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Old 07-19-2013, 06:16 PM   #21
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I would advise against using chemicals that detoxify ammonia, you are trying to feed your bb, adding stuff like that removes the food source of your nitrogen cycle thereby setting your cycle back. Be patient, if you add two fish in the beginning wait 4 weeks until you consider adding more. Of course it's going to be best to have zeros but as long as you've initially cycled it will be ok, as they won't go very high nor very long. Many new tanks have a mini cycle, do an extra pwc, everything will be ok!
Those products have a use and I use ammolock regularly, but in my quarantine tank. I do not have anything in the tank and won't risk losing my rocks to run the tank. These products allow me to run zeros easily in my qt.

Ultimately it's your tank and your fish, so your decision but I wouldn't put that stuff in my dt
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I don't plan on use any chemicals in my system... The chemicals i was referring to were those of the test kits... Sorry for the confusion.. Also, for some clarification, i could add some small fish with these readings or i should wait longer? Kinda confused...
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I was referring to the suggestion of amquel, glad to hear you're doing it the smart way.
I would wait until trites read zero before adding fish
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Old 07-19-2013, 08:15 PM   #24
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Yeah i think if i dont test for something im putting in the tank, i shouldnt be putting it in there... Im going to wait for all the readings to be at 0 before adding fish...
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Just so there is no confusion nitrates may not read zero unless you are running a fuge or have a pretty mature tank. 0 ammonia, 0 nitrite, < 20 trates. I am sure you get it but just in case I want to alleviate any confusion.
Great attitude towards additives
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Old 07-19-2013, 08:41 PM   #26
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I didnt know about the trated being 20ppm but now i do. Thanks for the info!!!
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Old 07-19-2013, 09:34 PM   #27
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Quite a few places say 40 is safe, and really it's not that bad. However the higher you keep it especially in a new tank the greater the risk of an algae problem developing.
I have grape calerpa, sawblade calerpa and red Graciella in my dt to help control trates. They are slightly decorative. I truly enjoy the look of Graciella, plus I can get by without Feeding so much as those are a good food choice for many types of livestock. You may still have to trim grapes though. At least i do because they grow fast. I wish my Graciella grew as fast.
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Old 07-19-2013, 09:37 PM   #28
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40 seems a pretty high number to me... Id like to be closer to 0 for peace of mind... As far as all the plants(if u will) u listed, can those be kept in a 14g bare bottom tank???
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All of mine have rooted into lr. I agree with the 40 high as well, just stating that it's not as important as some of the others
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I will look into those post cycle completion then... Thanks for the idea...
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