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09-02-2013, 03:40 PM #11
generally speaking when a fishless cycle is complete, you can add your entire stock. Your situation, however, is a bit different in that your tank was already established when you got it, there was a little delay in getting it reset, then, if I'm understanding your post, you let it set with untreated water before adding dechlorinator. If you ran the untreated water through the filter, then you most likely killed off your BB but you have since been feeding ammonia.
Based on the water parameters you've been providing, the tank may very well be cycled, but I'd add fish slowly and cautiously until you're certain you have an established cycle.
4 little rasbora, however, will not produce much of a bioload in a 55 gallon tank. If you're comfortable that it's cycled, I'd add more.
I would not add any bottom dwellers for 2 - 3 weeks to insure, again, that the tank is stable. Toxins settle at the bottom and if there is an issue the bottom dwellers would be the first to suffer.
09-04-2013, 06:24 AM #12
I've now got 4 Rasbora and 2 Dwarf Gourami. When I got the Gourami I was told that two would get along, by both the store and another aquarist, then, when I did more research, I learned that two male Dwarf Gourami will usually fight in a tank, so to either have 1 or at least 3. Though, so far mine seem to like each other. I swear that I've seen them kiss one another; and I saw one of them pick up a baby snail and put it in the other Gourami's mouth. But they seem to hide a lot of the time. I'm hoping that this is because they are still adjusting to the new tank. My nitrogen cycle still seems to be done. Ammonia is at 0 and Nitrates are slowly rising. How often should I change the water in the tank (55 gal.) and what percentage should I change. Do I really have to change it every week, or can I change it once a month?
09-04-2013, 01:04 PM #13
Water changes will also help to replace trace elements that we typically do not test for. I would still suggest weekly water changes. The exact amount would really depend on your nitrate levels before the weekly waterchange. Perhaps start at around 50% and see what type of water quality that will give you. You can adjust the amount of the water change from there.
Most of use do around 30 to 75% waterchanges each week. I personally do a 75% weekly water change as lots of fresh clean water really goes a long way to help your fish stay healthyIf you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
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09-04-2013, 01:41 PM #14Senior Member Red tailed catfish
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+1 to Cliff's advice. When I initially entered this hobby, all the online advice said 25% weekly water changes.
However, based upon what I've learned here, I now do a minimum of 50% - to own a tank means to be responsible about maintenance (but you know this) and keeping the water as clean as possible to avoid future problems.
While there are people who keep their water changes more spread out, I've found that those are the people who tend to post here with fish illnesses more often.
09-04-2013, 03:03 PM #15
your 2 DW gourami may get along for a while. I got the same advice you did from my LFS when I first started and had 3 DW g in a 30 gal tank. All was fine for a few months then the bullying began as they matured and started establishing dominance. If yours are hiding already, it may be because one or the other or both are beating on the other and they are trying to avoid the pain.
My best advice would be to select the one you want to keep and return the other - perhaps exchange it for more harleys