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post #1 of 16 Old 02-02-2009, 10:30 PM Thread Starter
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Good News on Cycling my 55 Gallion!

If anything looks incorrect here, please tell me...I will be posting my findings on my ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate over the next couple weeks...I can't wait to put more fish in once my cycling has finished! :)

February 2nd 2008-

Ammonia 0
Nitrite 1.0 (First Findings!) Is this too high? :/ I can't do a water change right now :/ but I will tommorow if need be.
Nitrate 5.0 (First Findings!)

Thank you so much guys for pleading me to stick with it as I was getting a little suspicious/worried as to why I didn't have nitrite/nitrate coming up on three weeks, but thank you so much :)

Anyway...wow I'm quite happy or such a small thing probably to such experienced aquarist but anyway...my question(s) :P

-How long would you project that I have left if it's taken about 3 weeks to get to this stage?
-Will 2 angels be ok w/ barbs and a Red Finned Shark?

55 Gallon

-10x Zebra Danio
-3x Angelfish
-5x Velvet Red Swordtail
-3x Albino Cory Cat
-3x Clown Loach
-3x Black Mollie
-1x Red Tailed Shark
-1x General Pleco
-1x Snail

10 Gallon

Quarantine

37 Gallon (Wanted)

Not Sure

150 Gallon (Wanted)

-5x Bala Shark
-2x Neon Blue Goarami
-5x Clown Loach
-1x Black Knife Ghost

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post #2 of 16 Old 02-02-2009, 11:01 PM
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Yay, you finally have some readings. Are you cycling with the fish listed in your tank sig?
With fish in the tank and having a trite reading of 1.0 I'd do a water change, but that's just me.

I wouldn't mix tiger barbs with angels as barbs can be very nippy and an angel's fins are a perfect target. I don't know anything about redtail sharks but plenty of people here do!

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Yay, you finally have some readings. Are you cycling with the fish listed in your tank sig?
With fish in the tank and having a trite reading of 1.0 I'd do a water change, but that's just me.

I wouldn't mix tiger barbs with angels as barbs can be very nippy and an angel's fins are a perfect target. I don't know anything about redtail sharks but plenty of people here do!
Thanks Aunt Kymmie :) yes I am cycling w/ the fish listed in my signature. I still would like to have some angels as alot of them are quite pretty freshwater fish, so I may in the future move them hopefully to a cycled 20 gallon (empty right now). And I heard that Danios are great fish w/ angels so I should be alright there. Thanks again Kym.

55 Gallon

-10x Zebra Danio
-3x Angelfish
-5x Velvet Red Swordtail
-3x Albino Cory Cat
-3x Clown Loach
-3x Black Mollie
-1x Red Tailed Shark
-1x General Pleco
-1x Snail

10 Gallon

Quarantine

37 Gallon (Wanted)

Not Sure

150 Gallon (Wanted)

-5x Bala Shark
-2x Neon Blue Goarami
-5x Clown Loach
-1x Black Knife Ghost
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I am very happy for you! Its always exciting to see a nitrite reading when you are trying to cycle a tank. I have found things to go fast from there. All my tanks have cycled in about a week after seeing nitrites. With that shark in there, I would try to keep the nitrites as low as possible. I have done fish cycles with lots of water changes and did not feel it made the tank take longer to cycle.
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I am very happy for you! Its always exciting to see a nitrite reading when you are trying to cycle a tank. I have found things to go fast from there. All my tanks have cycled in about a week after seeing nitrites. With that shark in there, I would try to keep the nitrites as low as possible. I have done fish cycles with lots of water changes and did not feel it made the tank take longer to cycle.
Yes, you may of been the one to tell me they are sensitive. I will try and do a water change if nitrites are still at the same level/higher. Thanks.

55 Gallon

-10x Zebra Danio
-3x Angelfish
-5x Velvet Red Swordtail
-3x Albino Cory Cat
-3x Clown Loach
-3x Black Mollie
-1x Red Tailed Shark
-1x General Pleco
-1x Snail

10 Gallon

Quarantine

37 Gallon (Wanted)

Not Sure

150 Gallon (Wanted)

-5x Bala Shark
-2x Neon Blue Goarami
-5x Clown Loach
-1x Black Knife Ghost
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the only way to get the angels is to ditch the barbs.
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the only way to get the angels is to ditch the barbs.
So they are guaranteed to nip at the Angels Fins?

55 Gallon

-10x Zebra Danio
-3x Angelfish
-5x Velvet Red Swordtail
-3x Albino Cory Cat
-3x Clown Loach
-3x Black Mollie
-1x Red Tailed Shark
-1x General Pleco
-1x Snail

10 Gallon

Quarantine

37 Gallon (Wanted)

Not Sure

150 Gallon (Wanted)

-5x Bala Shark
-2x Neon Blue Goarami
-5x Clown Loach
-1x Black Knife Ghost
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My barbs really dont bother anyone, but they are in a larger group. I would go ahead and set up the 20gal, so if you see problems, you will be prepared to move the barbs. When introducing the angles, I would feed the fish as a distraction, or better yet leave the lights turned out. There is a good chance it will not work out, have everything ready in case you need to move them.
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My barbs really dont bother anyone, but they are in a larger group. I would go ahead and set up the 20gal, so if you see problems, you will be prepared to move the barbs. When introducing the angles, I would feed the fish as a distraction, or better yet leave the lights turned out. There is a good chance it will not work out, have everything ready in case you need to move them.
Alright, thanks.

55 Gallon

-10x Zebra Danio
-3x Angelfish
-5x Velvet Red Swordtail
-3x Albino Cory Cat
-3x Clown Loach
-3x Black Mollie
-1x Red Tailed Shark
-1x General Pleco
-1x Snail

10 Gallon

Quarantine

37 Gallon (Wanted)

Not Sure

150 Gallon (Wanted)

-5x Bala Shark
-2x Neon Blue Goarami
-5x Clown Loach
-1x Black Knife Ghost
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So they are guaranteed to nip at the Angels Fins?
well.

I had 6 tiger barbs in my tank and i introduced 6 cherry barbs and they chased the heck out of them. 3 died.

So now i have 6 tiger and 3 cherry, i introduced 6 green barbs. 3 die.

They attack anything in the water. I distracted them with food, once they were done eating they attacked.

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