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Old 04-02-2011, 07:41 PM   #31
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Oh and I forgot to say I wouldn't feed more often. They are senstive to over-eating. Remember their stomach is only the size of their eye, and feed accordingly. It's hard because they will beg for more, but use restraint..he should plump up a bit in no time
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Old 04-02-2011, 09:40 PM   #32
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Ok, thanks. Will do.
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Old 04-03-2011, 12:45 AM   #33
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Another update, so I just saw elvis's first attempt at claiming a territory a minute ago. I walked into the room and looked for him, and when I found him he was tucked down in a cave resting. He woke up when he saw me, and as I peered in one of the tetras zipped by. Little Elvis flared up, his gills spread out, and he slowly emerged from his cave looking all big and confident. Meanwhile, the tetra had this look on his face like "your kidding me right?" and I cracked up. So Elvis started moving towards the tetra, all threatening and flared up, and the tetra just came up, flicked him in the nose with his tail, and swam off. That little tetra sure is sassy! After being easily outswam by the tetra, Elvis went back to just swimming around, like the whole thing was just a test run to see what his opponent would do.
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Old 04-03-2011, 06:33 PM   #34
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Ok... I'm a little bit worried now. The whole day today, he's just been swimming around the bottom of the tank. He swims up every once in a while, but other wise, just swims around the bottom. I'm really concerned. Help?
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Old 04-03-2011, 06:38 PM   #35
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Well, if you still have a high Nitrite reading (5 ppm last update?) I wouldn't be surprised. Nitrites are just as, if not more, dangerous than ammonia.
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Old 04-03-2011, 06:41 PM   #36
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I did a 50% water change this morning... I'll test again in a minute.
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Old 04-03-2011, 06:55 PM   #37
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Ok, results are:
Nitrite: 5 (crap!!)
Ammonia: about .10
Nitrate: 20
I'll do another 50% to get that flippin nitrite down, but he seems to have perked up a little.
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Old 04-03-2011, 06:56 PM   #38
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You have Prime, right? Dosing every 24 hours should keep it neutralized until you're cycled.
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Old 04-03-2011, 06:58 PM   #39
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Ya, that's it. I'll do that water change in a sec. I'm just happy my nitrates are sane again.
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Old 04-03-2011, 10:25 PM   #40
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Did the water change, and he's looking much better. I just want to check this out just in case, but will Elvis be ok with this stocking:
Elvis
2 black mollies
2 African Dwarf Frogs
2 guppies
This will, in a year or so, be the ten gallon stock list permanently, but until then it will be a QT for my fish in my new 29 gallon. I just need to make sure he won't eat anybody... Especially the guppies.
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