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post #31 of 33 Old 06-22-2013, 04:07 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks Byron.

I am not tired to read. THe article is very interesnting and I can see how the nitrifying bacteria is affected by pH and temperature. I can see how the PH adjustments I was doing were so harmful and I will keep in mind that I should ensure stable temperature in the winter, since bacteria lower their efficiency 50% when it is less than 80 F. Will I need a heater?.
I have a question: Is it true that you can never add too much bacteria to the fish tank?.
Regarding my tank, I am checking ammonia levels.Will I see the ammonia rise and then drop in a few days as the literature says?. Will that harm my fish in it?. How long does it take to stabilize a tank? (10 gallon with one fish). The literature says that sometimes is better to stabilize (do the cycliing of the fish tank) without the fish because fish do not resist this.
I am concerned about this. Do you have any information I can read about it, or your own experience?
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post #32 of 33 Old 06-22-2013, 04:44 PM
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Thanks Byron.

I am not tired to read. THe article is very interesnting and I can see how the nitrifying bacteria is affected by pH and temperature. I can see how the PH adjustments I was doing were so harmful and I will keep in mind that I should ensure stable temperature in the winter, since bacteria lower their efficiency 50% when it is less than 80 F. Will I need a heater?.
I have a question: Is it true that you can never add too much bacteria to the fish tank?.
Regarding my tank, I am checking ammonia levels.Will I see the ammonia rise and then drop in a few days as the literature says?. Will that harm my fish in it?. How long does it take to stabilize a tank? (10 gallon with one fish). The literature says that sometimes is better to stabilize (do the cycliing of the fish tank) without the fish because fish do not resist this.
I am concerned about this. Do you have any information I can read about it, or your own experience?
Thanks
Virginia Holmes
Don't fuss over the temperature for bacteria, this is not important when it comes to your cool-water goldfish that do not need heat and should not have it. The bacteria will still be there, just more slowly. Things balance out.

As for your tank, you should not see any ammonia or nitrite. This tank has been running for 2 months with fish. And now there is only one fish, so the ammonia is not going to be enormous. And, you mentioned the bacterial supplement Stability and I said to use it as directed. It can do no harm.

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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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post #33 of 33 Old 06-22-2013, 05:10 PM Thread Starter
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Thank You Jackiebabie ! ..... I lke this site. Everyone is friendly and there is lots of knowledge. I am glad I found this site.

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