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Old 02-27-2013, 12:54 PM   #11
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Old 02-27-2013, 01:19 PM   #12
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I did a water change this morning and added conditioner and gave it an hour and tested the water and the levels are at the same. I need to run some errands this afternoon if it'll ever stop snowing and I'll drop by Petsmart and pick up a plant and maybe a moss ball to help with the cycling process. 2 questions though; Will feeding hurt the cycling process? and Does turning on the light have any positive or negative effect on the process as well? The articles didn't exactly get into that for an in-fish cycle.. Thanks!
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Old 02-27-2013, 01:31 PM   #13
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I did a water change this morning and added conditioner and gave it an hour and tested the water and the levels are at the same. I need to run some errands this afternoon if it'll ever stop snowing and I'll drop by Petsmart and pick up a plant and maybe a moss ball to help with the cycling process. 2 questions though; Will feeding hurt the cycling process? and Does turning on the light have any positive or negative effect on the process as well? The articles didn't exactly get into that for an in-fish cycle.. Thanks!
Food = ammonia so during a cycle it will add that which is what's needed to cycle. Just be careful not to add too much during a fish in cycle. The fish will create ammonia as well.

Lights will help bacteria growth imo
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I got the plants installed from PetSmart, a moss ball and an "Anubias Nana". Got a Aqueon ColorMax Pink Mini Compact Fluorescent bulb as well and put this in and have it on, looks much nicer except for the cloudiness.

Now for a question that's been bothering me.

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This TopFin 10 filter is setup with water running thru a black foam pad then to the white filter cartridge... Is this correct or should the black foam pad be switched to after the white filter cartridge? The directions don't quite say and none of the articles i read seemed to pop out saying thw correct method, everyone seemed to have their own way of setting this up.
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It's probably a pre foam filter pad to catch larger particles
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It's probably a pre foam filter pad to catch larger particles
Okay, that's what I thought, just wasn't sure and the instructions only mentioned the filter cartridge.
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I like the building.. it looks like a pagoda of some type. From the looks of the water you definitely need a water change. My sons tank was like that and i had to do water changes every other day to clear it up!
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I like the building.. it looks like a pagoda of some type. From the looks of the water you definitely need a water change. My sons tank was like that and i had to do water changes every other day to clear it up!
Yup, I did one just after I took this picture. Yesterday, I'm about to do another water change this morning. Btw, I'm not doing any gravel vacuuming at this time correct? this is where most of the bacteria lies and I need to leave it on the bottom till this cycle completes, yes?

I tested the tap water yesterday and everything looked normal with no nitrites or nitrates and a little bit of chlorine. Ammonia was at a .5ppm which could be feeding the ammonia source in the tank a little bit. I just tested the tank water this morning and I think Nitrites is starting to show some sign of pink on the test which means it won't be too long. I will do another water change today.

And thank you on the pagoda, it looks kinda cool, I'll be adding more plants once it's established and it'll look cooler I think around the pagoda.
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Here's the current results so far, mostly the same.
Ammonia has fallen to a 1ppm.
Nitrate and Nitrite still at 0ppm.
Hardness is still holding at 75ppm.
Chlorine is at 0ppm.
Alkalinity is remaining at 80ppm.
pH is at 6.8.

I used to an tetra ammonia fizz tab yesterday after doing a 40% wc roughly. Coming down from a 3 to a 1 ppm is a great sign hopefully and now just have to continue doing wc every other day (no more ammonia fizz tabs for now) and watch for the nitrite to spike and the nitrate to climb up a little bit, yes? I saw the guppies pecking at the some of the decor and tank walls last night, would this be the little organisms that we need to get the tank fully cycled?
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Hey Chad.... how is the tank doing?

Are you still having trouble with cloudy water?
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