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post #31 of 266 Old 01-11-2014, 06:14 PM Thread Starter
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Hi guys just came back from my friend's house I brought the sponge also I found out that my loach eats from her hand and he never did that with me :(

Ok I just tested water ph stills in 6.0
Ammonia is .25ppm and nitrite.25ppm nitrate is 5.0 ppm

I'm thinking on doing a water change before getting the sponge in there but I'm not sure if I should also water is cloudy again

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post #32 of 266 Old 01-11-2014, 06:19 PM
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I don't think it matters if you put the sponge in before or after the water-change. . . Personally, I'd want to get it in there ASAP! I wouldn't worry too much about the cloudiness right now - you're likely seeing a bacterial bloom. It'll clear up on it's own - water changes aren't likely to help with that - just ignore it if you can!

Don't be sad about the loach eating from her hand - I'm sure he'll do the very same for you, when he comes back home! I LOVE hand-feeding my finned friends, it took very little time for them to become accustomed to me - I'll offer a word of warning on that, though. . . once they reach that level of comfort, they will NEVER leave you alone again. I love it, but it *can* make water changes and pruning tricky!!! ^_^
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post #33 of 266 Old 01-11-2014, 06:24 PM Thread Starter
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So do you recommend the water change or should I leave it for now ? I can still adding prime daily but I'm worry About the ammonia?

About feeding them by hand I know one of my betas used to jump when sees me getting close with the food but it makes me jealous that je did it with her and not with me :)
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post #34 of 266 Old 01-11-2014, 07:01 PM
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I'd just leave it for now, honestly. . . get that sponge in there!
(Did you keep the filter wet with tank water between your friend's house and yours? *hopes*I probably should have thought to mention this before, I'm sorry! )

Yanno, Carlos. . . when I was cycling my first tank, I had a similar situation (though it didn't last NEARLY this long). What I did to solve it was simply. . .nothing.

Sometimes it can be best to just leave things alone for a bit, and give them a chance to settle. I'm hoping with fingers crossed that this filter is the ticket to getting you past this. . . but if not, I'd suggest that if you don't see a change over the next few days after adding the sponge filter, (if you're comfortable with this approach) you leave this tank alone for 3 days or so without touching the water - but continue adding Prime.

I'm not sure if this is an accepted way of going about things, so you may want to hang on for Sandy, or another more experienced member to advise. . . I only know that it worked for me - those three days of leaving the tank alone allowed it to fix itself and restore it's own balance. Sometimes. . . the best thing to do is nothing, I think. . .

Give the bacteria on the sponge a few days to do it's thing, though - hopefully that won't be necessary.

YOU'RE GONNA GET THROUGH THIS!!!! *HUGS* And when you do, we're changing the title of this thread and move it to the journal area so you can continue to chart it's progress! I can't WAIT until things settle down, and you *FINALLY* get some enjoyment out of this beautiful tank!
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post #35 of 266 Old 01-11-2014, 07:09 PM
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change 25% of water,dose with prime.add sponge asap. check params again in 30-40 hrs.
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post #36 of 266 Old 01-11-2014, 07:15 PM Thread Starter
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I placed the sponge in there since you told me that it didn't matter if before or after water change, don't worry the sponge came with tank water in a bag just like if it was a fish I know that that bacteria is alive and has almost the same or more requirements than a fish to transport it

About this long situation that's the main reason I was thinking the tank was cursed lol no seriously this is the first time that happens this to me even my little tanks are cycled and those are 2.5 gal

I'm sorry if I become frustrating sometimes I'm just trying to do the best I can I wontw touch it for a while at least until next scheduled water change which is in a week hoping it goes back to normal

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Ook water change time
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post #37 of 266 Old 01-11-2014, 07:26 PM
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cycling time can be dependent on a few things.ph,oxygen level and temperature.in your case it looks to be the low ph level. tanks are harder if not impossible to cycle at low ph.

get a bag of some crushed coral.or you can go the baking soda route. the crushed coral will be more stable. aragonite will also work. sorry i did not notice this sooner.should have caught it.
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post #38 of 266 Old 01-11-2014, 11:49 PM
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carlos,wondering if you could get a bucket and fill it with your source water and put a bubbler in it for 24-48 hrs.take the ph at the beginning and the end.this will help to tell us what is going on with your dropping ph.

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post #39 of 266 Old 01-12-2014, 12:23 AM Thread Starter
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So you mean using my tap water ?

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post #40 of 266 Old 01-12-2014, 12:33 AM
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yes,the water that you use for water changes.
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