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NoaDon12 02-25-2010 07:01 AM

*Feeding Time*
i was just on youtube, and this person was feeding their fish peas without the skin! could i feed this to them once a week? and i saw another vid where thig person was feeding their fish a cucumber at the end of a metal rod, could i do that when i go away on vacation?;-)

Twistersmom 02-25-2010 08:26 AM

I feed my fish peas a few times a week. My tiger barbs love them.

NoaDon12 02-25-2010 02:43 PM

cool, ill try it. yes, i know, i am full of questions. but does anyone know how to upgrade a 15 gallon tank to a 36 gallon bow front using the same gravel, decor, fake plants, and fish? oh, and i would like to try and put it in the same spot it is now. the more i think about it, the more it seems to become impossible! i cant find any articles on how to do any of that. im only asking cuz im going to upgrade this summer. thnx!

jeaninel 02-25-2010 07:55 PM

I also feed peas occasionally. Cucumber also, which my pleco loves. But I would not leave the cucumber in the tank for more than 12 hours or so. Otherwise it will start to foul your water. So don't leave it in when you go away on vacation.

Here's what I did when I upgraded from a 20 gallon to a 55 and put it in the same spot the 20 gallon was. I did use new gravel though because the gravel in my 20 gallon was about 15 years old and nasty! I drained the 20 gallon down a little more than half way. It was small enough for me and my husband to carefully pick it up and set on a cedar chest nearby temporarily so I left everything in the tank (fish and decor) when we moved it. I filled the 20 back up with more water and left the filter running on it. I then tore down the 20 gallon stand, set up the 55, added new gravel, filled it with water (don't forget the dechlorinator) close to the temp I needed it to be (so it would be quicker than waiting for the heater to have to do all the work), and started the new filter. I then checked the Ph of the new tank's water with the 20 gallon to make sure there was not a big difference. The Ph was the same and the temp was within 1 degree F so I moved the decor over first, then the fish and finally the filter from the 20 gallon to run alongside the new filter. I also put a few handufuls of my old gravel in a stocking and hung that in the new tank to help seed. Since you want to use the same gravel you may want to drain some of your tank into a 5 gallon bucket and put the fish in there while you scoop the old gravel out of your 15 gallon. You're going to need more gravel anyway for the larger tank.

I know it seems like a big job but it can be done and you'll really enjoy the larger tank. Hope this gives you some ideas.

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