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  1. #71

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    It has been 72 hours since I added my ammonia. It is still at 2 ppm or so with 0 nitrites.

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    I forget, and am too lazy to go back and look, but has an airstone been mentioned in this thread, to aid with the cycle?

    Since we've raised the temp of the tank, the oxygen content has most likely lowered...warmer water holds less O2

    An airstone (bubbler) doesn't add O2 directly into the water column, but the surface agitation aids in gas exchange at the surface

    Your BB (beneficial bacteria) require O2 to grow, so a better oxygenated tank will help the colony more quickly

    If you don't have an air pump/airstone going, I recommend you get one, cheap and easy to set up, and if you don't like bubbles, just use it to help cycle your future tanks, once MTS* sets in.

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    Hi slaphppy. Yes, I have an airstone running in the tank and its still at 82 degrees.

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    Have you thought anymore about what fish you want to consider?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SixtyForty View Post
    Hi slaphppy. Yes, I have an airstone running in the tank and its still at 82 degrees.
    Good, and hello again

    Now that you've set up the best scenario for a successful fishless cycle, comes the hardest part

    The patience you must have for it to complete

    There's a saying in the hobby, "nothing good happens fast", and it applies to fishless cycling more than anything else

    I've cycled 4 tanks with pure ammonia, average length of time to cycle is 3 weeks

    No need to check params for a few days, but there's other things to do while you wait, like planning which fish you'd like to try, considering real plants, deco, etc...

    You can plant during a cycle...lots of easy-to-grow plants out there for beginners

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slaphppy7 View Post

    The patience you must have for it to complete
    I do. I know this will take a while.

    Hi Nautilus. I was thinking about maybe a gourami (or 2 if they would get along, I know nothing about them) and some small community fish. Maybe some zebra danios or something? I'm not really sure though.
    I've read that the gourami's are good for beginners and that is why I was sort of leaning that way. You are more than welcome to make a few suggestions if you'd like.
    I would like to have one or two larger fish along with some smaller ones. The ph of our city water here is around 8.
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    Dwarf gourami are notoriously weak genes so I'd stay away from them. (The bright blue or blue and red gourami you see in the stores).

    Check out the honey gourami. They are s pretty fish, and stay small enough for your tank size. They don't have the same disease problems the dwarf gourami have, so I think they make a better "beginner" fish. Gourami love floating plants, so if you are considering having live plants you can look into some floating plants for them.

    Zebra danios are a pretty active fish you could probably keep them in a 20g, but in my opinion they need more swimming space.

    I haven't kept too many schooling fish, but Harlequin rasbora's have always caught my eye! @steeler58 seems to always have good suggestion for schooling fish, maybe he can suggest some good options.

    If I remembered correctly you talked about cichlids. There aren't too many that can go in a smaller tank, and I would stay away from Rams and apistogrammas as they can be harder to keep. The krib could be an option. But cichlids are known to have different personalities. you may get one that works great in your community tank, or you may get one that doesn't get along at all.
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    You can't go wrong with Harlequins or their close relative, Trigonostigma espei, once your tank is established Rummy nose tetra are one of the finest schooling fish. Other small tetra's would be Glowlights, Pristilla, head and tail lights, black neon and gold tetra's just to name a few of the more readily available and hardy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slaphppy7 View Post
    Check params again in 48 hours
    Will do! Thanks.

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    Thanks slaphppy and nautilus.

    Slaphppy, I would like to have some live plants. Which plant species would be right for a beginner tank? Would I have to do anything special to my tank to have them?

    I will see if the lfs has honey gourami's.

    @ steeler, thanks for the suggestions. I googled them and really like the look of the Trigonostigma espei's.
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