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post #171 of 266 Old 02-08-2014, 02:53 AM
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YES! Keep posting!!! I'm sure all of this is helping a lot of other people too, thanks for being so willing to share your bumps-in-the road - and successes(!) with the rest of us!

I didn't realize you were unable to find crushed coral! They sell it here in PetSmart! I have no clue about baking soda except that it seems a highly debatable subject! >.<

I have NO experience with hardening water, but I know quite a few of our members use Seachem Equilibrium. . . maybe something worth looking into, if you're interested in exploring other long-term options.

I wish I had something helpful to offer - but you're doing great! We're gonna have to have a party in the chat room when this cycle is through! You'll be the guest of honor, of course!

Keep it up, man! ^__^
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post #172 of 266 Old 02-08-2014, 02:25 PM
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I've seen crushed coral at nearly every store that carries fish around here. It's along with the sand and the gravel usually. I got mine from petco . Shells will help .. It's just more of an effect from crushed coral . I even added a bit of natural Bahamian sand in my African tank. That helped I'm sure. I can't tell the exact amount it raised my PH as it was in there from day 1.


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post #173 of 266 Old 02-08-2014, 08:10 PM Thread Starter
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I wish I had something helpful to offer - but you're doing great! We're gonna have to have a party in the chat room when this cycle is through! You'll be the guest of honor, of course!

Keep it up, man! ^__^
Your help and monitoring on this thread has been the most helpful think I could get :)
Thank you

I asked at my not so local petco They didn't have I'll take a look at a bigger store tomorrow I got a new tank ( I couldn't said "no") :) so I'll see if I can set it up and do a fishless cycle to add more bacteria

Today's test
Ph6.6
Ammonia. 1.0ppm
Nitrite. 25ppm
Nitrate 5.0

I added prime and I'll look for that coral tomorrow thanks everyone for all your help and advice :)
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post #174 of 266 Old 02-09-2014, 03:08 PM Thread Starter
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Hi guys well I couldn't make it to the store I had to work today last minute call I hate that well I just came back and tested water

Ph 7.0
Ammonia 1.0
Nitrite. 50ppm
Nitrate 5ppm

IIs there any internet site where I can order the crushed coral ??
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post #175 of 266 Old 02-09-2014, 05:47 PM
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Carlos. . .you're so sweet!

Keep dropping, ammonia!!! I WANNA SEE ZEROS!!!
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post #176 of 266 Old 02-09-2014, 06:41 PM
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Large quantities and expensive at Amazon:
Amazon.com: crushed coral

I thought cuttlebone is OK for calcium and a pinch of Epsom salts for magnesium. Wasn't this covered in the first few pages of this thread?

Mikaila31 is talking about gypsum over on the beaslbob thread (I can't believe I'm suggesting that ---please shoot me). the beaslbob build
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Large quantities and expensive at Amazon:
Amazon.com: crushed coral

I thought cuttlebone is OK for calcium and a pinch of Epsom salts for magnesium. Wasn't this covered in the first few pages of this thread?

Mikaila31 is talking about gypsum over on the beaslbob thread (I can't believe I'm suggesting that ---please shoot me). the beaslbob build
Ok all that science terminology kind of confused me i think I got the idea of the gypsum as calcium supplement but is it a good idea to use it isn't there any way to overdose i also saw that there's more than one person using plants to absorb ammonia nitrate and that stuff even someone was saying that there's people testing for the biological filter when there's no bacteria but they're avoiding water changes.

to be honest I've seen only one of Bob's tanks and I just don't like the look of it ( sorry but water looked green ) I don't trust on that method since I've lost fish by this problem I'm facing, if I would do something like that I rather give my fish for adoption and start all over a fishless cycle in order to get beneficial bacteria to grow, it's just my opinion and pretty much the methods I'm used to, even my 2.5 gallons have been cycled the main problem with this tank started at the ammonia spike I had once where I actually got good advice from Hallyx ( the biggest mistake in this hobby added too many fish at one time) then noticing that water was poor quality in this area. I'm kind of confused now not sure in what to do but I want clear water that's for sure.

so I'm still testing if there would be a way to do it without risking my fish lives I would do something like that but I believe that those little creatures shouldn't been taking to experiment I almost cried when I lost some of my betta girls (sorry I get emotional even girlfriend gets confuse when she sees me like that) and I Will NOT risk any life from my inhabitants

So ph showed 7.4
Ammonia 1.0
Nitrite. 25ppm
Nitrate .5ppm
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Cycling help!!

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to be honest I've seen only one of Bob's tanks

That's all any of us have seen. It's from 2006 btw.
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125 - cichlids (severums, bolivian rams, chocolate), rainbows ( turquoise, red), loaches (angelicus, zebra, kuhli and horseface), plecos (BN, RL and clown), denison barbs, tiretrack eel, pearl gouramis, betta
90 - Congo tetras, african knife, upside down cats, spotted ctenopoma, kribensis, delhezzi bichir
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That's all any of us have seen. It's from 2006 btw.
I respect he has his own ways but at least I don't want a tank like that in my living room
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post #180 of 266 Old 02-10-2014, 10:03 PM
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Cycling help!!

We all have our own ways That's one of the beautiful things about the hobby.
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125 - BGK, chanchito cichlid, pictus cats, silver dollars, palmas bichir
125 - cichlids (severums, bolivian rams, chocolate), rainbows ( turquoise, red), loaches (angelicus, zebra, kuhli and horseface), plecos (BN, RL and clown), denison barbs, tiretrack eel, pearl gouramis, betta
90 - Congo tetras, african knife, upside down cats, spotted ctenopoma, kribensis, delhezzi bichir
2.5 - betta
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