Ultimate Newbie Guide

Discussion in 'New To The Hobby' started by anpgp, Apr 3, 2010.

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  1. billybaldwin3

    billybaldwin3 Skunk Shrimp

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    i'm new and i just printed this off! :)
     
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  3. oldfishkeeper

    oldfishkeeper Giant Squid

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  4. Pep's abode

    Pep's abode Plankton

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    Great info for this newbie...Thanks!
     
  5. Pep's abode

    Pep's abode Plankton

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    Great info for this newbie...Thanks!
     
  6. Hoopastank

    Hoopastank Spaghetti Worm

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    Hi I saw that you stated you can put a Fish in for the cycling? My tank has been running since Saturday, 3 days now. would ti be to late to stick a Damsel in there? I will be getting my test kit tomorrow to look at levels. I have a Bio-cube 29 gal first tank..

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  7. Corailline

    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Cycling with fish is old school. Why buy a fish, a fish you might very well remove post cycle, expose that fish to ammonia and nitrite if you can do the same thing with a tiny piece of raw shrimp, fish food, ammonia.....You can add DR.Tims one and only, microbacter7...there a much better ways to cycle a tank than using fish. Hope that helps.
     
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  9. Hoopastank

    Hoopastank Spaghetti Worm

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    Helps very much! How big of a piece of shrimp. Size of a dime, penny, etc?
     
  10. Corailline

    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Penny is fine, or a tad larger. Put it in the tank, test again at 48 hours and then watch the ammonia level fall off, nitrite spike and finally no detectable ammonia or nitrites, just some nitrates. Sometimes the spike of ammonia and nitrites is easy to miss.
     
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  11. oldfishkeeper

    oldfishkeeper Giant Squid

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    definitely don't cycle with a damsel! Not just because of the unnecessary pain and suffering for the fish but damsels can get quite aggressive and territorial and then you'll wish you never added it.
     
  12. Hoopastank

    Hoopastank Spaghetti Worm

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