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Old 04-06-2012, 01:04 PM   #31
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If you vac the very top sort of like you would with sand, I think you'd be ok.
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Old 04-06-2012, 01:09 PM   #32
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Cool.

As for the bristlenose plec. With my stock list do you think one or two BN plec's?

Do they like being in pairs?

I'm going to decorate my tank with some real slate making hiding spots/caves etc and an old terracotta plant pot which I'm going to smash up before adding for effect.



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I would go with two at least. The albino ones stay under 4 inches I believe and the regular ones under 6. Maybe they stay under 4 too tho. Also, they like driftwood but I don't have any and they're ok. They take a long time to grow too. They eat lots of algae.
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I would go with two at least. The albino ones stay under 4 inches I believe and the regular ones under 6. Maybe they stay under 4 too tho. Also, they like driftwood but I don't have any and they're ok. They take a long time to grow too. They eat lots of algae.

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Performed a 70% PWC about 35mins ago Nitrites now appear to be between 2-5ppm.

I have redosed ammonia back up to 4ppm and I will keep my eye on the Nitrites.

Should I now try keeping the Nitrites within readable levels?

If they become unreadable break out the bucket. Lol.



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Yes nitrites need to stay readable because if they are too high it will stall the cycle. Do you have a heater in there or any aeration? Both of those things help a cycle along.
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Yes nitrites need to stay readable because if they are too high it will stall the cycle. Do you have a heater in there or any aeration? Both of those things help a cycle along.
Yeah heater is cranked right up. Keeping water temp around 82f. I don't have an air stone etc because I'm using pressurised Co2 do I've reduced the water level to allow the filter return to splash on the surface.


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Ah ok sounds good. It's kind of just a waiting game at this point lol.
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It's only been 14 days since I started this tank so I don't mind waiting. Lol.



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Wow ur doing pretty good then lol
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Ok so today I have completed a 120litre PWC.

Added a piece of terracotta pot that I smashed ( yes it was a BIG pot) and then allowed the tank 50mins to settle before testing.

Ammonia 0.25 ppm ( about to dose back up)
Nitrite 5 ppm
( doing another 90 litre PWC later)
Nitrate 40 ppm

We're rocking and rolling now bro.

That PWC you advised has done the trick.



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