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03-17-2010, 08:43 PM #11
The way I figure it, we give our dogs and horses fresh water. We clean our cats liter box so why should we give any less to our fish pets? It's just part of the care of them. I love doing water changes, honestly. The fish love it and are so happy and active after that why would I not?
03-17-2010, 08:51 PM #12
I know for a fact there's enough people out there that like the next best thing when it comes to fish-keeping technology that there is more than one auto water change system. The theory behind it seems pretty simple, but I don't think I could build one without doing a bunch of research and sinking a good amount of money into building it. For the types of tanks I have, it's really not worth the time, money, and space to build such a contraption.
As far as cycling a tank goes, you'd probably be disgusted at the amount of people I see coming into my work to buy fish and I overhear them say the best way to start up a fish tank is to keep throwing fish in until they stop dying. I try to educate most people that will take a minute to listen, but it's hard to change some peoples' train of thought when you only got a minute to talk to them while bagging fish as they're waiting to get out of the store as fast as possible.
03-17-2010, 09:14 PM #13
0Originally Posted by SunSchein89Let the future tell the truth, and evaluate each one according to his work and accomplishments. The present is theirs; the future, for which I have really worked, is mine. - Nikola Tesla
03-17-2010, 09:17 PM #14
My dad never cycles his tanks prior to adding fish and his fish never die during the first few months.
03-17-2010, 09:27 PM #15
0Originally Posted by james2055 gallon planted community
30 gallon planted community
10 gallon planted wild type guppies and cherry shrimp
03-17-2010, 10:58 PM #16
03-17-2010, 11:08 PM #17
03-17-2010, 11:16 PM #18
0Originally Posted by james20
Does not overstock
Does frequent water changes
Only Stocks very hardy fish
Now your dad may call this simply "his" way, it is in fact his "traditional" method, we basically add a few more things in to the program for testing and other considerations and call it "Cycling with fish"...lol
Someone not having this tradition to rely on or who wants to deviate in any way from this tradition needs additional information in order to avoid the strong possibility of loosing fish to disease. This is why the "Scientific" method is preferred by most informed aquarists thus getting predictable results from specific effort.
Last edited by tanks4thememories; 03-17-2010 at 11:20 PM.Let the future tell the truth, and evaluate each one according to his work and accomplishments. The present is theirs; the future, for which I have really worked, is mine. - Nikola Tesla
03-17-2010, 11:17 PM #19
0Originally Posted by Cliff
03-18-2010, 12:46 AM #20
He doesn't start with "hardy" fish or anything, just the ones he wants. There's never any deaths or big things. Odd... The tank he currently has is 2 years old, and by the smell of it, it's mature (earthy smell).