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Old 03-10-2009, 01:26 AM   #11
 
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Feed them twice a day if possible, just stand there for 2-3 minutes allowing them to eat as much as they want (a little at a time).
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Old 03-11-2009, 01:01 AM   #12
 
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Also, I got some frozen brine fish today. I was wondering, how do you feed them this?
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Old 03-11-2009, 08:03 AM   #13
 
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Your fish will love that!
Frozen bloodworms are another favorite for fish.
Place the frozen shrimp in a small cup with a litlle tank water to thaw.
Once thawed you can either poor some of it into the tank or use an eye dropper to feed them through.
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Old 03-11-2009, 11:14 AM   #14
 
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ok thanks!
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Old 03-12-2009, 03:19 PM   #15
 
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Hey, so I have a few questions again..

When I feed them the brine shrimp they dont eat the shrimp that are all white but they seem to eat the ones that are darker? They don't seem to thrilled about them as much as the flakes?

Also, today, I did a 10% water change and I also rinsed out my filter cartridge for the first time and it is all brown? I rinsed it out with old tank water like you suggested, I am just wondering if it's okay that it's all dark brown besides the very top of the cartridge where the water doesn't go through.

They seem really kind of stressed out right now because I did that water change, and they are hiding a lot, which is really abnormal for them. Is there anything I can do to make it less stressful when I do a water change? Also, I turned off the filter so I could rinse out the cartridge, is this okay?

Thanks again!
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Old 03-12-2009, 03:35 PM   #16
 
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They may just not know what shrimp is yet. I am sure they will soon discover it is pretty taste. Try some bloodworms sometime. That is the favorite of most of my fish.
Its fine that the filter media is still brown. I am guessing allot of the dirt came off when you cleaned it in the old tank water.
I dont know of anything to make water changes less stressful. Maybe they will get use to it. Some of my fish hate water change days, others love it and are always in my way.
Its fine that you turned your filter off. When just changing out media, I leave mine running. I sometimes even leave my filters running durring water changes, if the water line is not going to get so low, the filter starts sucking air.
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Old 03-12-2009, 07:26 PM   #17
 
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You'll commonly see swordtails listed as "community fish" although they are a semi-decent community fish, the males (especially the older ones) can get pretty mean to their species/other fish in your tank. I recently bought some swordtails, (1 male, 1 female - 3 in a bag) and the male started attacking my females. I was a little bit surprised and kind of quickened their water adaptment period from 1 hr. to 40 minutes or so. If you have more than one male...you'll probably see a little bit of fighting from time to time. Like Aunt Kymmie suggested, just allow some food on one side, and more on the other.

I agree, they may just be new to the whole brine shrimp thing, most fish love it.

Your filter cartridge being brown is fine, if you want it to be less brown next time, clean it more often.

The only thing I could think of after a 10% water change is the water that was put in was hotter/colder than the water in the tank by about 10F. This can happen, and shouldn't be a big deal until you get to 25-50% water changes but they may hide from the effects. Just leave the lights off for 1-2 hours after a water change, that will let the water temperature adjust, and the lights being off will allow them to settle in.

Best of Luck, Sj

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Old 03-14-2009, 11:30 AM   #18
 
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ok thanks a lot! I really appreciate all of your help!!
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Old 03-16-2009, 11:10 AM   #19
 
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Also, I was wondering, when do you think I could get more fish? It is Monday today, Thursday will have been two weeks since I got the first three swordtails. I was looking forward to getting two silver sailfin mollys, would these be a good choice? Also, I heard that these mollys prefer plant matter as their food? How do I feed them this?
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Old 03-16-2009, 12:39 PM   #20
 
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If your ammonia levels and nitrites have remained zero, I think it would be fine to add a couple more fish now.
Keep in mind the sailfin molly can grow to 5-6in. I think the two would be fine though in the 16gal tank as long as you keep up on your weekly maintenance.
As far as food, they would probably appreciate some spirulina flakes, my mollies also like to nibble on algea wafers.
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