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post #51 of 56 Old 07-23-2012, 06:15 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you! I'm gonna wait a few more days to be sure.
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post #52 of 56 Old 07-23-2012, 06:46 PM
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If you have not used any seeded substrate or filter media then it is highly UNLIKELY the cycle has even started yet. It can take 6-8 weeks to fully cycle a tank.

I would really advise you to wait as you mentioned and keep checking. There is a chance with such high ammonia addition that the good bacteria have been killed off in the supplement you used. Really it would have been better to use one method. I would keep checking and really after a week, if you have no ammonia from the initial dose of 4ppm after 24 hours then the tank is cycled and you can fully stock.

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220g Still sitting empty (come on Lottery I need the numbers to come up!)
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post #53 of 56 Old 07-23-2012, 06:57 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks Tazman, I tested the water 20 minutes after I added the ammonia and got a very dark green reading (4ppm) 24 hours later It was pale yellow. I should have tested the water for ammonia before I first used the ammonia to see the exact color yellow. The color chart is very difficult to judge. I'll give it at least another week.
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post #54 of 56 Old 07-28-2012, 07:56 PM Thread Starter
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Ammonia and Nitrite are now at zero. Still waiting for Nitrate to go to 20ppm. I've decided on the fish I'm getting.
Afra Cobue Orange Back
Pseudotropheus Sp. Acei
Labidochromis Caeruleus Electric Yellow
Synodontis Multipunctatus

When it's time to buy fish how many Synodontis Multipunctatus should I add to a 60g tank?
Thank you all for all your help. My fish didn't stand a chance without you. lol
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post #55 of 56 Old 08-23-2012, 09:57 PM Thread Starter
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Just wanted to thank Tazman and everyone else for all their help. My fish thank you as well. My fish are doing great and seem very happy. The tank looks pretty empty with just the 12 fish. Would it be possible to add another group if I have plenty of hiding spots and filtration? If so what other less aggressive species are there? Are there any that swim mainly on the top level? Thank you again.
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post #56 of 56 Old 08-27-2012, 12:29 PM
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Acei will generally swim towards the top of the tank once they get used to their new home.

I really would not add anything else to the tank, simply because of the lack of space a 60g tank offers for territory. Acei will get to 5-6" when fully grown so you need to account for this.

If you really are set on adding another few fish, Red Zebra in 1 male to 2 female would be a nice Orange color addition but that will absolutely be it as they get to 5-6" and sometimes bigger as well.

The risk though is they will more than likely crossbreed with the yellow labs so DO NOT giveaway, trade, or sell the fry from the tank if you add them.

10g Fry / Hospital / QT tank (as needed)

75g Saltwater Reef, Ocellaris Clownfish, Lyretail Antias (baby), Lemon damsel, Longtail Fairy Wrasse, purple dottyback, snails, crabs and a few LPS corals.

220g Still sitting empty (come on Lottery I need the numbers to come up!)
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