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Old 08-09-2011, 04:41 AM   #11
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Wow, good advice. Ill read up on cycling, i imagine its in this book somewhere. Im reading into alot of things i shouldve done beforehand for the tank i didnt do so i might just get all the water out, clean and start over cause i hate that cloudy look on the tank, its ugly.
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According to the box the Tetra safe start removes chlorine and such. I tested the ph with a home test kit i bought from Petsmart and got a reading of aroun 7.7 ph. Id like to start off the tank with some tropical fish from Petsmart and maybe a couple of ghost shrimp they had since i think those are cool looking. The filter will have been running for 24 hours as of tomorrow at 1pm. So i can add fish then?
Getting rid of the Chlorine is always necessary, but it doesn't mean that your tank is cycled.

The pH is the last part of the water that you should worry about after you cycle your tank and before you add some fish.

I've never added a link or file and I've tried many times but it never worked. But you can go to the articles on the AA home page, there are 2 very helpful articles you should read before you start anything. There are a lot of helpful articles there, But these are 2 you need start with.

One is called "New tank Syndrome"
and the second is "the almost complete guide and feq to fishless cycling"
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Thanks, ill read both of those.
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Hi and welcome. There is a link to the fishless cycling guide in my signature if you're interested.
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So it might be a minute before i see any fish in my tank, well i always say do it right the first time so im gonna clean my water out clean the rocks and start over with the cycling, thanks everyone, if i get a camera ill post a pic of this tank, its really nice for 50 bones
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So it might be a minute before i see any fish in my tank, well i always say do it right the first time so im gonna clean my water out clean the rocks and start over with the cycling, thanks everyone, if i get a camera ill post a pic of this tank, its really nice for 50 bones
Hey before you clean the rocks. Was this tank running when you found it at a wonderful price? If it was, then you may be killing beneficial bacteria if you clean it too much

Edit: same with the filter. If it was running before and stayed wet, then you'd have something most people would pay for when starting up the
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No all the stuff, except for the brand new filtration system i bought, was sitting in the garage unfilled, i cleaned the tank out the water hose and a scrubbing pad, the rocks were brand new from the store.
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No all the stuff, except for the brand new filtration system i bought, was sitting in the garage unfilled, i cleaned the tank out the water hose and a scrubbing pad, the rocks were brand new from the store.
Ok. Thanks but if you have some friends with tanks, call in some favors. If you lived close to me, I would gladly give you seeding material
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