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Post by ado_boro on 1/1/2012, 23:10

Well tomorrow is the first day of my first ever cichlid tank and I've decided to keep a thread to show my progress.
I've purchased a Fluval Roma 240 and all the necessary kit to do this and have decided to go down the fishless cycle route. Stay tuned for pics and progress.


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Post by mrsbiffster on 2/1/2012, 00:05

Good luck ado. Can't wait to follow the progress.


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Post by Nyoung87 on 2/1/2012, 00:28

Yeah good luck mate
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Post by carpguru on 2/1/2012, 10:21

ado did you find a place that does
pure ammonia
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Post by ado_boro on 2/1/2012, 10:26

I bought some from amazon I think for about £5.00. Its just normal household ammonia so think it will be 9.5% ammonia and the rest water.
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Post by carpguru on 2/1/2012, 10:38

put a small amount in a test tube
from a test kit or something like that
and shake it if bubbles form and stay
there its not pure it a some sort of
detergent in it if the bubbles dissipate
nearly straight away its pure just a quick
and easy way to check that is pure
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Post by ado_boro on 2/1/2012, 10:52

Great cheers, I'll give that a go.
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Post by MarcG on 2/1/2012, 15:08

Good luck mate
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Post by ado_boro on 3/1/2012, 09:41

Right so here we go!

MY NEW EMPTY TANK, FINALLY OUT OF THE GARAGE!



FILTER IM USING FOR THIS, OVER FILTERING TO TRY KEEP IT AS CLEAN AS POSS!


WATER IS GOING IN, NEWS PAPER IS WET SO THAT THE SUBSTRATE IS NOT DISTURBED.


NOW BEGINS THE CYCLE, LOTS OF WAITING!


THIS WILL BE MY FIRST TWO FISH, PAID FOR AND BEEN HELD FOR ME UNTILL THE TANK IS READY. THEY ARE A WILD PAIR OF AULONOCARA KORNELIAE AND THE FEMALE IS HOLDING WHICH IS HOPEFULLY GOING TO BE KEPT FOR ME ALSO!



TO BE CONTINUED........


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Post by MarcG on 3/1/2012, 11:27

Nice setup mate where you get them rocks from?
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Post by ado_boro on 3/1/2012, 11:31

I bought them from Peter barratts and strikes I think. They are just slate rocks from the garden section outside. 3 for £10 or something.
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Post by MarcG on 3/1/2012, 11:33

Ok cheers ado
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Re: New African Cichlid Tank

Post by ado_boro on 9/1/2012, 10:36

Day eight and the cycle seems to be coming along nicely. I squeezed my filter sponges from another tank into it last night to try and speed things along a little.
This morning I've done some water tests and my ammonia I added yesterday is 0ppm and the nitrite is through the roof so looking good. Hopefully just another week or so.
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Post by carpguru on 9/1/2012, 10:46

i reckon another week should do it
what is your ph at ado
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Post by ado_boro on 9/1/2012, 11:29

Not checked it yet Biff, I'll give it a go when I get in tonight and let you know.
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Post by carpguru on 9/1/2012, 11:35

i was just wondering as it can drop during
cycling and some times needs to be buffed
up with a touch of bicarb just to pull it back
up even in Malawi tanks
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Post by ado_boro on 9/1/2012, 17:50

The PH is about 7.8, do you think that should be ok. Will probs slowly rise with the coral gravel in there.
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Post by carpguru on 9/1/2012, 17:53

it should be OK but just keep an
eye on it i have known them drop
down below 6 even with coral sand in
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Post by ado_boro on 9/1/2012, 17:57

Righto will do, I'll check it the morning I go to collect the fish after I've done a major water change.
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Post by carpguru on 9/1/2012, 18:05

right ok i would check it before the fish
go in like a say it it needs pulling up try
a level teaspoon of bicarb mix it in a tea
cup with a drop of tank water to dissolve it
then check ph again an hour later
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Post by dene.h. on 9/1/2012, 19:49

very nice
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Post by ado_boro on 9/1/2012, 20:58

Up to date pic now that the water has cleared. Starting to get brown algae on the rocks since I took this so leaving the light off for a few days til I get the bristlenose on the job

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Post by carpguru on 9/1/2012, 21:07

good idea that ado
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Post by ado_boro on 10/1/2012, 20:20

Done another water check today and it has gone through 4ppm ammonia in just over 10 hours! Nitrite is still sky high however, is this likely to just drop all of a sudden very fast?
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Post by carpguru on 10/1/2012, 20:22

i agree with that what was your ph
at by the way ado
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