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Old 02-24-2008, 08:38 PM   #11 
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The 0.5 nitrite level is twice what would be well tolerated. Both ammonia and nitrite should be less than 0.25 ppm always. During a fish-in cycle like you are doing that is accomplished by big enough and often enough water changes. If you are at 0.5 on either one, a 50% water change is needed just to get in spec. Don't be surprised if you need to do a large water change again tomorrow. Until you get through this part of setting up a proper cycle, frequent large water changes will be quite common.
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Old 02-25-2008, 09:27 AM   #12 
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okay, thanks, im still new to water cycling. when should i add the other 2 cories to the tank? after the cycle is complete assume
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Old 02-25-2008, 05:14 PM   #13 
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okay, thanks, im still new to water cycling. when should i add the other 2 cories to the tank? after the cycle is complete assume
Definitely wait until the cycle is complete. The more fish you add when the tank is still cycling, the less chance any of them have of surviving.
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Old 02-25-2008, 08:17 PM   #14 
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Also be aware that your test strips will not always be accurate. We always tell new fishkeepers to get the liquid tests because they work a lot better and it's worth the extra bit of money you spend on them (if you only have a choice between Petsmart and Petco get them at Petsmart)
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Old 02-26-2008, 12:23 PM   #15 
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how are the liquid ones different?

there isnt a petsmart around me
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Old 02-26-2008, 12:24 PM   #16 
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I did a 60% water change and now my betta is swimming around again *phew*

now i just got to get the cory up to speed
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Old 02-26-2008, 05:25 PM   #17 
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They tend to be more of a controlled test , everything comes out of a dropper bottle and straight into the test tubes....whereas test strips probably get overly exposed to everything once the package is opened, I don't know for sure because I just went ahead and bought the liquid one when I did my setups. If you have other LFSs around you, they probably carry them also just maybe for a few $$ more.

Keep us posted on how they're doing.
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