Now what? (for those of us who didn't know about "cycling" beforehand) (Long!)

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Awestralian

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Ive never fishless cycled freshwater tanks either.
Ive never lost a fish in the 'cycling' period - nor did they ever look stressed or unhealthy - quiet the opposite actually.
I have never dumped heaps of fish in straight away though, i always stocked slowly - 2-4 fish (depending on size) weekly or even fortnightly.
Good water changes, and keeping an eye on the PH is all ive found neccessary IME.
 

fishdude

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I'll bet you filled up the tank, turned on the pumps, lights, and heaters, and let the water age for a day, just to be on the safe side, then bought fish to go into your wonderful new toy, right?

Now you've gotten curious as to why you're losing fish. So you've gone online, since all the answers to all the questions are on the internet, and stumbled upon this great little forum. Then you read about this thing called "fishless cycling" that everyone seems to be so big on, all the time thinking, "well, that's great, but I've already got fish, so how do I do that now?".....
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Thats exactly what I did! And now I am trying to save the rest of my fish from dying (if you want details see my thread NEED HELP!)
 

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Originally posted by Mgamer20o0
when adding the water do you put the cleaning chems in? i dont think you add the cleaning chems when the cycle is complet. but what about before?
what "cleaning chems" are you talking about?

do you mean the dechlorinator that is added to the water being added to the tank or to the tank before or as the water is being added.

Read the lable of the product, some suggest to add to water before adding to the tank... particularly when trating for chloramines I think. Others say works instantly. when in doubt contact the manufacturer, some have internet sites and email contact info.
 

micheline905

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green tank

Some weeks ago my tank was so-o-o-o green, you couldn't see you hand in it. I had some GIANT Jag cichlids living in it. Then, all of a sudden-within 48 hours-the tank turned crystal clear and has been that way ever since. What do you think the change was? Any takers!?
 

Luca Brazzi

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When you find out let me know...

My water isnt very green, but it does have a tint to it...

Im trying to reduce the amount of light it gets.
 

PumaWard

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Add it before cycling.... the chlorine may kill your beneficial bacteria.... defeating the purpose of the cycle.
 

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you can add the dechlor before you cycle or you could just let the fill it up, turn everything on and let it go for a day to let the water age, then add your seeding material and start the cycle. ive also asked about adding dechlor at the water changes and people have said yes to it. i guess the adding of chlorinated water to the cycled tank can reek havoc on the bacteria, and fish.
 

GoLdFiSh_GrL

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Hi! um, I have a 29gal. tank whcih I set up 2 days ago, and the water is conditioned and ready to go. I did a sample test and all tests showed 100% perfect. I consulted some people to see if this was actual cycling, and they said no. so, now i'm coming here to ask "how do I actually start cycling?" that's the only bad thing about this post, because it doesn't EXACTLY tell you how to start your cycle. Just a thought. Can you help me? This is my 1st time cycling because I didn't cycle my 200gal. with my oscars inside... and they're perfectly fine right now... :confused: Well, so can I please get help?
 
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