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    Opinions on heaters

    Surely a heater is just on or off though? If you pour cold water into an aquarium it will switch on and stay on until the temp has risen to the set level? Or are you saying they're not meant to be on all the time? It gets pretty cold where I am through the day. Smaller aquariums cool down quite...
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    Opinions on heaters

    Hi Stan (that is your TFF name now). A 50W heater for a 5 gal tank should be fine. Make sure it's adjustable. Set it to around 26.5 degrees for your Betta. You should plant any live plants about an inch or so away from it to prevent scorching. Bettas live alone. You may get away with a shrimp...
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    Nano tank, planted, fishless cycle + Pics

    Ok here's an update. I'm nearing the end of the cycle. I dosed up to 2ppm of ammonia, and after 24 hours I had 0 ammonia but 0.25ppm nitrite. I waited until it was 0 then dosed to 2ppm again. I modified the pump so that the pesky 2nd outlet pipe which was blowing a current across the tank...
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    Nano tank, planted, fishless cycle + Pics

    Here's what we have. Another thing on my mind right now is that the build in pump system is probably too strong for a betta. I've taken a tube from the water outlet and stuck it into the filtration box, but obviouslt this seems to have increased the vertical downflow out the box instead. Not...
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    Nano tank, planted, fishless cycle + Pics

    I do have plants in, but I only planted it on Saturday. So even before the plants were there I cannot account for the ammonia decrease? I redosed it to around 2ppm also on Saturday just after planting. I have tested just today (3 days after re-dose) and my results are around 0.75ppm. I HAVE...
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    Nano tank, planted, fishless cycle + Pics

    Right, after an initial dose 3.0ppm of ammonia, I am now getting around ~0.5ppm. But I have no nitrites and no nitrates. Where is the ammonia going? Should I dose it again? Cheers
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    Nano tank, planted, fishless cycle + Pics

    Hi Phoenix. Yes it's on all the time, cycle-wise it's coming along nicely :) Good to know it's normal for now. Yeah the fuzzy stuff seems to brush off fairly easy, just wondered what it was.
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    Nano tank, planted, fishless cycle + Pics

    I am getting concerned about two things. Firstly there is quite a lot of biofilm on the surface of the tank and coming out the outlets on the filter (it's built into the hood). Anything to worry about? Secondly, there seems to be a fuzzy material growing on the bogwood. It has been boiled...
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    Nano tank, planted, fishless cycle + Pics

    Here we are so far. Pre plants. The bogwood is still putting tannins into the water even though I stood it in a bucket for 2 days and boiled it for 3 hours.
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    Nano tank, planted, fishless cycle + Pics

    Just a quick update. Water pH seems to be stable ish at 7.8. Local supply is meant to be around 8.2 but is coming out the tap closer to 7.2. It's been 6 days since I dosed with 3ppm ammonia. I'm now at 0.75ppm but no nitrites yet. I do have a lovely biofilm on the surface though. Is that...
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    Nano tank, planted, fishless cycle + Pics

    Thank you Essjay :) You guys are so helpful. Respect.
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    Nano tank, planted, fishless cycle + Pics

    Hi guys, thanks for your help and suggestions. The tapwater in my area is fairly soft at 23mg/l of Ca. We don't use GH here, not really sure if that's worth converting. But it is moderately soft. Do you think that will be fine for a Betta, when the pH is around 8.4? All the care sheets state...
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    Nano tank, planted, fishless cycle + Pics

    That was a good idea Essjay but no, I don't. I'll change some water and see what the pH is and see how it changes over time. I have a mole in the local water authority though and he reckons the pH is around 8.5. (Edit- it's not. I checked the loc water report. It's 8.0 which isn't as bad but...
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    Nano tank, planted, fishless cycle + Pics

    I've gone for Dr Tim's, seems legit and reasonably priced. Anyway, just out of curiosity I tested the pH today. The pH of my tank water is around 8.0 to 8.2. The raw tap water I tested was around 7.0. The only difference in the aquarium water is the gravel, which I rinsed thoroughly, the...
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