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Re:Small 1-gallon tank
James and Hoa.: The problem with ottos is that AFAIK they are all wild
caught and for some unknown reason are all juveniles. They arrive in the
LFS practically starved to death. I suggest waiting until they have been
in the shop for at least two weeks before adding to their stress
bringing them home. I quarantine them b4 adding to a general tank and
make sure they have nice rounded bellies.
> Hoa is having trouble keeping Otto's alive in his 1-gallon, filterless tank.
Muriatic acid is about $3.00/gal not all that pricey, so not all that
much of an expense.
I usually hear that aquaricists (sp) test the gravel with the acid to
there is any shells or other CaCO3 stuff in it. Could this be another
example of misunderstanding a technique?
> I am concerned about a statement he made about treating his gravel with
> acid. What was wrong with your gravel that required treatment with acid? I
> know that some people recommend treating calcium containing gravel but I've
> never really understood the reasoning - if the gravel is CaCO3, it's all
> gonna dissolve in acid, provided there is enough acid. Wash out the acid and
> what remains will continue to dissolve in your water.
> You have a one gallon aquarium. Hardly a big volume of gravel. Why not just
> go buy the proper substrate? The acid probably cost you more than a pound of
> quartz gravel would cost.
> Don't start adding more chemicals to try to control your pH - change the
Heartily agree, the simpler the better.
Ric Cooney, N3BRB
rcooney at bcpl_net
Aquatic Gardeners Association
Baltimore, MD USA