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post #361 of 383 (permalink) Old 10-09-2019, 12:45 AM
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What should I crush their heads with? I don't have clove oil or crushed cloves, so that is the only option.


That would depend on how confident you are, and whatnot. I would use my ballpeen hammer and do it as swiftly as physically possible. No way to get some from Target or a local store?


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Can you put them in a separate tank? Maybe some will iive?

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I did it yesterday alrady. RIP neon tetras .

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I made 'body bags' out of strips of aluminum foil, quickly netted the fish, wrapped them in the foil, layed them on a cutting board and smashed them with a frying pan. It was clean, quick, and painless.

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Sorry for your loss. Sounds like you did the best that could be expected for them.
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Yes, I figured this would be the most humane method other than clove oil.

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Well I have off the charts nitrates, so I had better go do a water change. The thing I like about this water changer is that it is very slow. I can be looking around on this forum or researching or trimming plants or whatever while it does the water change. Filling it back up is a pain in the butt because I had the thing going for 5 hours and it put about half an inch of water in the tank! I am using the water hose instead to fill it up.

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This is kinda off topic but I may have just saved the lives of crabs being sold by Petco. I read their 'freshwater'(actually brackish) crab care sheet checking for flaws and they said they require tanks of 5 gallons and they like freshwater. I contacted them and they said their sources say I am correct and that they will talk to the people on their end. I will be watching that care sheet to see if it changes. I think I may look at all the big box store websites and tell them about flaws. I doubt most will listen, but sometimes they may.
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Here are some pics I took this morning. I recently propagated the pennywort. I am planning on making a thick jungle of the stuff so the fish can hide in it.
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Things look like they’re on the right track, good job!


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Thank you! I just got an auto feeder to keep it cycled while I am gone.

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I am back now. I will test the water later. I have 6.5 weeks before I leave on a 3-week vacation. Should I stock before or after the vacation? If I QT for 2 weeks, I could get the fish this week and after QT have 4 weeks to make sure they are happy. What fish should I add first?

Ok. So here is the plan for food. New life spectrum Thera-a regular formula. These are slow sinking pellets, so they should get to the honey gouramis but especially the cherry barbs. I also have some Aqueon flakes they can have to. Should I get bug bites tropical formula?

I will also have Fluval bug bites bottom feeder food for the Corydoras. I think this will be good because in the wild they eat mostly insects and small inverts. Some of the NLS should get to them too. Should I get the omega 1 sinking shrimp pellets instead for the corys?

I have also heard not to feed corys too much high protein food? But others say they need lots of protein.

I will give the fish FD bloodworms as treats to. I will also get them some brine shrimp every once in a while.

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I would be inclined to wait until I got back from vacation before buying new fish you're just going to leave for 3 weeks once they get settled in.
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That is how I felt. Thanks.

Does this stocking seem like too much?

8 x Honey Gourami (Trichogaster chuna)
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