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Old 05-24-2009, 10:18 AM   #41
 
haha i'm just repeating what Johnny is saying but make sure the ammonia you buy is 100% ammonia. Anyhting else will introduce bad chemicals to your tank. Ive heard of some peopel letting little bits fo food rot in the tank while adding bacteria cultures. This takes longer to cycle but i heard its easier to control this way.
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Old 05-24-2009, 01:40 PM   #42
 
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Yeah, you can use raw shrimp, that will work to I've heard
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Old 05-24-2009, 02:27 PM   #43
 
Ohk, I lost the receipt for the stuffs i bough at petsmart so i don't think i can return the test kit. I went to a lfs instead and bough the master test kid like John said but the store owner said he doesn't has any ammonia. He ask me why do i need that cause it bad for the fish then i told him i doing the fishless cycle so i need the ammonia for that but he looked at me in a weird way, like "what the hell is fishless cycle" way. Anyway, i bough a cycle bottle instead and i did the test for the tank before i added in the cycle liquid. Here is the result

High range ph = 7.8-8.0
Ammonia = 0
Nitrate = 10
Nitrite = 0

I also remove the carbon filter for tank. I noticed that the cabomba is getting a little bit gray and dull now. I think it dying.

Here is the pic for the light

with the light off


with the light on


What next now?
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Old 05-24-2009, 04:41 PM   #44
 
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Cycle, is a great product to help jumps start your cycling process, but it does take the place of ammonia. you will need ammonia to cycle your tank without fish.

Tank looks good, I would be hestiant to keep that light on the tank like that, you will see some algae growth on the left side of your tank, if not all over it.

Get your self a bottle of ammonia and figure out how much needs to go into your tank to start getting a reading on your test kit.

Good job on getting the master kit, you'll thank yourself later on!
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Old 05-24-2009, 06:01 PM   #45
 
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Cycle, is a great product to help jumps start your cycling process, but it does take the place of ammonia. you will need ammonia to cycle your tank without fish.

Tank looks good, I would be hestiant to keep that light on the tank like that, you will see some algae growth on the left side of your tank, if not all over it.

Get your self a bottle of ammonia and figure out how much needs to go into your tank to start getting a reading on your test kit.

Good job on getting the master kit, you'll thank yourself later on!
Where can i get a bottle of ammonia?

I be thanking you later for the master kit!
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Old 05-24-2009, 08:12 PM   #46
 
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you can get a bottle of ammonia at your local hardware store or even a grocery store would have it. Just make sure that it's pure ammonia..and it's not the "sudsy" kind either.

let us know how you make out
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Old 05-24-2009, 09:03 PM   #47
 
If you don't wanna use the ammonia dropping fish food flakes will also help promote bacteria growth. Little bits at a time. the cabomba is dying because its probably shocked. plants, like fish, work better if acclimated. The light, i do not think is sufficient but i could be wrong. Ive had cabomba before and the plant is ver sensitive to changes in water parameters. When i moved mien it browned and 50% of them died. The other 50% adapted and grew fine. Give the plant some time to adjust. IF the plant start decaying and dissolving in your tank, you may want to remove it. However, in your current situation, since you are cycling, the rooting plants might help your cycle. after your tank is stable, rotting plants should always be trimmed and dead ones removed.
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Old 05-24-2009, 09:08 PM   #48
 
also your hood looks like it was designed for a terrarium instead of an aquarium. Can someone confirm this? It doesn't look like you can put your hood on with your filter in. Also that hood will obstruct light as it looks like black with mesh. marineland makes glass hoods thats have a plastic back end so you can cut it to fit your filters. They're also all glass so light passes through them perfectly. Finally, the light oyu ahve set up looks like something you will have on for a long time? Note that tanks should only get light for around 8-10 hours, of course this varies dependign on plant amount, but too much light will cause algae blooms. I dont think your light is direct enough to affect your tank too much but if you start experiencing algae blooms, you might want to figure out a way to cut back on the lighting.
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Old 05-24-2009, 09:15 PM   #49
 
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I agree about the hood also, good point Sin
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Old 05-24-2009, 10:17 PM   #50
 
No, i can't put my hood together with the filter.

Seriously, getting pure ammonia is harder than i thought, i went to 99cents store, Home Depot, and Stater Bros but the only thing i can find is something called Clear Ammonia but on the ingredient, it said Ammonia Hydroxide with Surfactant. So is this the right one?
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