Search results

  1. Momgoose56

    Nitrate Levels After Water Change

    DO you have ANY Fish or animals in your tank? If it's been empty awhile and it hasn't been getting a significant source of ammonia, your nitrifying bacteria can die off.
  2. Momgoose56

    Brackish?

    WOW! Thank you SO much! I have the puffers in an established FW tank so thought I just needed info on SG and speed of fresh->brackish transitioning. But you provided SO much I didn't KNOW I needed to know! This is great!! You are a true expert!!
  3. Momgoose56

    Did my tank experiment work??

    Yay! Good job!
  4. Momgoose56

    Updated Member Titles

    50,000+=Fishlore Immortal !!
  5. Momgoose56

    Newbie has messed everything up

    THANKS I missed YOU too!! ❤ Glad to be back "in the tank!"
  6. Momgoose56

    Please help, stalled cycle?

    You need well cycled, stable tank chemistry for an axolotl, so you need to fully cycle your tank. As I said before, I would switch to pure ammonia source and clean up the waste in the tank. Do you have any substrate in the tank? Axolotls do best with a soft sand or bare bottom tank.
  7. Momgoose56

    Newbie has messed everything up

    Just leave the crushed coral in your filter overflow during your cycling. Once your tank is cycled, you can either take it out (for fish who prefer a lower pH or leave it in for fish that prefer a higher pH. If you choose to leave it in, you'd just need to add more periodically as it dissolves...
  8. Momgoose56

    Did my tank experiment work??

    Let this one run a few months and add extra media in your filter and type can use that extra media to jump start a new tank. Good luck!
  9. Momgoose56

    How to cycle a new 10 gal tank (have existing tank)

    Moving a cup or two of the substrate over to the 10 gallon will transfer a good amount of bacteria over too and should help.
  10. Momgoose56

    Did my tank experiment work??

    Sounds like you got yourself a REALLY fast tank cycle completed there! What is your ammonia level? If you are producing nitrates, your nitrite level is consistently at 0 ppm and you have a 0ppm ammonia level your are already cycled!
  11. Momgoose56

    Please help, stalled cycle?

    Honestly, What I would do is get a small bottle of Dr. Tims ammonia and use that. Thoroughly vacuum the waste out of the bottom of your tank, rinse any gunk off your filter media in some dechlorinated water and THEN test again. If your ammonia is below .5ppm wait one day and test again. Add...
  12. Momgoose56

    Newbie has messed everything up

    Crusty Dusty has great advice. So I will just add my two cents that might help too. Crusty mentioned crushed coral, YES you want your pH to come up and the gentlest way to do that is to add crushed coral or aragonite chips to your filter overflow. Get a mesh media bag from your fish store and...
  13. Momgoose56

    Would I be stupid to switch substrate during cycle?

    No, it won't hurt to switch now. The IMPORTANT thing NOT to change is your filter material. Four weeks is NOT an excessive time to take to cycle a tank without fish. Oh, and a pH of 8 is ideal for cycling. Try dosing your ammonia to just 1ppm from now on. You won't need a tank that size to need...
  14. Momgoose56

    Brackish?

    Howdy all! I have a couple of Figure 8 Puffers I'd like to transition over to brackish water but am not sure exactly how to do that. Is there a Brackish Forum or somebody who knows how I need to do this? Thanks! I found the brackish forum, Mods can you move this there? Please?
  15. Momgoose56

    Weird petsmart behavior

    Exactly. They may be reacting to your water. I suggest testing it.
  16. Momgoose56

    Weird petsmart behavior

    What are all your tank parameters? Tap parameters? What is your routine for tank maintanance? Most fish try to jump out of a tank for a reason...usually bad water. Might want to look into that.
  17. Momgoose56

    Can't keep Labidochromis chismulae (clown labs) alive

    Start with a 75-80% water change. Then just quit using the buffer you've been using. I really don't think you need it. A KH of 60 with regular weekly water changes of 50% or more should keep your pH at 7.6 to 7.8. That pH is fine for Cichlids. If it drops below 7.6 in a week, add the crushed...
  18. Momgoose56

    20 Gallon Tank Fish-In Cycling - Confused about water test :^\

    What size is your tank? Depending on your tank size it may take a few months to cycle your tank with just 5 fish in there. Also, it looks like you need to do a high level pH test.
  19. Momgoose56

    Can't keep Labidochromis chismulae (clown labs) alive

    A pH of 7.2-8.2 is perfect for African Cichlids as long as it doesn't fluctuate wildly. If your pH in your tank is dropping more than 1/2 point between water changes you might try 1. Increasing volume of weekly watet changes 2. Increasing frequency of water changes to 2 a week or a water change...
  20. Momgoose56

    Can't keep Labidochromis chismulae (clown labs) alive

    I would get rid of the "Rift Lake Buffer Recipe" and try just using your tap water. Most cichlids (esp. Labidochromis) are bred in captivity and very few large scale breeders augment their water unless their water is very soft or acidic. You are adding salts, minerals and have a calcium...
Top Bottom