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post #11 of 16 Old 06-21-2012, 08:37 AM Thread Starter
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Also it just occurred to me, the tubing ran up parallel with the heater in the corner of the tank, which would explain why the bacteria would have appeared so much faster.
If I do put the airstone back in, I'll run the tubing along the other side so that it isn't right next to the heater!

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post #12 of 16 Old 06-21-2012, 09:20 AM
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Yeah it was quite a lot which was what concerned me.

I use API Stress Coat in the water. No beneficial bacteria, is this something I should be using?
For sure. It helps break down fish waste and reduce toxicity. Also, it will form a beneficial colony in the filter sponge (never, ever clean your filter sponges with soap, or plain tap water as it will kill this good bacteria). So you'll have mechanical filtration (your filter trapping nasty particles), and biological filtration (helpful bacteria breaking down poop, etc). The beneficial bacteria have a life cycle, so they need to be replenished weekly, and after water changes.

Your local aquarium supply will have bottles of this good bacteria. Just follow the dosing according to tank size. And this may have been one of your problems with dying fish as well. Your tank hasn't been cycled it sounds.
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post #13 of 16 Old 06-21-2012, 09:22 AM Thread Starter
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Cool would you be able to link me to a product you'd recommend?
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post #14 of 16 Old 06-21-2012, 09:24 AM
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Cool would you be able to link me to a product you'd recommend?
I use Big Al's Aquarium Services own brand. I don't know if you have Big Al's where you live.
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post #15 of 16 Old 06-21-2012, 09:25 AM Thread Starter
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I'll have a look into it, thanks for all your help Stormfish you've been way nice!

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post #16 of 16 Old 06-21-2012, 09:26 AM
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I'll have a look into it, thanks for all your help Stormfish you've been way nice!

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No problem, Jono!

Btw, here's an article Byron posted about bacteria and the nitrogen cycle. It explains it all way better than I ever could: http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/f...quarium-74891/
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