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This page contains Customer Comments and our Replies about various interesting topics. Click here to see the index list of all the pages of Customer Comments.
   
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Customer Comments

 
Hi Tom Thank you very much for your answers ... I have some more questions to ask:
 
1. Before I give Quick Cure to my fish, I must remove my carbon from the filter. For how long will it be? Do I have to remove the carbon for a several days (until my fish are cured and don`t need any Quick Cure again)?
 
2. How long can Quick Cure be used (at maximal)? And do I have to repeat giving QC daily? I calculate my aquarium and found it have 10-gallons (1 gallon = 4,5 litres) so I have to give 10 drops of QC, is it right? And if the fish doesn`t get cured, must I give 10 drops of QC every day?
 
3. What about the aquarium salt? When must I repeat to give the aquarium salt to my fish?( my fish are platies and mollies)
 
4. I don`t have a BIO-Wheel, but I have an external power filter (the brand is Aquila, it is made in China), can I used bio balls instead? And how to use those bio balls correctly?
 
5. I don`t use gravels and aerator, is it okay?
 
6. What is the limit (hottest) temperature ( in celcius) that Tropical Fish can afford?
 
7. What is the best lighting I can use for my Tropical Fish? And how long can I light it? Sorry for so much questions I asked you ...
 
Thank you very much.
Jovita S.
 
 
 
Reply. Hello again Jovita.

(1) Just remove the carbon filter pad from your filter for about one hour.

By then you should notice that the water has returned to its normal color, because all the turquoise colored Quick Cure has been absorbed by the fish, and the filter, and in many other places.

Click here for more about Quick Cure and the Recommended Treatment.

(2) Your aquarium has 10-gallons, so you put in 10 drops of Quick Cure each day, until the fish are cured.

(3) No you do not add more Aquarium Salt each day. If you do add more Aquarium Salt each day, the water will get very salty and eventually kill the fish.

Click here for more about Aquarium Salt.

(4) Bio-balls are static and do not move much, so they don't help much. Your fish will do much better in an aquarium with a BIO-Wheel.

Click here for more information about BIO-Wheels.

(5) We recommend no gravel or a layer of gravel that is at most 1/4" thick. Most fish do not need gravel.

Click here for more about gravel.

(6) Tropical Fish vary in their tolerance of warm water. We recommend a maximum temperature of 84 degrees F., which converts to about 29 degrees C.

Click here for more about Aquarium Heaters.

(7) I've always kept a minimal amount of light on my aquariums. Often I only keep a light on in the room but no light over the aquarium.

I've often noticed that freshwater fish prefer to say out of the light and prefer dimly lit places in their aquarium.

Click here for more information about lighting aquariums and a story with some good advice from my father.

 

Customer Comments

 
Hello, I recently purchased a book called "Roots, Shoots, Buckets, and Boots," and in this book the author gives directions on starting a small pond garden using a barrel. She states that it is best to use "mosquito fish" that live on the mosquito larvae alone, rather than goldfish.
 
She also recommends using snails to help keep the pond clean, so no filter would be necessary. My main question is, "What are mosquito fish?" Do you think she means guppies or tadpoles? Also, what is the best kind of snail for this kind of environment, and what other critters can be added to a small barrel pond, if any?
 
Thanks!
Vickie
 
 
 
Reply. Hello Vickie, Mosquito Fish are a small live bearing fish related to Guppies, Mollies, Platies, and Swordtails.

Mosquito Fish are not Guppies or Tadpoles. Mosquito Fish will eat mosquito larvae, but they also eat other fish foods such as flake food, freeze dried blood worms, and live Black Worms.

Click here form about foods and feeding.

There are also "directions on starting a small pond garden using a barrel" that you might enjoy reading.

Click here for more information and pictures of my pond in a barrel. Where you can read that I also kept White Clouds in my pond, until it got too cold for them.

Click here for more about White Clouds.

Mosquito Fish do not tolerate water below about 55 degrees, so they will not survive most winters. Goldfish are ideal for ponds.

Click here to read more about Goldfish for ponds.

Do not rely on snails to keep a pond clean. You need to follow the advice and remove 20% of the water twice a week. The snails we have do not tolerate cold water, and will not survive most winters.

Click here for more information about Snails.

 

Customer Comments

 
face="Georgia,Times,Georgia,Times,Times New Roman,serif"I have a Dragon Fish and was wondering if its behavior is in any peculiar. Often times I will see him swim vertically to the top of the tank and then straight back down to the bottom. He will do this several times in row. Sometimes he clings vertically to the wall of the aquarium. He never seems to eat the shrimp pellets I feed him. Should I change his environment or food? I would appreciate any suggestions you have.
 
Thanks for your time,
David B.
Fort Smith ARK
 
ps I found your website on the Yahoo search engine and found it very informative.
 
pss Is there a substitute for Black Worms?
 
 
 
Reply. Hello David, first click here to go to the page about Dragon Fish in this web site and read,

"Recommended Diet. Dragon Fish eat Ghost Shrimp and Black Worms. They will also eat live and frozen brine shrimp. Click here for more about Black Worms. Click here for more about feeding fish."

You should carefully read the entire page about Ghost Shrimp. Incidentally, Rene Ijzendoorn, reports that he has recently spawned Dragon Fish and has babies.

Also click here to go to the page in this web site about feeding fish and read,

"Food that sinks to the bottom and is not eaten will cause water pollution, so be sure all the food is eaten.

Use your net to remove the food that is not eaten after ten minutes."

Click here for more about feeding fish.

We don't recommend food like shrimp pellets that sink. We recommend floating food, live food, and frozen food.

Your Dragon Fish needs to eat live Ghost Shrimp and live Black Worms. I don't think there is a substitute.

Click here for more about buying Ghost Shrimp.

Click here for more about Black Worms.

 
 

Customer Comments

 
Hi, I am starting a warm-water tropical aquarium. I have a 55 gallon tank. How many watts does my heater have to be?
 
Mike Calkin
 
 
 
Reply. Hello Mike. There is a general guideline of 5 watts per gallon of water. You'll often see a comment about this on the package that contains the heater.

Using this rule you'd need a 5 x 55 = 275 watt heater. Such a heater is not readily available, as far as I know. So it is often recommended that you get two 150-watt heaters, or maybe one 150-watt heater and one 125-watt heater.

But in my experience one 125-watt or 150-watt heater is usually enough for a 55 gallon aquarium.

It really depends on how cold the air surrounding the aquarium gets on the coldest nights of the year. Here in San Diego that might be 50 degrees F. But your home might be cooler.

Since summer is starting now, I suggest you get one heater and try it. Check the temperature of the water early in the morning, if the temperature is too low and turning your heater higher doesn't increase the temperature, then you'll need a second heater.

As I said one heater will probably work for you. But you should put a note on your calendar in say October or November, reminding yourself to check the water temperature regularly, so your fish won't get cold next winter.

Click here for more information about Aquarium Heaters and  Thermometers.

 

Customer Comments

 
I have a new set up, 25-gallon tank with two black piranhas, and I am looking to put some plants in there. I read on your site that there should only be 1/4-inch of gravel in an aquarium, or if there is more a daily stirring is recommended. How can I keep plants with so little gravel or having to stir every day?
 
A. Chow
El Cerrito, CA
 
 
 
Reply. Hello. Yes we do recommend that aquarium gravel should be no more that 1/4" thick, and as you point out this is not enough gravel for plants.

There are several plants that do not need to be rooted in the gravel. For example, Anacharis and Java Ferns. Aponogeton Bulbs seem to do well in aquariums without gravel, but the roots look like they'd be better buried. Click here for a list of available live plants.

Other plants such as Amazon Sword Plants really do need to be buried. For years I kept Amazon Sword Plants in my aquariums in terra cotta pots that I filled with gravel. But now I am reluctant to recommend these pots, because they are not labeled for use in aquariums.

I think if you go to a store and buy brand new small terra cotta pots or perhaps small plastic pots, bring those pots home and rinse them in warm water without soap or other chemicals, that these pots will probably be safe to use in your aquarium.

But I wish there were containers for plants which were labeled and sold for use in aquariums. Then I would not be reluctant to recommend them to you. Click here for more information about how to avoid contaminating your aquarium.

I should give you a friendly reminder that Piranhas are illegal to own or possess in the Sate of California. Click here for more information, pictures, and a video of some large Piranhas.

 
 

Customer Comments

 
I have enjoyed your site thoroughly and anytime I needed an answer, I got it there. I have two tanks. One with Tetras and the other with two Gouramis, Two swordtails and two Mollies. Before I got the Gouramis, I had Gold Mickey Mouse Platies. But, the male got stuck under a shell and the female looked as if she grieved to death. She had two batches of fry and I am raising them. Cute little things.
 
Anyway ... I let a store clerk talk me into only buying two Serpaes. I put them in my tank with the Black Skirts (seven) and thought they might not make it. But, the funniest thing of all was. When the Black Skirts school, the Serpaes lead the way. They will stop at a plant, let the Black Skirts go around and then get in front of them to do it all over again. I watched this for an hour. It was hysterical!
 
I do have a  question. My Gouramis and Mollies come to the surface when they see I am going to feed them, and nibble at my fingers. Is this bad? Or is it OK?
 
Thanks,
Gaye
Garland, Texas
 
 
 
Reply. Hello Gaye, thank you for your compliments and for your interesting email. It really got me thinking about your Serpae Tetras.

Their behavior in your aquarium shows me that they have a very strong desire to be members of a school of Serpae Tetras.

But there are only two of them, so they make the best of the situation by being temporary members of the school of Black Skirt Tetras.

This is very interesting for us to see and think about. But it may be stressful to the Serpaes. If you have room in your aquarium, I recommend you get two more Serpaes and see what happens.

Will the four Serpaes split off and form their own school? Please send me another email, because I'm curious.

On the page about Large Tetras in this web site, I recommend that you keep a group with at least six Serpaes, and eventually you should have at least six, but for now get a couple more and see what happens.

Click here for more information about Serpae Tetras and Black Skirt Tetras.

You also asked about putting your hands in your aquarium. Your hands, the fish, and the fish water have bacteria.

The bacteria on your hands may not be good for your fish, and the bacteria in the water and on your fish may not be good for you.

So you should wash your hands with soap and warm water, both before and after you put them in your aquarium.

Also be sure to rinse your hands thoroughly, so there is no soap residue, when you put your hands into your aquarium or on your fish.

Click here for more information about not contaminating your aquarium.

 
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