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Ahh ok, but actually i had bought my tank used. The guy from whome i bought it had pretty much everything. His tank was dry, so i cleaned it up and had placed it in the sun to dry it completely and in an accident the tank got cracked so i went and got a new aquarium. So now i have a brand new tank and all the stuff from that guy, including medications, conditioners, testing strips, food, net, anti-ammonia tablets ...ryanr said:you're more than welcome.
If you don't have a water conditioner yet, can I suggest Seachem Prime. It costs a little more, but goes a very long way. 2 drops per gallon
It is a dechlorinator (chlorine, chloramine), as well as de-toxing ammonia and nitrite. Very handy to have around in the event of a mini-cycle.
Sure, i will not use the anti ammonia tables right now coz i need ammonia for the bacteria. I already throughly washed my substrate and dried it in the sun to be like new. I have set the substrate in the tank and almost done with all the decorations. I will add water and conditioner tomorrow and after sometime will add ammonia to start the cycle.ryanr said:Always wash any decorations before putting them in the aquarium. They can have dust and traces of production products.
I would rinse in warm to hot water first [no detergents], then if possible, in old aquarium water.
I strongly recommend against using anti-ammonia tablets and pH adjusters (if it came with any) Given you're fishless cycling, you shouldn't need the anti-ammonia tablets. These types of products can often do more harm than good.
While you wait for your tank to be ready, you could also start cleaning the gravel/substrate
Thanks for the info, Also i was thinking should i add water first to the tank and then condition it ? or should i condition the water outside of the tank and then add it ? does it make any difference ?ryanr said:Given you've dried your substrate, I would suggest pouring a little (conditioned) water in the tank and leave for a about an hour or so. Fill to about 1/2" above the top of the gravel.
This will allow any dust to re-settle in the the gravel. Don't panic, this is normal as the substrate/gravel will create dust from being rubbed against itself.
Then using a saucer/plate, gently pour the rest of the (conditioned) water over the plate so as to reduce the disturbance to the gravel, which will kick up dust into the water.
It may also be easier to half fill the tank and place your decorations. As decorations also take up space, you might find that adding them when full could overflow the tank
As for the anti-ammonia tablets, personally, I would throw them out, along with any other pH type chemicals you might have.