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Old 01-27-2012, 12:01 AM   #61
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Mumma - What kind of background is that on your 17g Low Tech tank?
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Old 01-27-2012, 12:08 AM   #62
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It's a foam background. Just a generic chain store one I cut to fit and wedged it in. You can make your own carving out styrofoam and adding cement paint. I don't know the exact details but I'd like to try one day.
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That will be a project for another time. I think I'll just purchase some black vinyl or whatever it is for now. Do you know if I can start dosing with Seachem Excel and the Comprehensive Supplement while my tank is in the cycling process, or should I wait until the cycle is finished?
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Old 01-27-2012, 01:37 AM   #64
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That will be a project for another time. I think I'll just purchase some black vinyl or whatever it is for now. Do you know if I can start dosing with Seachem Excel and the Comprehensive Supplement while my tank is in the cycling process, or should I wait until the cycle is finished?
You can spray paint the back of the tank. Gives a nice even finish unlike the stick on backings. You can start dosing now if you like. Won't effect the cycle in any way.
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Ideally I would love to spray paint the back black, but as my tank sits right now, I would have to remove all the water and start the cycle over if I wanted to do that. I will have to do this some other time, when my tank is empty. Actually, do you think I can remove some water into a bucket when the cycle is finished, paint it, then put the water that I placed in the bucket back into my tank? Also, thank you for letting me know about the dosing.
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If you want to paint it it would be easier now when there are no fish in the tank. It won't start the cycle over if you drain the water. Just dose the ammonia back up afterwards.
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Okay, thanks. The point of dosing the ammonia back afterwards is to make sure that the bacteria is properly working in my tank correct? Meaning, once I add ammonia back into my tank, it should read 0ppm if my tank was cycled successfully right?
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Okay, thanks. The point of dosing the ammonia back afterwards is to make sure that the bacteria is properly working in my tank correct? Meaning, once I add ammonia back into my tank, it should read 0ppm if my tank was cycled successfully right?
Yes that's right at the end of the cycle the ammonia and nitrite are 0 in 24 hours.
What I was saying is that if you want to paint the tank at any time during the cycle it's ok to drain the tank and paint, then add water and ammonia back in when your done. Just keep the filter media wet.
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So you're saying I can completely drain my tank before my cycle is finished, and it will still be fine? Also, when you say keep the filter media wet, what do you mean exactly?

UPDATE: Began dosing Seachem Excel and the Comprehensive Supplement today. Also, my API Master Test Kit should arrive today, so I will know what my ammonia levels are soon enough!
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So you're saying I can completely drain my tank before my cycle is finished, and it will still be fine? Also, when you say keep the filter media wet, what do you mean exactly?

UPDATE: Began dosing Seachem Excel and the Comprehensive Supplement today. Also, my API Master Test Kit should arrive today, so I will know what my ammonia levels are soon enough!
You can completely drain your tank at anytime and your cycle will be fine. Most of the bacteria live in the filter. The amount in the water is minuscule. Keeping the filter media (sponge, biomax, etc) wet keeps the bacteria alive. So if your going to mess with the tank and the filters going to be off with a chance of drying out its best to move it to a bucket or something to keep it wet.
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