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Old 08-03-2011, 07:56 PM   #11
 
Cycling in Progress

Ok, I finally received a new testing kit. Its nice and in-date now! I also sprang for the alkalinity and hardness kits too! This is where I stand:

Tap Water:
pH: 7.8
Nitrite: .25ppm
Nitrate: 0
Ammonia: .5ppm
dKH : 3
dGH: 9

Tank Water: Been cycling for one week with seeded/used filter, 2 guppies (my friend kept them in tap water, no conditioner ) , a few plants. 20+ plant bundles should arrive any day now in the mail.

pH: 7.8
Nitrite: 5+ppm
Nitrate: 10ppm
Ammonia: .25ppm
dKH : 3
dGH: 10

I am about to do a really big water change to help get those nitrites down for those poor guppies even though they act fine. Hopefully the cycling is coming along ok and it will stabilize soon.

On a side note:
Also I found a somewhat inactive/less active than here local aquarium group. Upon browsing the site/forums I noticed that our local water seems to be very prone to wild swings in quality. Apparently three weeks ago they added something to the water and it cause four local people to lose half their fish (mainly larger fish). They think it did something and caused a major drop in the pH (tanks were testing in the upper 5ish range) and ran into ammonia toxicity. This seems very valid to me, but I trust you guys here right now more than I trust them. This is mainly because they offered no suggestions for dealing with this variability and I like how many people on this forum use current science studies to back up their suggestions. Thanks for sharing your experience and your knowledge freely and patiently. Its much appreciated.
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Old 08-03-2011, 11:29 PM   #12
 
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With the ammonia and nitrites being already present in your tap water I would use Prime from seachem as your water conditioner. Also with your kh being low the ph in your tank will naturally drop especially if you have any driftwood in the tank.
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Old 08-03-2011, 11:43 PM   #13
 
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With the ammonia and nitrites being already present in your tap water I would use Prime from seachem as your water conditioner. Also with your kh being low the ph in your tank will naturally drop especially if you have any driftwood in the tank.
I have been using API's Stress Coat as my conditioner. I will order a bottle of Prime in the morning and start using that instead once it arrives. I don't have driftwood in there right now, but it's in my plans for the tank to get some. I just haven't found the "right" piece yet.

Thanks so much for the suggestions!
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Old 08-03-2011, 11:51 PM   #14
 
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Your welcome. It can be difficult to find just that right piece, in my large tank I actually have used two pieces that I have arranged to make sort of a small cave area.
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Old 08-05-2011, 10:24 PM   #15
 
I've had my eye on a piece listed on ebay right now. I really like it but I haven't convinced myself yet that $40 plus $17 in shipping is worth it quite yet. I am really partial to it though. It might take me another few weeks to talk myself into getting it...
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Old 08-06-2011, 01:30 AM   #16
 
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If you have a Petsmart near you, they carry Malaysian driftwood; some other stores do as well. They have it in three general sizes, small, medium and large; the largest is less than half the cost of what you've mentioned. And if you get 2 or 3 largish pieces, it will give you more options for the aquascape. I find it is often better to have more wood in "smaller" chunks rather than one really large piece. The former expands the tank size visually, whereas the latter decreases it.

Just as an example, I'm attaching a photo of my 115g that I just setup this past weekend with new sand and this Malaysian driftwood. The tank is 5 feet in length, but I think the wood arrangement makes it seem larger when one is looking at it. Some of those chunks of wood are 10-12 inches across.
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Old 08-06-2011, 10:03 AM   #17
 
This was the piece I was considering,

Ebay Driftwood

I like how it was log-like and branchlike at the same time. I do have a Pet-co here locally. I will stop by and see what they have in the realm of driftwood.

I love all your tanks Byron, so well aquascaped and natural. My husband wants some greek ruins in the tank too, so I have to work that in somehow. But i have to say I am thoroughly enjoying my time spent setting the tank up and exploring my options. Thanks for all your help!
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Old 08-06-2011, 11:23 AM   #18
 
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This was the piece I was considering,

Ebay Driftwood

I like how it was log-like and branchlike at the same time. I do have a Pet-co here locally. I will stop by and see what they have in the realm of driftwood.

I love all your tanks Byron, so well aquascaped and natural. My husband wants some greek ruins in the tank too, so I have to work that in somehow. But i have to say I am thoroughly enjoying my time spent setting the tank up and exploring my options. Thanks for all your help!
That is the same wood, and a nice piece. Expensive, but if you like it, go for it. I don't know Petco, they are not in Canada; Petsmart and Petland are in Canada, and they have this wood and for a chunk about the size of that linked it would run around $30 Canadian. If you can find one, it might save some money. But other than that, the wood is fine. And I agree, a nice piece to work with--if that is what you will get. As this wood is all natural, each piece is different. Most retailers online will tell you that ordering a "large" will mean getting something "similar" to the pictured wood. I didn't check the Ebay link to see if that is the case there.
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Old 08-06-2011, 04:34 PM   #19
 
I retested the tank water today. I think we are doing better, getting closer to cycled.

Nitrite: .25 ppm
Nitrate: 0 ppm
Ammonia: .1 ppm (it was just a shade darker than 0 but not quite the .25 ppm)

Our local petco only had one piece of wood. They said they would be getting another shipment in next week. Hopefully there will be some good choices then. I did find some of the same brand of wood on amazon so I might order some from there. Thanks for the suggestions, its much appreciated.
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