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    Question Sterbai Corys all dead

    I am sorry this happened to your little guys. :( From everything I have read it is best to get the fish out of the water they were shipped in as quickly as possible. Should you decide to get more you can float the bag without opening it for 20 minutes or so to temp match and then pour them out...
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    Trouble with Exceedingly Long Fishless Cycle

    That is good news. If you've not done a water change in at least a couple of weeks you may want to go ahead and do one. The cycling process tends to use up the minerals in our source water so it might help to replenish them by changing some of the water. Be sure to dechlorinate and temp match...
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    Question Ammonia 1ppm

    The amount of bacteria on the seeded media you started with depends on the bio-load of the tank the media came from. If it was well stocked (lots of fish) there should have been enough bacteria to get this cycle moving forward quickly but if there was a small bio-load (very few fish) it will...
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    Fish-in cycle help

    You are very welcome. At 2 weeks you are still early in the cycle. You may not see nitrites for another couple of weeks so don't get stressed if you don't see them before that.
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    Fish-in cycle help

    It is good that you have Prime. Yes, add it on the days that you don't do water changes. Some folks say you only need to add it every 48 hours but I am not comfortable with that. Once you start seeing nitrites you want to keep the total amount of ammonia plus nitrites below one with water...
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    Fish-in cycle help

    Personally I don't think fish in cycling is bad as long as one is willing and able to do water changes. You are so I feel sure your fish will be alright. If you don't already have it get a bottle of Seachem Prime. It is first and foremost a water conditioner but goes one step farther and...
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    Seachem Prime question

    Looks like great forward progress. It is just a matter of time now. Since this is a fishless cycle just letting it do its thing is the best thing to do. You may want to cut down the amount of ammonia you are adding daily. By doing so you will allow the nitrite eating bacteria a chance to catch...
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    How much ppm of ammonia should cycled tank consume?

    There is no set amount. The amount of bacteria in a tank depends on the bio-load (in this case the ammonia you are adding) in the tank. I first look at the size of the tank. If you are cycling a 5 gallon tank you know you can't add many fish. The fewer fish the lower the bio-load will be so in...
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    Best product to lower Nitrate?

    I tried out some nitrate reducing pad and it did absolutely nothing for me. I had good luck with nitra-zorb. It actually did what it is supposed too but the very best thing to do to get nitrates down is change the water. I do recommend the nitra-zorb for folks that have nitrates in their source...
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    Best Fish Survival Story

    Thank you. It broke my heart to see all of my fish belly up. It took me a long time to get over it. Oh my goodness. What a horrifying experience. I would really freak out if that happened to any of my plecos Those tiny rubber bands are the very best thing I have found for securing plants.
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    Best Fish Survival Story

    Mine was a little albino cory. This little guy wedged itself into a hole in a piece of decor that I didn't think it could possibly fit into. It took hubby and I at least an hour to finally get the little guy out. It had a few scrapes but appeared to otherwise be alright. This little guy went on...
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    Best product to lower Nitrate?

    I will have to leave that question for those that have successfully treated ich. Fortunately I have never had to deal with it but it leaves me unable to help those that are experiencing it.
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    Best product to lower Nitrate?

    That is a fairly high bio-load for your size tank so yes, I would be changing out no leas than 50% of the water every week. I am a firm believer in keeping the water as fresh as I can so I do recommend doing one bigger water change each month. Once a month instead of a 50% water change I would...
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    Best product to lower Nitrate?

    There is no set in stone amount of water that must be changed. Personally I change out no less than 50% of the water in each of my tanks each week. If your nitrates are up to 40 a 50% water change will lower them to 20. Since you don't have your own test kit you can't know how high they are a...
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    Best product to lower Nitrate?

    Sadly we often can't depend on them giving us good information. They are there to sell fish and products. Prime is a good water conditioner to use when you DO YOUR WATER CHANGES to get the nitrates down. That is what they should have told you.




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