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Old 08-25-2011, 02:23 AM   #2331 
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Hally, how much are you feeding your fish?.... 60% a day seems a bit much.
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Everybody gets three feedings of one 'Omega One Small' (<1.5mm) pellet per day. That's 3 pellets/day. I perform two 50% changes back to back every day; roughs out to 60%. I do it that way because the pH rises from 7.6 to around 8.2 between changes; I don't want to pH shock him.

He's in a bare-bottom tank, so I'm able to remove feces and food bits daily. I just figured the little glass-surfer was high-metabolism and a growing boy.

What's really got me stumped is the low rise in NH3 and pH in the divided, unfiltered 4g (gravel, rocks and plastic plants) compared to the 2g bare tank. Those two guys are moderately active, seems to me.

I understand that over-feeding is unhealthy --- fatty liver and obesity --- but I don't know how to tell if my fish are fat. I don't mind the water changes too much.
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Old 08-25-2011, 08:49 PM   #2332 
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Well, in my opinion, you might actually want to feed them more, seeing as three isn't all that much. maybe give two in the morning, and two at night or something along those lines that would ammount to 4 pellets a day. Seeing as it sounds like your two boys in the divided tank are fully grown, they'll need slightly more food (and i'm sure your other boy wouldn't object either). And don't worry about your fish getting fat on four pellets a day. If you grossly over fed them with like 10 a day, then I would be worried about them becoming fat, but appart from that they're probably good.

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Old 08-26-2011, 06:29 AM   #2333 
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i have a question nagging me since i got the API ammonia test kit. which reference chart do you look at if theres epsom or AQ salt present in the water?
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Old 08-26-2011, 10:23 AM   #2334 
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Question: Is it possible to OVER-condition your water? I use the regular Top Fin brand from PetsMart. I know that if you buy a fish from them, they add an extra squirt to the bag before you walk out with it, but I don't want to do something like accidentally add too much and poison my poor fish.

Also, if I do end up needing to balance out over-conditioned water, would I add plain water and trust that it would be conditioned by what's already in the tank, or would I add correctly conditioned water instead?
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Old 08-26-2011, 01:39 PM   #2335 
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Quick Question...

What do you do when you've been using the proper dose of Melafix in your betta tank and you learn you're not suppose to use it...?

Details: Jayne did something to his tail, I have no idea what, I think it was fin bitting while I was away on a trip (for like two weeks I wasn't actively here!), and I followed the dosage on the bottle, I did a whole treatment and just made the 25% water change...
What do I do?! He hasn't really been acting TOO differently, all things considered, but... (Is this the right forum? I dunno, any way, Thanks!)
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Old 08-26-2011, 04:45 PM   #2336 
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Just stop and use AQ salt for tail biting. done and done.

1 tsp/gallon for no more than 14 days.
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Old 08-26-2011, 05:05 PM   #2337 
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Nel, you look at the fresh water. There should never be enough water in there to make it salty enough to be salt water.

Stardancer, just be careful and dose according to the instructions. A little extra on accident won't hurt them.

My fishjayne, Just do another 25% or two so you have basically gotten most of the old water out
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Old 08-26-2011, 05:12 PM   #2338 
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Nel, you look at the fresh water. There should never be enough water in there to make it salty enough to be salt water.

Stardancer, just be careful and dose according to the instructions. A little extra on accident won't hurt them.

My fishjayne, Just do another 25% or two so you have basically gotten most of the old water out
thank you jkfish. i never have used more than 1tsp aq salt per gallon so far.
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Old 08-27-2011, 08:42 AM   #2339 
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OKay, thank you very much. ^_^ Done and done. He seems a little stressed, just a little, but happy otherwise. He's getting old I dare say.
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Hasn't Jayne taken a liking to ATTACKING you?
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