06-11-2011, 09:37 PM
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Why thank you so very much everyone! Wow! I don't feel dumb for asking questions. I have been stuggling and today after being put in touch with this aquariust she really helped, but I have read so much and it became so confusing!
I can't use my tap water, it is treated well water with iron filter and softener. The well water came from my Mom as her's is not treated in any way. But there lies the problem I THINK! I don't have a phosphate test but how much nitrate it had! Read later that in farm area water usually does have a lot of phosphate and just learned that it feeds algae!
And I did learn, don't clean the sponge the same day as you do a good cleaning even if washed in the old water taken off! I didn't swish it! I really cleaned it in the bucket!
I am still concerned about the sponge for UP to 25 gals in my 20 gal. Guess I should wait and see how this maybe cycle turns out?
Could all this stress be why the Mommy's are not dropping the fry (and they are preg! when I bought them as gravid spot was big now bigger, dark and fat tummies!) I have had them since the beginning of March. I hope they are not sick. They are very very active and eat good, no signs of sickness. Can they not drop the fry or breed if the water is not right and lots of stress?
Once again, thank you for the warm welcome. Gupgram
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