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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 04-08-2010, 07:28 PM Thread Starter
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Another Newbie takes the plunge

My 12 year old son was badgering me for a tropical fish tank and we have set-up a Fluval Edge with 3 small Ornate (white tip) Tetras in to get things going. They've been in over a month now and seem really well. Sorry but we never tried the fishless-cycle so are working through the maturation process with these 3 pioneers. My pH is slightly over 7.0 and my hardness artificially raised to 70-80mg/litre by adding very small quantities of kH Boost (natural water here is 20-30mg/litre). My ammonia levels are negligible and NO2 is between 0.8-1.6. I'm doing 10% water changes daily (about 2 litres)....hoping the 'cycle' will come to an end soon!
We have a piece of Mogami wood and a couple of artificial fine plants to add a bit of cover until we can put some live plants in later. We'd like a few shrimps down-the-line and a couple more small fish...we realise there's not a lot of room in there.
I'll try to add some photos... Bye for now.
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With plants added right away, the cycle really never happens. My tanks never had a cycle: I loaded the plants in right after I added the water for the first time and in two weeks added a couple of fish.....wa-la!
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