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Should I add 1-2 fish to a cycling tank?
Old 04-24-2011, 02:27 AM   #1
 
Should I add 1-2 fish to a cycling tank?

As the title asks, I'm wondering if I should add some fish to a cycling 5-gallon tank thats been in the fish-in cycle for a month now. I only ask this because the 2 fish I have are panda corys; they seem a bit stressed not just due to the nitrite levels *I do my best to keep it under .25 ppm* but because theres only 2 :\ I had a third one but it didn't make it the first week. Should I just tough it out and keep the 2 in there, or add 1 or 2 more to ease their stress? Right now it looks like a lose-lose situation, so whats the best thing I should do? >_<
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Old 04-24-2011, 08:08 AM   #2
 
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As the title asks, I'm wondering if I should add some fish to a cycling 5-gallon tank thats been in the fish-in cycle for a month now. I only ask this because the 2 fish I have are panda corys; they seem a bit stressed not just due to the nitrite levels *I do my best to keep it under .25 ppm* but because theres only 2 :\ I had a third one but it didn't make it the first week. Should I just tough it out and keep the 2 in there, or add 1 or 2 more to ease their stress? Right now it looks like a lose-lose situation, so whats the best thing I should do? >_<
No, absolutely don't add more fish. First off, your pandy corys aren't good fish at all to use for cycling and may not survive and doing that to any more fish just isn't right.

If you're getting nitrites you are now just waiting for nitrates, but even .25 is going to stress any fish, perhaps even kill them. Best of luck, but don't add fish.

5 gal is also very small, and I don't know how big your fish will get, but you may need to consider that too, and upgrade to a bigger tank

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Old 04-24-2011, 11:26 AM   #3
 
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I agree...resist the urge.
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Old 04-24-2011, 11:30 AM   #4
 
Ok, thought so. I got the pandas due to some good advice from my lfs :(. I am currently setting up a 12 gallon as seen from my other post, its in the nitrite phase so just hoping it'll finish before it's too late >_<
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Old 04-24-2011, 11:53 AM   #5
 
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Ok, thought so. I got the pandas due to some good advice from my lfs :(. I am currently setting up a 12 gallon as seen from my other post, its in the nitrite phase so just hoping it'll finish before it's too late >_<
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One more thing - if you aren't already using Prime as a water conditioner, that would be good to use. It does nullify the effects of the nitrite, even though it only lasts 24 hours, you will see your fish immediately behave as if they aren't stressed.

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Old 04-24-2011, 12:04 PM   #6
 
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5 gal. size is good for a small school of tetras, dwarf shrimps, endlers, 1 Mystrery snail, or 1 Betta. Or you can just keep dwarf shrimps in all the time and use it like a fry tank if you have livebearer endlers without a betta as they will eat the dwarf shrimps. If you go with any livebearer just get males if you do not want to be over run with baby fish. Females are always pregnate when you get them at the fish store and they can have babies without a male up to 6 months every month or so.

Try to stay away from getting platies in a small tank like 5 gal. as they are waste producers so are mollies and Bushy nosed plecos. Guppies,endlers, not so much. If you do get dwarf shrimps like Red Cherry shrimps you will have to have a fully cycled tank before adding as they are sensitive. I good shrimp to try out first is a Ghost shrimp as they are like 30 cents at the fish store as they are used as feeders. If those work out then get the Red Cherry shrimps that cost more at $2.99 each or more.

A very hardy schooling fish is a dwarf harleqen rasbora maybe get 4 for a 5 gal., or White clouds are very hardy and you do not need a heater to keep the white clouds . I cycled a 20 gal. with 10 feeder white clouds I got at a local fish store for 10 for $1 and all lived thu the cycle. I also used this stuff called Cycle to speed up the cycling process. I rehomed all the white clouds and bought fish I wanted in the newly cycled tank. Once cycled do not stock with to many fish right away as it will throw off the cycle and you will have to start again. You can cycle your 12 gal. tank with the filter media from your older tank to speed things along or use gravel from your older tank in a stocking inside your new tank.

Excess food is a no no for a new tank also and 20-25% water changes once a week is a good for the water qty. You should invest in a small 2 gal. tank as a QT tank for new fish to be in for 2 to 3 weeks after getting prior to adding to your main tank. I recommend 2 gal-3 gal. size as you can get a heater for them over the 1 gal. tank size. These tanks are also good to keep dwarf shrimps inside when not using them for a QT tank which I like. Also get a API dropper test kit to test the water every now and then once a week, or every few days when cycling a new tank. The paper test strips do not work as well as a dropper kit.
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Old 04-24-2011, 04:28 PM   #7
 
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You might think about adding some plants. A few plants will ease your cycle, since the plants absorb ammonia/nitrites/nitrates.
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Old 04-24-2011, 06:24 PM   #8
 
I just added a small bundle of small leaf anachranis plants into the 5 gallon to help things out. And it seems that I have a small ick outbreak *I caught it when there was only 1 grain on one of my corys, it was on his dorsal fin* so I started treatment for it. And not a day too soon, cause now he has 3-4 spots. Bought a new heater thats adjustable, so I pumped up the temperature to 84 degrees. Also doing pwc of about 10%, or 2000 ml out of my 18925 ml tank *sorry for the conversion* once a day, twice if nitrites go above .25. And I'll start using prime as a emergency nitrite remover; so far its just been for dechlorinating the water changes. Thanks for all the help and advice guys, I really appreciate it. I just hope this is all enough to help. The medication I'm using is quICK cure, 1 drop per gallon, so 5 drops each treatment, 1 treatment daily. Hopefully that'll clear up the cause of lethargy in my corys. *crosses fingers*
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Old 04-24-2011, 07:35 PM   #9
 
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I just added a small bundle of small leaf anachranis plants into the 5 gallon to help things out. And it seems that I have a small ick outbreak *I caught it when there was only 1 grain on one of my corys, it was on his dorsal fin* so I started treatment for it. And not a day too soon, cause now he has 3-4 spots. Bought a new heater thats adjustable, so I pumped up the temperature to 84 degrees. Also doing pwc of about 10%, or 2000 ml out of my 18925 ml tank *sorry for the conversion* once a day, twice if nitrites go above .25. And I'll start using prime as a emergency nitrite remover; so far its just been for dechlorinating the water changes. Thanks for all the help and advice guys, I really appreciate it. I just hope this is all enough to help. The medication I'm using is quICK cure, 1 drop per gallon, so 5 drops each treatment, 1 treatment daily. Hopefully that'll clear up the cause of lethargy in my corys. *crosses fingers*
I got ich soon after I introduced fish, but I think it was my fault because I let my water get to cool. If you keep your tank around 79-80 degrees, you will prevent ich in the future. It really does get started more in cooler waters. Also, not to confuse things and what your using sounds very simple, but table or kosher salt is a very cheap and effective treatment for ich. You can start with one tsp her gal. There are specific instructions in a sticky on this site if you ever want to try salt in the future - worked so well for me!

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Old 04-24-2011, 07:43 PM   #10
 
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I got ich soon after I introduced fish, but I think it was my fault because I let my water get to cool. If you keep your tank around 79-80 degrees, you will prevent ich in the future. It really does get started more in cooler waters. Also, not to confuse things and what your using sounds very simple, but table or kosher salt is a very cheap and effective treatment for ich. You can start with one tsp her gal. There are specific instructions in a sticky on this site if you ever want to try salt in the future - worked so well for me!

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Ah, thanks for the info! I read up on using salt, but opted not to try it first because I read up that catfish in general are sensitive to salt, so I didn't want to risk it. Right now it doesn't look good for my sick cory; he's sitting around and not moving at all. My other cory is still swimming around and eating, but for the sick one its not looking good :(
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