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Old 01-15-2009, 05:22 PM   #21
 
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What are the dimensions of the 16 gallon bowfront? Some mollies like the sailfins can get pretty large. They also breed pretty easily so you may be overloaded with babies. Just something to keep in mind.

It's good to know what your Ph is but most fish will adjust to whatever your Ph is as long as it's not totally off the chart. Sometimes during cycling your Ph will go up or down and then stabilize. Once the tank stabilizes you don't really need to check it that often. I check my Ph maybe once a month just to make sure nothing has changed. Kh and Gh are good to know also.
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Old 01-15-2009, 09:50 PM   #22
 
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So, really fast, I just set up my aquarium this morning with the water and everything. And, you know how the instructions for fishless cycling say to turn the heater up to 86 degrees? Well, I did, but was I supposed to go up in degrees gradually not turn the nob directly to 86? I'm wondering because here it is almost 9 PM and the water temperature has not gone up. I did feel the heater to check for any heat, and there is some heat coming from the heater. Is it supposed to take a long time because if it heats it up too fast it could be dangerous for fish? Just curious.. thanks. Its been almost 5 hours. So, I just barely turned it down so it could heat up at a slower pace. I really hope the heater isn't broken. :(
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Old 01-16-2009, 11:09 AM   #23
 
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Fishless Cycling

So I received an article about fishless cycling: Fishless Cycling - Article at The Age of Aquariums - Tropical Fish. I am really excited to start this. I have my aquarium all set up with everything running without any fish in it. Currently though, my temperature is at about 78 or 79 degrees. Would it be alright if I start the fishless cycling at this temperature?

I also wanted to hear a little bit more about fishless cycling, how others feel about it when they tried it and if there is any more suggestions. Thanks!
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Old 01-16-2009, 11:11 AM   #24
 
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Fishless Cycling

So I received an article about fishless cycling: Fishless Cycling - Article at The Age of Aquariums - Tropical Fish. I am really excited to start this. I have my aquarium all set up with everything running without any fish in it. Currently though, my temperature is at about 78 or 79 degrees. Would it be alright if I start the fishless cycling at this temperature?

I also wanted to hear a little bit more about fishless cycling, how others feel about it when they tried it and if there is any more suggestions. Thanks!
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Old 01-16-2009, 11:22 AM   #25
 
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Sorry, i can't figure out how to delete those last two posts. I was just trying to start another thread. What do you think about starting it at about 80-82 degrees? Thats where the temperature is about now. You have been a really big help by the way. Thanks!
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Old 01-16-2009, 12:36 PM   #26
 
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Yup, that's perfect. Go ahead and get that cycle started.
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Old 01-21-2009, 11:14 AM   #27
 
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Hey, so what if the water is evaporating too quickly? It says in the instructions to not do any water changes until the cycle is over. But, if the water is evaporating quickly, I need to make sure there is enough in there for the filter to work properly right?
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Old 01-21-2009, 02:46 PM   #28
 
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You can add water to top off the tank. Just make sure to add your dechlorintor before you put it in the tank.
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Old 01-22-2009, 06:22 PM   #29
 
I have nothing to add other than welcome, and don't worry about asking questions. Ask as many as you like, lol god knows i have asked some "stupid" questions... Good Luck!
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