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Thread: cycling problem

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    Question cycling problem

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    so i have a 1.5 gallon tank
    it has a 3i tetra whisper filter
    i have been trying to cycle it for a month or so
    its readings are
    ammonia: .50 ppm
    nitrite: im not sure but it look like 0
    nitrate: 0
    i will take a pic of the nitrite reading asap
    why is it taking forever to cycle this
    im thinking of adding tetra safe start

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    This is fishless?

    What are you going to stock it with?
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    fishless and some shrimp

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    the pic is attached
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    Maybe have a LFS test it for you. I have always found it was easier to get a good accurate reading when viewing in person rather than looking at a pic. I posted a pic of a test result once and thought the color in the pic was a little different than the colors in real life

    Also, have you cleaned the tank/filter or done anything like that ?
    If you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
    "Not using a quarantine tank is like playing Russian roulette. Nobody wins the game, some people just get to play longer than others." - Anthony Calfo
    Fishless Cycle Cycling with Fish Marine Aquarium Info [URL=""]

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    i didn't touch the filter or tank

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    what media do you have in the filter ?
    what is your PH reading as a cycle can stall if it is much below 6.4
    Are you using de-chlor with your water ?
    dont forget to check the PH of your tap too
    1) 140 gallon with 70 gallon sump. 1 German Rams, 50 neons , 16 Schwarzi cory, 10 harlequin rasbora, 6 Hengals Rasbora, 2 Bulldog Plecs, 4x dwarf Gouramis, 12 golden barbs, 12 cherry barbs,8 Yellow Boesemani Rainbows and loads of assasin snails. Sump has central heating pump. water flows through a 4 layer foam and 1- 2kg of bio, also has a 18"x 18" algae scrubber that works well. fluval U2 to transfer to my QT when needed

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    the ph is 7.6 so that is not a problem
    so what about tetra safestart
    i was thinking of dumping that stuff in until ammonia reaches 0
    and then adding the shrimp
    oh ya btw i don't have a heater in there yet is that ok
    thanks in advance

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    I would not use the safe start but stick with ammonia.
    What did you dose it to originally?
    and as someone asked - what media do you have in your filter?
    Heat will help a fishless cycle along so if you plan on heating the tank, I'd get one and set it around 82F
    30 g FW planted:corys, female ABNP, blue angel, harleys, zebra danios, rummies,
    15 g FW planted:2 male guppies, neons, pygmy corys, clown pleco, 4 types of shrimp, assassin snails
    90 Gal Journal:
    fishless cycling:
    fish in cycling:

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    It's a tetra small bio bag

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