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Old 07-21-2008, 11:57 AM   #21
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Yes, a water testing kit is a necessity!! That way you can keep track of your cycling process and its a quick way to eliminate water quality issues when your fish are sick.

If their colours have brighten thats a really good sign... Not sure why your water would be cloudy? Normally its from excessive amounts of waste, like over feeding or perhaps an unnoticed dead buddy. Are you doing regular gravel vacs too? Maybe theres a lot of rotting waste kicking in your gravel. Do a gravel vac and see if that helps.

But definitely buy a water testing kit, and asap!! I recommend API liquid mater test kit, with ammonia, nitrites, nitrates, and pH.
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Old 07-21-2008, 12:26 PM   #22
I have read that gravel vacs can remove some of the bacteria that i am trying to get by cycling my tank. Will i be alright if i vacuum my gravel?
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Old 07-21-2008, 12:39 PM   #23
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In a tank that is cycling there should be nothing to vaccum. You want to feed the fish sparingly. If there is food not being eaten in say one minute then that food will fall to the bottom and increase your ammonia which you don't want. I would only feed once a day and only as much as you SEE them eat in one minute.60 seconds may not seem like much time but by feeding only once per day the fish will eat everything that is offered and then they will forage the bottom as well. Keep an eye on your ammonia readings and perform water changes when levels of ammonia become lethal. Don't add any fish until cycle is completed and then add fish SLOWLY one or two fish every ten days. If you add them too many at once you will lose many of them and prolong the cycling or maturing of the tank. :) PS If you already have gunk on the bottom and must vaccum then vaccum only one area of the tank lightly and don't go too deep for it is true that biological bacteria can be destroyed by vaccuming too aggressively in such a young tank.
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Old 07-21-2008, 03:33 PM   #24
I just picked up a API master test kit and I tested the water.

Ammonia 0.25

Nitrite 0

Nitrate 0

I have had the fish in the tank since Friday. Am I headed the right direction? How often should i be checking my water? When will I start to see some nitrite and nitrate to show up? When do ammonia levels become lethal? Thanks
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Old 07-21-2008, 03:53 PM   #25
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Any level of ammonia is a lethal one.

But yes! Your on your way! Ammonia is the first step.

Continue with your daily water changes and test your water everyday to keep track of your cycling process.
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Old 07-21-2008, 05:08 PM   #26
I have noticed that today my water has started to clear up. :D
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Old 07-21-2008, 05:46 PM   #27
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Well, .25 isn't that bad for a short while (especially if your ph is low), I would make sure to do a water change whenever it gets to .5. If you do too many you'll slow down the cycling process.

Also- this is a tropical tank, so you'll want the temperature to be 78-82. Anything below that and you'll end up making the fish sluggish and hurting their immune systems.
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Old 07-22-2008, 09:31 AM   #28
I think I would like to replace my filter and light. My light is hard to turn on and sometimes the filter makes a clicking noise for long periods of time.I could get the same one (Eclipse1) off of the internet for $70. Could I by a Filter, hood, and a light for cheaper than that. If so could it be a better filter than what i have. I am Fourteen and i dont have a job so i am king of short on money.
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Old 07-22-2008, 10:11 AM   #29
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Really? 70$? I searched it, and I could buy the whole tank kit again for 70 bucks. 62.99 to be exact. But just the filter shouldn't be that expensive. Whats really going to cost you is the lights.

I bought a filter for a ten gallon and it was 10 bucks. I've never had to buy lights though... Whats exactly is the problem with the lights?
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Old 07-22-2008, 03:43 PM   #30
The button to turn the light on is broken. You have to mess with it for a while to get the light on.
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