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Old 07-21-2006, 05:15 PM   #11
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I feed them every morning, and obviously it looks like I overfeed them. On a different note, should I crush the flakes really well or not as much? I see the eat big pieces all the time and I thought it could be a better way to do it in order to keep the small pieces from floating towards the bottom unnoticed.
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Old 07-21-2006, 05:25 PM   #12
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I feed them every morning, and obviously it looks like I overfeed them. On a different note, should I crush the flakes really well or not as much? I see the eat big pieces all the time and I thought it could be a better way to do it in order to keep the small pieces from floating towards the bottom unnoticed.
It's pretty hard to starve a fish. Look at it this way when you feed them, a fishes stomach is no bigger than its eye, it shouldnt take much to fill it. When i feed i tend to give as much as they can finish in 1 minute, the 2 mintue rule usually leads to overfeeding in my opinion.

Crushing the flakes wont make a difference, if the food isnt eaten it decays the same at the bottom of the tank.
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Old 07-21-2006, 05:36 PM   #13
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I think mine took 6 weeks to fully cycle.
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Old 07-21-2006, 06:47 PM   #14
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right now I'm using liquid test kit that says amonia is at about 7.0 to 8.0 ppm (mg/L)
Nitrate is at 20
nitrite at around 5
The numbers in bold above are indeed crazy high.Wow...while its usually recomended NOT to gravel vac during the cycle,in your situation I think its a must.

Those numbers need to get down with water changes.Target 1 ppm for each or lower (except for the nitrates which is fine).

With the nitrates at 20 you are very close to finished imo,I think you are overdriving the existing bacteria with overfeeding.Some good gravel vacs and water changes and it will start testing fine (0,0,something) imo....or I would be suprised if it doesn't.

Be sure to match water temp and declorinate.
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Old 07-26-2006, 08:24 PM   #15
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I think you guys were right about it being at the end of the cycle cause the amonia is completly gone at this point and was about a day after I made this thead. Don't even know if this is normal.

so what now
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Cool ! How are the nitrites ?
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Seconded, the ammonia part of the cycle is quick compared to the nitrite part (at least it was for me).

Keep testing nitrites and keep them below 1 ppm with partial water changes.

Cycling with fish just takes a lot longer than fishless, you're in this one for the long haul.
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