10 Gallon Fish-In Cycling - Betta Fish and Betta Fish Care
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post #1 of 32 (permalink) Old 05-22-2014, 08:37 AM Thread Starter
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10 Gallon Fish-In Cycling

Thought I would keep my progress updated here... been writing down the water parameters on pieces of stickies and putting them on the table where I have my tank... so this might be better

Please note that I am using the Aquafin Mini Master Test Kit. As a result, the ammonia readings are not per ppm. As per the test kit, anything above 1.2 reads 0.01 ppm or more. The results written on this journal are as per the color chart.

May 14, 2014: No fish had been added at this time.
pH: 7.5
Ammonia: 0.6
Nitrite: 0 ppm
Nitrate: 5 ppm

May 15, 2014: No fish had been added.
pH: 7.5
Ammonia: 0.6
Nitrite: 0 ppm
Nitrate: <5 ppm

May 17, 2014: Added Jackson Pollock to the tank.
pH: 7.5
Ammonia: 0.6
Nitrite: 0 ppm
Nitrate: 5-10 ppm

May 18, 2014:
pH: 7.5
Ammonia: 0.6
Nitrite: 0 ppm
Nitrate: 5 ppm

May 20, 2014: I was too busy on the 19th and forgot to test oops
pH: 7.5
Ammonia: less than 0.6 (but not quite 0)
Nitrite: 0.1 ppm
Nitrate: 50 ppm
50% water change
pH: 7.5
Ammonia: 0.6
Nitrite: 0 ppm
Nitrate: <5 ppm

May 21, 2014:
pH: 7.5
Ammonia: 0.6
Nitrite: 0 ppm
Nitrate: 5 ppm
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post #2 of 32 (permalink) Old 05-22-2014, 09:22 AM Thread Starter
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My sparse tank so far!

I have 1 banana plant, 1 marimo moss ball and several stems of some plant that was recommended to me by my tropical fish specialty store.

My boyfriend ordered a Dr Who TARDIS to go in the tank so that should be replacing the coffee mug I have in there Once I get paid I am probably going to go purchase some more plants... Not sure what I'm going to do about my background yet... Thought of maybe just having a solid black background but I worry that my fish will get stressed out by his reflection.


On top of the tank you have my water testing kit + color chart and a culture of live wingless fruit flies. My guy is getting pellets in the evenings, and a few flies in the mornings. I have to make a new culture soon and I am a little grossed out haha but whatever :) I will also be getting a culture of grindle worms... yum!

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I love your fish's name!

My husband is a huge Dr Who fan.
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I love your fish's name!

My husband is a huge Dr Who fan.
Thank you ^_^

My boyfriend and I are big Dr Who fans as well :) I figure we will put the TARDIS surrounded by some stem plants to make it look like it crash landed in the tank
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May 22, 2014:
pH: 7.5
Ammonia: 0!!!!!! Yay :D
Nitrite: 0.1
Nitrate: 5

Not sure what this means hmm. I guess bacteria has converted the ammonia into nitrite?
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May 23, 2014:
pH: 7.5
Amonia: 0
Nitrite: 0.1
Nitrate: < 5

May 24, 2014: Water change. About 50% I believe (I wasn't there -- went away to Toronto for the weekend and left my boyfriend in charge)
pH: 7.5
Amonia: almost 0 (like 0.2)
Nitrite: 0.1
Nitrate: about 30 or 40

And then... my boyfriend forgot to test the water after the water change!!! I only got back last night, so this is today's parameters.

May 27, 2014:
pH: 7.5
Ammonia: 0
Nitrite: 0.1-0.3
Nitrate: 10-20
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Aaaand the TARDIS is here!

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May 28, 2014:
pH: 7.5
Ammonia: 0
Nitrite: 0.3
Nitrate: 5

So ammonia is consistently at 0 now, which is a good sign!! Just waiting for the nitrite to stay 0 now :)

Can nitrate just drop from 10 to 5 like that??? @_@; maybe I measured wrong?
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Another water change due to nitrites and I moved the decorations a bit :)

Roots on the plants are getting quite large!

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May 29, 2014:
pH: 7.5
Ammonia: 0
Nitrite: 0.3
Nitrate: 5

Another water change time... ugh... I just did one yesterday!! :( I guess the nitrite spike is happening now, which means I am pretty darn close to finally cycling the tank!
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