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Old 08-28-2012, 08:10 AM   #1
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Talking Noob with new tank syndrome

Hi guys I have a planted aquarium which has been running for around 2 weeks and I have 6 neons tetras in there and a few shrimp. I done a nitrite test and it indicated that it was high.
Just wondering how I can lower my nitrites and ammonia levels quicker.
I heard/read about the 'good' bacteria needs to be established in the tank and needs oxygen for it to grow. However I have injected pressurised co2 system
In there. Will that be a problem for my cycling in process. Please help!
Also I new to forums so apoligies in advance!
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The only thing you can do is water changes and more water changes as many as you have to do to keep your levels right till it cycles. Almost forgot test and test and test too.
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^^^^ sound advice right there. You'll get through it. And welcome to the AA community!
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The only thing you can do is water changes and more water changes as many as you have to do to keep your levels right till it cycles. Almost forgot test and test and test too.
Thanks guys.
So I just have to ride it out and do water changes. What you think 20% water change everyday?
Is there anything I can put to speed up the cycle.
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Thanks guys.
So I just have to ride it out and do water changes. What you think 20% water change everyday?
Is there anything I can put to speed up the cycle.
You can use the bacteria in a bottle stuff but from my experience they don't work to well. Do you already have a cycled tank? Cause you can use part of the filter floss or whatever from that.

How high are your levels?
You may need to do two 25% a day to keep them under control. If they don't go down start uping the %
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I think it's around 0.5ppm-1.5ppm. But I will double check when I get home. This is my first time keeping fish so I have no old mature filters
So water change is the only natural remedy?
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People are going to chew me up for this, but you can find yourself a reputable lfs and get something called fritz-zyme. I had an ammonia spike not too long ago and freaked out. I went to a good lfs and the guy, who I trust, recommended this stuff. I bought it, threw it in the tank, all bad stuff was gone by the next morning. Tank has been perfect since. I'm not saying this will definitely work for you. I am not one to use anything but Prime. In fact, I am cycling a tank right now the old fashioned way with seeded gravel and filter media. But I would use this stuff again if I was in a bind. Probably not a good idea to buy online a it does need to be refrigerated.
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I think it's around 0.5ppm-1.5ppm. But I will double check when I get home. This is my first time keeping fish so I have no old mature filters
So water change is the only natural remedy?
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Old 08-28-2012, 01:05 PM   #9
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Fritz-zyme?... Can I get that from uk?
What does it actually do?
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See? Everyone will ignore, and these are the same people who used bio-spira. It's ok, I'm not going to be offended. I do not work for the company, nor am I a supporter. I was in a bind and I used the product. It worked for me. It's just a shame how the same people who say they will not support new "instant cycle" products will talk all these great things about DocTim and how his products work. They also use iPhones to post on this website. Fortunately or unfortunately, new technology has taken over. I am still going to cycle my tank old school.....because I love the hobby. But don't deny the fact that technology will change the way we do things.
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