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Old 02-06-2013, 05:57 PM   #11
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I'd set it up 3 weeks from the day you fill it up. That let's everything cycle. I'd also do some water changes during that time also. Whatever PetSmart says ignore most of it. If there's any question everyone on he will help you more than they will. Also do your normal tests in that time too. Use the API master test kit. Don't use the strips please.
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Old 02-06-2013, 06:01 PM   #12
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Put a 250 watt heater in it to keep you temp the same.
You don't need a 250 watt. 150 would be fine. I have a 26 gallon and my 100 watt keeps it at 78 degrees year round
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Old 02-06-2013, 06:08 PM   #13
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Sorry about that. I didn't realize I told you to get a 250. I won't make any more mistakes like that again.
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Old 02-06-2013, 06:10 PM   #14
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Sorry about that. I didn't realize I told you to get a 250. I won't make any more mistakes like that again.
It's okay lol, just a simple typo !
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Old 02-06-2013, 06:12 PM   #15
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Yes it was but I could've had you cooking your poor fish. Lol. I'm glad you caught that though
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Old 02-06-2013, 06:40 PM   #16
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Ok thank you. so ill go get a 150 Watt heater tonight. I just received my master test kit today and do not have any strips left I only had four so wont be getting those again. I'm filling it tonight round 9. I have a question about high nitrite and nitrate I tested my 10 gallon that I'm bout to move everyone from and the levels are HIGH. Its been going since the Jan 21 fish added 22 levels was high on ammonia did a water change everything was fine till three days ago. Testing again tonight with master kit instead of strips.
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Old 02-06-2013, 07:45 PM   #17
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The strips are very inaccurate and can cause fatal mistakes. Are you using any Prime? That usually takes that problem away. It also can be that you're over feeding your fish too. I would also test your tap what if your levels are through the roof like mine were. I was in the red on my tests. If it doesn't go down in a day then get filter that's for lowering nitrates. There's also a bag that you put in you filter if you wish to do that.
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Old 02-07-2013, 03:16 AM   #18
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Ok thank you I will test everything tomorrow I did get the tank set up and I am attaching pics I'm planing on buying a few more decorations this is wamhat came with it. The bubble stone I had with a little 5-15 gallon pump so ill be getting a bigger one. I bought the led quietflow 30 filter. I also had to by new T12 bulb and glass good. I'm going to get a heater tomorrow along with a bigger gravel vacuum. In all I spent 35 for the tank/stand, rock, decorations, and light fixture. Then another 25 for filter, 20 for new glass hood, 8 for a new light bulb, had the led and power supply. So another 45 and I'll have everything. Was this a good deal?
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Old 02-07-2013, 03:38 AM   #19
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I am also getting some javamoss a lfs here sells it on rock for cheap.
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Old 02-07-2013, 07:18 AM   #20
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Dude that's freaking awesome price for the whole set up. I had gotten a tank, stand, decor, filter and heater for 75 at a yard sale last summer. It was a 30 gallon and I had to upgrade to a 55 simply cuz PetSmart failed to tell me that one of my fish would outgrow that size tank. So if you ever need advice just post your questions and pictures on here cuz you'll get the right answer really fast. Looks like to me you're on your way to a new happy home for your fish. Good luck with everything.
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