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Re: keeping fry
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- Subject: Re: keeping fry
- From: hascallk <hascallk at pacbell_net>
- Date: Thu, 01 Aug 2002 12:16:18 -0700
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Thanks Mr. Huntley,
By the way, I ment (by aged water) cycled water from another tank., but
I do have java moss, so it sounds like I'll just add some amquel (which
I've always used) and do some water changes! Thanks again!
Wright Huntley wrote:
> hascallk wrote:
>> Just a quick question. . .
>> Is it better to change shoebox water with "aged water" "new water" or
>> would a mixture of the two work? I don't always have enough aged
>> water, although I know you could possibly change more water this way.
>> All I have is a 10 g, two 5 g and a 2g with 3 sweater boxes to care for.
> I'm not certain what you mean by "aged water" vs "New water." In your
> area, you have chloramine, so must treat *all* water with "Amquel"
> o/e. A little standing, to allow dissolved gasses to be released and
> room temperature to equalize, is all it needs, otherwise. Some San
> Jose/Santa Clara well water comes out looking like milk, due to
> dissolved nitrogen being released as the pressure is relieved. In a
> glass, you can see it clearing from the bottom up,as the fine bubbles
> You probably don't need water from an ongoing tank, if you add a sprig
> or two of Java moss to the shoebox to introduce some useful infusoria.
> If you add a little hot water to get the right temp., give it ten or
> 15 minutes, and the water will be stable; the walls of the container
> coated with fine bubbles. [Your fish will not like those on their
> gills.] Treat with a dechloraminator, per bottle instructions, stir
> out the worst of the wall bubbles, and use right away, I would say.
> The old days of aerating and aging tap water for a day to get rid of
> chlorine are long gone. Chloramine is less likely to cause nasty
> trihalomethanes, but it has a half-life of up to 5 weeks, when done
> properly. Chemical neutralization or carbon-block filtering are about
> the only practical ways to treat it. "Amquel," "Prime," and "Ammo Lock
> 2" all work just fine.
> There may be others, but don't use any that "Break the
> chlorine-ammonia bond" as they are just expensive versions of cheap
> photographers hypo. You would still need to aerate for a day or two in
> your high-pH water to get rid of the released ammonia.
> My setup is similar in size to yours, and I use a couple of 1.25G
> ice-cream buckets for my water changes. I fill, add a couple of drops
> of "Amquel," and let set to come to room temp., until ready to change
> some water. It is an ongoing process, right now. Eventually, I'll hook
> up carbon filters and set up a trash-can (actually food-grade plastic
> barrel) and be able to do more massive changes at one time.
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