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thelostprophet 12-20-2007 05:18 PM

New tank
 
New to this forum so hello everyone!

Im sure youll see plently of me around as im a "noob" to fish. Just set up my first aqaurium which is a 19Gallon(Imp) Glo-Light.

Im going for tropical fish so on monday added the water and the Safe Start to remove Chlorine and Chloramine and also added the Bacteria to get things rolling.



Did a test today just to see how things are going and these were the results.

pH - 7.6

Nitrite - 0

Nitrate - 20-40

Ammonia - 0.25



I guess as there is still ammonia in the tank no fish yet but other than that is it looking good?

Age of Aquariums 12-20-2007 05:29 PM

It looks pretty good, other than the ammonia, what is the temp. set at?

thelostprophet 12-20-2007 05:34 PM

Temps at 28C

Im a little confused about it all though. I havnt added any ammonia. I only added the Safe Start to purify the water and then added the bacteria.

Age of Aquariums 12-20-2007 06:19 PM

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Originally Posted by thelostprophet
Temps at 28C

Im a little confused about it all though. I havnt added any ammonia. I only added the Safe Start to purify the water and then added the bacteria.

Ammonia is poisonous to fish, the bacteria should help get rid of it.

Age of Aquariums 12-20-2007 06:21 PM

When everything balances, you can add some feeder guppies to 'test' and make sure the tank is ready. It is optional to do that, but it can pay off if you want to invest in more expensive fish. (Feeder guppies are about 10 cents each.)

Falina 12-20-2007 06:44 PM

Do you know about cycling your tank? If not then there is a great sticky byt fish4all in the starting and maintaining section that you could read.

You could use feeder guppies as suggested but I prefer the fishless cycle, a few methods of the fishless cycle are detailed in the sticky. Fishless is kinder because by using fish, the fish are basically a sacrafice to the tank so that you can have the fish you eventually want. Fish present during a cycle are likely to die, or not to have long healthy lives.

Welcome to the forum. :)

Age of Aquariums 12-20-2007 06:59 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Falina
Do you know about cycling your tank? If not then there is a great sticky byt fish4all in the starting and maintaining section that you could read.

You could use feeder guppies as suggested but I prefer the fish-less cycle, a few methods of the fish-less cycle are detailed in the sticky. Fish-less is kinder because by using fish, the fish are basically a sacrifice to the tank so that you can have the fish you eventually want. Fish present during a cycle are likely to die, or not to have long healthy lives.

Welcome to the forum. :)



I didn't mean use the fish to cycle. :D I ment put them in after the tank cycles to make sure it's ok. Sorry if I wasn't clear.

thelostprophet 12-20-2007 07:43 PM

Im probably going for a fishless cycles because most of the LFS around here will be closed for abit of xmas so it ill have to wait anyway.

Id rather leave it an extra week or so and have healthy fish than sacrafice them.

Guppies over here(UK) are cheap but not that cheap.

Falina 12-20-2007 09:16 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by thelostprophet
Guppies over here(UK) are cheap but not that cheap.

I've noticed this as well. Many members talk of feeder guppies which are really cheap but in the UK there is no (that I have ever seen anway) distinction between feeder guppies and fancy guppies. They're just guppies.

Glad to hear you have chosen to do the fishless cycle. :)

Oldman47 12-21-2007 05:19 AM

If your water is treated with chloramine and you use the typical products to remove chlorine, you will end up showing some ammonia. The same products make the ammonia into the safer ammonium form but its still there in the test. My tap water, when treated, shows 1 ppm of ammonia using a liquid reagent type test. I just need to keep this in mind when I I am doing water changes or it would bother me. Right after a water change I have some measurable ammonia but after only a few hours my bacteria have taken care of it.


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