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Old 04-22-2005, 10:24 AM   #11
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You are having a mini-cycle. Don't add any fish, do any cleaning or filter maintenance until the tank stabilizes. One thing you could do is put some filter media from an established tank into your new tank filter (really skunky, filthy filter media preferred). Do water changes to keep that ammonia where it is and it should resolve in a short time.
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Old 04-22-2005, 06:36 PM   #12
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Thanks, I just put one of the bio-wheels from my 75 gal's filter into it's filter, will that help?
Kudos sent to you BTW.

I took out the female gold gourami from the 29 because she was getting picked on, all the others are males. I decided to see if she would be okay in the 75 gal but my male opaline started turned to a darker color and showing off to her. I guess he wanted to breed with her but the female showed no interest so he started biting her sides. I decided then to put her in the 20 gal, it would have been awesome to have gourami babies. I don't have small enough food or the time for the babies though anyway.
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Thanks, I just put one of the bio-wheels from my 75 gal's filter into it's filter, will that help?
Definitley. All that good bacteria you want are on the surface of things in your tank, and especially the filter.

I agree with TG though, sounds like a mini-cycle to me.

Good luck, and congrats on the new tank!
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Old 04-22-2005, 08:35 PM   #14
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Sorry Rok...lost track of your thread...thought most of the new posts were just comments on your new tank.

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Old 04-23-2005, 04:03 AM   #15
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I updated the thread name.
I checked the 75 gals ammonia level just in case and it has some! Ah! I did a water change on thursday. I did use the python and let the tap water go right into the tank. I did put most of the dechlorinator needed before starting to put the water in. Put some as it was going in and then a little bit after it was filled, JIC. I did change one of the filter cartridges, there are 4 though and I also have a corner filter in there which I changed a little bit of it's filter floss. I guess I did too much, huh? Could taking off one of the bio-wheels have had some part of it also? The color in the test tube was very very light yellow (AP ammonia test kit) so my guess is it was in the .10-.30 ppm range.
^This is all about the 75 gal, I didn't want to start another thread.

I'll have an update tomorrow, on both tanks (the 29 & 75).
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sorry, i don't think i can offer you any advice, but just to clear up something, the pacu, gourami and silver dollar didn't origianlly live in that tank before you bought it?
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Did you not see the link in the first post? It shows pics and yes there was a pacu, silver dollar, 4 gold gouramis, gold severum, and a kissing gourami all in the same tank.
I'm taking the pacu to the store tomorrow, keeping the silver dollar, and letting my friend keep the severum and kissing gourami. Still not sure what to do with the gold gouramis though. I think they'll be too aggressive for my little dwarf. The female and one of the male gold's seem to be quite peaceful though so I may be keeping them. The other 2 males have become sort of aggressive, I think they weren't before because there wasn't as much room to establish their own territories and there were bigger fish than them.
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Well, just tested my parameters today..

29 gal
Ammonia: very very low, my guess would be between .1-.2
Nitrite: 0
Nitrate: 30-35
pH: BELOW 6.0!
GH: about 60-70 ppm
KH: very low, about 20-30 ppm looked like

The pH has gone way down and I have no idea why! All fish look fine though. I did about a 17-19% water change, didn't touch gravel or filter. pH still the same after it. What do I do???? I am a bit sad right now. Should I try putting some CC in the filter?
Now I'm thinking it wasn't such a good idea getting another tank..

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Ammonia: just a tiny bit yellow but looked nearly clear so my guess is .01-.1 ppm
pH: 7.1-7.2
Didn't check anything else on this tank.
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I can't imagine having a ph drop that significant Rok. You don't/didn't change or alter the buffering of the water.

I would suggest testing the ph again. See if any change is present. If it is still the same, you may have to take the gouramis out.

Can't think of anything else.
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im sorry, i thought that if the fish had been in there for a while the tank would have cycled...
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