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    Ask Questions About Cycling

    I agree with Byron. The number of fish you are discussing here won't be an issue in a 29 gallon, especially one that's turning over nearly 3 ppm ammonia in 24 hours. Those fish won't create that much ammonia.
  2. eaglesaquarium

    Ask Questions About Cycling

    Murky green color water is normally a sign of 'green algae' growth - likely phytoplankton. Take a sample of the water. If the water is green, then its phytoplankton. If the water is clear, then its green dust algae. Algae is caused from imbalance between: light, CO2, and nutrients...
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    Cycling, lots of pH crashes, will that happen too when I get fish?

    The good news is that ammonia at low pH is far less dangerous... Congrats on the cycle being complete. Adding a few extra plants can help as well, as the plants can use ammonia directly from the water, and that means less nitrate build-up.
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    Cycling, lots of pH crashes, will that happen too when I get fish?

    Ironically, the size of the tank doesn't change the duration of the cycle. Its all about the concentrations... so you add more ammonia to a big tank, but you also add more bacteria (theoretically) when you add more water (as there's a trace in there) and there's more surface area for them to...
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    Cycling, lots of pH crashes, will that happen too when I get fish?

    Yup. When you add too much ammonia, it builds up the nitrites pretty quick and then takes longer for it to process it all back down to zero. I'd do a confirmation dose on the 10 G. I'd add 3ppm ammonia and then test in 24 hours. But, you are likely good. But, if you aren't getting fish...
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    Cycling, lots of pH crashes, will that happen too when I get fish?

    The betta probably only needs 1ppm.
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    Cycling, lots of pH crashes, will that happen too when I get fish?

    You want to do the water change. High nitrite levels will encourage the wrong bacteria. So, I'd just do a complete reset of the cycle... change all the water out, and add ammonia to 3ppm. Test in 24 hours and you'll get a better sense of where you are in the process. You might be surprised...
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    Cycling, lots of pH crashes, will that happen too when I get fish?

    The danger is sometines we ttinker too much. Sometimes you need to just remain patient and do nothing, letting nature takes its course as they say. Regarding plants and ammonia. Its true that some plants would suffer, especially at higher concentrations, but others will be more than fine...
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    Cycling, lots of pH crashes, will that happen too when I get fish?

    What are you doing when you get that reading at 0.25 ppm nitrite? Are you dosing ammonia again immediately? If you are... stop. Day 1: Dose ammonia to 3 ppm. Day 2: Test ammonia and nitrite. If they are BOTH zero after 24 hours, you are cycled. Stop here. You can add more ammonia to...
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    Cycling, lots of pH crashes, will that happen too when I get fish?

    I assume there are some typos in this post, but wanted to address a few points. 1 - it is valuable to test pH during a cycle, because when the pH drops, that indicates that you've reached the capacity of the buffering ability of the water, and a pH crash will stall a cycle. A water change to...
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    Black Molly with 1 bulging eye

    Exactly. The clean water is like the band-aid, and the treatment is the 'healing ointment'... its not always necessary, but its something that mollies in particular can very easily handle. Tetras are more sensitive to that sort of treatment.
  12. eaglesaquarium

    Black Molly with 1 bulging eye

    I am going to disagree with you here, Colin. The bath and/or dip has a therapeutic effect. Agreed there is a bit of stress involved in the catching for the treatment. As for the advice to just 'add a heap of salt to the tank', I'd suggest that that is some very poor advice for a new...
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    Black Molly with 1 bulging eye

    Clean water is the best thing.... the cleaner the better. If the one eye is looking better again, stick with the treatment we've already discussed. Yes, do the 50% water changes to keep the water as pristine as possible. The water can't be too clean for the fish.
  14. eaglesaquarium

    Ask Questions About Cycling

    Just a reminder for any giving advice for this last member... its a 10 gallon tank. Having a lot of fish in a small container can lead to a lot of problems, especially for a new fishkeeper. Experienced fishkeepers can 'bend' rules and get away with it, knowing how to cope with the extra...
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    Black Molly with 1 bulging eye

    If its both eyes, its likely disease related... Or... its possible to be double wounds, but that's less likely. That means its a possible bacterial infection and a QT would be recommended for this one fish. Check the water parameters, make sure the pH is steady, the ammonia is zero, the...
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