I'm in the middle of moving, so I don't have a lot of time to run around looking, so I'm hitting different places on my way back and forth. There are still a couple of places I've thought of to check, a grocery store and a building supply/hardware store, but other than those, I guess I'll have to drive down to Meridian and shop around. I've wondered if I can get basic Nitrogen fertilizer at the co-op and use that -- any thoughts on that? I really needed to get this started days ago, since I'll be getting the fish with my new (to me) big tank, and I need a tank ready for them when I pick them up. I guess, if worse comes to worst, I will just have to watch the ammonia and do daily water changes. It will only be about three plecos in a 55, but one of them is 12" to 14", so it may be a good bit of waste output. I bought a Jungle product, "Start Zyme", from WallyWorld (the only aquarium supplies available locally) that is supposed to add nitrifying bacteria, so I'll be using that. (Has anyone tried it with success?) Also, I'll be sure to feed them sparingly until the ammonia and nitrite levels stay down.
Today's world just has too many conglomerated, ready-made products, from household chemicals to electronics, and too few simple, basic things available; they want to make you pay more for their whole product instead of letting you purchase just the one cheap, basic component you really need. It's not a good era for do-it-yourselfers in a disposable world. It's a good thing that you can still buy just the one part you need to keep canister filters going: I'd hate to have to purchase a whole new filter every time there was a problem with one! (Knock on wood!)
I just happened to think, I will be getting two Fluval 305's with the tank, and the guy is keeping them going with the cichlids (which I'm not getting) until I come get the setup, so if I put them on the 55 with the plecos, perhaps at a reduced flow, do y'all think the bacteria in them will survive the three hour trip and be good to go on the 55? Do you think I'll need to open the canisters to let them breath, and keep the media moist, like in a wet/dry filter?
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