10-29-2006, 10:38 PM
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With water params what they are showing, 10% is safer... too much can cause the fish to go into shock from extreme change. If the 10% is done daily, it will help.
A quick note to everyone here on the board: I have been helping in IM to get this problem sorted out. You will all be happy to know that paisley has decided to buy a 125 gallon tank to relocate the fish to, and understands that even a tank of this size will be somewhat temporary for that many angelfish. The catfish has been properly identified as a columbian shark, a brackish water fish that grows to 12 - 14 inches, and eats whatever fits into their mouths. Unfortunately, I'm not so confident that the catfish will survive given it's current condition and the time it will take to fix all of the issues.
I think everyone could learn a lesson from this, and I hope this encourages people to do research FIRST, in the future.
I must also say, paisley, I'm proud of you for taking responsibility and trying to do right by the animals. You give me hope.
As we are finding out quick, this hobby can be great and doesn't have to be overly costly, if it's done right... and fixing the problems from lack of information or from misinformation is what is most costly... both in money and in time.
Hang in there, keep up the maintenance shcedule we've set, and take it one day at a time. If you end up with an empty 55 when this is over, please come to the board here and ask questions about what kind of fish can be put into it, and what is compatible. Everyone here is always happy to help and full of suggestions. We can teach you to start out the right way, so you can see how easy it should be... and how pleasant a reward you can receive when that happens. You'll have your hands full for a while, but eventually it will stabalize enough for you to sit back and enjoy all that you've created.
I wish you and your fish the best of luck! Holler if/when you need help.