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Old 10-21-2014, 09:06 PM   #11
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Some folks on this forum sell seeded (sponge) media. Contact MrFisher.
I believe AngelsPlus (retailer) sells seeded media as well.


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Old 10-21-2014, 09:41 PM   #12
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Ok, can't i just use my old gravel instead of buying some seeded substrate?

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Update 3 bags of flora added, water added, and everything else is back and running. I have 6 bags of my old substrate on the side of my filter intake, and most of the decorations are back in to help with any BB.

I will pick up a test kit, thinking API master test kit, on monday and if everything is good first fish by the end of the week

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http://www.aquariumadvice.com/the-al...hless-cycling/ After reading part of this lots of questions are being answered. I'm afraid of adding any plants or fish because they will sit dead in tank for a couple of days.

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Woke up this morning, and the tank was perfectly cleae. I read that turning the heat up to around 79 helps with BB growth, and keeping the loght off does. I am going to use some gold fish food as my ammonia source until i have fish.

Can I add live plants Monday or would they just die?

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I took a picture before going outa town. Clearity is still the same as this morning, and i dont think it will get much better. While i am away i have my sister adding some food for ammonium to try and keep the BB alive.

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Maybe i should do some more reading before i sound like an idiot, fish food isn't an ammonium source When i get back in town i am going to pick up some 100% pure ammonium and re-cycle the tank. I also plan on adding the Java Fern monday.

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Sounds better. High protein fish food will produce some ammonia as it decays, but it is messy, can get fungus or mould, and it's impossible to regulate how much ammonia you get from it.

It is unfortunate you'll have to be away, but once you get things set up, it will be better.
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Maybe i should do some more reading before i sound like an idiot, fish food isn't an ammonium source When i get back in town i am going to pick up some 100% pure ammonium and re-cycle the tank. I also plan on adding the Java Fern monday.

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you dont sound like an idiot; you sound like someone that is doing whatever they can to try and keep their BB colony intact. fish food will form ammonia but definitely not in a way that can be measured out/dosed accurately...but hopefully enough to save some of your BB? a liquid test kit is a must buy.
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If you're really interested, here are two articles about BB. They don't entirely agree.. how surprising .. but it's interesting what they have to say. The one is commercial, the other is from practical fishkeeping in the UK. Have look.. It seems our BB may not be quite so fragile as we've been led to believe, though it's true they don't form spores, so that method of long term survival is not available to them.

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