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Old 08-28-2013, 09:59 AM   #31
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Sorry about your fish. Hopefully they'll be okay. The frogs probably won't get what the fish have.
It looks way nicer than my first planted tank. :p
If you want to medicate food (I realize it's probably too late now) you could always look for Repashy gels and mix it in there. Though dosing could be confusing, I've never seen any medicine with instructions on how to mix into food besides Kanaplex.
Also the stringy poop could have just been from stress in their new environment, don't know if you saw anything else wrong.
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Old 08-28-2013, 10:13 AM   #32
Yeah, once I got it actually in the tank and capped, it was fine but for a few big chunks I netted out, it was the initial rinsing/soaking that left me cursing at everything in earshot because it just wouldn't friggin settle in the bucket.
once everything was in the tank and layered, it was fine, until my brother started helping me fill the tank and managed to drill straight down back into the peat layer, the moron. XP We got it fixed eventually, and I'm sure a couple of water changes will clear up the very last of the cloudiness.

That's good to hear Olympia! I didn't see any stringy poo today, so hopefuly either you're right and it's just the stress, or the meds worked pretty darn fast. either way, it's looking up. The platys still won't swarm the top of the tank when I feed, which is strange, but perhaps normal? The flag fish seem to prefer nibbling the plants to flake food, so I think I'll start feeding them blanched greens, and the others don't notice food at all until it starts to sink :/ I don't actually know how much they're eating right now, but they certainly don't seem very hungry...
Maybe I'm just still making comparisons to the horrid tank I had when I was a kid with no internet.

This isn't technically my first planted tank XD just my first natural planted tank. my very first planted tank is my 5 gallon betta tank; I used eco complete and just sorta stuffed it full of a bit of everything. it's got one heck of an algae problem, and I'm beginning to wonder if I shouldn't move all the plants over to the new tank just to let the flag fish clean them off.
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Old 08-29-2013, 04:41 PM   #33
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Wow, sounds like you've had quite an adventure over there! Thanks for the update. . .

You're doing a fish-in cycle on this tank, right? Have you been testing the parameters at all? That could definitely be adding to the Platy's stress. . .

Glad to hear that things are starting to look up!
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Old 08-29-2013, 05:00 PM   #34
I need to test the water, but my predicted schedule snafu that prompted me to build this tank on a time limit slapped me in the face this week; I should have time to do that and run through some normal tank maintenance stuff tomorrow, probably time for a water change with will be a pain until my python gets ordered. Mostly I'm bummed because my LFS was supposed to get some plants/snails/fish in on weds but with this and getting the platys on impulse, visiting will probably be a bad idea.
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Old 08-30-2013, 04:40 PM   #35
Ammonia was around 1.5ppm. I did a 25% water change. Should probably have done 50% but I didn't have time to haul that many buckets.
I'll do another fifty tomorrow if I can talk someone into helping me. I really need to order that python :(
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Old 08-30-2013, 06:54 PM   #36
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Poor fishums. That explains why they aren't very hungry. Please keep up on those water changes. . . *worries* Rock those buckets!
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Old 08-30-2013, 08:39 PM   #37
There is a 6ft 14 yo boy in my house who needs to get off the games for a bit and haul buckets with me, I think xD
we'll do a 50% Change tomorrow and then I'll test again. Crossing my fingers for a paycheck tomorrow, my LFS wants 100+ for a python :c found a cheaper one on amazon, so that'll be piggybacking on my textbooks, but won't be here in time for this change.

Their appetites perked up a lot today and yesterday, and they're properly swarming the surface now when I feed.
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Old 09-01-2013, 03:58 PM   #38
Did a 50% water change this morning, finally managed to nag someone into helping me. I"ll be ordering the python later today to hopefully get it in by thursday, so the tank shouldn't ever get that bad again. Tested the water again, and the ammonia's dropped to .25 ppm, I'm thinking I'll do another 25% or 50% change tomorrow? I'm really surprised the ammonia got so high so fast.

Now for the sad bit. While I was doing the water change and poking around for unrooted plants, I found one of the painted glass fish dead under the driftwood cave. I don't know if it was the ammonia that killed it, or if it was just being dyed finally finished the poor little dude off, and he was what caused the ammonia spike to begin with. None of the other fish were showing any signs of distress other than the lack of appetite, which actually perked up a lot before I even changed the water the first time. Hopefully the other three don't follow suit.
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Old 09-02-2013, 11:15 AM   #39

The silver glassfish just started surface breathing and starting to show some white specks. It's the only fish doing this, so I've moved it into my 1.5gal quarantine for now, will wait and see.

This is why we quarantine. This is why we wait and do our research before buying fish, this is why we don't act like impatient morons and build and stock a tank in three days.

Should I try and quarentine the other two glassfish preemptively? I've only got the one 1.5gal tank that's empty, but I've got a 5gallon bucket I could hang a filter in.
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Old 09-02-2013, 11:42 AM   #40
The orange glassfish is breathing hard, but not surface breathing yet. I moved it to the quarantine tank too. the purple one left seems fine, but I'm not sure about leaving it in. The dying process does make them more prone to infections and sickly. My other fish seem fine, so I'm not going to dose the main tank again, not sure how to treat the glassfish.

I would never have bought these fish if I knew they were dyed when I bought them.
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