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I am new and have a few questions:)
Old 11-01-2011, 01:21 PM   #1
 
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I am new and have a few questions:)

Hi everyone, I am new buti have always been interested in having an aquarium. I have read a few books and always new I wanted to do a fishless cycle. Well, before I started my son wins fish from out county fair, I knowI what happens usually but I wanted to try to give him or her the best possible chance, I went out and bought a 10 gallon tank ( I know this is too small for a goldfish, I have a friend with a pond who was going to take him), a filter a light some gravel and such. I out the proper amount of dechlorinator in and let the little guy in, he seemed to be be happy at first, then it looked like he was getting ich, I put a little aquarium salt in and that did nothing. I was worried, so I treated it with ich stuff ( which improbably shouldnt have) well long story short he lived a week and I was devastated:(. We gave him a proper burial in our yard and I did t do anything with the tank for about a week. Then I did a 100% water change, ringed the decor, changed the filter added the dechlorinator and started to "feed the tank". I hadn't done any readings, it's been about month since I started. I k ow I should have been checking the readings often but I had some stuff going on and never repurchased my ammonia test kit and only did nitrite nitrate tests It did go through a cloudy stage and now it's clear but because I never did readings I have no idea where it's at. I'm at the store right now buying an ammonia test becUse I ran out. Should I do a 100% water change and start over? The water evAporates so fast that I have to add water everyday, will this affect the cycle? I want to do this correctly, thankyou!:)
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Old 11-01-2011, 02:18 PM   #2
 
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Fish jump, so you should have a lid of that tank anyway. It'll reduce evaporation, too.

Do you test kits daily. You shouldn't have to restart completely because you MIGHT have had your ammonia spike. It depends on your reading for ammonia, nitrate, and nitrite. Do that through another few weeks to a month to make sure the three chemicals are looking stable and where they should be.

If you didn't have time to do the water tests and daily water changes necessary for cycling the tank, are you certain you'll be able to maintain a tank now or one with fish in it?
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Old 11-01-2011, 02:40 PM   #3
 
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Thankyou for responding! Yes I can, I was gOing through an application process for my credential program and was jumping through a lot of hoops, out of town tests and I went on vacation with my son, before all of that I was very careful to do my tests, I just got back and the first thing I did was post this and go out and buy the ammonia tests, I have nitrite nitrate. I'm a pretty responsible person and would not want to start a venture like this only to fail my watery friend. I really do appreciate your concern and was waiting for someone to ask that question:). I am new to this and I wantto make sure I do the best I possibly can. and sorry for typos I'm typing on my phone and I have large thumbs lol. Things are calm now and j certainly don't want to rush this process.
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Old 11-01-2011, 02:46 PM   #4
 
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Alright! I didn't want to seem like a mean person there; I know there are days when I look at my fish and say, "I'll deal with you tomorrow..." You sound like you're doing the right thing, though! At least you know to cycle your tank (when I set up, I didn't because I didn't know, so I did a fish-in "cycle"). Ensure your levels are stable and where they need to be. If your test measures pH and hardness of the water, I suggest buying fish that have parameters similar to your water; easier maintenance and fewer conditioners!

Also, welcome to the forum~
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Old 11-01-2011, 02:56 PM   #5
 
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Thankyou:) I didn't think you were being mean, I've read a lot of horror stories on the net, and it seems that there are people out there who treat fish like they are disposable:( I've read a lot but it's one thing to read and another to actually do lol. I'm very excited to start this venture! I'm glad I found this site. Thank you again:)
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Old 11-01-2011, 03:43 PM   #6
 
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Well my ammonia was 1.0,nitrite was .5 and nitrate was 20
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Old 11-01-2011, 04:21 PM   #7
 
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also i have a 10 gal tank, 20 gal filter, airpump, lid, light, heater
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Old 11-01-2011, 04:29 PM   #8
 
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Not bad for your levels, although not perfect (I have not much room to talk).

I assume you know how to cycle, so go with a water change to get the ammonia down by 1, the nitrite down by half, and the nitrate can go up to, but not over, 40.

Hopefully your tank is actually cycled all the way though so you can go ahead and stock your fish
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Old 11-01-2011, 04:45 PM   #9
 
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Yeah, I'm willing to re-cycle to be on the safe side, but if I do that, should I change the water first, or do I just continue to feed the tank, but if it did cycle will it get another ammonia spike?

Also, i have read to do water changes while cycling and to not do water changes while cycling.....? I'm just conufsed on that point:(
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Old 11-01-2011, 05:16 PM   #10
 
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Do water changes while cycling. It'll lower the ammonia levels and allow for the nitrates to establish themselves.

If you want to do a total re-cycle of your tank, you'll have to remove all water, clean the tank and substrate, and then get a new filter and filter media (sponges, et cetera).

You'll only have an ammonia spike in a cycled tank if your levels become imbalanced again. It's normal to have some ammonia and then no ammonia, but always within safe and limited numbers. If your nitrates are in check, your ammonia should be, too.
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