Keeping Fish

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by LeafBlade12345, Oct 21, 2015.

  1. Shellybean02

    Shellybean02 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks Leaf:)
    I never thought setting up my first tank would be easy, expecially without a filter. I hope I can go to the pet store soon to get water testers and more plants. I noticed the water has been slightly clouded for a day or two now. Online I read that this is just the bacteria starting up, and to wait (at most) a few weeks for it to settle. So my tank is a success, right? Or could this be a problem? The snail hangs around the top or at the water line whenever I see it, so I can't tell if the water's normal or if the snail detests its quality
     
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  2. LeafBlade12345

    LeafBlade12345 Chillin' With My Peeps


    If you have a sand bottom, you may need to add some water cleaners before putting in fish. They make the sand clump up and fall to the bottom. If you have gravel, it may take a few days. Your snail should be fine, they usually stick to the surface. Just make sure it has some algae to eat! Good luck!
     
  3. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Spring Dreaming Premium Member

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    cloudy water when starting a tank means your bacteria is firing up but not ideal yet, are you not using a filter, and did you seed it with bacteria, otherwise it can take up to three weeks to get going on it's own, I hardly ever test my water, but checking ammonia levels is a good indication for when the tank is good, a properly age tank will have zero ammonia levels. Don't ever tear the tank down for cleaning, this will destroy the bacteria colonies and force you to start again, some of my tanks have never been empty for 12 years. Clean things in stages.
     
  4. LeafBlade12345

    LeafBlade12345 Chillin' With My Peeps

    We are having the same problem with my new tank. The sand isn't settling, so I am constantly having to add water settler packets, which clump up sand and force it to the bottom.
     
  5. Shellybean02

    Shellybean02 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm not using a filter, that's why I was asking for suggestions on what to add or take away(like more or less of something like plants or bacteria). My tank has those quick start bacteria, and I washed the gravel but it probably still had some particles on it. What can I do to speed up the process?
     
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  6. oldhenlikesdogs

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    With the bacteria added it should clear in a day or so, add a pinch of fish food to feed the bacteria. Why are you using no filter, it will aid in circulating water and oxygen, clean extra food and debris out and give somewhere for the bacteria to colonize. Even an under gravel filter is recommended, otherwise it's just a large stagnant fish bowl. There are nice little 10 gallon filters that are gentle. I like whisper brand.
     
  7. Shellybean02

    Shellybean02 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ponds aren't like fish bowls, right? Not only because of their big size; is because their balanced environment filters itself. I thought I could create a version of this but I guess I don't have it in me... if the water doesn't clear by Wednesday I will try to buy a quiet (even better, soundless)filter that doesn't use a lot of electricity. Thanks for the replies
     
  8. LeafBlade12345

    LeafBlade12345 Chillin' With My Peeps

    A filter is your best friend. Unless you want to clean this tank every other day. If you add some bacteria, buy a starter packet from the pet store, or a bottle. Make sure that the filter has been running for at least fifteen to thirty minutes before adding bacteria.
     
  9. LeafBlade12345

    LeafBlade12345 Chillin' With My Peeps


    Wait a moment. I thought you had a tank, not a pond?

    Eta, I still use filters in ponds.
     
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