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Old 06-22-2006, 09:09 AM   #1
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Taking Care of a fry tank...

mmkay, so I have my fry tank set up and I have fry in it. Ammonia and Nitrites are starting to climb since I wasn't able to get the tank to cycle before the fry outgrew their breeder chamber. Since Nitrites are showing, thats a positive sign, but I can't let them grow since there are fish in there.

So here is the delima, how do I do a water change in a fry tank without sucking them up into my vac? Any suggestions? As of right now the nitrites are at .5 and the ammonia is at .25. Nothing severe but its gonna get worse I'm sure.
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It is tricky to do. Sometimes the odd fella gets sucked up, so I check the pail before dumping it, just in case.

Just try to keep away from them and not let them swim into the gravel vac if you can avoid it. They do get curious when you bring strange objects into the tank so they want to swim into it and check it out.
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If any crud in the tank is smaller than the fry, put a nylon stocking over the end of the vac to trap any curious fishies.
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I find using a turkey baster helpful in cleaning the bottom, then just use a small pitcher to empty some water out and to put back in.
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Old 06-22-2006, 03:42 PM   #5
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I may just do that, I don't need to clean the bottom really, its not that messy. The biggest problem is that the tank isn't cycled. I might try to put a good amount of gravel from my established tank in a bowl and set it at the bottom of the tank. Maybe that will be enough to get rid of the little bit of ammonia that these small fish create.
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Since you have an established tank, you can easily find a way to cycle the fry tank.
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Old 06-22-2006, 09:36 PM   #7
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That's what I did with my tanks, took a cup of gravels put some in the tank, some in the filter and it cycled in a week flat and with good water changes daily everything went smoothly.
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Last night I put a cup of gravel in the bottom of the tank and took the biowheel from my established tank and floated it in the tank for the night. This morning I put the Biowheel back and left the gravel. I'll do a test when I get home.
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