I finally got my hands on two small Altum Juvies. I am trying my hand at it, but really trying my hardest here. I'm expecting the worst, but hoping for the best. They do seem like healthy buggers, but i know that can be deceiving.
Current tank parameters are the following:
Tank Size: 10 gallons ( for ease of use for manipulating water chemistry.)
Ammonia - 0
Nitrate - 0
Nitrite - 0
Temp - 83F
Location: Davis, CA.
RO/DI Water - not currently at my target of 0-4 dGH, but the tank will be moved down slowly since my supplier of the fish acclimated them over the period of a week to water ranging in the 7-8 dGH. I possess a functioning RO/DI unit. Peat is currently in the tank in a mesh bag.
Initial water change at time of introduction of 50% pure RO water to drive hardness down. My reason for this was the source water's dGH that was at a range of 7~8dGH.
I have also ordered Indian Almond Leaves which should arrive by saturday. I also have a peat in a fine mesh bag floating in the aquarium.
MEDICATION: I am began treatment of Levisomole and Kanamycin. I do not want to wait until the altums exhibit any health issues, because I feel any infection would have gripped too hard on their immune system already.
Temperature: I chose to keep the temperature at 83F, as opposed to higher because I was worried the dissolved O2 would drop too low during treatment for the unsubstantiated parasites/bacterial infection.
EATING: Also, I am unable to get them to eat. They are nibbling on live bloodworms, but we haven't seem them eat just yet. Supplier said they were eating frozen bloodworms readily, I believe with just 2 fish - the swarm mentality wont kick in to spur their appetite or action. Please kindly advise on how I can spur their appetite.
Please advise! I am sincerely trying to do everything right.
My Tank (Taped paper stimuli barriers to prevent them from being spooked too much)