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09-04-2012, 04:45 PM #21
Originally Posted by fishmommie
If you see tons of nitrites you're well on your way there. Should get that stocking list ready soon.
09-04-2012, 05:07 PM #22
0Originally Posted by homemadepopcorn
2 blood parrots, 1 severum (either a gold, a green or turquoise - my LFS just got some turquoise in and they're pretty cool) 1 electric blue JD (my LFS will take him back and give me full credit if I have any aggression problems) and I'm going to try 3 angels. I know I may be asking for trouble with 3 but, again my LFS (a mom and pop store) will work with me on them. They're really terrific. All the fish I'm getting are in the 2 - 3 inch range so still juvies but with some nice growth and color and young enough, I hope, to grow up and get used to each other. I have a lot of rocks and caves and wood and flora for them to hide in when they need time outs.
I'll see how everyone gets along before I worry about a plec or cats. Also saw a gorgeous gold algae eater that was really appealing.
Soo many fish ... not enough water ...
09-05-2012, 03:29 AM #23
0Originally Posted by fishmommie
I'm not exactly sure, but aggresive or semi-aggresive cichlids might take a liking to your angel's fins. A pleco might also suck the slime coat off. If it were me, I'd keep the angels out of it. But your research might turn up something different.
09-05-2012, 04:20 AM #24
thanks. I'll continue to research. But it's difficult to come up with what seems to be a failsafe compatibility plan. Every time I think I have it nailed, another potential issue comes up :o() A pleco in this tank is not a priority for me. But if algae becomes an issue, I'll have to do something.
I started this whole journey wanting angels but have found so many other fish I would love to have as well.
I know the parrots are mild mannered except when spawning and I know the severums are fairly well behaved. What I've read about the Electric Blues are that they are smaller and not as aggressive as the JD's - especially if kept singley and make a fairly good community tank mate. I'm also figuring that I have enough nooks and crannys and caves and plants that territory won't become an issue.
Most have advised that the parrots, severum and angel mix should work - but I hadn't thrown the EBJD's into the mix at that point and they are so gorgeous I just have to try growing one out.
I may end up passing on the angels - sadly - and opt for the pleco and possibly a gravel eater.
Maybe a nice school of mature congo tetras would work to help fill out the tank?
At one point Cliff had (maybe still has) 2 firemouths, 1 severum, 14 congos, 9 corys and 2 BNPs in a 90.
I realize I'm not talking about the same mix but I want a well populated tank without over doing things.
there I go ... off on another direction again.
09-09-2012, 12:05 AM #25
cycle progressing but need reassurance
8-26 Started 90 gal fw fishless cycle. Dosed with 6 tsp of ammonia to get a 4 ammonia reading. Bubbler going. Filters running. Temp 82 F
9-3 A dropped to 2, Trites = trace. did nothing.
9-4 A = 2, Trites = 1, trates = trace. did nothing
9-5 A = 2, Trites = 5, trates = 10. did nothing
9-6 A = 1, Trites = 5, didn't check trates. did nothing
9-7 A = 0, Trites = 5, trates = 40. Dosed with 2 tsp ammonia which brought ammonia back to 2.
9-8 A = 0, Trites = 2 (or 4 or the chart is so difficult to read), Trates = 20. Dosed Ammonia back to 2 (took 3 tsp this time)
Does this all look right to you? Was surprised to see nitrates so early, also surprised that they dropped when the nitrites dropped but maybe that's normal. Realize the trites still need to drop to 0 with the Ammonia but it appears the spike has peaked. Is it possible I'm fairly close to this cycle being complete after only 2 weeks?
Last edited by fishmommie; 09-09-2012 at 12:20 AM.
09-12-2012, 04:07 PM #26
Ammonia dosing during last stage of cycle
Hi. My fishless cycle is moving along well. Started showing Trites 9-3, they spiked to +5. on 9-5 and have been dropping incrementally every other day since. Now down to .5. Started 1/2 dosing of Ammoni(3 tsp) on 9-7 when ammonia dropped to 0. Have been dosing 3 tsp Ammonia daily to bring back to 2 every day and it drops to 0 again next day. Nitrates are running between 40 - 80 every day. So all is good.
Today, however, when I dosed my 3 tsp of ammonia, it only took it back up to 1, not 2. I suspect that is because today (first time since I started this) I had to add 3 gallons of water to top off tank because my spray bar was getting pretty noisy. Based on other posts I've read, I treated the 3 gallons with enough Prime to handle the whole tank.
So, I figure it's the Prime that reduced the Ammonia reading to 1?
And if so, is it best to just leave the tank alone today and not worry about getting the ammonia up to 2? I'm afraid to use too much ammonia as it could cause the nitrites to start rising again.
All advice appreciated.
Last edited by fishmommie; 09-12-2012 at 04:09 PM.
09-12-2012, 04:27 PM #27Senior Member Red tailed catfish
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I wouldn't worry personally - just wait for the ammonia to drop again to 0 and add more - 1-2 should be what you're aiming for when you add again.
09-12-2012, 04:33 PM #28
0Originally Posted by andreahp
Thanks so much for getting back to me.
09-14-2012, 02:10 PM #29
still on target??
started fishless cycle 8-26.
the trite spike was 9-5, then they dropped steadily to .5 where I'm stalled. Is this normal to be stuck in trite limbo for this long?
BTW: Trates bouncing around between 20 and 80+
Just double checking to see if I should be doing something different.
Still dosing back to 2 ammonia daily. Should I drop that back to 1?
Or just be patient?
09-14-2012, 02:29 PM #30Senior Member Red tailed catfish
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You could try that - you really just need enough ammonia to feed the bacteria already present - hopefully you will see nitrites fall to 0 soon!