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Old 01-28-2005, 05:03 PM   #1
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Last Minute Questions About My New System

Okay, so I am nearly ready to set up my new aquarium. I want to make sure that this "timeline" sounds right: I am thinking I will put together the tank tonight (decorations, water, heater, add dechlor.), add the BioSpira I have in my fridge tomorrow, and get my fish on Sunday. Does this sound right? Also, I have heard conflicting things about the Biospira, or at least gotten conflicting impressions. Should I, or at least can I, add all of my fish at once? This is just a 12 gallon system, so we are only talking about 4 fish and some ghost shrimp. Thanks.
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You should let the tank cycle for a while (week or two) before you put in all of the fish that your going to. Nothing like waking up to 12 gallons of dead fish.
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Sorry Petey, but with BioSpira that isn't necesairy. I would add your fish right after you add your biospira dimdem. But test your water parameters! It may be possible that you go through a minor cycle!
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Sorry Petey, but with BioSpira that isn't necesairy. I would add your fish right after you add your biospira dimdem. But test your water parameters! It may be possible that you go through a minor cycle!
So you're saying test after the BS, before the fish?
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Test after 24h since fish added. Although I may be wrong. Hope Tankgirl or Menagerie comes in to help.
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That should be, "HELP LADIES!!!"

BioSpira is intended to be used when you add the fish. The fish produce ammonia and the bacteria convert it to nitrite. Then the other bacteria converts the nitrite to nitrate. Definitely check your water parameters, but 4 fish and some ghost shrimp should be fine.
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So I add the BS right when the fish go in? Got it.

Hey, does anyone have any good advice about suction cups? I can't get my little thermometer to stick to the acrylic tank. I can only imagine how the heater will do. I'm using a little saliva but that isn't working.
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Is there water in the tank? I have never had a problem with the suction cups when there is water.
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Is there water in the tank? I have never had a problem with the suction cups when there is water.
No, it is dry at the moment. Maybe that will solve it.
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Tank water will solve the suction cup problem. Saliva is not a recommended ingredient for setting up a tropical fish aquarium.

And the Bio-Spira package itself will tell you to add it simultaneously with the fish. If you add it earlier, the bacteria will have no ammonia in the water to live on, and will begin to die--which is not what you want.

Be sure to monitor your chemical levels. From what I have read (just search this forum), sometimes Bio-Spira works perfectly, sometimes it seems to not work at all (people get a "bad batch"), and sometimes--as was the case with me a few weeks ago--it seems to partially work. But when it works as intended, yes, you can get all of your fish at once.
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