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Old 04-09-2008, 01:00 AM   #11
 
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Ok that is good news. Also I was wondering, am I suppose to vacuum the gravel with every water change, once they are regular of course. Or should it be a bi=weekly thing or monthly?? My only problem is I have a kuhli loach, and he is the teeny tiniest thing you would see, and hes always hiding... I don't want to suck him up......
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Old 04-09-2008, 04:49 AM   #12
 
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I usually do a more thorough job on one side and then just graze the surface on the other to get the majority of the mulm out...I also try to make a habit of lifting up the hiding areas and stirring up the gravel and making sure there's no foul pockets in the decoration. Kinda hard when all the shrimp decide that's when they REALLY want to eat whatever might be left on it.
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Old 04-19-2008, 10:00 PM   #13
 
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Ok well heres the update. I have still been doing the water changes everyday, and my tank is STILL cloudy. I tested the water and this is where I stand:
ph 7.6
ammonia is between .25 and .50, if u ask me they look the same
nitrie is 0
nitrate is between 0 and 5.0, the color is in the middle of those two shades not really closer to one or the other,......
but anyway i thought when u had ammonia u had nitrite??/ maybe im wrong, idk,. but like i said my water is still cloudy, but i took pics to give u guys an idea of whats going on.




THe first one I was across the room and so the flash went off giving the water a murky look. But the other 2 I was right next to it, and that is what it usually looks like. As u can see u can see thru it a lil, u can see the filter and heater at least. But its still very cloudy. Any suggestions as to y. Im not entirely sure, but I think its been a good 2 weeks.
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Old 04-19-2008, 10:12 PM   #14
 
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How much are you feeding ? and how many times a day?
what kind of test kit? (not strips I hope)

looks like particals in water column IMHO.
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Old 04-19-2008, 10:13 PM   #15
 
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Well, you're getting there. It's a good sign that you have nitrate readings. The nitrite and ammonia readings will continue to fluctuate until you're done cycling. Just keep up the water changes and eventually you'll be set! The cloudiness should settle down along with your cycle.
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Old 04-19-2008, 10:21 PM   #16
 
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Well I usually feed them twice a day, every once in awhile 3times a day, but thats only if one of the meals is brine shrimp or something. But they get a morning feeding, and one right before the light goes out for the kuhlis, since they wont come out during the day. I am using an api test kit. And,.... i forget what else u asked me already,lol.
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Old 04-19-2008, 10:24 PM   #17
 
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do they eat every thing you feed in 3 to 5 minutes at every feeding?
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Old 04-19-2008, 11:18 PM   #18
 
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Yes excpet for the algae wafers, they are fed at bight for the kuhlis, so im not sure how long they take on that, but i would imagine a lil longer. They don't exactly come out as soon as I turn the light off. So I wait a while after I turn the light out to put them in??
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Old 04-19-2008, 11:56 PM   #19
 
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well thats all I got

If it doesn't clear on its own in a few weeks you could try ( and I really don't like adding thing to my tanks ) particulate ( P clear by nutrafin ) or any other particulate water clarifier.

if it clears after using that product then you might want to feed a little less.
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Old 04-20-2008, 11:16 AM   #20
 
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It's always a good idea to underfeed a little while cycling. You may want to cut it down to 1x per day until the tank is ready. The fish will still be totally fine.

Also, I wouldn't worry about the algae wafers (it didn't seem like you were, just saying), I love them because they just sort of absorb water like a sponge, but don't dissolve and make the water icky.
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