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Old 11-11-2008, 10:07 PM   #1
 
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hi guys,

i'm only 7 to 8 months into this hobby, but less than a week old with the realization that there's a whole science to it, thanks to this site.

i have 2 70 to 90 gallon freshwater tanks. i'm not really sure because i had them custom-built to fit a corner in the house. they measure 72in wide, 18in tall and front-to-back is 14in. so how many gallons are those?

the top tank has 4 snakeheads (~10 to 12in), 6 red pacus that are actually silver in color (~5in), 3 black oscars (~8in) and 1 black janitor fish (~couldnt care less). this tank started with more kinds and the above fishes are all thats left. call it evolution or survival of the fittest, let's just say i learned fish compatibility the hard way. i now have a smaller tank- 48x14x14, that houses goldfish that are actually meant to be live food (had i known!!!) and some fishes that survived the nasty trio above - 2 knife fishes (1 missing an eye), 2 dragon fins, and 1 black snake with white markings.

the lower tank has an assortment of guppies, dainios, barbs, dwarf red & blue gouramis, redtail 'sharks', crayfish (??? thats what the store told me), albino janitors, black and orange mollies, etc.

like i said, i had no idea on proper aquarium care, much less what fishes to combine. all i have are overhead filter boxes that have those foams, carbon bags, and another bag with what looks like white lifesavers.

i change 80% of the water on the top tank every 2 to 3 days because those 3 fishes are freakin dirty and they make the water gray really quick. i removed the pebbles, stones, etc and now the bottom of the tank is just glass. makes it easier for me to vaccum their waste. no i don't check for anything in the water nor do i add anything. its just plain philippine tap.

the lower tank i change 80% of the water every 2 weeks. same thing, no checking and nothig added. removed the underwater white plastic things and just have pebbles and stones. i leave the fishes in the tank when i clean. i plonk the stones in there right from the store. needless to say a whole lot of fishes in the lower tank have died and have eventually found themselves in the bellies of the snakeheads.

i realize i've been a bad bad fish owner after discovering this site. am now on the road to repentance.
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Old 11-12-2008, 05:19 AM   #2
 
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hello and welcome.
goodness,you have a lot going on.
hmmm i really would suggest you get a water test kit.
although i know nothing of your water conditions out where
you are re filling your tanks with un dechlorinated water.
perhaps one of our members from your country will come in and
help. :)
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Old 11-12-2008, 09:27 AM   #3
 
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Hey And welcome to the forum :)

Is the Phillipines anything like Taiwan in tap water? Our normal tap water is cleaned but not chlorinated, and for drinking water, every house has a reverse osmosis machine... (my fish tend to die with a reverse osmosis machine for some reason, they are healthier if I use the normal tap water o_O)
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Old 11-12-2008, 12:38 PM   #4
 
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Hello and welcome to the forum! Due to a bunch of overblown nonsense, all species of snakehead are illegal in my state (Maryland) so I've gotta say I'm a bit jealous of you. Snakeheads are awesome fish!

According to my calculations, those tanks are roughly 78.5g.

(I think I'm using the right numbers - divide the volume of the tank in cubic inches by 231 to obtain the volume in gallons).
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Old 11-12-2008, 08:31 PM   #5
 
willow, funny thing is none of the shops i buy from ever mentioned a water test kit. perhaps they figure test kits will lead to the correction of my water conditions, letting my fish live longer, making my trips to their shops less frequent. but i'll check it out this weekend for sure. just this morning my daughter found the black snake in our living room. first time it did that. a water-dwelling snake wanting out of the water tank speaks a lot about my water.

obakebaki, the water from my tap comes from a deepwell pump and not the local water company line. i don't know if that is any better or worse than tap. drinking water in my country is bought in 5 gallon plastic containers and we all have hot & cold water dispensing things.

iamntbatman, thanks after 8 months i now know how many gallons those tanks are. yup the snakeheads are just crazy. i drop a bunch of feeder fish in there and its pandemonium. its a cloud of scales and gut after though.

the crazy thing about them snakeheads is they seem to know me. or they know that i am 'he who feedeth them'. when my wife or anyone in the house walks by the tanks, they just swim by. but when they see me, they're like dogs going around in circles, wagging their tails crazy and they would arch their backs and make a splash. just like dogs. that's what i tell my kids by the way when i go feed these monsters--> "time to feed the dogs!".
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Old 11-14-2008, 02:35 AM   #6
 
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API make a liquid test kit that alot of us use,
it provides better results than the test strips.
and as for the fish "knowing you" i fermly belive this to
be true.
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Old 11-14-2008, 09:42 PM   #7
 
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Are these snakeheads Channa micropeltes by any chance? They tend to grow out most tanks so I avoid them at all costs and these are available quite a lot in the Philippines.;)
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Old 11-16-2008, 09:29 PM   #8
 
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Are these snakeheads Channa micropeltes by any chance? They tend to grow out most tanks so I avoid them at all costs and these are available quite a lot in the Philippines.;)
thanks for asking because it got me googling. yes, my snakeheads are apparently channa micropletes and i don't get the micropletes part but the giant snakehead definitely corrects this. had they been sold to me as 'giant' snakeheads in the first place i wouldve said no. now, these have grown on me (literally and figuratively) that it would be hard to let go. but the 36inch length dictates that i can't have all 4 so i am letting go of 2. Or will retaining 2 still be unwise?? Can I keep 1??

last weekend i went to the 2 aquarium shops that i buy from and as i suspected, they don't carry any water testing kits. i'll try some other place next time. in the meantime, i bought some plants and i don't know what they are or if i bought the right ones for the fish or available light i have. all i know is that when the store said they don't have testing kits, they said plants can lead to water correction. so the sucker that i am just bought what he offered.
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Old 11-17-2008, 04:59 AM   #9
 
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For a fish that grows to 3-4 feet, I'd get a pond for one fish only. This really sucks. Consider euthanasia or sell them to someone who has large ponds. This is why I avoid Channa micropeltes as much as possible. Look for Channa bleheri or Channa gachua as substitutes. They're smaller and do not reach beyond 10 inches.

As for kits, most stores in Cartimar in Pasay have them. Post pics of the plants. I'll be glad to assist you there.
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Old 11-18-2008, 10:45 PM   #10
 
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For a fish that grows to 3-4 feet, I'd get a pond for one fish only. This really sucks. Consider euthanasia or sell them to someone who has large ponds. This is why I avoid Channa micropeltes as much as possible. Look for Channa bleheri or Channa gachua as substitutes. They're smaller and do not reach beyond 10 inches.

As for kits, most stores in Cartimar in Pasay have them. Post pics of the plants. I'll be glad to assist you there.
here are the pics. i took them section by section so you can have a closer look at the plants. topmost pic is the tank's leftmost and hardly hit by sunlight and bottommost is rightmost and gets a lot of sun. by the way, i'm talking about afternoon sunlight, between 2pm to 5pm. as far as the overhead lights, i don't know the wattage and i only turn them on when i'm home to view them mostly in the evenings, otherwise they're off.






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