Re: NANFA-- swimming upstream, and fish color question

Jeremy Tiemann (
Fri, 20 Dec 2002 10:37:54 -0600

H2O is good according to every instrument I have ever used (I try new
instruments out on my tanks before I head to the streams). This tank
has been this way for years (since I picked it up in '97).

>--- Jeremy Tiemann <> wrote:
>> Here is a question that some might be able to answer. Senerio:
>> Three tanks (30 gal, 35 gal, and 10 gal) with everything from the
>> same location (e.g. water, fish, substrate, mussel valves, food,
>> etc.), and ratios for the tank are all the same. Everything is the
>> same except location (living room, living room, bedroom,
>> respectively) I cannot ever keep fish color in my 35 gal. I can
>> transplant fish from one tank to another, and when they are in the 35
>> gal... POOF... no color. The only thing that I can think of is
>> chemicals in the sealant. Any comments?
>Sounds like bad water quality in the 35 gallon. It could be
>dead or dying snails in your substrate.
>Is breaking the tank down, rinsing the gravel, washing out
>the tank (perhaps with baking soda) and setting the tank up
>again an option?
>If not, I would suggest vaccuming the gravel in the 35 really
>well. Throw away the foam or filter pads and add new ones.

Jeremy Tiemann
Illinois Natural History Survey
Center for Biodiversity
607 E. Peabody Dr.
Champaign, IL 61820
Phone: (217) 244-4594
Fax: (217) 333-4949
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