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post #51 of 55 Old 03-04-2012, 11:36 PM
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Yeah I really don't know what to do besides riding it out, doing some water changes and using Prime/Stability..

I decided to cycle another tank, a 29 gallon, and I feel like that one will be easier. Did the raw shrimp thing for a while and now I threw in a bunch of gold fish.
Why throw in the goldfish?
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post #52 of 55 Old 03-05-2012, 12:40 AM
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Most here are opposed to killing fish if we can help it.
Throwing a bunch of goldfish in an uncylcled tank, will require daily water changes to prevent possible/probable deaths, with or without seed material from an established tank.
What plans are there for the goldfish that manage to survive?
Contrary to what many often post,,few reputable fish stores will take these fish back for fear of introducing who knows what to their tanks.
Nor are most of these stores willing to spend the money to medicate sick fish that may be harboring all manner of pathogens ,parasites.
Those stores that WOULD ,,are not stores that you want to buy fish from if healthy stock is what your after.

The most important medication in your fish medicine cabinet is.. Clean water.
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post #53 of 55 Old 03-05-2012, 11:43 AM
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Agree. I am totally opposed to using any hardy (as some call them) fish to cycle. Do it with lots of plants, bacteria seeding of some sort, and a few fish you want in the tank, or do it fishless.

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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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Most here are opposed to killing fish if we can help it.
Throwing a bunch of goldfish in an uncylcled tank, will require daily water changes to prevent possible/probable deaths, with or without seed material from an established tank.
What plans are there for the goldfish that manage to survive?
Contrary to what many often post,,few reputable fish stores will take these fish back for fear of introducing who knows what to their tanks.
Nor are most of these stores willing to spend the money to medicate sick fish that may be harboring all manner of pathogens ,parasites.
Those stores that WOULD ,,are not stores that you want to buy fish from if healthy stock is what your after.
Well I am going to keep Piranhas so eventually it will just be food for them. I will never flush a live fish, I have plenty of places to keep the gold fish.

And having a bunch of gold fish in the tank actually does help a lot. Creates a large bioload, and that is exactly what I want in there right now. I am using Prime and Stability to make sure they are okay anyways.
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post #55 of 55 Old 03-05-2012, 03:59 PM Thread Starter
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In other news, my 50 gallon is completely cycled. 0 ammonia, 0 Nitrites, about 10 Nitrates.
Added a handful of hanging plants and it is looking good. I have my Red Belly fry in there.
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