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  1. Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    Hi! New here, I am currently trying to cycle my tank. I have a 5g Fluvial Spec and have gotten (I think) everything I need. As for as water care I purchased the Tetra Safe Start and dumped the bottle in as the instructions told me to do to grow beneficial bacteria (yes I understand the nitrogen...
  2. Beginner Planted Aquarium
    Last weekend I finally took the plunge and switched from all gravel with fake plants to a dirted/ planted set up! I'm super happy with the look (except for the tanins from the driftwood used... despite having soaked it for a month ahead of time--- but that's another issue :-)) I have been...
  3. Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    So I have a 5 gal tank that went through a fishless cycle last month, and after a week of testing consistently no nitrites or ammonia and little nitrates, where I thought it should be, I added fish, 6 ember tetras, two rcs and a nerite snail. I added them sunday, and noticed this morning the...
  4. Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    One day after a 4x dose of Prime to my cycling tank, NitrIte levels dropped from between 2ppm and 5 ppm to near-zero. Coincidence (my level was pegged at 5+ ppm for about nine days)? Or does the manner in which Prime locks-up NitrItes alter the test results? I'm using API's Master Freshwater...
  5. Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    I'm doing daily water changes in an attempt to reduce NitrIte in my new 20-gal freshwater tank. The tank has been running for a total of fourteen days, and fish have been in it for ten. Ammonia is under 0.25ppm, but NitrIte has been 5ppm or higher for a week. Today, I did a 40% water change...
  6. Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    I'm new to this forum so i'd like to start with a hello to everyone. That being said, my tank is 120 gallon 48"x24"x24". I set it up, filled it with water. Ran about 5 days before i went to lfs to get some live plants. The lfs owner there talked me out of a fishless cycle and into a fish...
  7. Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    I have a 55G tank with a TopFin Power 60 filter. Tank is kept at 78F, and testing shows high Ph (around 8) and hard water. Housed in the tank are: 1 Blood Red Parrot Cichlid 1 Jack Dempsey 1 Convict Cichlid (female) 1 Electric yellow cichlid 1 Jewel cichlid 1 pleco Ok so here is what happened...
  8. Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    Hi! So it has been about 3 weeks since I started a fishless cycle for my 36 gallon tank. We have the temperature at 82 F, the water line a little lower than usual, lights off, and all the air stones going. We are using pure ammonia to do the cycling. After 2 weeks, the nitrite level was at about...
  9. Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    i set up my 26 gal FW tank about 4 months ago and everything had been going awesome. i have 4 mollies, 6 tetras, a pleco and a snail. i'm running a marineland hang on tank canister filter rated for a 55. i've also got 6 live plants- 4 amazon swords, an umbrella plant, and some kind of shrub...
  10. Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    I have a new 95 Gallon with a Fluval Fx5 (400Gal Filter / 925 G.P.H). I used 40 gallons from a well established tank to start up. Nitrites at 8ppm Nitrates 10 ppm. 7ph which i am trying to buffer. 77 degrees. i have 4 juvenille african cichlids in the tank to help with the cycle. i've been doing...
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