|Re: Using media/plants to help cycle new tanks|
Subject: Re: Using media/plants to help cycle new tanks
by iwrmom on 2012/3/26 22:33:02
Thank you all for the great ideas...I took a little from everyone. I used a sponge that I had in my other filter...used it to slow the water flow in the other tank but easy to move and replace. I used a medium size piece of driftwood with java fern and anubias on it from the old tank. I split and moved a hunk of java moss and some vals from the old tank. Got some riccia and anachris for each tank. Couldn't find guppy grass anywhere around here after calling or visiting 7 stores, where would be a good place to get some...craigslist maybe? And used three gallons of tank water from the other tank. "Fed" the tank for a week. Moved the five females and fry into the new tank yesterday after testing the water. Tested the water again today and it is not showing any ammonia, nitrites or nitrates. I will test every day for a week or so just in case. Oddly, the old tank did have a small spike of ammonia after I moved things around (somewhere between 0 and. 25 ppm). I am guessing it was because the gravel got stirred up and I moved some of the beneficial bacteria out of there. I changed four gallons of water and I will test again tomorrow. I am planning to add five or six pygmy corys to the male endler (only 5 males right now) tank at the end of this week or next week when I am sure the water is stable. Do pygmy corys and endler's coexist well together from anyone's experience?
I had 21 fry from my five females but I am down to about 14. Is that "normal"? I have read conflicting information about whether or not the endler females eat the fry. The fry are only three days old...would they be better off in the male tank?