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Old 01-25-2013, 12:08 AM   #11
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i feed my fish once a day and give them two or three small pinches of food spaced out and they eat it all hardly none of it hits the bottom and what does my shark and shrimp make quick work of..
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Old 01-25-2013, 12:13 AM   #12
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well I suggest you start doing lots of water changes to keep ammonia down to 0.25 or lower . Your cycle crashed for some reason is what it sound like to me. Someone else can chime in and give some more expertise . Keep ammonia low and watch nitrites as well
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Old 01-25-2013, 12:15 AM   #13
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Okay, Thanks for the advice though!
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Old 01-25-2013, 12:17 AM   #14
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IMO try not using so much chemicals. I use water conditioner and that's it. Some things can hurt your cycle. You might try googling each product and see if anyone else had any problems I've used the cycle you mentioned and that was it
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I know the bacteria supplements wont, buy I have heard mixed reviews about Ammo-Lock by API.. :/ so I don't know? lol
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Old 01-25-2013, 12:21 AM   #16
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Stuff like safe start might hurt your biological filter. I'm going thru that right now with a saltwater tank. I used a bacteria booster and it has made my levels worse go figure. Trial and error I guess. And I don't know what outbreak is. Were you having a problem with something that needed it?
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Old 01-25-2013, 12:22 AM   #17
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Well you want your biological filter to form naturally. The biological filter is the good bacteria on plants gravel ect. And if you add a booster all your doing is adding it to the water and it will keep your biological filter on the plants and such to not form properly
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Old 01-25-2013, 12:25 AM   #18
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When I cycle a freshwater tank I use a water treatment and stress zyme and that's it
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Old 01-25-2013, 12:29 AM   #19
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all the levels in my tank were at 0 for a good month or so.... i don't understand how i couldn't be cycled?
a cycled tank would have Levels that are as follows ammo-0, trites-0, and trates 20 or less...give ot tak on the 20 some say 40 or less
which is definitely making think more that you are currently in a fish-in cycle with the ammo spiking and soon the trites will follow, then the trates...stay up on your testing and pwc and don't use anything except for dechlorinator to treat the tap water
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a cycled tank would have Levels that are as follows ammo-0, trites-0, and trates 20 or less...give ot tak on the 20 some say 40 or less
+1 on that

I'm not am expert but I think he may have crashed his cycle with all the chemicals
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