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Hello all! Any changes to paro protocols?

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2 weeks 10 hours ago 1 week 6 days ago #6183 by AlmightyJoshaeus
AlmightyJoshaeus cre­ated the topic: Hello all! Any changes to paro protocols?
Long time no hello, every­one! My Parosphromenus ‘sen­tang’ all slowly died off for unknown rea­sons ear­lier this year, and I am think­ing of try­ing again with paroes. Has any­thing changed with paro care in my absence from the forum? I was plan­ning on the fol­low­ing:
Tank: A 40 cm long stan­dard 5 gallon/​20 litre, at least 2 2 gallon/7.56 litre water changes a week with dis­tilled water heated to tank’s temp with sodium bisul­fate and tan­nins added (unsure what I will use for adding tan­nins). Tank will be bare bot­tom with a box fil­ter and some float­ing plants (water sprite per­haps?)
Feed­ing: Daily 14th tea­spoon baby brine shrimp, enriched once or twice a week with sel­con (I am won­der­ing if I was under­feed­ing the gouramies…hence why they died off. Was pre­vi­ously doing no more than 18th tea­spoon three times a week)
Tem­per­a­ture: low 20’s cel­cius

Any changes you guys can rec­om­mend? Thanks :)
Last Edit: 1 week 6 days ago by AlmightyJoshaeus. Rea­son: Change of plans

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1 week 4 days ago #6184 by AlmightyJoshaeus
AlmightyJoshaeus replied the topic: Hello all! Any changes to paro protocols?
Per­haps this would have been bet­ter put under ‘methods’?

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1 week 4 days ago 1 week 4 days ago #6185 by parosphr
parosphr replied the topic: Hello all! Any changes to paro protocols?
Hello there.
Its a pity that nobody has answered your ques­tion, — I will try to answer as best I can.
First I can say that no, of course noth­ing has changed in terms of how paros are best kept.

What you describe sounds mostly okay, — but what is sodium bisul­phate and why use that ??

You should definety add some leaves, for tan­nin but also for the fish to feel com­fort­able. Bare bot­tom is not in my mind the best always.
Regard­ing your ques­tion about feed­ing, — are you using live brine shimps ? Is that what you mean by baby brine shimps ??
Of course it depends on how many fish you have, — but for one tank with a few fish, you really dont need a lot. I feed every sec­ond day, — and only feed live artemia, — and I just add a tiny bit to each tank.
But its really dif­fi­cult to say, — I doubt that is the rea­son that they died, unless you didnt feed live food.

There are a num­ber of things that can go wrong keep­ing paros, so the rea­sons could be many

Many kind regards Helene, web­mas­ter at P-​P
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1 week 3 days ago #6186 by AlmightyJoshaeus
AlmightyJoshaeus replied the topic: Hello all! Any changes to paro protocols?
Sodium bisul­fate is an acidic salt that can be used to reduce the PH of fish tanks…I was using it in my prior setup. I was using live baby brine shrimp…about 18th tea­spoon every other day for a max­i­mum of eight paroes. PH and con­duc­tiv­ity stayed in the 4’s and below 40 respec­tively, and I was doing 40% water changes every week (this tank had the unusual attribute of hav­ing the con­duc­tiv­ity drop over the course of the week). For tan­nins, the sub­strate was made of peat moss and I put decaf­feinated tea bags to seep into the new water before water changes.

Any­how, I have decided to alter my plan slightly. The tank will have a layer of peat moss on the bot­tom (I bought the peat moss before I remem­bered how destruc­tive its har­vest is :( may as well use it now that I have it), capped by a layer of sand and with plants and leaves above that. May boost water changes to 3 times a week. Also, may add a sec­ond tank to my paro setup…if I spot fry I would be able to move the par­ents quickly and max­i­mize fry production.

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4 days 1 hour ago #6189 by Peter Finke
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AlmightyJoshaeus wrote: Per­haps this would have been bet­ter put under ‘methods’?


Yes, I think so. We have thought these cat­e­gories over very care­fully at the begin­ning. Nobody has com­pained about it all the years. Every­body has tried to fit his not into one of them. You cre­ate dis­or­der! Think again before writ­ing next time!

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4 days 1 hour ago 4 days 1 hour ago #6190 by Peter Finke
Peter Finke replied the topic: Hello all! Any changes to paro protocols?

AlmightyJoshaeus wrote: Per­haps this would have been bet­ter put under ‘methods’?


Yes, I think so. We have thought these cat­e­gories over very care­fully at the begin­ning. Nobody has com­plained about it all the years. Every­body has tried to fit his note into one of them. You cre­ate dis­or­der! Think again before writ­ing next time!
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