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Record of my GF growth, lives, water params etc.

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Change of plan...No Bubbles = More Food

Ok, so for the last IDK...month maybe Ive been feeding the babies quite small amounts of pellet food (1-2 crushed) plus duckweed (~1tbl spoon). Anyway the thing is I would have loved to feed them more but the Ranchu especially Tom (whom now I think should be Tombellina) would start floating or head spinning/diving...very frustrating. The thing is it was not what i was feeding them so much as their desire to go to the surface to graze on bubbles and air after the food was gone , talk about desp

Speckles

Speckles

 

Food for thought...what ive observed with eating and floating

So lately (the last month) I have been experimenting with duckweed and amounts of pellet foods (Hikari lionhead ~2.3mm and NLS thera A ~1mm) that I'm feeding the GF. So things I've noticed : - the amount of duckweed I feed does not bother them (no floating), also if your duckweed is getting the right amount of nitrogen the protein in it can get up to 40% - the amount of pellet food does bother one of my GF in particular (Little Tom//ranchu) who is very good at eating and always gets the mos

Speckles

Speckles

 

It has been happening...dont stress!

Thought I better up date and say...yes Ive definitely been doing water changes! Actually I'm doing a mid week change as well to keep the nitrates at 0-2.5. Mr Blacky Huge Eyes is growing so big! Tom and Moonee are also, actually Moonee is catching up to Tom very quickly. Considering He/she was half Toms size I think that is a good effort. I have a feeling Tom and Moonee are both female and Mr BHE is male . Time will tell, I'm not too concern with knowing right now. I'm using a new GH booste

Speckles

Speckles

 

WC 30.05.16

95% wc done.I think I was panicking about the mid week water changes as params were fine. I have been worried only cos Ive been having floaty issues with Tom after feeding. Todays Params: Nitrate not too bad at 10ppm Ph- 7.8 so happy with this GH etc. still in good range - Added 4 tsp of equilibrium and 1 tsp of bi-carb About Toms floatyness, he has been doing this after feeding and gulping the surface...I have been reading an interesting thread where Shakaho brought up Biofilm . I'm k

Speckles

Speckles

 

WC 22.05.16

90% wc done. A couple of days later than usual...again I'm thinking midweek wc may have to start, just to be on the safe side. Today: - Params ok Nitrate not great at 10-15ppm Ph- 7.8 so happy with this GH etc. still in good range - Added 4 tsp of equilibrium and 1 tsp of bi-carb - Cleaned out the canister filter (gross) Have bought a heater for the tank because I think the temp is fluctuating to much. We have had a bit of constipation/buoyancy issues with Tom that go away after fas

Speckles

Speckles

 

WC 15/04/16

100% wc done. Nothing much to report: - Params good - Added 4 tsp of equiibrium and 1.5 tsp of bi-carb - Cleaned out the canister filter - Added prazi 2.5 tabs Speckles and Mr. Eyes seem ok, not sulking much...yet

Speckles

Speckles

 

WC 11/05/2016

80% wc done today. A couple of days later than usual WC was also done on the 2.5.2016 but didn't have time to record it At this wc I reduced the bi-carb added to 1tsp (last time I added 1.5tsp, Ph was 8) Any ho, today: - Params ok Nitrate not great at 10-15ppm Ph- 7.8 so happy with this (adding less bicarb has helped this) GH etc. still in good range - Added 4 tsp of equilibrium and 1 tsp of bi-carb - Cleaned the front bottom and side surfaces of the tank - Cleaned up the Anubis

Speckles

Speckles

 

Params 26.04.16

Checking all the Parameters today after adding Tom into the main tank a few days ago. Ph- 8.0 Ammonia- 0 Nitrite- 0 Nitrate- 0 - 2.5 KH- (5 drops) 89.5ppm GH- (9 drops) 161.1ppm I'm really quite happy with these results, especially the Nitrate, its looking like weekly water changes will be fine for the time being. I'll need to keep track of the nitrate as overtime with the fish growing this will increase. Ph I could have this slightly lower, I wont add quite as much bi-carb next couple o

Speckles

Speckles

 

WC 23/04/2016

100% wc done. - Params good - Added 4 tsp of equilibrium and 1.5 tsp of bi-carb - Cleaned out the canister filter - Cleaned out the whole tank - Cleaned up the Anubis and Java Ferns (trimmed the roots and wiped down Anubis with microfiber cloth, trimmed cruddy leaves off the Java) - Introduced Tom to the main tank Everyone seems good for a 100% WC/canister and everything clean with a new intruder. All 3 are investigating the tank after a 15minute "I'm staying still to protect myself" mo

Speckles

Speckles

 

WC 10/04/16

60% wc done. Nothing much to report: - Params good - Added 2 tsp of equiibrium and .5 tsp of bi-carb - Added prazi 2.5 tabs Speckles and Mr. Eyes seem good and have not been bothered by the Prazi at all

Speckles

Speckles

 

Prazi 1st round 5/4/16

Started Prazi today I've added 2.5 tabs. I hope everything goes ok, last time there was a bit of sulking action. Also it is also a bit worrying when something different is added to the tank

Speckles

Speckles

 

WC 5/04/16

100% wc done. Nothing much to report: - Params good - Added 4 tsp of equiibrium and 1.5 tsp of bi-carb - Cleaned out the canister filter - Added prazi 2.5 tabs Speckles and Mr. Eyes seem ok, not sulking much...yet

Speckles

Speckles

 

WC 30/03/16

Another water change. A 60% water change. I didn't want to freak them out after a 10 day stint. Will do another WC 100% and add Prazi soon in a few days.

Speckles

Speckles

 

WC 19/03/2016

Another WC done. This time Ive added 3 tsp of equilibrium and usual 1/2 tsp BiCarb to a 90% WC. We will see how this goes to Raise the GH a bit more (Bi Carb is to raise PH). Speckles and Mr.Eyes are looking good. - Speckles is always a bit sulky during water change - Mr. Eyes is always so active. I noticed a couple of white specs on him, but i think it is from the buffers I'll check him through the day and before we leave to go for Easter break tomorrow to make sure

Speckles

Speckles

 

GH level check

Ok, so I tested the GH to see if i need to add more equilibrium, results below: GH- 89.5ppm So, I'll add a bit more equilibrium next WC. I'd say double amount added last change depending or % W taken out. For good measure I tested Nitrates they came out as .25-.5 I'm ok with that since ill do WC tomorrow.

Speckles

Speckles

 

WC 13/3/2016

Time for weekly water change. Nothing really to report. Everyone looks good TESTS PH: 7.6 Nitrate: 5ppm GH: 53.7ppm KH: 35.6ppm I will retest GH and KH tomorrow, may need to add more of either/both bicarb and/or Equilibrium. They look a bit like grillas in the mist at the moment (well not that bad)

Speckles

Speckles

 

Mid Week Params

Ok its midweek and Ive decided to do a water test on Nitrate and PH. I'd like an idea of the rate nitrate is increasing in the tank over the week to ensure the once a week WC I do is enough. PH, I will test just because it is easy and I may as well while Ive got the tests out. Plus I did want to make sure the tap water was still at 6.8. Nitrate- 2.5 mid week PH tap- 6.8 PH tank- 7.6 Things are pretty much as I expected (hoped) and I think weekly water changes are still good. I will do a

Speckles

Speckles

 

First Blog and it will not be that amazing!

Righto, so I'm starting this blog really so I have a record of my GF and what they are up to. I hope it is not too boring. To date I have had 4 GF in my care, Blacky and Goldy both died in the last 4-5 months and I still have Speckles and Mr.Blacky Huge Eyes. Ive only ever had 3 sml GF in my small 48L tank at once. I have come to the conclusion (you may think this could have come sooner) that it is a 2 GF tank maybe even a 1 GF tank...it is so hard to resist! Goldy the first baby died a few d

Speckles

Speckles

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