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Old 08-31-2012, 10:26 PM   #1
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Hello all, I am new to this site and almost new to the whole fish world lol. I am here hoping to learn all I can about my fish and my aquarium. Things I need to do in order to expand my tank. I been having lots of trouble with my tank for the past several months. Started with a goldfish my daughter won at a fair and its been crazy from there. Not having luck with my fish at all. I had a 75 gallon tank 10 years ago and never had a prob with it. I cant figure out where I'm going wrong. I keep telling my daughter this is the last time I will try but I cant cause I love the tank and watching the fish. Hope I can find help here. Thanks!
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Old 08-31-2012, 10:28 PM   #2
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Welcome to AA do you know about the cycling process to form an establish beneficial bacteria colony? Do you have an API liquid test kit? If you have recent test results we could further help you. Also what is your current stock list (what fish)?
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Old 08-31-2012, 10:33 PM   #3
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I did cycle the tank but I havent gotten another test kit yet. My first one got messed up. I only have 2 glo fish in my tank right now. I added them today
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How did you cycle the tank and did you have a test kit to monitor the levels to know its cycled?
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Old 08-31-2012, 10:42 PM   #5
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I Ran the aquarium at a high temperature, up in the low to mid 80's. I Kept the tank only about 50-65% full. Kept the aquarium light on 24 hours per day during cycling. I ran air pump and the filter the whole time
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Did you add an ammonia source to begin the cycle? To cycle a tank you must establish stages of bacteria first converting waste/fishpoo into ammonia as a biproduct. Then a different bacteria colony will form that eats ammonia and creates nitrites. Then another which eats nitrites and produces nitrates which is the least damaging to fish which you will have to remove through water changes keeping it 20ppm or lower.
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Old 08-31-2012, 10:47 PM   #7
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There are some articles on here about cycling a FW tank which I reccomend you read and it'll explain the nitrogen cycle and why its important to keeping a healthy tank.
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No wasn't sure I HAD to do that. I never did that in the past. What would you suggest now that I have already added fish
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Old 08-31-2012, 10:50 PM   #9
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Now you do a fish in cycle or return them and cycle with pure ammonia which I would advise the pure ammonia after returning since its just two glow fish. You can really speed up a cycle by getting an filter cartridge out if an established tank.. enough and you can almost instantly cycle a tank.
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Old 08-31-2012, 10:52 PM   #10
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ok thanks so much. That could be why all my fish kept dying, even my mystery snail, that I loved
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