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Thread: Finally! Fish arriving today.
12-20-2013, 02:20 PM #1
Finally! Fish arriving today.
Well, tomorrow it will be 7 weeks exactly since I started the fishless cycle of my new 40 gallon tank. More than once I thought of throwing in the towel and either tossing some sacrificial goldfish in there or just taking the whole thing down to dry glass and starting again. But - in large part thanks to you folks and the help and encouragement I've gotten here - I hung in there and my tank is finally cycled. 0 nitrites and 0 ammonia and 10-20 nitrAtes for 3 days. I had to do a few water changes to get the high nitrates down but it worked.
I ordered two schools yesterday, cherry barbs and harlequin rasboras, from wet spot and they will arrive today. In the midst of our first snow, of course. Anyway, my fingers are crossed and we are all excited (even the cats, or especially the cats?) to see something other than plants and driftwood in the tank.
Will keep you posted on how the first groups do. Just wanted to let you know I finally made it and say thanks again for all the help, which I'm sure I'll need more of in the future. Right now I'm just hoping for no DOA today....
12-20-2013, 02:25 PM #2
WOO-HOO, fish days are the best!....you are about to be rewarded for all your hard work and patience....how do you plan on acclimating them?
DO keep us posted
12-20-2013, 02:28 PM #3
Excellent! So much fun to finally be able to put some swimmers in your tank!
Don't forget pics...
12-20-2013, 03:02 PM #4
0I'm going to do the bucket acclimation where you add/remove water. Glad you asked, I gotta find a clean bucket!
I'm really excited about the idea of pictures. I've been into macro photography for a while....unfortunately I just sold my best macro lens, but I do have a newer camera with macro features that I'm dying to try out. Will be glad to share pics, thanks for asking.
12-20-2013, 03:09 PM #5
Yes, PLEASE make sure the bucket is completely clean and free of any chemicals...also, when you are ready to unbox your new fish, low ambient light is best...keep in mind that they have been in the dark for some hours now, and any unneccesery sudden bright light will stress them when they are pulled from the box...use just enough light to see what you are doing...I was advised to leave my tank lights off for a whole day, once they were in.THAT was difficult, but I managed..introduce them to more and more light gradually
of course this means pics may have to wait a day or two, but we'll be here to view them when you are ready
12-20-2013, 04:02 PM #6
Well done on hanging in there. It's difficult when something goes a bit awry with your cycle and it takes a long time. I'm glad you didn't sacrifice any poor goldfish though!
Good choice on the cherry barbs. I have them and really like them. They will hide a lot to start with but will soon spread out amongst the undergrowth. Let's have some photos once they're settled.
12-20-2013, 05:25 PM #7
0Thanks for the tips. I have a question....if the fish arrive in two bags (barbs and rasboras), is it okay to combine them in the bucket for acclimation, or do I need to acclimate each group separately? All the little details!
12-20-2013, 05:38 PM #8
I would acclimate them separately as you have no idea if the water they are in is from the same tanks they were in at the supplier, most likely not. Many large suppliers have vast filtration systems that share water through many tanks - so it's possible that they're in the same water, but not guaranteed.
In any case, these fish will have produced waste in their own bagged water, at differing levels. I wouldn't want to expose each shipment to the other's waste.
12-20-2013, 05:43 PM #9
Thank you, firefly - will do!
12-20-2013, 06:53 PM #10
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