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Old 07-09-2011, 10:51 AM   #1
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Hello,

My name is Justin. I'm a full time worker, part time student, based in North Eastern, Indiana.

A few weeks ago I got a new (older) 50-55 gallon tank from our neighbors who were just tired of cleaning it. I fell in love with it instantaneously.

I literally traded off the 5 cichlids that had came with the tank due to the problem of them picking on each other, and not being able to co-exist well enough with small fish. These cichlids were all in the excess of 2 inches.

Here is how I now have my tank stocked for now (and I emphasize for now.)
  • 2 Female Fancy Guppy's
  • 2 Male Fancy Guppy's
  • 6 Neon Tetra
  • 1 Rainbow Shark
  • 1 Dalmation Lyretail Molly
  • 1 Angel Fish
  • 2 Regular Platy's, 1 Mickey Mouse Platy
  • 1 - 10 inch Pleco

This is how my tank is setup
  • Marineland Bio-Wheel 350 (using 2 filters of 4 slots for now)
  • Under Gravel Filter (2 blowers)
  • 1 Bubble Strip (small bubble size)
  • Tank bounces between 79-80 (to the liking of my angel fish)


Ok, now on to my questions

My mickey mouse platy is choosing to stay right under the top filter for some reason, is it because he is nervous? The other platy (added the same day) are doing just fine investigating the tank.

My angel fish is swimming very slowly, she doesn't appear to be dead or anything of that nature. She is eating just fine. When you move your finger close to her, she zooms off. Is this natural for an angel fish?


Thanks in advance, and thank you for having me on your community forum!
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Hey and welcome! In my experience angel fish, like discus are very calm and gracious fish. Angels can get aggressive though if they choose so. One thing I'd watch out for is my ph.

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Hey and welcome! In my experience angel fish, like discus are very calm and gracious fish. Angels can get aggressive though if they choose so. One thing I'd watch out for is my ph.

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Thanks for your welcomes and recommendations.

After posting I had called Aquarium 33 (where I had bought my last bundle of fish, including the Angel) and the fella told me that he could be suffering from pH shock. I don't have any plants or rocks that disperse pH, and I don't have a tester either.

So, he said that I could bring in a sample from the tank, and a sample from my faucet that I fill the tank from and he would test them for me. He had said that Angel fish prefer around a 6 pH, but the ones that he gets from a specific breeder keeps his at 8 solid and that it rarely ever changes.

So, I gotta pick up a pH tester, kinda shallow on money right now; will one of the cheap $20-$30 portable test ones work for now?
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Tropical fish usually prefer a low ph but what's more important is that it's stable! If I were you I wouldn't worry with buffers. A liquid freshwater test kit for ph, ammonia, nitrite and nitrate should be near your tank at all times. I use the one from API but there are many good brands.

Make sure you do frequent water changes and use dechlorinator before you fill up your tank!

Drift wood is known as a natural ph buffer for tropical tanks, might want to look into that as well if your ph is really high.
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Thanks for your welcomes and recommendations.

After posting I had called Aquarium 33 (where I had bought my last bundle of fish, including the Angel) and the fella told me that he could be suffering from pH shock. I don't have any plants or rocks that disperse pH, and I don't have a tester either.

So, he said that I could bring in a sample from the tank, and a sample from my faucet that I fill the tank from and he would test them for me. He had said that Angel fish prefer around a 6 pH, but the ones that he gets from a specific breeder keeps his at 8 solid and that it rarely ever changes.

So, I gotta pick up a pH tester, kinda shallow on money right now; will one of the cheap $20-$30 portable test ones work for now?
In that price range is the API test master which is one AA members recommend. Also invest in a good de-chlorinator like Seachem Prime.
I wouldn't worry too much on trying to change your pH, just keep it stable and your fish will adapt to your tank's pH. Read up on the drip method for acclimating new stock to your tank to lessen pH shock.

Driftwood and peat is a good way to naturally lower pH.
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Well I was out at my moms today and she had some little test strips that they gave her with her pool that she bought recently. Only useful things on the strip were the Chlorine level and pH level, how accurate I'm not sure.

It said my Chlorine level was at 0, so I'm sure that is good. It said my pH level was at 8, is that bad? I've read around the net that a 7 is about average.

I do clean my tank every Sunday, leaving about 15 or so gallons left inside of the tank before I fill it back up. I have a sucker cleaner for the rocks, the basic one. I have a stick scrubber for the walls, which I only clean the front and the sides, and leave the back a lone for the Pleco. I clean out from underneath the bottom filter every 2 weeks, as it does get pretty dirty. I fill up my bucket from the bathtub at luke warm, the tank usually ends up around 76 degrees. I do remove all of the fish except for the Pleco when cleaning out the tank, only because I don't wanna smack the fish when I'm cleaning it out.

I try not to over clean the filtration system, rocks, and little fixtures as to not remove too much of the algae.

I'm just having so much fun with this fish tank, this is my first time owning one, never knew they would be such a blast.




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My friend was over when I put the fish in, he said he usually just lets em sit for 10-15 minutes for the water in the bag to get to temp and dump them in. I really shouldn't listen to this guy as his tank is very disgusting. I have read that you should get a smaller tank for them to live in temporarily, adding water from the tank he's going to live in to help with the pH and to check for diseases/ick/ect.

Do you have a product link for this test kit, hopefully I can afford it soon.
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Well I was out at my moms today and she had some little test strips that they gave her with her pool that she bought recently. Only useful things on the strip were the Chlorine level and pH level, how accurate I'm not sure.

It said my Chlorine level was at 0, so I'm sure that is good. It said my pH level was at 8, is that bad? I've read around the net that a 7 is about average.

I do clean my tank every Sunday, leaving about 15 or so gallons left inside of the tank before I fill it back up. I have a sucker cleaner for the rocks, the basic one. I have a stick scrubber for the walls, which I only clean the front and the sides, and leave the back a lone for the Pleco. I clean out from underneath the bottom filter every 2 weeks, as it does get pretty dirty. I fill up my bucket from the bathtub at luke warm, the tank usually ends up around 76 degrees. I do remove all of the fish except for the Pleco when cleaning out the tank, only because I don't wanna smack the fish when I'm cleaning it out.

I try not to over clean the filtration system, rocks, and little fixtures as to not remove too much of the algae.

I'm just having so much fun with this fish tank, this is my first time owning one, never knew they would be such a blast.




---Edit---

My friend was over when I put the fish in, he said he usually just lets em sit for 10-15 minutes for the water in the bag to get to temp and dump them in. I really shouldn't listen to this guy as his tank is very disgusting. I have read that you should get a smaller tank for them to live in temporarily, adding water from the tank he's going to live in to help with the pH and to check for diseases/ick/ect.

Do you have a product link for this test kit, hopefully I can afford it soon.

Forget any test strips ... they're practically junk .. very inaccurate ... the API test master is as good as you'll find at a good price range.

Do you have a gravel vac? If not get one to vacuum out the waste. I don't remove any of my fish while doing a water change, just poor the water in slowly ... believe it or not, your fish will adapt. The stress of netting a fish and putting it in a different container during PWC's could lead to problems.

In terms of the filter, in case no-ones mentioned ... only rinse out the filter media with tank water ... never with tap water. That filter media is full of Beneficial bacteria so it's like gold in this hobby.

And yes your friend only letting new fish acclimate for 10 or so minutes helps explain why his tank is disgusting. To properly acclimate a fish should take well over 30 minutes. Again look up drip method for acclimating fish.

And yes ... more experience fish-keepers have QT tanks where they put new stock first to observe them for up to 1 month ... to make sure they're healthy, disease free and have not physical ailments ... etc. Only then are those fish introduced into the Display tank.
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