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PostSubject: more newbie questions   Fri Sep 12, 2008 3:44 am

sorry about this but I just want to make sure I have everything sorted properly.

I think I have a tankstand sorted which is good news, and I will go to the local Homebase for some ammonia over the weekend. I

I have read bits on cycling a tank but am still not sure what to do. What is the best thing to test for - ammonia or nitrate? Can you buy test kits for just them or do you have to buy big kits that test for millions of things? Do you set the tank up before starting the cycle, or wait until it's finished?

Sorry if these are daft questions Embarassed
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PostSubject: Re: more newbie questions   Fri Sep 12, 2008 6:53 am

Not daft at all. Your best bet is to get an API Master Test Kit. It's cheaper to buy online either at an aquatics website such as on here or even on ebay.

For the water to be safe for the fish, the ammonia and nitrite levels BOTH need to be zero which is why the fishless cycle is so important for setting up the tank properly. The nitrate level isn't so important initially but, once the tank is cycled, it should be kept as low as possible.

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