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    None right now- just ordered my new 55 gallon tank.


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  1. I just saw this article that included a bunch of really unusual tanks and thought of you all. Some of them have already been included above, and many are not really fish worthy, but they were fascinating nonetheless. Enjoy! 22 Unusual and Creative Aquariums http://www.boredpanda.com/creative-aquariums/
  2. Parameters are the same: Ammonia 0 Nitrites 0 Nitrates 5 Looks totally cycled.
  3. i actually didn't expect my nitrates to go down until I started doing water changes. My nitrite stayed around 5 for a long time until I finally broke down and bought goldfish. After that, I did meticulous water changes to keep the nitrites down below 1ppm while I waited. Each night I tested the water and if the nitrites were 1ppm or higher, I did a 50% water change with conditioner. If they had spiked, I did two 50% waster changes and hour apart. Yesterday and Thursday night I did water tests and my tank has finally finished cycling, but I was unable to wait through the entire fish less cycle with fish food! My params for the past two or three days have been Ammonia 0ppm Nitrites 0ppm Nitrates 5ppm
  4. Ammonia 0 Nitrite 5 Nitrates 10- what happened? over the past few days I have continued feeding my tank, watched nitrites stay maxed out at 5ppm, and watched nitrates quickly dwindle down to barely anything. Considering going the nutrafin cycle route.
  5. 1/22 Ammonia 0.25 (fed flakes) Nitrites 5 Nitrates 40 ppm Will keep feeding the tank daily as if there are fish in it to keep the ammonia going. Any other suggestions?
  6. 1/21/2012 Ammonia 0.75 fed two big pinches of fish flakes) Nitrites 5 (maxed out on the API scale) Nitrates 5
  7. Ammonia between 2-4ppm Nitrite between 0.25-0.5 ppm Nitrate between 0-5.0ppm(is this possible? It isn't purely yellow, but isn't quite orange- sort of goldenrod color, I guess trace amounts of nitrate)
  8. I just tested for today, 2.0 ammonia Nitrates just registered between 0 and 0.25 for the first time. Hip hip hooray!
  9. Ammonia seems to have dropped a little, so I fed the tank again yesterday. Still no nitrates reading though. Here is a video to show how I have been feeding the tank: http://www.flickr.com/photos/wonderbrooks/6702462083/
  10. Anyone have any recommendations for great fish stores in the northern Virginia area? I live in Manassas and work in Fairfax county, and years ago I used to always go to SuperPetz but they are closed and trying to start a new location right now. I just found Aquatic Obsssion in Manassas, a very small aquatic service and retail place and they seem to be a great possibility, but if anyone else has been there or has other suggestions I'd love to hear them. Aquatic Obsession had a very small stock of goldfish, but they do orders so they will be on the lookout for a small black and a small calico ranchu for me. I also checked out their other stuff- good variety in their plant tank, beautiful freshwater tank when you walk in, and they stock a wide variety of hikari brand, as well as a wide variety of medications. They had the everyday dry goods stuff, and I even saw Seachem Stability, Prime, and Flourish on their shelves, which I thought I was going to have to order online.
  11. Here are some links to photos of the food at the bottom of the tank. http://www.flickr.com/photos/wonderbrooks/6685910565/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/wonderbrooks/6685910963/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/wonderbrooks/6685911421/
  12. Jan 11th Ammonia between 2-4 ppm Nitrates 0ppm I started with the tank water and dechlorinator. Ran for 24 hours and waited for the temperature to get between 70 and 80 degrees- currently holding steady around 78. Every day after that I ground up a hearty pinch of food and swished in a cup of tank water, then dumped it into the tank. I did this every morning and every night for the 2nd, 3rd and 4th day. By day five my ammonia was up to 2ppm, so I have stopped adding food, just letting it do it's thing right now. The ammonia is continuing to increase because the food continues to decompose. If it goes over 4 ppm I will do a water change to bring it down a little I think. This certainly isn't an exact science by any means, which is why I thought I would record how things were going for anyone else that had trouble finding pure ammonia. It isn't pretty- there is a scattering of fish food particles all over the bottom of the tank, but I thought that was a better option than a rotten shrimp floating around in there! I think if I tried this again I would probably put the fish food into a stocking or mesh of some kind to cut down on the polluted tank look. Next time I add food I will make a little video or take photos of the food adding process so you can see how much I add each time.
  13. January 9th Ammonia 1.5ppm Nitrites 0ppm January 10th Ammonia 2 ppm Nitrites 0 ppm
  14. I've not tried it this way before- I figure if it gets too funky I'll vacuum, but I'm going to leave it alone as much as possible. I've read a suggestion of putting the food into a mesh bag or nylon stocking to cut down on the mess, but unfortunately that was after I had already sprinkled the food in twice already.
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