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Thread: Is Prime messing with my cycle?
12-31-2012, 07:36 PM #11
Originally Posted by Taurus
Originally Posted by Lady Hobbs
Gas mileage isn't everything OIIIIIIIO
Lack of planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part.
Why pretend there are no stupid questions? Actually, There are many stupid questions: "Should I drink this bleach?" Is just one example.
Having said that, Just because it's a stupid question doesn't mean that it shouldn't be asked. It's better to know.
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01-01-2013, 12:39 AM #12
My filter does up to 300 litre tank, mine is around 105 litres. I don't know what my ph is unfortunately as I don't have a kit to test it. In any case I've done a water change with the Jbl stuff and after 9 hours ammonia + nitrite are at 0.
01-01-2013, 03:22 PM #13
Not sure that 9 hours will be adequate time for your readings to represent the full picture.
I cycled a 30 gal with Prime with fish - took almost 3 months. Just depends on the tank. Know you are impatient but ... in this hobby, patience is the word of every day
01-01-2013, 03:43 PM #14
You need a pH kit asap; first off, you need to know the tank pH to see if the fish you want will be ok in that type of water. Next, knowing the tank pH and tap pH allows you to determine if your water in the tank will drift in pH - this is very important because large or delayed water changes could crash the pH and kill fish. Finally, you simply cannot cycle a filter in water at pH under 6.1 and it is very slow under a pH of 6.5. You need to test for this and a basic kit has ammonia, nitrite, nitrate and pH. Really need all of them.
When you say your ammonia is zero, are you not cycling? Either you add ammonia to hold about 1 ppm ammonia (no fish and no W/C) or if a fish based cycle, use W/C to hold a 0.25 ppm ammonia level.
Last edited by Cermet; 01-01-2013 at 03:47 PM.Knowledge is fun(damental)
A 75 gal with eight Discus, fake plants, and a lot of wood also with sand substrate. Clean up crew is down to just two Sterba's Corys. Filters: continuous new water flow; canister w/UV, in-tank algae scrubber!! Finally, junked the nitrate removal unit from hell.
For Fishless cycling:http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ead.php?t=5640
01-02-2013, 02:49 PM #15
I bought the test kits id need during a cycle (ammonia, nitrite and nitrate) I guess I will pick up a PH kit too.
My ammonia and nitrite have been at 0 for 48 hours now, to be honest I've been making a schoolboy error when testing. I haven't been rinsing the test tubes out very well between uses as I didn't think it would matter, but it turns out it can make a big difference to the results.
So its quite possible I'm now cycled, I will continue to test over the next few days. I'm cycling with fish btw, been going for over 2 months.
01-02-2013, 03:06 PM #16
0Originally Posted by serbusfish
just an fyi on testing for nitrates: make sure you shake bottle one, add 10 drops to the vial. Cap and shake. then shake bottle 2 hard for 30 full seconds BEFORE you add it to the vial. Add 10 drops from bottle 2 then cap and shake vial for 60 full seconds. Wait 5 min. It's the only way to get an accurate nitrate reading.