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post #11 of 26 Old 09-29-2008, 12:45 PM Thread Starter
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Could you post a pic of the bubble? It sounds so unusual... The only bubble I have ever seen in a tank was from a filter's work but it was not big...
right now, i hardly see the bubbles, but there some like really tiny bubbles on the edges.. i don't my camera right now, if i can find it, i'll take a picture of it..

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I'm guessing you just changed over to the sump and immediately removed the old filter? If so you're cycling the tank again. Given the pH of the water African cichlids prefer it is INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT that you test the water daily and do a 50% water change anytime you get an ammonia or nitrite reading of 0.25 or greater.

Additionally there are some products to neutralize ammonia, I know Prime claims to, but I'll leave that for someone more experienced than I with them.

Now, if your old filter hasn't dried out or been rinsed in tap water you might have a bacterial colony left you could use to seed your bioballs and speed up the cycle.
i didn't use the old filter, i did made a new sump and have it cycled..

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The fact that you have 0 nitrates and show some ammonia confirms that your tank is cycling. As Tyyrlym suggested test the water every day and do frequent water changes to try to keep the ammonia under .25.

Not sure what is causing the bubble. Do you know what your Ph, Gh and Kh is?
ok, i will change the water every other day and will test the water everyday.. just to make sure..


2nd day of testing the water after water change, below are the results:

AMMONIA: 0
pH: 7.6
NITRATE: 0
NITRITE: 0


above were the only available water testing that includes in the kit.. oh, i have one more, it's the HIGH RANGE pH.. if you guys wanna know what is the result, i will include that one on the 3rd day testing.. i just running out of time right now, i have to go to work..

thanks again guys for reading and responding.. appreciate it..
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post #12 of 26 Old 09-29-2008, 02:27 PM
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If your low range pH test is saying 7.6 all that means is it's pegged out. Like a speedometer that only goes to 30mph. Just because it says 30 doesn't mean you aren't going faster. Use the high range test.

Also, if your sump was truly cycled there wouldn't be any detectable ammonia or nitrites and some nitrates, try testing the water before a water change.

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post #13 of 26 Old 09-30-2008, 12:31 PM Thread Starter
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If your low range pH test is saying 7.6 all that means is it's pegged out. Like a speedometer that only goes to 30mph. Just because it says 30 doesn't mean you aren't going faster. Use the high range test.

Also, if your sump was truly cycled there wouldn't be any detectable ammonia or nitrites and some nitrates, try testing the water before a water change.
thanks for your respond sir, appreciate it.. i will change the water tonight after i get off from work.. should i do a 50% water change? what could you suggest?

thanks again..


3rd day of water testing, below are the results:

AMMONIA: 0
pH: 7.6
HIGH RANGE pH: 7.4
NITRATE: 0
NITRITE: 0
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post #14 of 26 Old 10-01-2008, 02:37 AM Thread Starter
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hi guys.. i'm back..

it's 2:45 in the morning right now.. i just finish my water change and test the water.. below are the result..

BEFORE water change:

pH: 7.6
HIGH RANGE pH: 7.4
AMMONIA: 0
NITRATE: 0
NITRITE: 0


AFTER water change:

pH: 7.6
HIGH RANGE pH: 7.4
AMMONIA: 0
NITRATE: 0
NITRITE: 0


i haven't notice any bubble at all.. do you think i should be fine now? or, should i still be checking the water everyday? what should i do?

one more question, will my cichlids be fine if i change my subtrate to a pool fine sand?

thanks guys..
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post #15 of 26 Old 10-01-2008, 06:01 AM
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I would hesitate to change the substrate for two reasons. ONE the bacteria (the good kind) that is needed for breaking down the ammonia and nitrites is in large part found in the filter AND the gravel. TWO many cichlids are diggers and enjoy rooting around in the substrate.

The most important medication in your fish medicine cabinet is.. Clean water.
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post #16 of 26 Old 10-01-2008, 11:34 AM Thread Starter
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I would hesitate to change the substrate for two reasons. ONE the bacteria (the good kind) that is needed for breaking down the ammonia and nitrites is in large part found in the filter AND the gravel. TWO many cichlids are diggers and enjoy rooting around in the substrate.
so, changing the gravel is not recommended eh? thanks.. any other inputs?
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post #17 of 26 Old 10-01-2008, 01:58 PM
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I wouldn't change it while you're dealing with the current situation. Once the tank is good and established, you could slowly convert to sand. I generally think cichlids do better with sand because they like to dig around in it.

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post #18 of 26 Old 10-16-2008, 12:29 PM Thread Starter
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hey guys, im back again.. and with the pictures.. is my water not moving, that is why it looks like that? on my other aquarium, it's not like that.. what should i do?
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post #19 of 26 Old 10-16-2008, 12:43 PM
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Yikes...that is a lot of gunky buildup. Are those black hoses for a canister filter? If so, you might want to look at something like this:

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post #20 of 26 Old 10-16-2008, 12:48 PM Thread Starter
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thanks for the quick response.. and if you have time, please give me some advise, on some of my thread.. i did post some pic on my thread about my cichlids keep hiding..

anyways, the black hoses is where the water go through from the sump below.. the link that you have gave me, is that thing, thus the same? if does, i think i will replace mine..
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