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16 Sep 2016 20:55 - 17 Sep 2016 17:56 #1 by Gilly (Sean GIllivan)
Hey guys

Decided not to roll with the wild caught minnows plan. Have let the tank run for 4 months without fish. Just bought a few larger tetra today. I believe there some sort of red eye tetra but seem longer than photos online so maybe you can help ID them.

Will begin planting the tank in a few weeks. Maybe get some corydoras. Have 2 internal filters running a fluval and the original bioflow in this rekord 800. Plenty of wood and good surfact agitation. Feedback and future ideas would be nice. Im a bit clueless as too how I should plant


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16 Sep 2016 22:19 #2 by gunnered72 (Eddy Gunnered)
Im just wondering if you ran that tank for 4 months with no fish in it how did you keep your good filter bacteria alive?

If the filters werent receiving a constant Ammonia source to keep them cycled all that time prepare for an Ammonia explosion and possibly a tank full of dead fish literally overnight.....

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16 Sep 2016 23:30 #3 by robert (robert carter)
Hi, i think if it was me i would be putting in a starter kit of organic aqua , as gunnered 72 says i cant see that you have a live bio filter , just my thoughts . Robert

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17 Sep 2016 06:13 #4 by Gilly (Sean GIllivan)
Ah potential nightmare.

I had the water tested in maxi zoo and explained what I had done and ammonia was 0 nitrates were 0 so I just presumed it was ready to be stocked.

Ill do a 25% water change. I have some polyfilter in there. Hopefully that keeps it down till I get home from work with some live bacteria...any idea where I will pick it up in dublin city centre

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17 Sep 2016 07:40 #5 by gunnered72 (Eddy Gunnered)
You will probably need to do more than 25%.....If there is any ammonia in there at all I suggest 75%

What people dont realise is that even small amounts of ammonia burn the gills of fish and cause respiration problems...The result is either illness or death from the stress....

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17 Sep 2016 08:03 #6 by Gilly (Sean GIllivan)
Ill pick up a test kit today. See where im at when im home at 5.

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17 Sep 2016 09:39 #7 by gunnered72 (Eddy Gunnered)
BTW your Tetras look very much like one of the African species of Tetra....

Alestes Longipinnisis

If they are they are rare fish! You definitely dont see them too often....

Where did you get them?

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17 Sep 2016 11:23 #8 by Gilly (Sean GIllivan)
I got them in maxi zoo finglas. Des said they were rare. I got 7 I sure hope the ammonia doesn't spike. Going to buy a test kit now.

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17 Sep 2016 16:34 - 17 Sep 2016 16:36 #9 by Gilly (Sean GIllivan)
So I got the api test kit there.

Ammonia is what I think is 0ppm but it has a green tint to it depending on the lighting suggesting .25. Its strange but my eye tells me its yellow. Has anyone else has this issue with the ammonia test

Nitrite is bang on 0

Nitrate has gone from 0 yesterday to 5.0 today

That means the tank is cycled at present?

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17 Sep 2016 17:53 #10 by gunnered72 (Eddy Gunnered)
Its only cycled if the Ammonia remains at zero constantly and NitrIte remains at zero constantly....

Time will only tell.....

Test daily for the next week or so (maybe longer) and if you see any increase in Ammonia or NitrIte your tank is NOT cycled...

Feed sparingly during this period and DO NOT add anymore fish!

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