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Old 06-24-2004, 03:28 PM   #1
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im planning on getting my brichardi's soon

since my tank is cycled now. is tehre anything to watch out for. look for etc etc... because well probally go out soon
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Old 06-24-2004, 07:01 PM   #2
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Have you raised the pH and hardened the water? (e.g. by adding a crushed coral or aragonite substrate, and crushed coral in the filter).
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Old 06-24-2004, 07:27 PM   #3
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Basically watch and make sure the tank is stable.
Is this correct:
You are adding two brichardi, one bristlenose and 2 SAE??

I still think you should keep it to brichardi and the pleco if you want them to breed.
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okay ill do that . ooh i guess i better check the ph today. the one thing i forgot. ;'(. thx .

all of the subsrate is aragnite. the kind frmo homedepot (play sand [frmo carribbean]) (says its sterilized)
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okay ph is around 8.2.

how do you do a water change and not stress the fish? because my water is around 7.2
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Small water changes. 10% to 15% a week. Vacuum the bottom while draining the old water. Make sure the fresh water is about the same temp as the tank water. Use a dechlorinator.
If you have to change more water do it over several days.
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okay. will they be okay with like a .4 ph drop?
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Why not try the following (well, I don't know if this is a feasible idea for you as parents can be silly about such things):

Get a 5 gallon bucket that you can cover to keep dust and foreign material out. Put some aragonite in the bucket. Put some water in there (do NOT dechlorinate it yet!!!!). Let that sit waiting for your next water change. When it is time to do the water change you can do 10% tap water dechlorinated AND you dechlor the water in the bucket which you have already been conditioning to a higher pH to finish out your water change. This is only a problem if your parents make a big deal about having a bucket full of water sitting around the house but I'm sure if you are careful no accidents will happen. After the water change refill the 5 gallon bucket for next week.

The reason why I say to WAIT until you do the water change to dechlor it is the chlorine in the water in the bucket will make sure nothing grows in the bucket while you are waiting for the pH to go up for your next water change.

This is what I would do (and was planning to do if I ever set up a hard water high pH tank).
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A drop in .4 will not cause the fish harm--that is why smaller water changes will be better. I have a 50 gal community tank that is towards neutral. My tap water is nearer to a pH of 8. The fish are fine during water changes.
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okay thx.

i got 2 brichardi's today. ones like 3/4 the size of the male (its female) [i think it looks a little younger but the fin extentions are more femaleish. im lpanning on getting the bristlenose in a couple days. im acclimating them right now.

anything i have to do. like raise temp to make em breed or just give em time.
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