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  1. Tropical Trav
    05-23-2013 12:40 PM - permalink
    Tropical Trav
    Byron,
    I believe my tank is cycled. No ammonia, no nitrite. 10ppm nitrate. I have 7 cherry barbs currently and i am ready to stock the Neon Tetras. 10 total. Can I stock 10 at once? I updated a previous post yesterday and asked this but didnt get any responses. I believe i need to stock the glass catfish last per your previous advice.
    Yes, add all neons together. I assume live plants are present. And Glass Cats last. B.
  2. Tropical Trav
    05-14-2013 12:58 PM - permalink
    Tropical Trav
    Filter media meaning the blue casing that the white insert goes into or remove carbon from the white part and put it back in the blue casing? Im not real sure what the end product should be.
  3. Tropical Trav
    05-14-2013 10:45 AM - permalink
    Tropical Trav
    Hey Byron, Just had a quick question. Should i remove the white insert that holds the carbon out of my filter? My tank is cycling, lots of plants etc. I just read something recently about not having the carbon in a planted tank but havent really seen much info on it. Just curious. I also read i should basically never change that piece.
    It is best not to use carbon in planted tanks as the carbon removes essential nutrients that the plants need, such as DOC (CO2 source). Filter media in general should be rinsed as needed to keep the water flow good, and only replaced when it falls apart or no longer performs its function. Byron.
  4. Tropical Trav
    04-22-2013 05:05 PM - permalink
    Tropical Trav
    I have a question about my 29 gallon tank cycling. I put 3 clown loaches in on Tuesday night (4-16). I have tested the water every 24 hours for the last 5 days (tonight will be day 6). I have the API freshwater master test kit. Every reading has been the same.

    pH 7.4
    ammonia .50 ppm
    nitrite 0
    nitrate 0

    Is this normal? I have 11 live plants so maybe they are taking the ammonia but i have no nitrite or nitrate. Is the tank cycling? Am i just being impatient? Please let me know if this is normal or not. Thanks.
    I am surprised at the ammonia. Plants will take up a lot of ammonia, and with sufficient plants and low fish load you will (or should) not see ammonia or nitrite at all, and nitrate may or may not show up eventually. Have you tested your tap water for ammonia? What plants are they? At this point, I suggest you post a thread in the forum so we can explore this better. BTW, clown loaches will grow much too large for this tank, you do realize that? B.

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