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  1. New 30 gallon tank cycled in a week? O_o

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    Hello, I received a new 30 gallon tank (18”x18”x24”) for Christmas and in my excitement ran out and bought a bunch of plants for it the next day (Crypt, Java fern, Amazon sword, pennywort, Anubias and Sag grass). I used Caribsea eco complete as a substrate with a little bit of Fluval’s...
  2. Upgrading tanks - cycling

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    Hi, I posted here before about my 10g but Petsmart is having a sale on 45g so I am upgrading my tank!! For moving the fish over, I was wondering if this makes sense: my plan is to get an Aquaclear 50 and start running it on my 10g in addition to the already established filter I have on there...
  3. New tank items in old tank for a month to seed?

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    Hi All! I currently have a 40g freshwater tank containing four Angelfish juveniles/young adults--two veiled Koi and two veiled true Albinos. I use only a 6"x6" sponge filter in the existing tank (no carbon or hang off the back filters.) ETA: I have only those four Angelfish, no other fish or...
  4. so im doing a fish in cycle...

    Livebearers
    So i had started my fish in cycle on the 27th of july, and i had used that safestart stuff to give everything a boost before i put the fish in right (they are all fine) and the ammonia is fine and slowly lowering itself. but what confuses me is that, i read somewhere else that when ammonia...
  5. Cycling with Tiger Barbs

    Cyprinids and Atherinids
    Hello all, I made what was a possibly poor decision in trusting our local fish store worker - and I figured I'd poll the internet for advice. I own a pair of african clawed frogs, but that is the limit of my knowledge of aquariums. I decided to set up a tiger barb tank at work, and the worker...
  6. Can I put bamboo shrimp and bristlenose pleco in an un-cycled "quarantine" tank?

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    Can I put bamboo shrimp and bristlenose pleco in an un-cycled "quarantine" tank? Can I put bamboo shrimp and bristlenose pleco in an un-cycled "quarantine" tank while I treat my 10 gal for ICH? Am I ok to put some of the plants and water in that tank with them so they aren't so "shocked" by...
  7. How many plants do I need in order to do a fish-plant cycling proccess?

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    I am a beginner looking to start my first tank since I had a betta. When I had the betta I used a water conditioner to make that part of the environment suitable for him/her (I'm not sure the sex... It was named Dory, I let my 2 yo nephew name it, it was blue and he really liked Finding Nemo at...
  8. Adding large number of fish to new 6ft aquarium

    Beginner Planted Aquarium
    Hi! In the near future I will be purchasing a 6ft tank & cabinet, and would like to start a planted freshwater tropical community aquarium. I have never had an aquarium before. I intend to cycle the tank using household ammonia, as I have heard this recommended elsewhere. After it has cycled...
  9. Silent Cycle, ammonia, and snails?!

    Beginner Planted Aquarium
    I am new at cycling, so I decided to try going with the silent cycle. When I brought in the plants, baby snails hitched a ride into my 20 gallon long tank and a day later my ammonia is at .2! Now I am unsure how to go about with my cycling. I appreciate all the help I can get with this. Plants...
  10. Changing sponge over?

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    I was wondering how do i switch over to new sponge in my filter without cycling again? and when should i change my sponge over e.g every 6 weeks (its does have activated charcoal) I haven't done this before. I just realized i accidentally put salt water for my topic my tank is actually...
  11. Small tank cycling question

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    So I started a 5 gal two days ago, rinsed my substrate and added water and set up lighting/filter/heating and added decorations, I used stones and a few seashells, all of which I boiled for a while and scrubbed. On the water I used a conditioner and 'stability' which says it's just bacteria...
  12. Cycling Questions: Using Dr.Tim's aquatic ammonia, biozyme and seeding etc.

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    Hi all, I am attempting to set up a 36 gallon tank. The tank has been running for about three weeks. I tried using fish food to get some ammonia in my tank. I also placed a filter, bio filter (in new filter) and two panty hose with aquarium gravel from my old 10 gallon aquarium floating in...
  13. New to this and wondering a few things...

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    Hi, I got a lovely new 20gallon tank, about a month ago. I set it up and planted some hygrophillia and an anubis (sorry about the spelling) adding a little fertiliser to the water since the tank was brand new. Then 2 weeks ago I added 4 platys. ...I did everything the lfs told me to....so I...
  14. I just transfer my fish into my new tank? whats going on?

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    What's happening to my fish? I transfer my two fish from 20 litre tank to a 120 litre tank yesterday, the betta has white strip all over her body, I believe it is caused from stress since my tank is cycling still... I think what should I do? My Molly is fully black and his mohawk is turning a...
  15. Tank smells. Help with new filter.

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    I feel like I need some expert advise. I recently started a 10 gallon up. It's been going for a couple of months. I got a filter from Craigslist(it came with other accessories, I was really more after a cheap hood) and the filter broke recently, about two weeks ago. Ever since it broke the...
  16. My tank is cycling again !!! Help. What should I do?

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    I have 1 siamese and 1 molly in 20 litre tank. I had already cycled my tank before adding them. Since I had added them into tank all the water level had spike again I have done water change but still I have no luck I also have added ammonia lock which has lowered the ph level but has...
  17. Fish-in cycling: what level of ammonia/nitrites is toxic? .25 OK?

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    I'm on day 26 of fish-in cycling for my 46-gallon. There are 6 comet goldfish in there currently. I have been "seeding" the tank with media and decor from my cycled tank. I have been keeping the ammonia and nitrites in check with large water changes. Is .25 OK until the tank is cycled? My fish...
  18. Ammonia going down but no nitrites.

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    I'm in the process of cycling my 20 gallon tank and the ammonia levels have steadily been going down, but there have been no nitrites whatsoever. Right now my readings are 0 ammonia, 0 nitrites, & 5 nitrates.
  19. Strange Molly behavior

    Livebearers
    My tank is newly cycled and I have two dalmatian Mollies in my 20 gal tank. They've been doing fine over the last few days but today they have been acting weird. The male has begun "slapping" the female with his tail, both have been on and off hanging around my heater. (even though it is the...
  20. 60ltr new tank

    Aquarium Photography
    T -7 and counting I can't wait to set up my new tank. I'm just planning in my head what I need to get before I start in 7 days. Tank I have my 60ltr clear seal aquarium, complete with hood and stand. Lighting I have a lamp, need to check the type and colour range. Filtration I have two...
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