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post #191 of 313 Old 12-09-2013, 07:39 PM Thread Starter
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haha sorry. I was looking at the bottom of the glass from underneath the tank. And my sand is tan (normal color). I saw a few spots that looked gray for some reason. My stand doesnt have a complete top across, there for I can actually see the sand from under the tank.

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6 Julii Cory Catfish
? Guppies ( ? males, ? females )
8 Cherry Barbs
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6 Tiger Barbs
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post #192 of 313 Old 12-09-2013, 10:22 PM
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The different colors in your sand might be from oxygen level. Deep spots harbor different types of bacteria ( aerobic/anaerobic) that can change the color of sand.
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post #193 of 313 Old 12-09-2013, 10:27 PM Thread Starter
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isnt this a bad thing ? if so how do I prevent it ?

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6 Julii Cory Catfish
? Guppies ( ? males, ? females )
8 Cherry Barbs
14+ RCS
10 Tetra Glow Lites
? baby guppies
5 Marble Hatchetfish
6 Tiger Barbs
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post #194 of 313 Old 12-10-2013, 05:43 AM
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you can carefully move the sand with a fork perhaps ?
i use a bamboo cane with a cloths peg duck taped to it,as i
can't reach the bottom of my tank

when you set up a new tank,hide an extra
sponge or two behind some decor,that way you have
something seeded for you next filter.
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post #195 of 313 Old 12-10-2013, 05:52 AM Thread Starter
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Yes I can willow, I can even use my hands . Though I have read that it would be harmful to my fish if I stirred it around. I dont have a QT

On the positive side of my endeavors, I have counted 6 tiny little shrimp floating around the daughters tank woo hoo.
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? Guppies ( ? males, ? females )
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5 Marble Hatchetfish
6 Tiger Barbs
8 Assassin Snails
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You don't have to disturb the sand. Hydrogen sulfide is somtimes produced by anaerobic bacteria and it can smell bad, but in a healthy tank it is broken down by a succession of bacteria colonies into harmless ( and odorless) products. Rickey posted somthing about this on his thread "ravings of a mad man". Also plants roots will pentrate the sand and eliminate anaerobic conditions.

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You don't have to disturb the sand. Hydrogen sulfide is somtimes produced by anaerobic bacteria and it can smell bad, but in a healthy tank it is broken down by a succession of bacteria colonies into harmless ( and odorless) products. Rickey posted somthing about this on his thread "ravings of a mad man". Also plants roots will pentrate the sand and eliminate anaerobic conditions.
Thnx rsskylight04, I was getting kind of worried. willow, I was just teasing about being able to reach the bottom of my tank

Fish update 2 more male guppies, 4 more female guppies and from rsskylight04's suggestion 4 cherry barbs.

9 Neon Tetra's
6 Julii Cory Catfish
? Guppies ( ? males, ? females )
8 Cherry Barbs
14+ RCS
10 Tetra Glow Lites
? baby guppies
5 Marble Hatchetfish
6 Tiger Barbs
8 Assassin Snails
7 Green Barbs
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post #198 of 313 Old 12-10-2013, 06:31 PM
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Cherry barbs are wonderful fish, especially in a large group. Like any schooling fish, they can get nippy when kept in too small of a group, although with them it's more likely to be kept amongst themselves than some other species. Too, breeding pressures can take a toll if there aren't enough fish.

125 - BGK, chanchito cichlid, pictus cats, silver dollars, palmas bichir
125 - cichlids (severums, bolivian rams, chocolate), rainbows ( turquoise, red), loaches (angelicus, zebra, kuhli and horseface), plecos (BN, RL and clown), denison barbs, tiretrack eel, pearl gouramis, betta
90 - Congo tetras, african knife, upside down cats, spotted ctenopoma, kribensis, delhezzi bichir
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post #199 of 313 Old 12-10-2013, 06:53 PM Thread Starter
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thnx for the info jaysee, would have bought more but they only had the 4 left.

9 Neon Tetra's
6 Julii Cory Catfish
? Guppies ( ? males, ? females )
8 Cherry Barbs
14+ RCS
10 Tetra Glow Lites
? baby guppies
5 Marble Hatchetfish
6 Tiger Barbs
8 Assassin Snails
7 Green Barbs
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post #200 of 313 Old 12-10-2013, 06:57 PM
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What's your m/f split?

125 - BGK, chanchito cichlid, pictus cats, silver dollars, palmas bichir
125 - cichlids (severums, bolivian rams, chocolate), rainbows ( turquoise, red), loaches (angelicus, zebra, kuhli and horseface), plecos (BN, RL and clown), denison barbs, tiretrack eel, pearl gouramis, betta
90 - Congo tetras, african knife, upside down cats, spotted ctenopoma, kribensis, delhezzi bichir
2.5 - betta
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