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Thread: Cycling Issue

  1. #61

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    I am very concerned that you are still seeing no nitrates but even more strangely, zero ammonia! That seems impossible unless you have near zero bio-load and/or massive water changes. How can your fish produce zero ammonia reading unless there are only a few guppies in a twenty gal tank and you are going daily large water changes ... just doesn't seem possible unless you just did a very large water change.

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    + to Cermet. Just curious - and maybe this has been asked - but when are you taking your test readings? Before or after your water change?
    If after, that could account for the 0 0 0 readings
    30 g FW planted:corys, ABNP, blue angel, harleys, zebra danios, nerites & mystery snails
    15 g FW planted: crown tail betta, neons, snails
    90 g FW semi planted: Blood Parrots, severum, Jurupari, EBJD, congos, kribs, clown pleco, snails
    90 Gal Journal: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ad.php?t=93939
    Fishless cycling: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ead.php?t=5640
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    Quote Originally Posted by fishmommie
    + to Cermet. Just curious - and maybe this has been asked - but when are you taking your test readings? Before or after your water change?
    If after, that could account for the 0 0 0 readings
    the last water change I did was on December 27th....haven't had a reason to since then b/c ammonia was at a .25 and then 0.....this is weird....

    Fish have been off the charts active and seem really happy...haven't had any losses. I can't imagine that they're not producing enough waste. Here is my stock to refresh your memories:
    44 gallon...
    3 Odessa Barbs (1m, 2f)
    4 Golden Barbs
    3 Rosy Barbs
    2 Killifish (mated)
    7 Serpae Tetras
    4 Corys
    6 Cherry Barbs
    4 Zebra danios

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    With that amount of fish in there, I am thinking that your tank is cycled if you are starting to consistently see 0 ammonia & nitrites - I also cycled my tank with fish and never got a reading for nitrites - ammonia never went over .25 either - perhaps you are done - even with 0 nitrates!
    46 gal fw tank with black skirt tetras, neon tetras, spotted corys, green corys, 1 guppy, cherry barbs, otoclinus, snails & 4 amano shrimp - plastic & live plants
    5 gal QT with green corys & 2 guppies

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    I'm almost inclined to agree with Andrea.
    When in doubt, do a water change.

    "This ain't rocket science!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by andreahp
    With that amount of fish in there, I am thinking that your tank is cycled if you are starting to consistently see 0 ammonia & nitrites - I also cycled my tank with fish and never got a reading for nitrites - ammonia never went over .25 either - perhaps you are done - even with 0 nitrates!
    That's exactly what I'm thinking...it's like I just "missed it"?

    Let's say my tank is cycled...when should I start doing "regular maintance" like...cleaning the gravel and doing routine 25% water changes? I have not touched the gravel since this whole thing began and I'm thinking it's probably a little yucky...

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    You can clean the gravel whenever you want - usually different areas of the tank are done each week with water changes - and I'd recommend changing 50% rather than 25% each water change.
    46 gal fw tank with black skirt tetras, neon tetras, spotted corys, green corys, 1 guppy, cherry barbs, otoclinus, snails & 4 amano shrimp - plastic & live plants
    5 gal QT with green corys & 2 guppies

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    Quote Originally Posted by fishywish
    That's exactly what I'm thinking...it's like I just "missed it"?

    Let's say my tank is cycled...when should I start doing "regular maintance" like...cleaning the gravel and doing routine 25% water changes? I have not touched the gravel since this whole thing began and I'm thinking it's probably a little yucky...
    Now. I would do 50% water changes with filter cleaning and gravel vac once per week. Keep testing for ammonia, nitrites, nitrates though.

    LOL..Andrea is a bit faster than I am today.
    When in doubt, do a water change.

    "This ain't rocket science!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taurus
    Now. I would do 50% water changes with filter cleaning and gravel vac once per week. Keep testing for ammonia, nitrites, nitrates though.

    LOL..Andrea is a bit faster than I am today.
    You guys are GREAT!

    My Aqueon water changer broke....I got a Python and have been anxious to start using it :)

    Filter cleaning would involve swishing the filter media in removed tank water and putting it back in the filter?

    How often should I test the water? Daily, every other day, weekly?

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    Yes, cleaning the media involves removing some tank water and swishing it around - then put it right back in. If you have sponges, you can squeeze them out in the same water.

    I would test your water every other day for about another week just to be sure you're parameters are staying stable and then drop down to once every 1-2 weeks - eventually, if your stock stays the same and you aren't overfeeding, you won't need to test even that often.
    46 gal fw tank with black skirt tetras, neon tetras, spotted corys, green corys, 1 guppy, cherry barbs, otoclinus, snails & 4 amano shrimp - plastic & live plants
    5 gal QT with green corys & 2 guppies

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