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Thread: planning my cycle
05-21-2013, 02:27 AM #11
i finished set-up.
i added a pinch of expired baby fish food.
what am i trying to get my ammonia to?
i was thinking 1
05-21-2013, 11:42 PM #12
a quick reply is needed and would be apriciated.
05-22-2013, 12:35 AM #13
I've not cycled a tank using fish food - only ammonia so I'm sorry I can't help you there. I'm wondering though, a single betta in a 10 would not create a huge bio load - it's possible just adding some of the seeded media from one of your other filters would be enough. Someone else may want to weigh in on that.
As to will a betta and neons get along. I have a betta with neons and they do great. Others have not had that experience so it appears it comes down to the betta.
Hope you get your other answer and good luck.
05-22-2013, 01:06 AM #14
actully i don't need to cycle, because i am transfering all my media from the 20. the problem is i can't just take all of it at once. so every week i am taking one. i am adding fish food so the bacteria doesn't starve.
also i think you misunderstood the question.
i am not saying how much fish food to add, i am saying how much ammonia is not too low and not too high. thanks
05-22-2013, 01:04 PM #15Senior Member Red tailed catfish
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If you are going to cycle with fish food however, you should bring the ammonia up to 2ppm - just be aware that using fish food isn't necessarily reliable - it's hard to know how much will produce the ammonia you need and once the cycle starts & you get a reading for nitrites, you need to bring the amount of ammonia to half (1ppm) once the original level drops to 0.
05-22-2013, 11:00 PM #16
I was hoping that if every day I could add flakes everyday to keep ammonia up. The reason I can't transfer all the media at once is that I don't wanna lose my cycle in the other tank.there is another filler in there but can it keep up.
Can I just move it at once. The other tank has a filter rated for a 10 and an ac30. The smaller filter is 90 gph and with aqua clear 20 media in it
05-22-2013, 11:12 PM #17
sorry for the misunderstanding.
if you have an AC30 on your one tank, why not just move the 10 gal filter media over to the 10 gal tank and add your betta.
Then add new media to the 10 in your other tank so it will again be seeded.
05-22-2013, 11:14 PM #18
i can add some neon tetra's from the other tank and with only one piece of media in it there would be some ammonia but not enough to kill the fish. would this work out? if things get bad the simple solution is to move back the tetra's. or i can add a platy.
05-22-2013, 11:26 PM #19
OR ... you can add the neons and watch your ammonia and keep it no higher than .25 with water changes. the tank will eventually cycle.
05-22-2013, 11:51 PM #20
Sounds like a good plan.
One more thing
When I got the filter it didn't come with the media holder thing.
Is this ok