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Old 05-30-2012, 02:17 PM   #1
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So i picked up a used 55 gallon which had sat for over 4 years with gravel from what was left from the tank with dead fish chichlid carcasses in the bottom after about a month of heavy cleaning inside and out as well as top to bottom to get all the calcium off only used hot water and razor blades and sponges to clean. After cleaned i replaced every thing from new gravel went with 50 lbs of black rock from lps. Went with two 24" versa tops and a 48" single strip light. A fluval 306 canisrer filter set it up as it came so charchol in the first basket bio beads in the second and the foam in the botom basket. I have a aqueon pro 150 heater running at 74 to 78 degrees and i have the intake on the filter 2 inches from the bottom and is on the left side of the tank and i have the out take two inchs below the water line on the right side it angles to the left so it creates some circulation. I cleaned the tank had water sit for two weeks to make sure no leaks then emptied washed rock added it to the tank filled it for one week then got filter and heater cleaned off all filter media primed filter set heater let run for another month with a 50% water change then added three sepea tetras and decorations. Before adding fish did one more 50% wc then added tetra aquasafe to tank let bag with fish float in top of tank the fish and water went in to tank after 30 mins. So were I am at now is that it has been two weeks and one of the serpa tetras is a bully I still have only 3 fish in there was waiting till next friday to get more. Why is my serpa being so mean too the other two? Is it because he needs friends? Also I feed them only every other day no more then say the size of a penny for the three of them my chemical test reads as nitrate 20 nitrite .5-1.0. Hardness 150-300. Chlorine 0. Alkalinity 180-300. Ph 7.8-8.4. Same readings for the last 3 days were much higher when first started two weeks ago was told to wait to do a 50% wc for at least a month after adding first fish. I know there is a lot of jumbeled info and questions in here so if I can get any help it would be great
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Old 05-30-2012, 02:38 PM   #2
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Old 05-30-2012, 10:11 PM   #3
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Added two more serpae tetra's figured that the one being a bully wanted more friends. Lol. Well thats what my local pet store said lol. So total of 5 serpae tetra in a tank thats been running for 2 weeks with fish in it. So far they all seam happier with more friends.
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looks cool man, what are you thinking as far as the stocking list?
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Old 05-30-2012, 10:44 PM   #5
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Wow that don't even look like the same tank. Good job and welcome
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Going with some more serpe tetras hatchet fish a couple other types of tetras cant remember the names have to go to the fish store and right them down. Other then that going with some angel fish as well and a placo. The only thing with the pleco I know with them they can get huuuuge I know there are some that stay on the smaller size.
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Wow that don't even look like the same tank. Good job and welcome
Thanks. It took some work and a lot of cussing and sore shoulders from scraping and scrubing so much.
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Hi Skeeter! Found your thread! Great job on the tank! Ok, a few things you will need asap are a water changer (if you don't have one), an API freshwater master test kit and a bottle of Prime. The strips are inaccurate at best. You will need to test your water daily for ammonia, nitrite, nitrate & ph and do water changes as needed to keep toxins under control (namely ammonia & nitrite). Prime will help limit the toxicity of amm/nitrite. A water changer will make life a lot easier,too. Here's the fish-in cycle link- ask any questions you may have!

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Old 05-30-2012, 11:34 PM   #9
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Hi Skeeter! Found your thread! Great job on the tank! Ok, a few things you will need asap are a water changer (if you don't have one), an API freshwater master test kit and a bottle of Prime. The strips are inaccurate at best. You will need to test your water daily for ammonia, nitrite, nitrate & ph and do water changes as needed to keep toxins under control (namely ammonia & nitrite). Prime will help limit the toxicity of amm/nitrite. A water changer will make life a lot easier,too. Here's the fish-in cycle link- ask any questions you may have!

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Well I do have a aqueon water changer one that hooks up to a sink. As far as the liquid test kits I have heard those are just as finiky as srips are. And as far as doing a water change was told to wait a good 3-5 weeks to let the tak grow with only a couple fish to start. And as far as the nitrites nitrates alkalinity (sp) with out checking for amonia i have read and heard many different things as far as one can be high as long as one is at 0?
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I also have aqua safe isnt that the same thing as prime?
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