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First months lessons
Even planted tanks get a nitrite spike during cycling. So don't put fish in to soon.

Shrimp shed there carapace.

Heat kills Ich but promotes algae.

Otocinclus are delicate fish when first introduced they have a high mortality rate in the first two weeks of being put in LFS tanks. Always ask how long they have had them.

Acclimatising fish can take a while, not so much the temperature but it's pH shock which kills. Allow time especially if it's a big pH difference.

Get a feeding pattern going. Instead of putting food in all in one go put a little bit in to start fish feeding before putting bull of food in. Select right food for fish.

Don't trust everything your LFS says. But on the other hand get a good rapport as they are full of useful information. Even if this means travelling.

And I'm sure there is more but it's late and I can't think.
 

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That's a good list to come away from the first month with - a few of them look familiar! Keep up the good work - you're doing great!
 

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Day 36

water numbers
Ammonia 0
Nitrite 0
Nitrate 0

40% water change

Filter cleaned and filter tubes replaced.

White spot looks like it's gone so a couple more days of high temperature then back to normal.
 

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Day 38
Tanks looking good, all fish are behaving themselves well apart from to Otocinclus may have been getting a little jiggy with it. Looks like I have a fat Otto or pregnant.

If she is them the problem arises of what to do. I have only one fish in my tank that could possibly eat the fry and that's my dwarf puffer, I don't think neon and lemon tetra will eat them, not sure about the Dwarf gourami either. I don't really have the space for a nursery tank.

I feel like I'm stuck between a rock and a hard place. I'm chuffed if she's pregnant but I wont be able to protect the fry, the plants are coming on well so there will be some hiding for the fry. But then again I don't want to be over run with baby Otto's. I'm so hoping she's fat. Only time will tell.

well 2 weeks nearly up since start of white spot so temperature going back down in tank. May leave it mid 20's as fish are more active and I seem to have avoided an algae bloom, looks like my shrimp, snails, Otto's and bristle noses are doing there job.

My little boy is loving the tank, its just at the right height for him to look in at the fish. When I'm doing anything with the tank he's there trying to help and watch his dad. At only 19month I think he has a while to go to help out but he does help feed every now and then.

I personally like watching them just as the light goes on in the morning, caught the Dwarf puffer eating snails one morning, its strange to watch its eyes moving independently to locate prey.

Money well spent I think.
 

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hi :)
what happened with the white stuff in the tubing ?
hope white spot has gone.
 
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hi :)
what happened with the white stuff in the tubing ?
hope white spot has gone.
I replaced all the tubing. I cleaned all the parts of the filter I could. The white spot has gone so tomorrow when I do water change I'll turn the temp down.

Thanks for asking
 

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Looks like my solution to hydra is borrow a friends empty tank and move my fish over for a few hours till I can heat the water in my tank and kill the Hydra.

Thoughts
  • Hoping there tank isn't to big as I don't have the space in the house.
  • Should I use water out my original tank to add to new tank?
  • Shall I move the second filter over as a temporary measure?
  • How long will it take?
  • Will my heater bring the temp up enough?
  • Will my shrimp and snails have to be moved over?
  • Should I treat my bog wood with alumn?
  • Will the Hydra be in my filter system?
  • Most importantly what else can go wrong?
 

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that's a really crummy thing to get..little boogers !!
how many do you think you have,if it's a very small infestation
then perhaps they'll not have broken spores off,and won't be in the filter !
lets hope so.
i don't know about using anything from your tank incase you cross
contaminate before things are washed off.
i think around two days then turn the temp down,and do a gravel vac.
can't answer about the actual heater it's self,turn it up and see what you get
sorry i'm not the greatest help.
:-(
 
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oh :shock: maybe i'm wrong lol won't be the first time.
 

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Day 46

Head is battered and I'm confused to pieces.
Water numbers
Ammonia 0
Nitrite 0
Nitrate 0-1

Hydra saga

Ok so the little white stuff I been seeing coming from my spray bar is hydra, so my filter is infected. After my last clean of the filter and replacing the tubes the white stuff seemed to ease up but now it's back and getting worse.

I can't use a friends empty tank to put the fish in as it's to big with no stand and I got no space. So I'm really left with medication, there are not a lot of specific medications out there for hydra. Rumour has it copper sulphate and formaldehyde make a good deterrent (this is found in the white spot medication I used last time, not to long ago) or an anti fluke medication. My LFS has recommended I use and anti crustacean medication.

None of the medication is really good for shrimp and snails, so I have set up my little 12litre tank and moved the snails and shrimp over.

My plan
As I have got two filters running, one internal and the second is my canister. I am going to remove the canister and totally clean it. I'm going to get rid of all the filter media and start anew. I have plants that will take care of the ammonia and my second filter should produce the required good bacteria till the new media catches up.

As I have removed the shrimp and snails I will use a medication. I will try the recommendation of my LFS and use the anti crustacean medication.

I will take my bog wood out and scrub it (probably unnecessary, but needs must).

I will drain 60% of tank and clean the glass thoroughly to get rid of any I can see on the glass.

Then add the new water, the cleaned filter and the meds.

These meds take about ten days to work so after that I will do another 50% water change clean the glass again and add carbon to my filter or maybe even put the white spot medication in which is a six day course. Only time will tell.

All I want is a weekly water change and to watch my fish and relax.
 

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oh my goodness…this is pants :-(
and i have a cheek to moan about the debbie algae i have.
 

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Well as stated previously tank and filter have been cleaned.

Read an interesting fact/tip when treating for any infection turn the heat up in the tank this speeds up the life cycle of the disease and tends to stimulate the fishes metabolism giving them a better fighting chance.
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Day 64
It's been a while since my last entry. The treatment and filter cleaning seems to have worked. Unfortunately at the cost of three harlequin rasbora and a Otocinclus. I also lost one shrimp after reintroducing them to the tank.

Removed all my large Hygrophila it started to rot and look ugly. Have replaced it with ludwigia "Rubens" it brings a nice change of colour to the tank and a nice shaped leaf.

I'm leaving the temp up in tank as the fish seem to like it. As yet no algae. A small patch of algae on glass but that will be gone next water change.

The whole family are loving the tank
 

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glad to hear everyones enjoying the aquarium :-D
 

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Day 84ish
Just a little update.
Tank is going well seem to of ironed out all the little issues.

The fish are looking really good all the colours are are popping out on the tetras. The dwarf puffer is keeping snails at bay and grown some. I had 2 bristle nose cats but can only ever seem to see one at a time, but nobody of a dead one.

Trimmed back the plants which are thriving.
 

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