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Old 02-13-2014, 07:18 AM   #41
 
I would personally go with three, but I like to maximize the bioload I can put on the tank. Make sure you get ALL of the fish food out of the bottom before adding the fish. You're going to be doing daily water changes with a fish-in cycle unless you use TSS just so you're aware.
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Old 02-13-2014, 07:33 AM   #42
 
Will use TSS, but, during the time (2 1/2 weeks) we had the other minnows in it, we only done one water change (10%) and my water perimeter readings were fine. Will probably go with three.

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I would personally go with three, but I like to maximize the bioload I can put on the tank. Make sure you get ALL of the fish food out of the bottom before adding the fish. You're going to be doing daily water changes with a fish-in cycle unless you use TSS just so you're aware.
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Old 02-13-2014, 07:47 AM   #43
 
Despite what the bottle says, use the entire thing. Even suck up some tank water and squirt it back out to make sure you get as much as possible. It'll temporarily cloud your tank but should be clear again by 24 hours. It won't work if you have used Prime within 24 hours of adding it and you cannot do water changes for at least 14 days.
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Old 02-13-2014, 10:02 AM   #44
 
Below was told me by a forum member. Does it sound ok? I mean, for those that aren't against fish-in cycling, that is.


"In this case if you going to finish the cycle with the 2 minnows i would suggest you do 50% water change to reduce the nirites and nitrAtes, then wait 24 hours for the water conditioner to ware off (really not less then 24 hours). Add Tetra Safe Start (small bottle is enough for your tank, put it all in you can't overdose) shake the bottle very well before adding, and head to the LFS to get the fish.

Then don't touch the tank for 2 weeks, and feed moderately.

I believe its the simplest way to go that will cause you less trouble"
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Old 02-13-2014, 10:05 AM   #45
 
That sounds good except i would go get the fish, add them, THEN add the TSS. I don't like bacteria that will die without an ammonia source sitting in the tank without one.
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Old 02-13-2014, 10:06 AM   #46
 
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I would amend that to say feed extremely lightly, but that's it.

good advice IMO.


Oh, and the size of the water change is a function of your test results. If you have 1 ppm of ammonia you'll need to do more than a 50% change to get it to an acceptable level.

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Old 02-13-2014, 10:11 AM   #47
 
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i cycled with fish,i added a product called 'cycle' and i continued to
use it until i was happy with my water levels,and the fish were ok.
seems ok with me,keep a close eye on your fish as they are indicators
if something is wrong…..just because the water looks good does not mean
that it is.
if you have any friends near to you that have aquariums,ask them
for a donation of filter media…it would be very beneficial to you.
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Old 02-13-2014, 10:15 AM   #48
 
Cycle doesn't contain bacteria. It's an aid not a cycle in a bottle.
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Old 02-13-2014, 10:20 AM   #49
 
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yes that's right
bio spira ? is supposed to be a good product.
i'd still try and get some media from someone else though.
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Old 02-13-2014, 10:28 AM   #50
 
A forum member (different forum) told me just get the Betta b/c the Safe Start or QuickStart would protect it. I don't think so.......if something does go wrong, I rather have it happen with minnows that we don't want rather than a Betta we do want. Now, if convinced enough that the Safe Start or QuickStart would work with the Betta, I consider getting the Betta now.

For those telling me to get a piece of media.........pet stores don't do that and we don't know anyone who owns an aquarium. If we did know someone, I probably wouldn't be here with this problem! Sounds logical to us.

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