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Name: NewbieeFisher

Size/Category 20-Gallon Freshwater

Type: Glass

Shape: Standard

List of Fish:
2 - Balloon Belly Molly
2 - Black Skirt Tetra
1 - Fiddler Crab

Lighting: Standard fluorescent hood light.

Filtration: Powerhead 20.


Other Accessories: Few live plants.

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Shoot, I have lost another crab. I don't know who or what to blame. I am trying to make sure that all conditions are optimal. Well that does it. I'm giving up on the crabs. I'm not going to get any more of them. I cannot condemn another one to die. Maybe they need an establish aquarium? Crap. On the other hand the fish are doing well. My black molly is still pregnant - no little ones yet. I just started to get some brown algae, but from what I can tell they tend to be normal during cycling period. pH is back at 7.6, ammonia is reaching 4 ppm, and finally I can see the NO2 is showing. Boy, this cycle is taking forever. Anyhow, that is for now. Hope everyone is doing great and thank for reading.

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04/25/2009 06:35.00 PM Report This Comment
Fish are doing great. Got another crab. Just did the chem analysis and pH returned to normal 7.2, ammonia is at 2 ppm. There is still no trace of NO2 or NO3, which I think is strange. It's been two weeks since fish were introduced. Anyway, the local fish store recommended I should cut back on water changes and it should help to get the cycle going. We'll see...

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04/11/2009 07:58.20 PM Report This Comment
Well, I checked the water chem again yesterday, and the pH has follen from 7.6 to 6. What the hell is going on?
The ammonia is at 1 ppm and there is still no trace of NO2 or NO3. Although i got to say that fish and crab are doing great. They seem to swim just fine and have a very hardy appetite. Anyhow, that's it for now, happy aquariuming eveyone!

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04/10/2009 06:41.22 AM Report This Comment
Ok, so I just checked my chem levels. Ph is high at 7.6 (from 7.2), Ammonia at 1 ppm, no NO2 or NO3 yet. I did do 25% water change. I'm kind of concerned about the pH. Is it normal to rise from 7.2 to 7.6 in new aquarium? Should I adjust back to 7.2 or will it fall on its own? Hope it's alright (sigh).

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04/07/2009 11:15.49 PM Report This Comment
Hi everyone and thanks for looking and voting. Well, here I am twenty years later, trying my hand at aquarium keeping. I did quite a lot of research and prep so knowing what I know now, I must say that I did everything wrong way back when. Nitrogen cycle, beneficial backteria, dead fish - ah, who cared. So as a growup I'm ready to do this right. I've been toying with the idea of an aquarium for few years, so ten days ago I went to Petco and purchesed 20 gal kit. I must say the technolody has improved alot since I was a kid. Anyway, Saturday I brought the kit home, rinsed it all, and set it up. Added the water conditioner and waited for the system to stabilize so I can add few fish. There is a pic of the set up right after. Boy what a sterille aquarium - haha. Anyway, first thing Sunday I went back to the store and got few plants, test kit, and other "gotta have' items. Then next day at the evening it was time to get fish. I had a hard time to decide which fish to get to start the nitro. cycle going, but finaly I settled on Ballon Belly Molly and Black Skirt Tetra. Instead algee eater I thought I get a couple crabs to keep the bottom clean. Everything went smoothly, fish seem to got comfortable right away, started eating right away, crabs started exploring - cool, everything was going according to plan. I do the water test every other day and a 10% water changes. So far eveything is as it should be. Ph is 7.2, ammonia is slowly climbing, and as of yet no traces of nitrate or nitrite. On Thursday I lost one of the crabs (sob, sob). I did not learned in time that they are somewhat brackish water animals. I promptly got the fresh water aquarium salt and added it to the specifications on the box. Fish seem to be fine, and the other crab is well. The only thing I worry about is whether the salt will affect my plants. Anyway, thats about it for now. I'll test my water today after work and see what's what.

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04/07/2009 06:57.56 AM Report This Comment
Welcome here! I left you a vote today.

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04/06/2009 07:14.01 AM Report This Comment
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