mollies.
The new fish really enjoy the air bubble wall on the left side if the tank - like a ride at DisneyLand I guess. These will be the last fish to enter until I'm convinced the tank has cycled and stable.
Some new friends in another thread convinced me to give bio-ceramic (bio-max) another chance so I reconfigured the AC70 with sponge, bio-max, bio-max, sponge, removing the mesh sack of gravel from the 10g tank.
So I began noticing that my Seachem Ammonia Alert was more green than yellow suggesting an increase in ammonia. I added AquaClear's Ammonia Remover pouch to the filter but 24 hours later it didn't seem to change the green indicator. I added another pouch of gravel (seed) from my more established 10g. early in the day. In the evening, alert still in green, I noticed one of the red wag platys acting weird - in stress I guess. She had closed fins and hard to describe, but at one point it looked as though she fell over on her side. The other fish all looked fine, but it felt like if I didn't do something, she was done for. I guess she's the canary in the mine.
I did a 30% water change. The fish in question seemed to perk right up. All fish were swimming around like crazy after and the alarm settled back to yellow. Crisis avoided. I guess even with the seed material from the 10g plus the top fin bacteria supplement, the cycle is not quite far enough along to handle.
Will monitor closely.
Well happy to say that the ammonia alert is holding on yellow (safe) and on the surface things look okay with the water.
On the other hand, the one female molly has a couple of white spots. Not sure yet if it's ick or not so I'm watching closely.
Also, the six neon tetras are usually pretty calm and only take to darting 90 miles an hour when food is added. Right now there chasing each other and I don't know if it's a game or some quest for domination.
I would grab a picture of the Mollies spots and ask.
I need to find some wood and rock, but freaked out by getting local wood and rock from the Puget sound region.
Well right now it's just the one Molly and not pronounced enough to attempt to capture in a photo...just an obsessed hobbyist watching closely.
Are you referring to the toxic contaminant issues in the Puget sound region?
Generally speaking, once processed and with some exception, most rocks from the yard are fine - I'd steer clear of any wood tho - they're a bit pricey, but I've seen some ceramic driftwood pieces at the LFS that look really good.
There is something cool about a nice piece of driftwood (or facsimile) as a center piece with rocks at sides and/or back drop.
Good to know. I've only had these guys for about 6 weeks now and previously, they pretty much just followed each other around like good soldiers. They were alone in the 10g. When I first added them to the 60g, they were briefly thought of as potential FOOD by the Mollies and Platys so there was some serious defensive moves happening. Once the others realized they were too big and too fast to eat, things settled down, but the Tetras held up in the back left corner. By day two I was seeing one with attitude swimming over with 'the big dogs in the tall grass' as if to say "I ain't 'fraid 'o dem big fishes'.
Now they are all comfortable in the big tank and not afraid of the bigguns...then suddenly today the games - sneak 'attacks' - one will chase, then be chased. Fun to watch really. These lil buggers can move!