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Thread: cycling problem
12-30-2012, 11:42 PM #1
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
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
12-30-2012, 11:50 PM #2
This is fishless?
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12-30-2012, 11:51 PM #3
fishless and some shrimp
12-30-2012, 11:53 PM #4
the pic is attached
12-31-2012, 12:08 AM #5
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.
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12-31-2012, 12:13 AM #6
i didn't touch the filter or tank
12-31-2012, 12:58 AM #7
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 too1) 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
01-01-2013, 08:20 PM #8
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
01-01-2013, 08:27 PM #9
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
01-01-2013, 09:09 PM #10
It's a tetra small bio bag