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Old 01-06-2011, 02:18 PM   #1 
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Exclamation Help! Tank not ready yet!

Okay so I started shrimp cycling my tank about 5 days ago. Ammonia is up and nitrites have started to go up about one day go. I fell in love with a betta on Aquabid from Greatbettas and didn't want to lose him so I bid on him. Anyways, the auction ended today and the shipping date is the January 9, so the earliest the betta would arrive is maybe January 11. Is there anyway the tank could be finished by the time he arrives? If not, what do I do? I know you can use fish to cycle the tank but that can hurt them and I don't want to do that.

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Old 01-06-2011, 03:57 PM   #2 
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Hmm, I never cycle my betta tanks since I do water changes every other day... I have yet to see any problems with them. I also add IAL now to simulate their natural environment. They like that even better! It may not be the best to throw your betta in there, but with daily water changes and a close eye on him I think he'll be ok. At least your shrimp are doing the majority of the cycling now...
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Old 01-06-2011, 03:59 PM   #3 
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Ohhh you're the one getting the dalmatian DT :) Awesome! Since he's an import you're going to have to acclimate over a couple days anyways so he's ok with the water's chemical differences... like I said above, I'm sure he'll be fine :)
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Glad to know he should be okay with water changes. Lol I should have said I am cycling my tank with a dead shrimp. Although, I would love to have real ones someday.
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Old 01-06-2011, 04:01 PM   #5 
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Oh how do I acclimate him?
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Old 01-06-2011, 04:03 PM   #6 
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You'll float the bag in the water and then add small amounts of the water to the bag over a day to two, depending on how different the water is. After you add some water to his bag, observe him for at least 30 min and then determine if he needs more time before adding more water or if you can drop a few more drops in. The longer you give him to adjust the better off he'll be! My water was nearly identical in chemicals, but I still took a full 24 hrs to acclimate. Once the bag he's in is almost all "your" water then you can release him :)
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Old 01-06-2011, 04:06 PM   #7 
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If my tank is not done cycling, should I treat the water for ammonia and nitrites?
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Old 01-06-2011, 04:13 PM   #8 
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I hope someone will tell you a better, proven method lol... I'm just going off my aquatic experience. I did not treat my water before acclimating my imports and I highly doubt the tank was cycled... I introduced them to fresh dechlorinated conditioned water and then just maintained water changes after I put them in.. so I don't think they had much exposure to ammonia and nitrites.
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How big is the tank you'll be putting him in?
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Old 01-06-2011, 04:25 PM   #10 
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It is 10 gallons with a filter and heater and about 8 live plants.
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