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Old 01-18-2011, 01:45 PM   #1 
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10 Gal water changes

I have a 10 gal tank that I have had running for 3 weeks now and I know its not fully cycled but this weekend my petco is having a sale on Betta's so I plan I picking 1 up. What kind of water changes will I have to make since its not fully cycled?

And how do you people with the bigger tanks do it do you just take a bucket or something and scoop it out or is there a better way?
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Old 01-18-2011, 02:37 PM   #2 
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What kind of filter are you using and how have you been cycling the tank or method you are using....

In 10g filtered tank cycled-1-50% with substrate vacuuming weekly should maintain water quality

In 10g filtered during the cycling-twice week 50% water changes-1-water only and 1-to include the substrate vacuuming

Best method to clean 10g is with a vacuum or siphon-you can get the siphon/vacuum tube set-ups that will work with 10g tank fairly cheap-usually under $10.00 for the smaller ones...you can also do the stir and dip method with a bucket and plastic cup

What are your water pram numbers for ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, pH...you may be closer to the completed nitrogen cycle than you think...depending on your methods.
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Old 01-18-2011, 02:43 PM   #3 
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I use a Penguin 100b Filter and was doing the cycle with pure ammonia. I will take readings later tonight since I have not taken them since this weekend.
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Old 01-18-2011, 05:34 PM   #4 
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Ok took reading on the tank and they are

ammonia=1.0pp,
Nitrite=0 ppm
Nitrate=0 ppm

Should I wait for ammonia to come down or will it be ok to put a fish in the tank?
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Old 01-18-2011, 06:40 PM   #5 
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You are not cycled

You need to make water changes to get the ammonia down to at least 0.25ppm...0ppm is ideal before you put the fish in the tank....

I would also check your source water for ammonia-test it both with and without dechlorinator to make sure it is not ammonium....
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Old 01-18-2011, 08:51 PM   #6 
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Ok Thank you for the info I guess I will do a few water changes and try to get the level down.
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