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Old 06-23-2006, 09:43 PM   #11
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Alright - the water change went smoothly. I've retested now that the tank has cleared. Well... it's not great, but it's better than what it was. When I tested it before, the color was VERY deep green, almost blue. Now, it's still dark green, but lighter than before. Maybe 4-5 ppm. I'll be doing another water change like this tomorrow. Thanks for the help, folks!
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Old 06-24-2006, 01:12 AM   #12
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the angel fish will outgrow that samll of a tank in no time
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Old 06-24-2006, 09:16 AM   #13
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How fast to the Angels grow? They don't appear to have gotten any bigger since I bought them. Right now, they're about 3" from top fin to bottom feeler fin.
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Old 06-24-2006, 09:22 AM   #14
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i had my angels in a 30gall for about 6 months and had no problems, granted there dead now, but thats not because of the tank, my filter broke and had a ammonia spike they went withing 3 days :-(

But keep the number of fish low, and make sure they have swimming places and hiding places! gd luck!
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Old 06-24-2006, 09:57 AM   #15
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A couple of angels will do fine in a 29 gallon. I have a pair in mine, well over a year old and laying eggs every two weeks. Just keep changing water you should be ok.
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Old 06-24-2006, 01:13 PM   #16
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I did another 70% water change this afternoon. According to my tests, I'm down to about 2 ppm.
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Old 06-24-2006, 06:06 PM   #17
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Looks like your headed in the right direction.Do it again tomorrow and you'll be set for now.

Cut the feedings to every other day and only what can be eaten in a few minutes.That will help keep the ammonia spikes from being really large.

Keep testing for nitrites every day as well as ammonia with .5 pmm the target for each....try to avoid adding anything to the water that would not be found there naturally.

Your declorinated water is all you need to get the tank cycled,you just need to use more of it then you have been.

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Old 07-04-2006, 10:30 AM   #18
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UPDATE

It's been about 10 days since my last post.

Results:
Ammonia - stabilized at around 2ppm
Nitrite - NONE
Nitrate - NONE

The fish don't seem phased by any of this, but it's been well over a month with NO cycling. I'd like to buy a few more fish, but I'm leery of doing it until the tank cycles. I'm getting very frustrated. I haven't used any chemicals in the last 2 weeks other than carefully metered doses of Aquasafe when I do water changes. Any other suggestions as to why I haven't been able to build a bacteria colony?
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Old 07-04-2006, 11:04 AM   #19
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Duke I have read that very high ammonia levels (Which you had) will stall the conversion.

I'm not sure how ammolock impacts the conversion,but I would imagine it doesn't help....someone else may know for sure.

Either way you have rectified both of those situations so you will get there....but those may be the reasons you are a little farther behind then you should be right now imo.
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Thanks for the reply, SCFatz. Over the weekend I visited my parents and liberated a filter from their tank. It looked like it hadn't been replaced in months. Inches of thick goop all over it. Anyway, I put it in a container of tank water, along with a cup of gravel. I put the old filter in one of my free slots on my biowheel filter. I'm hoping that, along with the gravel, will unleash some bacteria into my system.
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