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post #21 of 23 Old 04-30-2012, 11:11 AM
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I have ordered 2 life-glo's for my tank. I switched it to a 5k and a 8750k but I am sure they new ones will be better.

I also believe I was dosing too much excel and too much comprehensive. I am going to just go with once a week for now with the comprehensive, but not really sure on the excel. I have stopped that completely for now.

I am still adding 10ml of pure ammonia to the tank to bring it up to 4-5pm. Ammonia goes back to 0 in 24 hours. Nitrites and Nitrates are both super high. I am 11 days into the cycle. I cant wait until the nitrites start going down so I know I am close to getting fish.
I assume live plants are intended, so don't add ammonia once the plants are in. And do a major water change to remove all of the ammonia that you can prior. Ammonia is a toxic substance that will kill plants if the level is higher than what the plants can take up.

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post #22 of 23 Old 04-30-2012, 11:21 AM Thread Starter
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If you click on my aquarium if should show up.

If the ammonia is used up in 24 hours time then it would not be too much for them to handle correct? I would have done the plant cycle if I could have just gotten a few of the fish at a time. I live a long ways from a fish store and if I want to order online I only want to pay shipping once.

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If you click on my aquarium if should show up.

If the ammonia is used up in 24 hours time then it would not be too much for them to handle correct? I would have done the plant cycle if I could have just gotten a few of the fish at a time. I live a long ways from a fish store and if I want to order online I only want to pay shipping once.
Just want to ensure you are fathoming this correctly. Even if you "cycle" a tank with ammonia, you can only add a few fish at a time. Too many will overload the bacteria and cause what we term a mini-cycle with a spike in ammonia first, then nitrite.

But having some fast growing live plants can eliminate this completely. Just have lots of plants, even if they are added at the same time as the fish.

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