irmuddled's fish journal

very very fishy…

Pictures :)

Well, the cardinals acclimated well and right after putting them in the tank they colored up! The german blue rams could be more colorful, but I think it’s a stress thing rather than water quality issues. They do come up to me when I approach the tank, but with loud noises (and my camera grr) they freak out and go hide in the plants! Here’s some pictures:


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Fish are here! … & Test Results

I skipped work today just to make sure the fish got acclimated quickly! My boss is probably not too happy but it’s for a worthy cause! In the meanwhile I did a test on everything again… nitrites are still high but controllable. The results are in ppm:

Phosphate KH GH Nitrates Nitrites Ammonia PH
1 110 250 20 0 0 7.8

GH and KH are still high… but I hear it’s been worse for people and no big deal. The nitrates is what’s concerned me. I did the water change on monday, plantex dosing on tuesday, and I haven’t even dosed nitrates yet and they’re still high… I’m concerned about the german blue rams. 😦 Aaahh drip acclimation takes so long!

Oh yeah, and I refilled the co2 tank… well, I sent someone to fill it up for me, but for some reason they swapped it for another tank instead or refilling it… and ugly, blue, beat-up one. OK, I don’t care about the aesthetics (they said they’re giving me a aluminum tank next time I go refill…) BUT along with my cylinder my permaseal also went! So I go back to ask them for my permaseal, but the tank is already gone. I try to buy another one but they don’t have them in brass.. only disposable nylon washers. OK. I think that I can buy it online and I’ll just get one or two before my brass one gets there, but the minimum purchase with a debit card is $5 so I have to buy a lot of them…. at $0.30 each, that’s a lot of disposable nylon washers. Oh well.

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About the Author

My name's Maria, and I live at San Diego, CA. Hablo español! When I'm not writing 100 paragraphs about my fish's swimming patterns, I work at a popular chain pet store's corporate offices being a robot. I also go to college, studying web design but I'm reconsidering my major into marine biology. I wonder why?

Tank Specs

Capacity: 55 US gallons (48", 12", 21")
Lighting: Coralife Aqualight @ 2.4 wpg
CO2: GLA Primo Pressurized CO2 System
Filtration: Marineland Emperor 400b HOB
Substrate: Caribsea Eco-Complete
Dry Ferts: CSM+B, KN03, KH2P04, K2S04