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Old 04-28-2011, 11:28 PM   #1
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Hi! Thanks! Glad to be here!

About a decade ago I had a buddy that worked for Super Petz. He hooked me up with a 30g starter kit and I fell in love. Turbulent times since have left me absent of aquaria although I was never far in spirit. Now married with two children and three dogs and having just celebrated our four year anniversary, my wife decides it was time. I had been commenting monthly over the eight years we have been together that I wanted to set up another tank and as it turns out, our two year old son suddenly starts with the "I wanna fishies mommy."

Needless to say, my excitement began churning and a few weeks ago she comes home with a tank! A dirty little 10g with a small metal frame that she pulled out of a girlfriends garage. I put on a little of my excitement while thinking to myself, "Oh sweet, a QT!". I play along nonetheless while I'm silently awaiting to invoke my plan!

The day finally arrives and we make our way down to the LFS to get what we need to set up the modest little 10g. I couldn't wait. Those of you that are married may understand it a little more and those of you that aren't certainly will at some point. Long story short, we were soon the proud new owners of a 55g starter with all the trimmings and some modest aquascape, FTW!

So here I am cycling the 55 and reading all I can. My LFS guy was nice enough to inform me that I probably needed to just forget what little bit I knew 10 years ago anyway, so I look forward to all the AA I can get!


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Hi and welcome. Many nice folks on here and we are glad you decided to join. You will find knowledgeable and passionate fish keepers too. When you get a chance, please read up on fishless cycling. My buddy Eco23 wrote a very complete article and it was chosen to be posted in the articles section of this forum. Any questions you gave or advice you can offer will be appreciated. Welcome to AA and best of luck to you.

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Old 04-29-2011, 10:51 AM   #3
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Thanks Deckape! That's a great article and it clears up a lot of things. There seems to be an ongoing debate about cycling and I am finding myself on the fishless side.

UNFORTUNATELY, my LFS guy recommended against a fishless cycle and start with 8 Black Skirts to cycle. With much embarassment I am now kicking myself for not researching enough to start with and as a result, I have only two left.

I certainly don't want to kill the remaining two to start a fishless cycle but man I wish I would have done my research ahead of time. I won't make that mistake again.
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Thanks Deckape! That's a great article and it clears up a lot of things. There seems to be an ongoing debate about cycling and I am finding myself on the fishless side.

UNFORTUNATELY, my LFS guy recommended against a fishless cycle and start with 8 Black Skirts to cycle. With much embarassment I am now kicking myself for not researching enough to start with and as a result, I have only two left.

I certainly don't want to kill the remaining two to start a fishless cycle but man I wish I would have done my research ahead of time. I won't make that mistake again.
You can always return the remaining ones and finish fishless
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I haven't thought about that. Wasn't sure if they would take them but I will go and see about that tomorrow for sure.
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I haven't thought about that. Wasn't sure if they would take them but I will go and see about that tomorrow for sure.
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Start doing water changes every other day or so in order to keep the ammonia and nitrites below .25ppm. This will keep the fish alive if the shop won't take them back. If you don't have one, an API Master Liquid Test Kit is a great investment.
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I'm getting the API kit this weekend and was planning to start water changes as well. I have been using strips and see first hand how bad they are. My first strip test showed my PH at around 5.5. I took a sample in to the LFS the same day and he showed my PH perfect at around 7.

How do you guys dechlorinate the fresh water for a change? How long do I need to treat it and let it sit? I have two five gallon buckets for use right now but this has perplexed me a bit...
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I'm getting the API kit this weekend and was planning to start water changes as well. I have been using strips and see first hand how bad they are. My first strip test showed my PH at around 5.5. I took a sample in to the LFS the same day and he showed my PH perfect at around 7.

How do you guys dechlorinate the fresh water for a change? How long do I need to treat it and let it sit? I have two five gallon buckets for use right now but this has perplexed me a bit...
I just treat my tap water with prime water conditioner, by seachem (not required... But it's good stuff!), treat the whole tank, and don't bother to let it sit... The PH will lower eventually, and your fish will adjust fine. (I have 3 black skirts myself! Love those fish!) also, for that size tank, I'd invest in a python water changing system so you don't have to use buckets. Also... You don't have to take the fish out when changing the water... They'll be less stressed if they're in the main tank. If you can, definitely take them back though! Anyhow, welcome to AA!
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