Beto EE

Aquarium lessons learned

  • When cleaning the water and substrate, do not disturb it too much(it could release bacteria and make some fish ill). Use a syphon to make cleaning easier.
  • Daylight fluorescent lights, or daylight led types should be used in the morning and, or, thru the afternoon.
  • Moonlight and color enhancer lights should be used at nights only for three or four hours.
  • After hours the aquarium will remain with no lights.
  • Nitrate levels should remain below 40 ppm to avoid algae growth

Pop eye guppy. 

A female guppy got big eyes all of a sudden. I don’t know how she got it, but when a stream of water hits her, she wobble and can’t keep her balance. I think she could probably die. Researching the Internet I found with antibiotics she could probably get better. The thing is that I’m cycling two fish tanks, and I can’t quarantine her right now, because I’m still waiting for another filter for the quarantine tank. It’s better to end cycling the tanks so the good bacteria starts to grow. Hopefully she gets better.

Pop eye female guppy.


Next day in the morning she was found dead. I suspect the problem was the disturbance of the substrate.

The weak guppie

Two days ago I noticed the male turquoise guppie a little saddened. His color fins were pale and seemed bitten(and I know those to blame are the zebrafish(they bullied him). Hopefully he will survive. Right now he is in a quarantine fish tank getting medicine treatment. One thing is sure. The zebras are going to be moved at another tank once he goes back where he came from.



Note. Next morning the guppie died. The zebras got into another fish tank.


Original article.

My first aquarium

A brother of mine had two fish tanks 25 or 30 years ago. Guppies, mollies, platies, swordtails, zebra danios, angelfish, are some of the species he kept at that time. I never touched the tank tough. I used to believe you had to change all the water in the tank when the time came, but that it’s not true . The tank its been cycling for a week now, and the second day I added 3 zebra danios, but the levels of ammonia are still untraceable. Nitrites low too. The tank is 36 gallon capacity, so I decided to add 4 guppies(3 female fancy guppies), and a turquoise male guppy. One female seems to be pregnant(who knows the father? I don’t) The male was bought at a different store, so they are not related. Now more poop will increase the potential to create more beneficial bacteria. In the process new fry guppies will come up from those mother bellies factories.

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