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Offline zelda1982

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Zeldas 55ltr tank log.
« on: April 22, 2012, 08:29:56 pm »
I haven't started the cycle yet-i'm waiting for my ammonia to come, however my tank/filter/decorations etc are all in the tank ready with the water for when it does.  I might need a bit of help with the cycling as never done it before, so posting here as you are all so knowledgeable  :)  can I add real plants half way through the cycle or should I do it before or after?
160 Litre tank...
4 Harlequin Rasboras, 1 Bolivian Ram,
2 Peppered Corys, 2 Panda Cory,
2 Bn pleco,  1 Angelfish,

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    Re: Zeldas 55ltr tank log.
    « Reply #1 on: April 22, 2012, 08:34:24 pm »
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    Re: Zeldas 55ltr tank log.
    « Reply #2 on: April 22, 2012, 08:42:37 pm »
    Thanks for those links.  I have the general gist of what to do, but I'm sure there will be a few blips on the way. :-)
    160 Litre tank...
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    2 Peppered Corys, 2 Panda Cory,
    2 Bn pleco,  1 Angelfish,

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    Re: Zeldas 55ltr tank log.
    « Reply #3 on: April 22, 2012, 09:00:03 pm »
    me too im near the end of my first fishless cycle on my 60l
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    Re: Zeldas 55ltr tank log.
    « Reply #4 on: April 22, 2012, 09:02:56 pm »
    Can put in the plants at anytime during the cycle.  The plants will love the ammonia :)

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    Re: Zeldas 55ltr tank log.
    « Reply #5 on: April 23, 2012, 06:55:40 am »
    Oh no, I just thought, we're going away on may 7th for a week.  Will it make a difference if no ammonia is added for that week?  This holiday has caused nothing but trouble lol.
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    2 Peppered Corys, 2 Panda Cory,
    2 Bn pleco,  1 Angelfish,

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    Re: Zeldas 55ltr tank log.
    « Reply #6 on: April 23, 2012, 08:26:57 am »
    It'll be fine - enjoy your hols!

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    Re: Zeldas 55ltr tank log.
    « Reply #7 on: April 23, 2012, 10:02:30 am »
    I currently have a tetratec 250 filter but was thinking about upgrading.  Can anyone suggest a good (but cheap) filter for a 55 litre?  Also thining about getting harlequin rasboras and neon tetras or guppies, any advise/warnings  on that?
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    2 Peppered Corys, 2 Panda Cory,
    2 Bn pleco,  1 Angelfish,

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    Re: Zeldas 55ltr tank log.
    « Reply #8 on: April 23, 2012, 10:11:28 am »
    What do you consider cheap?

    With regard to the guppies, if you decide on getting some get all males, unless you want to find yourself with a tank full of fry on a regular basis.

    Neon tetras shouldn't be put in a newly set up tank, they need to wait 3 or 4 months despite what your lfs may tell you.

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    Re: Zeldas 55ltr tank log.
    « Reply #9 on: April 23, 2012, 10:23:58 am »
    Well as cheap as possible, £20 ish (i know im dreaming there probably be much more than that)

    I did not know that about tetras, that might be why my last lot died :(  Will the harlequins be ok in a new set up (once cycled)
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    2 Peppered Corys, 2 Panda Cory,
    2 Bn pleco,  1 Angelfish,

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    Re: Zeldas 55ltr tank log.
    « Reply #10 on: April 23, 2012, 10:29:28 am »
    They should be fine, harlequins are pretty hardy fish.

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    Re: Zeldas 55ltr tank log.
    « Reply #11 on: April 23, 2012, 04:38:00 pm »
    the fluval u2 is about £22 ish on ebay

    btw......  *wwopix*  *grin* *grin*
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    Re: Zeldas 55ltr tank log.
    « Reply #12 on: April 25, 2012, 02:00:49 pm »
    I just received this ammonia, could you take a look and see if its the right thing?

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0041WCVXM/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00  One of the reviews says its 9.5% ammonia, does that sound right?  I was assuming if it was pure ammonia it would be 100% ??
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    2 Peppered Corys, 2 Panda Cory,
    2 Bn pleco,  1 Angelfish,

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    Re: Zeldas 55ltr tank log.
    « Reply #13 on: April 25, 2012, 02:09:11 pm »
    If you check on the Ammonia Calculator link, which is over here

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    You'll see there is a place to enter the strength of your ammonia.

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    Re: Zeldas 55ltr tank log.
    « Reply #14 on: April 25, 2012, 02:11:28 pm »
    It was actually a different brand that had the 9.5%.  The bottle i have doesn't have the strength on it?  Should i just use 9.5% as a guide?
    160 Litre tank...
    4 Harlequin Rasboras, 1 Bolivian Ram,
    2 Peppered Corys, 2 Panda Cory,
    2 Bn pleco,  1 Angelfish,