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  1. TheFishmonger

    Crystal clear water.

    Thanks for the advice, I will play around with the filter next week when I do a water change and let you know my thoughts and if there is an improvement.
  2. TheFishmonger

    Crystal clear water.

    To answer all posts with one. Yes, I am completely cycled. If it would crash I would notice it on the API tests and the bacterial bloom would last for a week then start to clear up. The water has been cloudy since day 1, non-stop. So I agree with the other posts. I guess it is the filter. Either...
  3. TheFishmonger

    Crystal clear water.

    The tank is up and running for 3 months now. Water has been like this since day 1.
  4. TheFishmonger

    Crystal clear water.

    I have no airstones, but the Marineland 350 B for a 20 gallon tank creates a lot of bubbles and current so that might be it.
  5. TheFishmonger

    Crystal clear water.

    Hello everyone, I am interested in knowing how to make my tank water crystal clear. My 20 gallons tank has hazy white water, while my 5.5 gallons tank has water that almost looks like it is crystal clear. Maybe the fact that I am running a 70 gallons filter for the 20 gallons tank and a 20...
  6. TheFishmonger

    I Need "happy Fish".

    Experiences differ from person to person I guess. Here is my update. I have been away for a few days. I returned the Serpae tetras and got a school of Rummynose tetras and more False Julii Cories. So far so good. Today I woke up at 3 AM and watched them all being hyperactive, playing and...
  7. TheFishmonger

    I Need "happy Fish".

    Yes that is exactly my thinking. I feel bad sending them back to the fish store, but I doubt it is a good idea to mix Black Ruby Barbs with tiny Celestial Pearl Danios just to make up space for the Serpae in the 5.5 gallons. I agree it is small but I was prepared to consider that possibility...
  8. TheFishmonger

    I Need "happy Fish".

    Unfortunately, I am hesitant to risk this for a number of reasons. It might work, it might not. Sometimes the fish become well behaved with larger numbers. Therefore, instead of adding nearly two more schools of different fish will be stuck with more Serpae Tetras. I think the key to your...
  9. TheFishmonger

    I Need "happy Fish".

    Update. The Serpae have been nothing but trouble. The fish recovered from their predicament during captivity, however their behavior became more aggressive. They nipped the fins of all the Corydoras and I just noticed that they chewed through the tails of my Black Ruby Barbs. Every single...
  10. TheFishmonger

    European Fishkeepers Question.

    Thank you for you help and research. Fortunately, I have some time to look into all this before I make the move of shipping them or travelling with them or simply buying new. Yes, the rules and regulations differ from country to country, but I imagine they should somewhat be along similar lines...
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    European Fishkeepers Question.

    Thanks I wanted to get an idea of how the pricing is on the continent. I scrolled through the websites. I ran them through a translator. They seem pretty nice price wise. Some stuff is more expensive than what you can find in the US. I would not have imagined for the middle website (Matavi)...
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    European Fishkeepers Question.

    Hello, I have a question. Does anyone know any European websites, pet store chains, for tropical fish that do deliveries within the EU. If the UK fish sale websites do deliveries within the EU, a British website would also be welcome. Thanks! Edit: I might have to bump this because everyone in...
  13. TheFishmonger

    I Need "happy Fish".

    I will have to give it some time to think on increasing their number, maybe they will recover from whatever psychological fish problems and complexes could have been created during captivity. With the way their fins and tails are chewed up I doubt anyone will take them even for free. Do you know...
  14. TheFishmonger

    I Need "happy Fish".

    I agree with you on the bad reputation of some fish breeds being untrue, but that does depend of the fish. Black Ruby Barbs have that bad reputation of being fin nippers as well, but I have not had any problems with them. Perhaps this batch of Serpae is the one that lives up to it's bad...
  15. TheFishmonger

    I Need "happy Fish".

    Hello again, I am a person that likes to keep "happy fish". I don't care about fish colors, I care about fish personality and bringing the tank to life with active, crazy and full of personality fish. That being said, I wanted to get me some lemon tetras, but I am notoriously impatient so I...
  16. TheFishmonger

    Jullii Not Eating.

    Update. On quarantine and cause of death. Inspecting the body of the dead cory revealed signs of ammonia poisoning. That fish was not doing well when purchased and was losing its balance often, it died within 30 hours after being purchased. There is a second fish that had a slight loss of...
  17. TheFishmonger

    Jullii Not Eating.

    I hope so, I do not want them to starve.
  18. TheFishmonger

    Jullii Not Eating.

    Update. I tried everything. From flakes to worms to algae wafers to shrimp pellets to small pellets to vegetables. I even grounded up the pellets to small pieces and scattered them around. All I see the cories doing is sift through the gravel. I noticed some success with the grounded up shrimp...
  19. TheFishmonger

    Quarantine Questions.

    Good idea, I will have to try that.
  20. TheFishmonger

    Quarantine Questions.

    Hello, I am wondering how should I approach this. I am almost done adding fish to my tanks. All I need is a school of tetras and shrimp. I have a 20 gallons with black ruby barbs and Corydoras Jullii as well as a separate 5.5 gallons with Celestial Pearl Danios that used to also house Red...
  21. TheFishmonger

    Jullii Not Eating.

    From my end everything is fine. The water parameters and all that. I am not sure if I should wait to see if any other fish start being affected or order medication to treat the entire tank. I am thinking to order API general cure. But it could be just that specific fish that has an issue. The...
  22. TheFishmonger

    Jullii Not Eating.

    No, I have no quarantine tank. If I move them now over to the 5.5 gallons, they would infect the celestial pearl danios. If I move the celestial pearl danios over to the 20 gallons, the barbs might eat them because they are tiny.
  23. TheFishmonger

    Jullii Not Eating.

    I just fed the barbs and dropped a shrimp pellet, the cories are completely ignoring it, even though they are scavaging around. It's weird. So I will probably turn off the lights early tonight and drop an other shrimp pellet. I have a suspicion they are whipping out the bladder snails of the...
  24. TheFishmonger

    Jullii Not Eating.

    I will do that later. I have a bigger problem with the cories right now. When I bought them I noticed one that was not balanced. I added them in the main tank with the healthy black ruby barbs. The same one would suddenly loose balance but regain it. I left it alone thinking it could be scared...
  25. TheFishmonger

    Jullii Not Eating.

    Seems like it was a busy night, the cories are sleeping right now. I tested the water to make sure there is no problem. It all is fine, except for the 0.50 ppm ammonia, but I recently fed the barbs two hours ago. The cories didn't eat, they were busy sleeping. So I guess I will have to start...
  26. TheFishmonger

    Jullii Not Eating.

    Well I got another question. Do catfish sleep at night? When I shut off the lights at 12 AM the barbs go to sleep within 10 minutes, if not immediately. They sleep in the same location until about 8 AM. Each fish has their preferred sleeping place. I noticed that the catfish are still active and...
  27. TheFishmonger

    What Is This, Algae Or Poo?

    Hmmm. I don't know. I have them too in a corner above the waterline. But I do have plants and snails in there.
  28. TheFishmonger

    What Is This, Algae Or Poo?

    They most likely are. I have the same in my 5.5 gallons tank that has pest bladder snails.
  29. TheFishmonger

    55 Gallon Tank Not Sure If I Messed Up The Cycle

    Tetra safe start plus. I agree. I cycled my tank in two weeks with it and you will cycle the tank in two weeks with it. Just do a water change with prime, wait 24 hours then add the tetra safe start. Feed every other day and lightly. At the end of week one, if you want to prime you can. By the...
  30. TheFishmonger

    Still Struggling To Cycle

    I will give you my experience. I have a 5.5 gallons and 20 gallons aquarium. I cycled with fish too and in under one month. I set up the 5.5 gallons on July 20 and the 20 gallons on August 9. I got a school of black ruby barbs for the 20 gallons and a school of celestial pearl danios with red...
  31. TheFishmonger

    Jullii Not Eating.

    Thanks for all the advice. I don't want to start a new thread so I will just ask here. At what nitrate level should I do a water change. I did a water change 3 days ago at 5-10 ppm nitrate, I now have 20 ppm nitrate.
  32. TheFishmonger

    Jullii Not Eating.

    Nice! Thanks for the input. At first I wanted to get a school of Serpae tetras but I thought the tank was not mature enough to house a greater number of fish than the black ruby barbs. So I got the cories instead. They get along great with the barbs, two of them school with the barbs and the...
  33. TheFishmonger

    Jullii Not Eating.

    Thanks, I had the same with the celestial pearl danios. I had to starve them for 3 days to get them to eat fish flakes.
  34. TheFishmonger

    Jullii Not Eating.

    I bought some Julli yesterday. Without knowing much about them, other than that they come from East Brazil, I put them from the bag into a bucket and chased them around with the net. I got frustrated I couldn't get them, they got frustrated by being chased. So I emptied most of the bucket till...
  35. TheFishmonger

    Fish Diarrhea?

    Update. Okay so, it is the fish pooping, one or more of the fish are schooling around and "taking a dump" all over the tank. I have black gravel so the poop looks white to me, but dirty white, lets say yellowish white. Seems like one fish is constipated and his or her "behind" is working...
  36. TheFishmonger

    Remaking A Tank And Snails.

    That is exactly what happened with me. However, I taken a liking to my snails.. except for when they die and give you an ammonia spike. That is why I am asking. I don't want to burry snails under the gravel and then deal with the ammonia that they give off while decomposing. I will have to...
  37. TheFishmonger

    Fish Diarrhea?

    I don't have driftwood. It looked like fish poop chopped into small pieces and scattered all over the tank, but more heavily concentrated in the middle of the tank where the fish like to school. To give you an example, when goats or sheep do a number 2 and scatter their poop all around in one...
  38. TheFishmonger

    Fish Diarrhea?

    Yes, diarrhea. I noticed the entire floor covered in small white to gray fish excrement. Not sure if this is because they were eating an algae wafer or something else I have in mind.
  39. TheFishmonger

    Remaking A Tank And Snails.

    Hello everyone, I have initially complained about my uninvited bladder snails in the past that came with the plants. After they reproduced like crazy and doubled maybe even tripled in numbers, I moved 6 of the largest ones to the 20 gallons with my barbs. I thought of them as dead, long eaten...
  40. TheFishmonger

    Problems.. Have I Killed My Cycle?

    Well, I tested the water daily. It was 0 ammonia, 0 nitrites, 0-5 ppm nitrates. The plants were growing like crazy without ferts and without root tabs. So I am guessing the nitrates were taking up by the plants. Honestly, I don't see what you think might be harsh in your post. I don't find...
  41. TheFishmonger

    Problems.. Have I Killed My Cycle?

    I guess it all boils down to what works for you. I have been told to stop the 50% daily water changes with the shrimp because I am killing them. So I did 10% once a week, then 10% every two weeks. I still lost all 10 shrimp. It didn't make a difference and I don't know yet why I lost them. They...
  42. TheFishmonger

    Problems.. Have I Killed My Cycle?

    Stocking depends on perspective. I have read experienced fish keepers claim that 9 celestial pearl danios are perfectly fine for a 5.5 gallons aquarium. I have read others who claim that celestial pearl danios should have a minimum of 10 gallons, and barbs should have a minimum of 40 gallons...
  43. TheFishmonger

    Problems.. Have I Killed My Cycle?

    I have two tanks. The 5.5 gallons has the celestial pearl danios and shrimp. The 20 gallons has the black ruby barbs. The celestial pearl danios are smaller and less aggressive eaters than the black ruby barbs, I thought about putting them in the same tank, but they might get nipped or starve...
  44. TheFishmonger

    Problems.. Have I Killed My Cycle?

    Sure, I can do that. But how would that fare with shrimp and molting issues. I have lost all 10 shrimp. I am going to by new shrimp, so I'm guessing I will have to reach a compromise and to water changes every 2 weeks.
  45. TheFishmonger

    Problems.. Have I Killed My Cycle?

    After not having changed the water for almost a month in the 5.5 gallons, I noticed my last remaining shrimp uspide down on the hornwort. I wanted to do maintenance work in the tank because the hornwort grew out of proportion and covered the entire tank. I noticed a strong smell of nitrate...
  46. TheFishmonger

    Can A Shrimp..

    Would seachem replenish work to increase GH?
  47. TheFishmonger

    Can A Shrimp..

    I will give it another month before I start adding more shrimp, maybe two. By that time I will order a KH and GH measurement kit as well. I'm pretty sure my water is soft, but then again I cannot find a website that tells me how to increase water hardness for shrimp. Some people claim that water...
  48. TheFishmonger

    Can A Shrimp..

    How often do you think. Once every 4 weeks? 8 weeks? Or whenever it looks dirty and covered in algae?
  49. TheFishmonger

    Can A Shrimp..

    Not yet it seems. Last night I had a shrimp death. I just saw and removed the shrimp. It had a thin white line around it's body, which makes me think it wanted to molt, but then I noticed a very brown maybe black line on it's lower back and tail. It reminded me of dead blood that gets trapped in...
  50. TheFishmonger

    Can A Shrimp..

    Thanks. Shrimp pellets. I noticed that they like to graze on the hornwort, eat algae waffers, and fish flakes when available.. but they absolutely go crazy over shrimp pellets. I'm the guy who was trying to cycle the 5.5 gallons while I had the shrimp and celestial pearl danios in them. After...




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