My aquarist rant

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fishorama

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Well, I lost track of this thread.

Don, your latest tank sounds like a standard 55g, many fish would like it...what's your focus? Corys? A kid-happy gourami tank? We'd love to help you!
 

Hapless1

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What a great read this as been, it gives me some hope and reassurance as a newbie who just made a bunch of rookie mistakes. I guess I'm not alone. I also learned some stuff that I didn't even know I needed to know, so that's always good too.
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I've kept fish before, not many, and was guilty of the "top off". I knew I wasn't getting the nitrate out but didn't know/realize about how fish bodies work and why for other reasons its bad.

thank you.

I've just back in with a new 90G, biggest I've ever had. Doing a fishless cycle (pure ammonia) Is it better to do a water change of say 5G every other/ever day rather than one big one? Sounds like it.
 

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Welcome to AC!

Good for you doing a fishless cycle! 2ppm ammonia is IME the best amount, too much & it can derail the bacteria, too little takes too long. (that was probably in this thread but, well, I didn't want to read it all again, lol. Maybe I should, as I recall it's good 1, no wonder it's a sticky.)

Yes, if you do the dilution math, larger WCs are more effective than more frequent small 1s in reducing pollution. Nitrate is the easiest way we can test but there are likely other "things" too.

You should start a new thread in newbie or general freshwater forum, we'd love to hear about your big new tank & can help if you need it...we all have opinions & like pics too.
 
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