Aquarium Forum
 


Menu
  · Tropical Fish Home
· Fish News
· Aquarium Forum
· Buy & Sell
· Calculators
· Equipment reviews
· Free Aquarium Ebook
· Feedback
· Link to us
· Photo gallery
· Plant species
· Tropica Plant DB
Tropical fish species
· By Common name
· By Scientific name
Tropical Marine fish
· By Common name
· By Scientific name

_________________
 
      
        Via paypal

  AC news is a part of
      Nature Blog Network

      Reef Aquarium Blog

Privacy & Ad Policy

Articles
  · African Cichlids
· Algae Control
· Aquarium Decoration
· Aquarium Resources
· Aquatic Plants
· Barb Fish
· Betta Fish
· Breeding Fish
· Catfish
· Central American Cichlids
· Cichlids
· Clownfish
· Corals
· Corydoras Catfish
· Discus Fish
· Dwarf Cichlids
· Fish Diseases
· Frogs and Turtles
· Goby Fish
· Goldfish
· Gourami
· Invertebrates
· Jellyfish
· Killiefish
· Lake Victoria Cichlids
· Livebearers
· Malawi Cichlids
· Marine Aquariums
· Marine Aquarium Fish
· Other Fish
· Pleco
· Predatory Fish
· Photography
· Pond Fish
· Responsible Fish Keeping
· Rainbow Fish
· Shark Fish
· South American Cichlids
· Tanganyika Cichlids
· Tetra Fish
· Tropical Fish Food
Results 1 to 10 of 10
  1. #1

    Default A couple of questions on fishless cycle


    0 Not allowed!
    I've read how to Fishless Cycle and I've been reading several other threads about it, in addition to having several questions of my own, answered. I still had a couple of questions, however, that I suppose is specific to my needs:

    I started dosing 4ppm ammonia, when I started. It took about a week and a half to 2 weeks before I started seeing nitrites. The first time I did and my ammonia dropped to 2ppm, I redosed to 4ppm again. The other day, my ammonia dropped to 0ppm, so I dosed to 2ppm. Today, my ammonia dropped to 0ppm and I dosed to 2ppm again. My nitrites have remained 5+ppm.

    My question is this: Should I continue to dose 2ppm per day that my ammonia drops to 0ppm, until my nitrates spike, or should I drop the dose to 1ppm per day, and continue doing that until I add fish?

    Once my cycle is complete, and I have a reading of nitrates with 0ppm ammonia & 0ppm nitrites, should I fully stock the aquarium or would it be safe to add a few fish at a time? If I add a few fish at a time, how should I continue to feed my bacteria colonies? I assume that only a few fish and their waste would pale in comparison to dosing with pure ammonia.

    Thanks, as always!
    Adventures in Aquaria - The KevinVA Story

    When in doubt, ask yourself... W.W.L.S (What would Lee Say)?

  2. #2

    Default


    0 Not allowed!
    I think you should keep dosing 1 ppm until your nitrites drop to 0 along with the ammonia and get your nirate readings. Then your cycle should be done.I read that too much ammonia might shock the nitrifying bacteria. I'm not a chemist lol that's just what I read online. I believe you can all your whole stock after a big water change to lower your nitrates.

    Google "ammonia fish less cycle" and new articles are constantly popping up.
    Last edited by Gogi; 08-17-2012 at 04:39 AM.
    Roll the Dice!

  3. #3

    Default


    0 Not allowed!
    Quote Originally Posted by Gogi
    I think you should keep dosing 2 ppm until your nitrites drop to 0 along with the ammonia. Then your cycle should be done. I believe you can all your whole stock after a big water change to lower your nitrates.
    That'll do it. Thanks Gogi!
    Adventures in Aquaria - The KevinVA Story

    When in doubt, ask yourself... W.W.L.S (What would Lee Say)?

  4. #4

    Default


    0 Not allowed!
    Oops I edited that post Kevin. I ment 1 ppm and wrote the reason why. Sorry about that
    Roll the Dice!

  5. #5

    Default


    0 Not allowed!
    Quote Originally Posted by Gogi
    Oops I edited that post Kevin. I ment 1 ppm and wrote the reason why. Sorry about that
    Hey, no prob. Thanks for the update. =] I've read a few threads about fishless cycling on here and it seems up in the air about what to do after you've cut your dose in half. I appreciate the info. I'll cut it down to 1ppm tomorrow and see how that goes. I know my nitrates are building up, because the test is a light orange color, but not quite 5ppm... maybe I'm shocking it with too much ammonia and the nitrosoma are having a field day (since that hasn't come down at all).
    Adventures in Aquaria - The KevinVA Story

    When in doubt, ask yourself... W.W.L.S (What would Lee Say)?

  6. Default


    0 Not allowed!
    If your nitrites are off the chart, a huge water change will help speed things up.
    Da name's Paul. Not Dave. ROFL

    Learn to give and take. That's how things should always work.

  7. #7

    Lightbulb


    0 Not allowed!
    Quote Originally Posted by KevinVA
    I've read a few threads about fishless cycling on here and it seems up in the air about what to do after you've cut your dose in half.
    It isn't, Re-read the sticky.
    Gas mileage isn't everything OIIIIIIIO
    Lack of planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part.
    Why pretend there are no stupid questions? Actually, There are many stupid questions: "Should I drink this bleach?" Is just one example.
    Having said that, Just because it's a stupid question doesn't mean that it shouldn't be asked. It's better to know.

    A warm beer is better than a cold beer. Because nothing is better than a cold beer, and a warm beer is better than nothing.

  8. #8

    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    A little further from sanity
    Posts
    6,620

    Awards Showcase

    No Message - talldutchie Merry Christmas - KingFisher Merry Christmas! - Slaphppy7 This Holiday Swine hopes your 2014 will be simply divine! - Trillianne Thanks again for your help yesterday - Slaphppy7 
    Happy New Year! - jeffs99dime Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year Mommy1. - Strider199 Cheers.  Have some of my hang-over cure. Happy New Year - Cliff Happy New Year! - KingFisher Happy Birthday. - Taurus 
    Happy Birthday. - gadget228 Thanks for the B-Day wish - Strider199 Looks like its time for a second cup! - Trillianne always fun - Surfdog thanks for sweetening the pot! - fishmommie 
    Here's to one crummy Superbowl, lol! - Slaphppy7 for putting up with my bad timing - Cliff Congrats on MOTM. - gadget228 For most awesome avatar of the day. lol  Love it. - KevinVA Thank you so much for the Rep!! - steeler58 

    Default


    0 Not allowed!
    You are not "shocking it". When we say you are stalling the cycle it means you are adding ammonia to the point where it reads off the scale, 2ppm will not do that. There is no need to do a water change either. The ammonia is dropping to 0 each day and you have nitrates, the cycle is progressing fine. Just keep doing what you are doing. When the cycle is complete, the types of fish you want will determine how many you can stock at first. This is because your tank will be cycled but not mature. If you are worried about how high the nitrites are going then skip a day adding the ammonia, one day will not kill your cycle.
    When I go fishing I just place a sharp rock in the water and sit there waiting for all the dead fish to float to the top... Kingfisher
    Brutal honesty will be shown on this screen.
    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.
    Tolerance is a great thing to have, so is the ability to shut up.

    I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you.


  9. #9

    Default


    0 Not allowed!
    Quote Originally Posted by 850R
    It isn't, Re-read the sticky.
    I've re-read it 30 times... In fact, I've had it open at home from the day I started fishless cycling, because that's how I roll.

    "As the ammonia level decreases you will began to start testing daily for Ammonia and Nitrite levels. When you began to see nitrites on your tester, then only dose one/half of your starting dose. One time each day only."

    That sounds fine, until you've read:

    "You should be able to detect a rise in nitrites within 10-14 days as the Nitrobacter bacteria begans to grow. As those nitrites level rise, now is the time to reduce the amount of ammonia you are adding each day to perhaps one/half your starting dose. (Not reducing the ammonia at this point may inhibit your cycle from finishing.)" (which is the next paragraph)."

    I'm not sure if the same thing is being said twice, or if the next paragraph is the next step. I first read this as continuing to dose at half my starting point of 4ppm and continue to dose at 2ppm. Then, after reading several other threads, I found that halving that to 1ppm was the correct measure (as was said in this thread).

    I do know that there is still confusion on the thread, by the amount of questions concerning cycling. Sure, some people don't know the thread exists, but some have referenced it in their questions.

    An end to the confusion must be had!

    Don't take this the wrong way. The instructions are great, but I think it needs to be a little more clear (at least on that point) for those of us who are special. ;]
    Adventures in Aquaria - The KevinVA Story

    When in doubt, ask yourself... W.W.L.S (What would Lee Say)?

  10. #10

    Default


    0 Not allowed!
    Quote Originally Posted by pjaldave
    If your nitrites are off the chart, a huge water change will help speed things up.
    Problem is, you really can't tell if they're off the charts or not, you know? haha I assume the color for 5ppm Nitrites is the same color as 10+ppm.

    Quote Originally Posted by mommy1
    You are not "shocking it". When we say you are stalling the cycle it means you are adding ammonia to the point where it reads off the scale, 2ppm will not do that. There is no need to do a water change either. The ammonia is dropping to 0 each day and you have nitrates, the cycle is progressing fine. Just keep doing what you are doing. When the cycle is complete, the types of fish you want will determine how many you can stock at first. This is because your tank will be cycled but not mature. If you are worried about how high the nitrites are going then skip a day adding the ammonia, one day will not kill your cycle.
    Thank you Mommy1, I appreciate the input. =]
    Adventures in Aquaria - The KevinVA Story

    When in doubt, ask yourself... W.W.L.S (What would Lee Say)?

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •