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post #31 of 61 (permalink) Old 01-11-2012, 02:46 AM
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Your first bacteria bloom, nearly every tank will get one, possibly more.
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post #32 of 61 (permalink) Old 01-11-2012, 03:03 AM
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It took me forever to cycle my first big tank. Almost a month but I only lost one fish through the whole painful ordeal. Stick with it and you'll get through it.

I love an overcrowded tank. One thing to keep in mind with tall tanks is that their surface area is smaller than a long tank of the same volume. That's going to limit how many fish your tank will support more directly than the extremely vague "one inch of fish per gallon" rule of thumb. If your fish start gulping oxygen at the surface, you've got too little oxygen (or too much ammonia or both). To a point you can compensate with a big filter and lots of plants.
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ok, so I realize I'm cycling. My 10 gallon tank has done this from time to time with big changes (not that I had any ida what was going on), but it was never this extreme.

None of you have addressed the question of charcoal in the filter though. So... any input?
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Waste of money except using it to remove any meds if you had to treat the tank. It can remove nutrients that your plants would use. Activated carbon doesn't stay that active for too long either.
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Waste of money except using it to remove any meds if you had to treat the tank. It can remove nutrients that your plants would use. Activated carbon doesn't stay that active for too long either.
Thanks. Just wanted to make sure since this thing is so very very cloudy. I was expecting cloudy, but wow.
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post #36 of 61 (permalink) Old 01-12-2012, 04:27 AM Thread Starter
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I can't even see the filter!
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It should clear up over the next couple days
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I did a 30% water change. Mainly just so I could feel like I was doing something. From what I've read that should make virtually no difference in the cycle. Right?
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It may slow it down a bit because you're removing some of the ammonia and nitrates, but if you have fauna in that tank then I think it's much more humane to do the water changes to keep ammonia and nitrites lower. What ever you do, don't resort to chemical water clarifiers, they can be deadly for some fauna.
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There are only a few little random shrimp in there, I guess I could let it ride.
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Yeah, it might slow it down a tad but as mentioned it would be better on the shrimp. Has it cleared up at all yet?
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nope, still a solid cloudy block!
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post #43 of 61 (permalink) Old 01-17-2012, 05:57 PM Thread Starter
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After reading a LOT more and setting up a couple tiny tanks, I think I need to do something to this to make it interesting (after it clears up).

I need to use that vertical space somehow. I was thinking of using stacked flower pots up the sides to get a cool use of vertical space. I could also plant some plants that require more light, closer to the surface.

I really just don't feel like buying a massive piece of driftwood for this one, but still want something interesting going on vertically.


Just brainstorming here:
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Yeah, with our tanks it looks so bare without going vertical. I used taller pieces of wood but what you want would work fine too. Depending on the surface of the pots you might even be able to get some kind of moss to grow on some/all of them, which would give it a pretty interesting look imo.
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yeah, that is if this thing ever clears up!
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