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    Quote Originally Posted by guppymummy
    As one who had learned tons in the past few months the best advice I can give you water changes. They are so key. If your water is cloudy.... they can best remedy (you still should find out what the problem was in the first place - test kit) but water changes will keep your fish alive. In a 10 gallon I 50 % is good (in my opinion). Especially in new tanks so as to keep fish stress to a minimum. Never forget conditioner and a product like Bio Spira which is some live good bacteria is helpful as well.

    Good luck!

    PS - I was told only feed what the fish can eat in 30 seconds once per day.
    Thanks for the help! 30secs... and once per day? It's like these manufacturers have no idea what they're talking about. Most fish food product says 1-3min, 2-3 times a day. No wonder there's so much waste. I've been giving about a pinch (what I would think would take 1-3min to consume), twice a day. No wonder they don't look very hungry, too...

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    Quote Originally Posted by KevinVA
    Thanks for the help! 30secs... and once per day? It's like these manufacturers have no idea what they're talking about. Most fish food product says 1-3min, 2-3 times a day. No wonder there's so much waste. I've been giving about a pinch (what I would think would take 1-3min to consume), twice a day. No wonder they don't look very hungry, too...
    Just a heads up: The food manufactures are correct.

    [GM didn't state her source for that '30 second' info but IMO & IME -->] Feeding what they can consume completely in under 3 minutes twice a day is much more likely to be adequate but not overkill, Tweak as required for your stock.

    <3 min twice a day. That feeding sched is quite common with people who have been in the hobby for a while. Newbs tend to feed far Far FAR too much.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 850R
    Just a heads up: The food manufactures are correct.

    [GM didn't state her source for that '30 second' info but IMO & IME -->] Feeding what they can consume completely in under 3 minutes twice a day is much more likely to be adequate but not overkill, Tweak as required for your stock.

    <3 min twice a day. That feeding sched is quite common with people who have been in the hobby for a while. Newbs tend to feed far Far FAR too much.
    Ok, thanks for the update. Appreciate it. =]

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    Yeah, 30 secs is a bit draconian. I enjoy feeding the fish, I take my time and it takes me a bout half an hour to feed all my tanks. I feed some, watch them clean it all up, then another bit, watch them clean it up...go sit in front of the next tank and do it all again...lol. Its also the time I use to examine them, do a head count etc. Everyone comes out to eat - even the plecos - so its a good time to take stock (haha).
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    Just wanted to welcome you to the AC KevinVA and to let you know you are in good hands here!
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    Thanks Kurly, appreciate it. =]

    Well, I just bought a new filter (AquaClear 20). Going to install that tonight, after doing a 50% water change. Hopefully that goes well.

    PetSmart didn't have the API Master Test Kit, but I did see it the other day at another one. I'll try there tomorrow or Monday, and hopefully get some more accurate readings.

    I'm sure I'll be back with more questions/concerns later, and/or to share some celebratory news. ;P

    Thanks again, for the help.

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    In order to preserve what cycle you have, install the new filter along side the old and run them both, if you can.

    Barring that, remove the media from the old filter and put it in the new. It will help things along a bit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sheamurai
    In order to preserve what cycle you have, install the new filter along side the old and run them both, if you can.

    Barring that, remove the media from the old filter and put it in the new. It will help things along a bit.
    D'oh! Wish I came back, before I started. Just finished swapping out the filter and cycled 50% of the water.

    Amazing what a difference in clarity the water change makes... dumping the old stuff was amazing... All of the yellow tint and floaters in there. Yikes. My Tetras already seem more happy. I'm watching my Gourami carefully, as he's acting shy again (though, that's pretty typical of him). They were all curious as I was swapping out the water - didn't seem too scared, thankfully.

    Would you add any water clarifier or ph regulation conditioners, after a water change, or just a dechlorinator?

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    If the old stuff is still wet, and not buried in the bottom of the trash, its not too late :)

    Just de-chlorinator...
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    I would just add dechlorinator and not use any PH regulation conditioners. It's best to leave your PH alone and allow your fish to adapt to it on their own.

    Good choice on the AquaClear 20 Filter That's the only HOB filter I have ever used and have never had a problem with any of them.
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