Cycling.... week 2

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Postby Indigo Blue Fish » 2007-06-30 19:50

*is laughing* At least it's getting there!
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Postby caggimedicine » 2007-06-30 23:11

Just done some tests..... nitrite is up (WAY up!) - test goes up to 5, and it's at least that. Ammonia is also down! That had also been up to 5, and is now down to 0.5! Wahoo! At this rate, I'm hoping the tank will be ready in a week or two?! Fingers crossed for me guys :)
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Postby Indigo Blue Fish » 2007-07-01 18:49

You'll see it do some little hiccups over the next few days, but it's on it's way. :D
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Postby caggimedicine » 2007-07-01 20:47

Yeah - I must admit, things do seem to have gone a bit too smooth so far! Waiting for something to happen.... but fingers crossed though! :)
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Postby Indigo Blue Fish » 2007-07-03 08:23

*is laughing*

Just occasionally, you'll get a hiccup free cycle. Just remember when it's ready to add fish slowly, just a few a week to let the bacteria catch up and develop properly.
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Postby caggimedicine » 2007-07-06 21:50

Oh yeah - don't worry about that one! Me and my sister learnt that the hard way! I'll be adding fish slowly.

Anyway - just done readings.... here they are:

Ammonia: 0
Nitrite: 2
Nitrate: 10
pH: 7
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Postby niko001 » 2007-07-07 13:50

It won't take long to cycle. In a weeks time it will be cycled. Did you speed up the cycle in any way?
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Postby caggimedicine » 2007-07-11 15:43

I've been adding "Cycle" weekly.... and of course there was the whole prawn situation! That was smelly, but it got things started!

Can't believe this... it's still the same today as it was on Friday last week. Anyone have any more suggestions about hurrying this up now?
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Postby sharkdude » 2007-07-11 16:58

you could try adding a load of fast growing floating plants to soak up the pollutants
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Postby caggimedicine » 2007-07-11 17:07

I've put some plants in there, but there's only about 4... might nip out this weekend and get some more then. Thanks for the advice!
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Postby sharkdude » 2007-07-13 13:10

no prob mate, each individual cycle is different some take a while bu it will be better for the fish to have a fully cycled tank otherwise its like putting a dog in a room and leave the gas on.
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Postby caggimedicine » 2007-07-16 19:03

Wahoo! I've just done a test and guess what?! No ammonia, no nitrite, and nitrate of 5!!! Can't believe it! It's felt like AGES. Anyway.... after the initial excitement and shouting "oh my god oh my god it's done it's done", followed by phoning my sister to say the same, i've calmed down a bit!! Just bought myself a heater off ebay, which will hopefully be here this week. Gonna go to the lfs at the end of the week for some more plants, then do a big water change (how much would everyone recommend??) and put a couple of my fishies in there by the weekend! :D :D :D
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Postby niko001 » 2007-07-16 19:07

At this stage I would leave it for another week and then I will do a 20% water change.
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Postby sharkdude » 2007-07-16 19:20

when you do teh water change use a syphon to get all the prawn reminants out of the gravel and sand
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Postby Indigo Blue Fish » 2007-11-09 18:15

One assumes everything went well then? :D
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