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post #21 of 23 Old 01-27-2010, 09:00 AM Thread Starter
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Wow! Thanks guys for those posts. Very informative!

I tested the tank as soon as I got up this morning (about 14 hours after the total water change that had readings: .25, 0, 2) and I found: 1, 0, 0.
Flabergasted. I may try the nitrate test again. I swore it was a tad darker last night but who knows? Those are hard to see sometimes. But it was def. 0 this morning-and I banged the crap out of the bottle! :)
So...not cycled cause there isn't nitrates, right? No cories today? You ARE right--this is confusing!
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post #22 of 23 Old 01-27-2010, 09:11 AM
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I wanted to toss in my experience regarding your question about the cost of a larger tank. When my husband and I first decided to get involved in fishkeeping, I found a 30 gallon tank on freecycle.com. The only cost to me was the gas money to go pick it up (it was 5 miles away). I then purchased the filter, bulb, test kit and other media I needed to properly run the tank at a cost of about $100 - $150.

We also got involved in the local fish club. Over time, I acquired a few 10 and 15 gallon tanks for free.

Last week, I purchased a 46 gallon bow front tank and stand for $190. Yes, it's used. But it cleaned up perfectly. Spent about $100 on a new bulb, heater and filters for it.

Fishkeeping doesn't have to be expensive. Find yourself some good local sources and let them know what you're looking for.
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post #23 of 23 Old 01-27-2010, 10:36 AM
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maybe try some stresszyme... I know it contains bacteria that might begin the cycling process...
Or just buy some fast-growing live plants (bunch plants)... they suck up ammonia as a nutrient. Then you're all set! :)
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