Originally Posted by lilnaugrim
I would do a big water change then since the cycle is kind of "out of town" so to say lol
That way whatever is in the water can pretty much be taken out and you can sort of "start anew". I know you're still busy and all but I reallly realllllly think you should get some plants and do the Silent Cycle so you'll never really have to worry about re-cycling it again.
As for now, I'd keep the sick girls out so that they don't become prey again. It could be that they are weaker because of poor upbringing on Petco's part, the Thai fish just came from their breeders so they've been built up with live foods all their lives and stuff so it's easy to see that they would be "stronger"
But I would leave those girls out for now until they're strong enough again. Can you get plastic-ware from wal-mart, like 2 bucks for a pack of three? That way you can float them in the tank so they can still see the other girls but no one can get hurt? That would be the best bet and change water every other day on them for two weeks so they are all comfortable again. Then release one at a time.
That's pretty much all I can offer at this point :/ I'm sorry
See I did a huge water change a while back. Should I also rinse the sponges just in case? They defiantly look like they've got stuff on them and I assume that's just all the stuff from my 10 and 5 when they were running.
The only reason I haven't jumped to cycling my 20 gallon long is because I'll be moving it home around August 8 and then I'll be coming back around August 27 to move back in for the fall and I personally don't know how I'm going to even move it with all the gravel already so leaving some water in there will be like a 4 person moving job lol and sadly I may be on my own moving back home for the 3 weeks but I will have help coming back for the fall.
I have though been thinking about maybe just separating the girls again and have two sororities?? 5 in one and 4 in another 10 gallon...it'll be a lot of tanks (since I'm going to bring my boy from home and I have Maximus and they'll both be in 5 gallons).
Also God forbid Maybelline and Paddie don't make it that'll be 7 girls :( and I thought about maybe putting them in a 10 gallon (although I do personally want to keep the 20 long because its just so nice and big for all of them! The only problem is the whole cycling part because I honestly don't know how I could transport the 20 gallon with 20-30 pounds of gravel in there -___- I am thinking about taking out some gravel since I got way to excited when putting it all in lol.
But anywho I'll do about a 70% change? I'll wait to hear from you though because if I do go through with that I'll just clean the filters...Maybe I could even put one back into my 5 gallon and hopefully that cycle will start up again?? I am looking into getting lots of plants for my 2 five gallons because they are easy to transport (easier shall I shall I say lol).
But anywho thank you for your advice!! I always appreciate it! And I would float the girls but right now they're so stressed to the point were I don't know if floating them will be good since I'm worried it would stress them out even with plants in there :( I'll get some pictures up later when I actually have my camera with me!