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Old 04-19-2011, 08:13 PM   #41
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lol i fret over small things and this is my first sw tank it means alot n im so excited
I kind of guessed that about you. But as one who frets over her fish, don't fret so much that you finicky your fish to death.
When I first started I was so worried about ammonia and algae and anything else that could go wrong that I literally over cleaned a few fish to death. I was taking the fish out and rinsing every part of the tank. When I look back at all the moronic things I did in the beginning, I just cringe.
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Old 04-19-2011, 08:15 PM   #42
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I kind of guessed that about you. But as one who frets over her fish, don't fret so much that you finicky your fish to death.
When I first started I was so worried about ammonia and algae and anything else that could go wrong that I literally over cleaned a few fish to death. I was taking the fish out and rinsing every part of the tank. When I look back at all the moronic things I did in the beginning, I just cringe.
ouch. i just wana cycle so bad got my ammo allredy to go lol. let the waiting game begin
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Old 04-19-2011, 08:15 PM   #43
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I kind of guessed that about you. But as one who frets over her fish, don't fret so much that you finicky your fish to death.
When I first started I was so worried about ammonia and algae and anything else that could go wrong that I literally over cleaned a few fish to death. I was taking the fish out and rinsing every part of the tank. When I look back at all the moronic things I did in the beginning, I just cringe.
Haha same with me about the moronic things. I kept some things in a ten gallon that I just want to curl up and hide about now
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we all make mistakes me included ihad mondo grass in my tank i also overstocked a bit
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Old 04-19-2011, 08:36 PM   #45
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Haha same with me about the moronic things. I kept some things in a ten gallon that I just want to curl up and hide about now
Me too, somethings are to embarrassing to admit even here
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i accidently did a infish cycle my lfs told me a week was enough by the time i found the site it was over and i knew better i also didnt know pwcs were needed >_> dont kill me
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Me too, somethings are to embarrassing to admit even here
Yep that's why i said things instead of being specific. (oscar, pleco, etc)
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Old 04-19-2011, 09:26 PM   #48
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ouch. i just wana cycle so bad got my ammo allredy to go lol. let the waiting game begin
If you want to start it so much then just get a 5g bucket and add some of your gravel and start growing nitrAtes in your filter. Get a head start on cycling your tank. Plus it gives your brain something constructive to do while your waiting.
Just set the bucket up like you would your tank, minus decorations and fish. Then cycle it like you planned on with your tank.
Since it is SW and I don't know what the best parameters are for SW I'll give you the FW parameters and hopefully you can convert them somehow. There are things with SW that I've never had to worry about.
But in fresh water, the bucket parameters need to be, Ammonia 0ppm, Nitrites 0ppm, NitrAtes 80ppm & up, pH in the bucket isn't a concern. It's a bucket and it will never have any fish in it, I hope.
So what ever the parameters for SW are that's what the bucket should be, plus double the nitrAtes at least. Just to seed the tank when you switch over. The higher levels help it grow faster in a larger area.
I hope this makes some sense to you. It really helps to speed things up.
Our city water had a problem with something in it that wasn't supposed to be. Only for 1 day, but I just happened to do PWC in 2 of 4 tanks that day. It killed all the fish in the 10g QT and burned (badly) the 2 fish in the 55g tank ( a Pleco & an Angelfish).
I also have over 25gallons of water that's treated and just waiting in case of an emergency. So I removed everything including the gravel and filter form the 10g QT. I drained it, rinsed it out a couple of times, dried it out, then refilled it with the safe water. I put the 2 injured fish in the QT while I started on the 55g tank. Only I had to wait for the tap water to be safe, I don't have the room to store that much water.
The problem was the 10g was way to small for either fish let alone both, so I was doing 90% PWC twice a day and the last thing they need was ammonia burns or toxicity.
Long story short, because of the extra filters in the bucket with very high nitrAtes, I cycled the 55g tank in 5 days.
This should work for you too.
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i don't have my salt or my kit yet both are comming in the mail that's another reason why im so antsy
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Old 04-19-2011, 09:46 PM   #50
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i accidently did a infish cycle my lfs told me a week was enough by the time i found the site it was over and i knew better i also didnt know pwcs were needed >_> dont kill me
If I had a nickle for everyone who got bad advice from a FS and had to do a fish in cycle (including me), I'd be filthy rich.
So no killings over that mistake.
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