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post #11 of 35 Old 01-07-2011, 05:20 PM
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If it isn't rinsed well it can cause your water to be cloudy when you first fill the tank with water. Gravel rinses much more easily than sand. If you rinsed your gravel for seven minutes and the water ran clear I think you'll be just fine.

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If it isn't rinsed well it can cause your water to be cloudy when you first fill the tank with water. Gravel rinses much more easily than sand. If you rinsed your gravel for seven minutes and the water ran clear I think you'll be just fine.
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ok so it seems you should read up on the fish tank cycle. It involved some chemicals that are secreted by your fish or fish food that jump start the growth of good bacteria mostly in your filter and gravel. The petsmart guy was right which surprised me cause they usaully arent right. Anyway more on that in a little. There are two ways to start the cycle that needs to begin for your fish to be able live healthily in your tank. The first way you can start the cycle is with placing a fish or a few into a running and setup tank. The fish will secrete ammonia through there waste and good bacteria will grow from it and end up turning the ammonia(which is lethal to fish) into nitrites(also lethal but not as much as ammonia) and then into nitrates( also lethal but only if there is a mass buildup of it). The other way you can do it is to not put fish in the tank and only drop in fish food(i dont know how often) to start the cycle. Fish food turns into ammonia and the process begins the same way as if you began it with fish. Finally that plant would survive in the tank as there would be nutrients available for it. Read up more on it. I wrote this quickly and only meant to give an introduction on the matter oh and welcome to the forum, its great
Yes, welcome!!!

mcb5522 is very right!

I have never cycled my tanks with fish food, but I have with fish.
The only thing I can think to add is that when picking a fish to cycle your tank with is to get a hardy species of fish that have the ability to survive a cycle.

Good luck with your aquarium!!!

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post #14 of 35 Old 01-07-2011, 11:27 PM
it removes dust and any thing that you don't want in your tank. I don't think it is that big of a deal but not so sure. I recomend clownkillies for they are small and very nice I know they like softer water... i think... I think I got myself a good petsmart employee yay

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post #15 of 35 Old 01-08-2011, 08:49 AM
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aww don't panic,we just always advise washing sand/gravel reallly well
so it's less cloudy in the tank.

when you set up a new tank,hide an extra
sponge or two behind some decor,that way you have
something seeded for you next filter.
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aww don't panic,we just always advise washing sand/gravel reallly well
so it's less cloudy in the tank.
Thanks, now I am less nervous. The tank was very clear after I put the gravels in, now it's a bit cloudy because of the driftwood, ( I already pre-boiled the wood 3 time ) but I understand it will eventually go away. You guys are so nice, I am so happy that I came to the right place for advice! J.
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post #17 of 35 Old 01-08-2011, 09:25 AM Thread Starter
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Yes, welcome!!!

mcb5522 is very right!

I have never cycled my tanks with fish food, but I have with fish.
The only thing I can think to add is that when picking a fish to cycle your tank with is to get a hardy species of fish that have the ability to survive a cycle.

Good luck with your aquarium!!!
Thanks a lot for your advice, I think I will have to get a hardy species of fish, I would like to learn all about aquarium but I don't want to be a fishkiller by making mistakes. I am also regreting not getting a bigger tank because it should be easier to take care and I can have more choices of fish to put in. Oh well, there's always another time I guess.
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post #18 of 35 Old 01-08-2011, 09:41 AM
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hi.
as long as you have room in your home,you can always up grade to bigger tanks,
we find ourselves suffering from MTS (multie tank syndrome ) here and i'm sure you'll go down
with it too lol
i would love to get another larger tank.

when you set up a new tank,hide an extra
sponge or two behind some decor,that way you have
something seeded for you next filter.
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I want a 100g, but I think I might be forced to get rid of one of the 55s :/

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hi.
as long as you have room in your home,you can always up grade to bigger tanks,
we find ourselves suffering from MTS (multie tank syndrome ) here and i'm sure you'll go down
with it too lol
i would love to get another larger tank.
Goodness Willow, I just saw pictures of your fish tank, it's amazing! I think I am drooling right now. Those red flowers, are they real? What are their names? Also seems like you are using type of white sand for the bottom of the tank?
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