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Thread: Unusual angel behavior?
02-04-2013, 05:26 PM #11
All in all, I believe your tank, though it was previously established, is back to being a new tank that has yet to cycle. DO NOT buy anymore fish and instead IMMEDIATELY get your hands on a water testing kit, liquid drops are more reliable than the strips. Monitor your tank until reach the cycled parameters of ammonia: 0, nitrite: 0, nitrate: 5-15. Those are the basic parameters of a cycled tank.70 Gal Planted Rio Negro Angelfish Biotope with:
1 Whip Tail Pleco
7 Hatchet fish
11 Glo Light tetras, 6 Black Skirted Tetras
6 Bronze Corys
3 Wild Type Angelfish
Giant Amazon Sword, Narrow Leaf Java, Val, moss on driftwood
02-04-2013, 10:20 PM #12Junior Member Guppy
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Right, I used an API liquid test and the readings are as follows:
PH - 7.6
Nitrite - 0 ppm
Nitrate - Between 5 and 10 ppm
Ammonia - Between 0 and 0.25 ppm
I believe those readings are pretty good?
The filter has 2 pads so I replaced one of them with a new one I had soaked in a sample of the tank water.
The dimensions of the tank are as follows: w: 58cm d: 34cm h: 39cm (height measurement representing water level not tank level)
The fish were transported in the tank by moving half of the water into a bucket and removing rocks etc. The filter was taken from the tank but was replaced within 10 minutes as I only lived round the corner from the seller.
The angel actually seems to have perked up and spent a majority of the time in the centre of the tank, however, the bamboo shrimp seems to have gone from very active to rather subdued in the last 2 days.
Water temp levels have been between 23 and 27 degrees celcius since we have the tank but now seem to be sitting around the 24 mark. This was due to a problem with my stat.
02-05-2013, 04:41 AM #13
actually, it sounds as though you were able to transfer the tank without losing your cycle. Perhaps the angel was simply a bit out of sorts do being moved to a new home. I'm glad things are looking up for you.
You need to shoot for 0 ammonia as well as 0 nitrites. the .25 ammonia reading could have been a mini spike due to the move and changing out the filter pad.
For ongoing maintenance, try to make a 30 - 50% water change weekly. Also, as was mentioned, no need to change out your filter pads (even though the mfg instructions say so) simply rinse in old tank water when your nitrates start elevating and all should be well. I'd also try to get the temp at a steady 25 or 26C
The remaining problem now is the size of the tank for the angel. You're not even looking at 15 gallons and the very smallest tank a single angel should be in is 30 gallon. It may be small now but angels get quite large and that tank will not be big enough to accommodate it. If you like the angel and want to keep it, please have a plan in mind for down the road. like a larger tank :o) If you don't see a larger tank happening, I'd return the angel then leave the tank stocked as it is with no more fish because there simply isn't room.
much luck and I hope this has helped you and your fish
Last edited by fishmommie; 02-05-2013 at 04:46 AM.
02-05-2013, 06:18 PM #14Junior Member Guppy
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That's great news, I'll be doing a 50% water change this weekend and will be keeping a regular eye on the levels. Really appreciate the help here, I probably did jump the gun without doing my research but glad I've learned a few things and the fish are ok.
I'll keep an eye on the angel and if he get's too big I will have to take him back from the garden centre I purchased him from. Although I am a little put out as the staff there assured me he would be fine in my current tank with the other fish.
I do have another question though. The bamboo shrimp and algae eater have both swam into a small gap between the back of the tank and the filter. They're not stuck or anything but they haven't moved for most of the day. Is this normal behavior?
02-05-2013, 06:40 PM #15
02-05-2013, 06:59 PM #16
Generally bamboo shrimp set up shop in one spot near flowing water and spend their whole life there filter feeding. Its not always going to be easy to see but its life is not spent moving from spot to spot searching for food but is sedentary and filters little things out of the water. That is a very big reason they are recommended only in well established tanks.
02-05-2013, 07:24 PM #17
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