Thursday, 12 January 2012

New fish tank mistake # 2

OK mistake number 2. Compounded upon the first mistake, I now went ahead and used spring water. The logic being, "its good drinking water, it must be OK for the aquarium". And hello cloudiness. I just couldn't work out what was going on. Time to do some more reading. I kept coming across comments about water hardness and they rang true. So I got onto eBay & bought a hardness kit. Tested, and the hardness was so high the kit couldn't measure it.

The picture above shows the tank on the slow return from opaqueness. At this point I was doing 50 litre, approximately 25% water changes daily. And slowly, slowly it came back. My poor fish deserve a medal.

Tomorrow we will look at mistake # 3.

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

New fish tank mistake # 1

Back in February 2011, I was inspired to buy a 20 gallon fish tank because it came with a Fluval 104 filter. I'd had good results previously with a Fluval 305. How could I go wrong? Well go wrong I did. Mistake number 1 was too many fish. Due to unbridled enthusiasm, I wound up over populating the tank by a factor of 3. The Fluval 104 couldn't keep up with the fish poop, and the tank was continually milky. It was a tough lesson, as I'd grown fond of the little fellas, and the only resolution was to take some of the fish back to the store. Which I did, with much reluctance. So that was error number 1. I'll elaborate next on error number 2, which only served to stall the development of the good bacteria in the tank. Until tomorrow. - Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

Monday, 9 January 2012

My tropical fish tank

I wanted to share a photo of my tank taken today. I haven't kept fish since the early 1970s, and started again last February. Well, it's been a catalogue of mistakes, and Ive done everything wrong, but finally I seem to be making progress. I'd like to author a short story of what I've gotten wrong over the last 11 months in the hope of helping readers experiencing problems getting their tank going. Nigel

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