Fish thread?

Discussion in 'Other Pets' started by Kass, Aug 12, 2020.

  1. MellonFriend

    MellonFriend Well-Known Member

    Okay I could be wrong, cuz I don't no if the plants change this, but I think you need fish in there to start the tank cycling. To get the biological filtration and nitrate-nitrite cycle going.
     
  2. Kass

    Kass Active Member

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    You can also start it with fish food which will act almost like fish waste.
     
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  3. MellonFriend

    MellonFriend Well-Known Member

    Interesting, I did not know that!
     
  4. Kass

    Kass Active Member

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    My theory is that that since I dont have pure ammonia, just fish food, the plants are able to take care of it before it makes a big impact in the tank.
     
  5. MellonFriend

    MellonFriend Well-Known Member

    That sounds like a good hypothesis. What do you think you are going to do about it?
     
  6. Kass

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    I'm going to get the 3 male gupoies and test the water for a couple weeks and see how they do. If the tank does well I'll get some panda cories.
     
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  7. MellonFriend

    MellonFriend Well-Known Member

    Sounds good. (thumbup)
     
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  8. Kass

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    Tank update!
    I finally got some fish today! At first I meant to only get the Guppies then get the cories later. But after previously visiting both stores and finding them sold out of both panda cories and pygmy cories, I decided if they had them I would get them. So I went and got 3 gorgeous male guppies. A pale blue, a black and emerald and a black red and blue/green. The people right before us got the last of the Panda cories, but there was 4 pygmy cories left, so I snatched those up too. One died during transit from stress, so we are down to 3, which worries me, I would like to have 6. So we will get 3 more ASAP.
    I have 3 java ferns, but I wanted more plants so i ordered 3 anubias and a driftwood centerpiece. They arrived today. I am on the 3rd boil right now, hoping to attach plants and add to tank tonight. I will try to get pictures of the fish. Very fast swimmers so it will be hard! Image.jpeg Image%20(1).jpeg Image%20(2).jpeg Image%20(3).jpeg
     
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  9. Kass

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    The pictures do not do them justice at all!
     
  10. MellonFriend

    MellonFriend Well-Known Member

    Oh they are gorgeous. Have you given them names yet?
     
  11. Kass

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    No I didn't even think of that yet! Mostly been trying to not kill them! Any ideas?
     
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  12. Kass

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    Also any tips on drift wood? This piece was ordered online. It is real driftwood for aquariums. I'm planning to finish boiling it, I boiled it 3 times. Then soak it in cold water a couple times until it doesn't color the water too fast. Then cool it, attach the anubias and add it tonight. Is that too short a process? Some places say to soak it one to two weeks, but my price is so small, 7in by 4 in, I think as long as it will sink I can put it in? I want some tannins in it still to lower Ph. Mine is 8-8.2. I understand cories like it lower.
     
  13. Kass

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    Should I boil it again if the water is this dark? Image%20(4).jpeg Image%20(5).jpeg
     
  14. MellonFriend

    MellonFriend Well-Known Member

    I have never done drift wood. Came real close to trying it once, but didn't end up going for it. I do know a little about it from researching, but I don't have any personal experience.

    That water sure dose look dark though. Sheesh. Is it still floating?
     
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  15. Kass

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    No. It doesn't float anymore. It's been soaking in this cold water for like half an hour and there's no change to the water. Image%20(7).jpeg
     
  16. Kass

    Kass Active Member

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    I think I'm going to go ahead and attach the plants
     
  17. Kass

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  18. MellonFriend

    MellonFriend Well-Known Member

    :great: Looks real good.
     
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  19. Tanya

    Tanya Well-Known Member

    Looks real good Kass. I like the driftwood. Your colours are beautiful
     
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  20. Goataddict

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