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  1. #121


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    Quote Originally Posted by SomethingIsFishy View Post

    To clarify... nitrate levels don't matter until I stock the tank? I am thinking that the nitrate levels may get CRAZY high if I can't stock right away and have to keep feeding the BB. Should I worry about that?

    I know that I need to do a big enough water change (or multiple changes) just before stocking to get the nitrates as low as possible.
    Correct - many people end up with nitrates off the chart - a large water change or two - (or even draining your tank and refilling it if the tank is small enough) can bring em way down to a safe level for new fish.

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  3. #123


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    You'll have to do one massive water change BEFORE you add your stock. Whether or not you need to do any between the completion of the cycle and the pre-stocking change is up for debate. I would imagine that your algae risk would be higher if nitrates spiral up and up.
    "Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known." Carl Sagan

    ~ 350 Litre Tank Journal ~ ~ 30 Litre Tank Journal ~

  4. #124


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    I'm pretty sure it wouldn't hurt anything to do water changes after it's cycled. I probably will if nitrates are high just to keep everything from turning green... Who knows, maybe things will work out and I will be able to stock soon after the cycle is done...

    And yes, I know the large water change comes before stocking but I do appreciate the heads up...

  5. #125


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    My shells will be waiting for me when I get home from work!!

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    Looks good! The only thing I might change is add some more rock. This would break up sight lines (still important for relatively peaceful ciclids) plus you could put them to hide the filter and heater.
    20 gallon tall: empty
    29 gallon: moderately planted with 9 bloodfin tetra, 1 german blue ram, 11 glow light tetra and 1 BNP
    10 gallon QT: empty

  8. #128


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    I don't want to overcrowd the tank with rocks, but now that I see it with the shells in it I am thinking about maybe getting a large rock to go on the right side and moving the two medium size rocks to the left. When I am sitting on my couch looking at the tank the small rock almost disappears in the shells... to my eye it looks like the tank needs something with more height...

    Feel free to share your opinions...


  9. #129


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    I think height is missing. Good idea.

    You have an excellent number of shells! Looks fantastic. They'll love it.
    "Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known." Carl Sagan

    ~ 350 Litre Tank Journal ~ ~ 30 Litre Tank Journal ~

  10. #130


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    Cycle is progressing... Ammonia is dropping to 0 overnight (I'm dosing to 2ppm in the evening and retesting in the morning). Nitrites aren't dropping yet, though. I haven't been testing nitrates (why waste testing solution, right?). I am seeing a slight cloudiness, bacterial bloom?

    Waiting not-so-patiently for that sky-blue nitrite test tube...

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