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Old 02-21-2011, 02:05 PM   #11
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As you've had ich you need to leave the tank empty for 8 weeks to eliminate the parasite from your tank.

No there not bad.
but as Doug has said a mandarin won't survive in a tank that small unless you manage to buy one which will eat prepared foods.
Plus by adding more rock you may have started a mini cycle as well
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no. they aren't bad. they are little detritus(left over food and fish poop) eating crustaceans called amphipods. they are too large for a mandarin to eat however.
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Nice! I thought for sure that I perhaps some massive destructive population of creatures. Nice to know that if I do they aren't them!

I purchased the Master Kit and did my own testing.

Results:

Ammonia: 0 ppm
Nitrates: 0 ppm
Nitrites: 0 ppm
pH: 8.0

I am guessing that my added base rock didn't start a new cycle. I added a bag of activated carbon in place of about half the Bio Balls just in case there was some unknown toxin in the tank from an air freshener, windex, etc. I discussed with the family the importance of not using any chemicals near the tank (just in case).

I still plan on leaving it vacant for bit.

I will keep you all posted. Thanks for the help on this!

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ok chuck. btw, you might want to get a reactor for the carbon. it works a lot better when water is forced through it. you can always use that reactor later for phosphate removing media as well.
check out the 2 little fishies phosban reactor or the ones from bulk reef supply.
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