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  1. #1

    Default Cycling Tank and Going Out of Town

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    Hey all, I posted about this in my journal but am hoping I'll get some more advice here. My 10g is fishless cycling, had first 0 ammonia reading this morning and 'trites and 'trAtes are HIGH, but tomorrow evening we're going camping and will be gone for 4 days. What should I do to keep the process going while I'm gone? Would hate to have to start over when we get back. Thanks guys!

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    you could add a bit of food (flake food) or something. It will cloud up the water a bit, but as it rots it gives off ammonia

    4 days I think would be pushing a little, you could dose a bit of ammonia right before you walk out the door. I think i let my 10g tanks slide for a few days while cycling and they were ok

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    Put the ammonia in just before you leave and hope for the best. You can't cycle a tank when you are gone, but four days isn't going to kill it. It will probably slow the cycle a bit though.
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    Not to hijack or to one up... but I am in a similar situation and I could use advice as well. I lost the cycle on my 10g tank due to some bad filter cartridges (my bad, I've switched to filter pads and bio-max). Anyway, I am now re-cycling and I am at the stage where the Nitrites have now appeared at 1 ppm and Ammonia is still present at .50 ppm, but no Nitrates yet. In 23 days I am scheduled to go out of town for 8 days. I am doing daily 50% water changes and dosing with Prime, but if the cycle does not conclude in 23 days I will be forced to give the fish away and start over since I will not be able to do water changes if Nitrites are still up at that point. Any advice that can help would be appreciated by me too.

    I am considering going to my LFS and asking them to give me some sponge juice. Will that help or will the bb die before they get home?
    Last edited by Sportsnerd; 06-26-2013 at 10:34 PM.

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    Well you could just bring the filter with you and a 5g bucket XD..... If you have access to electricity....
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    Don't know how good it is, but I know people who just pop a raw prawn in and leave it to cycle the tank as it decomposes. Warning: apparently it stinks to high heaven.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kilyth View Post
    Don't know how good it is, but I know people who just pop a raw prawn in and leave it to cycle the tank as it decomposes. Warning: apparently it stinks to high heaven.
    Translation - Prawn = Shrimp

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hardy85 View Post
    Translation - Prawn = Shrimp
    Thanks, I forgot not everyone calls them prawns.

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    Flakes work and raw shimp (or a chunk of raw fish) will work. Both rot and produce ammonia but not worth the effort for 4 days. It would not have time to rot in that time sufficiently to do much. I agree with mommy to add more ammonia before you leave and deal with it on your return home.

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    Thanks guys, we're back now and I added ammonia before I left and when I returned. Tested this morning and Nitrites and NitrAtes are still super high (like, off the Seachem's chart high). Hopefully all is still well. Ammonia is being filtered out as before I left.

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