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Old 09-28-2012, 05:36 PM   #1 
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tank cycle help!!??

hi i just started a fishless cycle and i have a 10 gallon tank. i started by collecting about 8 gallons of tap water witch i treated with tetra betta safe water conditioner. and i got 2 gallons of spring water plus i added water from my current 2 gallon betta tank! i have my filter and my heater and air all set up and started everything up and did a ammonia, nitrate, nitrite,chlorine, hardness, ph, alkalinity.i also added jacks bio-boost. but when i did the test it siad all my levels were perfect for my fish why is this i thought i was suposed to have un safe levles of nitrite and nitrate and ammonia???? plz help
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Old 09-28-2012, 06:32 PM   #2 
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Nitrate and ammonia are bad for your fish. Ammonia and nitrate could kill you get your fish real sick. Its good that every things perfect for your fish! Test your tank once a month and NEVER EVER mix bettas and goldfish together or else, your betta will get serious ammonia and they will die.
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Old 09-28-2012, 06:54 PM   #3 
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If you haven't done anything to add ammonia to your water (to start the cycle), your tests SHOULD all read as safe, but if you were to put a fish in there it would suddenly be UNsafe because there is no means of converting harmful ammonia into something less harmful (nitrites -> nitrates).
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Old 09-28-2012, 08:13 PM   #4 
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tank you

but one thing i don't understand is how everything was oki in my 2 1/2 gallon tank that didn't have a filter was doing just fine with a water 25% to 30% water change every week but i need this special ecosystem for a bigger tank?
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Old 09-28-2012, 08:18 PM   #5 
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What are you using to test the levels with ?
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Old 09-28-2012, 08:39 PM   #6 
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the $30 tetra easy strip pack
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Old 09-28-2012, 10:08 PM   #7 
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but one thing i don't understand is how everything was oki in my 2 1/2 gallon tank that didn't have a filter was doing just fine with a water 25% to 30% water change every week but i need this special ecosystem for a bigger tank?
Well, really it comes down to convenience.. it's more convenient to have to change less volume of water less often, which is the advantage you get with a cycled tank.

Technically with an uncycled tank you should be doing a 50% and 100% water change each week otherwise ammonia will build up to dangerous levels. Those water changes are reasonable with a 2.5 gallon but it's a lot of extra work with a 10 gallon or larger.

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Old 09-28-2012, 11:03 PM   #8 
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do you have plants or algae?
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Old 09-28-2012, 11:49 PM   #9 
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I don't think that you are fully understanding the Nitrogen cycle. Don't worry though, it can be a very confusing in the beginning.

I recommend you read this guide, it really simplifies the whole process.

http://www.bettafish.com/showthread.php?t=98795
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