Sunday, 19 July 2009

Today's Tank Temperature

todays tank tempertaure is: 24 degresse

Today's Snail Count

todays snail count is: 2

Today's Light Time

turned the lights on at:6.00
turned lights off at:
total time

What a day!!!

What a day!!! today has been so packed with things to do with my fish tank. first of all we went down to pets at home and got my water re-tested and found out that the water is now fine, and i bought some fish 4 infact simease algae-eaters or so we thought and some new fish food for them (catfish pellets), and we went thinking everthing was fine. So of we went to the fish shop in pool and bought some filter pads and off we went home. So when we got home the fun, began first we took the plants out of the buckets and placed them in the tank , did a water change, then we started on the fish we have put them in a bucket andwe will place them in the tank on tuesday. Now for a shock i was inspecting the fish closely realised that they looked a bit like simaese flying fox but the problem is their really agressive, possessive and will fight one another but they will still eat algae untill they get a bit older, and there really lazy and will eat alot and will sit on a leaf of a plant and stay there, and they grow up to 12cm so i might have a agressive ,possessive, fat,lazy semi algae eater , all kept in one tank . i can't wait to find out if it's a flying fox or not .

Saturday, 18 July 2009

Today's Snail Count

todays snail count is:5

Today's Tank Temperature

todays tank temptuer is:25 degreese

Today's Light Time

lights turned on at:7.10
lights turned off at:11.30
total light time:4.20hrs

today's post

Everthing looks normal today it's looked the same for the last few days .

Friday, 17 July 2009

Today's Snail Count

todays snail count is :4

Today's Tank Temperature

todays tank tempture is:25 degreese

Today's Light Time

turned the lights on at:6.00
turned lights off at:1.30
total time:7.3 hrs

today's post

Everthing looks the same in the tank today nothing unusual is going on it all looks the same.

Thursday, 16 July 2009

Today's Tank Temperature

Today's time tempture is:25 degrees

Today's Snail Count

Todays snail count is:4

Today's Light Time

lights were turned on at: 6.20
lights turned off at :10.30
total time:4hrs 10 mins

today's post

Everthing looks normal in the tank today. I;m just hoping the all the work thats gone in to it will pay off in the end.

Wednesday, 15 July 2009

Today's Tank Temperature

Just checked the tempture of my tank today and it is :25 degrees

Today's Snail Count

On today's Snail count i found :5

Today's Light Time

I turned the lights on today at : 8.15pm
I turned the lights off today at: 12.45am
total light time: 4 1/2 hours

today's post

Everything looks normal in the tank today, well as normal as a fish tank is without any fish in it. we found a snail now we have 5 , I'm going to check on my plants to see if the fur is still there on my daily check

Tuesday, 14 July 2009

Today's Light Time

Tank light's on: 6.30pm
Tank light's off: 11.00pm
total time: 4 1/2 hours

Now playing: Pink Floyd - Shine On You Crazy Diamond
via FoxyTunes

Today's Snail Count

have just done a daily snail count and there are: 4

Today's Tank Temperature

Have just checked the temperature today and it is: 25 degrees

Today's Post

Just been watching my tank when I suddenly saw Snailly again! It's good know he's not been sucked into the filter. Took a video of him doing a sprint across the glass too.
Everything looks really bare in my tank now there are no plants in there but the fur on the other plants looks like its going. That's good.

Today's Light Time

Tank light on: 6pm
Tank lights off: 11pm
total time: 5 hours

Today's Snail Count

Have just done a daily snail count and there are: 4

Today's Tank Temperature

Have just checked the today's temperature and it is: 25 degrees

Monday 13th July 2009

I changed the water that all the plants that are being kept outside of the tank were in, got quite wet!. The 3 new plants look alright, so far, so good. The second plant that had been infected with the blue algae looked alright too, no sign of new algae growth, no sign of old algae growth. The first plant that was infected does seem to have some type of fur/algae, only this time it is a white colour. Am crossing fingers that it doesn't turn nasty. Have completed daily tank checks, snails, temperature and light monitoring.

Sunday 12th July 2009


Having taken some photo's of the algae and gathered some water in an empty 'Colman's' jar have headed off to "Pet's At Home" store in Poole for some advice and a free water test. Spoke to a kind assistant called Jennie who advised me wonderfully on what to do, and also did the water test for me.
The water test came back that the Nitrite and Nitrate levels were at a 'Warning: Unsafe' situation. Have been advised to add 4 1/2 tsp of Aquarium salt, and treat with 3 capful's of Stress Zyme +. She also said that as we had bought the infected plants from the company that they would replace the free of charge, which is very good of them. So I picked out 3 new plants and came home. Once at home the fun began.

As so many things needed to be done it was tricky knowing where to start, so I started with the tank itself. I removed the two remaining plants and gave them a wash in a bleach solution that aims to combat blue algae just in case they had contracted it too. The bleach solution equates to 1 part bleach, 19 parts water. Gave the plants a rinse under the tap, then back in the tank they went, crossing fingers.
I then washed the 2 infected plants in the bleach solution, taking off as much with my fingers as I could, then again rinsing them off in fresh water and inspecting for badly affected leaves and removing accordingly. The 2 plants were then placed into quarantine separately to limit
any further contamination. Now I know the lady said to ditch them, but what a shame and waste of good plants if they do recover. Then came the time to deal with the new purchases. I had the 3 new replacement plants and a large piece of driftwood which all needed bath's. Under the tap they went for a quick rinse then into another large bucket of water to see how they fair before being transplanted, possibly, into the tank.
The I delt with the water itself, the lady recomended 4 1/2 tsp of the Aquarium salt, upon reading the packet further, it should actually of been tablespoons not teaspoons, so that's what I measured out and put in, 4 1/2 tablespoons. Or she could of just been mistaken in her abbreviations between teaspoons and tablespoons. Anyway, I then added the 3 capfuls Stress Zyme + to the tank.
It is thought that the rapid growth of algae in the tank may have helped by excessive light, adivsed to only have the lights on for 3-4 hours per day.

Hopefully all that has been done today will help the tank reach perfect levels to enable me to add fish very soon.

Wednesday 8th July 2009

Blue fur all over the plant now, and spread to a second plant, maybe not quite as pretty as I first thought. After much research on the internet I have concluded that it is a sever type of algae that once it's caught a hold, very difficult to shift it. Oops. Have taken the 2 infected plants out of the tank and placed them in a large bucket whilst deciding what to do. Have a few options to consider, will just have to see.

Tuesday 7th July 2009

More of the blue fur on the plant, looks quite pretty.

Monday 6th July 2009

Turned the thermometer up to 30 degrees today to give it a bit of a 'roadtest'. Noticed some blue fur in 1 of the new plants.

Monday, 13 July 2009

Sunday 5th July 2009

Having looked at the new thermometer this morning I can now safely say that it doesn't work, think the glass is too thick for it to able to read the temperature. So off we go for a lovely trip to 'Pet's At Home' in Christchurch.
I bought another new thermometer, this time it's placed inside of the tank, it should work being that close to the water. Got some suckers that hold the air pump pipes in place. Bought 1 artificial plant to hopefully hide the filter pipe, heater, wires, and air pumps. It should also act as a weight to weigh the air pumps down, keeping them in place. I rinsed everything thoroughly before doing anything else with them. Got 3 more plants for the tank, placing them in, then rearranging the tank possibly for the last time, so it is now perfect. Found a snail playing in the tank after placing the plants in, have named him "Snailly".

Saturday 4th July 2009

Popped into town today and bought 2 more bags of gravel, net, thermometer and my first tub of fish food from an Aquatic shop in Poole town centre. The we trundled off to 'Pet's At Home' store at Fleetsbridge and where I got a tank cleaner and a book called "The Aquarium Fish Handbook". I also got some fetching stationary to keep a record of the fish I want and any other information I may want to record.
I washed 1 bag of gravel and arranged it into the tank, the placed the thermometer onto the side of the tank in it's correct posistion. It seems not to work.

Friday 3rd July 2009

Ok, have given the tank a once over today of what I think it might need. Something to weigh the air pump tubes for a start! A thermometer will be an essential item, a net, and possibly some kind of cleaning tool. Most definitely more gravel. Maybe something better to hide the air pump tubes than the plant that's been doing the job so far.

Wednesday 1st July 2009

All seems to be looking well in the tank today, took a couple of videos though.

Tuesday 30th June 2009

I washed the gravel today, 2 bags of purple gravel, gorgeous. Washed the Athenian ruin, Clam and my very first plant. Placed all of the decorations into the tank, the filled with water, which was quite exciting. Put in the 3 trial sized packets of Stess Zyme + and Stress Coat + in the water. Don't think that there is enough gravel in the tank for my liking. Then came the grand turning on!!

Monday 29th June 2009

My brand new fish tank arrives, am so excited!!
Then came the tricky part, where to put all the wires and out of tank equipment, and installing all the other electrical equipment where there's little chance of water getting into it or being seen from the outside world, but where it will also be easily accessible in case of an emergency. By 1am Tuesday morning is was sorted.

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