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    Of course I meant 0.25ppm ammonia... otherwise...

    Of course I meant 0.25ppm ammonia... otherwise there would be no point in talking abut the fish in the tank :)

    The tank was cycled with fish. It went through a pretty standard cycle. First the...
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    Stocking and water maintenance

    Now that my new aquarium is about three months old and showing signs of not only being cycled, but of stability, I am ready to follow through with my stocking plan. I know I need to add the fish...
  3. Saturday... then 8 days away from it.

    Saturday... then 8 days away from it.
  4. So... after what seems for ever, but really was...

    So... after what seems for ever, but really was only five weeks, Ammonia is at 0, Nitrites are down to 0.25, and Nitrates are over 20. I think the tank is a couple of days from being cycled. The...
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    If you mean store bought garden soil or compost,...

    If you mean store bought garden soil or compost, I would carefully review the bag contents to ensure that it has not been treated with pesticides. Even if you find no evidence of this in writing,...
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    It is a misconception that Tetras require a...

    It is a misconception that Tetras require a heater. Many do not. Black Skirt and White Skirt Tetras are pretty hardy and will do well in temps from 68 to 79 degrees. Likewise, Neon Tetras do well...
  7. This is true. Size and type are important...

    This is true. Size and type are important considerations. Also, the type of environment and food availability the fish deal with in their original habitat. Even though these fish, and many...
  8. How Long Can Tropical Fish Go Without Eating?

    Summer time is a good time to address this issue since many people are heading out for vacations. How long can a healthy and hardy tropical fish go without feeding? Before you suggest auto feeders,...
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    Never mind... I found a pretty good article which...

    Never mind... I found a pretty good article which supports what I have read elsewhere. Nitrobacter, the bb that converts Nitrites into Nitrates duplicates at about half the rate that it takes...
  10. Immaculate kitchens and bathrooms sell homes. A...

    Immaculate kitchens and bathrooms sell homes. A dirty lav or kitchen is an immediate turn off to buyers. Any money you put into detailing and upgrading these rooms before a sale will pay dividends....
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    Thanks. I find the cards pretty much useless...

    Thanks. I find the cards pretty much useless when it comes to judging the difference between 2 and 5 on the Nitrite scale. It may just be me. I did find the picture below more helpful because it...
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    Take a look at this compatibility guide: ...

    Take a look at this compatibility guide:

    http://www.tropicalfishandaquariums.com/Compatibility/NameResults.php
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    Water at sea level weighs 8.3 pounds per gallon. ...

    Water at sea level weighs 8.3 pounds per gallon. The water alone will weigh 373.5 pounds. If you want the exact weight go to your tank manufacturer's site and get the specs on the tank which should...
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    How long did it take you to get through the...

    How long did it take you to get through the Nitrite phase? I have been there since late June... 15 days. They seem to be dropping. I did a test tonight that revealed a significantly lighter shade...
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    The tank is for my son. It is a 10g outfitted...

    The tank is for my son. It is a 10g outfitted with a Hagen Marina S20 filter (rated for 20g). Instead of the regular filter cartridges for the S20, the filter media is polyfiber filter pads and...
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    I decided to take polyfiber filter pads and stuff...

    I decided to take polyfiber filter pads and stuff them in the hollow underparts of the decorations. This should provide additional areas for the bb to grow. Like you said, can't hurt.

    I also...
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    " If more ammonia is present, more BB grows" ...

    " If more ammonia is present, more BB grows"

    Yes, as long as the bb has somewhere to grow. A smooth tank with no porous areas beyond the filter media might have a tough time under these...
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    Update: I have confirmed that the water in my...

    Update: I have confirmed that the water in my area is treated with chloramines. Chloramines are a combination of ammonia with chlorine. This means my reading of 1.0 when I tested the tap water is...
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    OK... This changes everything?

    I have been fighting to cycle a new aquarium, only to find out what I should have known from the start, my tap water contains 1.0 ppm Ammonia (confirmed by the API freshwater test kit). My bad. I...
  20. Thanks for your answer, but respectfully, the...

    Thanks for your answer, but respectfully, the whole point is that for every opinion like yours there is another diametrically opposed opinion stated with an equal level of authority. I can provide...
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    Happy 4th of July! And thank you to all who...

    Happy 4th of July! And thank you to all who serve, and to all who have served!

    In the words of Elmer Davis, "This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the...
  22. I am bumping my own post for advise from you...

    I am bumping my own post for advise from you guys...

    Situation:

    When we last heard from me I had almost cycled my tank (fish-in). Then I lost some filter media (bad batch... fell apart) and...
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    Which is faster?

    Before I ask this, let me state that I know there are people out there that have strong opinions on fishless cycling vs fish-in cycling, and I really do not want to make this thread about touting one...
  24. Best way to add new fish and keep the cycle stable?

    Once the cycle is complete, what is the best way to add fish so that the new bio-load won't overwhelm the bacteria and set back the cycle? Stated another way, what percentage of bio-load can safely...
  25. So as I switch filter media over to ceramics and...

    So as I switch filter media over to ceramics and aqua clear polyfiber filter pads...

    I do understand that when the ceramics are fully seeded the polyfiber pads will basically be scrubbers and...
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