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Old 08-19-2009, 12:59 PM   #1
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Hello.. just filled up my first tank. 75g acrylic.. I added a few cheap testers and all died within a week .. Water will not clear up, very cloudy. Filter has been on 24/7. I asked local petshops if they do maintance. they do but for rediculous prices.
I do water changes..
Dont know what else to do before adding more fish.
ANYONE near me on S.I. that could stop bye and give a look see?
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You probably want to read up on cycling before you add anymore fish. In a nutshell, you need a proper ammonia source, bacteria forms to consume ammonia and creates nitrite, a different bacteria forms that consumes nitrite and produces nitrate. Both ammonia and nitrite are deadly to fish so it's important to get a test kit and monitor their levels. Water changes remove the nitrate. Make sure to use temp matched water and a good dechlor product (Prime is my fav). Good luck and feel free to ask any questions you may have!
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I'm going through the same thing with a 20g for my daughter... Cycling.

Do you have a water test kit?
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Welcome aboard. Check out the threads on fishless cycling. They are your friend.
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Old 08-19-2009, 02:47 PM   #5
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quick note... 3 cap fulls of ammonia in a 20g shoots it way way way (50%, 30% and a 75% PWC) over 8ppm!

use a few drops in the fishless cycleto gradually bring it up.... and find 100% ammonia. Only place I could find unadulterated ammonia was Ace Hardware.
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Hello.. just filled up my first tank. 75g acrylic.. I added a few cheap testers and all died within a week .. Water will not clear up, very cloudy. Filter has been on 24/7. I asked local petshops if they do maintance. they do but for rediculous prices.
I do water changes..
Dont know what else to do before adding more fish.
ANYONE near me on S.I. that could stop bye and give a look see?
thank you all
Joe
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Is this tank salt? I didnt see that anywhere......
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Is this tank salt? I didnt see that anywhere......
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