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Old 12-17-2012, 04:32 PM   #1 
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New Tank is Almost Ready!

Yay! I'm finally almost ready to begin cycling my new 5 gallon tank!

I've had several nightmares about stuff catching on fire and what not, which has been resolved in my mind.

However, as I started to fill it up with water, I've been gripped by the terror of having it start leaking uncontrollably. I have about three centimetres of water in it, and I've been watching it like a hawk. But it seems to be alright so far.

How long do you think it will take for any leaks to show up after I fill it all the way?
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Old 12-17-2012, 05:19 PM   #2 
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That depends....fast leak...right away...Slow leak-usually about 24h...

Is this a brand new tank, is it glass or acrylic..Is this your only and/or first tank and cycling.

What is your cycling plan..Fish-in or fish-less
Do you have a test kit and if so, what kind is it and have to done a base line test on your source water-With and Without your regular additives you plan to use-like dechlorinator-this will help you rule out additives as a cuse for skewed results.
Type of filter, substrate, any live plants and finial stocking plan.
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Old 12-17-2012, 05:21 PM   #3 
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I would fill it up, the more water in it the more pressure on the seams which would give you a better leak test. Set it out in the garage or some place that won't matter if it does leak. Once you're satisfied, empty it out & move it to where you want it to be. Most people I think will leak test for 24-48 hrs.
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Old 12-17-2012, 05:29 PM   #4 
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This is a brand new glass tank. And this is my first attempt at cycling. It will be a fishless cycle using fish food as the ammonia source.
My test kit is the Nutrafin liquid test kit. But, I have yet to do a base test yet. (I figured that could wait while I confirm that the seals are secure.)

My filter is the Marina Slim S10, the substrate is white aquarium gravel, no live plants and I'll just be keeping one betta.

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That depends....fast leak...right away...Slow leak-usually about 24h...

Is this a brand new tank, is it glass or acrylic..Is this your only and/or first tank and cycling.

What is your cycling plan..Fish-in or fish-less
Do you have a test kit and if so, what kind is it and have to done a base line test on your source water-With and Without your regular additives you plan to use-like dechlorinator-this will help you rule out additives as a cuse for skewed results.
Type of filter, substrate, any live plants and finial stocking plan.
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Sounds like a nice setup....

If you haven't already, read this sticky to help give you more info on Betta specific cycling.
http://www.bettafish.com/showthread.php?t=107771

Fish food can work as your ammonia source, however, you can also end up with a lot of bad bacteria from the fish food as it decomps.
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Old 12-18-2012, 03:13 PM   #6 
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Thanks Oldfishlady! It was very informative!

I am going to be very careful with the fish food. I wanted regular Ammonia, but that is no longer an option for me.
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