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  1. discuspaul
    Today 02:02 AM - permalink
    You need to add more ammonia than that. Try a teaspoonful, wait a few minutes, then test & see what it registers. Add more if need be, to get a reading of 3-4 ppm's. You'll soon get the feel of how much, or how much less, you need to put in, to maintain a daily reading of 3-5 ppm's. It's not rocket science.
  2. Designs in clay plants
    Hi Paul,
    I have the 75 gal. tank filled and circulating with the Aquatop- last night... and this morning we put the amonia in - one drop per gallon ratio. Today I took two amonia readings and the water is clear? I have the canister set up with bio-balls, removed the charcoal, and have purigen in a bag at the upper most tray. Shouldn't I begin to see some color on the test files, or perhaps I just need to add a bit more increments at a time and try and get the reading of 4 or 5 ppm. The white sand looks nice and I have the heater going as per your information for beginning to cycle the tank.
  3. discuspaul
    05-20-2016 09:42 PM - permalink
    I've mixed warm & cold tap water for many years for tank fills or for water changes, and never ran into a bit of a problem, or even a small concern. If your Fargo fish people have no problem with that either, that doesn't surprise me, because while younger I lived & kept tropical for years in Winnipeg (where I was born & raised) & I would imagine the 'Peg water was not dissimilar to North Dakota water.
    So I really think you needn't be concerned.
  4. Designs in clay plants
    05-20-2016 08:28 PM - permalink
    Designs in clay plants
    I have my pool sand on hand and the thermometer. The canister filter arrived and the glass vial around the UV light was broken in shipping so I am waiting now for a replacement for that. Meantime I tested my aerated tap water and get a pH 7.6. I am re reading how to calibrate my electronic pH tester, although it may not be necessary as the ease of liquid pH works very well. I am only doing this for my own experience and to see if I can get that equipment to work.

    I understand the need to condition water for fish but still not sure about the temperature thing. I don't think it is wise or possible to use ones (warm) tap water? I thought the fish people in Fargo said they just turn the tap on both (warm and cold) and that works for them. I need to sit down with the test kits and read and get some readings for various water quality anyway and see where I am at and how it compares to the API test results.
  5. maybemark
    11-21-2015 02:33 AM - permalink
    Hi Paul
    I ordered the aquaclear 70 from big Als up in Canada, they were the best price
    So once the filter comes, I can start the cycle
  6. maybemark
    11-19-2015 11:12 PM - permalink
    well, the 135 is now clean and ready.
    I haven't ordered the filter yet, I am hoping they will have them on sale for black friday
  7. maybemark
    11-16-2015 12:27 AM - permalink
    someone asked the strength of the ammonia, no one answered the question.
    I looked at the walmart then put in clear ammonia, found the right bottle
  8. discuspaul
    04-16-2015 06:30 PM - permalink
    Hi George,
    Yes, it's completely normal, and can be particularly bad since you only have 3 of them. Keeping only 2, 3, or 4 discus is not a good number for compatibility reasons, and in some cases results in overly aggressive bullying by one over the other(s), at times causing serious harm, which in turn causes much stress and leads to ill health.

    One should keep no less than 5 discus, preferably more, to significantly dissipate the pecking order aggression.
    If the bullying continues & gets worse, you'll really need to consider getting 2 or 3 more fairly soon.
  9. Georgeh
    04-16-2015 05:42 PM - permalink
    Hello Paul...made a purchase from DiscusUSA. I got 3 Checkerboard pigeons. One is slightly larger than other two and he seems to be a bully , chasing others around. Is this normal?
  10. navarro1950
    04-06-2015 06:20 PM - permalink
    Thanks discuspaul for accepting my friend request.

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    Retired - been keeping fresh & saltwater tanks, on & off, for over 40 years
    British Columbia, Canada
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