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  1. Beginner Freshwater
    After about a week and a half of waiting, my nitrite levels started rising two days ago. When that happened, my ammonia was at a 1.5 ppm so i brought it back up to 3. The day after, the nitrites were still rising and the ammonia was still lowering. That day I did nothing to the ammonia...
  2. Introductions
    Hi everybody. New to the site and hobby. I got a 55 gallon tank about a month ago, set it up for freshwater and seeded the tank w filter media from my lfs. I used tetra safe start to help w the cycle and tested the water daily. My tanked cycled quickly, turning 3.0ppm ammonia into nitrates...
  3. Beginner Freshwater
    Hi! I am cycling a 55 gallon tank. I added Tetra Aquasafe Plus, which I think is basically just to remove chlorine, and added some liquid bacteria from the LFS. How long should I cycle before I can bring some water for them to test and add some fish if it all checks out? One store told me two...
  4. Aquatic Plants
    I have a 15 gallon tank that I recently bought and will be setting it up next week. My intentions are to raise show quality fancy guppies, tho I do not plan to show them at present. I've been reading a LOT of tutorials on how to set up the tank and start a cycle and have been a bit confused...
  5. Beginner Freshwater
    Hey All, I set up my new 12 gallon recently (2 days ago) and the water is cloudy (white) and smells musty (like a damp towel that has been left out). I thoroughly rinsed the substrate, so I know it isn't dust from that. I've been fishless cycling it by introducing a mesh bag of gravel from my...
  6. Beginner Freshwater
    Hey guys! I know this is a stupid question, but something I was never sure about... I know what cycling a tank is and I hear the term a lot, but what are the preferable steps that should be performed when "cycling" a tank? Thanks!
  7. Beginner Freshwater
    Good news! *keeps fingers crossed that she's not jinxing herself* I've been trying to cycle my 20 gallon tank since early September, and as of 11/20 (two Saturdays ago), my ammonia and nitrites have finally dropped to 0 ppm. Did a 25% water change that same day and have been testing water every...
  8. Beginner Freshwater
    Sorry to ask what's probably another very common cycling question... I set up my 20 gallon tank on 9/6 and received three goldfish from a friend on 9/9. I'd learned about the nitrogen cycle and decided to order Tetra SafeStart to quickly cycle the tank since my friend was moving and in a hurry...
  9. Beginner Freshwater
    I'm a bit new to this, so please bear with me. :( Last Friday, I added an entire bottle of Tetra SafeStart to my 20 gallon aquarium, hopping it'd speed up the cycling process. I already had two comets and one fanfail in the tank (yes, I know the tank's too small, but the friend I adopted them...
  10. Beginner Freshwater
    Hey guys! I just came back from the local fair with two goldfish in hand, and was inspired to make them last. Quick trip out to petco, and I'm the proud owner of a 10 gallon tank, a few plastic plants, some gravel, a bunch of flake food and a cheap power filter (profin 10). But I do have a...
  11. Beginner Freshwater
    I am getting my first large tank in about 3 days. I have a 29g and a 55g so i do have experience keeping fish just not on this scale. So I have some questions for people experienced with large tanks. First my filitration is one Hagen Aquaclear 110 HOB, one Marineland Emperor 400 HOB, one Eheim...
  12. General Freshwater
    Hello everyone! I really need help with my aquarium! I got it about a year ago, it was cycled and doing very well. But then I ruined it all by overcleaning, cycle started again then fish got ick and I put medicine in so ruined it even more I guess. I'm so frastrated now! So I took the rest of...
  13. General Freshwater
    Hey there - hoping some of you can help me. I am currently setting up a new 46-gallon freshwater tank. We set it up 4 days ago, specifics are: silica sand substrate, plastic plants, aquaclear 70 power filter with sponge and carbon only, keeping it heated at 82 degrees to promote bacteria, used...
  14. Beginner Freshwater
    Hello its me again :P My question has several parts to it: 1. is it ok to use a bristlenosed catfish to cycle a tank? adding a few hengali rasboras eventually? 2. if I want to breed bettas what do I do about conditioning/cycling the tank to breed them. 3. adding female betta straight to male...
  15. General Freshwater
    I am getting a 75g soon (tax return), and so I was looking around my house to see if we had any ammonia for fishless cycling. I found some Top Job Ammonia Multi-Purpose Cleaner Lemon Scent. Is this stuff safe to use, or does the ammonia have to be pure, unscented?
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