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post #21 of 44 Old 06-29-2008, 11:36 AM
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Sorry to hear about the neons. They are perhaps not the hardiest fish that one could use to begin the MATURING or cycling process. Danios, and barbs are popular but hey, If small fish are added slowly at ten day intervals, And are not overfed and ammonia levels are monitored then ammonia levels and nitrite levels shouldn't get uncomfortable.I would resist the urge to use any chemicals that promise to speed the process. A good dechlorinator such as PRIME, AMQUEL, or EXTREME. along with water change if ammonia levels become dangerous are all that is needed. With more fish comes more poop =ammonia as I"m sure you know. That will result in more water changes to keep ammonia levels low and also can extend the maturing or cycling process. So you still have five fish? You might consider not adding anymore for at least ten days and then maybe two more at most. Then wait another ten days and maybe two more .These should be SMALL fish that will not contribute too much to ammonia levels. This way your aquarium can mature slowly and fish will remain healthy and happy. I single handedly murdered untold numbers of fish learning that nature works the way it works. Without the use of seedmaterial from disease free existing aquarium there are no quick ways to cycle an aquarium .There are however countless ways to prolong it. :)

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post #22 of 44 Old 06-29-2008, 03:15 PM Thread Starter
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Unfortunately another pair of my neons have died. Ironically the smallest of the seven is still the one motoring around like its nothing.

The guy at the LFS said he thinks its my pH and I'm inclined to agree. I'm trying some pH buffer to lower it a bit and see how things go.

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post #23 of 44 Old 06-29-2008, 10:35 PM Thread Starter
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The lone remaining neon looks to be doing good, and contrary to what I've heard he's not timid when he's solo, he's still prowling around the tank. My cory's are far more active than I ever thought they'd be. They spend about half their time rooting in the substrate and the other half darting about the upper reaches of the tank.

Out blue mickey mouse platy finally slipped up and let himself be photographed.



Mickey here is doing well and I'm liking him more than I thought I would.

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post #24 of 44 Old 06-30-2008, 12:39 AM
wow he is really a beautiful mickey mouse platy, all the ones i've ever kept (and raised) have been orange and some red :D. if your planning on getting any more mickey mouse platies (or any other platies) just make sure to get more females (i'm sure you now the male to female ratio lol). the tank is looking beautiful :D makes me jealous :D
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post #25 of 44 Old 06-30-2008, 07:23 AM Thread Starter
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Well I'm going to have to stock up more in the future and I don't see why I couldn't add MMP's to the tank plan. Until I get significantly more fish in the tank I won't be adding any females to the tank. Mickey here is male best I can tell and while I'm planning on getting one or two more I'm making sure they're all male as well.

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post #26 of 44 Old 06-30-2008, 12:29 PM
good luck cant wait to see the other inhabitants to come :D
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post #27 of 44 Old 06-30-2008, 12:56 PM
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My cory's are far more active than I ever thought they'd be.
Wait til you get more to go with these guys (once you're cycled of course). They are so comical to watch when kept in groups. I love watching mine play follow the leader around the tank. Pandas are a bit sensitive to water quality though. Hopefully you won't have any issues with them while your tank is cycling.

Tank is looking good!

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post #28 of 44 Old 06-30-2008, 01:14 PM Thread Starter
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The sensitivity to water quality is what surprised me about losing the tetras. I figured if anyone would get in trouble it would be the pandas.

Fe the Iron Tetra is still hanging in, bright colors, active, just doing his thing.

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post #29 of 44 Old 07-06-2008, 04:45 PM
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Nice sand! I was going to go for that approach, but I wasn't sure how I would clean the bottom of the tank.
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post #30 of 44 Old 07-06-2008, 06:20 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks, its a tremendous pain to clean two bags of play sand but the final result was better than I could have hoped. Vacuuming isn't too difficult just so long as you're careful with the height of your siphon so you don't put too much suction on the sand. If you do your rinsing of the sand properly all that will be in the tank is the heavy stuff that should settle out just like gravel when you vacuum. The other consideration is compacting of the sand. Right now I just churn the first few inches with fork when I vacuum. I'm going to eventually get a few Malaysian Trumpet snails to help churn things automatically.

I'm sure planting might have some other issues but right now everything in my tank is plastic and silk.

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