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12 May 2006

MAYBE KILLER NEEDS A TELETHON


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bsolutely unbelievable. I sat and read the email from the Tetra people... I had emailed them and told them all about Killer. They said the symptoms are from 1. over-eating. 2- Over-chemicalized water and the last thing nearly did me in.... Killer could be suffering from NTS... Yes, the dreaded New Tank Syndrome. I swear to God I did not just make that up... there really is a thing called NTS.

I immediately followed their advice and removed half the water in the tank and added in new water. This time I wanted to make sure Killer didn't OD on water treatment chemicals.

I'm sitting here at 12:45AM and it just hit me. They should have a thing that dispenses the food 3 times a day but in little spurts, so as to avoid over-feeding. Liquid food would even be better! Killer wouldn't even have to chew, he would just kinda breathe it in as he swam/floated around.


Letter Received From Tetra Fish Care Team

Dear Killer:

The cloudiness you are experiencing is probably one of two things.

Overfeeding your fish can cloud your water as the uneaten food is allowed to decompose. At each feeding you should feed no more than what your fish can eat in one to two minutes. Overstocking the tank can cause cloudy water too. Excess waste, like excess food, gives of ammonia and nitrites. You should have 1 gallon of water per 1 inch of tropical fish. Have 3 gallons of water per 1 inch of goldfish.

Make sure you have proper filtration too. If this is the problem, you will have high ammonia and nitrite levels. A 25% water change will help lower the levels but you will still need to find out what the problem is.

Or, your aquarium could be experiencing what is known as "new tank syndrome", NTS. When you set up a new aquarium or when you carry out a large water change, it is very natural for your water to become cloudy as part of the systems normal biological cycle. The reasons for this are fluctuations in the nitrogen cycle, and the release of gasses in solution resultant to an increase in water temperature. In the cycle, your ammonia levels will rise for 3 weeks, then drop to zero. Next your nitrite levels will rise for 3 weeks then drop to zero.

A water change of 50% or more will restart the cycle. You should not see both ammonia and nitrite levels elevated. If only one of these is elevated, that would indicate you are going through the bacterial cycle. Let the tank sit and the cycle will complete on it's own.

Have a pet store test your water to determine what is the cause of your water problem. You can also by your own test kit and test the water yourself.

Sincerely,
Your US Tetra Care Team



ANOTHER TWO NAMES GO UP ON THE WALL OF HONOR
I want to recognize another Killer benefactor here today. A real standup guy, Bud Buckley stepped up and donated $1.00 for Killer's upkeep. As many already know, Bud, is a rare vocalist and plays many club dates around Florida. If you haven't had a chance to buy one of Bud's CD recordings, now is a good time to do it! You won't be disappointed. Good things happen to good people Bud! Thanks!




And a big "thank you" to Pepper. I don't know who you are but I appreciate your generous $1.00 donation and Killer especially appreciates it!




Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this day in 1950, Peter Gabriel, London England, rocker. And in the death notices today we find in 1985, Selma Diamond, actress/comedienne, (Selma-Night Court), dies of cancer at 64.
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