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Old 05-02-2013, 03:48 PM   #21
 
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Also, I'm thinking of going with this setup. Anybody see a problem with any of the selections I've made?
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Old 05-02-2013, 03:51 PM   #22
 
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There is a lot of wood in this tank--and again, I think it is outstanding--so this may be affecting the pH. Plus the cycling issues, I can't remember how these impact but they do.

Nitrate at 10ppm is not bad. It will take a while for this to lowser on its own, because the bacteria in the substrate that use nitrate are not there yet, with no organics.

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Old 05-02-2013, 03:58 PM   #23
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Keep adding food. What may be happening, as far as nitrates are concerned is that you are not adding ammonia therefore no new nitrite which equals no new nitrates... it's not critical that you keep the ammonia up but it is important in that you need to get the cycle properly established as you don't want the nitrites to spike when you start adding fish to to an inadequate colony growth and it's nice to see it continually woriking.

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Old 05-02-2013, 03:59 PM   #24
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Also, I'm thinking of going with this setup. Anybody see a problem with any of the selections I've made?
Yah... I don't have any of those fish.

I might suggest dropping the moss balls.

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Old 05-02-2013, 04:00 PM   #25
 
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There is a lot of wood in this tank--and again, I think it is outstanding--so this may be affecting the pH. Plus the cycling issues, I can't remember how these impact but they do.

Nitrate at 10ppm is not bad. It will take a while for this to lowser on its own, because the bacteria in the substrate that use nitrate are not there yet, with no organics.

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All of the wood except the large piece was in a tank I had going years ago and released most of its tannins already. So the majority if not all tannins are from that large piece I believe. If I'm not mistaken, the tank is cycled? Is there anything I should be doing at this point? This is my first fishless cycle. When should I do a water change? Should I keep adding food? Sorry for all the questions but like I said I'm new to the fishless cycle. How about my tank setup selections, see any issues?
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Old 05-02-2013, 04:02 PM   #26
 
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Just figured I'd throw it out there that I am using sand. First time for that as well.
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Old 05-02-2013, 04:05 PM   #27
 
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Yah... I don't have any of those fish.

I might suggest dropping the moss balls.

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Why drop the moss balls? Never had them before but I like the look. Was only thinking of 2 or 3.
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Old 05-02-2013, 04:06 PM   #28
 
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Keep adding food. What may be happening, as far as nitrates are concerned is that you are not adding ammonia therefore no new nitrite which equals no new nitrates... it's not critical that you keep the ammonia up but it is important in that you need to get the cycle properly established as you don't want the nitrites to spike when you start adding fish to to an inadequate colony growth and it's nice to see it continually woriking.

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How often would you suggest adding food and about how much?
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Old 05-02-2013, 04:07 PM   #29
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Why drop the moss balls? Never had them before but I like the look. Was only thinking of 2 or 3.
Personal preference maybe, no real reason, they just look so out of place in a tank to me.

... and they take up space where areal plant would go... I like leaves.

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Old 05-02-2013, 04:14 PM   #30
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How often would you suggest adding food and about how much?
Just enough to keep a low level of ammonia being produced, you don't need a lot, and daily.... less than you would be feeding the fish. If you weren't adding plants I might say you would want more as you are really trying to get the tank working to the eventual ammonia source from the fish you are going to add. Seeing as the plants will circumvent a huge amount of the eventual ammonia from the fish you don't need that much.

Once you start adding fish, do yourself a huge favour and add them slowly though, weeks apart in small groups, let the tank stabilize between each addition.

When are you planting and how much?... if you already mentioned it I have forgotten.

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