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    Betta xox

    Never really considered myself a betta gal. I'd struggled with glofish for months. If I had more than 6, they'd throw the tank into a mini-cycle, and if I had less than 6, they'd eat each other. Cute fish, but KILLERS! I always rushed past those little betta bowls. They made me feel...
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    If you've used Tetra Safe Start, please take this poll

    I *cheated* a little. I'd been fishless cycling for 42+ days (.5, 0, 40) when I emptied the water in my 20 gallon, added TSS, and 6 glofish. At day 7, I was 0, 0, 5. Great product!
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    Question should my yellow glofish gills be slightly pink?

    Ammonia burns was what I was thinking, but this morning I'm at 0, 0, 5. Maybe they've always been this color. Hmmmm...
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    2 month old aquarium, mollies suddenly dying

    Sorry about your Molly problem. I lost 4 myself in December as I was trying to figure out fishkeeping. I suspect -- from your lack of ammonia readings -- that you're using test strips. Am I correct? These are notoriously inaccurate. What you really need is the API master test kit. A...
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    Question should my yellow glofish gills be slightly pink?

    Added TSS to my tank, and then 6 glofish, 4 days ago. Noticed today my big yellow glofish (during the 2 seconds he is still) has slightly pinkish gills. I don't remember if he came home that way, or not... He appears 100% FINE otherwise. He's taken over as *chief chaser* and oversees the...
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    Is Tetra telling me the wrong information?

    Hmmmmm... thinking this one through Do you think the advice not to check your readings a) because they'll be false or b) because you'll go crazy because the readings will be all over the place and cause you to do something that would impact the effectiveness of their product? If the product...
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    120 Gallon Tank how much longer!

    Here's some more info I found about KH and pH: "KH above 50 ppm helps prevent sudden drops in pH. KH (carbonate hardness) is an important source of energy for nitrifying bacteria that eliminate ammonia and nitrite." If you can measure kH (I bought API's test kit), you can use to figure...
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    had to empty the tank today :(

    I think your kids probably picked the least harmful thing in your medicine cabinet. TUMS is just calcium carbonate, and if you google it, you'll see it's a common substance in rocks, and "the main component of shells of marine organisms, snails, pearls, and eggshells." It might harden your...
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    Stalled cycle ?? Please advise.

    Right after my nitrites dropped to 0 when fishless cycling, my nh3 slowed to a near stop. I added less for a week, and one morning: everything was processing in 12 hours! Hang in there!
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    120 Gallon Tank how much longer!

    What's the pH of your TANK water? The tap water you put in your tank will fluctuate frequently as your tank cycles. Several times during my fishless cycle, the pH crashed and my cycle would stall. I finally started to test pH daily and add baking soda if I saw it moving down. This was also...
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    10 Gallon Tank Why dosen't my tank cycle

    Not that you should alter your pH, but when I fishless cycled, things always seemed to slow down (nitrIte-wise) when the pH got close to 7 or my temp was <80. Abrupt pH changes can kill your fish, so I wouldn't advise changing anything. I think you're just going to have to do the most...
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    Question If fishes' stomaches are as big as their eyes...

    Ah, so they won't starve overnight! I added TSS and fish to my nearly-fishless-cycled tank 3 days ago and am trying to cut back on the food as much as possible to keep the levels low initially. But the danios seem to be starving *all the time.* If they know there's a single grain of food...
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    Question If fishes' stomaches are as big as their eyes...

    ... what does this *really* mean in terms of feeding? I have six glofish. By this rule, I reason they should get one granule of food twice a day. Obviously, I can't target which fish I feed, but it seems like the one who got less last meal time rises to the occasion the next and plants...
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    Is Tetra telling me the wrong information?

    Are your fish showing signs of stress? I added TSS 2 days ago... sooo hard not to test! Hyper-monitoring my fish, too...
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    Help switching from fishless to TSS

    Tell me if you'd heard this one before. I do one final water test before breaking things down. NH3 .75 <<yawn>> Nitrite 0 Blue. Blue as a winter sky. ??! I told my daughter tomorrow was the day. But I feel so close to the finish. What of those pesky NH3 levels? **This** is why...
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    Help switching from fishless to TSS

    Thanks, everyone. I have been a little bit hard on myself over giving up, but I do feel like it's the best thing right now. You all have made me feel much better, and helped me rethink my TSS plan!
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    Help switching from fishless to TSS

    jdhef -- rethinking things and considering tossing my filters. Maybe I've grown some strain of cycle-resistant bacteria.... :/ Just hard to see 7 weeks of waiting thrown out.
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    Help switching from fishless to TSS

    My tap is .25, 0, 0 but previously was cycling all my ammonia with no problems. I have checked my lot numbers before -- all end in 0809. Still taking suggestions for this episode of "Can this Cycle be Saved?!" until 9 am EST Wednesday.
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    Help switching from fishless to TSS

    Yes, well, not only that, but my nitrItes ROSE after the water change. My ammonia used to drop within 12 hours, just not the past few days. Hence: my complete insanity. Kit is less than a year old... but it's all water under the bridge (haha) now! Undecided about changing the media -- part...
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    Help switching from fishless to TSS

    Seriously... it is starting to make me insane! Comparable to being pregnant past my due date, and then, my daughter's sad looks... but the end is near! So Day 1, 9 am, massive water change(s), add AquaSafe, then Day 2, 9 am, add TSS and fish. THANKS! for your help!




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