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  • #299397

    Headdy
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    Hello; just joined this message board.

    I’ve set up a new 120L tank for some fancy goldfish, having witnessed verbal bullying over tank sizes (on other sites) and goldfish per gallon etc. It’s currently empty.

    My main question is, how long after starting the filter for the first time do you leave the tank, before putting the first fish in? With my first tank I left it for 10 days, but the tutorial on VideoJug suggests 2-3 days.

    Also, quite a bit of foam appeared on the water surface after a while. This appeared to build up when the hood was closed. What could be causing the foam, and would it be harmful?

    Either way, three separate tests with testing sticks showed that the water had 20ppm of nitrate, and zero nitrite.

    #304551

    dunc
    Keymaster

    Welcome to the forums, Headdy http://www.seriouslyfish.com/forums/index….ic=312&st=0

    If you have a look at the first few posts of that thread, you will see the information I gave Sofia about “cycling” a tank and how it can be done.

    If there’s anything you don’t understand or want questions about after that, hoy them in here and we’ll do our best to help you out

    #304552

    Headdy
    Participant

    QUOTE(dunc @ Mar 15 2008, 05:18 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
    Welcome to the forums, Headdy http://www.seriouslyfish.com/forums/index….ic=312&st=0

    If you have a look at the first few posts of that thread, you will see the information I gave Sofia about “cycling” a tank and how it can be done.

    If there’s anything you don’t understand or want questions about after that, hoy them in here and we’ll do our best to help you out

    #304553

    dunc
    Keymaster

    What filter is in the new tank?

    If the outflow is pointing at the surface of the water and is quite fervent, you’ll get “foam” at the top. Shouldn’t be massive amounts though unless the filter is really turning the water over.

    #304556

    Matt
    Keymaster

    Hi Headdy. Unless you’re cycling the tank in some way, then it’s difficult to say how long you should leave it before adding fish. Theoretically you could put them straight in, but I’d always recommend cycling first. Can you get a picture of the “foam”?

    Oh and Dunc, 10 extra points for use of the word “fervent” in a goldfish thread!

    #304557

    dunc
    Keymaster

    /laugh.gif” style=”vertical-align:middle” emoid=”:lol:” border=”0″ alt=”laugh.gif” />

    #304558

    Headdy
    Participant

    QUOTE(Matt @ Mar 16 2008, 11:19 AM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
    Can you get a picture of the “foam”?

    No problem:

    You probably can’t see it very well, but the filter is an internal one that also works as an air pump.

    Attached files

    #304564

    Matt
    Keymaster

    Good grief /laugh.gif” style=”vertical-align:middle” emoid=”:lol:” border=”0″ alt=”laugh.gif” /> If it’s the latter I’d suggest turning it down a bit if possible as you said you’re keeping fancy goldfish which are never the best swimmers.

    Also just to clarify my earlier point; I said you could add fish now “theoretically”. I’m not advocating this at all, and highly recommend you cycle the tank before adding fish.

    #304566

    dunc
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    QUOTE(Matt @ Mar 16 2008, 04:52 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
    That or the filter is turned onto “fervent” setting! /sad.gif” style=”vertical-align:middle” emoid=”:(” border=”0″ alt=”sad.gif” />

    #304568

    Matt
    Keymaster

    …..but darling…..I……

    #304569

    Headdy
    Participant

    The filter does seem to be quite powerful. I’ll have to figure out a way of decreasing the power, as even on its lowest setting it makes foam.

    Anyhow, I’m going with the household ammonia method of cycling.

    #304574

    dunc
    Keymaster

    The best approach imo, Headdy

    #304583

    Headdy
    Participant

    Joy. It was the filter making all that foam; I just disconnected the little tube that draws air from outside the tank, and the foam eventually went away.

    Now back to getting high off ammonia fumes.

    #304584

    dunc
    Keymaster

    Fervent filters, shocking

    #304586

    Matt
    Keymaster

    How much ammonia do you need to get high Headdy?

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