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  1. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Hi All! I was reading through some guides about cycling a tank, and something this guide said surprised me: http://www.firsttankguide.net/nogoldfish.php On a note against cycling with goldfish, he says, "Goldfish have different care requirements than do tropical fish, and if you keep the...
  2. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    The pH in my 20gal tank is sitting at 6.4 and I cannot seem to get it to rise. My new tank has been cycling for almost 2 months. I've tried using a neutral regular to get it to rise to at least 7.0. I think I read somewhere, a while ago, that CO2 can help it rise but I'm not sure if that's true...
  3. General Planted Tank Discussion
    55 Gallon Fluval 406 Eco-complete red [seems different than black] Driftwood from Craigslist Java Fern from Craigslist Well water, with softening system Day one put in Eco Complete Day Two , set up canister filter, used some Biomax from one of my tanks and 15 gallons of aquarium water, the...
  4. Shrimp & Other Invertebrates
    I am cycling a tank with just black diamond sand in the bottom of a 10g about 1.5" deep. Cycle seems to be going along fine. But I noticed a bit of a smell, kind of just off, but not sulfur. I stirred the sand a bit and it made some bubbles. Is this bad or will it kind of work itself out as I...
  5. General Planted Tank Discussion
    I am new to the forum - I was very interested in beginning a planted tank after having my 37 gal freshwater tank for many years with silk plants. I have read many interesting articles and posts here. I hope someone can give me some insight as to what may be happening in my tank. On...
  6. General Planted Tank Discussion
    I just started cycling my new 15-gallon tank. What's in it now: - Cannister filter - Thermostat - Substrate - Special Blend Microbe-lift - pH adjustment powder - tap water I have a DIY yeast CO2 system ready to go, should I hook it up while I'm cycling? I think maybe dissolved CO2 can affect...
  7. Planted Nano Tanks
    Hey guys and gals! I currently have been running the fluval chi filter/light combo and since I have upgraded the light I bought a Fluval U1 Filter as well to fit the accommodating new cover I will get. The Fluval Chi's filter has a sponge pad and filter pad while the U has a sponge pad. I have...
  8. General Planted Tank Discussion
    I have been doing alot of reading and think I understand the basics of cycling, but I seem to still be a bit confused... I have read somewhere (cant remember where) that if the tank is heavily populated with plants you dont need to do the cycling as you would a 'normal' tank, because the plants...
  9. Low Tech Forum
    I've asked this before on another forum but never got a straight answer, just conjectures... Can you cycle a no-tech pico to have beneficial bacteria to safely house fauna? Or do people with no-tech picos generally rely on heavy planting, frequent water changes, and specific fauna that can...
  10. Low Tech Forum
    So i'm about 10 days into my tank cycle and I noticed a pond snail puttin' around. Ive been using crushed up fish flakes as a source of ammonia and its literally caked everything. it almost looks like it snowed in some spots of my tank. Anyways I was thinking id leave the snail in there to help...
  11. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Hi, I set up a 10 gallon planted tank on Monday (13th Jan). This is my first planted tank. Unfortunately because of misinformation I hadn't rinsed the Fluorite substrate as thoroughly as I should have, so it was really cloudy the first day. I've been changing the water nearly daily, and it...
  12. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    Additional to my previous post on pH, kH etc, I just wanted to ask what people think about our tank's cycling process. Sorry if it's a stupid question, it's our first planted tank! We have a 580L tank that's been going for about 5 weeks. From day 1 we had 2 radion xr30w, aquamedic co2, substrate...
  13. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    As the title says my nano tank that has been fully cycled for over a month (no fauan just carefully measured pure ammonia noms for the BB) has had a hick-up and is no-longer fully cycled. About 2 days about I put a piece of manzanita branch in the tank. The branch has been de-barked...
  14. Tank Journals
    Alright, so after having a 2.5 gallon tank and going through the hassle of cycling it (not done yet), I've decided to dive into a 6.6 gallon fishless cycle. I'm pretty new and might need some advice, so chime in, because it's always appreciated. First off, my water source base test using the...
  15. General Planted Tank Discussion
    I'm beyond frustrated at this point. I've tried everything, tested, tested again, tested after that. That's all I've been doing and the results have been much of the same. Tonight, after changing my 2.5 gallon tank (waiting for it to go into the cycle, after having it for about six weeks)...
  16. General Planted Tank Discussion
    So, the history thus far... That leaves me with tonight's test, after 50 water change: PH = 7.6 High Range PH Test = 7.4 Ammonia = 0.25 ppm Nitrite = 5.0 ppm Nitrate = 5.0 ppm So, I pretty much just went into sort of panic mode and did a 75% water change, but I didn't have time to leave the...
  17. General Planted Tank Discussion
    First test results after seeing that my Betta was biting his tail. PH = 7.6 High End PH = 8.2 Ammonia = 0.25 ppm Nitrite = 5.0 ppm Nitrate = Between 5.0 ppm and 10 ppm. A day later after 75% water change: PH = 7.6 High End PH = 8.0 Ammonia = 0.50 ppm Nitrite = 5.0 ppm Nitrate = 0 ppm...
  18. General Planted Tank Discussion
    I'm about to restart my girlfriends tank and I have a long time established tank that is long cycled. To rather quickly cycle her tank, can I run the new sponge filter in current tank for a while (two weeks?) then put it in hers, so the bacteria will be ready to go? My tank is a 10 gallon with a...
  19. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    Day 10 on the new amazonia tank. I've planted twice and have done 3 60% water changes. A few days ago, the ammonia tested 0 and nitrites .25 ... that was before a right before a water change. It's been two days. Now the ammonia is 0, the nitrite is 0, and the nitrate is 5. Could it be cycled...
  20. Fish
    Hi Everyone! I purchased a 27 gallon cube tank this past weekend. I have been neurotically checking ammonia and nitrite levels and performing partial water changes up to twice a day while learning about cycling my tank. Well, as I also broke down the same day I had the tank and picked up 5...
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