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  1. Default Need an experienced opinion. Day 5 star up Planted 29 Gal


    0 Not allowed!
    I am sure this has been coverd here before, sorry but I did find any info on planted tanks cycling.

    Filter 200 marineland penguin bio filter
    Used stress guard in reccomended amount at start up

    Plants went in on day 2
    2 swords 15" looking good
    2 clumps of green cabomba growin 2" a day. WOW
    Fish
    Day 2 added 3 large zebra danio feisty little buggers
    Day 5 added 3 smaller zebras hoping they would all just get along. One big one is a bully.
    Fish seem to thriving and the plants as well.

    I am on day 5,
    Ph 7.5
    Ammonia 1ppm
    Nitrite 0
    Nitrate 0
    Appearance is slightly milky form an ice tea look 2-3 days ago, looks pretty clear and healthy.

    Just got my API liquid test kit. And built some thicker batting filters with charcoal.

    Question
    Is it cycled? I did not test till today for first time.

    Are the plants stopping a cycle from completing?

    I was thinking plants should have given me a huge shortcut and act as a nitrate nitrite absorber.image.jpgimage.jpg
    I would like to increase the ammonia load without adding more fish to make sure it's cycled.

    Can I put a piece of store bought shimp in to increase ammonia load? Like a pea size?

    It's my daughters tank as a gift and want this to be a good experience from the start

    Thanks in advance.

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    0 Not allowed!
    First do a 75% water change to bring that ammonia down to tolerable levels, then read this http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ad.php?t=36492
    The only thing in that sticky I would change is don't bring the temp up so high, mid to upper 70's is the limit for the fish.
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    I think my fish is adjusting well to the four gallon, He's laying on his side attempting to go to sleep on the bottom of the gravel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Native View Post
    I am sure this has been coverd here before, sorry but I did find any info on planted tanks cycling.


    Question
    Is it cycled? I did not test till today for first time.
    No, even fish-in cycles take time.
    Are the plants stopping a cycle from completing?
    They never do.
    I was thinking plants should have given me a huge shortcut and act as a nitrate nitrite absorber.image.jpgimage.jpg
    Not if all you add is a very small amount of plants. You'd need a hefty amount of fast growers and even they won't do much for nitrite.
    I would like to increase the ammonia load without adding more fish to make sure it's cycled.

    Can I put a piece of store bought shimp in to increase ammonia load? Like a pea size?

    It's my daughters tank as a gift and want this to be a good experience from the start

    .
    Perhaps you should have gone for a fishless cycle then?

  4. #4

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    Do the suggested water change and review the sticky linked above, You have more than several weeks ahead of you before it is cycled.
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  5. Default Thanks everyone will do water changes to get ammonia down.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Native View Post
    I am sure this has been coverd here before, sorry but I did find any info on planted tanks cycling.

    Filter 200 marineland penguin bio filter
    Used stress guard in reccomended amount at start up

    Plants went in on day 2
    2 swords 15" looking good
    2 clumps of green cabomba growin 2" a day. WOW
    Fish
    Day 2 added 3 large zebra danio feisty little buggers
    Day 5 added 3 smaller zebras hoping they would all just get along. One big one is a bully.
    Fish seem to thriving and the plants as well.

    I am on day 5,
    Ph 7.5
    Ammonia 1ppm
    Nitrite 0
    Nitrate 0
    Appearance is slightly milky form an ice tea look 2-3 days ago, looks pretty clear and healthy.

    Just got my API liquid test kit. And built some thicker batting filters with charcoal.

    Question
    Is it cycled? I did not test till today for first time.

    Are the plants stopping a cycle from completing?

    I was thinking plants should have given me a huge shortcut and act as a nitrate nitrite absorber.image.jpgimage.jpg
    I would like to increase the ammonia load without adding more fish to make sure it's cycled.

    Can I put a piece of store bought shimp in to increase ammonia load? Like a pea size?

    It's my daughters tank as a gift and want this to be a good experience from the start

    Thanks in advance.
    Thanks for the help. I wasnt sure how much the plants would impact the cycling. It seems not much at all.

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    With the fish in the tank, you really need to keep on top of your ammonia level and make sure it doesn't go above .25ppm - it if does, you need to change the water to protect the fish. Do not add anymore fish until the cycle is completed. During the cycling process, you might not get a reading for nitrites if you are doing adequate water changes. Once you are cycled, the plants might keep the nitrates low but you still need to monitor them in case they go over 20ppm. As everyone else here has mentioned, cycling with fish takes a while because you can't let the ammonia go too high, therefore, it takes a little longer to grow the bacteria you want.
    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
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