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post #31 of 49 Old 04-22-2013, 11:09 PM Thread Starter
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Well he calmed down except to one poor platy. They platy can arely get away without SEVERAL nips. Not to make things better, a fellow platy also nips at him! So I put him in a pet carrier in the actual tank for now. He has been inactive lately except for food and attacks so I think this is good rehabilitation for him. other than giving him away, any suggestions to help the attacks? I believe he is male and the female is attacking. The other male platy gets attacked by the barb also but he gets away when the barb approaches.
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post #32 of 49 Old 04-23-2013, 06:40 AM
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In addition to improving water quality, the plants will provide cover. This is important for most fish as it seems to make them feel more secure and, obviously, gives them places to hide. Also, one of the few things you can do to try to impact a fish's behavior is change its surroundings.
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I am letting my tank cycle before I add plants, but what other hiding places can I add?
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I am letting my tank cycle before I add plants, but what other hiding places can I add?
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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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Add the plants as soon as possible. The damage has been done and the plants will only help fix it.
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post #36 of 49 Old 04-23-2013, 07:35 PM Thread Starter
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Won't it upset the ammonia levels?
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post #37 of 49 Old 04-23-2013, 07:42 PM
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It will suck up excess ammonia, that is desirable. Even if you are cycling the tank that won't stop, in fact, keeping the ammonia levels lower will help the fish and the cycle as the ammonia levels dont need to be high.. Enough plants and you don't need to do the whole "cycle" at all. Water, substrate, plants (lots) wait a day or two and start adding fish in small groups every couple of weeks.

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Small scale nitrogen cycle with a jar, water and fish food; no substrate, filter etc
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Once fish are in the tank, the only ammonia level you want to see is 0. Trying to maintain any other level or looking for spikes are out of the equation. Your goal now is to get the parameters to healthy levels as soon as possible.

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ok sorry for all the mistakes, this is my first time so yeah. The cycle is almost over and I will just leave it for now
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ok sorry for all the mistakes, this is my first time so yeah. The cycle is almost over and I will just leave it for now
I'm not sure what this may mean exactly, so I will repeat, add some plants as soon as you can. They will not mess things up, they will make it better, and might even save your fish.
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