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Post by Fish dude on 24/11/2011, 08:16

Ok im on this site daily,I read new posts and old posts but my interest is in the topic of water changes and tank set up.

Now when i set a tank up i do it the easy way.

Clean tank with warm water add sand decor heater pump and filter fill with water wait 24hrs b4 adding fish.

ADDING FISH.
for examle
from 1 tank to another.

I plaice the fish in a bucket and add a cup of water from the tank to the bucket i repeat this process once every 10min for 40 min.Then useing a net transfer the fish from bucket to tank then swiitch out the light for 1hr.


Now you will notice when reading this that there isnt a single mention about me testing water.

How important is it to test the water.?


Im asking becouse in 2 years of fishkeeping ive never had a fish die due to bad conditions or ill health. infact ive only had 2 fish die a small ghost knife(killed by my redtail) and my female gourami(killed by the male).
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Post by carpguru on 24/11/2011, 08:28

there's a number of different ways to look at it
if your tank is up and running and is fully mature
testing is normally only done when there looks
like a problem as for new tanks i test about twice
a week till it as settled in as i normally seed a tank
to start it so its doesnt take an age for it to mature
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Re: Water testing

Post by Fish dude on 24/11/2011, 08:33

seed a tank ???
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Post by carpguru on 24/11/2011, 08:36

seeding is were you use mature media
from a mature filter i also use water and
some of the substrate from a mature tank
helps kick start the filter in to life
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Post by MarcG on 24/11/2011, 08:47

Basically use anything from the tank that has surface area for bacteria to grow. And that will start what people call a 'mini cycle'. I always use mature filter media myself.Anyway its no harm getting your water tested so why not be 100% sure?. Your lfs will do it for next to nothing if you know them they might even do it for free.
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Post by k3vinjam3s on 24/11/2011, 11:10

Fish dude wrote:[color=red]Clean tank with warm water add sand decor heater pump and filter fill with water wait 24hrs b4 adding fish.
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so how many fish do you add after 24 hours?
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Post by Fish dude on 24/11/2011, 11:54

That depends on you.

i ran this process for my RTC and he is perfectly fine Surprised



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Re: Water testing

Post by dandy cichlids on 24/11/2011, 17:40

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Post by dandy cichlids on 24/11/2011, 17:43

i have set tanks up by using mature filters and mature water from my other tanks and put fish in them within 24 hours sometimes 10 to 20 fish but i keep a check on ammonia levels if they start to rise i just do water changes and lower food. but i check my tanks quite often just to make sure they are ok as i do over feed my fish. i check for ph, ammonia, nitrite and nitrate. i will add all my tanks are over filtered as well to allow for overstocking sometimes. i also do 25% water changes every week sometimes twice a week if tanks are full

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Post by mrsbiffster on 24/11/2011, 22:17

Fish dude do you put a new filter in clean water in the tank then wait 24hrs before adding fish. Don't you get new tank syndrome?

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Post by k3vinjam3s on 25/11/2011, 08:04

i think if you had good basic knowledge of the nitrogen cycle happening in a mature tank you would be aware of the value of regular testing.
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Post by Fish dude on 25/11/2011, 08:58

mrsbiffster wrote:Fish dude do you put a new filter in clean water in the tank then wait 24hrs before adding fish. Don't you get new tank syndrome?

Fortunatly ive never had to deal with NTS *beginners luck*

As for the filter thing i use what i have.*im assuming a new filter would need to mature aswell ?? so would take longer than 24 hrs ?? *
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Post by k3vinjam3s on 25/11/2011, 09:49

You really don't have any basic knowledge do you? A filter left in a new tank with no inhabitants doesn't just become mature over time. It needs a gradual build up of stock to become mature. Or even to be cycled with ammonia first.

Also just cos a fish is surviving in your tank doesn't mean its thriving in there. Also the long-term effects of high ammonia and nitrite poisoning are known to severely cut a fishes lifespan down so although it maybe ok now down the road you might have problems.
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