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Re: NFC: Nitrogen cycle

The article you read is ... off a bit.  Water changes should be done
during the nitrogen cycle.  During the cycle, ammonia and nitrite levels
will climb to rather high levels.  These can be stressfull, at best, on
the fish.  Without water changes, you can't keep these at controlable
levels.  Now, should you do very large changes ?  Probably not.   Never
ever ever change more than 50% of the tank, except in an emrgency
instance.  And, remember the dechlorinator. :)  
Doing water changes shouldn't have too much affect on the bacteria
developing during the cycle.  Most of the bacteria that you see clouding
the water aren't ones you want -- they're smelly anaerobes.  Throwing
those out will help the cycle a little bit.  The bacteria you want are
developing on the gravel and in the filter, for the most part.  

Joshua L. Wiegert
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On Sun, 19 Nov 2000, nickel55 wrote:

> Date: Sun, 19 Nov 2000 00:47:56 -0500
> From: nickel55 <nickel55 at worldnet_att.net>
> Reply-To: nfc at actwin_com
> To: nfc at actwin_com
> Subject: NFC: Nitrogen cycle
>                                 I know I wont be getting my tank started until after Santa, my wife, arrives with my aquarium; but I have a question about the nitrogen cycle. My question is: should partial water changes be done during the cycle. Most of what I have read on the net says yes, but I did read one article that said no, so can anyone out there clear this up for me.
>                                                                Thanks,
>                                                                   nickel55

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