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post #1 of 17 Old 10-05-2010, 11:22 PM Thread Starter
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New here and slightly new to fish.....

Just wanted to say hi!!!! I have recently went from having a 10 gallon tank to a 39 hex and a 10 gallon. The 39 hex is my cichlid tank and my 10 gal is in the middle of a "fish-in" cycle. The cycling is not going as great as I would hope. The tank got really cloudy today while I was at work. Going to do a 50% water change in the morning. Hopefully this will help. This is my first time doing a cycle since I didn't really know too much about it when I first started keeping fish. Luckily my first tank is doing quite well. Like I said, I wanted to say hi and kinda introduce myself. I welcome advice and hopefully you will all take it easy on me since I'm kinda new at this.
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post #2 of 17 Old 10-06-2010, 12:13 AM Thread Starter
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i forgot to leave my parameters....

10 gallon: nitrate is slightly above 0, nitrite is 0, hard water and my pH is about 7.2

39 hex: nitrate is about 10, nitrite is is between 5.0 and 10.0, my water is hard and my pH is between 7.8 and 8.4

i know the nitrites and such are high but i am doing a vacuum/water change tomorrow and that makes it perfect.
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post #3 of 17 Old 10-06-2010, 12:16 AM
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post #4 of 17 Old 10-06-2010, 12:19 AM Thread Starter
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thank you!!!
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post #5 of 17 Old 10-06-2010, 12:53 AM
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hello and welcome to the forum....lotsa help here...i am sure i will see yah around...ADIOS...

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post #6 of 17 Old 10-06-2010, 12:57 AM Thread Starter
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when will i know when the cycle is done?
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post #7 of 17 Old 10-06-2010, 01:01 AM
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When your readings for ammonia and nitrite are zero, and you have a reading for nitrates.
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Thank you so much....I got kinda confused when reading up on the cycle.
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post #9 of 17 Old 10-06-2010, 01:45 AM
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Welcome to TFK, lilmissj01. Curious as to why your ph is *between* 7.8 and 8.4. A stable ph is what we strive for as fishkeepers and without it fish can be very stressed, it will lead to ill health, even to death. Do you know why this ph swing occurs? What is the ph out of the tap? Are you using tap water? Currently the fish in your tank are what species? We're here to help.

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post #10 of 17 Old 10-06-2010, 01:49 AM Thread Starter
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the reason i think its between those number is because currently im using test strips and not a kit....plan on upgrading soon. i have cichlids in the 39 hex. this is the tank with the 7.8 - 8.4 pH
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