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Old 03-14-2009, 09:24 PM   #21
 
I did the test strip kind......5 in 1....everything was fine.

Nitrate looked to be 20
Nitrite was 0
hardness was up looked to be 150 which is the top of the 'ok' scale. can that kill ur fish?
alkalinity was in the ideal range somewhere between 120 - 180
and ph looked to be 7.8 -alkaline-

which well...could mean it was higher 3 days ago.

I think the water looks to be settling down...I THINK it's clearer.

It was never REALLY cloudy...just wasnt crystal clear as I would like.

I'll be waiting before I get more fish. Darn things are expensive!
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Old 03-14-2009, 09:55 PM   #22
 
did you get a gravel vacume? they are a huge help!
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Old 03-14-2009, 10:43 PM   #23
 
Ugh... Me and others specifically mentioned a LIQUID kit. Test strips are completely in-accurate and do not work. Because of this, you still have not posted your parameters.
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Old 03-14-2009, 11:13 PM   #24
 
I used to have test strips, and they worked ok.......
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Old 03-14-2009, 11:26 PM   #25
 
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I think i'll toss all the rocks and get fresh clean new ones...that way I dont have to 'weed' through them picking out the 100 dead snails. (the snails are good right?) I also want to get the 'bottom' filter for under the gravel. I dont exactly have the time to suction my tank every week takieg the "10-15%" of water out and refilling it with 'non cholorine water"...what does that mean anyway? I have to buy like 6 gal bottled water every week? forget that!

I've got the magnetic scraper/brush thing I use often. Will also be getting my test kit ...maybe tomorrow or saturday. I just want a CLEAR tank with pretty fish...-sigh- I do miss those poor fishy i killed. I cried...and still do once in a while over it. :(

Also what is the deal with the platy fish? Are they like 'weird' hiding fish? I had 3 others that came with the tank originally...and they were no where near as HUGE as the ones I got on craigslist. They were small and seemed social. Swam around the tank...didnt hide like this other one. Also...are they supposed to look like their stomachs are going to pop? I thought they were pregger when the woman gave them to me.
It is very possible the platy you have is pregnant if it has a dark stomach and looks as though it will pop. Pregnant platy's will also rest on the bottom of the tank to save energy during pregnancy.

it is very easy to get de-clorinated water, all petstores will sell a "de-clorinator" which will instantly declorinate water from your tap, from there, if it is the right temperature, you can add it to your tank.

I do not recommend an under-gravel filter as I've heard they don't work the magic they claim and are a hassle to clean.

Just make sure your water temperature and parameters are correct. Your platy should begin to become more active when they are or you add more platy's. Although they are not "schooling fish" they feel more comfortable in a group.

If you bought test strips, just live with them but follow the instructions "perfectly" what is your ammonia reading?

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Old 03-15-2009, 12:06 AM   #26
 
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I used to have test strips, and they worked ok.......
Worked, yes. Correct, no. They are completely inaccurate. No questions asked.
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Old 03-15-2009, 07:43 AM   #27
 
So some of the snails I thought were dead...aren't. They are crawling around the tank .(though im sure alot of them ARE dead)

When I first got the 4 platy fish they all acted 'weird'. like sitting on the bottom of the take and hiding.

I saw one of those gravl suction things...basically just a tube...note I just went to walmart last night and didnt have time to get to the pet store today is my sons first bday party.
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Old 03-15-2009, 01:26 PM   #28
 
snails are weird like that! Talk to lupin if you want help with them!
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Old 03-15-2009, 07:29 PM   #29
 
Hi Spammyann. and Happy Birthday to your son. Take your time with the tank. Like I saw on someone's signature, nothing good happens fast in a fish tank. Let it settle out, don't add anymore fish. Hopefully some will survive. You really need the liquid test kit. I got one for $23 with shipping on amazon.com. API master test kit. If your are going to try to let the tank cycle (bacterias grow, feed on ammonia, feed on the nitrites, blah blah) with fish in the tank you are going to have to water changes till the bacteria kicks in. I cycled mine with angelfish, but also did 33% water changes daily. I also added a lot of bacteria from a donor tank.
Good luck, and thanks for the laughs!
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Old 03-16-2009, 10:03 AM   #30
 
Another Dip stick test...

nitrate: 0-20 range
nitrite: 0
hardness: ~150
Alkalinity: 120 - 180 range
ph: 7.2 (went down from the first time)

I still need to get a ammonia test...and declorinizer.
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