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Old 07-06-2005, 12:43 AM   #1
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high nitrite. What gives?

I recently setup a 40 gallon QT tank. I pulled a decent ammount of filter media from my 150 gallon 4 month old tank and added some bioballs as well. ive been feeding the empty qt tank some flake food everyday but the nitrite just sits at about 20ppm. is it waterchange time for me till it comes down ? or just throw in a cocktail ship and let it rot away ? Im sure this question has been asked and answered quite a few times, but again the search function on this site is less then fantastic.

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Old 07-06-2005, 08:58 AM   #2
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I would cycle it with the shrimp just to be sure you have a 'good' cycle. Of course you will have to stock it later to keep the bacteria fed...
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can anyone else contribute ?
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Old 07-06-2005, 06:51 PM   #4
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it takes a long time for denitrifying bacteria to grow on brand new bioballs. It took almost 2 months for my eel tank to cycle due to this fact. Toss a shrimp in there and let the cycle complete.
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Old 07-06-2005, 07:03 PM   #5
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1 more quick little question. If an emergency happens ( such as needing to QT my fish before they all die from ich ) how is it possible ? They are progressivly getting worse everyday i wait for QT tank. Am i just doomed to lose some fish due to lagging natural cycles ? i know i should have put the last addition to the tank in QT before it went in the main tank, i know im a retard. I just dont want the fish to suffer and watch this parasite spread.
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Old 07-06-2005, 07:39 PM   #6
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What kind of fish?
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Old 07-07-2005, 12:34 PM   #7
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1 medium sized powder blue, 1 yellow tang, 1 blue tang, 2 true clowns, and a raspberry doddyback.
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Old 07-07-2005, 01:25 PM   #8
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Your probably going to have issues trying to QT all those fish in a small tank.... your going to be doing wc every few days.
Thats also a lot of fish to have in a 4 month old tank...
as your finding out nothing good happens fast in this hobby.... Only bad things happen fast.
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Old 07-07-2005, 02:13 PM   #9
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they are going to be QT in a 40 gallon tank. How this is not large enough ?

The only mistake i made was not QTing my powderblue to begin with. How is this alot of fish for a 150 gallon tank ?
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That is a lot of fish for a 4 month old tank no matter how big it is.. IMO..
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