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Old 12-09-2013, 09:14 AM   #11
 
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my best advise before you get corys,would be to get a test kit
of your own..a fish shop will often tell clients that their water is ok,
so they get a sale from you.
unless the tank was planted,with such a low bio load i doubt the filter is ready,
i used *cycle* from the fish store to help the filter…some people
don't like it,but i found it made a difference when i was setting my tank up
from new,and i added fish slowly,so the filter bacteria could cope,it's not
been set up long either.
i have a group of 6 bronze,i never see them..however other people
have them,and see them all the time…i have kept pepper and albino
in large groups,and they are fun to watch,i intend to get some again.
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Old 12-09-2013, 09:23 AM   #12
 
ok thanks so my fish will survive only have 4 atm and there all little and i have 6 live plants in cant tell you what ones lol they said they easy care but i havnt feed them at all lol. but only one looks like its dying off. its just ive been told to get rid of fish altogether and start again?? do i have to do that? i havnot had any ammonia spikes at all ie cloudy water. and do a 20 percent water change weekly and a new carbon filter weekly any good?? thanks
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Old 12-09-2013, 01:11 PM   #13
 
When I first started my tank, we let it run for a couple of days then put a small gold fish in to start the cycle. It worked and ours is running fine. And the goldfish survived. Pretty hardy creatures if you ask me. There like 15 cents. Now I wouldn't keep the goldfish in there afterwards. They make more of a mess. We ended up giving ours to a friend who has a goldfish/koi pond
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Old 12-09-2013, 01:12 PM   #14
 
Those plants should def. Help with taking care of the fish waste till the good bacteria gets started. I just wouldn't overload your tank.
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Old 12-09-2013, 01:26 PM   #15
 
Ok thank you I got all my fish are little. So ill be ok if I keep for what I got for a couple weeks? I'm looking at going just after Xmas to spend money lol. But I was going to buy a load more plants and properly get the tank planted or should I introduce them slowly? And a lump of wood maybe lol. My plants also have 12-15 hours of light aday is that ok to? Lol sorry for all the questions guys and thanks for the help
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Old 12-09-2013, 02:29 PM   #16
 
Hey it's ok I understand. I ask a lot of questions too. Make sure when you get plants to look at how much light etc you need. Some are floating, some require substrate. I would look into getting lights for your tank especially made to give plants the light they need. And yes you should be ok. Just make sure your testing the water often and doing the required water changes based upon your testings or needs of the tank. Also I use prime when doing water changes. It helps remove and/or detoxify ammonia, nurtures, etc in the water. I swear by it, one of the best, well worth things I have bought.
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Old 12-09-2013, 02:52 PM   #17
 
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aww don't panic mate ! no need to get rid of your fish as you
are doing water changes which is good ok,don't panic.
plants are a great idea to add,and will help out
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Old 12-09-2013, 02:54 PM   #18
 
ok thank you lol. so far for plants i want spikey moss and java fern so far there the ones i think im going to get to plant around some bog wood lol and i have a 37 watt interpet tube light lol not sure if thats right? and thats well weird i bought prime the other day have not usedit yet as have not ran out of my other bottle just got is as it was on sale lol but if its good ill start using that one in my water changes
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Old 12-09-2013, 02:56 PM   #19
 
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aww don't panic mate ! no need to get rid of your fish as you
are doing water changes which is good ok,don't panic.
plants are a great idea to add,and will help out
thanks on the other forum im on they said get rid of all of them and start a month fishless cycle lol but i thoughtit was a big late for that lol
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Old 12-09-2013, 03:46 PM   #20
 
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while i agree that is not in the fishes best interest to cycle while
they are in there,you can still help them with water changes.
do you have any friends with aquariums ? if you do ask them to donate
some filter media and you'll be quicker at the cycle.
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