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What have I done?! (this is kind of long, sorry)
Old 02-22-2013, 11:07 PM   #11
 
In my devastatingly horrible ignorance, i didnt vacuum my gravel for about the first 5 weeks of owning my tank and definitely overfed. I thought that because my water was pretty then i was good lol. When i did vacuum it the first time, it was pretty horrendous. Since then ive been trying to just keep it minimal but removing any waste.

At this point with my ammonia levels dropping so dramatically, should i be concerned that i am still not registering any nitrites and chalk the lowered ammonia up to my pwc, or do you think i am okay and should see a nitrite spike soon? Im so worried that i did everything so wrong that i cant even make it right now lol.

The product i use to dechlorinate is start right by jungle. When im off work this weekend i plan on going to a real lfs, buying some live plants and hopefully some prime. I had been using the jungle start zyme at first too and im wondering if i have just completely messed things up with these chemicals.
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Old 02-22-2013, 11:15 PM   #12
 
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In my devastatingly horrible ignorance, i didnt vacuum my gravel for about the first 5 weeks of owning my tank and definitely overfed. I thought that because my water was pretty then i was good lol. When i did vacuum it the first time, it was pretty horrendous. Since then ive been trying to just keep it minimal but removing any waste.

At this point with my ammonia levels dropping so dramatically, should i be concerned that i am still not registering any nitrites and chalk the lowered ammonia up to my pwc, or do you think i am okay and should see a nitrite spike soon? Im so worried that i did everything so wrong that i cant even make it right now lol.

The product i use to dechlorinate is start right by jungle. When im off work this weekend i plan on going to a real lfs, buying some live plants and hopefully some prime. I had been using the jungle start zyme at first too and im wondering if i have just completely messed things up with these chemicals.
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Generally a bad idea to use chemicals. A dechlorinator is a must for pretty much everyone, but beyond that (and a plant fertizer once you get plants) I would highly suggest avoiding them unless you know it is 100% necessary.

As to gravel vacuum you should be able to skim the surface of the substrate every week but it isn't necessary to disturb the gravel all that often. With rooted plants it can actually be good to leave the gravel undisturbed for prolonged periods as the plants will gather nutrients from the detritus or "crud" that gathers.


Edit: Personally I've used a couple jungle products and had nothing but problems with them. I would not recommend them at all.
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Old 02-22-2013, 11:23 PM   #13
 
The start zyme was suppose to just jump start the bacteria growth so i dont technically think it is a chemical but i also dont think it helps a bit so i quit using it. I havent used anything to buffer the ammonia either. Just been doin my best with my pwc. My biggest concern at this point is no nitrites and definitely no nitrates. :(
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I will not be using anymore jungle products. I think they r garbage as well and as soon as i can get to my lfs this weekend i will be buying another dechlorinator.
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Old 02-22-2013, 11:36 PM   #14
 
Well the main focus at this point is keeping that ammonia down and keeping an eye out for nitrites. So you're doing good at that :)

Most of the "bacteria supplement or quick cycle" products are garbage or even dangerous. Many will actually introduce dangerous levels of ammonia with the theory that bacteria will grow rapidly to consume it. The truth is the ammonia is far to high for even the bacteria to live.
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Old 02-23-2013, 09:21 AM   #15
 
Okay, test today .25 ammonia, no nitrites, no nitrates :(

Fish all lookin good. Will do a 25% water change when i wake up. Man i really hope the nitrites pick up soon :/
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Old 02-23-2013, 06:52 PM   #16
 
Go big or go home!!!!

75 gallon. This time im doin it right!!! Cant wait to move my babies here when its ready! Got some live plants to go in it once we get the water in too. Went to a lfs here. Really the only one in town and was very impressed! So happy to have found them and LOVE my new aquarium.
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Old 02-24-2013, 12:56 PM   #17
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it seems that everyone has you covered. not aire if anyone mentioned that you jave to shake te heck out of that nitrate bottle for it to read accurately. It's strange to have an uncycled tank after two months.
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Old 02-28-2013, 10:28 PM   #18
 
Masta's new tank!!!! :)
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Old 02-28-2013, 10:31 PM   #19
 
Is that a 1g?
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Is that a 1g?
No its a 4 gallon fluval view. The heater and filter r hidden behind the scenary. We cycled it with some media from another cycled tank and got it ready for him. Hes soooooo happy :) i smell a bubble nest coming soon. We also put him 3 live plants in there. They have some growing to do.

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