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post #11 of 14 Old 04-05-2018, 12:45 PM
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I have no nitrates in my planted 40 gallon goldfish tank. It has 1 ranchu and 6 nerites snails. I have to add nitrates for good plant growth. So no nitrates does not always equate to an uncycled tank.

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post #12 of 14 Old 04-05-2018, 03:00 PM
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I have no nitrates in my planted 40 gallon goldfish tank. It has 1 ranchu and 6 nerites snails. I have to add nitrates for good plant growth. So no nitrates does not always equate to an uncycled tank.


Yeah if plant consumption rate is greater than fish waste production rate, then no nitrates. Fish waste greater than plant consumption - climbing nitrates.

I think it’s a safe assumption that anyone who is new to the hobby, posting questions about why fish are dying, and who has no nitrates is not cycled. Or in other words, anyone who cant adequately explain their lack of nitrates is not cycled.

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i'm liquid testing and had store test it after initial cycle.

I had nitrates after the tank was set up, thats when I added my fish. since that time, I have not had nitrates, but went from 2 fish to 12. I tested after each addition and the bioload only showed small amounts to zero ammonia/nitrite readings.

I vacuumed my gravel after my initial post and it was quite a sight. I'm guessing that is why the Corys died. the other fish was just not smart with the filter sucking. I am paying more attention to keeping clean and no more deaths except my tiger barbs literally eating my Harlequins.....my mistake there.
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post #14 of 14 Old 04-05-2018, 03:15 PM
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Yeah tiger barbs aren’t good community fish in most situations. They have a tendency to kill each other too, if not properly kept.

125 - BGK, chanchito cichlid, pictus cats, silver dollars, palmas bichir
125 - cichlids (severums, bolivian rams, chocolate), rainbows ( turquoise, red), loaches (angelicus, zebra, kuhli and horseface), plecos (BN, RL and clown), denison barbs, tiretrack eel, pearl gouramis, betta
90 - Congo tetras, african knife, upside down cats, spotted ctenopoma, kribensis, delhezzi bichir
2.5 - betta
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