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post #11 of 25 Old 02-24-2014, 01:36 PM
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Make sure there are no sulfactants - agents that alter the surface tension of water. Shake the bottle - if it gets all foamy then it's not right. There will be some bubbles that form but not sudsy bubbles.

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post #12 of 25 Old 02-25-2014, 01:07 AM Thread Starter
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ok, thanks
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post #13 of 25 Old 02-28-2014, 05:25 AM Thread Starter
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I've got my ammonia, woohoo, I cleaned the gravel and pretty much did a 100% water change. The temp of the tank is now down to 12 degrees c and the water is slightly cloudy, as it was the first time I filled the tank. Do I need to wait for the water to settle and temp to rise before adding the ammonia? And how much ammonia will I need to add (65 litre tank)? Please.
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Find a 2L measure. Fill with water. Then test one drop ammonia then 2 then 4. You'll want to learn how many drops it takes to raise your ammonia reading to around 4.0ppm. I'm assuming here that you want to stock your community all at once, or at least a major shoal.

You can add the ammonia as soon as you know how much to add.
Temperature of 86*F is optimal. Filter on high. Keep tank dark. But leave the top open so the bacteria can get in there.

I'm surprised you got a discernible reading after only 5 days. You may already have some bacteria in the tank. Good luck. Keep us informed of any progress.
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Find a 2L measure. Fill with water. Then test one drop ammonia then 2 then 4. You'll want to learn how many drops it takes to raise your ammonia reading to around 4.0ppm. I'm assuming here that you want to stock your community all at once, or at least a major shoal.

You can add the ammonia as soon as you know how much to add.
Temperature of 86*F is optimal. Filter on high. Keep tank dark. But leave the top open so the bacteria can get in there.

I'm surprised you got a discernible reading after only 5 days. You may already have some bacteria in the tank. Good luck. Keep us informed of any progress.
Thanks, we're going to stock the tank slowly, we think it will make it more fun for our son's if we get to go to the aquatic centre on more than one occasion to choose a fish (with our guidance on what options there are for our tank of course). I think I've put what's equal to 3ppm in there. Will that be enough seen as we are going to stock slowly once cycle is complete?
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Stocking slowly is best, and it's a good idea to get more trips for your kids out of it too.

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125 - cichlids (severums, bolivian rams, chocolate), rainbows ( turquoise, red), loaches (angelicus, zebra, kuhli and horseface), plecos (BN, RL and clown), denison barbs, tiretrack eel, pearl gouramis, betta
90 - Congo tetras, african knife, upside down cats, spotted ctenopoma, kribensis, delhezzi bichir
2.5 - betta
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post #17 of 25 Old 02-28-2014, 01:14 PM Thread Starter
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I thought it would be best, really want the fish to survive! Any suggestions on fish we should look at? I've been researching but all the different advice starts to gets confusing and seems to contradict other things I've read! Would like to have a pair of fish, some tetras and some sort of bottom feeder, would that be too much? Would love any suggestions, the more options we know we can consider the more choice we can give our boys in a few weeks time when the cycle has finished :)
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17 gallons is a small tank, so I would stock fish that stay small - no more than around 2 inches.

How about cherry barbs and neons, with a ram or apisto (both dwarf cichlids) as the centerpiece fish.

125 - BGK, chanchito cichlid, pictus cats, silver dollars, palmas bichir
125 - cichlids (severums, bolivian rams, chocolate), rainbows ( turquoise, red), loaches (angelicus, zebra, kuhli and horseface), plecos (BN, RL and clown), denison barbs, tiretrack eel, pearl gouramis, betta
90 - Congo tetras, african knife, upside down cats, spotted ctenopoma, kribensis, delhezzi bichir
2.5 - betta
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Thanks, I'll have a look at those, I have only been looking at fish that grow up to 5cm so I'll definitely stick to that rule. Thanks
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Your centerpiece fish can be a bit bigger than the schooling fish

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125 - cichlids (severums, bolivian rams, chocolate), rainbows ( turquoise, red), loaches (angelicus, zebra, kuhli and horseface), plecos (BN, RL and clown), denison barbs, tiretrack eel, pearl gouramis, betta
90 - Congo tetras, african knife, upside down cats, spotted ctenopoma, kribensis, delhezzi bichir
2.5 - betta
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