2 weeks to be exact. Then I can start adding fish slowly one by one.Do you have a water test kit? You will show some ammonia readings no doubt but don't dose your tank with Seachem Prime. That will kill the TSS bacteria. I remember reading that the ammonia will be a little stressful but not lethal. There is a post somewhere on this site that is from a Tetra representative that spells it all out. I think the bottle tells you not to do any water changes for a couple of weeks.
Yep. Exept I have a question. Is it normal for one guppy just to stay by itself? It stays towards the bottom a little. It (I don't want to say rarely) sometimes goes with the others.Congratulations! They are pretty! Enjoy doing nothing but lightly feeding for 14 days!
Thanks that helps me feel a lot better. Especially because my tank is 29 gallons. Is 1 pinch of food good for light feeding?I can't comment on the guppy behavior but we did have good luck with the TSS+. I cycled my daughters 29 gallon with it and 8 danios. All survived and never showed any signs of stress. We set up the tank and used Prime for the water. Let the filter run 48 hours no fish, then added the TSS+ and danios. I have the API test kit but didn't test anything for 2 weeks. We did no water changes during the two weeks either.
After 2 weeks, water tests showed 0 ammonia, 0 nitrite, and 0 nitrate. I was a little worried at that point that it was not cycled/cycling but figured it would have ammonia showing up if it wasn't. We started weekly water changes and tests started to show nitrates at about 6 weeks. Now we're running about 5-10 nitrates with weekly water changes and always test 0,0 on ammonia and nitrite.
On an off topic note, the danios are still happy and breed often. We now have a 5.5 gallon fry grow out tank with 18 fry that are about 5 weeks old. We're getting ready to add another 29 or 37 gallon bare tank with sponge filter to let them grow up in. We used TSS+ on the 5.5 gallon fry tank as well with no problems.
One pinch of food good????Congratulations! They are pretty! Enjoy doing nothing but lightly feeding for 14 days!
One pinch of food good????
Will my guppies eat this?I'd recommend starting with very small pinches and only give them what they can eat in a minute or two. I always watch to make sure we don't have food floating to the bottom.
Several small pinches spread out over the minute or two is better than one big pinch. Too much at once and a lot of it is down in the substrate and plants before they can eat it.
I will and so I just give them a pinch of this correct?Yes, and yes.
Some guppies hover at the top, some like the bottom. Even fish from the same litter do this.
The flake food is fine. Over time, add some variety including frozen brine shrimp, frozen or freeze dried blood works, another brand of flake. Even slow sinking micro pellets.
Ok thanks so much!!That should be okay for food. They may not eat for a day or two as they acclimate- don’t be surprised. Guppies are not schooling fish, so some may hang together & some may not. In my experience what you want to watch for is a change in behavior- the one which is always social now hiding, I would encourage early lights out for the fish tonight if you aren’t on a timer. Let them settle in. Enjoy!
Thanks.Yes. A small pinch and watch em eat.
They will learn quickly to go to the bottom after feeding to pick up scraps.
They won't affect the cycle in a negative way?? Mom2some
They won't affect the cycle in a negative way??
Ok thanks! I'll keep feeding them once a day. I know you have to lightly feed. I saw something about feeding guppies twice a day and it made me think.While TSS cycling I would say no. After you are cycled = Your choice. I feed my fish once a day most of the time. I am more concerned about excess food becoming an ammonia source than my fish starving. Their stomach is apparently the size of their eye.