Planted Tank Obsessed
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Calgary. AB, Canada
I'm on Day 33 since setting the tank up, I used a live nitrifier and pure ammonia to cycle the tank (plus the hitchhiker snails and a surprise fry that came along with the plants). As of Day 27 I had stable parameters of 0ppm ammonia, 0ppm nitrite, 10ish ppm nitrates, I added the fish Day 30. My LFS tested my water yesterday when I brought back the first dead fish, with the same results (0, 0, 5-10). They also tested the water again today when I brought back the three dead fish today (0, 0, 5-10) and tested the PH which came out at 7.4. The amano shrimp, nerite snail, and surprise fry are all doing well.
I had another lengthy discussion with the lfs guy who was very happy with everything I've done. The cories were young, and all from the same new shipment. I know they have a waiting period before selling new fish, but I don't know how long that waiting period is (at least 24hrs as I overheard someone wanted to buy a fish from a blackout tank yesterday and the manager said they wouldn't be ready until today). He replaced them with two paleatus cories, hopefully they do better. Esthetically I prefer the pygmy cories, I really wanted a little group of them, but the bigger ones are fun too. If they do well I'm still happy.
I am also trying the longer acclimation suggested by DaveKS with these guys. I've done this way in the past too (I've been out of the hobby for a few years, but had tanks before), but searching about acclimation in the last few weeks as I was getting ready for fish, I've been reading pros/cons of both. I thought about making an actual drip system, but I have my dedicated baster for the tank, so I'm using that now (they acclimating as I type).
Thanks for the advice and suggestions. I was so excited to finally get fish in after trying to do everything right. It was a bit of a blow that they all died.
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