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    0 Not allowed!
    I recently set up a 29 gallon for my daughter's preschool, and I live in fear of this happening. Luckily, the director has been on my side and has pretty much let me have free rein over it. (I sent her potential stocking lists and she picked the overall idea she wanted, which was a South American River style, and other than that she's been fine with whatever I've suggested.)

    Luckily for me the director does the feeding herself and the food is kept well away from the tank. I also wrote them a (probably too lengthy) write-up of how to maintain the tank, even though I'm doing all the water changes and maintenance other than daily feeding right now. I'll probably continue to do that for at least the next several months until I'm certain everything is stable, and eventually one of the teachers has volunteered to take over.

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    When I went back yesterday to do another water change the goldfish was gone. The teacher told me it died. Well I told them not to change the water or put anything else in that tank until I tell them to. Nitrites are still high, just waiting for those to drop. There are no fish in the tank now. Will it finish cycling with what's in there or should I add ammonia?

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    0 Not allowed!
    Now there is no ammonia to feed the beneficial bacteria...what was the ammonia reading, if it is down to 0, you will need to carry on with a fishless cycle, see here:
    10 Gallon Beginner Tank... Journal

    40 Gallon Breeder: ... Journal

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    0 Not allowed!
    whenever the ammonia hits 0 add some more, try to get it to 1-2 ppm everytime.
    i hear some people say, "i kept a goldfish in a bowl and it lived for a year."
    they don't know how lucky they were and all goldfish live at least 15 years in proper conditions.
    that is equal to saying my human lived in his closet for 5 years!

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    2 Not allowed!
    This is the approach that I took to making sure that no unauthorized hands enter the tanks in my my wife's classroom.

    I realize that this isn't a terribly practical suggestion, I just like to show it off. ;) All of the tank access doors lock. No feeding, no messing with the lights (which are on a timer), no fiddling with the heaters, no adding fish, no "hugging" the frogs, no dropping Barbie heads in the water. I built it myself. The school paid for materials, but the labor was donated.


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    Wow S, that's very impressive!

    So, I added some ammonia to the tank, now it's at 4 ppm ammonia. Is that okay? Or should I change the water to try to bring it down to 2 ppm?

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    0 Not allowed!
    Even though it is a small tank, I'd leave it at 4 ppm...I can't remember, is there a heater in the tank?...if so, crank it up to about 80F, and let it go for a day or two
    10 Gallon Beginner Tank... Journal

    40 Gallon Breeder: ... Journal

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    Yea, there's a heater, it's about 75 now.

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    0 Not allowed!
    The heater setting, or the temp on the thermometer?...sorry, I haven't gone back and read every post on this thread...
    10 Gallon Beginner Tank... Journal

    40 Gallon Breeder: ... Journal

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    0 Not allowed!
    The thermometer reads 75.

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