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post #31 of 47 Old 06-27-2014, 01:18 PM
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She looks to be almost thru it. Have her check her tap water for Ammonia. I have .25 all the time anyway so I just disregard that number and use my Prime to neutralize it.
Might as well check all 3. And make sure that she shakes the heck out of any stage that needs shaking and for the full time needed.

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post #32 of 47 Old 06-29-2014, 11:26 PM Thread Starter
She sent me a new picture today:

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Ammonia seems to be gone, but the other two are still high.

I'm not sure whats going on. I haven't been able to get back over there but I feel like this is taking longer than it should.

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post #33 of 47 Old 06-30-2014, 05:49 PM
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A stocked tank that has been knocked out of cycle can take weeks or even months to get all the levels back.

They do make filter pads u can put in to help neutralize until the cycle is complete. Also, if possible I'd check your phosphates if you can get ahold of that kit or get it done at a LFS. High levels of waste that aren't cleaned out can cause phosphates to go up and can have detrimental effects on your cycle.


From seein the way things are goin, I'd say continued water changes and just letting it work itself out will be your best bet. If you haven't lost any fish, they've already acclimated to the high levels so everything from this point out will just ease them back out of the stress.

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post #34 of 47 Old 07-02-2014, 10:28 AM Thread Starter
I was over there last night getting my new 120 gallon tank delivered and we checked the water parameters again. First off the water is so much clearer. It's night and day how this tank looks right now.

Ammonia was .25, Nitrites were 0, Nitrates were 20. This wasn't after a water change.

Hopefully this means it's starting to get a handle on itself.

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post #35 of 47 Old 07-02-2014, 12:39 PM
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That's great .. I'd mention to her to upgrade to a more powerful filter soon.. But transfer that cycled media ! Lol
Those fish are from an oxygen rich turbulent lake that's really far more like an ocean . They naturally like salt and I high current. Plus they are poop machines only out pooped by goldfish lol.


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post #36 of 47 Old 07-02-2014, 12:41 PM Thread Starter
Yeah, I've mentioned a new filter might eventually be a must. She wants to add an air pump and bubble bar as well.

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post #37 of 47 Old 07-04-2014, 08:22 AM
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They'd appreciate a power head /wave maker much more the the bubbler . I really like my koralia one


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post #38 of 47 Old 07-05-2014, 11:18 AM
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For powerheads, the koralias are one of, if not the best, brand name powerhead, but I found one on ebay that works perfectly, maybe a tad more powerful than the koralia 240. But the price was cut by 1/4. One something like this:

NEW Version Sunsun 800 GPH Wave Maker FOR Nano Marine Coral Reef Aquarium HS119 | eBay

In case you're interested. The spokes at the propellor are a bit wider, but it won't matter for large fish.

Bubblers are cute, but the africans like current. I see what she was going for. It's not that she couldn't add an LED light and bubbler at one point, but it's not a priority for the health of her fishies. They are also on EBAY for cheap!!!

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post #39 of 47 Old 07-05-2014, 01:31 PM
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Oh nice link! I think I'm gonna get that and try it out.. My goby tank needs current once I move the discus over into the 225..
Yeah it's fun to watch how much Africans play in the current of a power head . Two of mine used to spend all day taking turns swimming in front of it and letting it shoot them nearly out of the water lmao ! And on occasion actually hit the top glass.. Good thing they're really tough fish .


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post #40 of 47 Old 07-08-2014, 11:12 PM Thread Starter
Just another update, the ammonia and nitrites are staying at 0 and nitrates are staying around 20 ppm so it looks like this tank has finally stabilized.
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