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Okay so I'm still new to the whole aquarium dealy. I dunno about how you guys know the lighting and all that stuff. I dunno what kind of lighting. I don't really know how to properly give lighting to the fish. I know that sucks and all, but I do take as good of care of them as possible.

I have two aquarium's. One is a five gallon, which is on my desk, and one is a 20 gallon, which is at my mom's. I may have some unorthodox tank mates in my tanks but they seem to be friendly and working fine.

My 20 Gallon uses an Elite Hush 20 Filter and my 5 uses an Elite Hush 10.

I use tap water conditioner when i add tap water so the chlorine etc doesnt hurt my fish. I use this stuff called "Cycle" which is apparently good for them and helps reduce fish loss. I have waste management which apparently helps with a lot of bad stuff in the water and poop and stuff. I also have aquarium salt but the box doesnt say how often to use it so if anyone knows when i should put it in that would be great. It isnt salt water salt its just salt that helps reduce stress and stuff i guess.

I feed them mainly fish flakes. I am unemployed at the moment so I cant really get them bloodworms and stuff.

I have some staple food stabs which i was told is good for plecos and bottom feeders, but I only have one container of it should I use it for my 5 gallon or my 20 gallon? Ill list the fish in each tank below.

Are all these things i put in the water like the water conditioner and stuff necessary? I dont mind buying it but if it really doesnt help much I dont want to waste my money. same with the salt.

I also have a betta in one of my tanks. He does eat fish flakes but i do have some betta food. is it better to give him betta food? also will my other fish eat the betta food thus making him get none?

I've been wanting to add some live plants to my tanks but i know nothing about them. which plants would be good to start with? Currently I have a marimo algae ball, but thats my only live plant.

Inhabitants:
Five Gallon Tank
1 Marimo Algae Ball
2 Golden Dojo Loach
4 Snails
7 Guppies
13 Guppy Fry [unless some are hiding i think im down to 8 :(]

Twenty Gallon Tank
1 White Koi
1 Blue Crowntail Betta
1 Shubunkin Goldfish
1 Plecostomus
2 Serpae Tetra
2 Tiger Barbs
2 Golden Dojo Loach
3 Neon Tetra

I try to get my fish in at least pairs. I had three tiger barbs and two green tiger barbs but the green ones died and one of the tiger barbs died I dont know why. I think my dojo's ate the corpses too because i didnt see any. I know they seem like odd tank mates for a betta but he doesn't seem to be aggressive towards them. He even plays 'peek-a-boo' with me in his little rock. MY dojos are awesome too. When i put my hand in to rearrange the plants, or clean the glass they always rub my hand or kiss it or sit in my palm. They are so affectionate i love them to death!!! I'll try to get some pics/vids of my 20 gallon tank soon.

I cant think of anything else to say so let's get on with some pictures shall we? I currently only have some of my five gallon since i just started to get into the whole forum thing today. They are also blurry I have no idea why.

BEFORE
I had gotten my five gallon from an old roommate. We had to go our separate ways and his college wouldnt allow fish in the dorm so he said to take the aquarium. Little did I know that behind his closed door for three months he really didn't take good care of his fish. I was really curious as to why his fish kept dying. The only survivor's were the two golden dojo loaches. Well here are the photos i took before cleaning EVERYTHING and replacing the filter





AFTER
Now I had to do a complete water change, and boy did it need it. The water I took out was yellow, and after agitating the substrate it turned BROWN. Gross right? So I replaced all the water. There was string algae on EVERYTHING so I rinsed and cleaned everything in hot water. I know not to use any type of soap or chemical on things that go inside the aquarium. I only used hot water, and rubbed it with my hands. When I cleaned out the filter so it was clean when i put it into storage, in case i needed it later, i took the sponge out and was like, "Kewl a black sponge ;D," but once I put it under the tap I was like, "Ew... a white sponge...." The sponge was so full of poop and algae and who knows what else it was black and gross! Anyway here is how it looks now after the cleaning!

Right after the cleaning:


These were taken today:




Also my guppies had some babies today! I'm real sorry the pic is blurry.




And because i love them here are my dojo :)
 

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so i went to visit my 20 gallon aquarium today and i took a bunch of pics
sorry if some of them are real blurry D:
ill also be adding them and the videos to my aquarium log :)

The set-up






No idea what kind of fish this is
i was told it was a fantail but it looks like a goldfish/koi hybrid or something >.<










Neon Tetra




Blue Crowntail Betta


Dojos




Here she is all kissy on my hand <3 i love her


Pleco








Serpae Tetra








Neon Tetra and Serpae Tetra


Tiger Barb




White Koi


Tiger Barb and White Koi
 

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Your goldfish is a shubunkin to me. That's not a fantail. Fantails have split caudal fins.
 

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I don't see any koi bloodline there. If it was a koi hybrid, it should have shown barbels there with a more streamlined belly shape. The tail is not shaped like comet nor too short like hibunas and body shape is a bit rounder than the actual streamlined body of comets hence it is a shubunkin.
 

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yeah the reason why i said "koi hybrid" was because of the colouration reminded me of a koi. i agree with the barbels bit, my white koi has little barbels! thanks so much for identifying it for me Lupin :) i fixed his/her [how can you tell?] name in my aquarium log and im adding his/her photos now :)
wish i could edit the first post of this thread to fix "Unknown" and change it to Shubunkin Goldfish D:

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you love snails and loaches too?!
ME TOO!
my dojo loaches are so adorable. if they were to die i would go into a giant fit of depression and i probably wouldnt eat for a week.
i love how they become "friendly" with their owners and cuddle my hand n kissies n stuff <3

my snails just laid eggs. not sure when but i just noticed three clusters today :)!
 

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I use tap water conditioner when i add tap water so the chlorine etc doesnt hurt my fish. I use this stuff called "Cycle" which is apparently good for them and helps reduce fish loss. I have waste management which apparently helps with a lot of bad stuff in the water and poop and stuff. I also have aquarium salt but the box doesnt say how often to use it so if anyone knows when i should put it in that would be great. It isnt salt water salt its just salt that helps reduce stress and stuff i guess.

Are all these things i put in the water like the water conditioner and stuff necessary? I dont mind buying it but if it really doesnt help much I dont want to waste my money. same with the salt.
Hi Ramen, as far as using cycle, I would not continue to use it. It is for new tanks to help them get established. Just a waist of money if your tank is already established. What is waste management:-?? It is not good to introduce so many chemicals to your tank:-(. As long as you use a good water conditioner that should be all you need. Aquarium salt is not good for some fish especially the ones without scales. I would make sure your fish can tolerate it before adding.:) Good luck with your tanks, they are nice.
 

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ok so Waste Control hasnt been used since before my water test oh so long ago when my ammonia was high
the bottle is practically full and i have no idea what i should do with it :(

oh well!

so i applied at a pet store as many of you have probably seen and while i was there i made a few purchases i bought some food cuz im running low and i wanted to get some before i spent all my money
and i bought two Black Kuhli Loaches!
i also bought some frozen blood worms. ive never bought them before so my fish are in for a real treat!
also is there a specific way you are supposed to feed them the blood worms or do you just plop the frozen thingy into the water and let it melt?

ill be putting up a video of them in my Small Reef Aquarium profile
its just a short video showing how they act and stuff in their new home!

also while i was at walmart the other day i also made three purchases i bought more water conditioner and cycle because im running low on cycle and i need to cycle my 30 gallon soon and i am almost out of conditioner

i also noticed something that im not sure if everyone else does but i unno. ive noticed i only purchase Elite products like filters and pumps and stuff and i only buy Nutrafin for my food etc
does anyone else prefer nutrafin or Elite?
what other product names do you guys trust?
here is a little pic to show my OCD ;D

 

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i love nutrafin.we have it here even in malaysia.it's a bit better then the local stuff.the price is myr1 for a bottle of the cheap stuff and myr16.50 for nutrafin.i think you should be fine.some fish can't tolarate salt but the species you have in your tank are ok with it.try puttin in a tablespoon when you give your tank a 50% water change it helps them by taking care of their coating "thats the slimy stuff they have in their body".dont worry about the salt as it has trace minerals that are important to the fish a little salt will never hurt the fish your rearing.
love your white koi btw.i've been raring fish since i was 5 years old.never had a lot of pocket money to spend on them back then but they lived a good life.it's the care and time that counts not how much you splurge on them.do you know some food we eat are a good food supliment for fish too.try putting a slice of cucumber your pleco will love it.even certain larvea you find in ponds are good food for fish but do get them from a clean water source of course.
 

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yeah ive been wanting to try Cucumber because i hear its really good for them, my snails would love it too. its just to get the cucumber :p
like i said hopefully ill have a job soon and ill be able to get some treats for them like the bloodworms i bought the other day and some cucumber just for my fish :)

the nutrafin basix staple food pellets are i think 3.39 CAD and the flakes on the right were 6.00+ CAD the Nutrafin MAX flakes no the betta flakes
the betta flakes are 4.49 CAD i believe

i also agree with you on its not how much you spend on them its the care you put into them
i really don thave a lot of money lol and my fish have been doing fine for years ive only ever really bought the nessessities like water conditioner, cycle for new tanks, the salt i got from a friend so i didnt even pay for that and ive bought food

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my salt is also Nutrafin :)
 
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