Run "Lifeguard" at precise dosages. It's cheap so they don't skimp on it and its new and powerful.
At 200% it will sterilize nitrosomona and nitrospira, if you used 1/4th of a scored tablet you dosed 250%. Use the water-bottle method to cut the dosage down for small volumes. Warm water no hotter than 92° and dissolve the medicine in a measurable and known volume of water, then take the % that is correct dose for the actual tank size. (Now I'll read the rest of the posts)
Kosher salt is fine, aquarium salt isn't processed as cleanly as it. They're really the same unless you buy sea-salt aquarium mix.
Using a carbon filter with lifeguard in the tank pretty much negates the lifeguard and wastes the carbon. Lifeguard was designed to mimic chlorine when it comes in contact with single cell life... which means the carbon sucked it out in a flash.
Epsom salts are not NaCl salt, they're MgSO4. They work as a laxative and should only be used in situations where constipation is a probable issue. It may be that the pellets are too large to take whole.
Is he spitting out the whole pellet "whole" or bits of pellets?
What brand of pellet are you feeding? (they can be picky, he might be trying to wait you out or the food might be bad)
Last edited by Thunderloon; 02-26-2011 at 11:45 AM.