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Old 09-05-2010, 04:29 PM   #11
 
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I would agree with the others. A test kit is going to help you keep things straight and a water change every few days is going to keep your ammonia spike down.

Live plants will be a big help because the buffer a lot of the chemical issues involved with a cycle. Finally, this.



Cycling bacteria in a bottle are fine. They work. Use them or don't. But don't just trust that they'll cycle your tank in a given, short, period of time. Make sure you use your test kit. They SHOULD knock a few days to a week of off how long it would take to otherwise cycle.
Definately a good point..I should have been more specific. I still like the old school way (nature takes time and you should learn patience :)...just happen to use it because I was having cycling problems with my tank.

Definately test to make sure you are cycled and stable.
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Old 09-09-2010, 08:55 PM   #12
 
I would like to thank you guys for the positive answers. I still consider myself a noob on this subject so I'm always looking for info on this, and u have have been great. I emptied the tank and cleaned it out fully. I also ordered the test kit and I'm waiting for it to arrive. Once that happens I will try again using the food method.
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Old 09-09-2010, 09:58 PM   #13
 
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Why on earth did you do that?? You set back your cycling to 0.
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Old 09-09-2010, 10:19 PM   #14
 
Im not in a rush and I want to do it right and under my conditions. Plus it only lasted for 2 days lol
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Old 09-10-2010, 03:12 AM   #15
 
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wow 20 dollars?? a master test kit here cost rm320. btw i got a new thing that will do amonia readings 24/7 for 365 days.it a seachem product. they only have the amonia and ph reader here and it cost rm 38
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Old 09-10-2010, 12:46 PM   #16
 
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wow 20 dollars?? a master test kit here cost rm320. btw i got a new thing that will do amonia readings 24/7 for 365 days.it a seachem product. they only have the amonia and ph reader here and it cost rm 38
Are you talking about pH and Ammonia Alert? I have used another brand with the same system but it was garbage. If this is what you were talking about maybe I will reconsider.
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Old 10-02-2010, 05:14 PM   #17
 
hate to bring up an old thread but i figured out why my fish originally died. turns out the tap water in my house has a ph of 8.8-9. i had been checking for ammonia so vigorously that i totally spaced on that.

a local store sells ro water that they claim has a ph of 7. which i will use from now on.
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Old 10-03-2010, 02:01 AM   #18
 
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I'd look into an RO system in the long run. You'll spend way more on that store's water eventually than getting a system to begin with.
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Old 10-03-2010, 07:54 AM   #19
 
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I'd look into an RO system in the long run. You'll spend way more on that store's water eventually than getting a system to begin with.

Ouch! No kidding. Especially doing weekly water changes on a tank that size. Might want to look for types of fish that wil do best in the water as is. Changing the types of fish you get would be easier then having to purchase all that water. Just a thought. Sometimes, the plans we thought we had have to be changed because of what we have to work with. If money is no issue then get the fish you want. Good Luck to you.
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Old 10-04-2010, 01:19 AM   #20
 
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yeah i think it's the same type of thing but from a different brand. seachem seems like a good dependable brand
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