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Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Location: Nova Scotia, Canada

PostPosted: 2006.12.25(Mon)12:04    Post subject: Reply with quote

Magnum V8 wrote:
I certainly don't want to harm the fish. Would doing a large volume water change keep the cycle going and at the same time keep the fish from dying? I did an ammonia test this morning and the result was .50 ppm. I'm not too sure what that means. The research I did revealed that the ammonia level should/would peak, then begin to drop, and likewise with the nitrite. So, with the .50 ppm ammonia reading, should I do a water change now, or would that interrupt the cycle?

Large water changes are your best friend right now.

It will not interrupt the cycle and at the same time it will remove the buildup of harmful ammonia. You'll want to do these as needed. As soon as there is any reading at all of ammonia on your test kit, do a water change and test again after a few hours.

Any amount of detectable ammonia is dangerous.
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PostPosted: 2006.12.25(Mon)12:17    Post subject: Reply with quote

Okay, I'll do that. But how can the ammonia breakdown into nitrite if it is consistently being removed?
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Joined: 14 Oct 2006
Location: Cincinnati, OH

PostPosted: 2006.12.25(Mon)13:47    Post subject: Reply with quote

very nice tank Cool

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Joined: 18 Dec 2006
Location: Arkansas

PostPosted: 2006.12.25(Mon)14:32    Post subject: Reply with quote

You are not going to remove all of the amonia, you are just diluting it. If you do a 50% water change, you will then have about half as much amonia in the same amount of water, making it a little less toxic. Your not cycling so the amonia breaks up, but so the bacteria gets established which breaks up the amonia.
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Location: Brisbane, Australia

PostPosted: 2007.01.03(Wed)5:42    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am brand new to this this forum. What a great find! I Googled Aqua Sun to find out a bit about my new filter, and came up with Via Aqua filters which are obviously another name for the same filters, which led me to this forum I have been studying post after post for the past hour and a half, all very interesting and helpful as well. Even though I have been a keeper and breeder of many different species over the past 30 plus years. I am always happy to learn more and more from other peoples experiences. Great site! Very Happy
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