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jamesde jamesde
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  • Posted on: 18/12 21:08
Re: Fishless cycle & Ammonia #1
Great, thanks so much for your help :)


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  • Posted on: 18/12 20:24
Re: Fishless cycle & Ammonia #2
I’ve done a 50% water change with dechlorinated water and got the ammonia down to around 3ppm now.

I’ll now continue with the article on ammonia cycling.

One question I do have is, do I continue to keep ammonia levels at 3ppm until nitrites have a zero reading? When do I stop feeding ammonia? Or does that never stop as long as I want the filter to continue to harbour the beneficial bacteria?


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  • Posted on: 18/12 19:24
Re: Fishless cycle & Ammonia #3
I use the Sera test kit.
I’ll test again in a moment and see if anything changes. If so I’ll do a water change as you have advised.
So anything above 5ppm ammonia prohibits a cycle?
As does chlorinated water.


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  • Posted on: 18/12 16:28
Fishless cycle & Ammonia #4
Hi,

I was doing a fishless cycle in a spare tank using fish food but could never get ammonia levels above 0.5ppm - I also had gravel in there and mini ramshorns breeding like mad.

So I put the ramshorns in my main tank and removed the stones and washed the spare tank and began a new cycle yesterday using ammonia going by the article on here.

I used the calculator to tell me how much to put in (0.8ml for 20 litres of water - ammonia concentration in bottle is 9.5%).

I just tested the water and it’s reading 10ppm :O

Should I do a 50% water change to bring this down or just leave it? Will it naturally decrease over time?

I’m cycling this tank as it’ll cycle quicker than doing my fish-in cycle and then I can transfer some of the media over to the main tank to help it along.


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  • Posted on: 8/12 15:09
Re: Aerating the tank during fish-in cycle #5
Amazing! Thanks so much for confirming I really appreciate it.


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  • Posted on: 8/12 15:06
Re: dKH increasing advice needed #6
Oh ok that’s good.
I bought a Sera testing kit and it says it’s best to have a dKH of 6-7.
But glad my parameters are ok.
Thanks for the reply very much appreciated.


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  • Posted on: 8/12 8:42
Re: Unidentified snail #7
Here’s a photo of the one in the video above.

I’ve just spotted a smaller, baby one of these this morning.

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  • Posted on: 8/12 1:27
Unidentified snail #8
Can’t see this little guy listed in the snail article.
He’s growing rapidly and moves just as quick.

He has a slight cone shape at the back like a trumpet.

I have 4 trumpets and 2 zebra’s plus this one. And it doesn’t resemble either. More like a hybrid of the two.

Any ideas?

https://youtu.be/8W5OitAln-Y


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  • Posted on: 7/12 23:20
dKH increasing advice needed #9
My dKH is a steady 2 in my tank.
My tap water is a dKH of 3.

I've read in one of the articles you can increase this with bicarbonate of soda. How exactly do I do this during a fish-in cycle?

Are there any other methods or products or ways of doing this?

Current water parameters:

pH 6.8
dGH 5
dKH 2

Many thanks
James


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  • Posted on: 7/12 23:16
Accidental single guppy fry in my tank - water hardness concern #10
I'm new to fishkeeping: not just this site, to the actual keeping of fish.

For various reasons, but mainly due to bad store advice, I'm doing a fish-in cycle:

74 litre tank - 2.6ft long
8 neon tetra's
6 danios (2 zebra & 4 leopard)
1 guppy fry (accidental purchase, shop just said they didn't know what it was and didn't charge me for it)
2 x zebra snails
4 x Malaysian Trumpet snails
Various live plant life.

pH 6.8 - 7.0
dGH - 5
dKH - 2

So reading the care sheet for guppy's, they need a gDH of 10-30.
My tank water with regular changes is 5 (which is fine for the neon's and danio's).

I was keeping the temp at 22c which I'll now increase to 23c.

Will the guppy be able to adapt to softer water, or will it have a detrimental effect on it? If it'll end up hurting the little guy, which actually seems to be doing rather well, I'd rather rehouse him to a someone with a suitable tank.

Cheers
James



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