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    Good picture, most acrylic tanks are designed this way both the 40 and 50 look like this. With my 75 there are two acrylic pieces that lift out so I just put the reflector over the top that I bought separate
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    That would be the one! They just don't hinge like the tanks I've seen in the past. I was surprised that it was one peice like that when I got it. I don't use the light that comes with it. The clear part of the lights that fit in the holes I kept, and use as a water shield for another set I bought. I wanted lights that I could change color and brightness on, but I don't want them wet. The combination works.

    While I am waiting for the nitrite to drop, won't the bacteria die if they don't get any ammonia?

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    That much i knew. I'm waiting for the nitrites to come all the way down, but figured further investigation of species was prudent. I want to know what I'm looking for when the time comes. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marc4 View Post

    While I am waiting for the nitrite to drop, won't the bacteria die if they don't get any ammonia?

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    I forget, you are doing a fishless cycle, correct?
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    If you are doing a fishless cycle then you should be adding more ammonia (1/2 the original dose or to get it to 2ppm) when the ammonia level hits zero. That will keep the bacteria growing .
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    We'd be interested to the know the results the carbonate hardness test of your tap water as well when you have the chance to perform one.

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    slaphappy7- Yes, I am doing a fishless cycle. I figured I had enough to learn with general water care and fish species without having to worry about plant care. Maybe later on down the line I'll plant some real stuff.

    Silbar- I re-read the article on cycling. What I'm getting from that is that the ammonia and nitrites should eventually go to 0 while the Nitrates climb. Once that happens, I can change the water and add fish. Is this correct?

    Taurus- my master kit does not check carbonate, so i had to use a strip for that. Carbonate is at 80, Nitrates are 120
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    Silbar- I re-read the article on cycling. What I'm getting from that is that the ammonia and nitrites should eventually go to 0 while the Nitrates climb. Once that happens, I can change the water and add fish. Is this correct?
    You dose ammonia the first time, then wait. Once it reaches 0, you redose ammonia at 1/2 of your original dose. Once it reaches 0, you do it again 24 hours later, and continue to do this until trItes are 0...trItes will spike, then slowly drop, until finally, they reach 0.

    For some cycles, this happens quickly, with others, it takes a while. Evey tank and cycle is different, but if done correctly, reach the same goal.

    You have to dose ammonia continually, until trItes reach 0 and stay there..
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    i'm not in a hurry. once conditions are right, how long do you have to do the large water change and add fish?

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