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post #21 of 39 Old 07-11-2013, 07:30 PM
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no idea. I always fish in cycle but I was prepared to do 50 percent water changes every day for 6 weeks you can always call Ace Hardware and see how much it is it is Janitorial ammonia
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post #22 of 39 Old 07-11-2013, 07:32 PM
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REALLY? And that cycles the whole tank? Wow, I might just go with the shrimp after all... :D
hmmmm... How much does the ammonia cost?
Ammonia is pretty cheap. I have heard wonderful results with this method but havent tried it myself :)

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post #23 of 39 Old 07-11-2013, 07:34 PM Thread Starter
Oh wow, I looked it up, and everything is somewhere around 40 bucks! I think I'll just do a fish in cycle...
I forgot to ask this: How many of the cherry barbs will it take to cycle the 20 gal? And/or would you suggest one of the other fish on my list for the cycle?
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the shrimp Method doesn't work because after the one or two days and it gets up to the right levels the bacteria start forming and eat it and then your back down to zero and then They starve and die. you have to keep your level for them to be able to eat
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the shrimp Method doesn't work because after the one or two days and it gets up to the right levels the bacteria start forming and eat it and then your back down to zero and then They starve and die. you have to keep your level for them to be able to eat
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So then we're back to smelling for months... I think I'll stick with the fish in cycle...
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post #26 of 39 Old 07-11-2013, 07:42 PM
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you could always get a mystery snail and feed it the smallest pinch of flake food. That'll get things started. The trick is to add livestock slowly so the bacteria can acclimate. It takes the bacteria roughly 24 hours to reproduce so even in cycled tanks if you add 5 fish you could still get a spike till the bacteria make babies lol
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post #27 of 39 Old 07-11-2013, 08:19 PM Thread Starter
Hmm... I think I'll just go with fish.

Just tried my hood, and it doesn't work. :( I'll see what my LPS has in the way of lights...

And actually my tank is 18 in. high.(?!) hmm... what would that make it? hmmm
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30 long X 18 high? That's a 29 gallon. Lighting gets a bit tougher to grow plants because of the height. Remember those 3 lights I linked? If you want led go with #2.(finnex ray 2) You will be medium on lights. due to the height you need stronger light.
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post #29 of 39 Old 07-12-2013, 07:52 AM Thread Starter
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That's a 29 gallon.
WHAT?! Wow, that's awesome! hehe
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Lighting gets a bit tougher to grow plants because of the height.
Hmm, I'll have to keep that in mind...
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post #30 of 39 Old 07-14-2013, 09:16 AM Thread Starter
Ok, so I moved the tank into its "final resting place"! http://www.flickr.com/photos/mt-mom/9285172534/
I just need to clean the sand and it's ready to fill!
So, yesterday I soaked the sand in vinegar, and poured it out. (Any ideas why it was bubbling? Like the sand was baking soda...) Then I started rinsing it out. we would put in water, mix up the sand, then pour it out. We did this for about 30 min. and it was still cloudy (we had to stop for dinner)! Is this OK, or should I keep rinsing it until it's clear?
Thanks for all the info in advance!

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