Re: Compatibility of white clouds and guppies?
GabbyFord wrote: And with my fishless cycle, I simply filled my tank with dechlorinated water, and everyday used a dose of beneficial bacteria and added a very small portion of fish food daily/once every 2 days. I even had ornaments in the tank from a previously cycled tank. There was absolutely 0 progress for 4 weeks, no nitrites, no nitrates, only ammonia, and the ammonia just kept building up until it was 8ppm+ so I had to start doing water changes to lower it to an ideal level for cycling. As soon as I added the fish it really did jump start the cycle.
Hi and welcome :) The fish food method of fishless cycling is much less reliable, and it also sounds like you may not have been using enough. It works a lot better using bottled ammonia, if you can get it in Australia. Here in the UK it's often sold for cleaning purposes, I would imagine it's probably available in Australia too. Just make sure you get one with no other chemicals (detergents etc.) in it. The links fmcf posted above will tell you everything you need to know about this method. Also the vast majority of bottled bacteria products are useless - having been sitting in a sealed bottle with no food source for weeks or months, the bacteria will be dead by the time you use them. Adding ornaments from a previously cycled tank also probably won't have made much difference, as the bacteria mainly colonise the filter, not the ornaments and other objects in the tank. What can often help is taking a small amount of filter media from a previously cycled tank and putting it in your new filter. We really don't recommend a fish-in cycle, whatever else you may think it's really not good for the fish long-term.
You could try Esha 2000, I've successfully treated dropsy with it in the past. If you have already used another treatment then you will first have to do two 40% water changes to remove the other treatment.
Hi, I'm afraid cories are tropical fish so they wouldn't be suitable for a pond in the UK. Might be worth perhaps asking a pet shop if they can take them off your hands - my local pet shop was very helpful when my tank was overstocked and rehomed a lot of fish for me. Or you could try listing tank and fish on Aquarist Classifieds, I've never used it myself but I've heard it's very good.
That looks incredible, I'd love my tank to look like that. I've never managed to get live plants to work (although last time I tried I didn't really know what I was doing). I can see you've put in a lot of work and it's really paid off.
The short answer is most of it. At that level I'd guess at least 80%, then see what the level is. And you're right, the high nitrate level is the result of not doing water changes, which are (usually) unneccessary during a fishless cycle. For the cycle to be complete the ammonia should be fully processed to nitrate within 12 hours.
Hi, sorry you've not been getting any replies. We do answer questions, although I can see you've not had much luck in getting replies to your questions so far. Obviously we can only answer questions we know the answers to, and not everyone here will be able to help you. I for one can't really answer any of the questions you've posted (ponds aren't my area). Maybe nobody else who knows the answer has been on yet, and in the case of your older posts they may have been pushed down the list and may therefore have been missed by the people who have the answers - I hadn't seen some of them myself until now and I'm on here most days. The only help I can maybe offer is in response to your questions about dechlorinator. In my tank I only use enough dechlorinator for the water I'm adding, and I add the dechlorinator to the fresh water BEFORE adding it to the tank. If you don't dechlorinate the fresh water before adding then I would think you would need to treat the full volume, but I would never do it that way anyway. But that's for a tank. For a pond I would guess the same would probably apply, but I honestly don't know. Not sure of the size of water changes you need to do on a pond, but I would guess we're talking pretty large volumes of water so dechlorinating before adding may not be practical.
I'd say keep up the testing and water changes, and if you're not already use Prime to detoxify ammonia and nitrite. It may take a week or two to recover as the bacteria that convert ammonia to nitrite may have died off. However the ones that convert nitrite to nitrate (which take longer to establish in the first place) will sometimes go dormant rather than dying in which case it will be a lot quicker than starting a new cycle. If I need to unplug my filter I usually leave the plug hanging out of the door of the cabinet, so I won't forget to plug it back in.