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04-25-2014, 07:33 PM #1
FishDan's 42g Journal
I've had a planted tank up and running for two weeks. No fish. Just a smidge of food a week ago.
I was going to start my fishless cycle today (mulling that over for a while!)
I have the below results before I added anything. That's the tank water as of a minute ago.
Can you help, what should I do next?
04-25-2014, 08:03 PM #2
can you take tap water params and post those?
It looks like you have .25-.5 ammonia, 2-5ppm trites & 5ppm trates. Right?
Oh, I just noticed you said you added food a week ago. So, it looks like your cycle is underway. How big is this tank?
04-25-2014, 08:13 PM #3
Hi Kevin. Thanks for the post.
I'll test the tap water and post in 10mins or so. I'm using API master by the way.
I'm completely new to fishless so I'm after a next step :/
04-25-2014, 08:14 PM #4
And yeah sorry, I added food until my ammonia arrived. Planted for 2 weeks though with fair growth, no die back to date
04-25-2014, 08:19 PM #5
That's a nice looking tank. What temp are you at, BB grows more readily at a temp of 82F or so. Did you buy "pure" ammonia? How are you measuring and dosing it? What dechlor, or water conditioner, are you using?
04-25-2014, 08:21 PM #6
Plants can actually grow really well during a cycle, due to the waste/nutrients in the water. They feed hungrily on that stuff. It can sometimes delay your cycle, but if taken care of they can be just as effective at filtering your water as beneficial bacteria.
Your next step is to wait until your ammonia and nitrites drops to 0ppm, leaving you with a good amount of nitrates. It's possible the decay in your tank is creating a lot more ammonia and nitrites in your tank, than your tests are showing, due to your plant's intake of nutrients, so you might have a while to go.
04-25-2014, 08:23 PM #7
04-25-2014, 08:24 PM #8
Yeah I was going to silent cycle but what I read put me off :/
Didn't really want to add ammonia and I haven't up to now. Will I have to add to complete?
Appreciate the help
04-25-2014, 08:26 PM #9
0People say if you can't say something nice then don't say anything at all... Then they wonder why am I so quiet.
Everything happens for a reason. Sometimes that reason is you are stupid and make bad decisions.
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.
A moderator on a fish forum should be able to identify an oscar... Don't you think?
04-25-2014, 08:27 PM #10