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post #21 of 86 Old 01-24-2012, 06:42 AM
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yes i do follow the instructions on my test kit, and its quite possible there was a lot of decay in my water as the pet shop advised against water changes so for the last 3 weeks it hasnt had a water change, its only when i joined this forum everyone said do water changes that ive been getting things sorted.
i added the nutrafin cycle yesterday after my water change and t
odays results are
ammonia:0
nitrites:0.25
nitrates:40 ppm
im hoping this means i might be nearly cycled?

Reading back at your first post, the whole thing seems crazy. You lost fish in 2 days of adding them, and over just 8 days had a reading of nitrates at 80ppm? Doesn't fit the process of cycling to me.
Unless you added 100 danios? :)

Go slow, there is something off here. Sorry, I'm no help.

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post #22 of 86 Old 01-24-2012, 09:28 AM Thread Starter
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i had 4 tetras at about new yr then they died, i bought 6 danios a week later and they died and nothing has been in there since then but i hadnt done any water changes or anything till jan 20th

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post #23 of 86 Old 01-24-2012, 11:36 AM
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Stay on top of things now, with regular (every week) water changes of 40-50% of the tank.

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post #24 of 86 Old 01-24-2012, 11:51 AM Thread Starter
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so will i be ready for fish soon? im thinking guppies or endlers as a species tank with some sort of bottom feeder

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so will i be ready for fish soon? im thinking guppies or endlers as a species tank with some sort of bottom feeder
Continue the "Cycle" product as directed on the bottle. If ammonia stays zero for a couple days, I would add a couple endlers (or guppy, whichever). Continue to monitor for a few days, and if still OK then consider more fish.

Remember that livebeares will quickly produce fry if females are present, so males only may be best.

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post #26 of 86 Old 01-24-2012, 12:07 PM Thread Starter
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yh ive learnt my lesson and will stock more slowly this time, i have added all my cycle so i want to buy some fish, im really hoping ive sorted all the weird problems out, i have no idea what was going on but the water changes and cycle have worked miracles, funny how my LFS didnt mention how important water changes are, its so difficult to get advice on fish when all they are trying to do is sell us stuff

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yh ive learnt my lesson and will stock more slowly this time, i have added all my cycle so i want to buy some fish, im really hoping ive sorted all the weird problems out, i have no idea what was going on but the water changes and cycle have worked miracles, funny how my LFS didnt mention how important water changes are, its so difficult to get advice on fish when all they are trying to do is sell us stuff
Just to be safe, if it were me I would get a small bottle of Seachem's Stability or Tetra's SafeStart when you buy the first fish. Smallest bottle of either. These are live nitrifying bacteria and they do work to establish the nitrifying bacteria. If I set up a tank with minimal plants I usually add this, can't hurt, and it will ensure things are fine. [Unless there is something else we haven't caught.]

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post #28 of 86 Old 01-25-2012, 06:54 AM Thread Starter
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just bought 2 fancy guppies both male, i made sure the temperature and water checks were ok, what behaviour am i looking for if theres going to be a problem? at the moment they seem to be mid to low level in the tank having a look around, is that bad? should i feed them?

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post #29 of 86 Old 01-25-2012, 08:49 AM
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When you do water changes, are you vacuuming the gravel?

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post #30 of 86 Old 01-25-2012, 08:52 AM Thread Starter
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no ive never vacuumed the gravel, they seem to be eating stuff from the heater cable maybe they think they are corys

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