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Old 10-29-2004, 07:05 PM   #41
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Cool, will do 25% before I put her in then, and aim to do 25% each week as long as ammonia stays down, which with the cycle hopefully it should.

Are we sure that the food left in there won't add to the ammonia as it rots more then?

I really like CB's too, I'm just hoping she won't hurt my corals! I know it's a risk, but most people say it's 50/50...
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Old 11-02-2004, 04:52 PM   #42
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Is the left in food likely to cause more ammonia during the 4 week QT then?

And, is my fish ok to eat the "rotting" food that's still in there? :P
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Old 11-03-2004, 04:04 PM   #43
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Old 11-03-2004, 05:09 PM   #44
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Never leave uneaten foods or detritus in the QT. Once feeding time is over wait about ¬Ĺ hr or so and then syphon out anything you find on the bottom. As I suggested before, get a rigid airline tube and attach it to a flixible tube and you can easily remove it without stressing the fish or removing much water.

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I'm just really asking about the food thats been in while I've been cycling it...

Its stuck to the bottom, and/or turned to powder.

I wont be able to get all of it out, but I could always wipe the bottom with a paper towel and get all I can out, if you don't think that'll harm much bacteria?

A turkey baster would work for getting the food out after feeding time I guess?
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If it's been in there that long and there's no NH3, NO2 or NO3 it won't be a concern. It's most likely decomposed as much as it's going to. I wouldn't worry about it.

As for the turkey baster, it's a bit clumbsy for such a small task. I think you'll find it to be quite ineffective and cumbersome.

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Cool - well I'm cycling so when I've finished (ammonia is at 0 but nitrites are taking a long time! Went to about 5, then back down again but have been stuck at <1 for ages) there'll be none, so no worries there I guess. What if my fish eats the decomposed food - any problems? :P

I guess a net would work better for the food? Don't have a rigid airline tube :P
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What if my fish eats the decomposed food - any problems? :P
As I said there's probabley nothing there that resembles organic matter any longer. I wouldn't worry about the old stuff.

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I guess a net would work better for the food? Don't have a rigid airline tube :P
A net would be no better. Go buy the rigid tubing it only cost about $1.00 for a few feet.

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So, the rigid bit goes in the tank and the flexible bit goes on the end of the rigid bit (out of the tank)? I guess I have to create a siphon (my tanks on the floor)?
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