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Old 01-09-2014, 03:45 PM   #11
 
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While I'm letting my tank cycle do I need to do water changes? Should I be testing the water as the tank goes through the cycle?
Thanks so much for everyones advice
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If you are doing a fish in cycle then yes you will need to do water changes to keep the water from going toxic for the fish. If you are doing a fishless cycle then no, you don't do water changes except for a couple specific situation.

Testing is important to be able to do, so if you are not familiar with it then the cycling process is a good opportunity to get acquainted.
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Old 01-09-2014, 04:26 PM   #12
 
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While I'm letting my tank cycle do I need to do water changes? Should I be testing the water as the tank goes through the cycle?
Thanks so much for everyones advice
If you have fast growing plants in there then no.

if you do not have fish then no.
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Old 01-09-2014, 06:37 PM   #13
 
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I was treating the fish for ICK....so the tank has all of that medication in it right now. Should I do a water change to get some of that medication out of there?
I plan on buying some plants (real ones) this weekend. Any suggestions on the type of plants I should purchase?
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Old 01-10-2014, 09:00 AM   #14
 
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I was treating the fish for ICK....so the tank has all of that medication in it right now. Should I do a water change to get some of that medication out of there?
I plan on buying some plants (real ones) this weekend. Any suggestions on the type of plants I should purchase?
From the link in my signature and adjusted dow to 5g I would suggest 2 bunches of anacharis, 2 smaller vals, a couple of small potted types. And possibly a single larger val or potted as a centerpiece.

I also use peat moss capped with sand capped with pc select which is a red baked clay for a substrate.

But even if you just put in some anacharis, the tank will be much better for the fish.

Still just my .02
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Old 01-11-2014, 02:16 AM   #15
 
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While I'm letting my tank cycle do I need to do water changes? Should I be testing the water as the tank goes through the cycle?
Thanks so much for everyones advice
Sorry for your fish loss.

The water changes are to remove any ammonia that would harm any fish in the tank and keep the ammonia concentration below 4 ppm which tends to stall the cycle by killing the BB already there.

The BB reside on the things in the tank not the water.

You just have experienced the same things I had when I started about a year and half ago.

I think that nature is trying to impress on us that not doing the proper things tend to be disastrous.
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