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Old 09-06-2012, 11:02 AM   #1
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Hi all. I have a 45 gallon tank and am 4 days into a fishless cycle.
I was told at big als the fish store to wait 5 days then bring in water sample for testing. If this checks out I can start with 3 fish. I want community fish but colorful fish is what I want. Any advise on the first 3 fish I should get! Thx in advance.
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Old 09-06-2012, 01:27 PM   #2
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Welcome! Letting a tank run for 4 days will do nothing to cycle it or prepare it for fish. Please read the link below- it also has links to fishless & fish-in cycling. Ask any questions you may have!

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Old 09-06-2012, 02:30 PM   #3
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Hi. I have put the appropriate amount of bacteria cycle in the water?
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Old 09-06-2012, 06:21 PM   #4
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Without an ammonia source, the bottled bacteria product is useless. An ammonia source is necessary to feed your good bacteria. The bottled bacteria products also have a questionable reputation. Whether they actually work or not is a topic of debate. But without an ammonia source, theres nothing to feed them even if the product did work & they would consequently die. Please read the link I posted above & the sections on fishless & fish-in cycling so you can decide which method will work the best for you to cycle your tank.
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Old 09-06-2012, 10:14 PM   #5
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Hi again. I read it all Wow. The fish store people are leading me to using the fish to do my cycle! I had no idea. The fishless cycle seems very complicated especially determing 4ppm of ammonia in my tank? However I didn't get into this hurt or kill fish so I'm gonna have to figure out how to do it. To bad I already put in the cycle product. Thanks for the insight.
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Old 09-06-2012, 10:28 PM   #6
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Dont let fishless or fish-in cycling scare you!!! Fishless cycling is pretty simple & alot less complicated than it sounds. The hardest part actually is finding a usuable ammonia. No harm done with adding the cycle product so dont worry about it! We can walk you through the process (fishless or fish-in) step by step- dont hesitate to ask for help!! Heres a helpful little calculator as well- if you scroll down to the bottom, it has an ammonia calculator for exact dosing in mls. Most pharmacies will give you a 5 or 10ml syringe for free.

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Ok thx. Will be getting the test kit and find the right ammonia tomorrow. Thx for the help. And I will take you up for more help lol. Bye for now.bfn
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Old 09-07-2012, 09:43 AM   #9
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Yes so it seems. I'm the newbie of all newbies. However I want to learn how to do this cycling properly. Seems overwhelming at the moment all the testing etc. So I start the learning curve today. Will try to find pure ammonia. So far I am so glad for the help.
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Since you mentioned an ammonia source, I'm assuming you're choosing fishless cycling, so here's a great article for that

http://www.aquariumadvice.com/the-al...ing/Page1.html

I'm not sure where you are located, but if you have an ACE hardware store, you should be able to find ammonia there. A lot of people here use ACE brand including me.
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