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Old 10-09-2014, 07:54 PM   #11
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My new 240g FOWLR tank

If you are using Dr Tim's your tank will cycle in about a week. I used it both times on my 240g. I'd just leave the damsels and Chromis and add new fish later. Ideally, using the ammonia that Dr Tim's sells works great and avoids exposing your fish to toxic levels when the spike occurs. Also allows you to test that it is cycled in the end. You can't dose with shrimp, which is why I am such a fan of their product.


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Oh, I missed that part about fish being in there in the first post. Yep, no shrimp needed.


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Old 10-11-2014, 04:36 PM   #13
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Awesome.. Thanks guys.. Yea my fish are doing fine and I hadn't even seen a spike in a ammonia? Is this normal? Good idea on the plastic as the overflow I'll get to that as ASAP.. The fish I will add to my tank is my snowflake eel which is in my 30g tank.. I'm just worried that he will wonder and end up in my sump (even tho I doubt it) .. When do you think it is safe to add him.. My tank has been running for a about a week and a half with dr tims..


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Old 10-11-2014, 06:39 PM   #14
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What have your parameters been throughout the week? It is difficult to know where things are without numbers. I've always dosed with ammonia to see if it goes to zero with 24 hours. That is when you know you have your BB at a level to handle the waste your fish put out.

For the eel...they are escape artists. I'd have a lid and any openings covered.


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Old 10-11-2014, 06:55 PM   #15
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Yea the tank is fully covered it's just the overflow is wide opened for him to explore.. But when I tested the tank a couple days ago everything was at zero I'll test again and get the parameters to you as of now.. I'll test when I get home in about 30mins


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Old 10-22-2014, 04:46 PM   #17
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My cycle has officially finished! The only concern that I have is that the the nitrate is at 0.. And I haven't done a water change yet.. Is this normal.. Should I go head and do a water change or should I start adding my fish..? Any advice is appreciated!


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No, you normally have nitrates at the end. Ammonia and nitrites should be zero. This is why I prefer using ammonia, not fish...you can dose the level up and watch it go to zero within a day and you know you have BB knocking it down.


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Your tank looks great!I agree.You always have Nitrates at the end of the cycle.What did you use to cycle the tank?
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Old 10-23-2014, 08:29 PM   #20
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I used a few things.. Such as fluval biological enhancer and stability.. I had 6 damsel and 2 chromis in there a week after I had it running but decided to take them out a few days later.. And update an update I checked my nitrates again and they weren't to high just about 10-20ppm everything else is at zero.. I went ahead and added the damsel and chromis with a cleanup crew Sunday and I added my snowflake eel and bursa trigger on Tuesday.. And I added my niger trigger today.. I done a 30% water change and now everything is at 0 Click image for larger version

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