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Old 07-25-2012, 12:32 AM   #51
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i took a water sample in today and the guy at my lfs said my brothers test kit basically didnt work at all, and my ammonia was 0, trites 0 and trates 1. he basically said with the ammonia and sand that he gave me my tank cycled already, does that sound weird? seems like it went really fast. he had a drip test kit and a strip kit and both kits showed same results.. he did say to give it another 3 weeks or so to let the brown and green algae come and go and do a water change and bring another sample in then i should be ready to stock.
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Old 07-25-2012, 12:36 AM   #52
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You can test it by adding a small amount of ammonia and seeing if it goes through the stages. Add ammonia, you should show trites, then trates. I would do that just to make sure. Just seemed to cycle very fast. That's what I would do at least, and then if it does show each stage, make sure you have to keep adding ammonia to keep that bacteria alive until you add stock. Good luck
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Old 07-25-2012, 01:48 AM   #53
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If you can put your fish in a QT for 24 hrs and dose the DT to 4 ppm ammonia it should be gone the next day. Amm and Trites should all be converted to trates within 24 when your tank is truly ready.
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If you can put your fish in a QT for 24 hrs and dose the DT to 4 ppm ammonia it should be gone the next day. Amm and Trites should all be converted to trates within 24 when your tank is truly ready.
+1 I agree completely with this. I would def make sure before you add any stock.
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ill give that a try, if i can catch them tomorrow, my brother in law has a breeder box i will stick em in his tank and see what happens
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Perfect, good luck man.
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thanks! i appreciate the help, ill stop at the hardware store and see if i can find some ammonia tomorrow after work.
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thanks! i appreciate the help, ill stop at the hardware store and see if i can find some ammonia tomorrow after work.
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