Montreal Canada area new member asks for advice (please feel free to post your opinions or advice)
i will italic what i consider (now) that was a mistake.
i'll post a log of my fish operations
Buy aquarium (30 gal
) (120$ ... whole set)
Fill with water (fresh) (free)
treat water with dechlorinate
setup 1 thermostat @ 26C (free ... came with set)
setup 1 gravier filter (free ... came with set)
sidenote ... no substrat was installed yet
Setup thermostat @ 25.5C (80$)
buy fish gupy 8x (3 males +5 females)
buy zebra 5x (dunno sexes)
buy tetra neon 5x (2m 3f)
buy tetra black 3x (1m 2f)
buy platy 5x (2m 3f)
setup filtration pomp (50gal capacity) (70$)
setup air pump + "air shower" (free ... came with kit)
water becomes milky
buy test no2
buy test PH
use all 3 in recommended terms
ph normal, no2
OFF CHART (ye about twice darker then the 3.6 on the scale)
ph 0, no2
0.3, added cycle
buy moly black (1m 2f)
water stays stable a biiit milky
started losing fish, gupy's, tetra neon black ...
most of them got caught in the water filter pump. since i turn off the filter at night)
wash rinse and re-rinse gravel
water becomes instantly milky-sandy
again many fish die.
rock the sky even though i add cycle daily,
ph stable, no2
stable at (estimated) 4.8
buy a water changing system (80$)
ph stable, no2
fish have very usual reproduction sessions (aproximate ... a LOT)
wake up in the morning to find 2 black swimming worms in my tank
upon closer inspection i find a 3rd
upon even closer inspection i decide theyr not worms but fish 8-O
the 2 black moly females that i was betting will die due suspect "sit on the gravel" have just reduced weight ...
wake up wife to show her my 3 new addons
have blinking ideea ... check water filter
find 4th, ;( not moving ... i get it out and put it in the net so i inspect it closer, 4th starts moving
later during day i find a 5th newborn ... they are all 5 in a coca-cola bottle with a air hose and a thermostat in it.
... more to come ....
wake up in the morning