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April
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Re: A New Tank for Tailer ♥
« Reply #30 on: December 06, 2010, 12:08:30 AM »

Well we're 10 days into the new system. Water tests as follows:
ammonia = 0
nitrites = less than 0.1 (still the slightest tinge of pink grrr)
nitrates = 10
pH = 7.5
temp = 69 to 70 degrees

Haven't done much except add the stability every day and today some salt since Tailer's tail is progressing no further. The water has a lot of dust floating around in it and doesn't seem to be disipating. Rinsed the microparticle mesh in the filter to see if this would help but there was no change. Need to get a replacement pad since the unit has been running for more than 5 weeks and instructions say to do maintenance every month. Hoping to go to the BIG fish store on Wednesday to see if there is a tiny treasure in need of a loving home and fish friend ♥ Quarantine tank has pristine water except the pH is half a reading lower (7.0) - weird :S
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Re: A New Tank for Tailer ♥
« Reply #31 on: December 06, 2010, 03:08:53 AM »

April, sure with the next waterchange nitrites will be 0 ppm. Just continue adding stability, also add it with every waterchange.
How did you go with Clarity?

7.0 is neutral pH, don't worry too much, water is perfect.  Cannot wait to see Mrs. Tailor... I AM JUST SO EXCITED FOR YOU  Grin
And you definetely got the bug... FISH HOARDER[/b] lol


... ypu may see a lovely big bowl, an UG filter for it and a cuuuuuuuuuuuuute betta, lol.
The good thing about bettas is, you can set it up straight away with the fish...
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Nossie
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Re: A New Tank for Tailer ♥
« Reply #32 on: December 06, 2010, 04:10:29 AM »

The water looks grainy? Maybe it's connected to some dirt in the gravel? It doesn't matter how carefully you clean the gravel and you'll end up with some dust in your tank! xD But the filter should deal with it shortly Smiley

Hope you'll find a sweet little friend in the shop! Wink
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Re: A New Tank for Tailer ♥
« Reply #33 on: December 06, 2010, 05:31:29 PM »

Hi Hanna, I didn't put any Clarity in the new one because I'm afraid of it changing the water to amber like it did in the little one. I know that colour means you have an excellent balance (recalling what Graham explained) but I'm hoping to achieve this naturally. I will use it after that happens and I have calmed down a lot - not fussing so much with water like I did before. It is my nature to keep playing with things usually to the point of screwing everything up, so this is a big effort Wink OMG it wouldn't surprise me if I did come home with a Betta ♥ but for sure I too hope to find a sweet little baby thanks Nossie Wink There is only an inch of gravel in the tank so maybe I need to add more? Mr. Tailer sends great big fishy kisses to all of you ♥♥♥

P.S. I just spotted the 'fish hoarder' banner ahahahahaha!!!!! so true  Grin
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Re: A New Tank for Tailer ♥
« Reply #34 on: December 06, 2010, 05:53:17 PM »

I still haven't qualified to the fish hoader yet. Darn it! Sad
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Re: A New Tank for Tailer ♥
« Reply #35 on: December 06, 2010, 07:10:36 PM »

I don't think you need to add more gravel.  I just read an article where they reccommend less gravel, just enough to cover the bottom of a tank for goldfish.  I guess the only reason you would need more is for your plants to grow well.  I have only an inch in mine and my plants grow fine. Smiley
I think as long as Mr. Tailer is acting fine, I would do nothing and leave things alone and let the tank finish cycling. Smiley
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Re: A New Tank for Tailer ♥
« Reply #36 on: December 06, 2010, 07:35:00 PM »

I find it necessary to have about 2 inches of gravel in my tank otherwise my goldies are constantly uprooting the plants Angry
But if Mr. Tailer is well behaved then 1 inch of gravel should be fine lol.
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Re: A New Tank for Tailer ♥
« Reply #37 on: December 07, 2010, 12:26:39 AM »

LOL fantailer! don't worry, I don't qualify either...YET  Wink but I do have 2 tanks running only one fishy he he. I understand about needing enough to anchor plants but since all I have at the moment are fake ones, I'll just keep it going until it is fully cycled. Almost there, ugh I need to be more patient - sitting on hands. I noticed a slight odor when opening the glass lid - is that normal? Do I have to get Mr. Tailer a room deodorizer lol Wink
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Re: A New Tank for Tailer ♥
« Reply #38 on: December 07, 2010, 12:28:20 AM »

Depends. does the odour smell like fish?? Because apparently my room smells like old fish all the time. I don't notice it because I sleep with my fishies, but... I think it's normal...
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Re: A New Tank for Tailer ♥
« Reply #39 on: December 07, 2010, 01:22:22 AM »

Normally you should smell an odour like water, earth, bit fish yep,  Wink , but not strong ammonia smell Tongue
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Re: A New Tank for Tailer ♥
« Reply #40 on: December 07, 2010, 01:40:16 AM »

ok it smells like damp earth - good one many thankies Wink
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Re: A New Tank for Tailer ♥
« Reply #41 on: December 07, 2010, 07:45:35 AM »

If you have strong odor coming from your tank, you can sweeten it by using carbon in your filter. Carbon will absorb any odors. Carbon has to be changed monthly tho. Smiley
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Re: A New Tank for Tailer ♥
« Reply #42 on: December 07, 2010, 09:56:18 AM »

thanks Minde I do have to replace one layer in the filter and this is probably why Smiley I will pick up some charcoal carbon tomorrow too!
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Re: A New Tank for Tailer ♥
« Reply #43 on: December 07, 2010, 11:13:29 AM »

Was thinking about buying some carbon pads for my external filter since they can be left there for two weeks Smiley I do have a few left for the internal one, but... I'm too greedy to use them :C

Anyway about the gravel, I find it more beautiful and natural the more gravel you have Smiley I personally have three inches at the back and about 1.5 at the front. It's also much easier to make plants and ornaments stay in place if you can weigh them down in the gravel Smiley It's mostly a personal preference though Wink
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Re: A New Tank for Tailer ♥
« Reply #44 on: December 07, 2010, 09:25:24 PM »

In my external filter I only have one level to put media in.  This is the order, first is a black sponge, bio stars (same as bio rings/balls) then chem zorb pouch that contains both carbon and absorbant resin then the top is a fine microfilter pad kind of like pillow stuffing. Some things are rechargeable and last 6 months others need changing every 30 to 40 days. I think I may try the ammonia removing pouch since my tap water tends to have 0.50 ppm to begin with. I will most likely add a very little amount more just to anchor plants Smiley
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Re: A New Tank for Tailer ♥
« Reply #45 on: December 08, 2010, 07:12:49 AM »

What happens if you leave carbon filter pads in for more than a month? Do they just become inactive?
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Re: A New Tank for Tailer ♥
« Reply #46 on: December 08, 2010, 07:46:33 AM »

Yes they become inactive, where they cannot absorb any more impurities. Smiley
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Re: A New Tank for Tailer ♥
« Reply #47 on: December 08, 2010, 09:00:05 AM »

If you leave carbon in for much too long, it will end up getting clogged with waste and starting to release it back into the water.
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Re: A New Tank for Tailer ♥
« Reply #48 on: December 10, 2010, 11:42:03 AM »

good to know Minde and Nossie  Grin
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Re: A New Tank for Tailer ♥
« Reply #49 on: December 10, 2010, 01:01:21 PM »

Here's a bit more info about activated carbon Wink
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Re: A New Tank for Tailer ♥
« Reply #50 on: December 10, 2010, 01:06:11 PM »

thank you Hanna Smiley
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Re: A New Tank for Tailer ♥
« Reply #51 on: December 10, 2010, 04:55:12 PM »

 Grin, no worries, April,  Wink there are pros and cons for activated carbon.
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Re: A New Tank for Tailer ♥
« Reply #52 on: December 10, 2010, 05:31:34 PM »

definitely a con if you have to swallow it after ingesting something toxic *hurl  Lips sealed
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