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Thread: Did I Just Ruin my Cycle?
09-22-2013, 12:43 AM #1
Did I Just Ruin my Cycle?
Okay so I was doing the water changes for my 10 and 20 gallon tanks. For the past month and a half I've been cycling an Aquaclear 30 on my 2.5 gallon. Its been doing alright and I've been able to keep ammonia levels at 3.0ppm constantly. My issue is today when I was doing my water changes on my other two tanks I went to top off the 2.5 gallon with some left over water from my last bucket used to fill the 20 ( I use buckets to bring the new water from my kitchen to my fish tanks, I had some left over in the bucket after I filled the 20 gallon so I used it to fill top off the 2.5). My issue is that I Primed the 20 gallon before the new water was added so I didn't have to prime each new bucket added to the tank. This means the water added to my 2.5 was NOT primed. I noticed about 10 or 20 minutes later and immediately primed the 2.5.
My question is, do you guys think I just killed my cycle? I've been working on this cycle for almost 2 months and I just got a new heater for the tank to raise up the temperature. I really don't want to have to restart this thing again.
09-22-2013, 01:03 AM #2
Time will tell how much of impact the chlorinated water will have on your bacteria. I'm sure there was some die-off but its hard to tell how much
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09-22-2013, 01:21 AM #3
The thing I noticed when I read is that the ammonia has been a steady 3ppm. You need to let the ammonia fall to 0 to keep the cycle going. You might get a cycle kickstart if you remove your ammonia source for a few days and then put half of it back it for the nitrite half.
I dont know if this will work since I have only used liquid ammonia to fishless cycle.
09-22-2013, 01:21 AM #4
09-22-2013, 01:24 AM #5
I've been using dead Nerite snails to cycle the tank. I have two small snails in there. They're almost completely rotten. My ammonia started at about 6-8ppm and slowly has been going down for the past month and a half. Last I tested it was at 3ppm and that was about a week or two ago. I haven't seen nitrites yet but at the same time I haven't even tested for Nitrates. For all I know the cycle could be complete and I could just have a lot of ammonia from the rotting snails. I overdosed the prime a bit as I was worried if I ruined my cycle so my readings won't be accurate if I test now. In a day or two I'll test ammonia, nitrites, and nitrates and see if I made any progress.
@wgoldfarb my 10 and 20 gallon have tetra whisper filters on them which use cartridge media and my Aquaclear uses bio-stones. The media from my 10 and 20 wouldn't fit in the Aquaclear XD trust me I would've loved to kickstart it like that.
Last edited by Gesp56; 09-22-2013 at 01:26 AM.
09-22-2013, 11:42 PM #6
In not familiar with the aquaclear but I also have a tetra whisper. As you know the cartridges for the whisper consist of a white "bag" filled with carbon. You can take carbon from inside the bag after it has been in your other tank for a while, and use the carbon in your aquaclear. The carbon itself will be depleted but it doesn't matter: what you want is the bacteria on the carbon granules. Perhaps not much of a seed, but since the tank you are cycling is small, it might be enough.
09-23-2013, 02:00 AM #7
Oh no, I'm not cycling the 2.5. I'm cycling my aquaclear on a 2.5 to eventually be transferred to my 10 gallon. I'll be testing the levels in the 2.5 tomorrow, hopefully there's some change.
09-23-2013, 08:22 PM #8
Tested my levels and I still have about 2-3.0ppm of ammonia, 0 nitrites, and 0 nitrates. I'm able to keep the ammonia levels constant but I'm just still not seeing those nitrites. I have only had the new heater on the tank for a few days though, the tank is at exactly 85 degrees. Hopefully in the next few days-weeks I see some nitrites. Its not that I don't have enough ammonia its just that nothing seems to be happening T-T
Just a side question, would cleaning bio-stones before adding them to the filter ruin them? Before I set up this tank I took some old bio-stones I had and cleaned them vigorously with Calcium Hypochlorite, I made sure I scrubbed them a lot in fresh water and then let them soak for a few days in water with Prime in it, I occasionally changed the water. The stones don't smell like the chemicals and look brand new. I also added the bio-stones that come with the Aquaclear to the filter as well. So I have the small Aquaclear bio-stones and normal marble sized bio-stones. WHY AM I NOT SEEING NITRITES, I've never had issues with cycling before. I was always able to do it within a month or so by just adding a few pinches of fish food every couple of days.
Now I'm having no progress with yet I'm monitoring all my levels and never letting the ammonia fall below 2.0
09-23-2013, 10:48 PM #9
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09-24-2013, 11:05 AM #10
So should I do water changes over the course of a few days to get it to drop? Its not like I'm continuing to dose ammonia. I added two dead Nerite snails to the tank and they've been keeping the ammonia levels constant for weeks. I occasionally add a bit of food but only rarely. Should I remove the snails and slowly let the levels drop? Or should I change the water over a few days?