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  1. Sakura8
    03-18-2012 09:25 PM - permalink
    Once the tank is fully cycled and if you keep up on at least 35-40% water changes a week, I would say you could easily get 1-2 dwarfs, 10 neons or 8 rummynoses, and 4 peppered cories. But until the tank is cycled, probably just the dwarfs. Neons and cories aren't good for cycling and I'm not sure about rummynoses. Their little noses would always be washed out during hte cycling process, that's for sure.

    Yeah, the water here is hard and alkaline too, around 8 also. Good to know since I do kinda want to start a saltwater tank someday. But bad because I always wanted some south American cichlids and they need soft and acid. :{
  2. Sakura8
    03-18-2012 02:01 AM - permalink
    I think dwarfs are pretty peaceful. If you only want one, I think that would be okay because gouramis aren't as social as other fish. Pitluvs only has one. I think the males would only fight if there was a female around and they got territorial but I could be wrong. For the snails, if your water is hard you should be okay without adding calcium. Actually even if it is soft, you should be relatively okay. For greens, whatever you feed the shrimp would work for the snails. Also pieces of lettuce or a piece of blanched cucumber.

    You probably could adjust the flow on the filter. I know I can on my Fluval.

    If you water is really soft and acid, you could even put a Bolivian ram in there instead of dwarf gouramis.
  3. Sakura8
    03-18-2012 01:14 AM - permalink
    Lupin is the snail guy here but it might be a few days before you get a reply. If you want to know about apple snails, ask Silverfang. She seems to know a lot.

    I have seen dwarfs and honeys at my Petco/Petsmart although I can't vouch for their health. Especially at my Petsmart, they overcrowd them so much.
  4. Sakura8
    03-18-2012 12:51 AM - permalink
    If you can find a nerite, you're better off with one of those. They are the best algae eaters. Some apple/mystery snails eat plants. o.O Plus they won't breed like apple/mystery snails will. Check your nitrates; they can cause algae. I know hte feeling, have a big problem in my sorority. High nitrates might be why Kei isn't hungry?

    Haha, it's always so funny when the bettas get a hold of a wafer. One of my girls is light-colored so I can see the actual wafer in her stomach.

    Wood but line the bottom with plexiglass maybe? That way the condensation won't warp the wood.

    Put an anubias or a java fern in that corner, if it doesn't get enough light. Or a crypt. Anything that does well with low light.

    I hope Kei gets better. :( Poor Kei.
  5. Sakura8
    03-18-2012 12:21 AM - permalink
    You do have live plants in Kei's tank, right? Hmm. Otherwise I'd say just dump the epsom right in there.

    MTS are great for stirring up substrate but man, they do breed. o.O Be careful not to overfeed the tank because the more food in there, the faster the little buggers multiply.

    I got some rotala indica at my Petco. Only plant left alive. I think I want more rotala, it seems to actually like my tank. Yay!
  6. Sakura8
    03-16-2012 10:28 AM - permalink
    Cold-blooded animals don't need as much food to stay alive, according to Aquarium Care of Goldfish by David Boruchowitz. He writes that a lot of the calories used by warm-blooded creatures is used to stay warm and since fish don't need to food to stay warm, they don't need as much. A fish's body temp is dictated by the temp of its water.

    You might consider putting Kei into 1 tsp of epsom salt to ward of any internal bacterial infection that might be brewing. I worry when a fish won't eat. :/
  7. Sakura8
    03-14-2012 09:01 PM - permalink
    Has he eaten anything at all yet? I mean, the good news is they can go for like 2 weeks without food. Not that they should but they can. :/ Poor Kei. Maybe he lost his appetite trying to figure out if he was a he or a she.
  8. Sakura8
    03-13-2012 12:52 AM - permalink
    Awesome! I'm so glad you could get the filter. That's a great one, too. Way to go. :)

    It's possible that an LPS would let you give the guppies back. But you also raise a good point about the screen preventing the mosquitoes from flying out, if it's a fine-mesh. If you can regularly harvest the mosquito larva, then you may not need guppies to keep the population under control.

    Is Kei acting normally otherwise? Just won't eat?
  9. Sakura8
    03-12-2012 08:44 PM - permalink
    Uh, no bulls. Bulls bad for your health. ;) That's really neat it's a farm, though. Living in the city has its drawbacks. I miss farms.

    A filter might work but then again, I dunno. It might not. If you can get mosquitofish from your local mosquito control, then you could probably return the fish to them at the end of summer. You could always put a canopy, not a screen, on the top. That would cut down on the mosquito problem.

    Will Kei eat ANYTHING? Frozen bloodworms?

    :( Maybe that's why cherry shrimp aren't as readily available in stores. Maybe they're too fragile? Poor pretty things. What are you feeding them?

    I hate DST too, it messes me up for the rest of the week. And last year, at fallback DST, my iTouch alarm didn't work and I overslept. Bleh.
  10. Sakura8
    03-11-2012 09:59 AM - permalink
    This sounds interesting so definitely keep me updated on this project. :) Oh yeah. If you get and grow some green cabomba, I'll buy some from you. Although, I'm not sure how you'd get cabomba either. Darn CA regulations.

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