Get Your MonsterFishKeepers Cap

Welcome to AquariaCentral.com

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features. By joining our free community you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features. You will be entering into a wonderful world of aquatic information, for all aquarists, no matter what their experience level.

Our members will do their best to help you in your aquarium endeavors. We have a vast assortment of Forums to dive into:

-General Freshwater
-Marine and Brackish area
-Terrarium and Vivariums
-Coldwater
-DIY, Classifieds, Members Tanks Photographs and more.

We even have a general area, that is just as much fun as the rest of the Community, for off topic discussions and a real-time chat room for instant advice!

Joining Aquaria Central has numerous benefits, but the best, is our 112,000+ members, helping one another in this fascinating hobby!

Register now, and be sure to check out our scheduled contests with exciting prizes!

Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free so please, join our community today! !

If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact contact us.

Welcome to the Internet's friendliest aquatic forum!

- Team AC

  1. Get the NEW AquariaCentral iOS app --> http://itunes.apple.com/app/id1227181058 // Android version will be out soon!
    Dismiss Notice

Not your normal Set-up- Need your advice!

Discussion in 'General Marine / Newbie' started by EmilyJayne, Dec 7, 2017.

  1. EmilyJayne

    EmilyJayne Registered Member

    Real Name:
    Joined:
    Dec 7, 2017
    Messages:
    3
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    1
    Gender:
    Female
    Last Seen:
    Dec 8, 2017
    Hi! I'm fairly new (about a year into it) to the fish world. I have a fairly odd tank setup, and just moved to a larger tank in order to make my babies happy. About a year ago, I started with 5 Pygmy Puffers. 2 of them died about a month after I got them, but the 3 are thriving! I've since then added an Ornate Bichir. I was keeping them in a 20ga, but finall had the space and moved them to a 75ga. I feed the Puffers frozen bloodworms, and the Bichir gets rosys. The Bichir and Puffers get along BEAUTIFULLY!
    Here's my issue. Since I moved them to the new setup, I've been having a hard time with the water levels. I use Tetras 5-in-1 Test strip, and the Nitrate levels are high ( 40-80) and the Alkalinity is low (0-40)-the water is also fairly cloudy. They've been in the new tank for about 2-3 weeks, and i've done 2 20ga changes. I clean the old food out every night, and only keep about 2-3 rosys in there at a time. Any idea as to why that's happening?
     
  2. dougall

    dougall ...

    Real Name:
    Joined:
    Mar 29, 2005
    Messages:
    2,121
    Likes Received:
    192
    Trophy Points:
    66
    Last Seen:
    Yesterday at 11:04 PM
    How does your water test out of the tap?

    And you might need to change more water, or to make sure you vacuum out any uneaten food or such.
     
  3. EmilyJayne

    EmilyJayne Registered Member

    Real Name:
    Joined:
    Dec 7, 2017
    Messages:
    3
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    1
    Gender:
    Female
    Last Seen:
    Dec 8, 2017
    I actually don't use the water out of the tap. For now (until i get my own r.o. system up and going) I use the r.o. water from the fish store.

    I'm worried that I'll cause a crash if I change more water-I tested it last night, and the Alkalinity got higher, but the Nitrates were still high. How long does a new tank normally take to go through it's first cycle?
     
  4. FreshyFresh

    FreshyFresh Global Moderator
    Staff Member

    Real Name:
    Joel
    Joined:
    Jan 11, 2013
    Messages:
    3,796
    Likes Received:
    282
    Trophy Points:
    92
    Location:
    West Falls NY
    Last Seen:
    Monday at 4:24 PM
    Real Name:
    Joel
    Emily, welcome!
    As you probably know, that bichir is going to need a tank a lot larger than a 75g and will require big water changes often.

    Why the need for RO water?

    You'll also want to consider investing in a ~$30 API master test kit and keep the strips for backup.
     
  5. EmilyJayne

    EmilyJayne Registered Member

    Real Name:
    Joined:
    Dec 7, 2017
    Messages:
    3
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    1
    Gender:
    Female
    Last Seen:
    Dec 8, 2017
    Yep! I'm remodeling my house, working on fitting a 180ga wide min. tank. I use RO water because my tap water never checked out ok, and was told by one of my friends that the water clarifier stuff you can get wont remove chlorine.

    I'm still so new to all of this, so If that's wrong, let me know-I'd LOVE not to have to haul buckets back and forth from the store during winter here :)
     
  6. FreshyFresh

    FreshyFresh Global Moderator
    Staff Member

    Real Name:
    Joel
    Joined:
    Jan 11, 2013
    Messages:
    3,796
    Likes Received:
    282
    Trophy Points:
    92
    Location:
    West Falls NY
    Last Seen:
    Monday at 4:24 PM
    Real Name:
    Joel
    What doesn't check out OK with your tap water? There's rarely anything in it that a quality dechlor/treatment like Seachem Prime, or Safe (the granular form) can't deal with.
     
  7. dougall

    dougall ...

    Real Name:
    Joined:
    Mar 29, 2005
    Messages:
    2,121
    Likes Received:
    192
    Trophy Points:
    66
    Last Seen:
    Yesterday at 11:04 PM
    If the water clarifier is a flocculent or such, it's designed to help your filter pull particles out of the water.. Not anything that's dissolved.

    If teh question is Chlorine or Chloramine.. then as Freshy said, Prime, Safe, Ultimate or such should take care of you... and if you do have specific concerns, just say what they are.. It is possible there's something terribly wrong with your water itself.. but it's quite unlikely.
     

Share This Page

zoomed.com
hikariusa.com
aqaimports.com
Store