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Old 03-16-2013, 02:58 PM   #21
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I guess I had 15 fish in before and they were doing fine and then they died because off disease. Then I they the tank go for a 2 weeks then put the chilid in?
Likely your fish died due to ammonia levels being too high. Google the nitrogen cycle and get yourself caught up on the process before you go adding more fish and experience more losses.
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Was your water a yellowish color and stinky when they all died? If so it sounds like ammonia poisioning. Best way to cycle a tank is provide plenty of porous media in your filters for all the different BB to stick to. Let the tank run for about a month adding food every few days. If you want a complete breakdown of the cycle PM me and I will gladly explain further.
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I guess I had 15 fish in before and they were doing fine and then they died because off disease. Then I they the tank go for a 2 weeks then put the chilid in?
Ok your tank isn't cycle. Are there any fish in the tank now?
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Hello joshfishguy,
Here is the beginners guide:
http://www.aquariumadvice.com/articl...ium/Page1.html
Is explains the nitrogen cycle, tank maintenance and how to cycle. Please give this a read and if you then have any questions please feel free to ask.
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Is there fish in the tank now?
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Once the tank has cycled it should be at zero. Did you read the article Mumma linked yet? There are two ways to cycle, fish in and fishless. If you have fish already you will be doing a fish in cycle, but if your tank is empty you may want to start a fishless cycle. It's easier and you don't have to worry about your fish dying during the cycle. You have to do lots of water changes when you are doing a fish in cycle to keep the water safe for the fish, but fishless you don't really have to do any until the end unless your ph drops or nitrites go through the roof. Do you have a liquid water test kit? If not, you will need one. Ask if you have any questions! We are here to help.
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But you don't have any fish in there, right? If there's nothing to produce ammonia it will be zero. You need to let the bacteria that convert ammonia to nitrite, then the ones that convert nitrite to nitrate colonize the filter. Do you have any nitrates in your water? If you have zero ammonia, zero nitrites, and some nitrates, then your tank is probably cycled. If you have no nitrates then you aren't cycled.
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If there has been nothing in the tank for two weeks (other than the short time the cichlid was in there) then the bacteria would have starved to death. If the tank was cycled, it isn't now. I would tear the whole thing down and disinfect before starting a new cycle. You don't know what killed your other fish or exactly what killed the cichlid. It could still be lurking.
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