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    Agreed. Bury the saltwater card in a drawer and...

    Agreed. Bury the saltwater card in a drawer and forget about it. You don't want to accidentally read off it. Use the freshwater card.

    Change your water 50% if you get up to 0.50 ppm.

    Keep...
  2. A single cory cat will grow larger than most...

    A single cory cat will grow larger than most guppies. I have 4 cory cats in my 29 gallon and they are very happy and swim together all day long. But they are all 2" or slightly bigger. If you want a...
  3. Congratulations on your Angelfish laying eggs!...

    Congratulations on your Angelfish laying eggs! That means some of them are very happy!

    Since the eggs have turned white and the parents have started eating the eggs, it is likely they were...
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    True. I must have missed the part where the tank...

    True. I must have missed the part where the tank was infested. I was picturing a few snails like I had awhile back.

    If there are 50 snails (or 500) it would be easier to strip the tank and clean...
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    You mentioned cycling your aquarium. Are you...

    You mentioned cycling your aquarium. Are you doing lots of water changes? Heavily oxygenated water (like the stuff that came out of your tap recently) will have micro bubbles. As the air diffuses out...
  6. OK - to be fair, I haven't boiled a boulder. They...

    OK - to be fair, I haven't boiled a boulder. They may explode. I can't attest to that. I've boiled small rocks and slate. Those haven't exploded. Boiling wood is fine too. I've done that a lot. No...
  7. If you gather wood or rocks outdoors, just make...

    If you gather wood or rocks outdoors, just make sure you boil them for at least 15 minutes.

    Finding driftwood locally can vary depending on where you live. Getting water logged/sinking stuff is...
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    If the store won't take the fish back you can...

    If the store won't take the fish back you can still cycle the tank with fish in, it's just not ideal for your fish. Just try to keep the ammonia level around 0.25 ppm (if it gets to 0.50 ppm do a 50%...
  9. Deciding how to set up a new aquarium is one of...

    Deciding how to set up a new aquarium is one of the best parts of this hobby!

    I'll give you my recommendation for each category.

    CUC: Corydoras catfish. They stay small (~2-3 inches max) and...
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    I would suggest starting with ONE assassin snail....

    I would suggest starting with ONE assassin snail. They eat the pest snails (which you want) and with only one assassin snail, it can't reproduce (unlike pest snails, which are hermaphroditic and are...
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    I know raising the temperature works. There is...

    I know raising the temperature works. There is research showing Ich cannot infect fish at temps over 86F. But I don't like the idea of baking my fish at 86 or 88F for a week. They would probably make...
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    I've battled Ich in previous tanks. Not fun. I...

    I've battled Ich in previous tanks. Not fun. I have the meds on standby if needed and my temp is relatively high ~80 F which I've read can hinder the parasite reproduction. I returned two fish out of...
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    http://i1199.photobucket.com/albums/aa473/reefbuff...

    http://i1199.photobucket.com/albums/aa473/reefbuff02/FLS%20cycle/photo1.jpg

    And here we are... first fish are doing great!
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    Day 14 Ammonia 0.0 ppm Nitrites 0.0 ppm!!!...

    Day 14
    Ammonia 0.0 ppm
    Nitrites 0.0 ppm!!!
    Nitrates 20 ppm

    Cycled!
    I'm going to add some ammonia again tonight and if it's good in the morning I will do a big water change and get some fish!...
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    This particular water change wasn't planned. But...

    This particular water change wasn't planned. But when I was adding the driftwood to the aquarium, the water buckets held the aquarium water and wood for awhile and the wood leeched out a bunch of...
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    Cycle day 13 Ammonia 0.0 ppm again (dosed it up...

    Cycle day 13
    Ammonia 0.0 ppm again (dosed it up to 0.5 last night)
    Nitrites 5.0 ppm (a huge spike since yesterday)
    Nitrates 5.0 ppm

    I did a 50% water change.

    My plan is to dose ammonia...
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    Cycle day 12 Ammonia 0.0 ppm! Nitrite 0.25 ppm...

    Cycle day 12
    Ammonia 0.0 ppm!
    Nitrite 0.25 ppm (first time I've had measurable nitrite)
    Nitrate 5.0 ppm

    I'm thinking of adding ammonia back to 1.0 ppm. Is that too high?
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    Thanks for the input everyone. Heater turned...

    Thanks for the input everyone.

    Heater turned to 88 (max).

    I'm hoping to get the driftwood I ordered for the aquarium tomorrow. Once it's sterilized (boiling) I would like to add it to the...
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    Well I'm stumped. Day 10 Fishless cycle. ...

    Well I'm stumped. Day 10 Fishless cycle.
    Ammonia ~2.0 ppm and holding (down from 4.0 initially).
    Nitrite 0.0 ppm none detected yet
    Nitrate 5.0 ppm (tap water is 0.0)
    Temp 84 unchanged
    I'm...
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    I like your hypothesis. I think that's what is...

    I like your hypothesis. I think that's what is happening in my set up as well since I've been adding the store bought nitrifying bacteria mix so that may have jump started the second phase of the...
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    UPDATE So I got a little suspicious about...

    UPDATE
    So I got a little suspicious about dropping ammonia but no nitrites and nitrates. I decided to compare my tap water and tank water side by side and test for nitrates (API test kits with the...
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    Day 5 Ammonia 2.0 ppm Nitrite 0 Nitrate 0 pH...

    Day 5
    Ammonia 2.0 ppm
    Nitrite 0
    Nitrate 0
    pH 8.4 (tap water pH is 7.4)

    So the ammonia has dropped in half but still no detectable Nitrite. Has anybody had this happen?

    Also, I'm guessing...
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    Thanks for the input everyone. Day three...

    Thanks for the input everyone.

    Day three Ammonia is still at 4 ppm. Nitrites 0 Nitrates 0.

    Have decided to keep lights off to prevent an algae bloom.

    I'll hold off on the fish food.

    I've...
  24. I agree. If your tank has been fine for years,...

    I agree. If your tank has been fine for years, it's most likely something has died. Beak down your filters and look for a stuck fish. Or flush the back corners.

    Other ideas: did you use soap or...
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    Fishless Cycle Experiment 29 gal Ammonia

    Attempting a fishless cycle on a 29 gal freshwater aquarium.

    http://i1199.photobucket.com/albums/aa473/reefbuff02/FLS%20cycle/FLSCycleday2_zpsab2545be.jpg

    Set up:
    1. Hang on back filter with...
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