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Old 10-27-2012, 03:50 PM   #1
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Im very new to this and need some helpfull advice. Thanks
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Old 10-27-2012, 11:43 PM   #2
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What kind of advice are you looking for
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Old 10-28-2012, 08:06 AM   #3
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Well any would be good set up tank 3 weeks ago put coarse sand in it (not live) bought ready mixed salt water from lfs. Ive had everything running for 3 weeks . Was advised by lfs to put nutrafin cycle in there bio aqauruim supplement regular. Test result today are
Ph 8.0
Ammonia 2.0ppm
Nitrite 5.0ppm
Nitrate 40ppm
No water changes so far. Only topped uo evapourated water will filter water from my fridge, which i was told was fine .
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Well any would be good set up tank 3 weeks ago put coarse sand in it (not live) bought ready mixed salt water from lfs. Ive had everything running for 3 weeks . Was advised by lfs to put nutrafin cycle in there bio aqauruim supplement regular. Test result today are
Ph 8.0
Ammonia 2.0ppm
Nitrite 5.0ppm
Nitrate 40ppm
No water changes so far. Only topped uo evapourated water will filter water from my fridge, which i was told was fine .
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Ps lfs toldme last week to kick off cycle i should put fish in there. So i did n they died within 3 days :-(
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Old 10-28-2012, 09:02 AM   #5
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Yeah, don't put any fish in there yet- they'll die. Your tank is cycling. Is 2 the highest ammonia has ever been? You're in the middle of cycle. It'll probably be another couple weeks before you're ready for fish. And if you use distilled water, make sure you bring it up to the temp of tank before adding it into tank.
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Old 10-28-2012, 09:20 AM   #6
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Thanks for the advice i did put fish in there to kick tbe cycle off but died in 3 days, so im not doing that again plus only bought test kit this weekend so only tested it fri and today and the results r all the same. Read abit on here and am i supposed to add ammonia to my tank or shoukd i just let it be? Also was told to bring my filters to the top of tank so the water pours in may quicken up process thanks
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Yep, you'll need an ammonia source. You can throw in a piece of raw shrimp or fish, something like that and let it rot. You'll need ammonia to get up to 4ppm, then it'll drop an nitrites will rise and then they'll both drop to 0 and nitrates will be high. Then do a PWC to get nitrates down, and then you can add fish. Good luck. You're already part way there with ammonia at 2 ppm. You could also use ammonia in a bottle (but only the kind that doesn't bubble when you shake it) and dose the tank up to 4ppm. This route is a little faster cuz you don't have to wait for the food to rot and produce ammonia. But be aware that it takes VERY small amount to get to 4ppm.
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Thank u so much for ur help ))) ill go to my lfs tomorrow n try n get some.
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Will my lfs sell ammonia then? Soz to be a pain
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No, they typically don't. Best thing to do is head to your local grocery & get a raw shrimp from the seafood counter & drop that in your tank. As it rots, it will produce the ammonia needed to feed your cycle. Pure ammonia can be a pain to find.... it cannot have any additives in it.
If you don't already, leave your lights completely off while cycling.
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