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gupgram 06-11-2011 12:45 PM

Hello, I am newbee. :-) I have looked this site over and sure like what I see and have found. I just started a freshwater 20 gallon guppy aquarium in April. Very new to that! My new family members as of March are 2 orange sunshine fancy male guppies, 1 mixed purple/orange make guppy, 3 orange sunshine female guppies, and 2 leopard corries. Also have 2- 14 day old (6/11/11) guppy fry. Unfortunately the first breeder tank...all the babies escaped out the vents! Got new breeder and saved 2! Oh and I made a 'sandbox' for my corries. They love it.
Do have many questions and some problems with my tank and am getting frustrated!:cry: so will try to find my way to post them.


redchigh 06-11-2011 02:35 PM

Welcome to the community.

Next time you're at the fish shop, pick up another cory. They like groups of 3 minimum. ;)

gupgram 06-11-2011 04:06 PM

I know but was told not to add any more fish until my tank is ok. A gal i know called and gave me a number of an aquariust of 20+ years just about half an hour ago, I called. Said my tank seems to be going through a mini cycle and to expect my nitirite to climb a little more and Amon. go down. Then things should be ok. Also said it was a good sign that the green on my sponge now has little brown spots instead...good bacteria. I think on my first water change, I over did it on my cleaning including the sponge even if I did clean it in the old water. Said don't clean sponge on a major cleaning day! Wait until next water change then swish in old water taken off. Think this sounds right?? Thank you! gupgram!

Byron 06-11-2011 05:32 PM

Welcome to Tropical Fish Keeping forum. Glad to have you with us.

Yes, that was good advice, clean the filter media in some tank water, since tap water with chlorine will kill the good bacteria.


brownmane 06-11-2011 08:35 PM

Welcome. I have a 20 gal with 7 lemon tetra, 2 panda cories and 3 laser striped cories. I just started the 20 last October and am enjoying it.

I think that you will find a lot of useful info to help you succeed in your venture. Everyone here is happy to help.

Beaches 06-11-2011 09:18 PM

Hi gupram....

onefish2fish 06-11-2011 09:32 PM

welcome to the forum.

gupgram 06-11-2011 09:37 PM

Why thank you so very much everyone! Wow! I don't feel dumb for asking questions. I have been stuggling and today after being put in touch with this aquariust she really helped, but I have read so much and it became so confusing!

I can't use my tap water, it is treated well water with iron filter and softener. The well water came from my Mom as her's is not treated in any way. But there lies the problem I THINK! I don't have a phosphate test but how much nitrate it had! Read later that in farm area water usually does have a lot of phosphate and just learned that it feeds algae!

And I did learn, don't clean the sponge the same day as you do a good cleaning even if washed in the old water taken off! I didn't swish it! I really cleaned it in the bucket!

I am still concerned about the sponge for UP to 25 gals in my 20 gal. Guess I should wait and see how this maybe cycle turns out?

Could all this stress be why the Mommy's are not dropping the fry (and they are preg! when I bought them as gravid spot was big now bigger, dark and fat tummies!) I have had them since the beginning of March. I hope they are not sick. They are very very active and eat good, no signs of sickness. Can they not drop the fry or breed if the water is not right and lots of stress?
Once again, thank you for the warm welcome. Gupgram

gupgram 06-11-2011 09:43 PM

Hi Beaches! I was treated in 2007 by a doctor in the US and from Queensland Aus. A treatment these two docs developed for RSD/CRPS. So hey up here to you down under! What do you have for aquarium(s)? How long? gupgram

gupgram 06-11-2011 10:07 PM

And Bryon, in 2006 spent 2 months for a study at Richmond Hyperbarics Center! Lived in an apartment in Burnaby! We could see the Lion Mountain & can't remember the name, know they used the slope at last Olympics, see the lights every night! Those two were like our compass point many times! Was there from late 5/06-8/06. So very beautiful up there but holy cow the traffic and finding my way around was a challenge the first weeks! Loved the needle, and areas in Vancouver. My freind who also went for treatment had freinds in CoQuitlam (sp). The doc from Richmond, my friend & I became good friends with him. He took us around and can't remember the coves, but one of the hyperbaric techs was also a Kayak instructor and has top certification in rescue for ALL types of Kayaking we went to where he taugh day of opening. Such beautiful cove! Miss all the kind wonderful folks back there! Got to do hyperbarics with a movie star there that was in Elf! What do you have for aquarium(s) and fish? How long? gupgram

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