Tropical Fish Keeping banner
1 - 2 of 2 Posts

· Registered
Joined
·
34 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
While I have had fish before, I really didn't study like I have been. I am essentially a beginner. I have spent the last two weeks reviewing the basic instructional material which I appreciate very much as well as the profiles for the fish that I currently own. As can be expected, there are some incompatibility issues that need to be addressed.

I have tried to describe my set up as clearly as possible. I would like the forum to review my profile and give me input, however, I am unclear as to how to provide that link.

Several things that I need to clarify or have clarified:
1. My water is uncloorinated well water that is hard with slightly more iron than normal.
2. Up until this recent attack of fungus, I had not been doing water change outs. After medicating the tank, I've done two 30% change outs. I will be doing another 25% water change this week to bring the tank back to a more normal cycle. When tested on 4-19, all paras were good except nitrate (I think) was .05. In either case, I am buying a liquid test kit this week in order to be able to do my own testing.
3. The tank is 4' x 1' x 20"h.
4. I don't believe there are enough plants or hiding places in the tank.
5. I am confused about the right kind of lights to maintain and for how long each day.
7. At some point, will need to discuss the gouamis and tiger barbs, specifically.

There are a million more questions that have gone through my head through the last few weeks
, which I can not remember now but this will get us started. Thanks for any and all help you can provide.
 

· Registered
Joined
·
34 Posts
Discussion Starter · #4 ·
Thanks for the reply. I've been having #'s checked at lfs therefore don't have them in mind. That will improve. With the exception of silver dollars and swords, most fish have been in tank since Dec. and seem healthy particularly the skirts and barbs which I find very entertaining.

Speaking of the barbs, one is smaller than the other three, stays somewhat distant and seems to be picked on. Does this mean it could be a female and would this harassment stop if I increased the school to six? which I have been reluctant to do because they are such fisty fish and so far have not bothered the others.

In terms of lighting, I don't understand what I have at all. 15 watts seems like nothing. What does that mean when compared to 6500K or red and blue lighting like I have read about.

My plants are not really growing much but I assume that is due to the fact that I am not using fert. Also, some will have to be replaced after the meds I used to treat the fungus did a number on them. I have been slowly adding the plants but most have been in tank for at least three months.

I am aware of the size issues for some of the fish. I've already decided another tank is in my future once I really know what I am doing here.

Other thoughts would be helpful. I would like to keep this going. I'll try to get some pictures by tomorrow.
Oh, I've not had major problems with algae so far, but I did have some snails which died and some very small algae eaters which also died. There were deaths as I brought the tank up but not as many as I had the first time many years ago.
 
1 - 2 of 2 Posts
This is an older thread, you may not receive a response, and could be reviving an old thread. Please consider creating a new thread.
Top