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    Hi this is my very first post here. I started my fish tank in 13th of this month without any fish and also this tanks is not a new tank this tank is a old one which I have just niglected and let alge grow.

    I cleand the alge and started up with new fresh water we live in a rural place so we use well water let it there for 3 days with air pumps on and on 14th I did a 80% water change and on 15th I added 20 barbs (Tiger, Albino, Green) with 3 live plants.

    Now I just want to know is it ok to do another partial this coming sunday ? is it a good idea or shall I wait for another week or so.
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    With that many fish added at once, you should be testing the water for ammonia and nitrites and doing frequent partial waterchanges as needed to keep those at safe levels for your fish. You should read this thread about cycling with fish: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ad.php?t=36492

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    How big of a tank do you have? Agree with kingfisher - that is a lot of fish to put in a tank at once and you need to read about cycling with fish to try and prevent any of them from dying on you.

    Until you get yourself a liquid test kit and start monitoring your water parameters, especially ammonia, you need to change your water fairly frequently - a few times a week - otherwise the ammonia the fish produce will build up in the tank and make them ill/kill them.

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    Thank you both of you for the reply. I know I made big mistake that's mainly due to my lack of knowledge and misunderstanding of the cycling theory but what done is done my tank is pretty big compared to the amount of fish I think the capacity to fill my is around 40 - 45 fish.

    And I'm only having barbs no any other fish types. But my other concern if a test kit in my country the cycling doesn't exists and no does the fish shop keepers most people who have fish tanks just maintain them by there own experience. So test kits are not available if I want one I have to get it from abroad but I can't find it in ebay to purchase can you guys help.

    About the fish I'm keeping a very close eye on them and they seems to be ok but planing on doing a 80% water change on sunday but is if you recommend I can do it tomorrow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sandmaan
    tank is pretty big compared to the amount of fish I think the capacity to fill my is around 40 - 45 fish.

    And I'm only having barbs no any other fish types. But my other concern if a test kit in my country the cycling doesn't exists and no does the fish shop keepers most people who have fish tanks just maintain them by there own experience. So test kits are not available if I want one I have to get it from abroad but I can't find it in ebay to purchase can you guys help.

    About the fish I'm keeping a very close eye on them and they seems to be ok but planing on doing a 80% water change on sunday but is if you recommend I can do it tomorrow.
    We don't know how large your tank is so do not assume your tank capacity is 40-45 fish. Even if you have a 50gal tank, all those fish would need to be small fish that stay at 1" long even as adults - barbs do not fit that requirement.

    Until you have a test kit, I would do large water changes every other day - you can't be too careful with ammonia and you aren't able to monitor it right now.

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    Wal-Mart's website sells a very good aquarium test kit that includes pH as well as ammonia/nitrite/nitrate and I'm told it is rather inexpensive (but shipping may be an issue for you.) Try their site. Do not know the type of filter you have but do not clean it while cycling (filters need only be rinised out every few months.) Good luck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cermet
    Wal-Mart's website sells a very good aquarium test kit that includes pH as well as ammonia/nitrite/nitrate and I'm told it is rather inexpensive (but shipping may be an issue for you.) Try their site. Do not know the type of filter you have but do not clean it while cycling (filters need only be rinised out every few months.) Good luck.
    Thank you, The filters are very old this tank is used tank also the filters they are not new I normally don't rins them just wash the dirt of that's it I'll try the wallmart site.
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    I just bought an API Test kit on Amazon 2 days ago for $19.

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    There are companies that ship to other countries. Just search on Google. You may find something in Ebay for your area.

    Until you get that tank cycled, you have to be doing some large water changes. For that many fish, you also need a good filter that can handle that many fish. Those fish need to grow and they will get territorial. Unless you have a 300 gallon tank, I would not plan on having 45-50 of them.

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    Laddy Hobbs thx I'll post some photos and the size of my tank tomorrow so you guys can get a good idea about my tank. And help with the cycling of it.
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