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Old 12-12-2006, 12:23 PM   #71
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Old 12-13-2006, 01:40 PM   #72
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So, the guy at the LFS said to feed flakes in the morning and one frozen plankton cube at night.

We did that the first day, and the water became clouded like whoah, so we figure that that was just too much food for the little amount of fish we have.


So, here is the feeding schedule we've decided on:

Monday, Wednesday, Friday: half a frozen cube o' plankton
Thursday, Saturday: flake food




Does this sound good?
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I only add the flakes once, maybe twice a week. I would say every other day should suffice.
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I'd be careful with adding the whole (or half) frozen cube. That water is notorious for containing phosphates. I use frozen shrimps and thaw and rinse before feeding. Also, lots of folks feed only every other day also. Twice a day - watch those nitrates!!
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Twice a day - watch those nitrates!!

That's what I figured. It just seems like an awful lot of food.
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That water is notorious for containing phosphates. I use frozen shrimps and thaw and rinse before feeding.
I used to feed 2-3 times a day per LFS and food container directions... what a mistake.
After over a month long battle with cyano I became an every other day flake convert, and I always thaw and rinse any frozen foods.
I have a little 3" plastic strainer with handle that I found at the dollar store in a 3-pack that works great for this.

So far I haven't had any water quality, cyano, or algae problems since becoming a convert, and all of the fish are looking happy and healthy (even if they do come begging every time they see me...).
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I've always been told:

1. "what your fish can eat in 3 or 4 minutes is enough"

2. "Slightly hungry fish are better than slightly overfed ones"

We tried 1 cube that was WAY too much.

We just tried 1/2 cube, and although it was far better, it was still too much food. There were a some pieces floating about for about 10 minutes.

I'm thinking we'll try 1/3 of a cube next until we add some more fish.

All in all I'm pretty happy with the way the tank is running. After our first 24 hours with the fish, the Ammonia spiked up a bit, but it's almost 100% gone now, so the tank is definitely reacting to the bioload properly.

Nitrites are currently sitting right around .75 ppm.

Nitrates are basically non-existent.

We will keep you all posted.
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Please do keep us informed to your progress. As another noted, you have great patience and self controll. So far your progress and thought processes have been a great example for anyone starting a new tank, not just newbies!
Also it is a wonderfull thing that both of you are fish people, which means when MTS hits hard it won't be such a problem. Some of us have to pacify our mates or roomates and can't have the fish paradise we dream of.
You are off to a great start, keep it up!
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One of our astrea shells keeps kicking the bucket. Sort of.

He's still alive, but he's been laying half-tipped over for three days in the same spot.

He kept falling off the rock, and I found him one day and thought he was dead. Hoping he wasn't, I set him back upright, and he was fine for a little while, but tipped himself over again. That had been a daily thing for two days.


Now he's been laying in the sand in his spot for three days. He looks dead, except he'll stick a little antennae thingie out every now and then and peer around before sucking back into his shell. What gives?
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They tend to do that. Due to the shape of their shells, they can not upright themselves. I also think I read, they don't do well on sand, but great on rock and glass.
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