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Re: Glenn's Tank Thread

Postby DJRansome » Tue Jun 02, 2020 10:32 pm

Number one only. I like the Cichlid Formula 1mm sinking pellets.
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Re: Glenn's Tank Thread

Postby GlennLever » Tue Jun 02, 2020 11:16 pm

DJRansome wrote:Number one only. I like the Cichlid Formula 1mm sinking pellets.


I have always varied the diet, skipping a day every now and then
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Re: Glenn's Tank Thread

Postby Bamzam » Wed Jun 03, 2020 1:17 am

I've seen a few people mention skipping a day of feeding. Is there a benefit to the fish for that? Or is that for controlling nutrients/algae in the water?
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Re: Glenn's Tank Thread

Postby shiftyfox » Wed Jun 03, 2020 4:06 am

It’s something I don’t do, as long as your feeding the correct amount each day then you won’t have any problems.
I like to underfeed each day anyway.

If there are scientific studies out there that prove there is a benefit to this then maybe I’ll change my mind.

I guess it’s a chance to clean the fish out but even then they could graze on any algae in the tank.
If you are feeding to much it would help with nitrates and algae a little if you skipped a day.
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Re: Glenn's Tank Thread

Postby DJRansome » Wed Jun 03, 2020 8:44 am

A good staple has the variety built in. If you want to vary they go between NLS and Northfin.

Skipping a day or days is fine. But it is also fine to feed daily as long as you don't overfeed. If you are feeding too much and you skip one day it would be 1/7 better.
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Re: Glenn's Tank Thread

Postby Bamzam » Wed Jun 03, 2020 8:52 am

But is the caution for overfeeding for the water quality or for the fish? With discus they would feed juvies 3-4x a day and water quality was not a concern because of daily water changes. But is there a health reason for african cichlids not to feed 3x/day and give a break for a day? (Bloat?)
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Re: Glenn's Tank Thread

Postby shiftyfox » Wed Jun 03, 2020 9:18 am

I feed my fry 3 times a day, main tank twice a day.
As long as it’s a good quality food don’t worry about protein content or bloat
I think the consensus now days is bloat is stress related not food related as long as it’s of good quality.
Don’t get me wrong you don’t want to be smashing handfuls in as your just gunna have water problems.
I’ve tried all manor and always come back to the same two brands.
NLS 0.5mm pellets
NLS 1mm pellets
JBL Spirulina flake.

I realise NLS has Spirulina in it I just like to give flake sometimes.
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Re: Glenn's Tank Thread

Postby DJRansome » Wed Jun 03, 2020 12:00 pm

Both. Fat fish take a while to fix. You can fix water quality weekly with PWC.
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Re: Glenn's Tank Thread

Postby GlennLever » Sun Jun 07, 2020 8:49 pm

I believe that we are close to being cycled.

I will be ordering fish online. Plan to use my tank as the quarantine as there are no fish in it now.

I have a appropriate size net to unbag the fish into and a bucket.

What else should I have on hand?
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Re: Glenn's Tank Thread

Postby DJRansome » Sun Jun 07, 2020 8:55 pm

Float them in the bag to equalize temperature for 15 minutes and then net them into the tank. No food and lights off first 24 hours.
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Re: Glenn's Tank Thread

Postby GlennLever » Sun Jun 07, 2020 10:19 pm

DJRansome wrote:Float them in the bag to equalize temperature for 15 minutes and then net them into the tank. No food and lights off first 24 hours.


I have waited 30 minutes in the past, with them coming by air the temperature might be further off then what 15 minutes allows to equalize.

I would think that so long as the bag is not open I could wait the additional 15 minutes?
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Re: Glenn's Tank Thread

Postby DJRansome » Sun Jun 07, 2020 10:48 pm

Sure NP. I always get my fish via air. Thirty minutes can't hurt.
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Re: Glenn's Tank Thread

Postby GlennLever » Tue Jun 09, 2020 1:00 pm

The carefully laid plans on fish are blown up by availability which will not be solved until maybe the end of next week.

I am not a patient person, very impulsive, I cannot wait that long to put fish in.

This is currently the new list unless I hear different.

Iodotropheus sprengerae ''Rusty''

Synodontis lucipinnis ''Dwarf Petricola''

Pseudotropheus sp. ''Acei'' Luwala Reef ''Yellow Tail Acei''

Labidochromis caeruleus Lion's Cove ''Yellow Lab''

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Re: Glenn's Tank Thread

Postby GlennLever » Tue Jun 09, 2020 1:12 pm

Fish are ordered, for Thursday arrival
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Re: Glenn's Tank Thread

Postby GlennLever » Mon Jun 15, 2020 10:30 pm

The fish have arrived and all seem to be doing well.

I am still concerned that the Synodontis lucipinnis ''Dwarf Petricola'' are not getting any food. I see none reaching the bottom when I feed.

If I put any more food in the tank I believe I would be over feeding the rest of the fish.
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