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Old 02-20-2013, 04:12 PM   #11
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So today the cloudiness went away, did a test with my master kit and the ammonia was. 50 ppm, I assume that means time for a pwc? How much? At what levels should i start doing my pwcs?
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Old 02-20-2013, 05:17 PM   #12
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I always did 50% water changes with fish-in cycling.

And always do them for my goldfish tank. Goldies are very messy critters.

And I'd go ahead and do one for ammonia at that level. Anything over .25 ppm for ammonia or 20 ppm for nitrates makes me twitchy.
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Old 02-20-2013, 06:01 PM   #13
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I would go ahead and do another water change. It's not going to harm your fish. Water changes are your best friend right now. Keep doing them. Get that ammonia number down.

When your cycled you can relax and sit back.
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As bad as this sounds how urgent is it that I do this water change? Can it wait until the morning? I can probably get it done tonight but it would be rough.
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I had time to get back over here tonight and do a 50% PWC, however while doing my PWC I did come up with a few questions.

how exactly should I go about doing a PWC? the way I have been doing it is use my siphon, vac the gravel, and fill a couple of 5 gallon buckets, then go and fill up 2 different 5 gallon buckets with water that feels similar in temp to the water in my tank ( judging by touch ) once the bucket is about 1/4 full I add the required amount of dechlorinator, and let the bucket fill, then put it into my tank.

do I need to let the water sit so it has time to take out the chlorine or is the way I am doing it ok?
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You can do it the way you describe - most dechlorinators say on the bottle that they work in seconds.

So you don't have a faucet close by then? I do, and siphon and refill from the faucet. I also dose the entire tank volume with dechlor.

But what you are doing is fine.
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You can do it the way you describe - most dechlorinators say on the bottle that they work in seconds.

So you don't have a faucet close by then? I do, and siphon and refill from the faucet. I also dose the entire tank volume with dechlor.

But what you are doing is fine.
I agree. Your doing fine. I dose for my entire tank as well. Other dose for the amount added.
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I agree but you will need to get a thermometer judging water temp by touch is inaccurate.If you go to your lfs you should be able to find one cheap.
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Love these and won't use anything else. They even come with a spare battery.


http://m.petsmart.com/mt/www.petsmar...ductId=3788229
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Love these and won't use anything else. They even come with a spare battery.


Top Finģ Digital Aquarium Thermometer - Heaters & Accessories - Fish - PetSmart
Yup i got two of those I use for wc's and have a few of these basic ones aswell
Top Finģ Floating Glass Aquarium Thermometer - Heaters & Accessories - Fish - PetSmart
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