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Old 12-31-2010, 09:00 AM   #471 
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Ok, thank you! Right now I use bottled water and I think I'll continue using it... with conditioner!
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Old 12-31-2010, 10:00 AM   #472 
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For me, I use filtered water from my tap. It works great! Once every two weeks I check all the water levels to make sure nothing changes. But my fish really love it! Ever since I switched to that water, they have really perked up!
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Old 12-31-2010, 11:59 AM   #473 
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DH bought me more shrimp to throw in the tank. Does it matter he bought cooked shrimp? Does it have to be raw to use in cycling?
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Old 12-31-2010, 12:09 PM   #474 
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Ok, thank you! Right now I use bottled water and I think I'll continue using it... with conditioner!
You can use tap water as long as you use conditoner...it's cheaper that way~
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Old 12-31-2010, 12:18 PM   #475 
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Canuck, it's fine if the shrimp is cooked :)
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Old 12-31-2010, 01:27 PM   #476 
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Thanks, JK! I'll be quite happy if I can get this tank to cycle. My 6 year old has been very patient waiting on getting a fish. :)
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Old 01-02-2011, 03:17 PM   #477 
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What's the correct way to use a fishnet during water changes?
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Old 01-02-2011, 07:33 PM   #478 
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Scoop the fish up and place him/her into his holding container.
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Old 01-03-2011, 08:58 PM   #479 
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I have a few questions that I've saved up while reading this thread :)

One: My tank is either 1.5 or 2 gal (I don't know because I rescued the tank, complete with 2 females, from someone else). I read a lot about cycling the tank, and then I read other posts that seemed to say that the tank is so small it can't be cycled, or won't cycle well. Is this so? And if I don't need to cycle it, should I remove the filter?

(To clarify, I know this isn't an ideal setup. Until I can get my fish well, though, and get all the right equipment, I need all the advice I can get on what to do with the setup I have now.)

My second question is: how often do I need to clean my gravel? I'm doing frequent water changes (every day or every other day), especially since my red, Mitsu, hasn't recovered from being abandoned by her last person.

And the last question is: how should I use Epsom salt? I added some (1 tsp/gal), mostly for Mitsu. She's now in a quarantine cup, though, so should I skip the salt in the main tank for my blue's sake? I know it's all right for now, but I don't know how long I can use safely use the salt.

Phew, that was a lot. Thanks in advance for your help :)
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Old 01-04-2011, 04:49 AM   #480 
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Okay so I have a question (too lazy to see if it has been asked... that's alot of pages to browse)

1. There's a wierd smell in my tanks. I kind of sound pathetic here when I say this... it smells fishy. One tank is 2.5 gallons and gets twice weekly 100% water changes. The other is 1.75 gallons and gets water changes every other day. The smell is terrible and builds up real fast, and if I don't clean the tanks well enough after a water change it'll still be there.

2. Is my cycle going normal? It's a 10 gallon tank and the ammonia is at 5-6 PPM. No nitrites have appeared yet! It's been this way for 10 days, I can't seed it because the only established tank other than mine is a saltwater >.>
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