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  1. Hi Everyone. You guys helped me get my tank healthy enough for fish, and I thank all of you for lending your words of advice. Now there is brown algae, and I see different opinions on what causes that, too much light, or too little light. I have the lights on for 10-11 hours a day. I want to nip this in the bud before it takes over.
  2. I just looked up camallanus worms. Yuk. So sorry you lost your fish. As Rosanna Rosannadanna used to say: "It's always something!" What kind of tank do you have, and whats in it? How long have you been doing aquariums?
  3. Good afternoon everyone. I actually did the bottled cycle, and it didn't seem to affect anything. I'm not naturally a trusting person, and you have to wonder what's really in the bottle, when in fact you don't know where it's coming from. I wondered what the active ingredient is in water conditioners, and it is sodium thiosulfate, which can break down chlorine, but not chloramine. This stuff can be quite expensive in the long run, especially when they say to treat tap water every time you do a water change. And this is already an expensive hobby! One thing I did not do when getting fish, was quarantining them. Do all of you do that? If so how long?
  4. This was informative. This explains doing massive water changes to no avail! I'm just going to let it sit for awhile and let the filter do its job, maybe throw in some fish food. I really don't know anyone else with a tank unfortunately. It is really nice to have the advice of people who love this hobby, and who have had the same problems, and who understand why losing fish is so hard. I will postpone putting shrimp in till I see what just leaving the aquarium alone does. It is beckoning even as I write this. Thanks again for the advice everyone!
  5. You guys are awesome. Hopefully I can let you know when the tank is full of lively fish and swaying plants. This is a great site. It's amazing how deep we can get into this 'way of life'. Even though the tank just has plants and flowing water, I'm in there at least once almost every waking hour! I saw a video saying that some fish get spooked just seeing shadows. Do you think I stressed the fish by having my goofy face one foot from the tank? I sure hope not. In the past the fish were always friendly, riding the tide and playing in the bubbles. I miss them. Thanks to all of you. I have a big smile on my face right now because of all of you! Sweet dreams...
  6. Hi Hobbit. Your tank looked good when you started. I see fish in the first pic, so why did you have to cycle?
  7. Hi again. Thanks for all your suggestions. I can see patience is needed here, and I guess that's the hardest part. Until then, I'll have to keep stopping in and visiting the fish in the tanks at the fish dealers around here. I really don't remember having these problems in the past. But then again....memories...not so clear as we think sometimes eh? Love your nicknames by the way. I've never inquired to a forum before, and you have made it easy for this introvert!
  8. It's been about two weeks since the last fish died. Actually ordered them online despite the price because I figured they'd be handled less, but they died too. It was two Cory's and 3 H. rasboras. I get very attached to the fish, and want nothing but a great tank for them, that's why it's been so frustrating. May I ask, any of you, what type set up you have with plants and fish? And ho long you have been addicted to this hobby?
  9. I just want to thank you all for your help. You have no idea how good it is to actually have aquarium lovers to talk to about all this. Have a wonderful weekend, and say hi to your live fish for me!
  10. The tank is still up and running because of the plants and my desire for optimal parameters for the fish I hope to slowly add. Since it's reading ammonia in the tank, I'll just let it be and maybe throw something in there like some fish food. If you don't all mind, I have another question. I've spent countless hours watching videos and reading my aquarium books, (twice!) and the more knowledge I acquire, the thing that is front and center is how stressed fish can be with all the handling and what not that goes on. That's why I put 10 comets in at once, so they'd be comfortable. How many small tetras should I put in when the tank finally cycles? I want Cory's too, but unless they are babies, more than 3 at a time would probably not be good.
  11. If I use half a shrimp or salmon, how long will it be before it's cycled? I think I assumed that when I got the nitrites and nitrates down to zero on the test strip that he tank was cycled. Should I also leave dead leaves in the tank instead of scooping them out? And...did the water changes kill the good bacteria? I've got a Fluval 406, and I replaced the carbon with more sponges, and I learned a few years back not to do anything but take big pieces off of the sponges. (I used to be good at this, then I had a snail infestation, and just stopped being a fish keeper for two years.) Thanks so much for helping me out here! 🙂
  12. Thanks for the advice. I was wondering if I was changing water too much. But it just got depressing spending all the money on conditioners and cycle chemicals, so since the main theme seems to be water changing I started doing that. After watching Cory's video, I think I will put a sponge on the intake and back off water changes. What do you suggest for restarting the nitrogen cycle as if I'm just starting this again?
  13. Hi. I've got three different water conditioners: Dr. Tim's aqua cleanse, Top Fin water conditioner, and Fritz complete. I can't remember which chemicals I used to cycle, but I did put some goldfish in there after two weeks, and they lived three weeks and then died. That was my fault for putting in 10 comets, and I was surprised that they went from being friendly and swimming at all levels and eating from my hand.
  14. Hi everyone. I'm very frustrated and need some advice. I have a 55 gallon tank. It's been up for 3 months now. My dip stick tells me no chlorine, no nitrates, no nitrites, 6.5 Ph, acidic water, but I still can't seem to get my ammonia levels to zero. I have been doing 50-80% water changes for a week now. The gravel is spotless and I condition the water coming out of the tap. I really want fish! I have some plants that seem okay, but the few times I've put fish in there, they don't last. I'm a fish killer, and I feel so bad about it. What could possibly be so wrong with my tank? I'm really wasting a lot of conditioner in this battle for good parameters. Any help would be very appreciated. Also, love your videos. You are very helpful and mellow. Keep it up. Thanks, Sweet Sharon
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