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msmayhem

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  1. I've read through it.. I've read prolly 20 differnt cycling articles and have looked through many form post. But thanks.
  2. Okay, I'm having a tank cycling heart attack >... <!!! Firstly: I have a 29gal long tank.. I bought it off a previous fish hobbist via craigs list.. I rised and scrubbed a clean unused sponge with hot water no chemicals. A heater set at 82¤ No substrate I used ammonium chloride solutionfor fishless cycling by dr tims aquatics. I also used seachems prime to treat my tap water. My tank log: Aug 24th: dosed amm to 4ppm Ph of tap is same as tank... 8.2 I added prime. AUG 30th: Amm 4-5? Nitrite 0 :c I did a partial water change to lower amm like 10 gals. 24 hrs later no change in amm. Level so I did a 100 percent water change. I thought maybe I didn't dose the correct ammount of prime because honestly I don't really understand how to measure the dose using the cap. I feel dumb but the lines inside swirl upwards no leveled. So I changed all the water and dosed a whole cap of prime(for 50gal) which I don't think it'll hurt will it? I dosed amm. to 2-3ppm afread to go to high. When I tested the next morning I kid you not... I had a reading of .25 nitrite! I was uber happy and decided to add 2 more drops of amm. To helo increase the food ammount and colony size... 6 days later.. I got 2ppm amm reading. And my ph dropped to 7.4. And NO NITRITES. HELP ME... I wanna do this right. Its my first time.
  3. Thanks! His name is Dez after dez bryant on the cowboys foot ball team. He's a red nose pitt bull and I love him go death! Thanks guys! Yes I shall update photos one my goldy is bought. But it may be a while.. my tank hss been 2 weeks into my cycle and no nitrites yet ha >_<! So far all I got in right now is river rocks.
  4. Who say's Gold Fish don't love FINE ART Here's how to create a Fine Art Background for your Aquarium! I bought these bottles of "FolkART" Acrylic paint bottles at my local Walmart. They are fairly cheap around 2 dollars or so per bottle. There are several options!! I used the Metallic ones So basically your going to want to lay your tank on its side so that the back of your tank is facing you! Than your going to choose a bottle of paint and hold it upside down at a 45 degree angle. While lightly squeezing the paint out move the bottle in swirly motions across the out side surface of your tank. (DO NOT PAINT THE INSIDE of your tank. Only the outside). If your using multiple colors like I did than dont go too crazy with one color.. Continue to chose different colors and use the same method as the first. ALSO be careful not to squeeze the paint out too thickly in one spot because the paint will run and mix with the others and it takes longer to dry!!! Once you have all your swirly's finished it should look something like this You can also be creative and do spatter marks! If you need more inspiration or ideas google images "Jackson Pollock Art" (Make sure you also paint over surfaces that you don't mind getting paint on.. I used a LARGE piece of cardboard to protect my flooring.) Next your going to want to wait a day or two to let the paint dry. Depending on how thick the paint is on your glass it can take a while! And even once the paint is fairly dry do your best to NOT touch or scrap the paint as it will scrap off like butter >...<!!!!! So once its dry carefully transport your tank out doors or maybe inside a garage so you can spray paint the final detail. Right now all your going to have is the crazy swirly paint marks but the space in between is going to be clear. You can leave it clear if you want or you can add a solid background with spray paint like I did. If your adding the back ground carefully tape off any parts of the tank that you don't one painted and make sure the opening of your tank is covered with plastic or cardboard... you don't want toxic vapors inside!!! You can buy spray paint pretty cheap at walmart... like seriously I only spent a dollar on one can. You have to be 18 to buy the paint though so if your not have a parent help you. Also make sure to provide PROPER ventilation so if your in a garage OPEN THE GARAGE DOOR. my Dog Dez got Curious! ALL DONE! Not let dry! AND TADAAAA!!!!
  5. Thank you everyone for your replies! I think I shall stick with my bare bottom setup for now. I wasn't wanting a walstad method tank just more interested in the look of it.. I look forrwarrd to caring for my fish daily. I have a 29 gal tank as of right now.. its cycling soo I got a month or so too make changes. I don't have much experience with plants but I do wish to change that with this tank. But for right now I'm ganna stick to my simple gettup! I don't have light ethier and don't really wanna spend money on somthing I'm not sure I'm ganna do yet. Again thanks guys!
  6. Still inprogress of cycling tank and I've been doing some research on this walstad method. I don't really want to try this method so that my tank is care free but I'm more interested in having a soil layer with light stones on top and some plants to basically have a natural look pluss extra filtration. Butt I'm not to sure if its somthing realistic with goldies.. thoughts? Oppinions?
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