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Old 07-04-2011, 06:37 PM   #31
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Glad all is ok now. Leave the light off except for when you need to do a quick check of the water quality, as light just promote algae growth. Crank up the heater nice and high as that gets the good bacteria growing quicker.

As for reference material, I use the Internet as you can get multiple opinions on anything from "what fish live with other fish" to "please help identify and cure this disease".
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Old 07-05-2011, 05:22 AM   #32
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Cool, I have the water temp at around 30c? Is that good? Don't know if it works but I put a picture on
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Old 07-07-2011, 09:32 PM   #33
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Cool, I have the water temp at around 30c? Is that good? Don't know if it works but I put a picture on
I hv a temp of 30c too previously. I bought a mini cooler fan for aquarium and it cool the water down to between 27c to 28c... I believe thats the recommended temperature...
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30c is ideal for cycling. If you haven't read this already then read http://www.aquariumadvice.com/articl...cle/Page1.html

It covers everything to do with cycling.
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Old 07-08-2011, 03:58 AM   #35
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I hv a temp of 30c too previously. I bought a mini cooler fan for aquarium and it cool the water down to between 27c to 28c... I believe thats the recommended temperature...
Jimlor as you are in the uk, you won't need a cooler unless you are going to run a really high power lighting rig.
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All is fine with water tests . Added 3 platy's just to help with final stages. Of cycle. Due to reading something about spikes, and how they won't settle until a few fish r introduced. Does that sound ok? Thanks for all the help and tips
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All is fine with water tests . Added 3 platy's just to help with final stages. Of cycle. Due to reading something about spikes, and how they won't settle until a few fish r introduced. Does that sound ok? Thanks for all the help and tips
Oh and to add, I dropped temp to 24-26.
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This is way too quick to by cycled, on average it should take around 6 weeks. Keep an eye on the water parameters - test every day without fail for ammonia, nitrite and nitrate. Post the results on here. Good luck
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This is way too quick to by cycled, on average it should take around 6 weeks. Keep an eye on the water parameters - test every day without fail for ammonia, nitrite and nitrate. Post the results on here. Good luck
I forgot to ask... What test kit are you using? And is it powder, dipsticks or liquid?
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I'm jumping in late here (sorry), but if you've put fish in the tank to "help with the late stages of cycling" or to "settle spikes"...you either haven't read the links previously posted or you didn't understand them.

If you've been adding an ammonia source (shrimp or pure ammo), and have introduced fish during this process...it is a deadly environment for your fish. I'm not familiar with temperature conversion, but if you have the heater cranked up for cycling...that is also a problem.

If there are ammonia levels you've added to the water, depending on how high they are, you need to do MASSIVE pwc's ASAP.

Since you have fish in the tank, address the problems you have and please read these next two articles. If you don't understand...ask questions. Adding fish when you are unsure of the process is the absolutely last thing you should have done. Sorry if I sound rude

http://www.aquariumadvice.com/articl...now/Page2.html

http://www.americanaquariumproducts....gen_Cycle.html
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