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Thread: Should I re-acclimate?
08-16-2013, 02:20 AM #1
Should I re-acclimate?
So tomorrow I'm going to take apart and re-do my 5 gallon tank. Now, I've been working to clear out my 5 gallon bucket so I can put Grimsby in it with his heater for the majority of the time.
Now, I know you're supposed to acclimatize fish when there's a sudden change in water parameters. Well, other than the recent rise in nitrates, my tap parameters have been holding pretty steady, and match his tank.
There will be a difference with the water when I add him back in. I just found a product to lower the nitrates in water, that I will be using to prepare water for water changes. My tap rose to about 40ppm a few weeks ago, and I just got some Nitra-zorb today. Is the lowered nitrates enough that I will need to re-acclimate him tomorrow, once I'm ready to add him back in the tank?
08-16-2013, 02:33 AM #2
What are the nitrates like in your tank, right now? I assume you've been doing PWCs with the tap water?
08-16-2013, 02:49 AM #3
They're about 40 too, despite the tank being loaded with plants. and there's a low-level ammonia that just won't go away (it's dropped to about .1ppm since the spike started, but I'm changing the filter tomorrow as part of the overhaul to have far more biomedia than I need to get rid of that @#&) ammonia). My normal schedule is 50% once a week, and I've been adding Prime regularly because the ammonia and nitrates are higher than I want but I can't lower them with water changes.
08-16-2013, 02:55 AM #4
What kind of plants do you have? It might not hurt to get some frogbit, water wysteria, green cabomba, etc. They're big nitrate/ammonia eaters. Especially if you have a problem with your tap - and since you do, the plants should flourish.
08-16-2013, 02:57 AM #5
kevin knows his plants. Hortwort also is great for lowering nitrates.30 g FW planted:corys, ABNP, blue angel, harleys, zebra danios, rummies, mystery & nerite snails
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90 g FW planted:congos, rainbows, roseline sharks, swordtails, krib pair, ABNP, peppered cories, mystery snails
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08-16-2013, 03:06 AM #6
The original list of what I was supposed to get is this:
10 green hygro clippings
1 bunch with 4 stems of wisteria
3 pieces of cabomba
6 dwarf sag plantlets most have roots
2 Antler fern plantlets (beautiful floater)
1 Green temple
Who knows what will actually make it into the tank.
And the reason I asked is that I've found some nitra-zorb today at petco, and I'm going to get some water going tonight with some of the nitra-zorb to reduce the nitrates in it, so I can put water in the tank tomorrow that is low-or-no nitrates, and then keep that up for later water changes.
08-16-2013, 04:35 AM #7
08-16-2013, 05:19 AM #8
By Antler Fern, do you mean Water Sprite? If so, that's an excellent nitrate/ammonia absorber. That'll grow like crazy in your water. In fact, you'll probably get sick of it. ;P
Even your hygro should do well - they're pretty fast growers, so should absorb some of the excess nutrients, too. I think your list looks great for your problem, so you should be well on your way to clarity. =]
08-16-2013, 05:31 AM #9
It was marketed as the actual antler fern. Pictures of the 'mother' plant show that it doesn't have a stem.
The mystery hygro has barely grown in my tank. :( The rest... I'm having trouble telling between some of the Hygrophila species since they got all mixed up and most of the leaves melted off. It's not like I have bad light... I currently have a 14 watt 5000K and will be swapping out for either a 13 or 23 watt 6500K light. I was leaning towards the 23 watt with the high nitrates, but now I'm leaning towards 13 watts.
08-16-2013, 02:46 PM #10
Yikes, 40ppm is a lot to have in your tap water. Have you contacted the local water authority about this? They have limits on what is acceptable in the supply and I'm pretty sure that's approaching it.
Advice so far re: plants is solid, but you'll need a lot more plants to deal with that much. If nitrates continue to be high and you have algae problems you could consider investing in an RO unit. This will strip everything out of your water, allowing you to remineralise it to the level needed.