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  1. 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.
  2. Hi everyone. This is an update from my last post about Pickle, who was gasping for air at the surface of the tank (which is still cycling). Alex advised that I add salt, making a 0.1% solution. I have been doing this for about a week now, and it seemed to help a lot at first. Now, however, it seems like the salt isn't helping as much and Pickle is still gasping. Buttons and Speckle are a little jumpy at times, yawn a lot, and sometimes clamp their fins - though not extremely tightly. I really want this cycle to just establish itself already Does anyone have any advice on how I can make it easier for them? I get the feeling it has to be cycled soon...please help! Here's my params: Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level (tank): 0.25ppm * Nitrite Level (tank): 2.0ppm * Nitrate level (Tank): Between 0ppm and 5ppm * Ph Level, (Tank): 7.4 Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API drops * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Aquaclear 70 * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime * Water temperature? 74F * How often do you change the water and how much? Daily, 80% * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? Today, 80% * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 30gallons, 2 months * How many fish in the tank and their size? 3, less than 3 inches each * What do you feed your fish and how often? Saki-Hikari pellets (daily), repashy soilent green (2x a week), green peas (daily/every other day), hikari frozen bloodworms (2x a week), hikari freeze dried brine shrimp (2x a week); usually feed very small meals 3-4x daily * Any new fish added to the tank? No * Any medications added to the tank? No * List previous issues experienced (dropsy, SBD, etc.) SBD; Speckle had septicemia * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? No * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? Gasping at surface, slight clamping, occasional jumpiness, yawning * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. Speckle: maracyn 2, for septicemia, 1wk treatment; salt is the only other thing I've used, x1wk
  3. I have two Ryukin goldfish (Clementine and Flash). Clem. is about 2 inches and Flash is about 1.5 inches (head to tail). They look completely normal and like their usual self, not sitting at the bottom of the tank or anything like that. I got a new 37 gallon tank for them a month ago. I let the tank filter for about 5 days, got excited and decided to put my fish in. I figured I could cycle the tank with them in there. So I did 30% water changes every other day for about two week. After the two weeks I've been doing a 30% water change every 3 days. Every time I do a water change, I put the appropriate amount of water conditioner and plant fertilizer. I have a bubble curtain (air pump= tetra whisper 40) and Fluval 110 filter. I clean the media and sponge in declorinated water every 3 weeks. The carbon needs to be changed in two days. I have rocks at the bottom of the tank and use a gravel vac. I did a water test with API Master Test kit: * Ammonia Level (tank): between 0 and .25...closer to 0 though * Nitrite Level (tank): 2.0!!! * Nitrate level (Tank): 5.0 ppm * Ammonia Level (Tap): did not test * Nitrite Level (Tap): 0 * Nitrate level (Tap): did not test * Ph Level, (Tank): 7.8 * Ph Level, (Tap): did not test *Water temperature 76 degrees When I saw the Nitrite level, I immediately did a 30% water change...Not sure if the nitrites are high because the tank is still cycling or if I am doing something wrong. I added a pic of the Nitrite test. The left is the tank water and right is tap. I also added a pic of the cuties :3 Also...I have noticed over the past couple of weeks that they do go to the surface a lot...maybe I'm just over reacting. Sometimes it seems like they sleep on the surface. Other times they stay at the top for a while, go back down and spit out air bubbles... I'm not sure how often they should go up for air...Another thing, they seem to move pretty fast lol I know that they constantly move, but I've seen videos of goldfish that move pretty slow... Flash and Clem. are pretty small, so I'm wondering if that is why?... Any advice/ comments are appreciated http://www.flickr.co...N03/8559327100/ Clem. is on top, Flash on the bottom...I couldn't get a better pic with my phone =/ http://www.flickr.com/x/t/0090009/photos/22033747@N03/8558241815/[/color]
  4. So here's a question for whoever knows the answer....since my tank is cycling, the nitrites are super high right now. I've been doing lots of water changes. I got to reading about how salt brings down the nitrites and might also be good just for the general well being of my fishies...so I am considering adding a low amount to my 55 gallon tank. My only concern is that we have two black mystery snails that my husband and kids love. Anyone know if they can tolerate a little salt or will it kill them? Do ya'll think it's a good idea to add salt while it's cycling to help out? I'm so new and don't wanna do anything stupid.
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