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They're Coming!

There has been no real movement on my cycle since my last post. It sure is being stubborn. My nitrites just don't seem to want to move past .25ppm and my nitrates are breaking 5ppm, but barely. Talk about slow going! That said, my Plan B has changed from a bucket to bucket system, to a fish-in cycle. After weighing options with the kokonuts, I feel confident that with daily testing and large water changes, the fishies won't really be stressed out. I'm also happy that this will avoid the ne

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Quit Stalling Already!

My previous excitement over nitrates has diminished. A little over a week ago I tested the tank water wondering why my nitrite and nitrate readings hadn't been changing and saw that my tap has 5ppm nitrates. Sheesh. I hadn't made any progress really and was getting nervous because I preordered goldies from Rain Garden thinking that my cycle would be much farther along than it actually was. Minor stressor. I posted a thread in the water quality section with my tank and tap readings seekin

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Nitrates Nitrates Nitrates!

Awwwwwww yeeeeeeeahhhhhhhhh! <--- Can you tell I'm excited?! Tested the tank again last night and I totally have between 5-10 ppm nitrates. Wahoo! Please excuse the peeling/chipped nail polish. Normally I'm very anal about my nails... except for last night. I am so happy about having some nitrates. That means I am sooooooo close I added more ammonia and am currently at 1ppm+ ammonia, .25ppm nitrate, and 5-10ppm (closer to 5) nitrate. I'm going to keep feeding the tank so I can bee

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Halfway there & super stoked

I have been testing my tank intermittently and watching the level of ammonia... I am finally around 2ppm ammonia (or a little less than 2ppm). This weekend I tested for nitrite and I have a reading of .25 ppm! Awwwww yeah! I'm definitely about halfway there and I'm anticipating being cycled no later than the beginning of 2014. *knocks on wood* In addition to being really excited about my cycle moving along, I'm also super stoked about the actual goldfish! In the past I've either wandered a

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Ready to Go

I finally have the 65 gallon setup and ready to go... mostly This week was very productive. Over the weekend I disinfected/sterilized the tank, canister filter, and plastic bio balls; boiled the ceramic rings and left everything out to dry. Once everything was dry, I picked up some new vinyl tubing for the canister and started the process of re-assembling. I have two Marineland C-360 canister filters, but I decided to use only one right now, which offers 360 gallons per hour, slightly over

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Reunited and it feels so goooooood

Oh HAI! My very first blog entry ever. EVER. Seems fitting that it would be on koko's where I can babble about goldfish, keep a log of my tank set up and the cycling process, babble about goldfish, make notes about water quality, what food I'm feeding, and of course babble about goldfish Hmm... wonder what I'm most excited about?! I have been taking a long break from the hobby obsession <-- because I had a long run with drospy and eventually lost all my goldies. It broke my heart whe

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