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post #11 of 15 Old 05-19-2007, 05:11 PM
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it's a bit of a catch 22. u have to do water changes to bring down your levels but your new water has to cycle a bit. You can expect small amounts of ammonia and nitrite with all the new water. Nothing as high as you were getting though. hopefully you can get it under control. Are any of your plants in bad condition? That will add waste to your water. You have to be really careful with flourish excel, it is very useful but you have to make sure you don't overdose. We put some in everyday but only a small amount and then do a 50% water change once a week. what size is your tank? Also do you have high lighting?
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post #12 of 15 Old 05-20-2007, 09:59 PM Thread Starter
I picked up some more Cycle today and put it in. Before the Cycle my Ammonia is down to 1 and nitrites at 0.5 so slowly we're getting there. The death toll is at 1 albino shark, 1 guppy, 5 or 6 shrimp and 2 babies. I have 2 shrimp left that are hanging in there. Everyone else has started to play again and no one seems stressed. I'm going to test the water again and see what it's at. Cycle is great stuff. I guess between being out of Cycle and the Flourish Excel I over did it. It seems like everytime I scrub the tank down and replant what Plecky pulls out, I go through a cycle. I'll figure it'll make me crazy if I don't!

"Cycling best friend is a good liquid regeant test kit, and a good barber to fix your hair after you pulled half of it out."
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post #13 of 15 Old 05-21-2007, 09:59 AM
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i hope it all works out for you,
and you have no more losses.

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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post #14 of 15 Old 05-25-2007, 01:26 AM
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Hay Holly
how's it going ?

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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post #15 of 15 Old 06-09-2007, 07:59 PM
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Hey, the new babies probably spurred on a big jump in ammonia since maybe you didnt have enough bacteria to handle the load yet. Cycle is a good product but, if I may make a reccomendation, Stability works better for me. It's made by Seachem and its meant to be added daily, unlike Cycle which is once a week. I've cycled my tanks pretty quickly using it and you may get faster results with it. Be careful with the Flourish though. I've added a regular dosage before and I had a dead fish the next morning. I don't know if the two were related but I don't add as much anymore. Also, most people only keep a few live plants in their tank and it's not a fully "planted aquarium". If you only have a few, you really don't need to use a full dose.

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