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Old 03-09-2009, 12:51 AM   #11
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I'd leave it in a few more days just because it can't really hurt. 0.8 ppm isn't really a "major" ammonia spike. Mine was up over 6.0 when I cycled!
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Old 03-09-2009, 12:59 AM   #12
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I guess im just calling it major because it really had not changed for about a week then a couple days after the shrimp was put in it jumped. I may be a bit over excited but im just happy to see a change. I will leave it in another day or two. My Girlfriend keeps telling me to take it out cause its ugly, so I think I can manage to leave it a little longer before I break down and remove it
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Old 03-09-2009, 01:08 AM   #13
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...My Girlfriend keeps telling me to take it out cause its ugly, so I think I can manage to leave it a little longer before I break down and remove it
Ahhh... yes, you need to delicately balance the tank/girlfriend relationship. Assuming you want to keep the tank. Or the girlfriend. Or both.

With that said, you're probably OK taking the shrimp out now seeing that there are other factors in the equation, but leaving it in will just build up even more bacteria - not a bad thing.
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Old 03-09-2009, 01:12 AM   #14
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As long as I keep washing her car on weekends were good!
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Old 03-09-2009, 01:14 AM   #15
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got a 55 gallon tank and i set it all up with store bought water and salt and everything was good i took a water sample in to get tested everything was good and they said i was ready to put in some fish so i got 6 damsels to cycle the tank 2 domino black 4 striped and 2 yellow tails. is it alright to add a penquin to help the current or using a canister filter enough for a good current. the canister it for up to 55 gallon tanks. also should i use one of those air filter guys to add bubble to the tank? i tried to test the water with the hydrometer and this morning the reading was good and all of a sudden the reading jumped up on me. is this due to adding the peguin ad the air filtration into the tank? please help do not want to kill the fish. any help is greatly appriciated
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Old 03-09-2009, 01:20 AM   #16
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Im sure an expert will chime in here anytime now. but if you just got the tank, my thought is that you really shouldent have all those fish yet. Would be why your numbers jumped. Also if you want really god advice on here it is best to include as much info as possible in you post ( water parameters, equipment ect.) but like I said. A real expert will chime in soon im sure!
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thanks i didnt know if i should have added fish but the people who tested my water today at the store said all the levels where good the only thing that was a little low but they said it was good to add in the damsels now since they help cycle the tank. i am using a canister filtation system i have about 20 pounds of lace rock along with one 6 pund LR. the hydrometer is getting back to where it was before the fish you placed in the tank. just want to know if its ok (safe) to add the penguin to help with the current flow since in the one corner of the take isnt moving as fast as the rest of the tank is. also want to know if it ok (safe) to add the air filtation to add some bubbles?
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Old 03-09-2009, 01:35 AM   #18
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Is the penguin a Power Head? If so I would say it wouldent hurt. but im no expert. You can use the damsels to cycle the tank, however most folks on here recommend fishless cycling. more humane to the fish. I just started my cycle with a raw jumbo shrimp. I guess it come down to preference. Do you have a test kit? or do you plan on taking your water to the store every time you wanna test? I use a hydrometer to but am looking into getting a refractometer since it is more reliable that the hydrometer. A little more live rock wouldent hurt either. Still waiting for that expert opinion on the matter tho.......
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thanks for the info man. i use a hydrometer as well not to sure how to work the thing though. the store is right around the corner from my house probably will go there to test for now. dont have the cash for the kit jsut dropped 600 to get the t ank going. not sure if the panguin is a power head got it from my cousin it says 1140 on the top of it
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I hear you on the cash thing. But when you do have the money definitely get the test kit I hear the one by API is good, its a little work but will help monitor your tank. all the real fish gurus must be sleeping.
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