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Re: Now don't panic...
Posted By: Tibor <email@example.com> In Response To: Re: Now don't panic... (Linda)
Date: Thursday, 31 August 2000, at 4:48 p.m.
In Response To: Re: Now don't panic... (Linda)
Hmm... Well, first off, it's been said numerous times that ammo-lok 2 is better used when temporarily transporting fish than in a cycling tank; it says it won't affect the cycle, but rumour has it that it will. If you're keeping your ammonia down through water changes, you shouldn't need it anyway.
Also, maybe you should treat your water in spite of it being well water; does it go through a water softener? I use Tetra Aqua-Safe on mine mostly for dechlorination (esp. in my new place - you can smell it!!), but in your case it may be benefitial by removing heavy metals from the water. I don't know how important this is, but it may help in some way. A water softener, I suspect, would remove the metals anyway. Just a guess. It also removes any ammonia in your tap water, which you really ought to test as well to be sure your ammonia isn't also coming from there!
All things considered, I don't think the cloudy water is gonna give you any problems. Mine was cloudy for two months w/o problems.
Lastly, consider adding a couple amazon sword plants to your tank. I know, I know. Too much aeration. But my tank has it too, and mine have made it for about a week now with only the hungry clowns providing a form of demise. A healthy plant will filter your water as well, in ways that floss won't. I cannot be sure that these guys cleared up my water, but it was cloudy before I added them and is crystal clear now. I did some massive water changes throughout because I was moving, and you don't want to do that on a cycling tank, but if you get the gravel that offy prescribed, that shouldn't be too much of an issue soon anyway. Either way, if it works, it's worth it. If not, you've lost $5.
Does anyone here have any input on plants and water quality? My tank had been cloudy for AGES when I added the plant, and then it was not. And it wasn't the first time (by far) that I'd done such huge water changes. Ran into trouble swapping substrate and did it then too w/o success with the water quality.
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