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Old 11-21-2011, 09:48 PM   #1
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newb, but not a newb..

hello everyone.. I'm Alex from CT. Joining to gather information on making myself a better aquarium owner. i will post pics of my tank in a few days. the water has been kind of cloudy recently need to buy a new test kit my old one is very old.

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155g bowed black with bowed cabinet.

freshwater

2 blue lobsters
2 southern painted turtles
1 african rope fish
1 snowflake eel
12 otocinclus suckers
20 glowlight tetras
20 red eye tetras
5 ghost glass catfish
6 ghost shrimp


a pic from a couple months back (i only has the turtles back then). but now its totally different. i added sand and some other things. made a floating dock etc. bunch of fake plants on order from ebay a few days ago.

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Welcome to AA!

That's a very interesting assortment of critters you got in there!
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Old 11-22-2011, 02:16 AM   #3
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Welcome! Can't wait to see some pics!
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Old 11-22-2011, 06:06 PM   #4
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Welcome!

I like the waterfalls in the pictures! I can't wait to see the tank now!
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Old 11-24-2011, 09:59 AM   #5
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double post. sorry.
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Old 11-24-2011, 10:39 AM   #6
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my bad/good news recently.

my tank has been cloudy so its been hard to see my critters.

well the other day I couldn't find my eel, rope fish & one of the blue lobsters.

I recently bought 3 fake rock decor pieces. 2 the same and one a little larger, king of big pieces.

So I started looking for them, pulling the pieces out and looking in the little spots inside these things. As I pull them out I'm looking in them with a flashlight and shaking them. The rope fish comes out. awesome. Well I continue to look to find one of my old regular crayfish I was looking for this guy for a week, that I wanted to get rid of, was stuck underneath one of these but he was dead. the biggest rock piece I couldn't see clearly inside one of these holes and had a feeling the eel was in it. so I cut it open carefully with a dremel. and there he is, so I put him back in my tank. (30$ in the trash for the fake rock piece)

I wait a day, again I don't see the eel, rope fish & one of my blue lobsters again. I pull both decor pieces out, the rope fish jumps out of one when i was pulling it out. so that was good. and put them in my bathroom tub (which has a small screen on the drain, so nothing can go down it)

I wait about 30 minutes, go back in and see one of my blue lobsters, so I put him back in my aquarium. awesome again.

still looking for the eel now. so I put the 2 fake decors in the basement. (was sure my eel couldn't of been one any of the 2, because of his size).

I continue to look into the tank, no luck. so I go to the pet store to get more silicone for the turtle dock I am making.

not feeling to good on not finding the eel. I look around the outside of my tank, in the filters (even though my water is like 6" lower) I sift through the sand with a yard stick, nothing. So then something tells me to go look down stairs in the 2 fake rock pieces again. I go downstairs, and this time I actually see him! I rush him upstairs, put him in a bucket, then put him back in the tank and put the 2 rock pieces back int he basement (60$ waste again)

after researching a little and remembering a aquarium diy of using like 5" pvc cutting in half and gluing sand/rocks to it etc, and other research that eels like pvc to hide in. My dad has some spare big pvc pieces, so I put some together and put it in my tank for the eel/rope fish/blue lobsters.

now more time on google researching I was looking into cloudy water. I found a product that I recalled using a long time ago (like 10 yrs or so) with a bunch of people talking highly about it and decided to give it a try. Well lets say it worked a miracle on my tank and I wanted to share this. I also bought a full freshwater test kit at the same time because mine was maybe 14 yrs old lol.








so that is my bad/good story. still working on setting up the tank and decorating the pvc stuff and debating if that's what I am going to use or not, so no real full pictures yet. sorry
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Cloudy water usually means the tank is not cycled for the fish yet. So...tank cycled???

Very interesting and spectacular assortment of animals you have there
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Cloudy water usually means the tank is not cycled for the fish yet. So...tank cycled???

Very interesting and spectacular assortment of animals you have there

Thanks. I believe it is now. I did researching on that a little before also.
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The only way to tell is by water parameters. Do you happen to have a test kit that will tell you your ammonia, nitrites, and nitrates?

How long has this tank been running?

Usually, but not always, cloudy water for new tanks means a bacterial bloom.
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The only way to tell is by water parameters. Do you happen to have a test kit that will tell you your ammonia, nitrites, and nitrates?

How long has this tank been running?

Usually, but not always, cloudy water for new tanks means a bacterial bloom.

i just bought a new test kit 2 days ago. the water has been running for some time, 6-7 months? but i did a nono on cleaning all the 3 AC 110 filters at once and introducing new/more things to my tank. no fish have ever died/water looks great since the drops, but i do need to test the water a little later tonight.
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