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post #11 of 108 Old 03-05-2014, 02:56 PM Thread Starter
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If you have any questions feel free to ask. I will be home in about an hour and a half and give you more information. (: I suggest you do a 50% water change in the mean time though.
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Ok I will look forward to the information. So the 50% water change does the water have to be same temperature as what is in the tank and what about all the toxins that are in tap water, just add the water conditioner???
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post #12 of 108 Old 03-05-2014, 02:58 PM
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Yes, same temp (just use your finger to gauge) and use water conditioner. Remove 50%, add conditioner to the tank and refill.
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post #13 of 108 Old 03-05-2014, 03:00 PM Thread Starter
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Yes, same temp (just use your finger to gauge) and use water conditioner. Remove 50%, add conditioner to the tank and refill.
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Ok and what will I benefit from doing this?? These are things I need to why they are done

Ok so I've researched a little, water changes adds fresh water and stabilises the nitrates in the water correct??? Is it better to leave the water over night so ph levels to stabilise but if I do this wouldn't the temperature be low???

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post #14 of 108 Old 03-05-2014, 03:04 PM
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It will remove ammonia from the water that the fish are producing.
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post #15 of 108 Old 03-05-2014, 03:10 PM Thread Starter
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I never thought it was this technical haha but I guess that's the beauty of keeping wonderful fish :)
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post #16 of 108 Old 03-05-2014, 03:11 PM
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Welcome to the forum!

Sorry it seems you've had such a rough start.

The fish are producing waste currently, in the form of ammonia. This ammonia is toxic to fish and can kill them. Ammonia is removed in a cycled tank by beneficial bacteria that converts it to nitrite (toxic) and then nitrate (non-toxic in low quantities).

Since your tank is currently uncycled, the ammonia will be free in the water until you remove it. A 50% water change will lower the amount of ammonia and keep your fish healthy and alive.

Don't trust the people at the pet store. If you get your water tested there, get the NUMBERS, otherwise they have no idea what they're doing and will tell you it's all fine, when in fact it isn't.

Prime by Seachem is a great water conditioner that will temporarily detoxify the ammonia in your tank while you are cycling.

API Liquid Master Test Kit will be invaluable to you during the cycle to track your ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate. You can purchase it in-stores or on Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/API-Freshwater-Master-Test-Kit/dp/B000255NCI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1394050032&sr=8-1&keywords=api+liquid+master+test+kit
Water changes are to be done weekly at about half the volume of the tank. BUT, until you're cycled, you should be doing 50% water changes daily to keep your fish from being poisoned by the ammonia in the tank.

The cycle can take quite awhile. Tetra Safe Start may help jump your cycle. If you have any friends with tanks, you can ask to borrow a bit of their filter media or a decoration for the beneficial bacteria that would be on it.

Just to be clear, the tank you have is a 25 gallon stocked with 1 female betta fish, and 6 glow light tetras?

I also strongly recommend not getting anymore fish until you have completed your cycle. It will only put them in danger and make your cycle take longer.
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post #17 of 108 Old 03-05-2014, 03:11 PM
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Wait until you get that test kit! You'll feel like a mad scientist!!
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post #18 of 108 Old 03-05-2014, 03:12 PM
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Yes, there is a lot of responsibility and learning that comes into keeping fish :) Once you've got it all mastered though, it really does become second nature.
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post #19 of 108 Old 03-05-2014, 03:12 PM
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Thank you, Jentralala!!
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post #20 of 108 Old 03-05-2014, 03:16 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you people you're really helping me to understand why all this is needed but like I said I'm scared that if I change the water 50% at the correct temperature what about the ph levels???? As to the above post yes I have 1 female fighter and 5 glowlight tetras wonderful fish :)
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