Building up my first FW tank

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Re: Building up my first FW tank

Post by J-P » Sat Jul 07, 2012 2:37 pm

just a quick brush in water should be good to get debris off. Then you can add a touch of dechlor to the tank if you want.
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Re: Building up my first FW tank

Post by RTR » Sun Jul 08, 2012 8:36 am

Many folk simply accept the huge mass of aquarium mythology. I do not and will not.

J-P's quote from me is right on target. But every piece of wood is different. There is not and never will be any standard processing time for wood.

BTW, many but not all suckermouth catfish have an absolute requirement for wood in their diet. Their unique gut bugs will not survive without it, and they rely on those bugs to balance their nutrition. Fish which should live for decades are as short-lived as are many Tetras in mixed tanks.
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Re: Building up my first FW tank

Post by Lukedt95 » Mon Jul 09, 2012 3:41 pm

Here she is, struggled to get a clear picture of her because of how much she's moving about, she's had some blood worms and seems really happy with her new home:

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She's tiny atm, only about 2cm if that.
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Re: Building up my first FW tank

Post by DGabbs » Tue Jul 10, 2012 7:18 am

Very cool!
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Re: Building up my first FW tank

Post by filofilo » Tue Jul 10, 2012 8:04 am

It's a lady. Call her "she" :)

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Re: Building up my first FW tank

Post by filofilo » Tue Jul 10, 2012 8:04 am

It's a lady. Call her "she" :)

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Re: Building up my first FW tank

Post by Lukedt95 » Tue Jul 10, 2012 11:10 am

filofilo wrote:It's a lady. Call her "she" :)
Thanks for the help, but she's having trouble atm, I've posted a thread in the Hospital section but have got no replies.

She was fine yesterday and ate some blood worm, she was also fine this morning however, at around 11:30 she turned very dark and became very subdued, she's now at the bottom in the corner breathing heavily.

I rang up the LFS where I bought her from (They'd done a water test before I bought her) and they said it was normal for the first few days. Can someone verify this for me?
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Re: Building up my first FW tank

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Re: Building up my first FW tank

Post by DGabbs » Wed Jul 11, 2012 5:35 pm

Did you do the cycle? I seemed like we were talking about starting your cycle too recently for it to be completed already...
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Re: Building up my first FW tank

Post by bertie 83 » Fri Jul 13, 2012 6:13 am

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Re: Building up my first FW tank

Post by Lukedt95 » Fri Jul 13, 2012 3:54 pm

Just a quick update on Copper, She has Ich, I'm going through RTR's cure atm (I've increased the Temp to 83F, added the correct amount of dissolved salt and put an extra air pump in there) She's moving around now but still doesn't want to eat, tomorrow if all goes well I'll add another lot of salt (Half the original amount)

I've also bought a better heater (Cost £30..) Some decorations and a net (Cost £16) So far I've spent well over £150 :lol:
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Re: Building up my first FW tank

Post by tress29 » Sat Jul 14, 2012 12:27 am

Lukedt95 wrote:I've also bought a better heater (Cost £30..) Some decorations and a net (Cost £16) So far I've spent well over £150 :lol:
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Re: Building up my first FW tank

Post by puffykid » Sat Jul 14, 2012 12:42 am

Glad to hear Copper is up and about again! Since your catching the ich early she should recover quickly, best of luck with her!
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Re: Building up my first FW tank

Post by Lukedt95 » Sat Jul 14, 2012 9:43 am

She's moving about much more now and there doesn't seem to be any white spots on her (I'll continue with the treatment anyway, I've added the rest of the dissolved salt now), she has her colour back as well, However she still refuses to eat bloodworm, I even put it right in front of her.

Do you think I should try feeding her something else? And if so, what?
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Re: Building up my first FW tank

Post by puffykid » Sat Jul 14, 2012 11:11 am

They appreciate a varied diet some other stuff you could tempt her with are mysis / brine shrimp tubifex worms, they also enjoy hunting snails if you throw some in you can probably watch her hunt. Thats good about her activity and ich spots! sounds like she will be up and about soon
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