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post #21 of 24 Old 08-05-2011, 04:25 PM Thread Starter
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with this being my first aquarium ever, i am still learning, from what i have heard it is better to cycle the tank first before adding fish, however i was unaware of ammonia levels along with nitrites and nitrate levels so i just put fish in after a couple days of running the tank... but now i am starting to regret it because now i have to worry about all this stuff
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post #22 of 24 Old 08-05-2011, 04:37 PM
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ok, it happens to most of us in the beginning so dont beat yrself up. Unfortunately Corys are probably the least likely to be able to handle the cycling process as they really should be put in tanks that have been cycled and running for a while, but it can be done. Just means lots of daily waterchanges to dilute the ammonia to keep the water safe for them. Do you know how the nitrogen cycle works? I dont want to talk down to you if you know already, but it may help you understand whats happening in your tank and why in my opinion you have come to a standstill
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post #23 of 24 Old 08-05-2011, 07:53 PM Thread Starter
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yeah luckily my aunt knows ALOT about fish keeping so she has been helping me through it and helps explain stuff to me, but everyday I seem to learn something new. Everything else seems to be running smoothly with this but we are both so lost as to why the ammonia is still there.

and right now, the fish seem to be happy, and i havent really had any problems with them other than the one incident with the zebras (not sure if explained on this thread or another) so thats all that matters to me.

i plan to actually get my water tested again to see if the nitrites/nitrates are present, and hopefully will see if anything is progressing
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post #24 of 24 Old 08-26-2011, 09:42 AM Thread Starter
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so today i just tested my nitrites again, and i am happy to say that there is a sign of life! and my ammonia is almost completely gone! i am so relieved! and the fact that i kept my fish alive during the whole process makes me even more happy! hopefully the tank will get fully cycled within the next couple weeks (or sooner?)
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