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Old 02-21-2011, 03:52 PM   #31
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I got a little one that I just stick in the front of my tank that I got at my LFS for 2 bucks!
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Old 02-21-2011, 05:19 PM   #32
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Yeah that's the one. Just picked up one of those fancy glass jobs for 3 bucks at PS anyhow.

Now that I'm a few weeks into the cycle, I'm hoping I'm in the clear. Noticed a lot of debris today from my PWC and the fish are having a field day eating it all. I am going to skip feeding them today. Is it better to work the gravel vacuum to properly get that stuff during my PWC's?
(I've been just siphoning the water and not cleaning the gravel)
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Old 02-21-2011, 05:20 PM   #33
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BTW ya'll Am I the right place with my postings or should I be in different forums or something?
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Old 02-21-2011, 05:21 PM   #34
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In a newly setup tank, the gravel probably doesn't need to be cleaned much... but it won't hurt to siphon some of the "crap" for lack of a better term up out of the gravel.

What is your ammonia, nitrites, and nitrate testing at?
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Just did a PWC 10 minutes ago should I wait a bit to do my testing??
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Old 02-21-2011, 06:00 PM   #36
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Ammonia 0.1
Nitrite 0.1
Nitrate 2.0
pH 7.6
High pH 7.6
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Yikes. Get that ammonia down! Do another 50% pwc.
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Really!? The tank is less than 2 weeks old and I am cycling with fish. I read to make sure the ammonia was less than 0.2 during this time!?!?
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Woops sorry, misread the last post. I thought it said 1 not .1 My bad! You should be fine, but keep watching and test EVERY DAY. If anything gets too high, -nitrates, then do a water change.
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Looks good! Like homedog said... just keep an eye on it. You will be through the cycle in a couple weeks... the fact that you are already seeing some nitrite is a very good sign.

Remember, anything about 0.25ppm (ammonia or nitrites) means a PWC is in order. Nitrates are safe up to about 20-40 ppm.
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