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  1. If you're not getting a reading by filling half the test tube with ammonia, your test kit is probably bad. You'd be able to tell if your ammonia was bad because it would't smell.
  2. Wow. That is a fantastic result from just one filter. You must have had some pretty great starting images to work with.
  3. Aquariums can support denitrifying bacteria in some situations. If you have plants these may hit a point where they remove all the nitrogenous waste as well.
  4. That's a very clever idea. It's a gimmick, but still. I'd get a huge kick out of one of those if I had a display tank. A magnetic glass cleaner? Man, I don't know how I'd live without them sometimes. They're pretty nice for deep tanks or ones with objects/plants close to the glass.
  5. Of course not. Just like I wouldn't let you maintain my tanks, we clearly have incompatible methods.
  6. ???Yes, it is a bit confusing. First a 10-gallon cycle can't succeed because of water volume, then turnover, then gph, then filter media... I am not the one moving the goalposts. Yes, successful cycling is dependent on whether or not there's enough surface area for bacteria to colonize. The great news is you can put media with high surface area into a small filter. Just don't get it plugged up so water doesn't flow through. (As you've pointed out, higher surface area is why canister filters often work better than HOB filters with the same gph.) Send me fish and a filter and I'll be glad to undertake the experiment. Otherwise, no thanks. I already know most of these these hard-line "impossibilities" dictated by common knowledge are not real impossibilities, and I don't have a couple pounds of fish I'm willing to keep in a 10-gallon atm.
  7. Then if your tank isn't cycled you have the wrong amount of media.
  8. I have a SunSun which has been working awesome. I hear Eheims are nice too though.
  9. shhhhhhhhhhhh! they're referring to tropicals... :rofl My guppies' "feed me" dance compares nicely though.
  10. ???She doesn't need live food immediately. Not ever really, it's just nice to have. What's wrong with microworms? As far as I know, BBS are just easier to deal with. I hated microworms. Kiara, if cost is so much of an issue, I can send you ~50 grams of eggs and a small air pump. The pumps come with a filter I use for my guppy tanks but I run them all off one so I have the extras sitting in a drawer unused. That should be enough to give 60 fry a kickstart.
  11. So is there no way to keep sand on top? Put sand with smaller particles underneath. No good way I have run across. Soil may have some potential.
  12. Big particles will wind up on top almost always.
  13. What are your thoughts about putting it in an uncycled tank?I don't think it would matter as long as you made sure to keep up with water changes while cycling. Ich won't hurt your BB and it's possible to cycle a tank with salt in the water. Ok! Thank you! But I will need a heater to treat for ich?It's not necessary. Raising temperature just speeds up the life cycle so ich can be gotten rid of sooner (it's only vulnerable in the free-living stages). With tropical fish you can heat the aquarium to the point where that alone will kill the ich, but goldfish don't like those temperatures.
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