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Old 07-07-2012, 10:44 PM   #21
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That's what I've been telling her but that subject is completely banned now. It doesn't help that the lady at Petsmart says leave it alone and don't do a water change until at least 4 months unless something goes wrong.
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Old 07-07-2012, 10:45 PM   #22
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My moms been arguing with me about my fish and say "doing a water change will take out all the good bacteria". I just did a 2 gallon water change (best I could convince)
Show her this post or read it to her.



The good bacteria in an aquarium is mainly located in the substrate and the filter. There is a small percent living on decoration ,plants ( real or fake) , and in the water. Now if you go along and pull all your substrate out, you might have a small problem. Same if you replace the filter media. Taking out water during a water change is vital for the health of the tank. It keeps the water fresh and the bottom of the tank poo and other matter clear. Water changes on a fish tank have to be done weekly around 30-50% ( if you skip a week its fine, but don't skip two in a row, even if no fish or plants die they are still sitting in dirty poo filled, and toxic filled water)




Hope that helps ya!

Edit: don't ever truly trust chain store employees advice (research it first)most of them pull it out of there butts!
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Old 07-07-2012, 10:46 PM   #23
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Oh ya but is this amount of particles in the water bad. I think it might just be bubbles but it didn't used to be like that
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And that will help. I will when I get back from camp (I got my sis feeding and watching my fish while I'm gone)
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And that will help. I will when I get back from camp (I got my sis feeding and watching my fish while I'm gone)
Make sure she knows how much to feed! I would hate to see another tank be totally destroyed by overfeeding ( not saying she dosent know how to feed them but just in case)

( and i hear pillboxes or ziplock baggies work for food, fill each one with one days feeding and write dates on them)

And i would say from the pic the tank looks a bit cloudy, ( maybe from lack of water changes( tell mom lol)
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I'm going to show her when she gets home tonight. A tiny pinch when I wake up and a tiny pinch when I go to bed good feeding?
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Yup, i would say ( depending on how long camp is) that she can skip a day and let them fast ( it cleans out there systems and is an extra thing yo can do to keep them healthy. ) when she gets home i would show her how much to use then watch her feed them to ensure its done right.
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Old 07-07-2012, 10:58 PM   #28
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Thanks a lot. You've been a huge help!
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Hi all. Just signed up. Hoping to learn and share on this forum
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just thought I would day Hi, im new here too but not new to fishkeeping welcome, I hope you get your tank cycled and happy quickly.
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