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girlofgod 08-24-2006 09:26 AM

finished cycling?
 
i have been cycling my tank for 5 days now and I was wondering when it would be through and how do you tell and what do you do once its through cycling? i have three danios that have been in there for three days now...and i was told by some not to put other fish in there for about a month...and it just seems like a long time. any advice? i want to do it the right way...so im willing to learn.

bri

girlofgod 08-25-2006 08:39 AM

this info actually has changed now b/c petsmart tested my water and said that it should be fine to add some fish. i didnt want to overkill so i just bought two..a pineapple swordtail and a red wag platy...have i screwed up?

bri

Lupin 08-25-2006 08:42 AM

You are trying to screw up the cycling just by following the lfs' bad advice.
As you already have fish there, it's best to just try maintaining zero ammonia and nitrites. Nitrates should not reach zero as it may result to blue-green algae growth. Don't add any more ammonia as this is toxic to the fish. Ammonia is best added if your tank is into fishless cycling.

girlofgod 08-25-2006 08:45 AM

i didnt add any ammonia...
and now that im looking at my readings..my nitrAtes seem to be between 1 and 10 ..not 0.

anyways...what can i do about it now?

girlofgod 08-25-2006 08:52 AM

honestly...this is getting a bit frustrating...for someone like myself, who knows NOTHING really about setting up and maintaining a fish tank, i would like to believe that the people at the pet store who act like they know what they are talking about would steer me in the right direction as far as cycling and setting up my tank and adding fish, etc, so as to minimize any fish loss and frustration. its pretty bad when three different stores all give you different advice..what am i to do if now i cant even trust my own fish store??! why are these people who dont really know what they are doing allowed to give innocent people like myself bad advice? and how do they get hired? and where should i go to get the RIGHT advice? should i check out a book or something? but how do you know that the info in the book was published by someone who actually knows what they're talking about? im so frustrated at this point...anyways....any thoughts?

bri

Lupin 08-25-2006 09:03 AM

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Originally Posted by girlofgod
honestly...this is getting a bit frustrating...for someone like myself, who knows NOTHING really about setting up and maintaining a fish tank, i would like to believe that the people at the pet store who act like they know what they are talking about would steer me in the right direction as far as cycling and setting up my tank and adding fish, etc, so as to minimize any fish loss and frustration. its pretty bad when three different stores all give you different advice..what am i to do if now i cant even trust my own fish store??! why are these people who dont really know what they are doing allowed to give innocent people like myself bad advice? and how do they get hired? and where should i go to get the RIGHT advice? should i check out a book or something? but how do you know that the info in the book was published by someone who actually knows what they're talking about? im so frustrated at this point...anyways....any thoughts?

Bri, I understand your frustrations. You're not the only one given bad advice. Almost all hobbyists encountered this during the start of their hobby. I, too, encountered it. Fatal, isn't it?
The best way you can do is keep asking questions from the experienced members or friends and understand what you read in the book. Not all books are reliable anyway but you can always ask from us.http://www.tropicalfish.site5.com/ubb/wink.gif
We are here to help you, Bri.

As for the lfs, every lfs is the same.http://www.tropicalfish.site5.com/ubb/wink.gif They have one thing in common: money/corruption. The money corrupts them and they are blinded by it. Instead of helping beginners, they just steer them to buying more fish until the beginner becomes frustrated that he/she will keep shouting to others that fishkeeping is not worth it. Best not to believe this tantrum. Don't knock it 'til you try it.http://www.tropicalfish.site5.com/ubb/wink.gif
There are countries who have the lfs staff receive training before getting a job in an lfs. Others don't care if their staff has knowledge or not.
If you'd like to ask advice from the lfs, be sure to know that they understand what they are talking about. If you don't get their ideas, then ask your experienced friends about it and verify if that information is true or not. If the advice turns out to be bad, shop elsewhere.
Breeders or specialists are usually the better sources for fish.

Good luck with the fishkeeping.

usmc121581 08-25-2006 09:10 AM

I would agree with you on the LFS's and what they do to beginner's in this hobby, But I did know one LFS to I used to go to all the time that wasn't like that at all. I was very good friends with the owner and he is the reason I know so much about this hobby now. But there are more corrupt LFS then there are good ones. :D

girlofgod 08-25-2006 09:15 AM

well, im not going to give up that easy...but i do want to yell at someone! lol...you think i would get arrested if i went to lfs and yelled at some people? cuz my husband/daughter wouldnt appreciate it if i was arrested..."what? she was arrested? who's gonna cook dinner? where's my clean underwear?..." lol

well, any books yall recommend? i like to think im quite intelligent (lol) and understand things easily, and i love to read, so maybe thats the best option?

also, no friends in the fishkeeping hobby....my mother has been trying to set up a FW tank for my brother since last october, and it has been a MISERABLE experience...she/lfs just dont know what they're doing and it has resulted in HUNDREDS of dollars of fish loss...which discourages me a little..but oh well..

bri

Lupin 08-25-2006 09:18 AM

Don't worry about asking. We are here.http://www.tropicalfish.site5.com/ubb/wink.gif What was the purpose of your membership if you don't ask us?
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Originally Posted by girlofgod
well, any books yall recommend? i like to think im quite intelligent (lol) and understand things easily, and i love to read, so maybe thats the best option?

I have a few books posted in the Aquarium Books section. There could be some available in your place.

girlofgod 08-25-2006 10:30 AM

ok thanks! i will look into it


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