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    fish tank dairy

    wednesday 12th sept
    set up fish tank, added gravel. water, 3 bunches of Anacharis elodea 3 bunches of Cobomba aquatica, bogwood
    added water conditioner, pinch of fish flakes

    thursday 13th sept
    added pinch of fish flakes

    friday 14th sept
    added pinch of fish flakes
    tested ammonia 0.25ppm

    saturday 15th sept
    added pinch of fish flakes

    sunday 16th sept
    added pinch of fish flakes

    monday 17th sept
    added 2 pinches of fish flakes
    tested ammonia 0.25ppm

    tuesday 18th sept
    added 1 pinch of fish flakes and two king prawns.

    wednesday 19th sept
    added 1 pinch of fish flakes

    friday 21st sept
    removed two king prawns before bed. (very furry, very smelly)

    saturday 22nd sept
    tested water ammonia - 0ppm, nitrite - 0ppm, nitrate - 10ppm.

    this is exactly what ive done on my 180ltr tank. the plants have grown great, snails are breeding like there is no tomorrow, but i just cant seem to get my ammonia up should i be doing something more?
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    You could be cycling with pure ammonia instead since it is easier to dose precisely and has the added benefit of not turning into a huge mess on the substrate.

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    yeah looked into using pure ammonia first but due to living on a small isle (26 mile x 26 mile) had problems finding it, was then advised on this site that using fish flakes and raw fish/prawns would be my next option. just cant seem to get the ammonia up high enough

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    You need considerate amount than a 'pinch' of fish food to get a good reading of ammonia. Might be close to handfuls.
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    why not do a fishless cycle and why put fish food

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    He is doing a fishless cycle, seb's fish. He's using Fish Food to produce the ammonia for the cycle because he lives on a small isle and is having trouble finding Pure Ammonia at the stores.
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    Oh. Sorry about that.=)

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    I'm wondering if you shouldn't just put raw fish in a stocking in there instead of flakes - sounds like a pinch of flakes isn't doing the trick - yes, rotting fish doesn't smell good but I'm guessing it'll produce more than .25 of ammonia and keep it steady for a bit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seb's fish
    Oh. Sorry about that.=)
    No problem. There was quite a bit of information there to read. I actually had to read it a couple times myself
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    I think he already tried that with some prawns.

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