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Old 11-10-2009, 12:11 PM   #91
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The natural nitrifying bacteria in your tank will maintain and adjust to it's bioload on it's own providing there is an ammonia source in the tank. If you keep adding the bacteria and there is nothing for it to feed off of they will die off in large numbers and create nasty ammonia and nitrite spikes. A couple of pinches a food 2 or three times a week should be suffice, no need to use the bottled stuff. Remember you can't rush mother nature, if you try to it will backfire on you.
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Old 11-10-2009, 12:26 PM   #92
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Yup yup.

I think you find the VAST majority of folks here put absolutely nothing like this in their tanks.
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Old 11-10-2009, 01:25 PM   #93
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Then I will start doing 8g or 10g water changes twice a week till it hits 0 and not add any bacteria. What about when I add ne fish, or inverts?
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You have to add the fish in small increments to give your biological/nitrifying bacteria time to increase to the additional bioload. This is why a large amount of fish should never be put into any tank in a short time frame because there wont be enough nitrifying bacteria in the tank to process the ammonia properly causing ammonia and nitrite spikes which can kill the fish, the bacteria will eventually catch up to the bioload but the damage would have already been done. Slow and steady is the key to success.
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Old 11-10-2009, 02:28 PM   #95
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my biggest worry was adding the cleanup crew! Can I add them with nitrates at 5-12ppm? To me that is a lot to add at onetime
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5-12 isn't a problem.
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Old 11-10-2009, 03:54 PM   #97
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you say to go slow which I am trying to do. What do you recommend for water changes? To continue bringing nitrates down to 0? I was doing 25g every Sunday but went to 15g every Sunday and now thinking of doing 8g-10g twice a week. One on wensday and one on sunday.
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IMO, one large water change is better then two small one. With smaller PWC's the waste is just diluted and you remove less waste.
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Don't forget... there are fish in the tank now. I've lost track of how big this tank is (hint hint about the "My Tanks" section) but I wouldn't change more than 30% with fish in there.
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Yes, one 30 percent is better then 3-10 percent changes...
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