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post #11 of 15 Old 09-23-2010, 08:15 PM
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( the fish that sucks on every thing)
plecostomus? Do you know what type they sold you? Some get really big and would grow too big for your tank.
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how long does it take to get it under contol.
It varies. My tanks took around 6 weeks to finish cycling. You'll get there eventually!
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i have been doing water changes weekly some times twice.
Keep up the water changes. If you get readings for ammonia and/or nitrite, you might need to do them even more frequently than that.
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put a new filter in on last change
You are trying to establish the bacterial colonies to deal with the fish waste, so changing the filter during cycling is not a good idea. You want to keep your filter because it contains the bacteria that your tank needs. If it looks dirty, just rinse it in water that you've removed from your tank.

If you've got more questions about what's happening in your tank, it's probably a good idea to start a new thread in another section of the forum because people might not see your questions here in the introduction section.
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post #12 of 15 Old 09-23-2010, 08:46 PM Thread Starter
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plecostomus? Do you know what type they sold you? Some get really big and would grow too big for your tank.
It varies. My tanks took around 6 weeks to finish cycling. You'll get there eventually!
Keep up the water changes. If you get readings for ammonia and/or nitrite, you might need to do them even more frequently than that.
You are trying to establish the bacterial colonies to deal with the fish waste, so changing the filter during cycling is not a good idea. You want to keep your filter because it contains the bacteria that your tank needs. If it looks dirty, just rinse it in water that you've removed from your tank.

If you've got more questions about what's happening in your tank, it's probably a good idea to start a new thread in another section of the forum because people might not see your questions here in the introduction section.
.... thanks for all ur help.. crap it had been four weeks since i put it in so i thought it was time to change it according to the box next time i will send for info before i do anything an i will keep up with changes an change page thkx again.......... F.W.2010.......P.S. where do u suggest i go

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post #13 of 15 Old 09-23-2010, 09:50 PM
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If you have questions about how your cycle is going and stuff like that, start a thread in the Freshwater Aquariums sub-forum. Any specific questions about any of your fish, in the sub-forum for whatever type of fish you are talking about.

I asked about changing the filters at some stage. The response I got was not to follow the instructions that come with your tank. The manufacturers obviously want to sell you the filter refills, but changing your filter material so often is not the best idea from the perspective of retaining the beneficial bacteria you need to process the fish waste in your tank. Just rinse your filter in tank water. When it gets really clogged so that it no longer works, replace it, but (assuming you've got more than one filter pad) only change one pad at a time. That way you don't throw away a whole heap of bacteria at once.
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post #14 of 15 Old 09-24-2010, 07:03 PM
this is an awesome, helpful, and kind forum. Im a member of many forums and none like this

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post #15 of 15 Old 09-25-2010, 04:06 AM
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hello and welcome. :)

when you set up a new tank,hide an extra
sponge or two behind some decor,that way you have
something seeded for you next filter.
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