Sunday, September 10, 2006

Colleagues

My new office mates! (Who wont stay still for a good shot.) I bought a twenty gallon fish tank about a year ago and I’m only just getting it up and running now. Sadly, I’m told that the first few fish in a new tank aren’t fish at all, they are sacrificial lambs giving their lives to stabilize a new tank for the fish to follow. So, for now, just these few danios...I do hope they make it.

11 comments:

Rotem said...

Hi there,
Love your blog, been reading it for a while (I'm a scifi book reader that stumbled to your blog).
Anyway, I've been keeping fish tanks for about 4 years now, and started at least 4 of them by now. You shouldn't consider theses fish as sacrificial lambs. Just make sure you change water religiously during the first month or two and you'll get your tank cycled without any casualties.

Irene Gallo said...

Hi Rotem,

Well, that's a relief...I like these little guys. Any hardy fish that you can recomend adding? I was thinking silver dollars next and then something with a little more color.

Rotem said...

The danios are a great choice, they are very hardy fish. You could also put Platys in there. The red/orange ones would give you some color.
You can also try a Dwarf Gourami for color (those we my original starter fish).

You might also want to check out www.aquahobby.com for info, I owe my success with fish to that website.

Irene Gallo said...

Thanks! That website will help a lot.

I was looking at the platys. I'll let these danios get settled in a for a few weeks and then start adding in a few more. I'm think about a dozen fish all together...seem right?

How difficult is it to keep real plants? I didn't want to take that on but they look _so_ good.

Rotem said...

I agree that real plants look much better than plastic. But they do require work. I always had real plants and it is rare that I don't have some sort of algae having fun in there. I think it still looks good with the algae, but sometimes it gets out of control. So I would go for plastic plants that look as authentic as you can find and maybe once you feel you can take the next step with plants and all the tinkering that is involved with it go for it.
Real plants actually help during the cycle phase, maybe that's why I never had problems with cycling new fish tanks.

Rotem said...

I agree that real plants look much better than plastic. But they do require work. I always had real plants and it is rare that I don't have some sort of algae having fun in there. I think it still looks good with the algae, but sometimes it gets out of control. So I would go for plastic plants that look as authentic as you can find and maybe once you feel you can take the next step with plants and all the tinkering that is involved with it go for it.
Real plants actually help during the cycle phase, maybe that's why I never had problems with cycling new fish tanks.

Alex D said...

hey there, i love fishes, had a tank for years, right next to my desk. they are so relaxing.
the first give the lives for the ones to follow, huh, never heard of that. though, i always had to wait like 2 month, to get bacteria to grow in there and form some kind of fish-friendly-fauna. all the best to you and your fishies. ;)

Irene Gallo said...

Thanks for the support guys.

I have a question. One of the four seems to be hiding away from the others. I think he's being bullied by another. Any way to keep the peace? Would having more of them somehow even the pack out a bit?

Rotem said...
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Rotem said...

Two options:
1 - He's sick due to cycling the tank or a disease and that's why he's staying apart. In this cast he'll either die or feel better and come back.
2 - He is being bullied and you probably can't do anything about it. They might actually kill him physically or stress him enough to get sick.

Assuming we're talking about danios which are a schooling fish, having more of them might help with distributing the pecking amongst all of them and making a single one being less picked on.
The problem is that if he is diseased you'll just throw more fish into harms way.
Besides, this is a new tank, so I would try to have a light load in the tank, so the nitro or ammonia won't build up too much.

Sorry I couldn't help with a more definitve answer.

Irene Gallo said...

Well, Rotem, at least I feel better about just having to wait and see.