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Old 07-08-2011, 12:28 PM   #11 
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Thanks!!!, I read that it raises the PH, and that it acts as a buffer against change. However I don't know if it would affect them too much, thanks for the info.
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Old 07-08-2011, 09:32 PM   #12 
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Hey, I got the camera back from dad and took a few pictures. I am no artist, nor can I work a camera... so bare with me.





The last image isnt great... but I love the colors on this guy.
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Old 07-09-2011, 02:40 AM   #13 
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He's really gorgeous! I love the purple sheen he has on him!
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Old 07-09-2011, 07:38 AM   #14 
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If I may ask... are those spots on his fins (more on the dorsal, but some one the bottom)? I couldn't tell until I looked at these larger pictures. Is that common?

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They're natural spots, they're quite common :).
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Old 07-09-2011, 07:53 AM   #16 
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Thanks Fighter! I got my tank set up yesterday, I added a few elodea from our pond as well as a minnow + handful of rocks from my larger tank. (I call him a minnow, but he's like the size of my thumb) I'm hoping this will get the cycle started. I wasn't able to get into the filter... its big and fancy + dad said its a beast to put back together.

So I woke up this morning and there are tons of bubbles against the side of the tank at the surface of the water. Did alpha already make his first bubble nest? They last for a while and he keeps coming over and blowing a few more into it. I almost don't want to do a water change for fear I will destroy it.
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Old 07-09-2011, 07:58 AM   #17 
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That sounds great! Can't wait to see it!
Yeah, I guess he did :D and I understand, initially I used to think it's a shame to destroy the bubble nests but they make them all the time, so it doesn't really matter. Tranny makes so many everyday, I've learned to clean his water without feeling guilty lol! He has a new one in hours after the water change. Have you put Alpha in the big tank as well?
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Old 07-09-2011, 05:47 PM   #18 
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No, I am cycling the new tank currently with 12 neon tetras and a minnow from my dads tank. I am using the fish-in method obviously. I also loaded it with plants because I read they will help with the initial bioload. I'll get pics up of my tank in a few minutes.

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::2 tank setup, 45gal aquarium and 30gal triop tank::


::45gal Front::


::Neons::

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It looks good! The neons are cute :}
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Old 07-10-2011, 10:10 AM   #20 
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So I know I asked this in the quick question thread... but as you can see in my case I have a large tank, few fish, and lots of plants. I have also moved over some rocks from an established tank.

I know its variable... but If I am using the fish in method of cycling the tank (12 neon tetras) how long should it take (on average)? I know without my differences it can take from a week to a month...

I ask this because I have had the fish in there for over 24 hours and my ammonia levels are still reading at 0ppm. Are my plants / rocks absorbing the ammonia faster than the fish can create it?

Am I over reacting? or is there something I need to do?

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