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Old 04-18-2009, 05:37 PM   #11
 
Very helpfull thanks. so i dont need to change the filter media every month like my lfs says so?
I will buy that liquid test that you have recomended
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Old 04-19-2009, 04:26 AM   #12
 
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hi
no you shouldn't need to change it,not unless it's falling to bits,
all you will need to do is rinse it in the water you take out
on water change day,when it comes to the real timew to change anything
only change one small thing at a time,otherwise you will loose the good
bacteria that you have.
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Old 04-19-2009, 11:23 AM   #13
 
thanks. i am greatful for all you hel. hopefully toda i will be able to pick up the api master test kit. i amexcited about the things i ahve learned...if i have live plants do i need to peform more water changes? and also what type of substrate are you using in that amazing tank you have there? THANK YOU!
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Old 04-20-2009, 03:48 AM   #14
 
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thank you :)
the tank had sand at the front,and gravel at the back,it was kept seperate by a
plastic devide that i siliconed to the bottom .
the only live plants in there are vallis,and a couple of java ferns,anything
else that i have in there will be either plastic or silk.
except real wood and rocks.

you don't need to do more changes of water,just regualr every week.
dechlorinate the water before you add the fresh back into the tank,
and if you can warm the water so that it is the same as the main tank that will
be better for the fish,turn the heater off before you do your water change.
if you can leave the filter running in a safe way then do so,the only time a filter
should be turned off is really for maintainance.
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Old 04-20-2009, 11:18 AM   #15
 
excellent... what type of sand did u use, u have a fresh water tank right? i liked the sand alot!! why did u mix the subsrate?
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Old 04-20-2009, 02:43 PM   #16
 
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hi
the sand i used is play sand from the toy store :)
i mainly chose the split for two reasons.
the plants got the gravel basically because they were growing in it
and i didn't want the whole tank to be sand.
it was for the benifit of the corydora catfish,
i found that their barbels(whiskers) were becomming very short,
by changing them to sand they grew back :)
if you chose to use the play sand,i let you know now that you need to wash it
lots,and lots,and lots,and lots in clean water.
also it needs to be stired on water change days to stop any aerobic pockets.
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Old 04-20-2009, 11:18 PM   #17
 
i love the sand look... may put it in my next set up.. witch i am in the maklet for now. i want something bigger.. do you still do water cahnges weekly on your big tank.. i have been told that the larger tanks are easier to care for... what do you find..
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Old 04-21-2009, 08:29 AM   #18
 
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hi
i think that bigger tanks are always best if you have the room,
and you can afford to get one.
mine takes a little longer than the smaller one,but i don't mind.
many people buy second hand ones,as there are some real bagains to be had.
i feel that many fish would do better in bigger tanks,as some are very fast swimmers
and really enjoy the room.
as for my tank,i clean the water everyweekend,and test twice a month
the water readings,just because the water looks clean,does not mean that it is,
i find that problems can be got on top of,if the water is tested regularly,
in the past i kept a folder with all the information in it,i've slacked over the years.
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Old 04-21-2009, 08:42 AM   #19
 
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If a filter has charcoal in it then it does need to be changed every now and again,
Or replace it with just sponge, Charcoal after a short time can leach alot of harmful stuff back into your tank.

To high of Nitrite levels I have found to cause laying on the bottom, followed by alot of sparatic movements, Gills will sometimes turn red, Death follows usually shortly thereafter, once nitrite poisoning sets in It's pretty much to late.

Test strips are garbage, Wouldn't want my life dependent on their accuracy,
Drops are the only sure fired way to go.
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