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Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - Getting Started 01-20-2011, 01:37 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,276
Posted By bluerose
Before you add fish, you'll want to test your...

Before you add fish, you'll want to test your water to ensure that it's stable and cycled.

A 40gal filter would be a very safe bet and would allow you to have a goldie or a few more fish as it...
Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 01-20-2011, 01:34 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 668
Posted By bluerose
I'd start with a liquid test kit like the API...

I'd start with a liquid test kit like the API Master Freshwater kit, a very large water change, and halving your feeding routine at least. Do you vacuum your substrate/gravel when you do water...
Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - Unhealthy Fish 01-11-2011, 09:51 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,451
Posted By bluerose
It's quite possible that your tank is not cycled....

It's quite possible that your tank is not cycled.

Do you have a test kit? What are your readings for ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, and pH?
Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - Unhealthy Fish 01-11-2011, 09:49 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 12,488
Posted By bluerose
Don't worry about the fog too much at this point...

Don't worry about the fog too much at this point - it is likely sediment stirred up by the water changes and will settle/be filtered out.

Very important: Leave your filter alone and don't remove...
Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - Getting Started 01-01-2011, 11:11 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,277
Posted By bluerose
Regardless, we need more information to help you....

Regardless, we need more information to help you. :)

What fish are in each tank?

Are you using any chemicals, additives, etc? What are you using?

What size water changes are you doing...
Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - Unhealthy Fish 12-24-2010, 05:22 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 747
Posted By bluerose
First we need some test results as well as what...

First we need some test results as well as what ratio of guppies you have, male to female.

Always, always have more females than males - 3 females to 1 male is generally good. Otherwise you'll...
Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - Unhealthy Fish 12-24-2010, 05:18 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,401
Posted By bluerose
If you're careful with your fertilizer dosing,...

If you're careful with your fertilizer dosing, you should be ok, as the plants should be handling the copper. Perhaps cut back, though.
Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - Getting Started 12-24-2010, 05:16 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,040
Posted By bluerose
Cories like to be in groups and they get too...

Cories like to be in groups and they get too big... so I'd say no on those.

Frankly I'd do the rasboras and some shrimp or *maybe* some otos.

I have 3 cardinal tetras and 7 shrimp in my 5gal...
Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - Getting Started 12-21-2010, 06:11 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 9,589
Posted By bluerose
Make sure the tank has had enough time to grow...

Make sure the tank has had enough time to grow some algae for the pleco - so you may be adding it last. Sometimes they're picky about eating wafers while they're settling in, and once they stop...
Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 12-18-2010, 02:43 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,692
Posted By bluerose
I wouldn't say this is starting from scratch;...

I wouldn't say this is starting from scratch; some bacterial colonies will be in the tank (in the substrate particularly) so this is a well-seeded tank, essentially. It shouldn't take more than a...
Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - Unhealthy Fish 12-17-2010, 03:18 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 6,438
Posted By bluerose
I'd suggest getting an aquarium-only glass...

I'd suggest getting an aquarium-only glass scrubber and using it only for that - let it air-dry thoroughly between uses.
Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - Unhealthy Fish 12-17-2010, 03:15 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,298
Posted By bluerose
You need a liquid reagent test kit, like the API...

You need a liquid reagent test kit, like the API Freshwater Master kit, and you need to test for ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate levels.

Your ammonia levels are likely through the roof. Do a 50% PWC...
Forum: General Hardware/Equipment Discussion 12-17-2010, 03:11 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,198
Posted By bluerose
They don't have to be. Well into the water is...

They don't have to be. Well into the water is best so fluctuating water levels don't affect the intakes but as long as that's not an issue, you're fine.

Remember that you need about an inch or...
Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 12-14-2010, 11:46 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,099
Posted By bluerose
For one thing, strips are *generally* inaccurate...

For one thing, strips are *generally* inaccurate - or much less accurate - than reagent kits.

Regardless it's possible that the strip is reading the ammonia that has been bound by the chemicals,...
Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - Getting Started 12-12-2010, 05:54 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 691
Posted By bluerose
I would pick only two tetra types and bump up to...

I would pick only two tetra types and bump up to 5-6 cories; they're also schooling fish and need buddies.

Tetras are easy on the bioload. I would however be concerned about swimming room.
Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - Unhealthy Fish 12-12-2010, 05:52 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,326
Posted By bluerose
The torn fin could be several things - and the...

The torn fin could be several things - and the best first step and/or cure is CLEAN WATER!

30% changes every 5 weeks is not enough - you need to be doing PWCs much more frequently and right now...
Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 12-12-2010, 02:51 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 8,153
Posted By bluerose
I'll offer that it's entirely possible that...

I'll offer that it's entirely possible that MrMalta's tank is very high in nitrates (unless it is VERY heavily planted, and even so, the plants do need the minerals that water changes provide unless...
Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 12-12-2010, 02:49 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 8,153
Posted By bluerose
MrMalta - check your nitrates... and the fact...

MrMalta - check your nitrates... and the fact that your tank is "healthy" with frequent changes of filter material is not because of the changes but in spite of them.

Regardless: yes, water...
Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 12-12-2010, 03:13 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 8,153
Posted By bluerose
Osage - you're going to hate me for saying this,...

Osage - you're going to hate me for saying this, but when water quality is in question... PWC.

It's not making it any easier on you that you have goldies (if I remember correctly). If it comes to...
Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 12-05-2010, 07:21 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,233
Posted By bluerose
The thing is the ich is likely in your other tank...

The thing is the ich is likely in your other tank as well - keeping the infected fish in quarantine is a good plan, but you'll also need to turn up the heat in your main tank to kill cysts there.
Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 12-03-2010, 12:08 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 8,153
Posted By bluerose
Osage - You want as much beneficial bacteria as...

Osage - You want as much beneficial bacteria as possible. Doesn't matter where it is. It grows on any surface, basically - ornaments, plants, substrate, filter pads, bio-balls/grids, the walls of...
Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 12-01-2010, 04:50 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,855
Posted By bluerose
Osage: Mark is commenting that he's been making a...

Osage: Mark is commenting that he's been making a mistake, I think.

Read the directions for the test kit, follow them faithfully, and YOU WILL BE FINE.

Stop second-guessing yourself! I think...
Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - Getting Started 11-18-2010, 10:13 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,194
Posted By bluerose
Danios are too active for a 5g, much less a hex. ...

Danios are too active for a 5g, much less a hex.

I have 7 Amanos, a female betta, and 3 cardinal tetras in mine. The tetras are OK but I think would prefer a larger tank.

You could do red...
Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - Unhealthy Fish 11-16-2010, 02:44 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,611
Posted By bluerose
Lots of water changes and good food to boost his...

Lots of water changes and good food to boost his immune system.
Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 11-16-2010, 02:18 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,683
Posted By bluerose
Too much aeration/oxygenation, probably not...

Too much aeration/oxygenation, probably not (unless you're running CO2). But you can turn off a bubble wand and see what happens.
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