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Old 01-13-2012, 05:20 PM   #21
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Hi and welcome to AAThe main thing with fishkeeping is to do research which you are doing and then the main thing is the setting up and cycling an aquarium properly,this takes time and patience but this is where most mistakes are made - be patient and you will be reward with an aquarium to be proud of! Plants can go straight in so you can aquascape and get the tank looking how you want it before the fish are introduced
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Old 01-13-2012, 07:47 PM   #22
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Hee, thanks Stingray, always nice to find a fellow smiley addict. Currently, plants-in-awaiting-fish is where I am. Everything looks so pretty. Hopefully will get the first 3 fish this weekend, if not I'll be ordering the first 3 online, lol. I'm actually looking forward to cycling the tank -- I've never been in charge of that before, and I'm taking more of an interest this time so I'll be the one in charge.
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Old 01-14-2012, 06:22 PM   #23
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I got my fishies!! Bought 3 glofish danios, one red (pink, really, though I guess it's officially "red" lol), one orange, and one green. Their names are Gazelle, Clementine, and Oscar. They're having a great time exploring their new home. They are so much fun to watch!
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Old 01-15-2012, 10:56 AM   #24
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Welcome to AA. I dont live in Oklahoma, but sometimes it feels like it since I spend a lot of time out there. I love the comment about your husband being compelled to own the glofish . You will fit right in here.

I felt the same way about the glofish at first, but I too found out that they werent like the painted fish from back in the 80's or the tattooed fish I see today. Those I have a problem with and will not spend my $$ at the type of stores that seel them.

Anyway, off my soapbox now. Again, !
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Old 01-15-2012, 05:07 PM   #25
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Thank you Jim! Appreciate your welcome.

I'm going to try my hand at adding a couple of photos to this post, so you all can see my tank & new fish. Let's see here...


Bottom half of my tank, where most of the exciting stuff is.


Fishies at play


Top to bottom: Clementine, Gazelle, and Oscar
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Old 01-15-2012, 06:43 PM   #26
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They look great, and so does the tank!
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Old 01-15-2012, 06:51 PM   #27
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Thanks Sisserydoo!

Well my husband thinks I'm nuts, but the tank is starting to look a little cloudy, so I'm doing my 2nd water testing of the day. (He thinks I'm nuts because he sees no need to test more than once a day. Oh well. He's right, I am nuts. )

I'm thinking I may do a pwc even if the tests don't show increased ammonia or nitrite levels. There's no such thing as doing a pwc too soon or too often, is there?
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Old 01-15-2012, 07:36 PM   #28
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I don't think so. Sometimes you'll find people who say you can change too much water though. But the way I look at it, the good bacteria live in the filter and on surfaces in the tank, and all the bad stuff is in the water, so lots of water changes aren't really going to hurt anything, although sometimes they might be unnecessary.
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Old 01-15-2012, 07:41 PM   #29
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That's kind of what I was thinking.

OTOH, the ammonia & nitrite levels are indeed exactly as they were this am, and the fish are actually more active now than they've been all day (spent a lot of time hiding in the plants this morning & early afternoon). I think I may wait on the pwc till after tomorrow's water tests. A pwc right now would probably just make my nutty glofish even nuttier. (and I say that affectionately, I love their nutty darting all over the tank! )
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I agree with Sissy... You cant do too many partial water changes, plus that will help remove some of whatever is clouding up the water.

I love the way you set the high structure in the tank. That allows the fish places to hide and swim all the way around. Nice!
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