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Old 09-25-2011, 12:51 AM   #11
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I am really glad to see you doing the research first. Thank you for that!

The "bacteria in a bottle" is very hit-or-miss. It is a classic example of a fish store selling you something that you do not need. No harm done in this case (well, you are missing some money in your wallet). Some other items can be much more of a problem, so if a fish store employee suggests something, write down the name of the product and run it by the people here. You will get honest, experienced opinions and save yourself some hassle, and probably some money, too.

For right now, invest in an API Master test kit. If you are doing a fishless cycle, that is very important. Later, you will want a bottle of Prime water conditioner and a gravel cleaning syphon. You might want to look into a "Python" for water changes...a 29 gallon tank can be maintained with a manual gravel cleaner, but the Python really makes tank maintanance MUCH more pleasant!

Make sure you get the right type of ammonia (free of surfactants, dyes, fragrances, etc).

Also, what kind of filter do you have? Brand/model, etc.
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Hi and welcome to AA! Good for you for doing your research first! Know anyone with an established healthy tank? Some seeding material really speeds up your cycle. I got 2this tank in decorations and was cycled in just under 2 weeks.
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I am really glad to see you doing the research first. Thank you for that!

The "bacteria in a bottle" is very hit-or-miss. It is a classic example of a fish store selling you something that you do not need. No harm done in this case (well, you are missing some money in your wallet). Some other items can be much more of a problem, so if a fish store employee suggests something, write down the name of the product and run it by the people here. You will get honest, experienced opinions and save yourself some hassle, and probably some money, too.

For right now, invest in an API Master test kit. If you are doing a fishless cycle, that is very important. Later, you will want a bottle of Prime water conditioner and a gravel cleaning syphon. You might want to look into a "Python" for water changes...a 29 gallon tank can be maintained with a manual gravel cleaner, but the Python really makes tank maintanance MUCH more pleasant!

Make sure you get the right type of ammonia (free of surfactants, dyes, fragrances, etc).

Also, what kind of filter do you have? Brand/model, etc.
The filter is an aqueon quiet flow power filter CA30 for a 30 gallon tank.

Im going today to get the ammonia and API test kit. That should be all I need for now correct?
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Hi and welcome to AA! Good for you for doing your research first! Know anyone with an established healthy tank? Some seeding material really speeds up your cycle. I got 2this tank in decorations and was cycled in just under 2 weeks.
I don't. I'll be going from scratch haha.

I'm starting it today. The tank has been set up and running for about 48 hours now but I'm gonna get the ammonia today and start the fishless cycle.

I explained the diff to the girlfrien and she refused to do a with fish cycle she said it wasn't humane.ill be getting the ammonia and API kit in a few hours.
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Oh. So this bacteria in a bottle, do I just throw it away? Or will I use it during PWC's as ammonia would kill the fish?
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You pour the bacteria in a bottle in the tank during cycling to speed it up. You never use it after your tank is established and has residents.
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You pour the bacteria in a bottle in the tank during cycling to speed it up. You never use it after your tank is established and has residents.
So the only thing to do during PWCs is the bottle to remove chlorine. Got it.

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So the only thing to do during PWCs is the bottle to remove chlorine. Got it.

Thanks all for the help. Been fantastic so far.
Exactly, conditioner is the only thing you add during a pwc.
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Okay. Afternoon long hunt for pure ammonia is done. Wow that stuff is hard to find.

29 gallon tank. Thoughts on good starting amount of ammonia?
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