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Old 10-14-2009, 11:01 PM   #21
 
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sorry about the comment about your cycle being complete. what must of happend is you probobly did a water change which you might of said and then tested the water which would give you clean results. sorry :( but your getting nitrate readings which means you have stage 2 bac in your tank. i would agree with teddyzappers info though follow that and you should be cool. again i am really sorry and hope this doesnt cost you any loss. but not to shift blame on your daughter or anyone else in the home, you might have a mystery feeder that is dropping in food that isnt getting ate.
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Old 10-15-2009, 08:10 PM   #22
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Well, the first causalty has occured............All part of it, I know....But, the other seems to be thriving. I just performed my check, and like yesterday, the readings were dramatic, but, for the good this time.

ph 7.6
ammonia 0 ppm
nitirte 0ppm
nitrate 0ppm

I guess thats why larger tanks are recommended. changes aren't as dramatic that way.....I am not throwing in the towel though. The kid and I are staying dilligent. I will continue to monitor the conditions, and may be when conditions are stable for a week, we may add another guppy.

Thanks for the support guys
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Old 10-15-2009, 08:19 PM   #23
 
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great advice from everyone, and I applaud you for sticking it out....most people become so impatient with the nitrogen cycle that just overload their tank and hope for best. I'm glad you and your daughter are enjoying this your time together....trust me, once it's established, it's the best feeling!!!!

I see you only have 11 posts....so...welcome to the forum too!!!


keep us up dated and post some pics!
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Old 10-17-2009, 08:11 AM   #24
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Thank you all. every thing is still stable at this point, and our one inhabitant seems fine. The young one and I are happy with things and look forward to growing our little tank (in due time of course).

I have also cut back feeding, I think we were over feeding, and though I would net out the extra after a couple of minutes. I found quite a bit of food in the substrate. I have to remember that the guppy is little, and not like the pound and a half gold fish I used to have! I dont even get a half flake in him before he is done. I know that will spike ammonia levels...
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