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Old 08-05-2008, 05:23 PM   #11
 
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when your nitrates have balanced between 0-10 ppm then your done cycling.

those readings are normal for a cycling tank.
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Old 08-05-2008, 05:38 PM   #12
 
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I was told i can have no more then 4 African cichlids since they dont get to big compared to others.
There are a huge number of species of African cichlids that include a lot of differently sized fish. Some are as small as 3" fully grown while others will exceed a foot. It's important to know what species you're getting as well as whether you plan on getting only male fish or mixed sexes.
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Old 08-05-2008, 06:02 PM   #13
 
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when your nitrates have balanced between 0-10 ppm then your done cycling.

those readings are normal for a cycling tank.
Great ill update this with new readings in a few days


Should my first water change happen one week from day water was added?

I purchased 4 danios. Not sure on type but there small for the cycle process. Fish store said 4 would be good for the 30gallon. and said the ciclids will just eat them once there introduced into tank




The cichlids i plan to get grow a max of 4.5inch
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Old 08-05-2008, 07:47 PM   #14
 
I also purchased a marineland stealth shatter proof heater. Now its been on and in the water for over 3 hours. water temp has not changed and heater does not feel hot at all?
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Old 08-05-2008, 07:51 PM   #15
 
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and said the ciclids will just eat them once there introduced into tank
LOL you dont know how much it pleases me to hear that...i HATE danios...LMAO

and i'm not really sure when to do your first water change...honestly, i dont remember doing a water change until cycling was complete, to bring down the nitrates.

and your heater shouldnt feel hot to the touch...and it will take a day or so to bring the water temp up.
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Old 08-06-2008, 01:03 AM   #16
 
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aww poor danios.

*sings circle of life*

just kidding i used rosie red feeder fish to cycle my tank and then fed them to my buddies oscar.
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Old 08-08-2008, 10:59 PM   #17
 
so its been about 2-3 days and did another test here


PH-7.8

nitrite no2- 0ppm

nitrate no3- 0ppm

ammonia- .50ppm
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Old 08-08-2008, 11:51 PM   #18
 
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Looks like your cycle's started. Have you decided on which species you're getting?
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Old 08-09-2008, 12:11 AM   #19
 
Great!. Im going with African ciclids and a loach or a leech for a bottom feeder? not sure witch one i was looking at. Haven't decided for sure what im getting as far as a bottom feeder. With having the sand id like to have something for the bottom to help me out.[/code]
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Old 08-09-2008, 08:55 PM   #20
 
Ok time for another noob question.


Filters. Should i clean this? I read they keep bacteria that helps the tank once its cycled. And if you clean it clean it with fish tank water. Any advice on that? When should be changed/ cleaned during or after cycle.
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