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Old 05-18-2011, 05:04 PM   #1 
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His bowl vibrates.......should I move him?

My boy Bo is in a 1.8 gal tetra waterfall globe - heated and filtered (and cycled).

I noticed the other day that the bowl vibrates slightly. (You can not see the vibration in the water.) Do you think it bothers him? After I had him about a week he started flaring at me a lot and he bites when I feed him about half the time..... (I've had him about 5 months now.)

He has had some recurring fin rot since I cycled the tank with him in it....but now that I am giving him frozen bloodworms once a week he is growing back what was lost.

Anyway, I am wondering mostly if the vibration of the glass globe might be making him so edgy/aggressive or it is just his nature. And also wondering if I should give him a rest by switching him with my female's 2.5 gal long. (Also filtered and heated) But only about 3 weeks old so most likely not cycled yet...... I've only done stick tests not a liquid test yet on this tank...

What do you all think?
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Old 05-18-2011, 05:14 PM   #2 
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Not seeing vibrations in the water doesn't mean there aren't any, could just be very subtle. Water is very fluid, wei wu wei and all that jazz.
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Old 05-18-2011, 05:22 PM   #3 
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You cannot cycle a tank under 2.5 gallons, so your tank is not cycled. Thats likely why he has finrot, you arent cycling the tank. :P You should be doing a 100% water change at least every other day in that tank ^^
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Old 05-18-2011, 05:47 PM   #4 
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You cannot cycle a tank under 2.5 gallons, so your tank is not cycled. Thats likely why he has finrot, you arent cycling the tank. :P You should be doing a 100% water change at least every other day in that tank ^^
If it is not cycled then why, using the API test kit, is the ammonia 0, Nitrite 0 and Nitrate .25 or less when I test before the day I change the water. It IS cycled.

Also he HAD a small amount of fin rot but with proper nutrition he has new growth.

Pic of Bo in a glass during a change:

Anyway, the question is Do you think the vibration is having an adverse effect on Bo and should I switch him with the female for a time?
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Old 05-18-2011, 07:54 PM   #5 
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Why is the bowl vibrating? I would think that would/could bother him and, yes, I would try to do something to correct it.
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Old 05-18-2011, 08:01 PM   #6 
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If it is the filter outtake that is causing the vibration I would leave it off and keep up with water changes.
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Old 05-19-2011, 06:20 AM   #7 
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The filter hangs off the side of the bowl. The glass is fairly thin. I think that is what causes the vibration. If you touch the side you can feel the "humm".
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Old 05-19-2011, 07:26 AM   #8 
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The filter hangs off the side of the bowl. The glass is fairly thin. I think that is what causes the vibration. If you touch the side you can feel the "humm".
You could try putting a sponge between the bowl and the filter to take out some of the vibration. I honestly would just leave the filter off...It is not really needed in a tank that size as long as you keep up with water changes.
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Old 05-19-2011, 07:35 AM   #9 
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If there is space between the where the filter attaches to the tank and the body of the filter, try either cottonwool or cloth padding to settle it flush with the tank and it will also absorb the vibrations.
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If there is space between the where the filter attaches to the tank and the body of the filter, try either cottonwool or cloth padding to settle it flush with the tank and it will also absorb the vibrations.
Thank you I'll give that a try.
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