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Old 02-28-2005, 04:16 PM   #11
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I just went to exchange my new heater (will anything work in my tank right away. It seems like I am doing everything twice, lol). Would that be an indication that I do a double good job?????? I admit, I also wanted to check on my fishies. Poor platy women. She has no place to hide now from the bullying male. They are in a tank with koi and lots of current, I mean lots of it. So far they are all still there and shooting around like crazy.
Just put my fuzzy prawn in a plastic baggy with holes and still (!) waiting for the cycling. LOL.
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Old 02-28-2005, 05:13 PM   #12
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Day 3 into fishless: pH 7.4, temp 81F (just exchanged my new heater, want to bring it up to 83F), ammonia 1.0, nitrite 0. My little fuzzy prawn is now in a zip-lock with holes. It started to fall apart.
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Old 02-28-2005, 07:08 PM   #13
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You gonna drive yourself crazy testing every day....
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Old 02-28-2005, 07:42 PM   #14
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What do you mean with "will". I am crazy already. SolutionL I might as well give the whole dileamma a scientific twist. At least, this time, I do not have to worry about any suffering in my tank.

side effect: I might not eat any prawns for a while. probably should have used something I do not like to eat for bacteria bait.
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Old 02-28-2005, 11:55 PM   #15
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i'll be curious to see how long the whole process takes

Just hang in there. I've had my share of horror stories over the last 12-18 months, but the tank is now running fine (even has DYI CO2). Fish appear fine and now it's time for a DIY moonlight
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I would add aireation and/or make the water level the same as the output of the filter to break up the surface and promote oxygen exchange. keep the temp up as that will help speed up the process.

The brown stuff was probably bacteria and decomposers.
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Old 03-02-2005, 08:12 PM   #17
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FGG: my water level actually is way below my output of the filter (I have a cascade HOB). Are you suggesting I raise my level?
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I am not FGG but I'd say leave it low, and assume that is what he meant - splashing will raise the O2 level and help feed the bacteria.
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Old 03-02-2005, 10:32 PM   #19
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Thanks for your help TankGirl.
Day 5: Ammonia still at 1.0 and nitrites 0. If I keep a level of ammonia 1.0 with the "fuzzy" in the bag, will that be enough ammonia to cycle, or should I set him free again (so I can finally send this tank over the edge)?
No, I am not getting impatient, I AM NOT!!! LOL

The new heater got a maximum of 81F and dropped down to 78F with a setting of 87. So, guess what, the lfs owner gave me a 100 Watt.
Nope, I am not giving up. Do you finally agree, that that tank is cursed?
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splashing is fine anything that breaks up the surface will help with oxygen exchange. The more surface disturbance the better.
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