I never buy a fish if I’m not sure. In this particular case, I wasn’t in doubt because I had specifically asked if they were « real » SAE and was told they were. Twice. I should be able to trust my LFS.
Anyways, lesson learned.
This pet store is so bad... I should know by now, they have never known the species of the fish they sell. The owner is too lazy to write down the latin names of the fish he buys each week, so he goes by what he thinks... He’s sold me a serpae tetra as a rosy and now this.
A few months ago...
In the past, I’ve kept fish for more than 7 years with doing small water changes (10%-20%) about once a month. In those days, that’s how you did it.
Now, I’m doing big WC (40%-50%) once a week. My aquarium is relatively new (4 months old) but to me it makes more sense than small ones. Yes...
Buy the ones specifically for fish. I feed at night, around 9pm when my lights go off, and I remove whatever is left in the morning when the lights go on. This way, no mess !
Mine are for corys, CAE and 1 oto. I cut them in 4 pieces and give 2-4 pieces, as needed. I’ve never seen anything...
If your filter turns 600L/h (let’s pretend it’s exaggerated and « only » 300L/h) it’s still more than enough for your 10 gallons. Unless for some reason you are having problems with it, I wouldn’t change it.
If you’re worried about your otos not having enough food from the algae, then give...
I would plant densely and let the otos feed on algae. I think cucumbers are the problem.
Bacterias will grow almost anywhere, they don’t need « space », as long as there is material they can adhere to.
I did have a lot of trouble until I found an extremely helpful video. I can’t find it right now but it’s from Bentley Pascoe (best fish guy for tips on Fluval lights) but here is a picture of his settings. Just copy that with your own and it will work like a charm.
As you can see, you need...
I will before trying anything. A good 4 weeks.
Good tip, WC to do on Sunday, so I’ll pay attention.
Hum, I hope they can get used to the light because it’s needed for the plants.
But you’re right, this is probably the darkest spot.
They’re eating well, so I guess they must be at least okay !
I got 14 cardinal tetras about a week ago. I might have lost 2-3, I don’t know they’re very hard to count, plus I have 5 neon tetras that swim among them or close by, making it even harder.
I thought cardinal tetras liked to swim around the aquarium a lot, in schools. But mine seem to mainly...
Neon tetras are among the most sensitive fish and even with perfect conditions, they are very fragile. It’s common to have a good percentage of them die when you introduce them to a cycled tank.
Choose another specie, but only when you are cycled.