New 75 gallon Help

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by Reel lady fishing, Jul 18, 2015.

  1. Reel lady fishingValued MemberMember

    Ok, so i finally got to filling my 75 about 4-5 days ago. When doing that I added in my Aqueon water conditioner and just this morning I went out and I got some beneficial liquid bacteria for the aquarium. I poured it in this afternoon at about 3 o'clock. I have a yellow Gurami from my 29 gallon tank and I was wondering if I can put it in today just to get the poop cycling. Can I?

  2. Hashfrowns77New MemberMember

    Have you tested the water?

  3. NympxzieValued MemberMember

    If you added the bacteria it might be super high in ammonia. Don't add the fish until you test the water!

  4. Reel lady fishingValued MemberMember

  5. Hashfrowns77New MemberMember

    If both of those are neutral, then that means the bacteria haven't converted the ammonia to nitrites yet. Don't add the fish yet.
  6. NympxzieValued MemberMember

    API test strips don't test ammonia, and unfortunately are very inaccurate. For accurate readings but an API master test kit! that will test ammonia for you.
  7. alinkWell Known MemberMember

    Okay, so you added the bacteria to the tank but have no ammonia source (100% pure ammonia or fish)? If that is the case, your bacteria you added will die. They need an ammonia source to get your cycle going. I would not use a gourami for cycling unless that is your only option. There is no promise that the fish will survive the cycling. If it doesnt, you will need to add more fish to keep producing ammonia or do fishless cycle with 100% pure ammonia.
  8. Dom90Fishlore VIPMember

    To the OP, didn't you used to own a saltwater tank?....

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  9. Hashfrowns77New MemberMember

    If you don't have an ammonia source, you could use the shrimp approach. Buy some raw shrimp and put them in a mesh bag (that makes cleanup easier) and drop them in your tank. The decay releases ammonia pretty steadily.
  10. alinkWell Known MemberMember

    That is an antiquated method of providing ammonia. There is no control over how much is released, plus you will get more bacteria to form that will eat the actual shrimp instead of converting the ammonia that occurs when it decays enough.. Using pure ammonia or actual living fish, will guaranteed work.
  11. Hashfrowns77New MemberMember

    But it's cruel to use live fish.
  12. alinkWell Known MemberMember

    If you use a product like Tetra Safe Start+, and fish that arent super sensitive to the water parameters, it can easily be done with no harm.

    Yes, fishless is better, but with something you can control, like drops of pure ammonia.
  13. Anders247Fishlore LegendMember

    I would get the API liquid test kit as mentioned, it's more accurate.

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