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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-11-2014, 02:33 PM Thread Starter
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New F8 owner...feeding question

I have had fish before, but never puffers. I currently have small F8 that is being kept alone in a 30-gallon tank. Next month I am going to be out of town for 4 days and I was wondering what I should do regarding nourishment during this time? Are those weekend- feeder tablets useless for a carnivorous fish? Should I buy some feeder ghost shrimp and pop them in the tank before leaving?

A few days ago, I bought a few ghost shrimp and a couple RC shrimp and dropped them in. I can still see one of the GS, though it is hard to tell how many are still around. The RCs were devoured within 30 seconds, not going to do that again, they almost cost as much as the puffer. Thanks for any suggestions.
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-11-2014, 02:35 PM
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Fish can go for extended periods of time without food, do a water change before you leave and don't worry about feeding. He'll be fine!
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You could get some feeder guppies or ghost shrimp. He will hunt for them when your gone. But he doesn't need them. As flint said, he will be fine.
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Thanks...

Thanks....one other thing, I just did the API test on the water and everything came back fine except I had an ammonia reading of between 1.0 and 2.0 ppm. Can this be a result of putting the fish in too soon to a new tank as the filter is going on 3 weeks as of now? Will this reading decline as the filter matures or should I do a water change ASAP or buy something to detoxify the ammonia?
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By the way is the f8 in brackish water? It will decline as the tank matures. It could be a result of putting the fish in before it was cycled. Definitely do some big water changes. Also you could get some seachem prime. It detoxifies ammonia.
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By the way is the f8 in brackish water? It will decline as the tank matures. It could be a result of putting the fish in before it was cycled. Definitely do some big water changes. Also you could get some seachem prime. It detoxifies ammonia.
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Yes, I wanted to use marine salt but the store owner told me that was wrong and to use aquarium. He also told me to only change 1/3 of the water every month; anything more was being too anal. The man seems to really know what he is talking about but the info he relayed does seem contrary to what I have read on this site.
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Marine salt is what you would want to use. That is what makes brackish water. I change 50% weekly. But in a 29g with just one f8 1/3 monthly would be fine, but more is always better. Also wash the filter pads in some aquarium water.

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Marine salt is what you would want to use. That is what makes brackish water. I change 50% weekly. But in a 29g with just one f8 1/3 monthly would be fine, but more is always better. Also wash the filter pads in some aquarium water.

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Thanks. I will get marine salt. This guy is still little so I don't think the water is harming him yet. Just added some ammonia remover.
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Ya it is probably doing nothing yet, but over time it will be an issue. Also you could get some live plants; java ferns and java moss can stand salt, there may be more but I don't know.
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