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  1. My guess is the plant was treated with a Neonicotinoid which is a neurotoxin.
  2. I talked it over with my hubby and he agrees that we should be cautious and do the quarantine process. Our local PetSmart has tanks on sale so I will pick up a small tank and other supplies to do this thing. Thank you for sharing your method. My goal is to have a healthy ecosystem for my fish. Sometimes, allot of times, I over analyze and get in a mental tangle. Far too often, I let perfect get in the way of progress. Hubby and I are pretty risk averse. I listened to a podcast of KGTropicals on quarantining last night. They mentioned that for the first set of fish, the tank IS the quarantine tank. After that, a separate tank is needed for quarantine. I love @Irene. That video is very helpful although I don't think I will be using the meds process. At this point, I am thinking salt and observation.
  3. This is where I want to throw in the towel on quarantine. I am still waiting to get my first tank cycled. I don't have a "seeded" sponge to use in a quarantine tank. This question stems from my response above. I don't have an easy way to have a quarantine tank with cycled water and/or a seeded filter. Thus, the thought that I will need to do frequent water changes to keep ahead of ammonia. But, whether I add salt to the water prophylactically or need to medicate, water changes will really get complicated and expensive. Thanks for your responses and encouragement. I know there are no easy answers and many ways to do any particular thing.
  4. I really don't want to quarantine fish as I begin stocking my first tank. But, I *really* don't want to have our fish start dying because I tried to go the easy route. 1) I assume a quarantine tank doesn't need to be cycled. Right or wrong? 2) what is the easiest way to set up a quarantine tank? What must it have? 3) would even the very first fish need to go in the quarantine tank? Tell me if this plan is reasonable: While my 20g continues to cycle, get the first two types of fish and put one type in the 20g and the other in quarantine tank. When those are added to 20g, get next group. And, repeat. But, 4) what about the quarantine water? I guess there will be a lot of water changes.
  5. For a 20g planted aquarium with plans to have a Betta as the centerpiece fish, which of these would you pick, how many, and why? Corydora (albino, panda, Jullii) Pleco (bristlenose) Kuhli loach
  6. I thought about the AOBs going hungry a few days ago and started adding small amounts of the ammonia daily. That probably accounts for the continued increase in nitrites now that I think of it. Ammonia is staying down so the AOBs are alive and kicking! Yep, I do plan a slow process of stocking so I don't crash the system after all this. Yep, that ship will look great covered in slime! Took hubs to the Ft Fisher Aquarium for his birthday. One tank had an artificial shipwreck "reef" which hubs thought was cool. Ours won't be a reef...more Amazon river bottom...but well... 😂
  7. Today's "that's unexpected" observation: Yesterday, I did a 25% water change due to the levels of nitrites (5) and nitrates (40ppm). This morning I did my daily test of the water expecting lower numbers. Instead, the nitrites are higher (not quite 10 but over 5) and nitrates are still 40ppm. Assumption: the BBs are alive and well. Thoughts?
  8. I agree but from what I understand from Cory's video, he is suggesting seasoning a tank before stocking. I could have his timing mixed up. But, I agree with what you have stated. I am close but still have nitrites (hit above 5 this morning and nitrates at 50. I did a partial water change this afternoon (25%). Once I get the nitrites to 0, stocking will begin!
  9. Ah, yes, I had actually watched that video before. Rewatched for refresher because I have binge watched a poop ton of videos the last month! Here are my rookie thoughts on what Cory talks about (FWIW). Getting a tank to a point of being stable (seasoned) should be the goal. That point is healthy for the inhabitants of the tank and easier maintenance for the aquarist. Getting to that point from ground zero is like doing a "couch to marathon finish line". Just getting up, figuring out the right shoes, right train schedule, and starting to log the miles is a lot to process. Once in motion, it becomes easier to stay in motion. The same for a brand new aquarist. There are a lot of elements to figure out at first. Just like the couch-to-marathon training is easier with coaches and a group of couch potatoes to provide info and encouragement, this forum provides the same for couch-to-aquarium training. I wonder if any other couch potatoes starting their first aquarium actually let it season for 6 months before stocking it? Honestly, I won't wait that long. I will cycle it and begin the slow stocking process. I will monitor the chemistry closely... obsessively...until it is fully stocked and seasoned. Maybe my second tank will get more seasoned before it is stocked. (Yes, we are already discussing a second, larger, tank.) Or, perhaps the three will be the one I do correctly? 😉
  10. I haven't seen that video. I will search for it. I would say, prior to hearing his reasoning, that most newbie's aren't going to spend months growing algae and plants before stocking their first aquarium. I am surprised I have been able to hold my hubby back 3 weeks and counting. 3 months would just be too much. The "time in a bottle" "add fish first day" potions sell false hope because that is what newbie's want to hear. I just happen to be a "research every angle from the beginning" kinda person which is a small minority of new aquarists. And, even with all the research, I don't want to wait 3 months before getting some fish.
  11. It is interesting that the fry could survive that high of nitrates. I wonder if it is similar to how some marine life come into brackish or fresh water to lay their eggs? Or, adaptation to polluted conditions? Or....??
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