Re: NANFA-L-- newbie here...

Becky Kendell (
Mon, 21 Aug 2006 21:25:58 -0700 (PDT)

Wow, there must be a lot of people on this list....didn't think I'd get so many replies!

First off, I did "kind of" cycle the tank. I used a filter cartrige from my other tank with those bead things (?) and floss in, some water from the other tank and big log that was in there too. So I didn't get the amonia spike, did get a little bit of a nitrite spike but then it was fine. That's how I usually do it.

I did read about the fish being territorial and stuff...and I was concerned at first...but these guys are funny. They school together! The crappie, rock bass, pumpkinseed, and baby bluegill all swim together! It's like they're hippies LOL Believe me, if I see anyone getting chased and stressed, I will do something about it.

Also, someone said to use salt....I read somewhere that was a no-no for these kind of fish? Can't remember where. But I used to do my tanks with the under-gravel filter, all kinds of chemicals, salt, etc, whatever the pet store told me.....and they'd always crash and kill everything. I learned from a former discus fish breeder, that you really don't have to do anything except de-chlorinate tap-water. So I quit putting anything in the tank, only use outside filters, and my fish live forever now!

I will definately not be letting anyone go back into the lakes. I am against that. I have always payed attention to anything I can learn about conservation and I know what released fish are doing to the environment. I definately wouldn't want to be responsible for introducing some foriegn tropical fish disease into the lakes. In fact the other day when I was fishing I was SOOOO tempted to yell at this lady who was having her kids feed the geese and ducks.....we have a problem around here with seagulls who aren't even supposed to be in this area and it really pisses me off when people, although unknowingly, encourage them!

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