02-02-2007, 12:42 PM
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I can't believe I forgot to list all that stuff... I know better. Haha, what a dummy I am! Sorry about that. Anyways:
Size: 55g (~208L)
Test kit used: API liquid freshwater pH
Filtration: very large sponge/ powerhead combo
Substrate: gravel/Fluorite mix
Plants: java fern, sagittaria, java moss (lightly planted)
Other decor: 2 pieces of Malaysian driftwood (1 large, 1 small), 2 glass bottles (cleaned & boiled before being put in the tank a month ago)
Last water change: 30% 4 days ago... at least 20% is done weekly
Other fish: 12 black neons, 1 angelfish, 1 rainbowfish
Feedings: 2-3 small feedings throughout the day; alternating of tropical flakes, freeze-dried brine shrimp, freeze-dried bloodworms, and an occasional treat of live feeder guppy fry
I'm afraid I can't give an ammonia/nitrate/nitrite level because I ran out of that tester and have not been able to get to the LFS 40 miles away because of the snow. I know I need to get it... I promise I will ASAP.
The tank had cycled for 2 months. The filter had been used in an already established tank (my other 55g which had been running for 3 years) to create bacteria growth on the sponge. It and some gravel from the older tank was also added to this new one. After it ran empty for 1 week, a few feeder guppies were added. After another 2 weeks, the rainbowfish was added. Once the new tank had cycled for 2 months, the tetras and angelfish were moved from the old 55g tank to this new one because I was changing the substrate. Temperature and pH are the same in both tanks. The little feeder guppies were short-lived once Angel found them. All the fish had been in there for 6 weeks and all appeared very healthy. They were active, in good colour, and eating well (although the glowlights' colouring had been fading a bit in their old age). All of these fish had been living together since the day I got them. The angelfish and glowlights is/were about 3-4 years old. The black neons are about 1 year old and the rainbow is 4-5 years old. There is no aggression shown to the tetras by the angel; she usually just ignores them. The others are still doing very well, which is why I suspected that the poor little WalMart glowlights had simply lived out their lifespan.