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The 55G Lives Again!


Sakura

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Yikes there are a lot of scratches on this tank! But oh well, what can you do? I am so not crazy about the standard 55g tanks because of how narrow they are. But it's more space for new fish, so I can't complain too much I guess. ;) The new Python arrived today so I got to fill it back up finally! We added 3/4 cap-full of ammonia to get started on the fishless cycle tonight! I suppose I should test to see what the level is at. I'm just going to keep this thread going as a little log to keep track of the progress.

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My "catfish" Samson and Roger

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sakura, your cat's a beautiful.. they have beautiful shiny soft looking coats. they must be so comforting.. congratulations on setting the tank up again, can't wait to see it fully functioning..

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Looks great. I always wonder if there are some products to fix scratches on glass?

Now... if you get it cycled BEFORE me, I will have a nervous breakdown! :rofl

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I hope your cats can swim! :D Nice setup though, I like the black background. I'm thinking about having one myself, but the top and bottom rim of the tank are wood texture, not sure how good that would look with a black background.

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:lol1:rofl I love the catfish!!! That is so CUTE!!!

Haha did you end up with a heap of fur in the tank?

The tank looks terrific! - I bet you cant wait to get the fishies in!

I am a huge fan of black backgrounds :goodjob

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Nope luckily there was no fur in the tank! :)

I just tested tonight and ammonia is at about 1ppm. I'm going to do a 50% water change because I have to re-arrange some things, and then add more ammonia so it gets to 2ppm. Then I'm going to add a bunch of Tetra Safestart to the filter floss in the filters. Hopefully it gets started soon. I've got the new fish itch, and I've got it bad. :lol2

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Alright, here it is today! I got the water level evened out (it was crooked before), I got the bubble wand working properly (it was clogged or something), and I added a few polished river stones. Ammonia is sitting at 2ppm, and I added a bunch of Tetra Safestart! Please hurry along, bbs! I'm going to have to start looking for plants for this tank. And saving up for a UV, I just love the one I have on the 75g tank.

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Well, still nothing happening. Even though I've added an entire 250ml bottle of Tetra Safestart over the past few days (it says it treats up to a 75 gallon tank). And to think it says you can add fish immediately :rolleyes: False advertising right there!

Last time I did a fishless cycle it took so long, but I'm hoping against hope that this time it will be quicker. I just would really prefer not to have to seed it with media from the other tank.

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I tried Tetra Safestart before and it doesn't work for me also. Finished the whole bottle and nothing much happen. The moment I started using Nutrafin cycle, the cycle came alive and completed in about a month.

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I have also tried Nutrafin Cycle a few times in the past, but that stuff didn't work at all for me. I've used SafeStart in the past and I found it works well if you are using it to combat a cycle bump. But it doesn't seem to work so well when you're starting completely fresh.

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