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PostPosted: Fri Jan 14, 2011 8:56 am Post subject: Hello IAH from Chennai. Reply with quote

 I  have  been  reading  this  forum  for  the  past  few  weeks.  It's  a  great  resource  for  all  Aquarium  Hobbyist.  Thanks  to  everyone  for  sharing  such  valuable  information.
 
 I  have  couple  of  aquariums  which  were  setup  last  month  (just  re-kindled  my  hobby  almost  after  2.5  decades)  .  I  am  based  in  Chennai  :
 
 Here  is  the  link  for  the  pictures  (   I  tried  registering  in  Gallery  section  yesterday  but  I  was  getting  "Database  Error  "  message.).
 
 http://picasaweb.google.com/kpartha/FishHome#
 
 The  first  3  pictures  are  for  the  1st  one  (360L  aquarium),  the  remaining  2  are  for  the  smaller  one.
 
 1)  1050L*450W*1000H  mm  (poured  almost  360L  of  water  the  first  time)
 
 Have  couple  of  Platinum  Angels,  1  Pair  of  Black  Molly  ,  2  Female  Guppies  +  1  Sword  tail.  Since,  it's  been  a  month  since  these  have  settled  (of  course  I  did  have  couple  of  Sea  Angels  which  died),  I  plan  to  add  more  fishes  now.  I  feel  that  the  tank  has  been  cycled.
 
 Would  like  some  suggestions  on  what  fishes  to  add  (pictures  provided  in  the  link)  and  also  to  offer  suggestions  on  the  aquarium.   
 
 2)  380L*230W*420H  mm
 
 8  Gold  Fishes.  Need  to  get  1  more  Black  Moor.
 
 
 a)  I  was  advised  to  have  Mineral  water  for  my  aquariums.  In  doing  the  initial  splurge,  I  thought   it  was  fine,  but  don't  think  it  would  be  feasible  in  the  long  run.  Can  I  slowly  switch  them  to  Tap  Water?.   Can  I  use  RO  water.  I  checked  the  PH  level  for  RO  water  and  found  it  to  be  less  than  7
 
 b)  I  know  that  9  fishes  are  too  much  for  the  second  tank  but  it  was  got  for  Vaastu  as  my  wife  insisted  on  it  (otherwise,  there  was  no  way  the  first  huge  one  was  coming  in     Smile   ).   This  is  a  temporary  setup  for  the  first  few  months  and  might  for  a  bigger  one  down  the  line.
 
 
 Note  :   Did  post  the  same  message  in  Self-Introduction  thread  but  looks  like  opening  a  new  thread  gets  more  responses.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 14, 2011 9:12 am Post subject: Re: Hello IAH from Chennai. Reply with quote

 hi  buddy  welcome  to  IAH,
 with  regards  to  mineral  water  ,  yea  it  will  become  heavy  on  the  pocket  in  the  long  run,  you  can  slowly  switch  the  fish  to  tap  water,  make  it  a  slow  change  instead  of  a  drastic  one,  with  regards  to  using  RO  water,  there  are  almost  negligible  amount  of  minerals  present  in  it,  and  the  usage  of  the  RO  water  depends  on  the  fish  you  are  keeping,  there  are  certain  types  of  fish  which  will  do  well  in  RO  water  while  there  are  certain  which  will  not  last  long,  if  u  want  to  use  RO  water  use  a  60-40  combo  of  RO  and  tap  water.  Best  bet  would  be  to  first  read  up  on  the  requirements  of  the  fish  and  then  act  accordingly
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 14, 2011 9:34 am Post subject: Re: Hello IAH from Chennai. Reply with quote

                                                   
icecube  wrote  (View  Post):                
hi  buddy  welcome  to  IAH,
 with  regards  to  mineral  water  ,  yea  it  will  become  heavy  on  the  pocket  in  the  long  run,  you  can  slowly  switch  the  fish  to  tap  water,  make  it  a  slow  change  instead  of  a  drastic  one,  with  regards  to  using  RO  water,  there  are  almost  negligible  amount  of  minerals  present  in  it,  and  the  usage  of  the  RO  water  depends  on  the  fish  you  are  keeping,  there  are  certain  types  of  fish  which  will  do  well  in  RO  water  while  there  are  certain  which  will  not  last  long,  if  u  want  to  use  RO  water  use  a  60-40  combo  of  RO  and  tap  water.  Best  bet  would  be  to  first  read  up  on  the  requirements  of  the  fish  and  then  act  accordingly                

 
 Thanks  for  the  suggestion.  I  was  planning  to  do  a  switch  of  1  litre  a  day  and  slowly  increase  it  to  5  litres  a  day.  Any  advantages  of  using  Mineral  Water  over  tap  water?.  I  will  wait  for  the  suggestions  regarding  the  fishes  from  IAH  members.  
 
 I  was  thinking  of  adding  Female  Sword  Tail,  couple  of  male  guppies  (Angels  seem  to  be  OK  with  them  although  it  does  stalk  them  during  feeding  time).  Probably  a  few  tetras  and  1  more  platinum  Angel  of  the  same  size  (at  present  one  of  them  seems  dominant).  
 
 Have  been  going  through  the  PH  levels  for  various  fishes.  Based  on  what  I've  read  on  this  forum,  don't  think  the  fishes  I  have  like  RO  water  (lower  PH).
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 14, 2011 10:27 am Post subject: Re: Hello IAH from Chennai. Reply with quote

 usage  of  mineral  or  tap  water  depends  on  the  type  of  fish  you  have,tetras  with  guppies  would  be  a  bad  choice  unless  the  tetras  are  of  a  large  size  like  the  congo  tetra  etc...,
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 14, 2011 12:40 pm Post subject: Re: Hello IAH from Chennai. Reply with quote

                                                   
icecube  wrote  (View  Post):                
usage  of  mineral  or  tap  water  depends  on  the  type  of  fish  you  have,tetras  with  guppies  would  be  a  bad  choice  unless  the  tetras  are  of  a  large  size  like  the  congo  tetra  etc...,                

 
 Thanks  again.  I  feel  guppies  are  the  only  one  which  would  create  an  issue  with  compatibility.  Will  try  to  re-locate  them  somewhere  so  that  I  have  more  options.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 17, 2011 11:25 am Post subject: Re: Hello IAH from Chennai. Reply with quote

 Few  more  questions.
 
 a)  For  my  100  Gallon  tank  --  Is  it  mandatory  that  I  change  around  10-15  Gallons  every  15  days  even  though  it  has  only  7  fishes  at  this  point  (2  Albino  Angels  +  2  Female  Guppies  +  1  Male  Sword  Tail  and  1  pair  of  Black  Molly).  Filters  run  24/7.     
 
 http://picasaweb.google.com/kpartha/FishHome#
 
 Might  add  couple  more  albino  angels  +  1  Female  Sword  Tail  +  couple  of  male  guppies  this  week  (after  quarantining  them)
 
 b)  I  would  be  going  to  Kolathur  sometime  this  week  to  get  the  Water  Testing  kit  (for  water  hardness  etc.),  Dechlorinator  and  aquarium  salt.  Already  have  a  heater  (not  put  in  use)  and  thermometer.  Is  there  anything  else  you  would  suggest?.
 
 c)  Does  having  a  wall  paper  at  the  back  of  aquarium  help  the  fishes  in  any  way  .
 
 d)  For  the  smaller  tank  (10  Gallon),  should  I  reduce  the  number  of  gold  fishes  to  2  (or  should  it  be  only  one?).  Can  I  survive  with  this  size  tank  for  a  month?.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 17, 2011 2:13 pm Post subject: Re: Hello IAH from Chennai. Reply with quote

 tetras  and  guppies  :  bad  combo??  can  i  know  why?
 I  have  a  B&^t  load  of  guppies(all  shapes  and  sizes)  with  a  shoal  of  neons  and  black  neons.  No  problems  till  now.
 
 And  the  guys  in  Kolathur  dont  use  RO  water  or  filtered  water  etc.  Its  plain  tap  water.  I  use  the  same.The  pH  issue  is  not  a  problem  until  (i  believe)  you  get  wild  caught  fishes  or  fishes  that  very  hard  to  care.  Other  than  that  most  fishes  have  survived  in  a  pH  variation  of  6-8(atleast  for  me).
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 17, 2011 2:39 pm Post subject: Re: Hello IAH from Chennai. Reply with quote

                                                   
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tetras  and  guppies  :  bad  combo??  can  i  know  why?
 I  have  a  B&^t  load  of  guppies(all  shapes  and  sizes)  with  a  shoal  of  neons  and  black  neons.  No  problems  till  now.
 
 And  the  guys  in  Kolathur  dont  use  RO  water  or  filtered  water  etc.  Its  plain  tap  water.  I  use  the  same.The  pH  issue  is  not  a  problem  until  (i  believe)  you  get  wild  caught  fishes  or  fishes  that  very  hard  to  care.  Other  than  that  most  fishes  have  survived  in  a  pH  variation  of  6-8(atleast  for  me).                

 
 Thanks.  I  will  wait  for  the  verdict  on  compatibility  of  guppies  and  tetras   Smile  before  I  decide  to  have  them  (tetras)
 
 I  was  suggested  by  LFS  in  Kolathur  (from  where  I  got  the  aquarium),  that  I  go  for  mineral  water  and  wouldn't  have  to  change  the  water  for  6  months     Surprised   .  I  would  only  need  to  add  water  once  it  evaporates.  I  guess  that's  incorrect  .  I  have  been  cleaning  the  filter  every  10  days  (with  the  water  from  the  fish  tank)  and  doing  minor  water  replacement  every  day  (2L  a  day).
 
 Would  mineral   water  help  in  controlling  the  growth  of  algae?.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 17, 2011 2:58 pm Post subject: Re: Hello IAH from Chennai. Reply with quote

 +1  for  everything  what  natbox  mentioned
 
 Just  couple  of  suggestions.
 
 You  dont  have  to  clean  the  filter  that  frequently.  You  will  be  removing  beneficial  bacteria.  What  filter  are  you  using?
 
 You  dont  have  to  use  RO  water  unless  the  water  you  get  is  very  hard.  And  it  wont  do  anything  in  controlling  algae.  And  the  6month  water  change  concept  your  LFS  guy  told  you  is  nonsense.
 
 Regarding  water  changes,  you  can  do  30%  change  weekly  or  smaller  quantity  bit  more  frequently.
 
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+1  for  everything  what  natbox  mentioned
 
 Just  couple  of  suggestions.
 
 You  dont  have  to  clean  the  filter  that  frequently.  You  will  be  removing  beneficial  bacteria.  What  filter  are  you  using?
 
 You  dont  have  to  use  RO  water  unless  the  water  you  get  is  very  hard.  And  it  wont  do  anything  in  controlling  algae.  And  the  6month  water  change  concept  your  LFS  guy  told  you  is  nonsense.
 
 Regarding  water  changes,  you  can  do  30%  change  weekly  or  smaller  quantity  bit  more  frequently.
 
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 Thanks  for  your  response  
 
 Pardon  my  ignorance  here.  I'll  try  to  explain  to  the  best   of  my  knowledge.  Have  attached  the  link  for  pictures  in  my  earlier  posts  (just  see  the  first  3  pictures   Smile   )
 
 a)  Actually,  I  meant  the   sponge  (on  top  of  the  aquarium)  which  I  clean  every  ten  days  with  water  from  the  aquarium.  Haven't  touched  the  filter  yet.  It's  been  only  a  month,  since  we  got  this  aquarium.   
 b))  I  have  Yamono  Water  Pump  (WP-3800)  which  filters  the   water  and  cycles  it   back  to  the  tank.  Have  9  Bio  Balls   (hope  I  got  the  name  right,  will  take  a  piece  of  this  and  ask  for  it's  name  in  Kolathur)  and  the  biological  sponge.
 c)  Additional  Air  Pump   (Boyu  --  Model  U-10000)
 
 Will  gradually  increase  the  water  change  capacity.  30%  water  change  from  Mineral  water  to  Tap  water  might  be  too  much  to  handle  for  fishes.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 17, 2011 4:34 pm Post subject: Re: Hello IAH from Chennai. Reply with quote

 Regarding  wc,  I  meant  for  regular  water  changes.
 
 If  you  are  moving  from  RO  to  regular  water,  keep  it  to  small  increments  over  a  week  to  10days.  Once  you  switch  over,  you  can  do  the  above.
 
 I  wouldnt  clean  the  sponge  either  for  initial  couple  of  months.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 17, 2011 5:15 pm Post subject: Re: Hello IAH from Chennai. Reply with quote

                                                   
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Regarding  wc,  I  meant  for  regular  water  changes.
 
 If  you  are  moving  from  RO  to  regular  water,  keep  it  to  small  increments  over  a  week  to  10days.  Once  you  switch  over,  you  can  do  the  above.
 
 I  wouldnt  clean  the  sponge  either  for  initial  couple  of  months.                

 
 Thanks.  Will  do  the  same.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 17, 2011 9:33 pm Post subject: Re: Hello IAH from Chennai. Reply with quote

 Partha
   Welcome  
 You  have  big  tank.  I  will  suggest  you  to  add  discuss.
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