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Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - Getting Started 08-31-2021, 04:16 PM
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Posted By Aiken Drum
What im saying is that if you did the 50% water...

What im saying is that if you did the 50% water change and subsequently tested for ammonia then the ammonia will have been lowered by the water change. It was probably at somewhere around 0.5ppm...
Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - Getting Started 08-31-2021, 01:43 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 311
Posted By Aiken Drum
No. But was this before or after the water...

No. But was this before or after the water change? And who says its the ammonia. Your nitrite is high. Could be that. Or a combination. Either way you arent cycled and that is the most likely cause...
Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - Getting Started 08-30-2021, 05:46 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 311
Posted By Aiken Drum
API freshwater master test kit. Accurate enough...

API freshwater master test kit. Accurate enough for what you need it to be. Covers what you need, ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, pH.

Are there more accurate tests? Yes. Do they cost more than the...
Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - Getting Started 08-30-2021, 04:26 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 311
Posted By Aiken Drum
Just be aware you are talking 6 to 8 weeks to...

Just be aware you are talking 6 to 8 weeks to cycle. Daily testing, say 7 weeks x 7 daily tests. 49 test strips. x2 because the ammonia is on its own strip, everything else on another.

Going to be...
Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - Getting Started 08-30-2021, 02:11 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 311
Posted By Aiken Drum
A quick note on your shrimp. And ill quailify...

A quick note on your shrimp. And ill quailify this by saying ive never kept them so i may be talking utter rubbish.

My understanding is they feed off an established biofilm, which you dont have...
Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - Getting Started 08-30-2021, 02:08 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 311
Posted By Aiken Drum
The 2 most common ways to cycle a tank are known...

The 2 most common ways to cycle a tank are known as a "fish in" cycle and a "fishless" cycle.

A fishless cycle is where you dose ammonia into a tank to replicate fish waste and grow all the...
Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - Getting Started 08-30-2021, 01:49 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 311
Posted By Aiken Drum
The nitrogen cycle is the process where fish...

The nitrogen cycle is the process where fish waste (ammonia) is converted into nitrate. Ammonia is toxic to fish, but certain types of bacteria eat ammonia and produce nitrite. Unfortunately, nitrite...
Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - Getting Started 08-30-2021, 01:16 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 311
Posted By Aiken Drum
1st up. You are not alone. The vast majority of...

1st up. You are not alone. The vast majority of new traffic on here is people being led astray by pet store employees. Im not saying they do it intensionally, but they are working off what...
Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - Getting Started 08-30-2021, 12:36 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 311
Posted By Aiken Drum
You arent cycled. Despite what the pet store...

You arent cycled.

Despite what the pet store might have said about cycling, nothing they have told you is relevant to how to cycle a tank.

Cycling a tank takes about 6 to 8 weeks, often longer....
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