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Old 11-13-2013, 08:31 PM   #111 
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So I checked my temp and the reading said it was 80 degrees and sometimes it went to 81!!!!!!! How do I fix this?????? Can my future fish survive this???
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Old 11-13-2013, 08:34 PM   #112 
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Also, today I checked my water parameters again....
Yesterday my ammonia was at 0.35 with no nitrites and nitrates so I put in like 1/3 of my fish food bag into that tank (a little exaggerated but you get the point...) and I added sea chem stability. I checked it today... It was 0.15 or something and no nitrites and nitrates!!! How is this possible?? The guy said it may have speed cycled over night and the addition of plants and sea chem may have kept it stable and I should stop adding ammonia and in a week I could possibly add fish.
Should I trust what this guy said and can you explain wtf happened o.0
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Old 11-13-2013, 09:17 PM   #113 
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Don't trust the dude. It's not going to cycle overnight, even with Stability.

The temperature you have is actually fine for a betta. However, it sounds like the light might be heating the water after all - do you have a thermometer you can leave it all the time?
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Old 11-13-2013, 09:38 PM   #114 
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Don't trust the dude. It's not going to cycle overnight, even with Stability.

The temperature you have is actually fine for a betta. However, it sounds like the light might be heating the water after all - do you have a thermometer you can leave it all the time?
No i forgot to buy it D:

So if the tank isn't cycled, how is the ammonia lower???
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Old 11-13-2013, 09:48 PM   #115 
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The Stability is using it up. It's just not cycling it yet. You need to get about 4ppm of ammonia.
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Old 11-13-2013, 11:42 PM   #116 
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And have a back up plan if you can't return the companion fish: A second tank sufficient to house either your Betta or the new fish.

I have used Stability to do five fish-in cycles. It took 8-10 days. Once cycled, there's no need to continue adding Stability. Never done a fishless cycle.

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Old 11-14-2013, 05:53 AM   #117 
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And have a back up plan if you can't return the companion fish: A second tank sufficient to house either your Betta or the new fish.

I have used Stability to do five fish-in cycles. It took 8-10 days. Once cycled, there's no need to continue adding Stability. Never done a fishless cycle.
Oooh I wanna do that! How do I do the fish-in cycle with platies?
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Old 11-14-2013, 05:54 AM   #118 
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The Stability is using it up. It's just not cycling it yet. You need to get about 4ppm of ammonia.
ah more ammonia then? Hmm.....

Btw would platies be able to support those temperatures?
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Since you've already started a fishless cycle, I would recommend you continue or start all over.

I don't know about the platies. You could Google if no one answers.
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The platies could survive at that temperature no problem, but they'll be happier around 77.
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