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Old 02-02-2007, 01:24 PM   #11
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Ok thank you. I appreciate it.
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Old 02-04-2007, 10:33 AM   #12
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I agree that by now your tank has already cycled.
I started with cured LR, LS, and bacteria suppliments in each my tanks as well, and they all cycled within a couple of days.
Of course, you're welcome to add a little food/shrimp for the bacteria to munch on as was mentioned above.

Covering the tank with glass is not recommended for the reasons that you've already read about.
As Lindsay suggested, if you are going to keep fish that are known jumpers then get a sheet of eggcrate from Home Depot.
They sell it for $10 a sheet, but if you can find a piece that's been cracked you can ask the manager for a discount.
(I got a sheet that was only missing 2" for less than $5)

Congrats on the new tank and being mature enough not to rush it.
With that kind of cautious attitude you're already two steps ahead of most beginning aquarists.

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I agree with what everyone has said. I too started out with LR and LS and my cycle was so quick I thought I had missed it! Awesome job for taking your time and not rushing things! That above all else will reap you great benefits!!
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Old 02-09-2007, 01:41 AM   #14
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I would like to thank ya'll for your help on everything. I know it is now the ninth but I have a little situation on my hands now. Today I went and bought two black mollies from my local pet store and put them into the tank after "drip-acclimating" them. They were very slender mollies and I know they weren't the cream of the crop but I was a little anxious to get something into the tank and maybe help with the cycle a little bit. Well after about five hours they both went belly up and I don't know what to do with them. I currently have them in a net floating at the top of the tank. I am thinking they can help provide an ammonia source for the tank and allow me to do some more testing and see how quick my tank can break everything down.

Now will they actually provide an ammonia source doing what I'm doing? If so, how long should I leave them in there? I know I am switching things up a little bit by not going with the shrimp but I figured the mollies would be a better idea. Any help would be appreciated.
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Maybe a dumb question, but were the acclimated to saltwater? Mollies are normally sold as freshwater fish, very rarely will you see them sold as saltwater fish (they are one of the few fish that can be acclimated to freshwater AND saltwater). Could that be the reason?

I'd say leave them in there if you want for a few days maybe. I wouldn't do more than that cause then they'll just turn to muck and stink up your house.
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Old 02-09-2007, 03:18 AM   #16
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That's really sad to hear.
I wish you'd have asked here first and most likely avoided putting them thru that kind of death.

As Devilish asked, were those sold to you as saltwater Mollies?
If so, they would have been kept in the same tanks as the other saltwater fish, and not where the freshwater fish were.

Mollies are brackish water fish, and are one of the few that can be acclimated to both full freshwater, or full saltwater environments.
Of course, to properly acclimate them to a different salinity level should be done over a period of days or weeks by gradually changing out small amounts of water instead of a simple drip over a few hours.

Since they're dead already you may as well leave one in there for a while to prove to yourself that the tank has cycled.
It'll be basically the same as tossing a dead shrimp, or food in there to rot.
You should see a small ammonia spike at which point you can remove the corpse, and then watch the ammonia drop and nitrates rise.
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