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Old 10-13-2012, 01:28 PM   #1
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Am I just paranoid...

Brought home a Yellow Tailed Damsel yesterday and he seemed to be doing great.I put him in the tank to help with cycling and he played pick-a boo for awhile but he came out it full view after awhile.Now he is hanging out at the bottom of the tank near the heater behind the lr. The hydrometer reads 1.020 and the power head is blowing just a little air.Is this normal or am I just paranoid?Also, the power head is designed for tanks up to 30 gallons...trusted pet store; however, the power head did not come with instructions...It is a Topfin powerhead 30.I have under gravel filtration(I know not the best thing but hoping to get a 29 or 36 gallon tank with a canister filter in the next 32 months or sooner depending on the finances).Any advice would be appreciated!I really want this fish to live to be housed in a bigger tank!
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Old 10-13-2012, 01:43 PM   #2
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I'd raise your salinity to around 1.023-1.025 & I've had the topfin power heads before & the Aqueon power heads there all junk. Spit out air, make lots of noise randomly, & don't last long. Invest in a hydor koralia circulation pump, not that expensive & are good. maybe thro like an aquaclear filter on there also.

Also what is your temp in the tank?
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Old 10-13-2012, 01:48 PM   #3
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Maybe the damsel isn't used to your parameters..I know damsels can be extremely hardy, but some don't make it. How'd you acclimate him? After or during acclimating him, did you leave the lights on? This can cause a lot of stress. Most fish don't come out right away so if this lasted a week I'd be worried.
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Old 10-13-2012, 02:54 PM   #4
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How do i raise the salinity?Also how long should i keep lights off.I turned them on this morning for the first time around 11am?Should i turn them back off?I will see about the new filter...the thing is this tank isn't permanent sooo I am not sure about getting a new filter just yet.I plan to have oe by Christmas and this is the filtration I have chosen:
Would it be to big for my 10 gal?
Also I am never getting Top Fin anything again!
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Old 10-13-2012, 02:58 PM   #5
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ps: the temp in my tank is about 74 degrees.Should I turn up the heater?
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Old 10-13-2012, 03:01 PM   #6
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One more thing,I fed him about 10:30 last night.Should I cont that or feed him earlier?1-3 frozen Brine shrimp is what I was told to feed him a day until he is acclimated and the tank matures.
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I just remembered one more thing,I put his bag in the tank water for about 30 minutes lights off and then put him in the tank keeping lights off.
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Old 10-13-2012, 03:17 PM   #8
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Your temp is too low it should be around 78-80. Damsels are very hardy that's why people use them to cycle there tanks with. You just need to get your levels right. Salinity is your salt level, so mix up some saltwater with around 1.023 salinity & add it too your tank. It's better to raise the salinity level slowly also. I keep my lights on a total of 8 hours a day with great results.
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Old 10-13-2012, 04:23 PM   #9
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What about feeding the Damsel?Same time everyday? Early or later best?I go to work at 3 pm and don't get home until 11.Yet one more thing,I decided to turn lights off and he seems to be calmer than with them on.I think I shall get a light timer.
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Old 10-13-2012, 04:34 PM   #10
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Feeding everyday is fine I feed every other day. Just make sure you don't over feed. I usually feed a couple hours before my lights go out.
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