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post #1 of 2 Old 12-03-2010, 07:32 PM Thread Starter
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Question 125 gl cycling help

i have a 125gl tank planted with 2 anubias, a few small banana plants, a bunch of anarchias, 10 swords and a few other random plants that i don't remember the names of. I also have put in there a porous rock that I pulled directly out of an already cycled tank and about a cup of the gravel from said tank. Ammonia never got over 0.25ppm, nitrites stayed at 0 and nitrates 5.0. This has been the same for about a week and a half. Unfortunately my plants are starting to die because my light won't be in until Monday in the mean time I have kept my reg light on throughout the day. I was thinking of getting some snails to eat the dead plants that I have. I also heard that they will boost the ammonia levels because they are poop machines so they will help my tank to cycle. I have searched for pure ammonia at all my local stores using the criteria that I have gotten from my forum members ( shake the bottle any foam and it is not suitable for aquaria).

I have 2 bala sharks (4" and 3") and 3 guppies and 2 neons. I would like to put them in the large tank on Monday and just let the tank cycle fish in but I don't want to stress or harm the fish. I would appreciate some thoughts and solutions.
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post #2 of 2 Old 12-04-2010, 12:13 PM
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Well, the plants you have probably aren't enough to cycle the tank by themselves (at least not much faster than a fish cycle), but they are probably the reason your ammonia is so low.

As for fish, Balas, I believe, need to be kept in small groups, as well as neons (neon tetra I am assuming). The Balas, as they get bigger, might become more aggressive. They might start attacking the neon tetras. They may not due to the large size of the tank, though.

Read our TFK fish profiles, on the blue tab at the top-left of the screen. Hope this helps!

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