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<snip>> As for the one inch
> rule, I figured total cell metabolism increases proportionally with mass
> (number of cells), not length. That is to say, 70 one inch neons <<< 1
> seventy inch catfish. Is my thinking flawed?
No, and yes. The 70 one inch neons certainly are a lo less boiload than a
single 70 inch fish, but the one inch rule was designed around fish of three
inches or less, as most neophytes tend to go for a lot of small fish rather
than a few big ones. The longer, wider, or taller a fish gets, the more
inappropriate the rule becomes. But for neons it works good.
>As for not having a test kit;
>it is not because I cannot afford one, it is because I have never had the
>need for one.
well, dude, you need one now. Ammonia/nitrite/nitrate. And the part about 2
weeks without a water change not hurting- If it is indeed ammonia, then your
discus are REALLY hurting now. Stay up late one night and change the water
instead of doing the local dorm party.