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  1. Betta xox

    Never really considered myself a betta gal. I'd struggled with glofish for months. If I had more than 6, they'd throw the tank into a mini-cycle, and if I had less than 6, they'd eat each other. Cute fish, but KILLERS! I always rushed past those little betta bowls. They made me feel...
  2. Question should my yellow glofish gills be slightly pink?

    Added TSS to my tank, and then 6 glofish, 4 days ago. Noticed today my big yellow glofish (during the 2 seconds he is still) has slightly pinkish gills. I don't remember if he came home that way, or not... He appears 100% FINE otherwise. He's taken over as *chief chaser* and oversees the...
  3. Question If fishes' stomaches are as big as their eyes...

    ... what does this *really* mean in terms of feeding? I have six glofish. By this rule, I reason they should get one granule of food twice a day. Obviously, I can't target which fish I feed, but it seems like the one who got less last meal time rises to the occasion the next and plants...
  4. Help switching from fishless to TSS

    I have been fishless cycling for 45 days, and, enchanted as I initially was with the concept, am giving up before I lose all joy for this hobby. (There is also a tearful preschooler involved.) I have a bottle of Tetra SafeStart due to arrive tomorrow. I'd like to preserve some of my bacteria...
  5. Question Seeded media from goldfish tank ok?

    After 6 weeks of fishless cycling (nitrites stuck), I just found out a friend has an established, disease-free goldfish tank in a room of her house I'd never seen. Bravo! It is ok to use seeded media from a goldfish tank, even though I'll be keeping danios? (I know they like a different temp...)
  6. Help Fishless cycle stuck; ready to call it quits

    Ugh. I have been fishless cycling since 2/5. I am breaking down 2 ppm of Ammonia in about 24 hours now, but my NitrITe was 1 ppm a week ago, and has been stuck at .5 since Monday. Gah! It doesn't even do me the dignity of turning the light purple in my API (liquid test) very long -- by the...
  7. Help Chlorine suddenly appearing in cycling tank -- WHAT?

    I've been fishless cycling since 2/5 and thought I was nearly done... except for a mysterious reading this morning. My chlorine was at 2.0 (via Quick Dip test strip)! The last time I checked it was 2/26, and it was at 0. I have not added any water since then. !?!?! (I lowered with multiple...
  8. End of cycle questions

    I've been cycling my 20 gallon since for a month, and am hoping the end may be near. Ammonia is going from 8 ppm to 0 in about 4 days now, and nitrites are off the wall, so I'm hoping. In anticipation of that day, I have a few questions. 1) Timing. The day the Nitrites drop, I do a 90%...
  9. Question API "proper pH 7.5" during cycling?

    During the middle of my fishless cycle, I moved all the water, plants, and equipment from my 10 gallon tank to a used 20 gallon tank. I took readings about an hour after resettling, and everything is pretty much where I left off, except... pH, which is 8.8+! Ugh! Even though I only cleaned...
  10. "Green dot" algae on free tank

    Got a used freecycle tank that had been sitting for at least some time. After some research, it appears the green algae dots trapped along the seals are "green dot algae." It sounds like this can only be removed by scraping away the seals and algae, and then resealing. This is a little...
  11. Glofish companions in 20 gallon tank?

    Posted earlier about Glofish companions in 10 gallon tank. Found a 20 gallon setup on freecycle and am moving my fishlessly settled tank over now. (No_small_task.) Daughter now happily sees glofish on horizons. What kind of company can a school of 6 have in a 20 gallon setup? I am...
  12. Did pantyhose just kill my cycle?

    Day 5 of fishless cycling 10 gallon tank. Ammonia: high. Nitrites: none. Me: patient. Everything else: unremarkable. Had some borrowed gravel, which I placed in some old pantyhose. Read last night that pantyhose must be absolutely new, as detergents/fabric softeners left in washed itemswill...
  13. Happy Glofish in 10 gallon tank?

    While our 10-gallon tank is cycling (sans fish), my 4 year old and I are researching which fish should inhabit it. She has fallen for glofish, and will hear nothing of my proposed gourami/livebearer/dwarf cory combo. 6 glofish, and nothing else, seems possible but tight. I'd like to know...
  14. Fuzzy white spots in tank, day 4 of fishless cycling

    My fourth day of fishless cycling, using the "wait" method. Ammonia high, no nitrites or nitrates yet, 84 degrees, 2 plants, lots of light and aeration. Yesterday, I noticed white, fuzzy spots on a ceramic tank ornament. (Ariel, sigh.) They are of different sizes -- from 1 mm to the size...
  15. First step for cycling tank with high ammonia from tap water?

    After losing 2 Mollies due to an ammonia spike during cycling (5th week), I'm starting again. I've scrubbed everything down with tap water and filled my 10 gallon tank with tap water (treated with AquaSafe). I've discovered, however, that my tap water has high Ammonia levels -- between .5 and...




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