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post #171 of 218 Old 01-10-2007, 06:07 PM
yes, i think there might have been some things in your first setup, maybe some nitrates were added somehow, but its good how your nitrite and ammonia is staying low, my ones are peaking at the moment
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post #172 of 218 Old 01-10-2007, 06:10 PM Thread Starter
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Something tells me it has to do with our public water. I took a look at at my town's water report, and it wasn't low on nitrates....
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post #173 of 218 Old 01-10-2007, 06:11 PM
hmm, if you have a planted aquarium it shouldnt be that bad since the plants eat nitrates. I still would suggest some java moss as a begginer or even the only plant in the aquarium.

Would you mind telling me what things you add to your water:
What dechlorinator
What food
If you are adding bacterial supplements (not needed but can be good)
What filter and model number are you using
What test kit are you using

Since we both are cycling right now and we both are begginers and we both have danios, i think we can relate easier
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post #174 of 218 Old 01-10-2007, 09:19 PM
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'Tis odd that Dana's tank cycled faster if Dana indeed added an established filter media to seed the tank so there would be enough bacteria to convert ammonia into nitrites and nitrites into nitrates.

That's the exact result of water parameters that you should have in the end. Any detectable ammonia and nitrites can harm or kill your fish.

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post #175 of 218 Old 01-10-2007, 09:22 PM
well dana got luck, i have a 2.0 nitrite level at the moment, then i did a water change, i havent checked on it since. My ammonia is at zero and my nitrates are at 5.0 Im well into my 4th week of having this tank. I used stress zyme when my ammonia was at 1.0. It went down to .25 the next day. But established filter/gravel is better than adding chemicals. Im just lucky im using danios, they are extremly hardy and just wipe off the ammonia poisoning right off their shoulders.
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well dana got luck, i have a 2.0 nitrite level at the moment, then i did a water change, i havent checked on it since. My ammonia is at zero and my nitrates are at 5.0 Im well into my 4th week of having this tank. I used stress zyme when my ammonia was at 1.0. It went down to .25 the next day. But established filter/gravel is better than adding chemicals
Great job though, Musho. You're doing well with cycling. At least you make sure that the tank will be safe to a lot of fish at the end of the day.:)

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post #177 of 218 Old 01-10-2007, 09:27 PM
its only 5 inches of fish in a 20 gallon, so its not much... yet
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post #178 of 218 Old 01-10-2007, 09:35 PM Thread Starter
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So I'm doing really well them?! YAY!
We filled and set up the tank on New Years day. Let it run until thursday the 4th. That was the day I bought the 6 danios. So tomorrow it will be a week since adding the danios, and 11 days since setting up.
Does this mean I can progress to the next step of adding in something? When do I do that?

musho, i'll get you the details to your questions. I don't know what dechlorinator I used. It was one that came with the tank. Dose for 30 gallons. That's all I know.
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post #179 of 218 Old 01-10-2007, 09:37 PM
hmm, every time you change water you must add a dechlorinator to the new water before you add it to your tank. So having some dechlorinator on hand is always good. I use prime and it works really well. You have had lots of people help you, all i had was a book when i started my aquarium, but at least none of my fish died

Good dechlorinator products:
Prime
Stress coat

Bad ones:
Top fin GRRR!!!

When your trying to get dechlorinators, make sure you chose one on how many gallons it treats, not how much liquid is in it. Also get one that comes with a stress coat to protect the fish.
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post #180 of 218 Old 01-10-2007, 09:38 PM Thread Starter
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'Tis odd that Dana's tank cycled faster if Dana indeed added an established filter media to seed the tank so there would be enough bacteria to convert ammonia into nitrites and nitrites into nitrates.

What exactly do you mean by that?
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