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  1. Fish-In Cycling a Newly Set Up, but Used, Tank

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    I am fairly new to fish keeping. I acquired a free 15g fish tank, no leaks, great condition, with some healthy and established bacteria in the substrate. I have 4 Cherry Barbs (1 male, 3 females) currently in it since 03/09/19 (Saturday). The pH level is fine; the temperature is 75F. My filter...
  2. Fish-In Cycling a Newly Set Up, but Used, Tank

    Introduce Yourself
    I am fairly new to fish keeping. I acquired a free 15g fish tank, no leaks, great condition, with some healthy and established bacteria in the substrate. I have 4 Cherry Barbs (1 male, 3 females) currently in it since 03/09/19 (Saturday). The pH level is fine; the temperature is 75F. My...
  3. New to this Hobby, some help please...

    Introduce Yourself
    So, here's a recap. I currently have a 20 Gallon tank with a juvenile albino senegal Bichir and a Small African Butterfly fish, and some plants along with alot of places for the bichir to hide. They used to be in a 3 gallon tank (Which after doing research, I realized was a terrible idea and...
  4. slow cycle

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    Good morning! I have a 29 gallon tank with 3 platys; I used Tetra Safe Start. I've had my fish for 6 days, and my ammonia is steady at .5; I've done 2 partial water changes (neither of which actually changed the ammonia reading). nitrites are 0ppm, nitrates are 10ppm. I'm not sure how I have...
  5. New Aquarium Problems *I need help*

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    Hello Tropicalfishkeeping community! I am turning to you guys for infos because the people at my local petshop are absolutely clueless about what to do in my aquarium. So let's start at the beginning. I had my aquarium for many years and everything was ok, until fish started dying for no...
  6. Tank won't Cycle

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    I got my 125g setup finally. I wanted to cycle it with pure ammonia. I have done it before to 2 other tanks in my house successfully. It has now officially been 3 weeks since the first dosing of ammonia and it hasn't dropped at all. I brought the ammonia to 4ppm and have been testing it...
  7. Urgent - cycling tank, planaria, guppy fry

    I know this tank is too small and that I have made errors. Learning backwards. Ugh. Will act on the advice I receive this evening. Need to know what's best. History: 5 gallon tank that was never properly REcycled after Quick Cure killed off the cycle back in April/May. Fish were...
  8. Low Ammonia - HIGH NITRITES - Happy Fish?

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    Started a new 20-gal freshwater tank 14 days ago. Went fishless for a few days, trying to jump-start the cycle using Nutrafin Cycle and some fish food in the water. Saw about 0.25ppm of Ammonia consistently for about four days. No measurable Nitrites, but 10-20ppm of nitrAtes. I'm using city...
  9. The right Ammonia for Fishless Cycle

    Freshwater and Tropical Fish
    Is this ammonia what i'm looking for? It does not bubble at all when shook. Ace® Ammonia - 6 Pack - Industrial Cleaners - Ace Hardware Thank you.
  10. Fishless Cycle Help

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    Greetings, I used Sera bio nitrivec in my newly setup aquarium. I was told to use the recommended dosage for a few days before adding fish. Is it really prudent to use 6 cap fulls(38 gallon tank) every day for a few days to get the bio filter going before adding fish? Thank you.
  11. Tank Cycling (unexpectedly) expert opinion needed

    Tropical Fish Diseases
    I've been keeping fish for 6 years now, so i like to think i'm somewhere around "intermediate" when it comes to issues with tanks. This is my first post to one of these forums, so please bear with me, as i need to be as descriptive as possible here... I was required to move, and also out-grew...
  12. Question 1 of 3

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    What should the ammonia, nitrite and nitrate levels be on a cycled tank?
  13. Stocking 20G High Aquarium

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    I am getting a 20 gallon tank tomorrow. I am planning on the fish I would stock it with and how I would cycle it? My current plan for fish is: 2 Dwarf Gourami's 3 Guppies 4 Albino Cory Catfish 5 Silver Hatchet fish I ran this through and it sad 99% stocking capacity. I was...
  14. How do you cycle?

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    Say you have established tanks.... how do you cycle a new tank?
  15. Weird Parameters for Tank

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    So I set up my tank about a week or so ago. I know my tap water has naturally occurring levels of ammonia in it, about .3 mg/L. There are no fish currently My levels read: .25-.5 ppm ammonia .25-.5 ppm nitrite 1-5 ppm nitrate (hard to tell color) So my tank is going through somewhat of a...
  16. Suggestions for my water parameters

    Freshwater and Tropical Fish
    Hello all, It's been a long time since I was here. I'm in the process of cycling my tank. My water is alot different from where I used to live. I'm getting back in the hobby! Anyway, tank has been running for a few days so I know the cycle is not complete yet but I decided to test the water. I'm...
  17. Newbie!,150 G Freshwater equipment.Your thoughts??

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    Hey! Flower here. Nashville!!! So Howdy to all.... The summer I turned 19, got my first apartment. All I had to my name was a mattress, Black and White TV,and a 29G fish tank, ahhh those were the I've always had a tank, until one day, about 8 yrs ago.... I just stopped, maybe the 3...
  18. Looking to upgrade my aquarium

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    Hello. I haven't been on this site for quite a while, in fact since I bought my aquarium 2 years ago. I have a ten gallons right now, and have had the same neon tetras since I got it. I have a penguin 100 filter. My nitrite is zero, nitrate looking good, doing water changes regularly. I'm...
  19. (UK) Fish-In-Cycle 240L 4ft Tank.

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    Starting a new Tank from fresh as I've recently upgraded from a much smaller Tank, and as I do not have the Filter media from the old Filtration unit, I have no way of obtaining my old culture (Which isn't a problem as I was quite fond of starting from scratch if I am honest). I've been keeping...
  20. Sudden ammonia spike in established tank?

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    My fifty gallon has had a change of up to .50 in just about two days! The first day, I did 40% w/c and te second day I did a 50% the next day. Always use decholrinator, my water is soft, these are my fish as of right now are nine guppies, fry of all ages, five cherry barbs [more in qt to join...