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Old 01-16-2012, 04:08 PM   #11
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That sucks you had so many die on you. I remember almost dreading to walk into my living room some morning when my tank was cycling for the fear of seeing one of my golds floating. I wasn't expecting to become attached to them like I have.

I'm assuming you are cycling with fish? I had to do that to as I didn't have an option because of winning my golds at a fair and had to quickly purchase a tank, etc.

You definitely may want to cycle with the one remaining fish for a bit to grow the BB (beneficial bacteria) and then slowly add other fish you want.[/QUOTE]

I have read on these fish and what they like. Community tropical fish like a ph of 7.0 and a temp range of 72 to 82. My tank is currently set at 76. Yes im cycling with fish. When I first started my tank, I used

de chlorinator
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and a bacteria starter.

I think where I messed up was putting so many fish in at once. Hence why I got a nasty ph spike. I hope when i get home the rest of my buddies are still there. If not I might just restart the whole process all over again.
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Old 01-16-2012, 04:15 PM   #12
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That sucks you had so many die on you. I remember almost dreading to walk into my living room some morning when my tank was cycling for the fear of seeing one of my golds floating. I wasn't expecting to become attached to them like I have.

I'm assuming you are cycling with fish? I had to do that to as I didn't have an option because of winning my golds at a fair and had to quickly purchase a tank, etc.

You definitely may want to cycle with the one remaining fish for a bit to grow the BB (beneficial bacteria) and then slowly add other fish you want.
I have read on these fish and what they like. Community tropical fish like a ph of 7.0 and a temp range of 72 to 82. My tank is currently set at 76. Yes im cycling with fish. When I first started my tank, I used

de chlorinator
water conditioner
2 rounded table spoons of salt
and a bacteria starter.

I think where I messed up was putting so many fish in at once. Hence why I got a nasty ph spike. I hope when i get home the rest of my buddies are still there. If not I might just restart the whole process all over again.[/QUOTE]

Are you using tap water? I never used tap. I used bottled drinking or spring water.
I didn't really use any bacteria starter except when I went with the larger tank. Used water from the old tank and the filter from the old filter.
I'm not sure about using salt as too much could prevent BB from growing. I would use Prime which detoxes the ammonia and nitrite but keep it available for the BB to use to multiply.
I put some crushed coral in my filter to buffer water and never had an issue with my ph.
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I used prime as the conditioner. And unfortunately I used tap water
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I used prime as the conditioner. And unfortunately I used tap water
Well Prime should detox the tap water. However I would test your tap water for ammonia etc. it's possible the tap could have high levels of ammonia, nitrate etc.

I know city water can vary day to day, why I went with Publix spring water. Also use half RO water from All Pets Emporium as its cheaper. They buffer it to 7 ph.

I would just do several small PWC with existing fish until your tank is cycled. Do small PWCs to keep ammonia and nitrite to low levels as possible.
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Well Prime should detox the tap water. However I would test your tap water for ammonia etc. it's possible the tap could have high levels of ammonia, nitrate etc.

I know city water can vary day to day, why I went with Publix spring water. Also use half RO water from All Pets Emporium as its cheaper. They buffer it to 7 ph.

I would just do several small PWC with existing fish until your tank is cycled. Do small PWCs to keep ammonia and nitrite to low levels as possible.
Btw any photos of your tank?
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I do have photos, but they are not hosted. once I get home I'll post some. If I get home and the tank fully crashes( all my fish die) then I'll redo it with public water and ro. with my newly acquired information.
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I do have photos, but they are not hosted. once I get home I'll post some. If I get home and the tank fully crashes( all my fish die) then I'll redo it with public water and ro. with my newly acquired information.
Look forward to seeing your tank. You have two tanks you are cycling?
The main things which kill fish are high ammonia and nitrite levels. A sudden pH crash can cause deaths but that's not likely with tap water which has minerals in it. I would test for ammonia and nitrite.
Are you using the iPhone app here? If so download AquaPlanner Pro app. Helps me track and monitor my water parameters.

Let me know how it goes.

Btw Jeff here. Good luck man. Hope your fish are ok when u get home.
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Welcome! I am from Sfl as well
Thanks. Where abouts? Wow you are def a hobbyist with three tanks

I'm new to it but really enjoying it
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My name is Guillermo, pleasure to meet you.

1 tank. And yeah my nitrite and ammonia looked ok on the strips, but im going home to test it with the api master kit i just bought to get a accurate reading. If im higher than .20 nitrite or ammonia ill be doing %25 pwc until it gets better.

No iphone here I wish.
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