Originally Posted by Oldfishlady
What kind of testing product are you using and what kind of dechlorinator are you using.....
In the 10gal...what kind of filter, substrate and how deep, any live plants....if you have live plants-what species and how many and the lights-what kind, kelvin, watts, photoperiod
How long has the tank been running with the current livestock
Anything else like snails or shrimp
Tell us more about the dwarf suckermouth catfish...never heard of any that will stay small enough for a 10gal-can you post a pic...or are they Otos.....
I would make 50% with vacuum at least weekly and 50% water only with any readings of ammonia, nitrite 0.25ppm or greater
What are all the tank pram numbers for: ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, pH
Remember the additive used for the cycle can cause skewed numbers too-what brand is that...most are a waste of time and money....the only one I know of that is worth anything is Dr Tims one and only....
What is your finial stocking plan for the tank....
Testing product is a liquid test kit: Tetratest Laborett
The water conditioner is BettaSafe.
For the life of me, I don't know the brand of filter, but it came with the topfin goldfish starter tank kit I bought (the other 10 gallon tank kit, the filter had a much stronger current). This is the tank I bought: http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...051&lmdn=Brand
Substrate is river rock (gravel size) and it's about 1/2 to 1inch deep. No live plants.
The additive I used was the bacteria starter sample included with the tank.
I've heard of the catfish being called Oto fish. http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...&lmdn=Pet+Type
As for final stocking plan, I am looking into it. I was thinking tettras, then I heard too many problems with them. Would love some mollies, but those won't work. Was thinking ghost shrimp to freak the husband out, but I am not so sure yet. Still researching my options.
When I get up in the morning (just took some Benadryl to quiet my allergies and hopefully make my throat stop hurting), I will do another test. The husband just bought a vacume for the tank. I vacumed the tank. Only did about 10 percent since I did a 1/3 change already earlier.
Earlier, Nitrites were near 0. PH was about 7.6 (If I remember correctly). Did not test for Nitrates. The "more precise" kit does not test for that. So, I have to use my strips for Nitrates. Next time I even consider buying a test kit, I'm going to a fish store...not the local pet store whose owner is convinced I'm going to kill my fish and my three cats...
The tank has been running 3 days now. No shrimp. Absolutely no snails (no way, no how. Not in my life time).