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mags2313 01-06-2009 07:43 PM

I'm cleaning my 10 gal every two days... ?
Ok, I hope I got some people's attention.. lol

Right now in my 10 gal QT I have 6 small otocats and 4 small red eye tetras... ( i know, i shouldn't have that many in at one time, but I was naive) ANYWAY I've learned that otocats are very sensitive to ammonia over .3... so I am cleaning my 10 gal like 10% every two days..

Just wondering if anyone has any thoughts or insights? I am only quarantining them for 2 weeks...

aunt kymmie 01-06-2009 07:50 PM

Was your 10G cycled before you started using it??

Lupin 01-06-2009 07:51 PM

All fish are sensitive to ammonia, some can just tolerate better than the others. I don't see any problem with your routine. If you feel it is fun, why not? Fish like their environment clean.

mags2313 01-06-2009 08:17 PM

Umm, I believe so, but probablly not, it was up and running for about 3 or 4 weeks prior to these fish and I cycle my tanks with stuff called Cycle and hardy fish like danios....

aunt kymmie 01-06-2009 08:34 PM

I'd continue with the water changes as you are doing to keep the ammonia down. Otos are indeed very sensitive. Eventually the tank should cycle but you need to keep on top of your water quality while you are waiting for this to happen. If it was me (and it's not) this is a tank I'd be testing daily until I was seeing steady water parameters.

Do have have an algae source in this tank for the otos?? They are very prone to starving without a good food source.

mags2313 01-06-2009 09:03 PM

Thanks so much, will keep a close eye...
No , I don't have an algae source... :( But I'm gonna go feed them right

SinCrisis 01-07-2009 12:42 AM

once otos get used to a tank, after roughly a week or two, they seem to become pretty hardy. I introduced my otos to an uncycled tank, and they were fine all throughout the ammonia spike during cycling. Yea i know it was terrible of me, but i was in a rush and had to move all my fish before going back to school.

Tyyrlym 01-07-2009 07:12 AM

If you've got ammonia your tank isn't cycled. Just keep up the water changes to keep the ammonia levels low until the tank cycles.

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