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  1. eirynne

    Best way to quarantine new aquarium plants?

    Oh jeeze. That is exactly what I'd like to avoid x_x Good luck - I'm rooting for you!
  2. eirynne

    Best way to quarantine new aquarium plants?

    Thanks all for your help!
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    Best way to quarantine new aquarium plants?

    Awesome - great to know! I'm in PJ but my boyfriend's parents live in Wantagh so we're in that area a lot. Keep my in mind next time you have some extras!
  4. eirynne

    Best way to quarantine new aquarium plants?

    Ooh that is good to know! I got Java moss, frogbit, and water lettuce (linked). Any experience with them? Also - it's cool to see another Long Islander!!! I'm originally from CT but I now live on the Island as well :) @86 ssinit
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    Best way to quarantine new aquarium plants?

    Hey all! I have a few aquarium plants coming that I ordered from ebay and I would like to quarantine them for awhile before adding them to my tank. From my research I've seen people recommend 10 minute bath's of sea salt, hydrogen peroxide, and/or Potassium Permanganate. For those of you who...
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    Bubbler Ornament?

    Haha ughhh well then I don't think the dragon is for you :(
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    Praecox Rainbows And Bolivian Rams?

    No problem, and thank you!!!! Best wishes to yours as well :)
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    Praecox Rainbows And Bolivian Rams?

    My tank is around 76-77 degrees. I think the Rams would be fine anywhere from 75-78. I did not drip acclimate the Rams. I temperature acclimated for 20minutes (closed bag) and then, while still floating in the tank, opened their bags to remove 1cup of their water, and added 1 cup of tank water...
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    Praecox Rainbows And Bolivian Rams?

    When I first got them I asked for 3 females and 2 males but was not diligent in watching the guy and ended up at home with 3 males and 2 females, so I went and grabbed 2 more females the next day so I ended up with 4 females, 3 males. So, while I think 5-6 females, 2 males would be a better...
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    Bubbler Ornament?

    I have this one and while I think it is an awesome decoration, I actually had to disconnect the airstone from the dragon and hang the airstone loose in the tank because after about 2-3 weeks the bubbles started getting "caught" in the dragon and making a loud glug sound when the bubble of air...
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    Help New-bought Guppy Tail And Fin Lost Color

    Cycling a tank can take 10 weeks or more. Your initial tests were 0 because you had no ammonia source (fish) and no bacteria to create nitrites from ammonia. So, you are now doing what is known as a "fish-in" cycle (using fish as an ammonia source) so you definitely need to get on top of water...
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    Help New-bought Guppy Tail And Fin Lost Color

    If your Nitrite is 5ppm+ I find it hard to believe your other fish are doing fine :(. I would do two 50%+ water changes (a few hours apart) to start getting that down and dose with Seachem Prime to neutralize it in the meantime (and continue with water changes every day until your cycle...
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    Praecox Rainbows And Bolivian Rams?

    I have 7 praecox rainbows and 2 bolivian rams right now. My pH is around 7.4 (soft water with low KH that I keep stable with crushed coral). I haven't seen any issues.
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    Bolivian Rams Not Eating

    My gravel IS pretty deep... not sure where I looked to get information about that but it said to make it 4".... yet everyone else's tank that I've seen is not nearly as deep. :confused: I will give it another week or two (with lights off, larger sinking pellets, pipette etc.) before doing...
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    Bolivian Rams Not Eating

    That makes me feel better to hear! I will definitely try feeding with the lights off. I'll give that a go for a few days as well as get a slightly larger size of the sinking pellet before looking into a tank divider (not sure if that would even help until they aren't too scared to come out...
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    Bolivian Rams Not Eating

    Right now I'm feeding a mix of Hikari Cichlid Gold Sinking Pellets, Hikari micro pellets, Hikari algae wafers, freeze-dried blood worms and freeze-dried mysis shrimp (soaked in tank water). On the first day, I think(?) both rams ate a pellet or two so I'm not sure it is them being too picky to...
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    Bolivian Rams Not Eating

    I got my fish last Tuesday (Oct 1st), 7 neon rainbowfish, a bristlenose pleco and 2 bolivian rams. Everyone seems to be doing well except that I don't think my two rams are eating. Whenever I feed them (once a day right now), the rainbowfish go crazy and eat a ton and the rams hide. I've tried...
  18. eirynne

    My Tank Finally Cycled After 45 Days!

    Thank you!!! That makes me feel better :)
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    Thank you!!! :D
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    My Tank Finally Cycled After 45 Days!

    Thank you!!! Oooh I love that name!!! :)
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    My Tank Finally Cycled After 45 Days!

    My 29gal tank finally finished cycling this past Monday so I finally have my fish friends!!! I got.... 7 neon rainbowfish (3 males, 4 females) named: Helios (m), Perses (m), Aeetes (m), Circe (f), Pasiphae (f), Medea (f), and Ariadne (f) 2 bolivian rams (1 male, 1 female) named: Koios (m), and...
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  28. eirynne

    Ammonia At 0.25 - Should I Be Concerned

    What kind of rainbowfish? I hope it is a neon dwarf (praecox) as any other species would definitely be too large for a 10gal... but they also like to be in groups of at least 5-6 so I can't imagine he is very happy alone. Aside from that, did you cycle the tank before adding the fish? Or have...
  29. eirynne

    1 Gallon Tank Beginner Mistakes

    It's always better late than never to learn about the correct way to have an aquarium. I had had lots of tanks growing up and even as recent as 6+ years ago but only found out that I had been doing it all wrong when I went to set up my most recent tank :oops: It sounds like you've got...
  30. eirynne

    Python Vacuums

    I love my python vacuum!!! It makes water changes so convenient! I siphon out the tank water and then add enough prime to condition the entire tank (i.e. if the tank is 30gal put in enough prime for 30gal of water) before adding in the tap water. I also make sure that the tap water is...
  31. eirynne

    Should I Get Another Female?

    Sounds good! Thanks for your help :joyful:
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    Should I Get Another Female?

    I definitely have room for 2 more females. I could possibly fit 3 because my filtration could handle it but AqAdvisor says that my stocking would then be at 105%. What do you think?
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    Should I Get Another Female?

    Hello! I recently stocked my newly cycled tank and got 5 neon rainbowfish (Melanotaenia praecox). I had asked for 2 males, 3 females but when I got home I noticed that I definitely had 3 males instead of two. Should I go back and get a third female to even out their numbers or do you think this...
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    I Think There Is Hope!.....

    That is a beautiful display!!!
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    First Water Change Help

    I'm just going to re-iterate the questions already asked... are there fish in your tank? Are you using a water conditioner? If you are doing a fishless cycle, you would not want to keep doing water changes because the bacteria need the ammonia present as a food source to grow. If you have fish...
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    Cycling My First Tank

    @mattgirl has been helping me with all of my cycling questions - maybe she will have an idea what's going on with your tank??? Definitely odd that things are rising so quickly.
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    Cycling My First Tank

    Awesome!!! Glad to hear everything is back to normal :) Good luck with your cycle!!!
  38. eirynne

    Cycling My First Tank

    I've had to do multiple water changes (90%, 75%, 75%, 75% within a week or two) to try to keep up with the nitrate build-up (~160ppm, I didn't realize you needed to do water changes in a fishless cycle!!!) that was slowing down my bacteria eating the ammonia. I haven't seen any damage to my...
  39. eirynne

    Beginner Stocking Help 75 Gal

    I used AqAdvisor to help me with stocking (specifically how many fish would be a good number for my tank & who would get along). It might help answer some of your number questions because it gives you information about which species won't work well together, how many of a certain type you should...
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    Poor Water Quality

    Thank you for all of the great info!!! :)
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    Poor Water Quality

    I had actually heard nitrites were MORE deadly than ammonia because it reduces the amount of oxygen in the blood, essentially causing the fish to suffocate from the inside out. Can anyone else confirm or deny this?
  42. eirynne

    How Many Fish Should I Stock After Cycling?

    Oooh .... that is a good point about the quarantine. I guess I'll do that!!! Also, thank you for always being the person to answer my questions - I really appreciate it!!! :shame:
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    Seachem Stability

    Ahh ok. So your issue with bottled bacteria is that it is more difficult to follow the cycling process & lends itself to more mistakes (i.e. people stocking a tank before it is actually cycled)? I can definitely see where you are coming from, but in general I would say that that is more user...
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    How Many Fish Should I Stock After Cycling?

    I am (hopefully) nearing the end of cycling my 29gal tank. My current plan is to eventually have these guys: 2 bolivian rams 2 golden dwarf (goldeneye) cichlids 5 neon dwarf rainbowfish 1 bristlenose pleco I have a bacteria colony that can process 2ppm of ammonia in 24hrs, so how many fish do...
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    Seachem Stability

    Why won't the readings make sense after adding bottled bacteria? Also, are you saying that after a fishless cycle is complete & fish are added, they die more often if a person had used bottled bacteria to cycle their tank? Or are you only saying that fish during fish-in cycles die more often if...
  46. eirynne

    What's Going On? Ammonia Present After Full Week Of 2ppm Gone After 24hrs

    Yea... 10lb seemed like a lot but I wasn't able to find anything smaller. Plus, I'll hopefully have many more tanks in the future so let's just assume I'm preparing for them early :rolleyes: Extra rinsing.... check :emoji_heavy_check_mark: Thank you again for all of your help!!!
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    What's Going On? Ammonia Present After Full Week Of 2ppm Gone After 24hrs

    Hahahaha very very true :happy: Fishlore actually linked your comment to some crushed coral on Amazon, so I just got that & it should be here by Thursday!
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    What's Going On? Ammonia Present After Full Week Of 2ppm Gone After 24hrs

    Thank you for the insight about the crushed coral - I'll order some! And yes! After the water changes the ammonia is back to processing 2ppm within 24hrs. It's nice to hear that the higher nitrite reading is expected & I'll do another water change tonight to get the nitrates back down below...
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    What's Going On? Ammonia Present After Full Week Of 2ppm Gone After 24hrs

    I did another 75% water change on Friday (2 days after the initial 90% water change). The Nitrates looked to be about 5-10ppm after the water change but they were already back up to ~60-80ppm last night. I think the high nitrates previously must have been giving me false low nitrite readings...
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    Adding Declorinator

    Because I have a python gravel vacuum that hooks directly up to my sink, I add the full dose of water conditioner to the tank (i.e. how much it would need if it was full) before filling it up from the tap. I usually add another 1/2-full dose of water conditioner after the tank is full for good...




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