|Quoting mainMAN (Thread starter):|
I'd appreciate any thoughts on this, it perhaps sounds like I'm being pedantic, but I'd like to get this right the first time!
|Quoting KaiGywer (Reply 5):|
Just be prepared, your first fish WILL die...lol
|Quoting mainMAN (Reply 4):|
Thanks for your input guys, very useful advice there. The guy in my local supplier did tell me that there's a lot of conflicting information on online websites, but assures me it's not quite as difficult as it's sometimes made out to be!
You will notice that there's a LOT of chemicals available on the market. They all claim to do different things, some of which are expensive! The only one I really bother with is Tapsafe. This removes chlorine from the water. Imo the less chemicals, the better. Especially considering they can react differently if you mix multiple chemicals together. Of course, your local fish store owner isn't likely to agree on that.
Keep in mind that Tetras are quite prone to a parasite known as whitespot. As the name suggests, whitespot consists of white spots that appear on the fish. It's believed that stress is a common cause of whitespot. Keep an eye out for it because it can spread to other fish quickly and if untreated, it will kill all of your fish in next to no time. I've had that problem numerous times and because of it, I only go for hardier fish now.
While Tetras are generally placid, there's some fish that don't make suitable tank mates. I know quite a few people who have mixed them with a Siamese fighter. If you have a shoal of Tetras, it's likely that they will nip the tail of a Siamese fighter. Siamese fighter's are highly prone to Whitespot, so you want to avoid any stress.
Red Siamese fighter:
I hope you find this useful. I know a lot of what I said is not textbook, but it's what I've experienced over the years.
|Quoting richm (Reply 7):|
Personally I found it much much more difficult to keep smaller tanks under control.
|Quoting richm (Reply 7):|
Personally I found it much much more difficult to keep smaller tanks under control. The water quality can deteriorate rapidly if you're not careful. This is partly due to the fact that small filters are not always very effective, as they don't always feature a full/comprehensive filtration process. (The proper process for filtering water is slightly more complicated than just removing waste and circulating water.) An excessive build up of waste in your tank will lead to high ammonia levels and this was always the problem I encountered with small tanks. As a result of this, extra care has to be taken to avoid:
- Poor water maintenance
- Improper/unnecessary use of chemicals
|Quoting PC12Fan (Reply 8):|
The best tip I could offer is don't be in a hurry. Even if you use chemicals, go a week or even two. I've always had good luck with that. Even if a colloidal suspension occurs (cloudiness) it will give you plenty of time before you move in the new tenants!
|Quoting type-rated (Reply 9):|
You can also let the chlorine disipate out of the water by just letting the tank sit for about a week with no lid on the tank. The chlorine will evaporate out of the water.
|Quoting GerbenYYZ (Reply 11):|
You may also want to consider getting a small Pleco, one is a tank is plenty. I've had great luck with them keeping the tank clean if any algae starts to form on the glass. If you do have algae, it only takes the Pleco a day or two to eat it all (in my 10 and 16 gallon tank).