Monthly Archives: March 2009

What’s That Smell?

In the middle of the night I woke up wondering what kind of dead zombie animal crawled into my room.  Then I realized that my 10 gallon tank was beginning to cycle!  The water is still pretty clear, but I expect it to get cloudy and then clear up again once the cycle is complete.

New Additions & Updated Pics

I just picked up an Oceanic 14 nano cube for my first saltwater tank

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Also picked up a used 10 gallon tank with a bunch of accessories.  I plan on using this to separate the fry from their parents.

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Unfortunately, the hood was missing the glass that separated the lights from the condensation and it looks like it shorted out.  I ordered a new hood and defenestrated the old one.

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While I was in the picture taking mood, I decided to get some new shots of my 20 gallon

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The yellow/black male platy with the blue female platy

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Serpae Tetra

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Another shot of the Serpae Tetra

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Close up of the yellow/black male Platy

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Orange male platy

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Red/yellow male platy with his girlfriend

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Dark male Platy

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Farewell Snail

After almost a year, the snail has finally kicked the bucket.  I suspect it has something to do with the salinity level (1.004) because as soon as I added the NaCL to the tank, it stopped moving and quickly retracted into its shell.

I haven’t seen the guppy all day either.  Sometimes he likes to go into hiding but usually comes out at feeding time.

Water Test

30 hours after adding the 5 platies, everyone still seems happy and healthy.  All 8 fish are swimming around very actively.  As it turns out, I have 1 female platy, and 4 males.  This is a bad ratio as it is recommended to have 2 females for every male.  Once I make sure the tank has stabilized I will be adding more platies.

Tonight’s test shows that things are going pretty well, again I apologize for the cell phone camera.

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From top to bottom, NO3, NO2, GH, Chlorine, KH, and pH.

The pH is a little high (8) because I was trying to increase the Alkalinity by adding sodium bicarbonate (NaHCO3).  I guess 2 table spoons is too much for a 20g tank.

20g Tank Revived

After getting 5 guppies for the tank and having 4 of them die, I figured I should probably do a water change.  I went to the local hardware store, bought a garden hose attachment, some plastic tubing, and some plumber’s tape.  I attached it all to a 20oz soda bottle with the bottom cut out (pictures soon to come) and then used it to vacuum the gravel in the tank.

I decided that I needed to get a water testing kit.  I ended up getting a bottle of strips that has 6 different tests in one.  The test indicated that the water was a bit hard and that there were moderate levels of NO3, but everything else check out fine.  I continued to do small water changes for the next couple of days until the NO3 returned to a safe level.

Yesterday I picked up 5 Platies from Fishtopia, and they seem to be pretty happy.  They get along pretty well with the 1 remaining guppy of the 5 and the 2 Serpae tetras which I’ve had for over a year now.

I took this pictures with my cell phone, so I know it’s pretty horrible.  Once I get my good camera back I will take some real pictures.

Tank Revived