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Re: Glenn's Tank Thread

Postby GlennLever » Wed May 20, 2020 11:40 am

I was surprised by the black silicone. I like it, helps the black trim on the top an bottom of the tank. However, the structural silicone was done in clear. What happens with the light on is any spot that does no have the black silicone covering the clear silicone, the light shins through the clear and appears as little dots at the seal of the tank (did you follow that?)
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Re: Glenn's Tank Thread

Postby GlennLever » Thu May 21, 2020 11:21 am

Just an update, The Dr. Tim's is now not due here until tomorrow (Amazon Prime has let me down).

The tank has cleared up.
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Re: Glenn's Tank Thread

Postby GlennLever » Thu May 21, 2020 4:48 pm

I have started a discussion on the fish to go into this tank under Lake Malawi Species under the thread name "Glenn's Tank Thread"

https://www.cichlid-forum.com/phpBB/vie ... 9&t=451405
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Re: Glenn's Tank Thread

Postby GlennLever » Fri May 22, 2020 1:43 pm

I have starter the Dr Tim's fishless cycle.
values before starting PH 8.2 Ammonia .50PPM Nitrite 0 PPM Nitrare 0 PPM
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Re: Glenn's Tank Thread

Postby GlennLever » Fri May 22, 2020 8:52 pm

GlennLever wrote:I have starter the Dr Tim's fishless cycle.
values before starting PH 8.2 Ammonia .50PPM Nitrite 0 PPM Nitrare 0 PPM

I was surprised by the high PH, tested the water out of the tap and it came up as 8.0
That will be OK for cichlids and the Synodontis lucipinnis wants pH of 8.5 – 9
I could leave it alone or maybe add some driftwood to lower the ph?
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Re: Glenn's Tank Thread

Postby DJRansome » Fri May 22, 2020 9:15 pm

Why would you lower the pH?
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Re: Glenn's Tank Thread

Postby GlennLever » Fri May 22, 2020 9:26 pm

DJRansome wrote:Why would you lower the pH?


Good question...knee jerk reaction to my surprise of the Ph out of the tap.

Maybe trying to give myself a reason to put some driftwood in.
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Re: Glenn's Tank Thread

Postby GlennLever » Fri May 22, 2020 9:55 pm

African Cichlid water parameters???

PH 7.8 - 8.5

ammonia 0 - .25 PPM

Nitrite 0

Nitrate 5 - 10 ppm

GH 12 - 20 (I believe this is expressed in degrees?)

KH 10 - 18 (I believe this is expressed in degrees?)

Termp 73 - 82 (I believe they prefer warmer side of the range?)

Any other perimeter that I should be looking at, are all the ranges correct?
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Re: Glenn's Tank Thread

Postby DJRansome » Sat May 23, 2020 9:44 am

Ammonia should be zero. Nitrates 0 to 20ppm. I like to change 50% or more weekly and shoot for 10ppm after a water change so 20ppm before a water change.

I find GH and KH easier in drops...anything >= 7 drops should be fine. This just makes your pH stable.

Temp 78.
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Re: Glenn's Tank Thread

Postby GlennLever » Sat May 23, 2020 11:01 am

DJRansome wrote:Ammonia should be zero. Nitrates 0 to 20ppm. I like to change 50% or more weekly and shoot for 10ppm after a water change so 20ppm before a water change.

I find GH and KH easier in drops...anything >= 7 drops should be fine. This just makes your pH stable.

Temp 78.


I have the API GH & KH test kit coming, they do it by change in color and counting drops.

I was going to keep the temp at 80, I have read that it prompts the fish metabolic rate and also produces more color and spawning activity?

Thanks for all your input, you must almost live here as I have gotten responses from you at all hours.

THANKS!
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Re: Glenn's Tank Thread

Postby shiftyfox » Sat May 23, 2020 12:25 pm

Should I be concerned about Gh and Kh levels in my aquarium.
It’s something I’ve never given a thought to if I’m honest. My Ph has always been stable around 7.4 so not given it a second thought.
Why would I need to match the lakes criteria when my fish have come from tank bred fish..?
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Re: Glenn's Tank Thread

Postby DJRansome » Sat May 23, 2020 1:13 pm

If your pH is stable you are OK to ignore GH and KH.

Many keep their cichlids in water that approximates the lake. I do and my vendors do. So although they are tank bred, if they are acclimated to parameters appropriate for their species, you could shock them if you are not aware and put them in water with different parameters without acclimating.

Luckily my tap water is similar to the lake and I chose to keep Africans because of that.
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Re: Glenn's Tank Thread

Postby GlennLever » Sun May 24, 2020 11:53 pm

Working on cycling the tank

Following Dr. Tim’s instructions for a fishless cycle

Sometimes I think I could screw up bouncing a ball.

Day 1 - test water have 0 for Ammonia, Nitrite, and Nitrate
Pour in Dr Tim One and only and Ammonium Chioride per the instructions
Day 1 - dose ammonia to 2 ppm ammonia-nitrogen [NH3-N] using our ammonium chloride and it is not critical to get exactly 2 ppm
Day 2 - Measure ammonia and nitrite.
Day 3 - If ammonia and nitrite are below 1 ppm add more ammonia: four drops of our ammonium chloride per gallon


My Ammonia Day 1 12:00 PM .50 6:30 PM 3.0
Day 2 9:00 AM 4.0, 1:20 PM 5.0, 7:00PM 4.0
Day 3 11:32 AM 4.0 8:00 PM 4.0

There is a note about no letting the Ammonia get above 5.0

I had seen no increase in Nitrate, and they are talking about adding more ammonia??

I did three 20% water changes

Ammonia was still 4.0 after the first change, went to 3.0 after the second change and to 1.0 after the third change.

Questions
1) Have I killed the bacteria in the bottle with too high a Ph?
2) Do I drain the water and start over?
3) Have I damaged the filter material (bio balls and ceramic rings)
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Re: Glenn's Tank Thread

Postby DJRansome » Mon May 25, 2020 9:32 am

I would say no to all three questions, but I have never used this product. What does the manufacturer say? I have found manufacturers respond promptly with good information if you use their Contact Us feature.
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Re: Glenn's Tank Thread

Postby GlennLever » Mon May 25, 2020 11:41 am

DJRansome wrote:I would say no to all three questions, but I have never used this product. What does the manufacturer say? I have found manufacturers respond promptly with good information if you use their Contact Us feature.


I have sent the question to Dr Tim's Aquatics web site 5/25/20 11:41AM.
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