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Thread: Cycled

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    Quote Originally Posted by gronlaura View Post
    I would call Tetra customer service, 1-800-526-0650, option 1 and give them your results. Maybe because you have such a small tank, it cycled in 8 days. My 75 gal cycled in 13 days. My understanding is (even when cycling with TSS), if your results are 0/0/20, you are cycled and should do the water change to bring down the nitrates. That's what I did.
    I did a 30% or so, water change and the nitrate reading is between 10-20ppm now.

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    40-80 nitrates
    I retested this morning. I have not done a water change yet.
    I now have over 20ppm nitrate but under 40ppm.
    How is it that your trates are dropping with no WC? BB does not remove TrAtes.
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    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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    I just did a 30%ish water change and the nitrates now are between 10-20ppm
    Maybe I got an incorrect reading the 1st time??

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    Quote Originally Posted by slug61 View Post
    Now, i'm really confused.....i have asked the same question on 3 diff. boards and am getting many different responses.
    Some say do w/c immediately, some say wait until the 14 days are up(TSS recommends this), and some say that level is OK
    If i do a 50% change, will it disrupt the cycle since it has not been 14 days...only 8.

    HELP??!!
    Water changes will not kill the bacteria currently in your filter - from your last post, you appear completely cycled with nitrates at a good reading - if nitrates go above 20ppm, another water change is in order - same thing if your ammonia or nitrites go up past 0 - 0's for those are what a cycled tank should show.

    To maintain a cycled tank, it's recommended to change 50% of your water weekly (along with vacuuming the substrate) & clean your filter media in used tankwater every 1-3mos - otherwise, things can build up in the tank & nitrates could increase.
    46 gal fw tank with black skirt tetras, neon tetras, spotted corys, cherry barbs, otoclinus, snails & 4 amano shrimp - plastic & live plants
    5 gal QT
    Remember: Our job is to take care of the water our fish live in

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    Quote Originally Posted by slug61 View Post
    Now, i'm really confused.....i have asked the same question on 3 diff. boards and am getting many different responses.
    Some say do w/c immediately, some say wait until the 14 days are up(TSS recommends this), and some say that level is OK
    If i do a 50% change, will it disrupt the cycle since it has not been 14 days...only 8.

    HELP??!!
    Sorry I didn't get back to you in a timely matter but as others have already posted, I was just suggesting to get the nitrates under 20ppm. I think you are cycled and its time for some fish!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodm81 View Post
    Sorry I didn't get back to you in a timely matter but as others have already posted, I was just suggesting to get the nitrates under 20ppm. I think you are cycled and its time for some fish!
    That's OK.
    I have had my betta in the tank already for 8 weeks.
    I re-tested again today and got: 0 ammonia, 0 nitrite, 20ppm nitrates
    So, it looks like i'm cycled.
    YAY

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