Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Community Forum > Member Introductions
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 04-29-2011, 07:27 PM   #11
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
WendiDell's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: McMinnville, Oregon
Posts: 1,713
Thumbs up

Quote:
Originally Posted by The Jam-is-on View Post
I'm getting the API kit this weekend and was planning to start water changes as well. I have been using strips and see first hand how bad they are. My first strip test showed my PH at around 5.5. I took a sample in to the LFS the same day and he showed my PH perfect at around 7.

How do you guys dechlorinate the fresh water for a change? How long do I need to treat it and let it sit? I have two five gallon buckets for use right now but this has perplexed me a bit...
A couple of things to help. Whether you do a fish in or a fishless cycle, Prime is the best out there right now. If you do a fish in cycle you should also use a stress coat with Aloe Vera of some kind. There are a couple of different ones. I've tried them all and I like the BigAls water conditioner with Aloe the best, but it's up to you and which one you like best.

I did the bucket and siphon thing for 5 years and I hated it. Especially while trying to cycle a tank. I got stuck doing a cycle with a tank full of fish, so sometimes I needed to do 2-3 PWC in a day to keep the Ammonia below .25ppm.
So after my hernia surgery (not kidding) I purchased a water changer. It has made doing PWC a breeze. I can even do a quick PWC in the morning before I need to go somewhere, it's so easy with the water changer.
I bought the Aqueon Water Changer and I love it. There is also one called a Python, I hear people rave about how much they love it. Either one is a good choice, you'll be very glad you got one.
With the water changer you just set the tap water temp to match the tank temp and add the correct amount of Prime to the tank. Prime dechlorinates instantly so it wont hurt the fish to do PWC this way. The stress coat is for when you need to do daily, or more than daily PWC. Or if you add new fish to the tank or if your fish have been battling a bit and have some minor fin damage. It also helps after a case of ick. Once the ick is cured, it often leaves fin, scale and eye damage, the Stress coat/water conditioner helps it all to grow back.
I hope this answers all your questions.
Welcome to AA, it's a great place for all the Aquarium or fish questions you will have. Plus it's a great place to just share what is going on with your fish.
__________________

__________________
WendiDell is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-29-2011, 08:09 PM   #12
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
The Jam-is-on's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Columbia, SC
Posts: 219
Thanks guys. I was thinking that I needed to dechlorinate the new water for 24 hours or something and kept imagining a bunch of buckets sitting around (I'm slow sometimes)!

I was planning on getting a Python this weekend as well so I'll add stress coat to the mix and get to work. One of the black skirts does have some top fin damage. I thought the bigger one might have been aggressive towards it but it all makes sense now.
__________________

__________________
[SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
55 gallon FW Community | 55 gallon Malawi Mbuna
The Jam-is-on is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-29-2011, 08:19 PM   #13
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
barterking85's Avatar

POTM Champion
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Canada, Nova Scotia
Posts: 2,532
Quote:
Originally Posted by The Jam-is-on View Post
Thanks guys. I was thinking that I needed to dechlorinate the new water for 24 hours or something and kept imagining a bunch of buckets sitting around (I'm slow sometimes)!

I was planning on getting a Python this weekend as well so I'll add stress coat to the mix and get to work. One of the black skirts does have some top fin damage. I thought the bigger one might have been aggressive towards it but it all makes sense now.
well if you have fish in there its not the end of the world just the end of your free time lol water changes and lots of them i would change a little bit everyday if you dont have a liquid test kit
__________________
My biggest worry is that when I'm dead my wife will sell my aquarium gear for what I "SAID" I paid for it.
Ryan
barterking85 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-29-2011, 08:40 PM   #14
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
WendiDell's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: McMinnville, Oregon
Posts: 1,713
Quote:
Originally Posted by The Jam-is-on View Post
Thanks guys. I was thinking that I needed to dechlorinate the new water for 24 hours or something and kept imagining a bunch of buckets sitting around (I'm slow sometimes)!

I was planning on getting a Python this weekend as well so I'll add stress coat to the mix and get to work. One of the black skirts does have some top fin damage. I thought the bigger one might have been aggressive towards it but it all makes sense now.
Glad to help when I can .
Don't forget to use Prime, it's the best dechlorinator. At first glance you think, holy .... that's expensive. But 1 little capful is enough for a 50 gallon tank. It only takes 2 drops per gallon compared to the others. It's better to use Prime and a stress coat when doing a fish in cycle. But, if your going to leave out something, you shouldn't but if you do, it's better to leave out the Stress coat and always use Prime
__________________
WendiDell is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-23-2011, 10:00 PM   #15
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
The Jam-is-on's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Columbia, SC
Posts: 219
I know its been a while but I wanted to give you guys an update.

I got the API Master Kit, Python, and the invaluable Prime. Right at the 30 day mark I was still showing only Ammonia. Nitrite and Nitrate levels were zero. I took a sample in to my LFS and it tested out the same. It was as if the tank hadn't even begun cycling.

After talking with my guy for a bit, I decided to add some filtration. So in addition to my TopFin 60 that came with the starter kit, I added a Marineland Penguin 350 (rated for 70g so I'm filtering for a rated 130g total). He also talked me in to buying a bacteria supplement (sorry, I forget the name) and since the verdict seems to be 50/50 but most agree that it won't hurt, I went ahead with it. Unfortunately, I'm not going to be able to weigh in on the results since I added the filtration at the same time, but one or both of them have definitely worked.

So at this point (2 weeks later), my Ammonia is coming down nicely, Nitrite has spiked, and the Nitrates are coming in nicely (from what I can tell)!

I am doing pwc's and treating with Prime every other day now to keep the levels down.

Any thoughts on the filtration? Bacteria Additive?

I have linked a photo in my signature and plan on creating an official journal entry soon.
__________________
[SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
55 gallon FW Community | 55 gallon Malawi Mbuna
The Jam-is-on is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-23-2011, 10:03 PM   #16
member
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Alpharetta
Posts: 5,876
thats great! thanks for the update!
__________________
Homedog98 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-23-2011, 10:05 PM   #17
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Deckape's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 1,567
When it is cycled only add 3 to 4 fish at a time. Good work
__________________
Smile, it makes folks think that you're up to something.

http://www.aquariumadvice.com/forums...ml#post1456422
Deckape is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-23-2011, 10:18 PM   #18
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
The Jam-is-on's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Columbia, SC
Posts: 219
Thanks guys!

I think I will look to add 3 or 4 skirt Tetras at first so these two little guys will be more comfortable.

I want to do 1 or 2 Koi Angels after that and then a pair of German Blue OR Bolivian Rams.

Any thoughts on that stocking or other additions?
__________________
[SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
55 gallon FW Community | 55 gallon Malawi Mbuna
The Jam-is-on is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-23-2011, 11:01 PM   #19
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
WendiDell's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: McMinnville, Oregon
Posts: 1,713
Quote:
Originally Posted by The Jam-is-on View Post
Thanks guys!

I think I will look to add 3 or 4 skirt Tetras at first so these two little guys will be more comfortable.

I want to do 1 or 2 Koi Angels after that and then a pair of German Blue OR Bolivian Rams.

Any thoughts on that stocking or other additions?
I think that the Black Skirt Tetras and the Angels would be, OK. There may be some bullying from the Angels and if any of them mate, it could get ugly.
However the GBR may find the Angels to aggressive and have problems because of it. GBR's can be difficult to raise, the Bolivians are slightly easier but not easy.

Angels can be unpredictable. I'm finding this out first hand with my new Angel tank. One Angelfish I bought and added at the same time as the others, killed 2 other Angelfish in one day. And nearly killed a third, it still may die it's in very rough shape.

So I put the bully in QT until I can give him back to the FS and then replace the ones he killed. Then if any of those don't get along, I'll have to trade them too. Going round and round until I have 6 Angelfish that like each other.
Adding another species in with the Angelfish will complicate things a lot. So I'm sticking with just the Angels for now.
It's up to you and what you want to do.
IMO Angels do better with just Angels, unless you buy an already matched pair and only have the one matched pair. Then add the BST.
The GBR or the BR I wouldn't put in with Angels.
I'm sure there will be many other opinions.
__________________
WendiDell is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-24-2011, 09:08 AM   #20
member
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Alpharetta
Posts: 5,876
i'd be more worried about the tetras bullying the angels... i call black skirts pirahnas for a reason lol.
__________________

__________________
Homedog98 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
newb here! mjb018 Member Introductions 9 07-19-2010 10:19 AM
newb dk4life Member Introductions 0 04-23-2009 03:06 AM
Newb with a Newb Tank; How's it Doing So Far? (pics) TheIrishJedi Freshwater & Brackish - Getting Started 1 04-15-2009 07:32 PM
hello, newb here :) Superorb Member Introductions 6 06-06-2005 09:50 PM
just another newb David Member Introductions 6 04-03-2005 11:14 PM







» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 12:35 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.