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Tank Cycling (Where am I at?)
Old 04-17-2008, 04:56 AM   #11
 
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Once the bio-bed is established in the filter and the gravel the biological system takes care of any ammonia before it harms the fish. Water changes and daily testing are indeed needed but water changes must not be to the point in which ammonia is kept at 0 (and eventually it will build up anyways from fish poo and leftover food or you will be doing 100% water changes). Until the bio-bed is established, cycling must be allowed to run it's course or all you end up with is a prolonged cycle. If your ammonia gets above .25 ppm, do a water change immediately but otherwise 25% every other day or so is probably good. 3 Danios don't make that much of a mess.
A quick google brings up multiple pages stating that danios are comfortable in temps from 68-78, anything higher they can live in for sure but they aren't as comfortable as they can be. (huh, the fish profiles on here states up to 84 but it's not really true)
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Old 04-17-2008, 05:45 AM   #12
 
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i believe original poster is trying to establish beneficial bacteria in a new aquarium. The fish will not be comfortable during this cycling process. No fish are. They are there to produce poop (ammonia) I believe you and I can agree to disagree on the proper way to cycle a aquarium using in this instance fish. 20 percent water changes to keep ammonia levels at zero has worked for me. Cycling normally takes six to eight weeks unless one has access to biological material from a disease free existing aquarium such as filter material and or gravel which is where the majority of beneficial bacteria is found. You must keep fish alive during cycling process until bacteria has had a chance to establish itself. you should not have leftover food if you are feeding sparingly. It will prolong the cycling process by adding more ammonia than the bacteria which has not been established to the degree needed can break down further causing ammonia to spike. To my knowledge there are no safe levels of ammonia in a aquarium. Once tank has cycled new fish may be added slowly. no more than one or two per week or every other week or once again there will not be enogh beneficial bacteria yet developed to break down the waste(ammonia) created by the addition of too many fish at once. There should never be excess food or poop left on the bottom of an aquarium that is why weekly water changes and vaccuming the substrate during these water changes is mandatory to keep healthy fish.during the cycling process however filters and substrate should be left alone in order for bacteria to develop. after that vaccuming one third of the aquarium lightly, a different area at each water change your fish will remain healthy and comfortable.
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Old 04-17-2008, 08:17 AM   #13
 
WOWSERS! Thanks everyone for the help! I have read the sticky's here and there, read some books, but just wanted someone that been there done that, that could give me some clues as to how I was doing! Appreciate all the help and all the info you have given me!
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Old 04-17-2008, 08:26 AM   #14
 
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any tank pics ? :D
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Old 04-17-2008, 11:50 AM   #15
 
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any tank pics ? :D
Under my tanks there is 2
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Old 04-17-2008, 04:47 PM   #16
 
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Cool tank...is that the reflection of your danios in the second one? :)
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Old 04-18-2008, 08:56 AM   #17
 
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Cool tank...is that the reflection of your danios in the second one? :)
Yeah there is only 3 fish, I shoulda croped the pic, but I liked the reflection HEHE Them fish are too damn hard to get a pic of! The kid somehow got that shot of all 3 of them. There is one of them that kinda the MAN of the tank and he usually keeps to himself until one of the others comes near him and then he chases them back! It better than watchin best of Jerry Springer. Since you asked about the fish, those are males correct?
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Old 04-18-2008, 10:04 AM   #18
 
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Yup...I can't get pics of mine. They move too fast and entirely random.
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Old 04-18-2008, 02:18 PM   #19
 
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wow ! lovely tank. :)
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