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Hsuzy
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PostPosted: 2010.02.01(Mon)9:50    Post subject: Cardinals aren't eating Reply with quote

Hi guys, I heard that fish on the whole tend to attack any food in the tank with extreme enthusiasm. I lost my first aquarium fish (3 angels) to overfeeding a decade or so ago, so it comes as quite as a surprise to see my 4 cardinals totally ignoring the flake food that I'm trying to feed them.

I have a sneaking suspicion that they're still insecure because I only have 4 of them, but any advice would be great. Should I be worrying at all?
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diademhill
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PostPosted: 2010.02.01(Mon)11:01    Post subject: Reply with quote

Probably a water quality problem. Your tank is much too small for any fish and ammonia affects the gills and reduces appetite.
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Hsuzy
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PostPosted: 2010.02.01(Mon)20:48    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmm, yes I know the tanks very small, but I've cycled it for almost a month and a half prior to adding the fish and I do a 30% water changes every other day... oh well. Guess I need a new tank.
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59FIFTY
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PostPosted: 2010.02.01(Mon)21:06    Post subject: Reply with quote

How large is the tank???
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PostPosted: 2010.02.01(Mon)21:09    Post subject: Reply with quote

I believe I heard it was a little more that 5 liters or 1.2g
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PostPosted: 2010.02.01(Mon)21:11    Post subject: Reply with quote

wow!!! thats small...
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PostPosted: 2010.02.01(Mon)21:15    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, it redefines nano Embarassed

Looking for a bigger one though, would 100L be OK?
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PostPosted: 2010.02.01(Mon)21:18    Post subject: Reply with quote

for the stock you have I think it will be fine, just make sure it is cycled. I would say upping the tetras to 12, then adding a b/n pleco along with one dwarf gourami.
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PostPosted: 2010.02.01(Mon)21:21    Post subject: Reply with quote

100 L is okay. But go as big as possible! I know you are asking friends for a spare tank but the bigger the better for it is less likely that the tank will crash. If 100 L is 26.5 (as the converter says) then that will do just fine! JUST DO NOT OVER STOCK IT!!!
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PostPosted: 2010.02.01(Mon)21:41    Post subject: Reply with quote

A 100 liter tank would be excellent if you could get one. But first, it will need to be cycled before adding the Cardinals. Here's an article regarding the cycling process: http://www.aquahobby.com/articles/e_fishless.php.

If you have a friend with an aquarium, see if you can borrow any of their filter media to place in your filter for the 100 liter if you get it, then you should be able to put the fish in right away.

If you have any trouble understanding the cycle, feel free to ask!
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