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Old 04-06-2011, 09:05 PM   #11
 
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Good job! Set a minimum schedule... say twice a week to weekly... remember about changes happening fast...( a water change is stressful too, so if you find you must to a large change, then I will sometimes do half the amount, refill and then do the other half change. Diluting water lol)
Be ready to compensate for bad numbers with an extra water change or two... retest and record. I have a little calender book to record every thing.

So you will be watching for your Ammonia to rise, (water change to dilute), then you will see the nitrITe number climb, possibly only slightly, (water change if it rises too high... then both of those will level off/drop and you will see NitrAte levels climb. You are watching for about 20 ppm on NitrAtes and if it goes higher then again Water Changes to Diliute... but when this process is done you will have the bio load / bacteria you need to process the output from the current load of fish you have. As you add more fish, you must slowly grow more bacteria to compensate. Likewise if several fish die off or are removed, some good bacteria will die off as they are no longer getting enough food.
It is a fine balance. (That's why people with big tanks bring home 8-10 new fish and some will die)
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Old 04-06-2011, 09:22 PM   #12
 
Okay. I'm way more confident now than I was even an hour ago lol.
I will go to Big Al's tomorrow and hopefully get some filter media or gravel and then hope for the best! I will keep you posted. Thank you so much for all your help.

Would moving the Panda Cory's to a 5 gallon tank that isn't cycled and changing the water often be a good idea? Or should I just leave them in the cycling tank and hope they make it through?
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Old 04-06-2011, 09:29 PM   #13
 
I would leave them in the tank.
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Old 04-07-2011, 07:52 AM   #14
 
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I would leave them too!
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Old 04-07-2011, 09:24 AM   #15
 
Agreed.
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Old 04-07-2011, 11:04 AM   #16
 
Yeah. That is what I am going to do. The cories are SOOO CUTE! And all over the bottom looking for food. I need to make sure these little guys live through this.
Off to Big Al's I go..
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Old 04-07-2011, 06:09 PM   #17
 
I have never heard of Big Al's. Is it regional.
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Old 04-07-2011, 07:24 PM   #18
 
I think there may be a few others in Ontario. It's an awesome store. They have 3 or 4 big tanks all set up. They have a reef tank with a couple seahorses in it which I thought was really cool. And they have this 2000 gallon tank with 2 sharks and a huge morey eel. You can go to watch the sharks being fed too.

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Old 04-07-2011, 09:12 PM   #19
 
No where near their so it won't work out
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Old 04-08-2011, 05:58 AM   #20
 
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Big Al's is a Canadian Aquarium chain, with 14 stores in Ontario and 2 in Alberta.
Big Al's Canada - The Pond and Aquarium Hobby Specialists
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