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  1. milankosaurus

    Just When Things Were Going Well - Ich

    I would clean the whole tank, substrate decoration filter and start all over. If this many fish died you may have some kind of parasite in the tank. I wouldn't risk it with new fish
  2. milankosaurus

    Just When Things Were Going Well - Ich

    Sorry for your loss. Some fish are more sensitive than others. Did you vacuum the substrate as well? That's where ich falls off from fish to. At this point keep treating for at least 2 week since the ich discovery. Do at least 50% water change every day and vacuuming but don't forget to use...
  3. milankosaurus

    Excited About Testing...

    Also remember you may not see any nitrites at all since TSS+ has the converting bb in the bottle. In my case i never detected nitrites as that bacteria converting them was already dumped from the bottle so that stage was skipped. Once u see zero ammo zero nitrites and some nitrates test for few...
  4. milankosaurus

    Just When Things Were Going Well - Ich

    I have treated my platies ich with parasite remedy from petco for 2 week dose every other day along with every other day 50% water change as i didnt have adjustable heater at the time. You want to treat ich at least 2 weeks even if u dont see dots after few days; to kill off free swimming...
  5. milankosaurus

    Question Am I Overstocked In 20g?

    What if i returned both mollys and get small schooling fish like harlequin rasboras/ neon tetras? Would 5 platies, 1 dwarf gourami, 1 nerite snail and 6-8 harlequin tetras be overstock?
  6. milankosaurus

    Excited About Testing...

    you cna use prime 24h before you use safe start. after that no. its best to be left alone and do its thing. once you cycle/need to do water change fish are stressed, you can use prime again
  7. milankosaurus

    Excited About Testing...

    what tetra fish? how many? what is your tank size? and ok that's a good sign as your ammo is getting converted no nitrites and 1st stage is completed. nitrites can take a bit longer to come down as bacteria for that is not yet established. i recommend using tetra safe start+ (both ammonia and...
  8. milankosaurus

    Question Newbie Starts With Nofilter 4gal Nano Tank- I Have Questions

    i would purchase api master kit for testing water. its the most accurate one. your LFS most likely uses test strips which are not accurate. always ask for numbers tho. read up on nitrogen cycle before adding any fish. the white stuff hairy floating stuff on driftwood is normal and most fish and...
  9. milankosaurus

    Excited About Testing...

    from my understanding you had no fish in while cycling but now you do before cycle finished? if so depending on your pH ammonia can be more or less deadly to your fish. what fish do you have? you always want to keep ammonia and nitrites below 1ppm
  10. milankosaurus

    Question Fish-less Cycle. Am I Doing It Right?

    Wohoo went away for the weekend came back and my tank is cycled! By the way, should i feed it ammonia so BB has something to eat or can i put fish/ nerite snail in now?
  11. milankosaurus

    Question Am I Overstocked In 20g?

    I already have 2 snails in there which do pretty good job with algae. I heard cories or plecos have big bioload too so im not trying to increase it anymore. I do not want more mollys, but i dont want a bully either lol. Looks like id either have to return it and keep single molly since i can't...
  12. milankosaurus

    Ammonia Ppm Doesn't Change With Water Change

    i would use Tetra safe start plus when you are fish in cycling the tank. it has bacteria that will convert the ammonia and nitrites. many people here had success with it and myself as well. dump the whole bottle in and do do any water changes for 2 weeks unless u see fish stressed out. your tank...
  13. milankosaurus

    Question Am I Overstocked In 20g?

    now 1 molly is super bulling the other one. they are both male as i don't want or have space for any fry. if i add another male molly would that disperse bullying or add on to it? i tried isolating the bully in a breeder tank (specifically bought to act as a jail lol) but as soon as he is out...
  14. milankosaurus

    Question Fish-less Cycle. Am I Doing It Right?

    Yes i totally forgot i actually did dump half a small bottle of Seachem Stability few days after ammonia showed up!! I used it and followed instructions on my 20g but it did nothing, so i just dumped the rest into 10g (figured it wouldn't hurt). Yes i have crushed coral in the filter which...
  15. milankosaurus

    Help Nitrites Will Not Form

    i was in the same boat as you were but now i have 5ppm nitrites. if you have adjustable heater i would set it to 84 and see if it improves. i was able to get nitrite in 2 weeks this way
  16. milankosaurus

    Question Fish-less Cycle. Am I Doing It Right?

    Hi all, i have a 10g tank that I'm doing first ever fish-less cycle on (i have successfully fish-in cycled 20g fish tank with TSS+ and lotta patience lol). i know how nitrogen fish tank cycle works. it has been exactly 2 weeks to this date since i started reading 0.25 ammonia using fish food...
  17. milankosaurus

    Help Month Of Fish-in-cycle And No Beneficial Bacteria?

    hi all, so it has been 8 days since first cycle readings.now readings are as follows: pH 7.2 ammo 0 nitrite 0 nitrate 5 KH=4 GH=7 i still haven't done water change since i used TSS+. when do you usually see nitrates rising in 20g tall tank? they have been 5ppm since 8 days ago
  18. milankosaurus

    Help Nerite Snail, Weird Dust Coming Out Of It

    hi all, so i have 2 nerite snails (zebra and tiger variations) in 20g during fish-in cycle and now cycled tank. tiger nerite has been laying eggs all over mopani wood for past few weeks. not too much, but little every other day or so. now what is weird is that it has small brown,dust like...
  19. milankosaurus

    Question Good Schooling Fish For 10g Tank?

    Hi all, would it be possible to have two schooling fish in 10g? For example 5 ember tetras and 5 neon tetras? Any 1 inch or less size schooling fish that is.
  20. milankosaurus

    Important Platy Laying On The Bottom Of Tank :(

    i never tested nitrates in tap water but i mean 8 weeks plenty of water changes and i never had nitrates... it looks like i skipped nitrite phase as well. i had .25 ammonia before i added TSS+. its just so weird to read after only 3 days (and 8 weeks lol) what looks like a completed cycle and it...
  21. milankosaurus

    Important Platy Laying On The Bottom Of Tank :(

    hey all, i tested my water (3rd day of TSS+) and here are the results: pH=7.2 (up from 6.6 since i added crushed coral 8 days ago) ammo= 0 nitrite=0 nitrate=5 kh=3 gh=6 does this mean i am actually finally cycled??? 3 days after adding TSS+ and 8 weeks total since i started fish in...
  22. milankosaurus

    Question Switching Everything+fish From Un-cycled 10g To Brand New 20g Tank?

    hi, so i did add crushed coral 8 days ago and did all your steps above and out of curiosity i tested my water (3rd day of TSS+) and here are the results: pH=7.2 ammo= 0 nitrite=0 nitrate=5 kh=3 gh=6 does this mean i am actually finally cycled??? 3 days after adding TSS+ and 8 weeks total since...
  23. milankosaurus

    Help Month Of Fish-in-cycle And No Beneficial Bacteria?

    hey all, so out of curiosity i tested my water (3rd day of TSS+) and here are the results: pH=7.2 ammo= 0 nitrite=0 nitrate=5 kh=3 gh=6 OMG does this mean i am actually finally cycled??? 3 days after adding TSS+ and 8 weeks total since i started fish in cycle??? i did swap tanks from 10g to...
  24. milankosaurus

    Help Month Of Fish-in-cycle And No Beneficial Bacteria?

    So should i test water anyways? I would only do water change if ammonia gets over 1.0 or fish are looking stressed. Last water change i did was 4 days ago 50% of it which brought the ammonia down to .25 from .5 and hasn't gone up since then
  25. milankosaurus

    Help Month Of Fish-in-cycle And No Beneficial Bacteria?

    no nitrates as it never cycled and ammonia was 0.25ppm before i added TSS+. i was told not to test during tss+ stage for 2 weeks as it may be inaccurate/make me panic
  26. milankosaurus

    Important Platy Laying On The Bottom Of Tank :(

    so i got some crushed coral last week for my 20g from LFS and added to a mesh bag hanging below HOB filter so water is running over it. i was able to raise my pH slowly over few days from 6.6 to 7.0. I did that because for 7 weeks cycling with fish and still no nitrites :/. forum folks said pH...
  27. milankosaurus

    Help Month Of Fish-in-cycle And No Beneficial Bacteria?

    so i got some crushed coral last week for my 20g from LFS and added to a mesh bag hanging below HOB filter so water is running over it. i was able to raise my pH slowly over few days from 6.6 to 7.0. Ammonia was at 0.25ppm. Kh=3 and Gh=4. Took a leap of faith and poured a whole bottle of tetra...
  28. milankosaurus

    Question Am I Overstocked In 20g?

    Tank is all male because i was afraid of not having enough space for fry lol. I don't have room for bigger tank unfortunately. Im hoping all male tank won't show aggression. There is some pecking but nothing serious. They do poop a lot but i do 25% WC every 5 days or so
  29. milankosaurus

    Question Am I Overstocked In 20g?

    I have 20g tank 25(L)x14(W)x18(H) with aqueon 10 filter but after plants rocks and driftwood it's more like 18g of water i would say. I have 1 dwarf gourami, 5 platies, 2 mollys and 2 nerite snails. Thinking of adding one more molly but not sure if im pushing it. Fish get along fine and have...
  30. milankosaurus

    Question How Long Should I Keep The Temperature Up For Treating Ich?

    When i had ich outbreak on my 6 platies at the time, i used medicine (petco's Parasite Remedy) every other day for 2 weeks and every other day 50% water change+vacuum as well. I didn't mess with temp at all and was able to cure close to 9 days. If you do raise temps however, don't forget to...
  31. milankosaurus

    Help Month Of Fish-in-cycle And No Beneficial Bacteria?

    yes my tap is 7 and NYC water if very soft. the goal is to have it at pH of 7-7.4 like you said. i have HOB filter so i am not sure it will fit inside. i may have to hang it below filter so the water runs over it/near it.they are .5-1 inch pieces so if i do place them in tank i should be able to...
  32. milankosaurus

    Help Month Of Fish-in-cycle And No Beneficial Bacteria?

    Hi so i finally got gh/kh tester kit and the results are KH= 1 °dKH / 17.9 ppm and GH= 3°dKH / 53.7 I guess that's a pretty soft water lol. I bought some crushed coral and will be slowly adding to raise it up. I have 5 platies 2 mollys 1 dwarf gourami and 2 nerite snails in now 20g tank which i...
  33. milankosaurus

    Question 20 Gallon Stocking Options!

    I got two male dalmatian mollys!
  34. milankosaurus

    Fish For My Ten Gallon Tank

    swordtails need at least 20g as they grow up to about 4 inches. tetras are schooling fish and 1 will certainly over stress and possibly die if u just keep one. 6 minimum for them. you can due DWARF gourami and 3-4 platies in the tank and thats pretty much it for 10 gallon.
  35. milankosaurus

    Question 20 Gallon Stocking Options!

    hi all, i have 20 gallon tank (24x12x16) not too heavily planted tank with driftwood,rocks and gravel substrate. currently have 5 male platies, 1 male dwarf blue gourami and 2 nerite snails. they get along very well. current pH of 6.6 (going to raise it a bit with aragonite to about 7) and temps...
  36. milankosaurus

    Question Good Schooling Fish For 10g Tank?

    I would personally never put over 70 fish in a 20g and i don't even know how yours could swim around especially being so heavily planted and not feel cramped. I feel claustrophobic just looking at your tank. But i hope they thrive and yes its just my opinion
  37. milankosaurus

    Question Good Schooling Fish For 10g Tank?

    that's a bit too much overstock for me imho but thanks for ideas
  38. milankosaurus

    Question Good Schooling Fish For 10g Tank?

    that's a nice looking tank but i would personally not overstock it with that many fish
  39. milankosaurus

    Important Platy Laying On The Bottom Of Tank :(

    yes along with everything form old tank but still no luck
  40. milankosaurus

    Question Good Schooling Fish For 10g Tank?

    oh wow they are beautiful! thanks i will check em out even tho i have never seen them in my LFSs
  41. milankosaurus

    Question Good Schooling Fish For 10g Tank?

    haha i will keep that in mind. could i keep 5-9 schooling fish with one betta in the 10g tank safely? i just edited my post for clarification, i am cycling 10g tank atm. and yes i am planning to transfer nerite snail to 10g once i have algae i thought danios need bigger tank because they are...
  42. milankosaurus

    Question Good Schooling Fish For 10g Tank?

    Hi all, I have a leftover 10g tank that i want to use for schooling fish sine i don't have any in my 20g tank. Just started cycling 10g (fish-less) yesterday. Looking for some colorful, 5-9 schooling fish that will give nice color contrast against black substrate with gray rocks and live green...
  43. milankosaurus

    Important Platy Laying On The Bottom Of Tank :(

    i think i crashed my cycle but i am not sure (since i never had any in first place lol). i added about 30% of old tank water form 10g to new 20g, used same substrate, decorations (besides mopani wood) and replanted the tank with more plants and new rocks. ammonia is back to 0ppm and pH is still...
  44. milankosaurus

    Question Switching Everything+fish From Un-cycled 10g To Brand New 20g Tank?

    I will most likely have to as i just switched to 20g and 4 hours later i still have same pH of 6.6...
  45. milankosaurus

    Important Platy Laying On The Bottom Of Tank :(

    update! today i purchased 20g tank and transferred everything i had in 10g to it along with 5 platies (i returned one platy cuz it was super bully) and 2 nerite snails and 30% of water from old tank. i made another forum topic here and people said i should be ok since i still had no cycle...
  46. milankosaurus

    Question Switching Everything+fish From Un-cycled 10g To Brand New 20g Tank?

    That is exactly the plan. TSS+ is on the way so i will be using that in new tank. I believe you dump the whole bottle in the tank and wait 2 weeks without water change. I have read that with lower pH your tank will still cycle but takes longer. My tap water is pH 7 so i think mopani wood i have...
  47. milankosaurus

    Question Switching Everything+fish From Un-cycled 10g To Brand New 20g Tank?

    Hi, i currently have un-cycled freshwater 10g tank with 5 male platies and 2 nerite snails. after rearranging some furniture, now i have space for a bigger tank (which i originally wanted lol). I am currently doing fish-in cycle and still in first stage (its been 1 month of max .5ppm ammonia, no...
  48. milankosaurus

    Help Month Of Fish-in-cycle And No Beneficial Bacteria?

    any mesh bags you can recommend? the opening is about 4x4 inches inside the filter




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