Discussion regarding only Lake Malawi species.
Tue Sep 24, 2019 8:17 am
I'm setting up a 240 litre (63 US gallon) tank of Cichlids.
Once i have the sand in, the rocks and water with the filter running what do i do next?
What liquids/additives do i need to add to the tank to start developing the bacteria and preparing the water the fish?
Tue Sep 24, 2019 9:21 am
Read this and follow precisely to successfully establish nitrifying bacteria.https://www.cichlid-forum.com/articles/ ... _cycle.php
Tue Sep 24, 2019 9:26 am
Welcome to Cichlid-forum!
What are the dimensions of the 63G tank? Are you thinking Lake Malawi? If so the ideal would be a rectangle that is 48" long or longer.
Wed Sep 25, 2019 6:22 am
Its an Eheim Vivaline 240 so is 48" long. Yes im thinking of Lake Malawi if they would be suitable for a tank that size
Wed Sep 25, 2019 6:24 am
I've got a 64L tank that i will be shutting down as part of setting up this new set up. Shall i just use the water from there and that that into the 240 litres to help the the baxteria grow etc
Wed Sep 25, 2019 9:20 am
The water will do nothing, but you could transfer the filter to the new tank to support a small population of fish. Since the new tank is bigger, you may still want to follow the article to build up the bacteria high enough to support all the fish you will have in the new tank.
What are the test results from your tap water? Post the pH, KH, ammonia, nitrite and nitrate. This will allow us to decide if you need to add anything other than dechlorinator.
Wed Sep 25, 2019 11:02 am
Haven’t got any water in there yet. It’s only a little filter in my old tank but I can probably transfer the ceramic media to my new FX6 to help.
I thought the water would help? So shall I just fill it up tonight and see at the water says tonight just from the tap water?
Wed Sep 25, 2019 2:01 pm
Just test your tap. Post the results. The old water will do nothing.
Decide if you have to add baking soda or anything else.
Then you can fill the tank (with additives if necessary), put on the old filter and add ammonia for the fishless cycle.
Sun Sep 29, 2019 2:00 pm
We need the results from the tap.
What water was tested to produce the results above?
Mon Sep 30, 2019 4:02 am
This was the water from the tank, I added the filter media from my previous filter to help with bacteria growth and also added bacteria from a bottle
Mon Sep 30, 2019 8:21 am
OK then you need to follow the directions on the bottle. The ammonia is way too high for fish but I don't know how the bottled product is supposed to work.
Since you will use tap water for partial water changes, test the tap water and post results here.
Thu Oct 03, 2019 2:18 pm
This is the high range PH test for my tap water
Thu Oct 03, 2019 7:00 pm
Let the water from the tap sit on the counter for 24 hours and retest.
Sat Oct 05, 2019 4:20 am
These are the latest test results from the tank
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