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post #111 of 165 Old 09-26-2013, 07:39 AM Thread Starter
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A whole cube is a lot soo I don't know how many fish you have but if you don't have many right now. You might want to cut the cubes in half at first to see how much they will eat of it. As for thawing them you can get a cup of tank water and put the cube in there and let it thaw. Sometimes the frozen cubes have particles that can cloud your water so some ppl don't thaw them inside the tank but you can if you want. Btw frozen bloodworms are more of a treat then a meal so if you get those I would only feed them to your fish 1-2x a week.
Thank you Boredomb! I wasn't sure how much a cube was. I have 23 fish right now, but they are all small. I would really like to make sure that my dwarf gourami each get some frozen meals, but they are so shy! My tetras are pigs, so I don't know what they'll leave behind, if anything! Maybe the gourami will perk up and finally push their way in for food instead of lurking

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post #112 of 165 Old 09-26-2013, 07:56 AM
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For the gouramis you can try target feeding frozen foods or any foods for that matter if you are unsure how much they are getting. Just get a pipette or even a turkey baster and suck the food up into it. Then feed the tetras on one side of the tank and shot the gouramis food on the other side or where ever they are in front of them or as close as to as you can soo they can see the food to get while the tetras are eating their food.

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post #113 of 165 Old 09-26-2013, 01:10 PM Thread Starter
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Grr... water is looking crudy again today. Maybe I'm being too picky? I just expected this canister to be able to do the same if not better than the two hobs :-/ The betta tank still looks crystal clear, even with my lack of maintenance Maybe I'm trying too hard with this one

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post #114 of 165 Old 09-26-2013, 01:23 PM
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Can you post a video? I think we all think of different things when we hear "crudy", and we will need more specific information to determine what the problem is.

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
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post #115 of 165 Old 09-26-2013, 04:18 PM Thread Starter
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This is the betta tank. The water is just clear, like the 55 used to be:
Betta Sorority September 26, 2013 - YouTube

This is the 55. It just seems cloudy and it doesn't want to go away:
55 Tropical Community September 26, 2013 - YouTube

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post #116 of 165 Old 09-26-2013, 04:30 PM
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It looks like you have a bacterial bloom. The bacteria are too small to be removed by the filter. Should go away on it's own, but watch your ammonia and nitrite levels.

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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
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It looks like you have a bacterial bloom. The bacteria are too small to be removed by the filter. Should go away on it's own, but watch your ammonia and nitrite levels.
I knew I was just being too nit-picky *sigh* I'll keep monitoring the water parameters, but otherwise just try to ignore the cloudiness for a while ;) Thank you, once again, jaysee :D

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post #118 of 165 Old 09-26-2013, 06:58 PM
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Agree it does look like a bacteria bloom. Couple have been from changing your filters. Unless you are having issues with ammonia or nitrites don't do water changes for a week or so. This can upset the bacteria bloom. It should go away by itself in that time as jaysee said already unless there is another under laying problem.

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post #119 of 165 Old 09-27-2013, 01:40 PM Thread Starter
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I came home this morning to find that Playco the pleco has passed away. I really wasn't expecting this as I saw him scooting around the tank when I left this morning and munching on a bottom feeder pellet. Gabe is in tears, but I don't know if I should get another, maybe the corys are enough. He still gets excited when he sees kuhli loaches, so maybe we'll look into some of those instead.

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post #120 of 165 Old 09-28-2013, 08:21 PM Thread Starter
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I'm still pretty upset over Playco. I don't know what it is. He was one of our newest fish, but one of my favorites as well as my sons. Thankfully he's calmed down since yesterday, and seems content watching the rest of the fish as not asking about Playco.

I also wanted to report that I tested our water for copper today. We've tried mystery snails three times and they have all died, so I assumed we had copper in our water. However, this is not the case. So my only other thought now is that maybe my nippy tetras were bothering them so they died from not coming out to eat? I really don't get it, I'm at a complete loss. I'm kind of wanting to try mts's but I'm concerned about them taking over my tank, or mysteriously dying like my mysteries. I love the look of the mysteries, but there is obviously something they don't like about my tank


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