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  1. NewFishFiend
    07-05-2013 04:46 AM - permalink
    Just want to say that I value you opinions and expertise. Me, my plants, and my fishies thank you for all you have helped me.
    You are very welcome. Byron.
  2. Sakura8
    05-27-2013 10:01 AM - permalink
    Byron, when junglebee in the thread Parasites Killed My Fish posts again, can you walk him/her through cycling? I'm not sure if (s)he knows what that is and you understand and can explain cycling. I would appreciate it, thank you. :)
    Certainly. You were on the right track, no doubt of that; I entered the thread to save some time by getting more info from the OP. I'll keep an eye on it. B.
  3. Tropical Trav
    05-23-2013 12:40 PM - permalink
    Tropical Trav
    I believe my tank is cycled. No ammonia, no nitrite. 10ppm nitrate. I have 7 cherry barbs currently and i am ready to stock the Neon Tetras. 10 total. Can I stock 10 at once? I updated a previous post yesterday and asked this but didnt get any responses. I believe i need to stock the glass catfish last per your previous advice.
    Yes, add all neons together. I assume live plants are present. And Glass Cats last. B.
  4. FuelingFire
    05-20-2013 12:50 PM - permalink
    Thanks for all your help.
  5. Sakura8
    05-17-2013 02:54 AM - permalink
    For the record, I asked about those people you mentioned out of curiosity, certainly not because I doubted you were being genuine. I didn't need specific names but thank you for providing them. It is nice to know some of those people are still active.
  6. Tropical Trav
    05-14-2013 12:58 PM - permalink
    Tropical Trav
    Filter media meaning the blue casing that the white insert goes into or remove carbon from the white part and put it back in the blue casing? Im not real sure what the end product should be.
  7. Tropical Trav
    05-14-2013 10:45 AM - permalink
    Tropical Trav
    Hey Byron, Just had a quick question. Should i remove the white insert that holds the carbon out of my filter? My tank is cycling, lots of plants etc. I just read something recently about not having the carbon in a planted tank but havent really seen much info on it. Just curious. I also read i should basically never change that piece.
    It is best not to use carbon in planted tanks as the carbon removes essential nutrients that the plants need, such as DOC (CO2 source). Filter media in general should be rinsed as needed to keep the water flow good, and only replaced when it falls apart or no longer performs its function. Byron.
  8. grannyfish
    05-04-2013 01:00 PM - permalink
    I am having a dilemma with my 29 gallon community tank. Up to this point this tank had been going very well. I aquired 6 marble hatchetfish a couple weeks ago and within a few days 4 had died. The 2 remaining ones are doing quite well and look great BUT I now within three days have lost almost all of my ten neon tetras that I have had for at least 6 months. They are just dying off several a day. I noticed one of the two remaining ones has white cottony stuff on its head like ich. That is the only one that has shown any evidence of any disease before just dying. Do you have any idea what could be happening? Any suggestions for treatment? I now only have 2 young angelfish (that look and act fine), the 2 hatchetfish, 3 three-lined corys and 1 oto cat (I intended to add more otos soon) and a mess of cherry shrimp. This tank is heavily planted and all my water perimeters are fine. I am afraid if this is neon disease I have read about, the entire tank is doomed.
    Thread started.
  9. jakinthebox
    04-29-2013 10:52 PM - permalink
    Hi Byron, just want to say thank you so much for all the articles you have written, to find this information written in a way that the average person can understand (without a chemistry/biology background) is truly a gold mine. I have so many fish books but none of them explain in detail the finer points and balance that we need to understand in order to give our fish the habitat they deserve.
    Thank you for your kind words, they are much appreciated. B.
  10. grannyfish
    04-26-2013 07:25 AM - permalink
    Bryon, yesterday I added 6 marble hatchetfish to my 29 gal community tank. It is heavily planted and everything has been doing great. I gradually added tank water to the hatchetfish and checked the pH in their bag. It was 7.2 and my tank is constantly 7.6 but the GH KH is between 50-100ppm. I can not get my pH lower. I have boxwood, oak leaves and have recently added Indian almond leaves. I am concerned my water might be too hard for the hatchetfish. Should I be concerned about this?
    No, I see no issue. Even at its hardest, 100ppm is only 5 dGH, and I raise my GH to 5 and 6 dGH and I have a large group of wild-caught hatchetfish, both Marble and Black-winged. GH is actually the more important. The pH may lower as the tank matures; if you want to pursue this, start a thread in Freshwater Aquarium. B.

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    Vancouver, BC Canada
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    Byron Hosking, BMus, MA
    Vancouver, BC, Canada

    The aquarist is one who must learn the ways of the biologist, the chemist, and the veterinarian. [unknown source]

    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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