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Old 01-14-2008, 10:37 PM   #11
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If you check online at www.bigalsonline.com, you can find a
FW master kit for very little money. Do water changes daily as necessary to keep the ammonia down. Do only feed every second day at most as suggested. No more than they eat in a minute or two. There should be no left over food on the substrate.
Do you know anyone who has an established tank you can steal some media from to put into your tank to help seed your cycle.
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Old 01-16-2008, 08:58 PM   #12
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Update

I lost one more black skirted tetra yesterday, but things seem to be stabilizing. The stench is only apparent if you inhale deeply by the tank. I did a 4 gallon PWC yesterday and I will do a 2 gallon PWC tonight. I fed them this morning, but they were too sleepy to realize they had been fed. I think I am going to wait until Friday evening to feed them again. They seem to be livelier at night.

Thanks for all the advice. Hopefully I can keep my 4 surviving fish alive for at least a month. At that point in time, I'd like to get an algae eater.
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Old 01-16-2008, 09:03 PM   #13
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But, have you tested your water? We really need to know specific numbers (ppm) for ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate at the least so we can help you to determine where you are in your cycle, and how much water you need to change to keep your fish alive.

Best of luck Steph!!!
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Old 01-16-2008, 09:07 PM   #14
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All I have are those strips which are apparently useless. I would go to the LFS for free testing, but its snowing like WHOA here in Omaha, so I am holed up in my apartment.

I get paid on the 25th and I will be investing in the tests reccommended in the previous posts. Then I will bore you all to tears with water chemistry.
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Oh, I see. And don't worry, we are actually interested in your test results!!!:P

Have you tested with strips lately? They could at least give us an idea of where you're at, until you can get to your nearest LFS for a water test.
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Old 01-16-2008, 09:12 PM   #16
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Hmmm. Tested 2 days ago.

/scurries off to the feeshtank
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Old 01-16-2008, 09:18 PM   #17
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Here are the results:

2 pink bars! No... wait... wrong test.



gH: 120
kH: 180
pH: 7.5 - 8.0 (color was right in between
NO2: 0.5
NO3: 20
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Old 01-17-2008, 01:54 PM   #18
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If you have a petsmart near you you can go online and print out a copy of the price for the API freshwater master test kit and it is usually a lot cheaper on line and take it to your store near you and they have to price match for you. I paid like 14 $ for mine this way.

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Excellent! I will have to do that.

I really want to get a lot deeper into the hobby and I am trying to ease myself into it with the 10 gallon tank. Once I move in a couple of months, I will have the room I need to set up a HUGE tank.
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I started 3 years ago with a 1.5 gallon then went to a 10 gallon with in a few months and then a year latter I got my 100 gal. tank which I love and It is so much easier to take care of than the 10. Good luck and have fun.
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