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overhauling my entire tank, what can I do with my boys?


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I think (I hope!?!?!)I have finally solved this rather long substrate and dieing Amazon sword drama you may all know of if you've read some of my other posts :P

Went to St Kilda Aquarium today (Thanks for the idea Joan :D) and bought some laterite. Have heard its not ideal but they reckoned that there are different qualities of it available. Anyway, at $19 for enough for up to 100 litre tank I'm quite satisfied! lol They also gave me a couple of tablets ($1.50 each) and said to stick half of one under each sword every 3 months.

Problem: cycle will get upset. I'm going to need to empty it, take out gravel and put the laterlite down then gravel back on top. They said it will make water cloudy (although it says on box it won't make it turbid???) so I'll need to re-house my fish for a few days till it has settled. I don't have another home for them. Getting another 3 foot on wednesday but planning it as a spawning tank so no dividers for 3 boys.

What to do????

Also wondering how you clean the gravel if you have substrate??? lol I realised its powdery and will surely just get sucked up siphon regardless of gravel being on top of it?

p.s if anyone has never been to st kilda aquarium :drool: lol they have some LOVELY bettas and gorgeous set ups for other species.

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lol Sarah :) Yeah she is though huh? :P Thanks Yan, was thinking along those lines as it seems to be sorta what people have set up for jarring grown fry? I have a big bucket that I use to age their watet, its plastic though, would the heater not melt it?

How do i clean the plastic bottles? I have some that had juice and various things in previously, is it ok to clean them with detergent then rinse with tank water thoroughly?

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Alternative suggestion:

Why not wait until you get the new 3 ft tank and get it going. St Kilda has some marvellous platic type fry dividers (with solid lids on etc) that nothing will be able to escape from. I have some of these fry dividers for emergency use and they work wonders.

In answer to your specific questions:

a) as long as the heater is not in direct contact with a side of the bucket, the heater will not melt the plastic of the bucket

B) why not use just serial rinses with the water to remove all traces of juice and coke etc. I never use detergent in washing anything to do with fish.

Yes St Kilda is the greatest. Four tanks have on them at the moment -fish sold to Bill. Guess who that is...hehe

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Thanks. I have begun! HUGE job with such a big tank. All for the swords, they better appreciate it! lol :P

Still wondering about how you clean the gravel? Cos the stuff is powder and completely disolves in water as I've discovered!

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  • 2 weeks later...

The answer to how to clean gravel that has laterite under, if anyones interested is you dont! Well thats the answer I got, LFS guy said the plants do all the work. I then asked about decomposing food on it and he said you can clean just the top carefully as Yan suggested :)

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I have used the plain brand spring water bottles and they are great. You can get a six pack (1.5 litre each) for about $4. Get twice as many as you need.

Put them in a large plastic tub with a heater or you can keep all of them in the tank you are cycling to keep them warm (tie several together with a piece elastic so they stay upright or in the tank with the dividers). Pop the fish in half and keep the other half floating in the warm water so they are the right temp for the next day. :huh:

I swap the fish from one bottle to another every day so there is no ammonia build up. I add 4 drops of ammonia lock to each bottle to take care of chlorine but the water is 24 hours old before used. Rinse the old bottle with water and fill with fresh water and replace in the heated tank. De-chlorinate the next day ... the chlorine will help sterilize the bottle a bit (note - if fish is obviously sick do not use his bottle on other fish without proper sterilizing)

To swap them over carefully empty the old water into a bucket and use a plastic cup to catch the fish at the end. Use a large mouthed funnel and tip into new bottle.

I have used this method on many of my Thai fish and to date have no trouble with the fish handled in this manner (while waiting for them to come out of quarantine - two weeks at a time). I also use this method with methane blue if any fish looks 'clampy' or shows any signs of fin rot. It makes for a quick easy hospital tank and you can throw it away when the fish is better

Bec

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