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Re: My first tank

Postby chrishannah » Thu Aug 19, 2010 3:10 pm

how much are the liquid test kits? they would be really helpful
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Re: My first tank

Postby ThomasR » Thu Aug 19, 2010 4:03 pm

ok thanks
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Re: My first tank

Postby Jackolas » Thu Aug 19, 2010 4:23 pm

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Re: My first tank

Postby chrishannah » Thu Aug 19, 2010 4:30 pm

Ah well i'll definitely have to invest in one of them soon.
And just to make sure, is this what its supposed to be:
Ammonia - 0
Nitrites - 0
Nitrates - Low

i havent tested it, just want to know :)
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Re: My first tank

Postby ThomasR » Thu Aug 19, 2010 7:58 pm

Ok I got the API Test kit and the ammonia was 4 or 5 maybe 6 and I am planning to buy the fish on the 18th of September and I might have to order them so I will do that on the 8th. So I am pretty excided.
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Re: My first tank

Postby Jackolas » Thu Aug 19, 2010 9:09 pm

Can't wait to see them. Really want an Oscar!
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Re: My first tank

Postby malakye » Thu Aug 19, 2010 9:49 pm

ThomasR dont rush ordering fish until your tanks fully cycled or you will run into trouble, a little patience now pays dividends later on.

As for readings on a cycled tank they should be
Ammonia 0
Nitrites 0
Nitrates can go as high as 40 without causing major issues but it is better to keep them as low as possible although its near impossible to get a zero reading on these without daily water changes etc.
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Re: My first tank

Postby ThomasR » Fri Aug 20, 2010 2:57 am

yeah the pH is at 8.1. When the Ammonia, Nitrate, and nitrate are at 0 will that be a month or will it take like a week and i then put ammonia in again until it is over and the 4+ are done.
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Re: My first tank

Postby Big Den » Fri Aug 20, 2010 7:46 am

Read this Thomas, viewtopic.php?f=37&t=23 it will give you all you need to know about cycling a tank.
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Re: My first tank

Postby ThomasR » Fri Aug 20, 2010 1:11 pm

thanks
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