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Thread: issues getting tank to cycle
02-11-2013, 04:28 PM #11Member Molly
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- Waldorf, MD
OK, so about a week later, and nothings really changed. I don't see any effects from the angelsplus sponge filter that I purchased. Supposedly it has lived in a cycled tank for about 4-6 weeks, and is suppose to help speed up the cycle.
I'm also seeing my ammonia rates rise faster. I'm associating that to the fish getting bigger. I did a WC on Saturday, as the ammonia was up to 1.0. That's the highest I've seen it. I'm pretty much planning to do a WC every other day now. These bacteria really need to get off there butts and get to work.
Tomorrow will be week 4 that the fish have been in the tank. I'm a little shocked I'm not seeing any signs of anything yet.
02-11-2013, 04:50 PM #12Senior Member Red tailed catfish
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Ammonia is probably not rising from the fish getting bigger but rather the ammonia is being allowed to build up instead of being removed via water changes - they don't grow THAT fast! LOL
02-11-2013, 05:12 PM #13
+1 to andreahp.
gotta test daily when cycling with fish.
anytime ammonia is over 0.25 do a water change.
not doing that will prolong the duration of your cycling experience and really hurt your fish, which can then causes diseases.
02-11-2013, 05:47 PM #14
I know the wait is frustrating but you've gotten great advice. cycling with fish takes twice and sometimes three times as long as a fishless cycle. I know. I've done both. Continue to test daily and as has been stated, if the ammonia and or nitrites approach .50 then you need to do a water change so you're looking at .25 ammonia during the cycle process. this could be daily or every other day for a while until the cycle completes.
Prime is great. Stability is also a good product while doing a fish in cycle as it negates some of the harmful effects of ammonia.
good luck and hang in there. it will happen
02-11-2013, 06:07 PM #15