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Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 09-25-2017, 03:03 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 522
Posted By HooKooDooKu
IMHO: The only thing enjoyable to stock in a 5...

IMHO: The only thing enjoyable to stock in a 5 gallon tank is a betta... perhaps with some snails and/or shrimp.

The minimum suggested size of a school of neon tetras is 6... and with 5 you're...
Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 09-25-2017, 01:03 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 940
Posted By HooKooDooKu
OK, no more new fish for this tank for a while......

OK, no more new fish for this tank for a while...

Came in this morning to two more guppies dead AND the betta died too...
The guppies had surely been in the tank for less than two weeks. But the...
Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 09-22-2017, 12:21 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 940
Posted By HooKooDooKu
Well, the male I added yesterday was dead this...

Well, the male I added yesterday was dead this morning. :(
But everyone else seems to be fine (including the two females I added along with the male yesterday). No new fin nipping.


Since I'm...
Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 09-21-2017, 11:36 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 614
Posted By HooKooDooKu
There's a chance she might eat the shrimp... but...

There's a chance she might eat the shrimp... but she might not.
Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 09-21-2017, 11:19 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 940
Posted By HooKooDooKu
I believe all the guppies came from a local...

I believe all the guppies came from a local PetSmart, but they've come from at least three different shipments.

Two guppies MIGHT have come from Petco... don't remember for sure, but during this...
Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 09-21-2017, 04:32 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 940
Posted By HooKooDooKu
New Guppies Dying Left and Right

I've got a 13 gallon 'LED' tank at the office that I've had for two years.

For about a month, the inhabitants were a 2yo Neon Tettra, Cosmic Blue GloFish Tetra, a male Betta.

I've been trying...
Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - Getting Started 12-30-2016, 10:29 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 994
Posted By HooKooDooKu
Since it sounds like it shouldn't be a problem,...

Since it sounds like it shouldn't be a problem, let it run for three weeks.
Afterwards, the only way to know if it is safe to remove is yo remove it and test water parameters at least 24 hours...
Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - Getting Started 12-29-2016, 01:27 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 994
Posted By HooKooDooKu
Not familiar with any of the filters you've...

Not familiar with any of the filters you've listed... but you don't want to simply remove two working filters and replace them with one uncycled filter.

Your filter media is where most of your...
Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - Getting Started 12-28-2016, 02:31 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 492
Posted By HooKooDooKu
I don't see it as a bad idea, but I'm not sure...

I don't see it as a bad idea, but I'm not sure how much help it is going to be. I don't know how much nitrifying bacteria is going to grow on a submerged decoration.

The ideal material would be...
Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - Getting Started 12-22-2016, 12:42 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,564
Posted By HooKooDooKu
When a day's worth of food can good from ammonia...

When a day's worth of food can good from ammonia to nitrite to nitrate in one day, the tank is cycled.

One thing to check to know if you are building up any nitrates is to test your water source. ...
Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - Getting Started 12-20-2016, 01:56 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,564
Posted By HooKooDooKu
The fact that you started with water from an...

The fact that you started with water from an existing tank means very little. The bacteria that drive the nitrogen cycle mostly live in filter material and other surfaces in the tank.

B is right...
Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - Getting Started 12-07-2016, 09:05 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 636
Posted By HooKooDooKu
Think about two things: Nature and Algae. In...

Think about two things: Nature and Algae.

In nature, fish see day light for about 8 to 14 hours per day (depending upon where they live and what time of year it is). So if you want to simulate...
Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - Getting Started 12-06-2016, 03:30 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 559
Posted By HooKooDooKu
I've had great success with Water Sprite in my...

I've had great success with Water Sprite in my planted tank. It does better than the anubias.

However, because of the way Water Sprite asexually reproduces, you'll have to occasionally remove...
Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - Getting Started 12-06-2016, 03:23 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 380
Posted By HooKooDooKu
One obvious solution is to get a water heater and...

One obvious solution is to get a water heater and put it in the RO water while you let it sit for a day.
Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - Getting Started 12-06-2016, 03:22 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 479
Posted By HooKooDooKu
An exception to the rule. Gourami is a close...

An exception to the rule.

Gourami is a close relative to the betta, close enough that they are likely to fight just as if you placed two gouramis or two bettas in the same tank.
Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 12-06-2016, 10:54 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 551
Posted By HooKooDooKu
Don't see the need to get a 2nd tank just to...

Don't see the need to get a 2nd tank just to start over.

The sort of thing I've done when wanting to start a tank over is to simply move everything over to a bucket temporarily while I get the old...
Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 12-06-2016, 10:46 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 824
Posted By HooKooDooKu
Takes less than a day for other fish (or snails)...

Takes less than a day for other fish (or snails) to eat a dead fish.
Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - Getting Started 12-06-2016, 10:43 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 518
Posted By HooKooDooKu
Cherry shrimp were the 1st thing that came to my...

Cherry shrimp were the 1st thing that came to my mind as well.
Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - Getting Started 12-06-2016, 10:41 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,719
Posted By HooKooDooKu
The only thing I could come up with to stock a 10...

The only thing I could come up with to stock a 10 gallon tank without over stocking the tank is a small school (6) of neon tettras, or a betta tank.
Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - Getting Started 12-05-2016, 04:13 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 559
Posted By HooKooDooKu
From what I understand, cyanobacteria, algae, and...

From what I understand, cyanobacteria, algae, and diatoms are everywhere and therefore I doubt your water source is your problem.

It's sort of like mold... you don't have to have a certain type of...
Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - Getting Started 12-01-2016, 05:25 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 514
Posted By HooKooDooKu
From what I read, you don't want charcoal in the...

From what I read, you don't want charcoal in the filter of a planted tank because the charcoal will absorb some of the micro nutrients that the plants need.

I haven't wanted to get into dealing...
Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - Getting Started 12-01-2016, 05:16 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 492
Posted By HooKooDooKu
I've got no direct experience with dealing with...

I've got no direct experience with dealing with soft water, a little bit of quick researching suggests putting crushed coral in the tank as a source of minerals to harden the water.

Of course as...
Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - Getting Started 12-01-2016, 05:03 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,097
Posted By HooKooDooKu
My first tank was a relatively simple 10 gallon...

My first tank was a relatively simple 10 gallon fish tank for a goldfish, but still cost over $100:

Tank ~$10
Filter ~$20
Sand ~$10
Cover ~$15
Florescent light ~$30
Decoration ~$10
Test Kits...
Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - Getting Started 11-30-2016, 02:13 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,398
Posted By HooKooDooKu
I don't recall much of anything that was all that...

I don't recall much of anything that was all that special.

I started with a Marineland 5 gallon corner tank. I did a fishless cycle based on the articles in the sticky thread at the top of the...
Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 11-30-2016, 07:52 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 386
Posted By HooKooDooKu
It should take about a month to 6 weeks or more...

It should take about a month to 6 weeks or more before a tank cycles and you consistently get readings of zero for ammonia and nitrites.
If you have had the tank setup for less than a month, ...
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