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    I usually only unplug filters that wont run when I do waterchanges. You should make sure to unplug your heater though (you dont want it to turn on when it is out of the water, some will break then). I leave my air pumps on since the airstones are at the bottom of the tank and still work during water changes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lady10Godiva View Post
    I usually only unplug filters that wont run when I do waterchanges. You should make sure to unplug your heater though (you dont want it to turn on when it is out of the water, some will break then). I leave my air pumps on since the airstones are at the bottom of the tank and still work during water changes.
    Thank you!...I forgot to mention that yes, I do unplug the heater too

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slaphppy7 View Post
    Hey everyone,
    I was reading the free e-book for beginners provided by this site and have a question about water changes/AC30 filter...I usually turn the bubbler and filter off by unplugging them during my wc's...the reason being with the filter, as the water level goes down when siphoning, the output from the filter will waterfall/cascade down from the top of the tank/filter , and I'm afraid this waterfall will injure/buffet the fish around and disturb my plants and substrate...I only leave the filter off long enough to get the tank filled back up, then I take a cup and add water to the filter before I turn it on to "prime" it...is this ok, or should I leave the filter running the whole time and let the water fall where it may?..I read in the e-book to only turn off the filter to clean it..I do have the tube extension from the filter, and the bottom of it does not come out of the water, even on 75% water changes...

    Any thoughts/suggestions greatly appreciated...

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    I leave my filters running and unplug only the heaters and my airstone when doing a PWC. I only unplug the filters for cleaning. The way you are priming the AC30 is correct.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gronlaura View Post
    I leave my filters running and unplug only the heaters and my airstone when doing a PWC. I only unplug the filters for cleaning. The way you are priming the AC30 is correct.
    OK thanks gronlaura for your imput!

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    I always unplug everything. My dad is an electrical engineer and it is ingrained in me not to slosh water around when there is something plugged in nearby.
    I think it's a preference really. I like to watch TV while I do my water changes and the waterfall sound drives me nuts. Having the filter unplugged for the hour or less it takes to perform the WC won't hurt the beneficial bacteria.

    There is also a part of me that sees it as a security measure. If I forget to add Prime to the tank I have until the end of my water change when I start the filter back up to realize it. If the filter is turned on, then it's going to run that chlorine through my bacteria laden filter before I think twice about it. I don't know if there's anything to that, but there it is anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CrunchyLeaf View Post
    I always unplug everything. My dad is an electrical engineer and it is ingrained in me not to slosh water around when there is something plugged in nearby.
    I think it's a preference really. I like to watch TV while I do my water changes and the waterfall sound drives me nuts. Having the filter unplugged for the hour or less it takes to perform the WC won't hurt the beneficial bacteria.

    There is also a part of me that sees it as a security measure. If I forget to add Prime to the tank I have until the end of my water change when I start the filter back up to realize it. If the filter is turned on, then it's going to run that chlorine through my bacteria laden filter before I think twice about it. I don't know if there's anything to that, but there it is anyway.
    Great points, thanks CL...the main concern I had about turning the filter off for a while was the health of my BB, but now I'n not worried about it...thank you!

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    GOOD NEWS EVERYONE!!!



    FINALLY, if I'm not mistaken, my nitrite level = 0

    PH = 7
    Ammonia = 0
    Nitrate = 5.0

    Sorry if I need to curb my enthusiasm, but this is a Major milestone in my cycling adventure, I believe...

    My only question now is how to proceed...continue with water changes?...I'm so used to doing it daily, it's second nature...

    Can my daughter and me FINALLY start seriously looking researching and looking at getting some more fish???...of course, I have not told her yet that we may have a habital ecosystem in the tank yet, or she'd drag me to the LFS tonight...

    This is fun

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    YAY! There is no mistaking 0ppm nitrite, sky blue is sky blue. Now, because you are cycling with fish, I would wait a few days and continue to test, if you consistently get 0ppm ammonia and nitrite and there are some level of nitrates then call it cycled, do a water change and go get a couple fish. Remember, you only have a bio-filter for the current amount of fish in the tank, any additions will more than likely cause a small ammonia spike so stock only a couple fish at a time. Also remember you have a small tank, small tanks only get small fish!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Honey Badger 1 View Post
    YAY! There is no mistaking 0ppm nitrite, sky blue is sky blue. Now, because you are cycling with fish, I would wait a few days and continue to test, if you consistently get 0ppm ammonia and nitrite and there are some level of nitrates then call it cycled, do a water change and go get a couple fish. Remember, you only have a bio-filter for the current amount of fish in the tank, any additions will more than likely cause a small ammonia spike so stock only a couple fish at a time. Also remember you have a small tank, small tanks only get small fish!
    Hi HB!
    I went ahead and did about a 50% water change after testing, hope I didn't mess anything up...the two remaining fish seem so playful and attentive...you walk through the room, and they seem to follow you around the inside of the tank as you walk by...

    I have been reading about HARDY, easy to maintain for beginner fish today, on this site as well as ones like this:

    http://www.drsfostersmith.com/pic/ar...articleid=2556

    Danios, Platy, Golden Barbs, Black Neon Tetras and Buenos Aires Tetras are ones that are a recurring theme, for beginners with small tanks..

    I really like the tetras, especially the "neon" variety, and definately want to get 6 or 8 of those...after that, am I already pushing the limits of a 10 gallon fish population?..Those cory catfish are so neat too, would at least like to have a couple of them...eventually

    I've read that the tetras are a schooling variety, and are comfortable in numbers, can I start with a handful of them, and then monitor my parameters for awhile before thinking of more fish?

    Of course Lauren will want to fill the tank up with fish right away, but I know that we have to go slowly in populating the tank (with SMALL fish)

    Thanks again for reading, and your valuable input, everyone...

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    Danios, Platy, Golden Barbs, Black Neon Tetras and Buenos Aires Tetras

    Of that list only the neons will work in a 10g, and that is the bare minimum size tank for them. The others are too large or too active for that size tank. Corys are very social fish, and if you want them to be healthy you need a large group, pygmy cory or Corydoras Pygmaeus, is the only one I would recommend for a 10g. Both of these fish have smaller bio-loads and if you wait for the tank to mature for a bit longer you should be able to add 6 of one species at once, wait a few more weeks then add 6 of the other species and the tank is fully stocked.

    Proper water changes never hurt. Just be sure to test the water before changing it or several hours after changing it for accurate test results.
    When I go fishing I just place a sharp rock in the water and sit there waiting for all the dead fish to float to the top... Kingfisher
    Brutal honesty will be shown on this screen.
    I think my fish is adjusting well to the four gallon, He's laying on his side attempting to go to sleep on the bottom of the gravel.
    Tolerance is a great thing to have, so is the ability to shut up.

    I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you.


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