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Can I put fish in my 55g now ?
Old 09-11-2013, 07:28 PM   #1
 
Can I put fish in my 55g now ?

Hey guys.. My 55g has been cycling for like 2-3 weeks now.. I used filters from my 27g and my 30g behind the penguin 350 filters and I kept squeezing the other filters from those 2 tanks in the 55g to help cycle it faster..

Well my ammonia was like 4ppm for 2 weeks I kept doing 50% water changes but now it has been 0 for 3-4 days now.. My nitrites were around 2-5ppm for a few days but I changed the water 2 days ago and its been sitting at 0.50ppm for 2 days now, and my nitrates are around 10ppm

Anyway back to my original question.. Can I put fish in the tank now ? The tank is heavily planted as well, it has 3 Big wisteria in it, a giant water sprite and medium water sprite, it has 2 smaller java ferns, and red nesaea, it also has 4-5 6 inch amazon swords lining the back.. I also have Red Combomba, and a moneywart..

I want to put 2 of my big dwarf gourami's from my 30g in there, and I also want to put 4 of the Gold barbs from the 30 in the 55 as well. (They aren't adult sized yet maybe about 1 inch long) I also have 2 small angle fish in my 27g that I have been holding waiting for the 55g... But angle's are kinda sensitive so I will wait till the nitrites are 0..

Anyway can I add these 6 fish to the tank with my nitrites at 0.50PPM ? I'll test the water everyday to make sure they don't jump high if they do ill just do a 50% water change again and use prime.
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Old 09-11-2013, 07:33 PM   #2
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I'm confused. Where was the ammonia coming from? If you were doing a fishless cycle than why were you doing water changes?
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Old 09-11-2013, 07:36 PM   #3
 
i was putting food in the tank and i have two fish in it.. A ram cichlid. And a clown loach.. Both are still in it doing fine
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Old 09-11-2013, 07:48 PM   #4
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Just going to quickly mention that a clown loach needs a group and a larger tank, before I answer your question. Don't move the other fish. The bacteria in your 55 can't handle the bioload of the two fish you have in there now as evidenced by the fact that there are nitrites. Adding more fish isn't going to help, since you're not cycled and have two species that require pretty pristine water. Keep the fish where they are for now, don't move them to the bigger tank yet and please don't put them in the parking lot.
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Old 09-11-2013, 08:03 PM   #5
 
thanks but i dont care what the loach 'needs' and a 55g is plenty big enough for it... What makes you think a 48 inch long and 21 ich tall isnt big enough ??
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Old 09-11-2013, 08:14 PM   #6
 
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A 55g is not plenty big enough for a clown loach. It may seem like that to you, but scientist have researched and tested and based on activity levels, the need for a school, and their adult size (ranging from 12 inches to 16 inches, quite large) these fish absolutely must have a tank at least 6 feet long, else they will perish prematurely, but not before possibly attacking other tankmates out of frustration or contracting an illness due to the improper conditions.

As to your main question, your tank is not yet cycled. Nitrites are just as dangerous as ammonia, and adding more fish will just "over load" the bacteria and send you crashing back to the start with more ammonia and higher nitrites. Your fish combination also will not work. Gourami and angles are prone to fighting, I'd recommend only moving the angels into that tank and adding more to their school. But this also depends on what you're going to do with the Ram and the Clown loach.
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Old 09-11-2013, 08:14 PM   #7
 
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thanks but i dont care what the loach 'needs' and a 55g is plenty big enough for it... What makes you think a 48 inch long and 21 ich tall isnt big enough ??
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He's probably seen a full grown one.....

It's your tank, so you can do anything you want with it. Should you add new fish when the water quality is not solid? No, absolutely not. But you added fish to the uncycled tank so that's probably not something you are overly concerned with, so I wonder why you are even asking... You made a good case for why you should add them. However, the only thing that matters is having 0 ammonia and nitrite.

By the way.... a 55 gallon is not a large tank. A full size clown loach is longer than the tank is wide, so what makes you think that that is big enough??
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Old 09-11-2013, 08:17 PM   #8
 
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If the tank is heavily planted then the plants should protect the fish from the cycle by taking up ammonia in their processes. You can also use Prime to neutralize Ammonia and NitrItes in a tank cycle.
If you are unsure then wait a few more days to get a zero on the nitrItes.
Loaches are highly social and need bigger groups do they not? 5-6 for Clown. Also they grow to a foot long and need a 100 gallon tank. It is everyone's goal here at TFK to help other members create the best environment for their fish. BWG is offering information in case you are unaware.
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Old 09-11-2013, 08:25 PM   #9
 
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It dawned on me that perhaps you haven't seen a large clown loach.

That's an 8 foot tank - twice as long and twice as wide - at least 4 times the volume of your tank.

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Old 09-11-2013, 08:25 PM   #10
 
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Just out of curiosity if you don't care about the fishes well being then way are you here asking for help??? It is your tank and I suppose you can do what you want right or wrong. Keeping a fish that can get 12+ inches in a tank that's only 12" wide is wrong any way you look at it!
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