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QueenWen QueenWen
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  • Posted on: 5/5/2005 21:36
Re: Cycling and how to avoid New Tank Syndrome - by Alien Anna #11
boy i sure wish i had come here when i was still a newbie hehe.

normally when i have new tanks, i cycle them with fancy goldfish. (oranda, fantail, ryukin ect.) they produce the most ammonia and will cycle the tank all the quicker.

then i do daily 10% change, and add ammonia binder (most common are amquel, prime, ammolock) and then salt to .1% to protect against the nitrIte spikes.

the whole process for me normally takes a month or so. its slow going with fish.
when i get my first pond set up, i am going to cycle the pond myself without fish. much easier, and will safe you all the heart ache of the fish stressing and maybe dying if you make a mistake.

*blush* thats just my two cents. hope no one minds.
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Re: Cycling and how to avoid New Tank Syndrome - by Alien Anna #12
I have read this article(and several others on the same subject)before and it seems a much better way of cycling a tank...much more humane...however does anyone know where a person can buy 100% pure ammonia in England ? I have not had any success in finding any
Suggestions would be appreciated
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Re: Cycling and how to avoid New Tank Syndrome - by Alien Anna #13
boots ask at the counter where they make the meds they may ask you to sigen something and ask you for what use

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Re: Cycling and how to avoid New Tank Syndrome - by Alien Anna #14
You can use the ammonium nitrAte that you buuy from Garden centers. Be warned tho, that you MUST do a 100% water change after a fishless cycle using ammonia or the fish WILL die.
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Re: Cycling and how to avoid New Tank Syndrome - by Alien Anna #15
Thankyou both for the replies.....I will try that
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Re: Cycling and how to avoid New Tank Syndrome - by Alien Anna #16
can I ask annitak why you need some if you already have tanks set up and matured or do you want to test it and see
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Re: Cycling and how to avoid New Tank Syndrome - by Alien Anna #17
HAve to say I found this article very interesting. I started with tropical fish with a starter kit from "pets at home" and was told nothing. The kit came with a manual which wasnt too bad but didnt really explain why. The filter that came with it was only good for a 40 litre tank but it was supplied in a 57 litre tank. I have since bought a better filter and a rubberised air stone (so now I have a curtain of air bubbles going around the back). I have a good tank with healthy fish (after losing a couple ) now I have :-

1. Siamese male fighting fish
2. Red finned shark (loves the cave)
3. 5 Neon Tetras
4. 3 Glowbright tetras
5. 6 apple snails (do a great job of cleaning all the food from the floor.
6. 3 Armoured cat fish( think thats what their called.) they sometimes get beaten to their wafers by the snails.

Seems to be a happy community and they all seem to be doing very well. Thanks to a lot of advice Ive found on this forum Im changing the neon tube for one that will help the plants and Im going to add a couple of ammonia eating plants to.
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Re: Cycling and how to avoid New Tank Syndrome - by Alien Anna #18
Sounds like you are doing fine any photos of your fish and tank to show us
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Re: Cycling and how to avoid New Tank Syndrome - by Alien Anna #19
Not yet just waiting on the arrival of some moon lighting for tank and will post a pic in both day and night cycle.
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Re: Cycling and how to avoid New Tank Syndrome - by Alien Anna #20
Ok