Originally Posted by sinibotia
Lol, I love where you mention being judged for fish-in cycling.... To be honest, I have respect for people who do fish-in cycling. It is WAY more work and way more nerve-wracking, at least to me. I fishless cycle because I'd rather be lazy and I'm a nervous wreck about hurting fish
As for the bubbles thing, we have an angelfish in our 55 who did the same thing with the outflow from an air-driven sponge filter when we put him in there. He ended up ok and stopped doing it around two weeks later.
Oh, and your tank is beautiful, and welcome to AA!
Lol yeah, well a lot of people consider it a sin to fish-in cycle...I was on another forum first and they were extremely rude and vulgar about it. I have the patience for fishless, but I also have the time for fish-in and an amazing LFS
to help me figure things out. With the 10g, I knew nothing about cycling and got everything from a big chain store. The goldfish were just lucky to live as long as they did because I kept up on their tiny tank I guess. Before them, the only fish I ever had were 2 koi angels someone gave me when I was about 7. Those two lived for 10 years in a filthy 10g and they were about as tall as the tank once they reached full grown. They even had eggs in there all the time but always ate them. After learning everything I've learned this year, I can't believe those angels lived at all!
What got me researching cycling and water parameters and such was our one guppy (not Bubbles, but the one that died) was acting strange. Eventually I figured everything out and managed to keep all the other fish alive...though I'm nearly certain he died from being bullied by Bubbles. He had chuncks missing from his fins like someone was nipping at him and he was the only one. Plus, I always saw Bubbles chasing him. At first, i thought he was sick so that's how I got into the forums and such and stumbled upon all the water parameter info. Glad I did too! Having one small tank just made me want a big one.
Anyways, sorry for the rant. And thank you for the welcome!