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    Is This Normal Fish Behavior?

    hi all I started a tank on april 11th it’s still in the cycling process. added three glofish tetras and tetra safestart about three days into cycling. Ever since my fish have been in their tank i’ve noticed that they pick at the gravel searching for food even right AFTER i feed them, is this...
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    Ammonia Reading

    i checked the date before adding and it was well into the future not sure on the exact date but i know that. could’ve just been a bad batch i guess
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    Ammonia Reading

    yea going into this i knew somewhat about the nitrogen cycle. so i thought doing a fish in cycle with the safestart would be okay since i read that it at least keeps them safe during it. i think i’m going to try a bottle of the safestart plus and if that doesn’t work then i’ll have to figure...
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    Ammonia Reading

    oh okay. well darn that sucks. i thought the safestart would at least make it somewhat easier
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    Ammonia Reading

    oh okay. i just followed what others said on here about doing a water change after adding the safestart. most said to do 20-30. i’ll try to do 50 and see what happens.
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    Ammonia Reading

    so basically i’m just now starting the process since the safestart didn’t work right? and yes you are right, i’ve never seen nitrites but it looks like to me that the nitrates are at least 3-4ppm. i’ve seen the orange tint in the nitrates for the past week. it just seems weird to me that since...
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    Ammonia Reading

    i just dump the amount i need into the filter right? no where else? just regular safestart
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    Ammonia Reading

    can i add another bottle of the safestart and see if that helps? if i read everything about the cycle right, once the ammonia rises it should drop right? so i should see it dropping and the nitrite or nitrate rising right? that makes sense. i’ll see if my mom can get more of the beneficial...
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    Ammonia Reading

    it’s a 29 gallon. i have a aquatop pf 40-uv as my filter. nitrites have always been 0, i’m assuming from the safestart this is what’s in my filter. is there anything i can add to it to maybe help it work better?
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    Ammonia Reading

    yes i am cycling the tank. i added tetra safestart about 2 weeks ago. once the two weeks were up i did a water change. my readings were 0-.25 the first week since that’s whats in my tap. within the last week it rose to .50, so i did a water change. i am cycling with fish. they still seem to be...
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    Ammonia Reading

    would you guys interprete this ammonia reading as .50 or 1? i did a 20-30% water change yesterday and it seems like the levels had risen from .50. there’s .25 in my tap. we tried to boil off the ammonia and let it sit for about 2-3 hours before adding it to the tank. added api stress coat as...
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    Levels Not Moving

    i’m definitely going to start doing water changes to get my levels back down to the .25 as my baseline and test it daily to see if if rises
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    Levels Not Moving

    i use api stress coat. and i’ve been trying. she honestly came into this thinking you can just throw fish into a tank and they would be fine. she got a real wakeup call when she had to buy all this stuff just to keep them happy. i knew from even before setting up the tank that that isn’t true...
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    Levels Not Moving

    i do not have prime. i’ve just been waiting it out and watching my levels.
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    Levels Not Moving

    oh yea that i know, i’ve told her not to listen to anyone there but she doesn’t listen. i am physically not able to do the water changes as i am disabled so it’s hard to lift a lot of water that i would need. i’m gonna try to convince her to let my dad change the water and see if it goes back...
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    Levels Not Moving

    nitrites have always been 0 from the very start. tank is a 29 gallon. i believe it skipped over that phase and went straight to nitrates. i use api stress coat for my water conditioner. so do i do a water change to get it back down to my baseline of .25 ammonia since that’s in my tap? and just...
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    Levels Not Moving

    hi all, long story short my family and i started a tank on april 11th, we let it run for two days and then added tetra safestart and let that run for 24 hours before adding 3 glofish tetras. after about 2 weeks of letting the safestart run it’s course we finally saw a rise in the ammonia levels...
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    Nitrate Reading

    haha, i tend to catch myself just sitting there watching them a lot making sure they look happy and content
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    Nitrate Reading

    they were at the very beginning. i put in an airstone on monday and all hanging at the top of the tank stopped. and yes it’ll be two weeks tomorrow
  20. J

    Nitrate Reading

    for the most part yes. one of my fish, the pink one, refuses to eat. he/she takes the food, puts it in it’s mouth and spits it back out but doesn’t try to go for it again. i’m just wondering if it’s the food or if the fish doesn’t wanna eat. nothing seems to be physically wrong. they don’t...




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