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new 150 gal freshwater
Old 08-27-2007, 09:38 PM   #1
 
new 150 gal freshwater

hi everyone, i am VERY new at having a tank, nothing bigger than a 10 gallon with some goldfish(that died). i recieved a 150 gal tank in return for a large roofing project. making it work and look good is a project my daughter and i have jumped into. it came with under gravel filters, air pumps, little current making jets (one of them oscilates), a magnum 350 filter, two bio wheels and heaters.We have everything hooked up and water runs through the filter and everything. we have had the pumps running and water filtering through the substrate for 3 weeks, plants(live) and bogwood for a week now and we put gold fish in it for cycling.

my questions, kind forum, are, how long should we cycle for before we can put some less hardy fish in? is there another fish we should cycle with? and is it possible to maintain a healthy tank without having to use to many chemicals? b.t.w. my water comes from a well with no chemicals and a p.h. of 7 is this good water? those are my questions so far. at least i managed to make the magnum stop leaking.
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Old 08-27-2007, 10:38 PM   #2
 
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Re: new 150 gal freshwater

Welcome to Fishforum.com, Smigates.
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my questions, kind forum, are, how long should we cycle for before we can put some less hardy fish in?
Buy an API liquid test kit to start with. The time cycling finishes varies. You will want zero ammonia and nitrites in the end as both are quite toxic to the fish.
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is there another fish we should cycle with?
The only fish recommended to cycle with are white cloud mountain minnows, zebra danios and platies.
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and is it possible to maintain a healthy tank without having to use to many chemicals?
Yes, it is. The main point is to avoid using as many chemicals as possible. Dechlorinator is the only chemical that you should use. The rest are not necessary. Don't fiddle with your pH. Different pH changes can stress and even kill your fish.
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b.t.w. my water comes from a well with no chemicals and a p.h. of 7 is this good water?
I don't see anything wrong with using it.
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Old 08-27-2007, 10:49 PM   #3
 
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Hello and welcome!

I agree with everything Lupin has said, so I won't repeat any of it.

I have two GREAT links for cycling information. When I was setting up my first tank and trying to understand it all, these two links were invaluable resources to me.

http://www.bestfish.com/newtank3.html

http://www.bestfish.com/breakin.html

One of the pages mentions BioSpira. I am HUGE fan of this all natural product. I cycled all of my tanks with it, and did not have one fatality. Contrary to what some may say, it does NOT cycle your tank for you, but rather jump-starts it so there is never an ammonia problem, and nitrites will appear overnight, and a few days later nitrates. Cycled my tanks in a few days time.

Regardless of weather or not you use BioSpira, It's important to keep up ont he water parameters. Make sure you test, test, and then test again. I used to test 2 x a day, and change out water if needed each time. PS: Goldfish are not the best cycling fish. They produce a lot of waste, and have a hard time living through the cycling process to completion.

Keep us posted as to how it goes.
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Old 08-28-2007, 08:02 PM   #4
 
thank you guys so much for your quick replies!

i have more questions and hopefully a picture of the tank coming soon
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