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Fishyfishfish Fishyfishfish
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  • Posted on: 29/1 16:05
Re: Fish are flicking again - ammonia woes #1
Yeah usually ammonia reads 0ppm.

I had a thought - I fed them boiled peas on Sunday.

I'm wondering whether some went uneaten or, more likely, got sucked into the filter and has been breaking down in there. That would explain it perfectly because I couldn't see any in the tank itself.


Fishyfishfish Fishyfishfish
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  • Posted on: 28/1 11:35
Re: Fish are flicking again - ammonia woes #2
Perhaps I did get a bit carried away but to me it can't be a coincidence that I see one of the danio flicking then when I test for ammonia it reads 0.25ppm. I'll keep an eye on them and hopefully there is no issue.


Fishyfishfish Fishyfishfish
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  • Posted on: 27/1 22:39
Re: Fish are flicking again - ammonia woes #3
Eh? I know they put chlorine in; I use Seachem Prime to dose each bucket before it goes into the tank, I thought that was sufficient?

I did do a water change Sunday as usual, though I didn't notice any issues Sunday night. I'll test and report back.


Fishyfishfish Fishyfishfish
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  • Posted on: 27/1 17:40
Fish are flicking again - ammonia woes #4
Straight to the point - why do my fish flick against the sand?

I've had this issue on and off since I've had this tank (Fluval Roma 125, Oase Biomaster Thermo 250, sand, spider wood and some aquarium pebbles in the tank). 8 zebra danios and five platy. Temp of 22 degrees.

Originally had a Fluval U3 in the tank but when we moved house I decided to go for an external. I had major trouble cycling the tank but eventually we got there. I've had flicking issues for as long as I can remember, though it's only happened twice since running the external (once when I fed frozen bloodworm, and now about half an hour ago. I checked water parameters and ammonia seems to be at 0.25ppm - WHY?

I'm getting fed up with this happening - part of the reason I went for the canister filter is that there should be more beneficial bacteria in there so I thought it would be the solution.

I welcome all ideas!


Fishyfishfish Fishyfishfish
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  • Posted on: 18/11/2019 12:36
Re: Fishless cycle is just not working, guidance needed.... #5
That is disappointing I must say though Congo terra and lemon tetra do appeal to me so I’ll see what’s available. I’ll keep an eye on nitrates as the tank beds in and see what happens.

Thanks again.


Fishyfishfish Fishyfishfish
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  • Posted on: 18/11/2019 10:53
Re: Fishless cycle is just not working, guidance needed.... #6
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Fishlady wrote:
Yes, that will be fine. Bacteria can survive a couple of days in a tank with the filter running, and several hours without running water. Congratulations, and enjoy your fish


Thanks for all your help with this it feels like it's taken months and months!

I do have a couple more questions I will throw your way though.

At what point do I begin using the nitrate remover? The bottle states to use an initial dosage for four weeks but do I aim to start using it once nitrates reach a specific level?

Thinking about the livestock I will have in there has proved tough because our water here is hard but I like tetras. I know a lot of tropical fish are tank bred nowadays and cardinals were the last fish I kept along with platy and I really liked the tetra. Are they suited long term to the water and, if so, what makes a suitable tank mate for them other than more cardinal tetra?

Thanks.


Fishyfishfish Fishyfishfish
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  • Posted on: 18/11/2019 8:48
Re: Fishless cycle is just not working, guidance needed.... #7
Ok test results this morning are ammonia 0, nitrite 0, nitrate 160ppm.

Rejoice!

I’ve done a water change and have redosed the tank with ammonia, which I will have to keep doing until Wednesday because that’s the earliest I can get the tank stocked.

How long can the bacteria survive without ammonia? Thinking about the logistics of it all; I’ll be getting fish roughly Wednesday afternoon but the last dose of ammonia will be going in Tuesday evening so will that suffice?


Fishyfishfish Fishyfishfish
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  • Posted on: 17/11/2019 19:17
Re: Fishless cycle is just not working, guidance needed.... #8
I’ve just done a nitrite test and that is reading as 0.25ppm, but I’ve not long added another dose of ammonia so what does that mean?


Fishyfishfish Fishyfishfish
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  • Posted on: 17/11/2019 17:47
Re: Fishless cycle is just not working, guidance needed.... #9
I dosed ammonia to around 3ppm this morning at 7 am and I’ve just tested ammonia now and it’s reading as 0ppm, does that mean she is finally cycled?!


Fishyfishfish Fishyfishfish
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  • Posted on: 13/11/2019 13:36
Re: Fishless cycle is just not working, guidance needed.... #10
Good stuff thanks!



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