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Thread: Cycling ok?

  1. Default Cycling ok?


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    My 45 gal fw tank has gone thru a second week of cycling. Ammonia is around 2 ppm. and remaining at that level. The tap has no ammonia. So I guess I continue to just wait? I added a second new hydro filter a few days ago.

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    Has the ammonia level dropped at all in 2 weeks? Did you add dechlorinator?

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    If you are doing a fishless cylce which I think you are doing, you should add enough ammonia to get a reading of 4ppm in the beginning to get your cycle started until you begin to see NitrItes.
    Last edited by kurly; 09-23-2012 at 08:46 PM.
    10 Gallon: Planted Red Cherry Shrimp
    65 Gallon: Planted South American Community
    30 Gallon: Planted Bolivian Ram Tank




    Reduce The Stress....Cycle Fishless!

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    If its been going down then yes you wait. If its been stuck for a week or two there is a problem.

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    Yes, if you started off higher than you need to just wait.

    If you started off at 2ppm and it's just sitting at that level, you might want to consider setting your heater a little higher to encourage bacterial growth if you haven't already done that.
    46 gal fw tank with black skirt tetras, neon tetras, spotted corys, green corys, 1 guppy, cherry barbs, otoclinus, snails & 4 amano shrimp - plastic & live plants
    5 gal QT with green corys & 2 guppies

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    You also may want to reduce your water level a little lower in your tank (Don't fill it up to the top). That will produce more water flow which creates more oxygen and in turn encourages more bacterial growth.

    That is if you can stand the extra waterflow noise. I was able to tolerate it because I couldn't stand waiting for the cycle to get moving..lol
    Last edited by kurly; 09-23-2012 at 09:34 PM.
    10 Gallon: Planted Red Cherry Shrimp
    65 Gallon: Planted South American Community
    30 Gallon: Planted Bolivian Ram Tank




    Reduce The Stress....Cycle Fishless!

  7. Default Where to take water for tests?


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    Lowering water level is a good idea. Water temp is at 92 F. My heaters are lying on the floor of the aquarium. Should I take readings from the lower part of the water or does it not matter?

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    Your temp is too hot for bacterial growth. Back it down to 82.

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