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  1. I agree 100% that the amounts should be given in weight, not spoon size. I also agree with the volume of the tank thing and I just recently brought that up because I see very little about theat. Well, when most of the people coming to any board are really looking for help after their fish are dying from bad advice...they need to know that their 4" of gravel is actually not giving them 10 gallons of water in their 10 gallon tank. However, this is never brought up, and the only reason I brought it up is because it was mentioned that salt measurements should be precise. The advice is always different..which leaves a lot of room for error if precision is a must. If it isn't a neccessity, no bigy. But not truly knowing the volume of one's tank or using huge salt crystals verses tiny sea salt, will make a huge different in the % in the tank. To say that salt crystals are different shapes so they take up different amounts of space, doesn't explain why there are such huge differences in advice. If one said, well, if you are using brand A, you should use this much, brand B, etc......but that isn't the case. The info on this thread is different than the info on the salt thread and both of those are different than the 1 teaspoon per gallon for each 1% that is on many boards. It is something that if I had not worked with salt in the past and just came to a board looking for help..and knew how to search for answers..I would be left very confused. I personally think everyone should just start giving info by weight since every brand of salt is almost entirely different in shape and form. Thanks for the info
  2. Nope, the cup has an inner ring if you choose the right one. You cut between it which produces a high lip that turns inward. I did not say I bent any plastic.. and there is no way for the fish to reach that edge unless they are playing evil knievel and at that point it would bang its head into the tank lid and at that point one should have more worries than a plastic feeding ring.......like maybe putting the fish into a pond??... I couldn't see it working for large fish that want to jump out of the water when feeding either, but then, who uses a small feeder ring for large fish? Everything has a purpose for some and not for others..it is working great for the bubbles
  3. Well, after putting in some of the plant garland the food would seem to pool behind some of it and be hard to reach for the bubbles. So, I made a a feeder ring from a fast food, clear, plastic lid. It is the large size, like from 7 Eleven or whatever. I simply used an exacto knife, cut out the center, flipped it upside down so it would keep boyancy like a boat and keep any edges kind of up in the air and away from their mouths, and tada! It stays in the corner because of the circulation of the water, keeps all the top feeder foods from getting gunked up where the fish cannot eat it and you cannot see it unless you bend down and look because it kind of blends in with the water or hides behind the black rim...best part, no cost Hope someone can use it! Excuse the bad pic, I didn't feel like messing with the settings... This post has been promoted to an article
  4. Well, after putting in some of the plant garland the food would seem to pool behind some of it and be hard to reach for the bubbles. So, I made a a feeder ring from a fast food, clear, plastic lid. It is the large size, like from 7 Eleven or whatever. I simply used an exacto knife, cut out the center, flipped it upside down so it would keep buoyancy like a boat and keep any edges kind of up in the air and away from their mouths, and tada! It stays in the corner because of the circulation of the water, keeps all the top feeder foods from getting gunked up where the fish cannot eat it and you cannot see it unless you bend down and look because it kind of blends in with the water or hides behind the black rim...best part, no cost Hope someone can use it!
  5. Your PH is fine for your fishies I am still going to GREATLY encourage you to get a larger tank. You had mentioned that you had your fish a long time..but truthfully, they should be a lot bigger by now. The tanks size is stunting their health and their growth..and unless you are REALLY up on the water quality by testing everyday and doing changes to keep the realms perfect, have an awesome filter system, you are bound to keep having trouble.
  6. You don't have a vvvv? mmm did it for me but that was only because vvvv was out of stock. Do you have someone that can just order it online for you and then you pay them back?
  7. Hey Dev, I have a question. You say it takes 2.5 teaspoons per gallon to reach the .3% in a ten gallon tank , which you said would mean a ten gallon would need 25 teaspoons, that divided by 3 into each tablespoons = 8 tablespoons and one teaspoon. So at this point we have that to reach a .3% for a ten gallon, we would need 8 tablespoons and 1 teaspoon. But everywhere I have read it says one teaspoon per gallon equals .1% increase. So to reach a .3% in a ten gallon tank, that would take 30 teaspoons or 10 tablespoons So by the 1 teaspoon per gallon info we have to reach a .3% for a ten gallon, we would need 10 tablespoons or 30 teaspoons Is it that the change from .1% to the next level has enough varience to mean that at certain levels the actual measurements of salt drop? Then, in the treatment section it says But this contradicts what you just said. Correct? 1 tablespoon per 5 gallons does not add up to a 2.5 x rule as you suggest above. Because 1 tablespoon per 5 gallons to reach the .1% would mean a ten gallon would need double that = 2 tablespoons which equals 6 teaspoons / 2 TBLS in ten gallons for .1%, 12 TSP / 4 TBLS for .2% or 18 TSP/9 TBS to bring a ten gallon tank to .3%. Well, one tablespoon per 5 gallons to reach a .3% is NOT 2.5 teaspoons per gallon. The reason I bring this up is because you mention Am I missing something?
  8. Usagi, how is the fish today? What are the rest of the numbers? The problem here is the lack of communication about certain areas that people can give you advice on. But without certain info, it makes it hard to give you the correct advice. This is why the questions are asked. It is not meant to harp on you or give you a hard time..it is just info that people need to be able to draw the right conclusions to help YOU do all you can for your fish. Hang in there
  9. Hermit crabs are social creatures and need to live in groups. Do you have the funds, space and ability to properly care for them?
  10. Do you mean these water changes were before the testing? Did you buy a test kit? This doesn't make sense. Nitrites do not go up because of your water changes, they go down. What else could be fine and perfect if your ammonia is way out of whack as well as your nitrites??? THEY ARE ALREADY SICK! The only way to get them to heal is by making sure their water is livible...... So you do have a test kit? Or are you saying you did a 50% water change, then had the guy at the store test your water and your readings are still deadly crazy high? Also, a teaspoon of salt thrown in is not going to do anything. Here is how to use salt. But it isn't going to do anything if your water is soup. http://www.kokosgoldfish.invisionzone.com/...?showtopic=8382
  11. Persimmon

    Seaweed

    No problem! If you want more good fishie food stuff...cheap, scroll down the food page and you will see my other post. That is where I get a lot of my treats from, the guy is awesome and my fish love it!
  12. Yea, Goldie, Jen is right, that is a bad way to clean the gravel. You should only be siphoning it slowly to clean it. Removing everything really disrupts the tank water and the good and bad in the gravel. IMO, gravel is just not needed..or if you must, STAY THIN You also do not need the absorbing rocks.. As far as the breathing,maybe stress related due to the cycle...best to just get the water prams perfect and keep watch for right now. What about your nitrites and nitrates?
  13. The penguin sounds fine and a lot of people like them. IMO: DO get the biomax and shove any open space full of it. If the penguin comes with charcoal, don't use it, instead fill it with the bio or any other good media you have from your tank. The bio wheel takes a LONG time to really colonize and the biomax doesn't. You cannot have too much biofiltration and it cannot hurt, and since you will be setting up a new larger tank, you need all the help you can get. List: AquaClear BioMax ...get the big box, it is cheaper Filter Floss...you can save money and just buy quilt batting form wally world, or Aquaclear SPONGE....etc. All filter floss is ...100% poly filler like for pillows. You can also cut your own filters out of foam batting too, this saves A LOT of money Penguin 350 Aquarium Salt TapeSafe ....not needed if you just get prime Aquarium Pharmaceutical's Freshwater Masterkit Amquel ....I really do prefer prime Thermometer Gravel Siphon Peas ....organic pack is 99? at our Belair Larger size gravel...as mentioned, not neccessary. I actually mainly bare bottom it with different size river rocks. I don't like cleaning gravel and without it my tank stays MUCH cleaner because the food and poo doesn't get trapped. You didn't mentiona heater. I don't know where you live or how cold your house it at...titanium ones I hear are the best. Have fun shopping!
  14. IMO: Gravel can get nasty over about 1" thick. If not properly cared for, it can harbor a lot of gunk. When you syphon, get the suction going and stick it straight down with a light twisting motion to get through the rock.....as far as it can go. .....and stay there. Slightly twisting if need be. If you swirl or stir too much, you will get too much gunk into the water and cause toxicity issues. You will see when the gravel water starts to run clear. Slowly pull it up, scoot over a little and do the same thing. This will suck a lot of water out of your tank as well so this is a good way to do a water change. It can help by starting in one corner and working your way over to the next. The next water change, start off where you left off until you have done the whole tank. Personally, I would start taking out a couple of cups of your gravel at a time once cleaned until you have less gravel. This will also give much more usable water room for your fish.
  15. Well, I love bubbles...always have. But, I won't buy a sick fish. It just promotes the ill care they receive. To buy him is to let the shop know someone will and it is ok to carry sick animals..that IS the bottom line. I personally would not buy him.
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