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post #11 of 16 Old 09-20-2011, 02:45 PM Thread Starter
should i keep doing water changes until my tank is cycled?
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post #12 of 16 Old 09-20-2011, 02:46 PM
No dont add more. As I mentioned before it will likely just spike your ammonia more. Honestly I would just throw it out.

Dont add more fish and do frequent water changes.
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post #13 of 16 Old 09-21-2011, 12:58 AM
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Which bacteria supplement did you use? As for testing water, if you are having it tested at the pet store have them tell you the exact numbers. As for testing your water that brings me to recommending that you invest in a test kit that you can use at home. I would highly recommend API master test kit. The liquid test kits are more realiable and accurate than the strip tests are. It is important to be able to test your water parameters, especially when starting, and also you have issues that may come up with your tank. Water parameters are always a good place to start when trying to figure out problems that are going on in the tank. It is important to know the ammonia, nitrite and nitrate levels in the tank, along with ph.
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post #14 of 16 Old 09-21-2011, 05:27 AM Thread Starter
i believe i have ammonia in my tap water how do i get rid of this?
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post #15 of 16 Old 09-21-2011, 09:31 AM
You might look into a product called Prime made by Seachem. It's a water conditioner that also neutrilizes ammonia. Alternatively you can use live plants to absorb the ammonia. Just went back and reread earlier posts... plants wont work for this tank
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post #16 of 16 Old 09-21-2011, 12:18 PM
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Your selection of fish will be endless trouble, so I recommend you read about the species before buying them. Fish profiles are under the second tab from the left in the blue bar across the top, or when names are used in posts exactly the same as the profile it will shade and you can click on it, example Jack Dempsey.

Second, ladayen is absolutely correct, the tank has to cycle fully before you can consider more fish...but with the JD this is not possible anyway, in a 40g. And daily water changes of half the tank with a good conditioner until ammonia and nitrite are zero.

And third on the bacterial supplements. None instantly cycle a new tank. They simply add beneficial bacteria to "seed" the tank. Provided they are good products, some are, some are not.


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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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