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post #1 of 11 Old 02-11-2011, 08:53 PM Thread Starter
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Smile is the aquarium ready for fish?

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0 ammonia, 0 nitrites, 80-100 nitrates in todays readings. should I wait just a bit longer to add fish? should I add them tomorrow? where do fish sleep?

what else should I do before adding them? how big of a water change to decrease the nitrates?(its a 20 gallon tank) any supplements? should I get only males or females? or both? The zebra danios(glofish) are going in first. 3 or 4 to add at a time? what kind of food to start with? Im pretty excited!

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What test kit did you use?
What is nitrate reading in tap?

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What test kit did you use?
What is nitrate reading in tap?
hey lupin!:)

API liquid master test kit and tap water is totally clear of nitrates:)

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Weird how your nitrate rose dangerously. I'd just do another water change until it goes back to less than 20. Then you may add your new fish. Keep testing your nitrate until it is back where it should be.

You don't have to worry where your fish can sleep. They sleep by drifting around the water column. If you start with danios, food is not an issue. They eat just about anything. Try pellets, bloodworms and brine shrimps for a start.

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Weird how your nitrate rose dangerously. I'd just do another water change until it goes back to less than 20. Then you may add your new fish. Keep testing your nitrate until it is back where it should be.

You don't have to worry where your fish can sleep. They sleep by drifting around the water column. If you start with danios, food is not an issue. They eat just about anything. Try pellets, bloodworms and brine shrimps for a start.
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mr. lupin, you are too kind thanks for those wonderful tips.

so glad the tank finally cycled!!!!!!!!

It might have been that the nitrates where that high because I cycled the aquarium with raw shrimp...do you think so?

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Or you didn't do water changes in time that it elevated that high but no worries, water changes will quickly reduce it.

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Or you didn't do water changes in time that it elevated that high but no worries, water changes will quickly reduce it.

right right...how many should I add? males females? or both?

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They're not too bothered with their numbers.lol You can start with 3-4. Doesn't matter how many males and females you end up with. They'll eventually spawn too much especially if your tank is heavily planted.

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They're not too bothered with their numbers.lol You can start with 3-4. Doesn't matter how many males and females you end up with. They'll eventually spawn too much especially if your tank is heavily planted.
so its ok to have just ladies for now? ill add gentlemen later..

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There isn't really an issue with gender ratios. Females do tend to be more plump though so it's easy to identify them.

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