Tetra Safestart Test

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Re: Tetra Safestart Test

Post by bertie 83 » Thu Nov 24, 2011 3:54 am

Ram cichlids are awesome. Prob my fave non puffer fish. So pretty, easy to care for and great personality. Good choice
It's amazing how easy maintenance is. If done regularly and thoroughly

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Re: Tetra Safestart Test

Post by sevenyearnight » Thu Nov 24, 2011 4:05 am

I agree, I'm really excited :D
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Re: Tetra Safestart Test

Post by Pufferpunk » Thu Nov 24, 2011 1:21 pm

Can I get wood from there too??? I'm looking for some more. Does it sink?
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Re: Tetra Safestart Test

Post by Tim » Thu Nov 24, 2011 1:29 pm

bertie 83 wrote:Ram cichlids are awesome. Prob my fave non puffer fish. So pretty, easy to care for and great personality. Good choice
I miss my blue ram :(. He ate out of my hand and everything. Always came to the glass to "greet" me.
*A wild water plant appears, Pig the Green Spotted Puffer is intimidated*

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Re: Tetra Safestart Test

Post by sevenyearnight » Thu Nov 24, 2011 2:21 pm

Oh definitely, here is the website: http://manzanita.com/aqwood.htm
Call him and tell him what you are looking for, and he'll put a package together for you. Most pieces sunk right away, others needed soaking, but they all sink now.
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Re: Tetra Safestart Test

Post by Pufferpunk » Thu Nov 24, 2011 2:30 pm

Cool, just what I was looking for! All the other places, I can't find pics of what I'm getting, thanks!
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Re: Tetra Safestart Test

Post by sevenyearnight » Thu Nov 24, 2011 2:34 pm

No problem :D
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Re: Tetra Safestart Test

Post by xrayjeeper83 » Thu Nov 24, 2011 9:16 pm

Ive heard rams are kinda harder to take care of. Granted if you can keep puffers I think you can keep most fish lol
RTR wrote:Fahakas do not have tank mates, they may have swimming food reserves.

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Re: Tetra Safestart Test

Post by sevenyearnight » Thu Nov 24, 2011 9:59 pm

Yes, rams are a little tricky. They need higher temperatures, very soft water, and low nitrates, and a calm environment around the tank, especially during breeding.
I read that the pH needs to be 5.5 - 6.5, but this is where my really soft tap water becomes favorable.
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Re: Tetra Safestart Test

Post by bertie 83 » Fri Nov 25, 2011 6:33 am

Yes they do like it a little warmer. Good clean soft water is a must, but other than that very easy to keep happy, they are eager feeders and very bold and full of personality, they always come to the front of the tank to say hello
It's amazing how easy maintenance is. If done regularly and thoroughly

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Re: Tetra Safestart Test

Post by sevenyearnight » Fri Nov 25, 2011 10:10 pm

Day 26

pH 7.6
KH 6°
Ammonia 0.0
Nitrite 0.0
Nitrate 10.0

Changes: I did a water change yesterday. Today the barbs moved out, and we got a school of Cardinal Tetras and Blue Tetras! The Cardinal Tetras were on sale for 80 cents!
I'm only sorry that my caca phone pics just don't give the fish or tank any justice.
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Re: Tetra Safestart Test

Post by Nuclear_Glitter » Sat Nov 26, 2011 1:17 am

I am definitely in love with the way you have it decorated.
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Re: Tetra Safestart Test

Post by sevenyearnight » Sun Nov 27, 2011 11:51 pm

Day 28

ph --
KH --
Ammonia 0.0
Nitrite 0.0
Nitrate <10.0

Changes: I didn't test pH and KH today. I raised the temp to 82° F, discontinued the DIY CO2, hooked up an air pump to the diffuser for extra aeration, and have started treating the fish for ich.
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Re: Tetra Safestart Test

Post by sevenyearnight » Sun Nov 27, 2011 11:53 pm

Nuclear_Glitter wrote:I am definitely in love with the way you have it decorated.
Thank you ma'am :D
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Re: Tetra Safestart Test

Post by sevenyearnight » Tue Nov 29, 2011 6:20 pm

Day 30

ph 7.6
KH 6°
Ammonia 0.0
Nitrite 0.0
Nitrate 5.0

Changes: Temp is down to 80° F, the fish were showing some respiratory distress, so I'm just going to keep it at 80°. I was given a new Eheim canister filter, so when the ich treatment is done and the fish are distributed to their final home-tanks, I will swap out the HOB's for the Eheim. Also got a new heater to replace the scary one that came with the tank.
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