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    Hi all..

    I have been really busy moving into my new apt, and I decided to take a quick break today to share some pictures. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img].

    I set up a new aquarium a few days ago. It's very small, 3 gallons, but I thought I would start small and see if the fish survive.

    [img]http://home.**********.com/trashcan/guppy1.jpg[/img]

    [img]http://home.**********.com/trashcan/guppy2.jpg[/img]

    [img]http://home.**********.com/trashcan/guppy3.jpg[/img]

    There currently isn't any gravel in the aquarium, it's sitting in my room, hehe. Like I said, very little free time. The picture in the background is a beautiful picture drawn for me by my girlfriend, Terri.

    Pat

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    I used to have a fish tank, I loved it. Until one day when I wasn't thinking I cleaned the algae off the glass with a regular dish sponge, and the chemicals in the sponge killed all my beautiful fish [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif[/img] I was so sad. What kind of fish are those TC? I like [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]
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    Nice set up Pat [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] And I like the picture that Terri drew too.
    A very peaceful scene [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]
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    Sorry to hear about your fish.. I know how that feels, I have had some bad luck with fish too (including my cats snacking on them [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wow.gif[/img]).

    They are guppies... One male and two females. See the third pic? The male is chasing one of the females around the tank [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] I'm hoping they will have little guppies. One of the female guppies is noticably (sp&#33[img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img] larger then the other, but I think she has just been pigging out too much. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

    And thank you for the compliment on the pic too, I love that picture. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

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    I hope you pre-ecycled that fish tank with water, gravel or ornaments from a pre-existing tank full of nitrosonomas bacteria or those poor fancy guppies are gonners.
    Nowadays, Guppies have been interbred so much they are very weak fish genetically in terms of stress induced disease immunity and are no longer the "good to break in a tank" fish they once were in the 70s & 80s - despite what they may tell you at the fish shop. Please keep an eye on your ammonia and nitrites level (go buy a few testing kits) for the next 60-90 days and do dechloinated water changes whenever ANY noticeable amount shows up. My personal favorite dechlorinator is AmmoniaX which removes ammonia, chloine, choromines and hard nutrients but it is not good for use on shrimp/invertebrate aquaria due to the minute additions of formeldehyde in the AmmoniaX formula, but for fish and aquatic plant tanks only I love it.

    I don't intend to be any kind of buzz-kill, I just want to help you keep your fishies alive as long as possible! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]
    PM me (or other known fish nuts) with any ? you might have and we'll be glad to help you, I'm sure of it!

    Good luck - feed light and keep those elbows wet (do lots of water changes)! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]

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    Hi swords. I am not actually using the guppies to "break in" the terrarium, these are the only fish I'm planning on putting in there (unless a really sharp looking bottom feeder catches my eye...). I put the water in about two weeks and let the filter and water do its thing for a little wihle to help break it in.. I also used distilled water.. Unfortunately, I don't have any spare cash for any testing tools (and there are a few things I need to get before I get that, like a heater&#33[img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img] but I will be upgrading steadily. As for the gravel, its all brand new and will be washed thoroughly before going in... I just haven't had the time actually...

    PS: Speaking of the "fish they were in the 70's and 80's".. I used to have some wild guppies.. and they were amazing. I would pay almost anything (well almost anything under $5.00, hehe). I don't know if you ahve seen them, but they are very active, very pretty (a different kind of coloring though) and very .. umm.. active reproducers? hehe. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] Lots of baby guppies... <sigh>.. If i see any though, I'm buying them. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] I have another 20 gallon aquarium I could set up if I found some.

    anyway.. Thanks for the advice, no "buzz-kill" felt, any advice is appreciated.

    Pat

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    Ooh...beautiful pic and tank! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] One more tip...I wsa made aware of this by someone when I wanted to put aquarium rocks in my CP tank...wash the rocks very carefully before you add them to the tank, they can carry all sorts of things. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img]

    That's all, good luck! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]
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    My mom's been breeding feeder guppies for a couple years, and has started on mollies. If you want guppies to breed, try a little salt in the water, and maybe add some plants.

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