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post #161 of 449 (permalink) Old 01-24-2013, 08:52 PM
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Oh it's just cloudy as all.....[insert flavor of word here].

basically the cycle wasn't going anywhere, and I lost patience so dumped a jar of food in. Over night I had the bacterial bloom I wanted, hooray! Finally seeing some nitrites!.....but the food also clogged my filter beyond repair, and has grown a slimy mucus that floats about. So altogether the tank smells like a frog tank and the water is terribly cloudy. There's slime stuck to everything, and I'm on my third water change.

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Oh, boy. That doesn't sound fun :/ I've heard that some of those live nitrifying bacteria things work (in a bottle). I've heard good things about bio-spira but it was expensive when I saw it at petsmart!

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I only have what my Walmart has as an option, and that's Nutrafin cycle. But you know, maybe I'll just do the frequent water changes with a fish-in cycle if this cycle crashed on me. The smell, gods, the smell!! Lesson learned =S

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Lol well I went with the pure ammonia method on my fishless cycle but it is taking forever. A lot of those live bacteria bottles don't work... I have only heard good things about bio-spira and some other one Callistra used... They don't have a long shelf life though and the bio-spira was in a huge bottle -_-

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Lol....I'm just gonna do fish-in. I already do water changes on schedule, so I'll just add more. I'll be fine. 'Sides, teh ladies are sisters and apparently the alpha already decided who she is xD

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Yeah I didn't want to go that route with my sorority because fish-in cycles expose them to spikes that can happen within a matter of 8 hours so they are easy to miss... And sororities are obviously delicate and one sick girl can cause major devastation. I'm just getting impatient with this cycle.. If I were to fish in cycle my sorority I would definitely be doing water changes daily regardless of testing just to err on the side of caution.

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I'd be okay with doing a 25% every day. And I can test in the morning, at lunch, after work, before bed, repeat. Posted pics of my 'alpha' in my diary thread if you wanna see her =)

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I saw her, she's pretty!!! Very nice finnage for a female, too :)

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That's what Sena said =D I can't wait to get them going!

Are your girls free-swimming yet?

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Nope, they are still in temporary tanks because I only have three. I know that three sometimes works but I will NOT take my chances, lol. I really wanted those stupid filters to cycle first :/ the one gallon tanks are much larger temporary tanks than most usually are and I haven't had them for a whole month, yet, either... I don't think the one gallons will hurt them in the least. When I get all 6 in the tank, they will each have a little under 2 gallons, technically, but it will be cycled and water changes will be easier.

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