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Captain Jim Dandy 08-06-2012 02:29 AM

Uncycled tank of young angels
 
Well, I've killed two of my dozen juvy angels. I guess I'm wrong to think that enough water changes are just as good or better than a cycled tank. I have nine nickel sized angels in a 29 gallon tank that I have been changing out 5 to 8 gallons a day.. not good enough I guess- I've lost two and have one in a hospital tank. Feeling I better get these fish into a cycled tank. I have two possibilities- One is a 55 with nine neons and four white mountain minnows and four cories. Then I have a 40 breeder with 4 serpae tetras and eight blackveil tetra. Obviously I've got to move fish. Ammonia andnitrite in both of these tanks is good, however the nitrate is about 30 parts per million. I guess I should be shot. I did a 3/4 water change in the 40 just now and waiting 5 minutes for result.One little guy is in a hospital tank with water from the 55 and an aereater.. he's doing much better the last 3-4 hours. Okay- I think the water from the 40 has cleaned up to about10 or better.Should I move these guys now?

jaysee 08-06-2012 06:13 AM

It was big of you to admit that - now you can move forward.

I would put the serpae tetras in the 29 and split the angels between the 55 and 40. You can put more fish in the 55 since its got a higher bioload (more bacteria to multiply means faster growth).

Captain Jim Dandy 08-06-2012 07:19 AM

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Originally Posted by jaysee (Post 1186801)
It was big of you to admit that - now you can move forward.

I would put the serpae tetras in the 29 and split the angels between the 55 and 40. You can put more fish in the 55 since its got a higher bioload (more bacteria to multiply means faster growth).

And that is what I did jaysee... I'm so tired that I needed some outside advice! Moved everybody like you said. I was going to put all in 55, but I sort of like not having my eggs in one basket too. Going well so far- I've got to get some sleep..more later. Thank you very much.


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