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Old 03-03-2012, 12:01 PM   #1
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I need some help with new Aquarium!!!!

i am a beginner and wasn't much aware of this cycling process. I was told in store that i have to fill up the aquarium, put the gravels and let filter run for 2-3 days and then i can add the fish. so i did that . I bought 4 guppy and 3 glow fish they all died in 4 days then i bought 3 mollies and today they died too. after reading online now I know that cycling process is lot more then what i know. Now i don't want to add any more fish before it is cycled.

I want to do fish-less cycling. Current water analysis -- Ammonia - 0, nitrite - 3.0, nirtate - 20, pH - 7.6, Alkalinity - 120, hardness - 75, chlorine and chloramine - 0, Temp - 77.


How should I proceed? Should I remove existing water and add new?
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Old 03-03-2012, 01:08 PM   #2
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Ill post a link for setting up a fw aquarium- it has links for fishless & fish-in cycling. Please read it & ask any questions you may have. You will need an ammonia source to cycle your tank fishless (pure ammonia, raw shrimp or fish food).

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i am a beginner and wasn't much aware of this cycling process. I was told in store that i have to fill up the aquarium, put the gravels and let filter run for 2-3 days and then i can add the fish. so i did that . I bought 4 guppy and 3 glow fish they all died in 4 days then i bought 3 mollies and today they died too. after reading online! now I know that cycling process is lot more then what i know. Now i don't want to add any more fish before it is cycled.

I want to do fish-less cycling. Current water analysis -- Ammonia - 0, nitrite - 3.0, nirtate - 20, pH - 7.6, Alkalinity - 120, hardness - 75, chlorine and chloramine - 0, Temp - 77.

How should I proceed? Should I remove existing water and add new?
Don't throw the filter media away!
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how big is the tank?
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Old 03-03-2012, 11:31 PM   #5
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leave the water in there (and the filter media). you need to get yourself a good test kit (API Master test kit is a good choice) the test strips are not reliable and you can find great differences between the liquid test kit and the stest strips.

read the article you were given to read and then go find yourself a good ammonia source. if you are unsure ask here before using it. then you are going to start adding ammonia into your tank and testing it. while you are at it go ahead and test your tap water as well. test ammonia, nitrites, nitrates, and PH. for the PH you will need to set a bowl of water out for 12 -24 hours and then test it.
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Tank size is 12 gal

Today I bought API freshwater master test kit and "ACE Ammonia janitorial strength formula (1 qt)"
Water test results are
pH 7.6
Ammonia .25ppm
Nitrite 2.0ppm
NitrAte 20ppm
Water temp 78 deg

Please let me know if this is the right ammonia and how approx much should I put in 12 gal tank to make it 4ppm.

Thanks!
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You will need to bring your amm level up to 4ppm- the amount of amm needed to do this is tiny. Ill post a link for the amm calculator- you will need to fill in your tank size, % of amm (10%) & the desired ppm- they have a default of 5ppm, switch this to 4ppm. Hope this helps!

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Thanks for the calculator link otherwise I would have add at least a cup of ammonia.lol

I added 2ml and now ammonia level is 4ppm.
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Today morning I tested the water and here are the results.

Ammonia : 0ppm
NitrIite : 2.0ppm
NitrAte : 5.0 ppm
pH : 7.6
Water Tem: 80 degrees

After the test, I added 1.5 ml ammonia and now the level of ammonia is back to 4ppm.

I have not changed any water so far.

Are these result good?
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