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Old 01-07-2010, 01:44 PM   #11 
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When you all are talking about doing a 100% water change, (I'm sorry if this is a silly question), but does this mean you are removing everything from the tank and washing it all(ie wiping down the sides, removing and cleaning the gravel? If you mean this, what do I do about the live, farily large, heathy aponogeton plant and bulb(that I've seen the roots under the gravel about 3-4 inches away from the bulb? ) I have the 1.5 gallon tank, and would like to be able to just use a vacuum and drain/suck out most of the water, so that I leave my plant undisturbed and leave in the gravel on the slim chance this tank will cycle. Is that o.k.?
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Old 01-07-2010, 02:42 PM   #12 
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Purplegirl.. your tank isn't gonna cycle if you are doing the proper husbandry. BUT a way to keep from disturbing your plant is to make a tiny vacuum out of air line hose. You can also use a turkey baster to suck up poo and old food.
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Old 01-07-2010, 02:56 PM   #13 
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OR you could put the apon in a small terra-cotta pot. A lot of discus fish keepers often resort to this because in order to keep the tank clean enough they sometimes just remove all the gravel.
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Old 01-07-2010, 03:19 PM   #14 
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That actually makes sense. Perhaps a small tank can't possibly support enough nitrogen oxidizing bacteria to oxidize the ammonia excreted by one fish. The real definition of a cycled tank is one in which there are enough nitrogen reacting bacteria to drive the NH3 -> NO2 -> NO3 reaction all the way to the right.
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Old 01-08-2010, 06:40 AM   #15 
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Purplegirl, when I do 100% changes I take out my fish, my plants, decor, and the little gravel I do have and rinse everything off. You can try using a turkey baster. I use that for my 90% water changes, its nice because I can still leave my fish and plants in there.
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Old 01-10-2010, 01:59 AM   #16 
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So when your doing the 100% water changes, what do you keep the fish in...... and are you using a heater in the tank.... and how do you re introduce the fish back into the tank??? I have a 2g eclipse with filter and i put a heater in as well. Im attempting to cycle it ( fishless ) since it has a biowheel and all. But not really sure if it will cycle nor am i really sure how much water change i should do each week.
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Old 01-10-2010, 03:48 AM   #17 
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What fishless method are you using? Ammonia, Food? If you just set the tank up with the filter and the heater nothing will happen. You have to introduce ammonia into the tank some how. You can do this by adding pure ammonia, throwing food in the tank and letting it decompose, or doing a cycle with your fish.

Whichever method you choose you should make sure you research the method and find out the proper way to go about it. Botching a cycle will give you a bad headache LOL
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Old 01-10-2010, 12:06 PM   #18 
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I cycled a 1.5g shrimp tank and never had problems with it. Just change a cup daily once the tank is cycled and be careful with ammonia levels. Live plants are always a plus in small tanks! :)
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Old 01-10-2010, 08:29 PM   #19 
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What fishless method are you using? Ammonia, Food? If you just set the tank up with the filter and the heater nothing will happen. You have to introduce ammonia into the tank some how. You can do this by adding pure ammonia, throwing food in the tank and letting it decompose, or doing a cycle with your fish.

Whichever method you choose you should make sure you research the method and find out the proper way to go about it. Botching a cycle will give you a bad headache LOL
Thanks for completely ignoring my questions. But so you know i already researched and I added ammonia. So now that you know, mind offering any advice with the questions i asked?

This tank doesnt leave much room for a cup to get water out ( if you keep the filter in place ) and a gravel vac is kind of too big to work. So I'm curious what others have done. I only want to do maintenance once a week, i dont mind if its 100% but figured if i can cycle then i could do less each week and not have to remove the fish as ( like my original questions suggest ) I am unsure of the best way to reintroduce the fish back into the tank or what to keep him in while cleaning.
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Old 01-10-2010, 08:39 PM   #20 
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If you are doing 100% water changes, take the fish out and put him in the cup he originally came in or a gladware container. If you have a cycled tank, you change the water according to what your water parameters are. Most people acclimate theirs by floating the cup in the tank. I hope this will help answer some of your questions.
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