Hey all. Ernesto is doing marvelously. He is active, funny, eating, and his fins are healing really well. There is no emergency and I do not want to rock the boat now, but...
I currently have a gravel substrate on my 2 gallon tank. Whenever I do a water change (yesterday I did about 50% and I vacuum the gravel), It kicks up what looked like dust. I add fresh water slowly. I basically siphon the fresh water from the bucket into the tank. The tank is about 6 weeks running. He is the only inhabitant. I feed him 4 pellets once daily and I change water 1-2X/week , so I do not think that it is ALL debris from him. Yes, the gravel was rinsed thorougly before setting up the tank.
**2 Gallon tank ( http://hawkeyeaquarium.com/aqview_360.html
**Small bubbling filter with activated carbon (I took out the airstone...there was too much goint on) ( http://www.petco.com/product/12147/P...ilter-Kit.aspx
** No heater right now...seems to be helping Ernesto heal the fins without...but i have a hydor 25 watt nano heater after he is healed. http://www.petco.com/Shop/Product.as...sultRedirect=1
**"undergravel filtration" system (what the aquarium said it "came with")
So here's the deal: I think I want to change the substrate to something like marbles (the Glassy looking beads) to make water changes less cloudy. While the dust does settle quickly, I am sure it is not good. So my question is: will this stress him out? How can I (or can I) do this without stressing him? What are your experiences?
Any help would be much appreciated.