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Old 05-11-2012, 08:34 PM   #21
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Old 05-12-2012, 01:10 AM   #22
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When should I do my first PWC ? Since my last test I've added 12 turbo snails and 2 ghost shrimp and today's test results are
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Ammonia .25pp
Nitrite 0
Nitrate 10pp
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Old 05-13-2012, 12:33 PM   #23
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I would do one now. There should be no detectable ammonia in a cycled tank.
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Old 05-14-2012, 12:37 AM   #24
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Did a water change today , going test tomorrow .
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Old 05-14-2012, 11:07 PM   #25
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Just tested and I think I got ahead of myself. I added a candy cane and a montipora that a friend gave me but my test results were
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Old 05-15-2012, 06:04 AM   #26
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Ur tank isnt cycled yet u shoudve waited. I would suggest to give it back for now until ur cycle is done. Just be patient. Dont do pwc until cycle is done, if u do, ur actually taking out some of the beneficial bacteria that converts ammon. To trite and trite into trates. So ur basically delaying the growth of ur benif. Bac if u do pwc.
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He's doing fish in cycle, he needs to do lots of water changes
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Yea... I'm going to give them back . So your saying that with a "fish in cycle" I have to do more PWC's ? How often ? Thanks for the reply.
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Old 05-15-2012, 11:33 AM   #29
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Do you still have 6 damsels in the tank? As far as I know fish in or fish out is the same- you have to let ammonia peak and then fall. The reason why people choose damsels to do this is that they are cheap, but also a little more resilient than other fish and can possibly survive the toxic ammonia.
I don't know if I would want to do water changes to lower ammonia levels if I was trying to establish a strong bacteria colony, though I've never cycled a tank this way.
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