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Old 01-08-2015, 07:27 PM   #7271
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I did yet another 50% water change. Currently I'm having some problems with the ammonia levels in my tank, so I'm trying to figure that out and get it back under control before I add any new fish.
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Old 01-08-2015, 07:40 PM   #7272
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Almost overfilled one tank because I was on here.
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Old 01-08-2015, 07:43 PM   #7273
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Almost overfilled one tank because I was on here.
Ive done that before... got distracted by aa while I was filling then I heard splashing water and had to think for a second what the sound was before I remembered I was filling the tank... it was raining in the basement.
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Old 01-08-2015, 09:25 PM   #7274
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I checked the parameters of my 3 tanks and the did my weekly 40% on 2 of them. I alsi added a guppy yo my qt to help with his fin. It could be rot but most likely it was eaten. Poor guy only has half a tail

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Old 01-09-2015, 01:31 AM   #7275
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I put java moss in between two pieces of plastic mess, sewed it together and put in a Rubbermaid container with water and a 18watt cfl over it. Hopefully I will eventually have a live background.
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Old 01-09-2015, 10:50 AM   #7276
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50% clean on my elephant nose tank, algae scrub and rinsed my filter's.
In my 16 gallon I'm not sure if one of my clams is alive? It's sitting open but I can't see anything inside, no smell coming from it but beginning to wonder if it's empty
The other hasn't opened up since putting it in. Going to have to check.

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Old 01-09-2015, 12:38 PM   #7277
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You might want to get a low wattage surface heater for that tank. It will keep a small hole open at the top for gas exchange while drawing only 100w.
The problem with using water flow to keep the surface free of ice is that you can supercool the water in the process. I did that once and the goldfish huddled next to a clay pot and developed a thick slime coat. Once I reduced the flow the slime coat went away.


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You actually can't super cool water if there is ice on top of the pond. Super cooled water will freeze solid instantly when it comes in contact with ice. The liquid water will only get as low as 32F until the water freezes completely solid.

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Old 01-09-2015, 12:57 PM   #7278
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True. Nothing below 32, makes sense. I have no idea if the temp at the bottom of the tub is the same as at the surface. Perhaps I am applying the rules of a larger body of water where stratification will allow warmer areas to exist in the deeper sections.
I think the water movement, if too much, will be a problem for the fish. In their "hibernation" state they are not metabolizing food and not very active. I created a condition that forced them to swim and that was not a good thing.
I do hope things warm up.


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True. Nothing below 32, makes sense. I have no idea if the temp at the bottom of the tub is the same as at the surface. Perhaps I am applying the rules of a larger body of water where stratification will allow warmer areas to exist in the deeper sections.
I think the water movement, if too much, will be a problem for the fish. In their "hibernation" state they are not metabolizing food and not very active. I created a condition that forced them to swim and that was not a good thing.
I do hope things warm up.


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Mine is a tub so I don't have that nice insulator called the ground so the water moves with the air temp. It odds next to the house so it picks up some heat off of that. My pump picks up from the bottom and has aT fitting up top. There isn't a current unless they're on the surface. I have no filter though, so we'll see how this goes in the spring, have to cycle again basically from scratch.

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You can DIY a filter. There are a ton of vids. http://youtu.be/Dpt9BqpE9RU


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