04-20-2009, 10:21 AM
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[quote=JokerBoyX;189184]So Ive had these mollies and platties (3 each) in my tank since day 1 of the cycle process when ammonia reached like 7.0 and they haven't slowed down once. Great fish to cycle with in my opinion. Next will be my clown loaches however I need my nitrates to lower a bit more since clowns are drama queens (lol). Tell me/us of your favorite toughies of the freshwaters.[/quote
When using live fish to allow a tank to mature or (cycle) there is no need to subject the fish to lethal levels of ammonia and or nitrites. To do this,,you must start with very few and small fish, and monitor the water parameters.AMMONIA levels as low as 0.01 begin to affect the fish in negative way.I too am doubtful that many fish would survive AMMONIA reading of 7 for more than an hour. Gills become burned,the ability of fishes blood to absorb and hold oxygen is affected ,and internal organs begin to shut down.Fish that do survive damage caused by ammonia, rarely have long or healthy life expectancy.