08-16-2013, 02:32 PM
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Originally Posted by Agent13
reading through this..sounds like the tank wasn't cycled at all when the fish went in. so you are right there still at the beginning fighting the ammonia. I would do a huge water change every 2-3 days till you get to nitrates. Get the plant as others suggested to ease the cycle for the fish and buy some filter floss and cut it to fit in the filter with the carbon cartridge. You can replace the carbon part monthly but leave the filter floss. your bacteria grows in there and if you throw out the cartridge with nothing else in there with BB in it then you start the cycle back over again.
Sadly, it was cycled for about 3 weeks before I got my fishies and I thought it was good to go
Its possible I didn't do it well enough, but since my test strips said I was fine I went ahead and got my fish. In retrospect, the test strips now seem inaccurate compared to my liquid kit. I also didn't realize I needed something other than my cartridge for the bacterias to cling to though. Thanks bunches for your helpful suggestions.