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  1. Eirelav_mcgoo

    Rhodey's Color Changes

    We got a small school of giant danios, they looked so plain at the pet store. Not even two hours in our tank and they looked amazing! They're stripes and colors started showing as did their personalities. Such cool fish.
  2. Eirelav_mcgoo

    Are They Worth $39.99?

    Thanks for the tips everyone.
  3. Eirelav_mcgoo

    Are They Worth $39.99?

    I was thinking about it. I have a 55g community but have lost some fish to the cats, trying to convince the bf we should get a couple more larger peaceful fish but after reading up on their parameters i think my tank is not suited. They're absolutely beautiful fish though and I'd love to see...
  4. Eirelav_mcgoo

    So It Begins...baby Plecos

    Yeah, we're daily water changes. They're like little piggies, they just don't stop eating. I usually put 30 pellets in the morning and by the afternoon next morning all gone! We kept the 10 gallong bare bottom and it's so much easier to clean. Turkey baster to get the poop and then I just dip a...
  5. Eirelav_mcgoo

    Are They Worth $39.99?

    Yes, gotta love cell phones and fat fingers. I have fixed the title ✌ I did ask but they couldn't give me any more info other than them being discus.
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    Are They Worth $39.99?

    Saw two discus at my local fish shop. They looked so sad and pitiful. Are they worth saving for $40 a piece?
  7. Eirelav_mcgoo

    So It Begins...baby Plecos

    So... I may have kept the little wigglers in the 10g anyways... and they seem to be doing pretty good. Most are looking fantastic in growth while there are a few lagers. I contacted Big Al's to see how much bigger they need to be to see, and I've also posted them on my local kijiji
  8. Eirelav_mcgoo

    Help Help! Forced To Do A Fish In Cycle

    It sounds like your cycle is nearing completion. You may start to see nitrates come up but I have heard of well balanced tanks with little to no nitrates ever. Try reducing the amount of water you change out or skip a day? Someone with more knowledge will chime in too! Beautiful tank and...
  9. Eirelav_mcgoo

    Help Help! Forced To Do A Fish In Cycle

    I haven't heard of ammonia coming back worse. Like mentioned, water changes, water testing and dosing prime daily until you build up you BB is going to one way to successfully fish in cycle. There are probably more experienced members with other advise. The other method is to dose with TSS+...
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    Help Help! Forced To Do A Fish In Cycle

    From my understanding stress coat does not detoxify ammonia, so you might want to invest in Prime. It's an all in one conditioner and more often than not will safe your fish during a fish in cycle. I do not have the space to let 4 to 10 buckets of water sit out over night when I water change...
  11. Eirelav_mcgoo

    Question 55g Stocking... Am I On The Right Track?

    I've actually seem a couple members say stocking a large school of one fish can be better than stocking smaller schools of multiple fish. I'm probably going to create a larger school of one species once our smaller older fish die off.
  12. Eirelav_mcgoo

    So It Begins...baby Plecos

    Thanks for the input. I think even letting them grow a bit, the chances of any surviving are very slim. The gourami hunt the top of the tank and the pictus circle the bottom, no where for the little wigglers to go really. They'll get picked off as soon as they come out of hiding. C'est la vie...
  13. Eirelav_mcgoo

    So It Begins...baby Plecos

    No, I agree and so does my partner. The circle of life may be harsh but it is what it is. Sadly those plecos where to young to sex or we would not have gotten two. I have no intention of letting the little buggers suffer that's for sure. But I know that the gouramis have made snack out of a few...
  14. Eirelav_mcgoo

    Diy Filters

    I checked out a couple and the king of dyi and it's probably just cheaper in my area to buy a canister. The pump alone is $150.
  15. Eirelav_mcgoo

    Diy Filters

    Has anyone done a DIY canister filter? Not the media but actually building the canister itself from scratch?
  16. Eirelav_mcgoo

    Growout Adventure

    And some of our wigglers! They're so tiny and cute. We had a couple escape our transfer process and this morning I noticed one on a vale. It swam right into the giant maw of a gourami who seemed to munch happily on it... brutal.
  17. Eirelav_mcgoo

    Growout Adventure

    The female
  18. Eirelav_mcgoo

    Growout Adventure

    This is the Male
  19. Eirelav_mcgoo

    Growout Adventure

    I posted a similar thread in the beginners section because I was looking for help with my plecos. Mods, delete that one if this contradicts any rules. So a little back story as I've been away from fishlore for several months. We got out tank early winter of 2018, started with a 10 and...
  20. Eirelav_mcgoo

    So It Begins...baby Plecos

    Hi all! Been a while since I've been on the site, a lot has happened over the last year or so! I thought I'd post this in the beginner section as I am still a newbie. Back in January we added two juvie albino bn plecos to our tank. We had no idea the sexes until the smaller one sprouted...
  21. Eirelav_mcgoo

    When Should I Do A Water Change?

    I've read members say too many water changes can hurt your cycle. If you're cycled, then I would be changing the water based on nitrate levels, not ammonia and nitrite. Unless there's a spike or your losing the cycle
  22. Eirelav_mcgoo

    Heavily Clouded Water With High Ph

    Hmmm... your levels are good, so I'm afraid I can't be much help now. Let's hope someone with more experience can give their input. Have you done a water change since the last round of treatment?
  23. Eirelav_mcgoo

    Heavily Clouded Water With High Ph

    What are your levels exactly? Ammonia, nitrite and nitrates. Cloudy water sounds like you lost your cycle.
  24. Eirelav_mcgoo

    When Should I Do A Water Change?

    If you're monitoring your levels, water changes should be done when you nitrates get above 40ppm, depending on your source water. Waiting till your tank reads an ammonia level means the bacteria is outpaced by the waste. It will negatively impact your fish and your cycle. Most people perform...
  25. Eirelav_mcgoo

    My 60 Gallon Stock

    Looks good! Were probably going to change out stock soon. Seems the pictus has gotten big enough to know the tetra are able to fit in their mouths. We've lost two in as many weeks.
  26. Eirelav_mcgoo

    Filter Cleaning?

    I honestly have no idea what kind of biomedia to add. Not to mention I'm worried about water flow. My problem is the potting soil base. I have catfish that love to argue over hiding spots and end up disturbing the potting soil. There's a 2-4" sand cap and some spots are almost potting soil...
  27. Eirelav_mcgoo

    Multiple Filters Per Aquarium - Photos?

    My 55g has a HOB rated for 75 gallons and a sponge filter rated for 60 gallons. Each is at either end of the tank with a wavemaker to aid in circulation. I dont have a very good picture because there is driftwood that hides the HOB filter.
  28. Eirelav_mcgoo

    Filter Cleaning?

    I have an aqueon quietflow 75, we use the premade filter pads you can purchase from petsmart. There are two filter pads in this system, I usually let them run for 4 to 6 weeks, cleaning regularly, then switch them out for a new pad. I stagger the replacements every 3 weeks. Is this recommended?
  29. Eirelav_mcgoo

    Water Temp Changing Slowly According To Florida Weather.

    I am by no means an expert, but that does sound like an interesting experiment. I think it would hugely affect wild caught fish, making it more comfortably and wild like. Farmed fish, or those breed in captivity, I would think may have negative effects as they have never experienced temp...
  30. Eirelav_mcgoo

    Nightly Aquarium Noises

    When I was very young I had a 20 gallon. It was poorly stocked due to my inexperience and young age. Anyways, I had a pictus cat that would glass surf the sides and top (probably stressed because of improper tank mates and the small tank!) He was a character though. As night is heard splashing...
  31. Eirelav_mcgoo

    Stocking Issues

    Check temp compatibility. I know GBRs like to be between 80-84 and from my understanding a lot of the tetra species thrive in slightly cooler waters, around 74-78. That being said, my GBR is sitting at 78. She was much more vibrant at the lfs and in qt. Both of which where set at 82. I do love...
  32. Eirelav_mcgoo

    Question Least Generic Name You've Given A Fish?

    We also have two gourami named Kakarot and Broly, and an amano shrimp named Roshi. My boyfriend named them. All Dragon Ball Z references. Lol
  33. Eirelav_mcgoo

    Question Least Generic Name You've Given A Fish?

    We thought a out naming all our fish but we have too many. So now we only names the ones that have a lot of personality or there's only one of. Our four cats(in my display pic) are Kyle and Kenny. South park reference. We were originally gon a have Kyle, Kenny, Stan and Cartman but the two...
  34. Eirelav_mcgoo

    Thinking Of Diy Co2

    Does a bobbypin work? Lol
  35. Eirelav_mcgoo

    Best Brand Of Tank

    @Emze Hmm. I cant help you there. We purchased the marineland from big Al's and after a lot of time on the phone, emails and faxes, we got Big Al's to replace it. We had our entire stock in a 10 gallon for 3 weeks. Lost one fish. Our new tank is Aqueon and the quality of product is far superior...
  36. Eirelav_mcgoo

    Tank Mates In A 10?

    Will do. I won't have time this week but next week I'm off so I'll start it then. We already have the betta, his name is Haru but he's trapped in a little 2.5 gallon prison. I'll get it plant planted and set up. I'll start seeding the filter tonight. Once the 10 is cycled I'll start with 2...
  37. Eirelav_mcgoo

    Tank Mates In A 10?

    I have a somewhat heavily planted 55 that I'll take clippings out of and plant it I've also got a couple of rock formations I'll move over and some driftwood.
  38. Eirelav_mcgoo

    Tank Mates In A 10?

    We have an amano in the big tank. We do like the coloured shrimp but if they wont/can't coexist then well scratch the cherry shrimp. How many amano shrimp could fit?
  39. Eirelav_mcgoo

    Thinking Of Diy Co2

    I hope it all works out for you. I've been fairly busy and things dont look to be slowing down for at least another week. I think next weekend I'll rescape the tank and macgyver a DIY co2 system then. Thanks for the information everyone I'll keep you all posted
  40. Eirelav_mcgoo

    I'm Just Not Happy. Idea?

    Thank you! I've spent more money than my boyfriend would like lol. "Happy wife, happy life" Hmm, we kept the rock for the snails. This is what it looked like before. We had mondo grass but it had started to melt (typical of a terrestrial plant). I'm trying to angle the wood around the plants...
  41. Eirelav_mcgoo

    Tank Mates In A 10?

    Awesome. I was hoping he could have a couple friends. Instead of ghost shrimp, can we do cherry shrimp? We have assassin snails in the 55. If any of the eggs hatch and produce offspring I'd move them to that tank instead of getting nerites.
  42. Eirelav_mcgoo

    Tank Mates In A 10?

    Those with bettas in a community, any chance a betta can live peacefully in a 10 with some buddies?
  43. Eirelav_mcgoo

    I'm Just Not Happy. Idea?

    Now that we are fully stocked, somewhat properly equipped, and sufficiently exhausted ourself physically and financially, I thought we could relax. The boyfriend thought we could relax. But there's something odd. The flow of the tank isn't right. Any ideas how we can adjust what we have or...
  44. Eirelav_mcgoo

    L183 Starlight Pleco

    In search of an l183. Would love male/female pair. Anywhere in ontario or willing to ship.
  45. Eirelav_mcgoo

    Unconditioned Water Change

    Well. Thanks for information. I'll adjust the head tonight to try and achieve that!
  46. Eirelav_mcgoo

    Unconditioned Water Change

    Another update. Looks like our nitrates went down overnight? I'm going to retest tonight after work. I dont want to get my Hope's up that we are out of the woods but all fish seem fine and tests show good signs.
  47. Eirelav_mcgoo

    Thinking Of Diy Co2

    There was a thread posted at the top of this forum and the OP had a couple recipes, one lasted 2-3 weeks? I'm hoping to find something that will help give my plants an extra boost but won't blow up if I mess up or severely affect the tank if I miss swapping a bottle on time. I have a pretty good...
  48. Eirelav_mcgoo

    Dirt Capped With Sand?

    My 55 gallon is dirted with organic potting soil and topped with black blasting sand. As mentioned above, the ammonia spike following can be big. Ours went up to .50ppm after about one week. Pros: plants are doing fantastic. Even without co2, root tabs and ferts. Catfish or bottom dwellers love...
  49. Eirelav_mcgoo

    Unconditioned Water Change

    It's the songjoy 660gph. We have the 792 but it was too powerful. I was under the impression aiming it down would move any fish waste and left over food towards the filter? Plus our catfish and tetra enjoy swimming in the current. I dont think the cats would swim to the top of the tank to get...
  50. Eirelav_mcgoo

    Unconditioned Water Change

    We have a wavemaker installed. It's on the opposite end of the tank pushing water in a circular motion so there are no stagnant areas in the tank. The sponge filter is positioned on the same side as the wavemaker, ensuring surface agitation for the entire tank, to achieve maximum gas exchange...




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