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Old 03-13-2012, 12:16 AM   #351
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Congrats! Still keep an eye on params and check the day after you add new fish.
Thanks for the reminder, I checked my parameters after I got home from work, and my Nitrates were at 40ppm. Just got done doing a 50-60% water change.
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Old 03-13-2012, 12:33 AM   #352
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They must have been that high yesterday too. Two fish in 30 gallons of water won't produce that much in 24 hours. Make sure you shake the stuffing out of the #2 nitrate solution bottle and then the test tube. Wait exactly 5 minutes to read the result. But nitrate and nothing else is good!
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They must have been that high yesterday too. Two fish in 30 gallons of water won't produce that much in 24 hours. Make sure you shake the stuffing out of the #2 nitrate solution bottle and then the test tube. Wait exactly 5 minutes to read the result. But nitrate and nothing else is good!
Actually it's 7 fish. I got 4 more Rasboras and a flame dwarf gourami. The gouramis colors are awesome!! I will check Nitrates again when I get home from work today.
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And ammonia and nitrite will need checking.

Any pictures???
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Old 03-13-2012, 09:12 PM   #355
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And ammonia and nitrite will need checking.

Any pictures???
Why do ammonia and NitrIte need checking? I thought they would read zeros since my cycle is complete.

I will add pictures soon!
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Because the tank is newly cycled and you've increased the bioload. You have bacteria to handle the original fish but maybe not enough to handle all the new ones. The bacteria colony grows or shrinks in relation to how much food is available to them. More fish = more ammonia = more bacteria. That's why its advised to only add few new fish per week.
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Because the tank is newly cycled and you've increased the bioload. You have bacteria to handle the original fish but maybe not enough to handle all the new ones. The bacteria colony grows or shrinks in relation to how much food is available to them. More fish = more ammonia = more bacteria. That's why its advised to only add few new fish per week.
Understood. So when can I expect my levels to be ok so that I can get on a weekly water change schedule?
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Understood. So when can I expect my levels to be ok so that I can get on a weekly water change schedule?
Now if they are stable. It's just a good idea to keep an eye on things for a few days after new fish. Especially if it's a newly cycled tank.
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Now if they are stable. It's just a good idea to keep an eye on things for a few days after new fish. Especially if it's a newly cycled tank.
Ok, will do. Thanks! Just got home from work and they are all doing well =)
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That's good still waiting for pictures! :P
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