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Cycling the fish tank

PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2012 9:24 pm
by Michaelmouse
I previously had some problems with my fish tank, so i took all the water and gravel out. Ive cleaned the gravel and ive put the gravel back in and some new water and i cleaned the filter and ive put it back in so everything is running. Now what do i do? I have 1 survivor fish. Do i put her in? When can i add more fish? Or plants? Thanks

Re: Cycling the fish tank

PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2012 2:55 am
by POS_miniracer
I'm going to post links to 2 types of cycles one that doesn't use any fish and one that does. Since you have a survivor you may consider cycling the tank with that fish but bear in mind it's going to be traumatic on the fish and it may not survive.

What conditions is that fish living in now? Did you have a second filter?

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Re: Cycling the fish tank

PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2012 6:15 am
by Michaelmouse
I officialy have a **** off leak now

Re: Cycling the fish tank

PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2012 6:46 am
by Michaelmouse
Despite it leaking to my living room, what do i do get some silicone? How am i supposed to find where the leak is? I am so grounded!!

Re: Cycling the fish tank

PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2012 8:12 am
by POS_miniracer
I'm sorry to hear that bud.
You have to be sure and get aquarium safe silicone. You can usually find it at most big aquarium shops or on line.

To find the leak first empty the tank completely of all it's contents.
Then I'd place it on some sort of stand where you wont mind the floor getting wet or if it's a small enough tank on a nice day just take it outside.
Then you just basically slowly fill the tank a few inches at a time. Wipe the outside of the tank dry as you fill and just keep your eye out for where the water is coming from and any new wet spots on the outside of your previously wiped dry tank.
Sometimes you have to stare a while to find it if it's a slow leak.
And keep running your hands along the seams feeling for newly formed wet spots.
If it's not a crack it's usually a seam somewhere.

Re: Cycling the fish tank

PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2012 9:52 am
by Michaelmouse
Its a pretty big crack tbh! I could see it straight away i would upload a picture but i dont know how to! So if its quite big whats the best thing to do? Seal it both sides? Is sealent exspensive?

Re: Cycling the fish tank

PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2012 5:55 pm
by Blowfish
If the cracks on the base of the tank you could get a piece of glass and silicone it over the crack,if its on a side panel i would get a new tank!!

Re: Cycling the fish tank

PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2012 6:02 pm
by Michaelmouse
At the bottom im keeping the tank, i might do what you said siliconing another piece of glass to the tank, but i might get a new tank around the same size