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Old 01-21-2010, 09:27 AM   #31
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If it were me I would probably be doing 50% water changes daily, if not more. Getting the liquid reagent test kit will probably shed some light on the situation.
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Old 01-21-2010, 12:32 PM   #32
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These fish are such big wimps, heh. I have a betta in a 1 gallon bowl, no heat, no filter. I've gone two months between water changes at times (not typically) because i'm a lazy sack of garbage every now and then.

I've had him for four years, and he's as frisky as ever.

But these guppies can't handle a little ammonia. And the shark gets sucked into the filter that didn't even suck in any guppy fry (that I know of). I should stand in front of the tank and belittle them all for it. Call them a bunch of wimps.

If this continues, somebody may need to talk me off the ledge, convince me not to toss the entire aquarium out the window. We shall see.
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Old 01-21-2010, 12:51 PM   #33
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Like you said, even guppy fry can swim out of the intake of a filter. So if a fish gets sucked into one it is most likely sick/weak.

I had the same thing happen to me with a peppered corydoras. It is tough to watch our finned friends suffer!
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Old 01-23-2010, 08:41 AM   #34
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I got a liquid test kit today. Results were as follows:

pH: 6.6 (better than the strips were telling me)
Ammonia: .25
NO2: 0
NO3: 0

tap water ammonia: 0 (strips were wrong)

Recent water changes:
Monday: NONE
Tuesday: 80%
Wednesday: 60%
Thursday: 60%
Friday: NONE
Saturday: ?

So I guess this means I'm still not fully cycled? Should I do a water change today? How much? Thanks! Remaining fish (3 red eye tetras, 3 'painted' tetras, 2 guppies, 10 guppy fry in breeder net) are looking happy and healthy for the time being.
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Old 01-23-2010, 09:54 AM   #35
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That's great that they are looking good .

I personally would keep up with the water change schedule daily. You won't remove all the ammonia from the tank, this way it will keep it from sneaking up on you and you will have a head start when nitrites start to spike. If you keep can your ammonia and nitrite at .25 or below, this would be great. As you can see, your fishh are greatly benefiting from what you are doing.
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Old 01-23-2010, 10:20 PM   #36
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I know how frustrating it can be losing fish, especially when you're starting... The "Cycling" Period is the longest, and the period that requires the most attention...
You mentioned that you had a 1gal betta Bowl? Do you have any Decorations in it at all? Gravel?
If you're confident that the bowl is healthy, you could always take a bit of gravel or decoration and place it in your cycling tank, to help kickstart the bacteria colony...
Also, with all these water changes you have been doing, I am assuming you are using a water conditioner?
Well, good luck with the tank
Happy fish keeping.
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I'm using API stress coat conditioner, the recommended amount, for each change.

Yeah, as I said, I stocked too much too fast, because I didn't do my homework, and the pet store(s) proved absolutely worthless as far as advice.

The betta bowl is unfiltered, not sure how healthy it is, but my guy has been living in there for nearly 4 years happily.
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