03-07-2011, 09:14 PM
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Originally Posted by PRichs87
I'm shocked you have fish at 200+. Plecos are big poo machines, so yes I'm shocked at keeping any pleco in a 10 gallon, I'd say most people here would suggest a 29 at minimum for a bristlenose pleco.
Unfortunately I am sad to report my tank is fishless now. My pleco is no longer with us as of yesterday, and as of today my red swordtail is also deceased. :( They slowly developed lots of white spots which I assume was ick, and I was reading on here how to clean them and try to rejuvenate them, but I'm afraid I was too late.
Now that I have learned some important rules and fundamentals at the expense of my poor fish, I am going to start over and try to run my tank properly from the beginning. With that said, I have been reading a lot about this 'new tank cycle', but when exactly do you have to go through that? I would like to drain my tank and clean the gravel and make sure I get all the gook and waste out, so does that mean I have to wait like 2-3 weeks or so when I refill it? Or...since I already have a running filter with that carbon pad that you're apparently "never supposed to change, just rinse", am I good to go assuming I have the new water at a good temp and make sure it is dechlorinated and so forth?