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Old 01-16-2012, 12:51 AM   #31
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Thanks, Jim! It's funny, I didn't even realize just how ideal this setup was until the fishies went in. They absolutely LOVE having all the places to hide and swim around and zip in and out and all around. It's really cool.

Definitely I'll be doing a pwc in the morning regardless of my readings. I will be totally shocked if my ammonia hasn't gone up though. It stayed at .25 mg/L all day, which surprised me. Waiting for the spike, lol.
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Old 01-16-2012, 09:51 AM   #32
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Readings still the same (this is the darnedest thing, I swear, lol!) but I went ahead and did my pwc. Of course now my water is REALLY murky (expect it'll clear up after a little while) and my poor little glofish are completely freaked out. lol

I need to learn how not to be such an oaf during my water changes. I uprooted half my plants, including my Amazon sword which I never uproot. On the bright side, I did discover a few stems of anachris that needed to be tossed anyway (one was broken, another wasn't looking healthy), so there is that.

As I was typing this, the funniest thing happened. Gazelle (our pink glofish) swam up to the top of the tank really fast. Just as she reached the top, one of our tiny snails fell off the top of the glass and back down into the tank! If I didn't know better I'd say she knocked it off the side of the tank, and I'm not sure I *don't* know better!
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Old 01-16-2012, 10:10 AM   #33
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Are you using buckets to change water? Some people use a colander to diffuse the water as they dump it in. But a Python or Aqueon water changer makes things a lot easier.
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Old 01-16-2012, 10:14 AM   #34
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Yes, I'm using buckets. A colander is something I never would have considered. I had heard of using a saucer when you're first filling the tank, but not a colander for pwcs. I'll have to try that next time.

I would LOVE to get a Python or something similar in the future. Saw one at the same Petco where I bought my glofish, and I drooled. Think we'll have to save up for one of those.
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Old 01-16-2012, 02:11 PM   #35
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Water has cleared up pretty nicely. It's still the tiniest bit cloudy, but not as much as this morning.

How often do y'all reckon I should test the water? I know my hubby thinks once a day is enough, but I wonder if I should do so more often while it's still cycling. I know he also thinks I worry too much about this tank. Guilty as charged, lol. I've gotten attached to my little fishy buddies already.
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Old 01-17-2012, 01:20 PM   #36
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So just did another pwc & was *far* less oaf-ish, lol. This time I uprooted only 2 stems of anachris as opposed to half my plants. Fish are far less freaked out this time (maybe they're figuring out that all the bumbling just means they're getting a bath ), and thanks to Holly's magnificent suggestion of a colander, the water didn't get as murky this time. It's already nearly completely clear, and I finished the pwc just 15 minutes ago.

My arms sure are sore, though. I really want a Python now.

I've started singing to the glofish when I (or anyone else) feeds them. My husband, I think, believes I have completely lost my mind I'm hoping that in time they come to realize that singing means food, and eventually they'll start going nuts for food when I start singing before I even start feeding. *fingers crossed*
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Old 01-17-2012, 02:42 PM   #37
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I sing to mine too
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Old 01-17-2012, 03:16 PM   #38
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Hee! Yay for singing. I sing this silly old song we used to sing in Girl Scouts when I was *cough* much younger.

I cannot BELIEVE this, but one of my hornworts and 3 stems of anachris got unrooted. I have NO idea how this happened, lol! It was a bunch of plants I had in the back. I had to get them retamped down ASAP because the glofish love it back there. You should've seen me after I was done. With both arms soaked and part of my tank top wet, I looked like I thought about swimming in my tank.
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