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Feeder Fish Tip
People often don't think about or realize that feeder fish bought from a store can carry many diseases into your tank when you feed them to your fish.
You can easily start your own tank of guppies, mollies or other live bearing fish and use their fry as feeder fish. These fish would come from your own tank so you would know that they are healthy and in the long run you would probably save a lot of money.
Quarantine Tank Tip
You can use a large Rubbermaid tub as a quarantine tank. The fish should only be in there for a maximum of two weeks so you shouldn't have any ammonia problems. Be sure to keep an eye on the ammonia just to be safe.
An aerator can be useful in ensuring there is enough oxygen in your water.
If you have a nocturnal fish you may want to place a decoration in there for them to hide under. If you plan to keep the lid on it, be sure to poke plenty of holes in it to let air in.
Green Water Tip
If your wake up and your tank water is green, you can rest assured it is harmless tiny algae floating around.
It looks gross so you want to get rid of it right?
Just cover your tank with a sleeping bag or several layers of newspaper for 3 days. The algae will not get enough light to live and will die.
Just feed your fish at night when the lights are dim. Your regular aquarium plants will be ok. The water should be clear afterwards.
Vacuum well afterwards to suck up the dead algae.
Flake Food Tip
When you buy a new can of flake food, it usually contains flakes too large to be consumed by the fish.
You can take the flakes from the can and place them in a zip lock type bag.
Get all the air out and crush them in the bag, then return them to the can and it will be much easier to feed to your fish.
Tip by petfish member.
New Plant Tip
Many new plants may carry unwanted diseases, snails and algae. You can disinfect your plant to help reduce the risk of carrying these things on your new plants. It is possible to damage your plants when disinfecting. Try one of these methods: -Potassium permanganate, this can be found in dilute form from jungle products called "clear water" give a 10 minute soak. Good for killing bacteria. -1tablesppon per gallon of alum will provide a good way to get rid of snails. Give a 2 day soak.
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