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Old 03-12-2012, 01:20 AM   #61
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I would highly suggest not adding any bottled bacteria, as it can cause crashes in bacteria later on, along with other problems
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First off, you did not cycle the tank first, you could expidite cycling by adding stress zyme to a new tank, its not really for stress, its bacteria that helps establish a healthy aqurium with the healthy bacteria a new tank needs to be safe for fish keeping. We all must remember, a fish tank of any size is not a lake of water, in a tank, it is comes complete with its challenges. Water needs to be replaced 1/3 every week, i do mine every weekend. Oscars get large and your going to require a 29 gallon for those guys, they get huge, like up to 12 complete inches at maturity.
You must keep the ph at 7.0. a water temp of no lower then 78. to keep ammonia at bay I use aqurium salt, one tablespoon for every ten gallons of water, this keeps your fishes gills lubricated when subjected to high levels of ammonia. I fed my oscars frozen krill, blood worms not freeze dried anything, takes all the nutients away. Buy a gravel vac, and do not ever strip clean a filtration device where you have grown healthy bacteria or you will have to wait all over again for it to regrow and this is not a good thing.
Stress zyme (and most all the bacteria products) don't contain the correct bacteria or the bacteria is dead from temperature fluctuations.
IMO one adult Oscar need a minimum 75g tank to allow the fish adequate room to swim and turn around. A full grown, healthy Oscar will easily exceed 12 inches.
Adding chemicals to alter a pH can be dangerous. They can alter the pH quickly leaving the fish in shock which can lead to death. Just about any fish can adapt to any pH (within reason - mid 6s to high 8s). The key is stability.
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Old 03-12-2012, 01:28 AM   #63
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First off, you did not cycle the tank first, you could expidite cycling by adding stress zyme to a new tank, its not really for stress, its bacteria that helps establish a healthy aqurium with the healthy bacteria a new tank needs to be safe for fish keeping. We all must remember, a fish tank of any size is not a lake of water, in a tank, it is comes complete with its challenges. Water needs to be replaced 1/3 every week, i do mine every weekend. Oscars get large and your going to require a 29 gallon for those guys, they get huge, like up to 12 complete inches at maturity.
You must keep the ph at 7.0. a water temp of no lower then 78. to keep ammonia at bay I use aqurium salt, one tablespoon for every ten gallons of water, this keeps your fishes gills lubricated when subjected to high levels of ammonia. I fed my oscars frozen krill, blood worms not freeze dried anything, takes all the nutients away. Buy a gravel vac, and do not ever strip clean a filtration device where you have grown healthy bacteria or you will have to wait all over again for it to regrow and this is not a good thing.
I sold my Oscar & Pleco so that's not an issue. I have all of the neccisary cleaning tools and have stayed on top of water changes. Even if it was required 2-3x a day. I used established gravel and other things I had read about to help promote bacteria growth and have 2 java ferns to add that little bit of natural health. I know I may have a call 15 gal tank but I'm in an apartment and didn't care for a huge tank.

Yes I didn't cycle for a month as suggested but I have followed all of the info on fish in cycle.
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The only toxin jumping or spiking is the ammonia. But 2 days in a row it's reading between .0-.25 once it was above and I (we) stayed on top of the tank and changed the water. I'm honestly surprised my fish have survived this long, just because it's really new to me.
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The only toxin jumping or spiking is the ammonia. But 2 days in a row it's reading between .0-.25 once it was above and I (we) stayed on top of the tank and changed the water. I'm honestly surprised my fish have survived this long, just because it's really new to me.
Your doing well. just keep checking and changing water as needed.
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Well I was just getting in bed, said goodnight to the fish and didn't see the Bristle nose. Looked around found it on its back behind the fern.

Checked the water levels and all checked out within reason. So I'm bummed. It was a pretty active fish loved sitting on the rock.
Ah man that really sucks! I am so sorry
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Well a small update. I have 4 tetras and 2 ghost shrimp for now until I get some more shrimp tomorrow. I checked my levels today. PH 6.0, ammonia was a 1.0, nitrite & nitrate were 0. So for the ammonia I did a small water change.
Also added some blue LEDs I wired up for an hr or 2 at night before bed.
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Well tank has been running flawless and all of the fish are still alive. A couple of weeks ago a discovered some yellow in color cord floating around. Today my tank looked dirty and this is my filter box. Not exactly sure what it is but I've started doing water changes daily to combat it.
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Well a small update. I have 4 tetras and 2 ghost shrimp for now until I get some more shrimp tomorrow. I checked my levels today. PH 6.0, ammonia was a 1.0, nitrite & nitrate were 0. So for the ammonia I did a small water change.
Also added some blue LEDs I wired up for an hr or 2 at night before bed.
If your ammonia was 1ppm a 50% pwc would bring it down to .5ppm. I'm not sure how big of a water changer you done since you said a small water change. Just some food for thought
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If your ammonia was 1ppm a 50% pwc would bring it down to .5ppm. I'm not sure how big of a water changer you done since you said a small water change. Just some food for thought
That's not my issue. My issue is the fungus that took over my filter box and starting in my tank.
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