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my tank is not cycling properly
Old 07-23-2009, 07:03 PM   #11
 
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Remember you have to put water in the filter before turning it on to keep the motor from burning out. I would change at least 20 to 30% of the water and dont forget to treat the water that you add. Do you have a test kit?
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Old 07-24-2009, 08:19 PM   #12
 
HI GUYS! ok I went ahead and purchased the API master test kit and took a reading today 7/24: ammonia is at 0.25, nitrite is at 0, (YAY!) nitrate is between 5 and 10 and ph is still at 7.8. I also performed a 1/3 water change and added my PRIME to ensure removal of cholorine, etc. My two remaining fish still are looking pretty gloomy floating on the bottom of the tank. I'm going to let it sit for 24 hours and then try testing the water again! I will post asap!
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Old 07-25-2009, 08:39 AM   #13
 
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Crossing fingers for you!
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Old 07-25-2009, 08:17 PM   #14
 
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How are your fish doing?
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Old 07-27-2009, 03:23 PM   #15
 
AHHH guys! Ok so I got back from New Orleans this weekend and my roomate fills me in on the details. My little top fin filter burned out while I was gone (figures...) so he had to hook up the noisy biofin filter to keep the fish alive. He said he did not know what else to do. That is ok I guess I will just have to adjust to the noise. ALSO one of the fish could not take the 2 hours w/o filter (he checked on my fish every 2 hours) and it died I swear I picked the weakest, worst starter fish in the world!!!! I got home today and the last fish is not looking too hott. He keeps floating on the bottom and looks like he is dead but he is still breathing and when I splash the water he tries to swim but looks a little retarded. **SIGH** he will probably die. I went to New Orleans to see the Aquarium for the first time! IT WAS AMAZING! I love orange discus fish and there was a whole tank of them. YAY! anyways... back to the tank: my questions:
1. If I had to put the new filter, am I going to have to start the whole cycling process all over again?
2. I performed a water test for 7/27:
Ammonia: between 0 and 0.25
pH: between 8.0 and 8.2
Nitrite: 0
Nitrate: between 10 and 20
So what can I do? More starter fish?
Thank you guys for any tips you can provide! I will try to post pictures of aquarium in new orleans and of my tank!
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Old 07-27-2009, 06:55 PM   #16
 
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If you have to put in a new filter, make sure you use the media from the one that is already in the tank. Continue doing partial water changes. As for starter fish you can try danios as they are hardy.
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Old 07-27-2009, 08:46 PM   #17
 
i can't use the same pipes, they are two different filters. My last fish passed tonight sadly. So the numbers are NO fish and same reading. I will do a partial water change again and test water. New filter=new cycling process again? When should I put the fish?
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Old 07-28-2009, 09:01 AM   #18
 
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not pipes, what did you have inside the filter, ie. pads, filter cartrige, whatever you were using inside the filter take out and put inside new filter.
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Old 07-28-2009, 03:10 PM   #19
 
The filter cartridge in my top fin does not fit in the bio-wheel i don't know what you mean
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Old 07-28-2009, 06:30 PM   #20
 
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Read through this thread, there are some issues of concern.

First, your pH is 8.2, that is very high. I am wondering if this is due to the "sand" mentioned in your first post? It seems you bought live sand (sand with bacteria) which may have been intended for marine tanks, not freshwater. Or there is something in your tanks raising ph (the sand or rocks). What is the pH of your tap water on its own? This issue may have been part of the reason for your fish dying.

Second, after being without a source of ammonia for a couple of days you will be cycling from start, so no purpose in transferring media from the old filter now. Clean the filter, set it back up. The sand may have to go, depending upon the preceeding. Get one or two hardy fish but fish that you want to keep, as they will (hopefully) live on for many years.

You mentioned cichlids somewhere...what type? A 10g is small quarters for most cichlids, except maybe a single pair of dwarf apistogramma.
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