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Old 06-05-2014, 04:34 PM   #151 
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Hi all, I have a 2.5 gallon tank, with a filter. I do 2 50% water changes a week as per OFL instruction. "In a 1gal-4gal filtered tank-without live plants:
Water changes of twice weekly 50%...1-50% water only and 1-50% to include the substrate by vacuum or stir and dip method. Filter media needs swish/rinse in old tank water a couple of time a month"

I just got 2 anubias nana plants and one larger one. My question is - does this change my WC schedule? Should I still be adding a drop or 2 of prime on the days when I'm not changing the water?
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Old 06-08-2014, 06:15 AM   #152 
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Anubias are lovely plants -- my favorite -- but they don't grow fast enough to effect water quality. Keep to your current schedule.
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Old 03-23-2015, 12:38 AM   #153 
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hi. I have 5 gal hawkeye hex. planted (anubias, ludwigia broad, wisteria I believe and 2 marimos, I also have some frogbit and a crypt in QT and will be adding in 2 weeks. im using eco complete sub and a 50/50 daylight bulb. my filter is a mingon 60 rated for up to 3.5 gals. i am using a sponge in the filter and this in the filter

http://www.petsmart.com/supplies/fil...t=pfm%3Dsearch

50w adj heater 78 deg. today is the first day it is up an running. The betta is in it and is doing alright hes spunky. he is a Walmart rescue, faded with stress stripes but slowly coming around. im attempting a fish in cycle and just want to ensure i do this well for his sake...

i have .25 ammonia in my well water, so i am a bit confused.
i am using prime.

From my limited understanding ...
50% water change on day 3
50% water change day with vaccum day 6
continue this til cycled
add prime every day or every other day until cycle is complete?
how many drops? (5g)
should i be checking my readings daily with the api test kit or just every few days, or on water change days?
what should my readings say?

or perhaps im not supposed to follow the 50% change schedule and i should be doing changes based on tests?

i know this sticky is awesomely simplified but im really no joke dumb about this stuff and need it even more simplifies lol!
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Old 03-23-2015, 06:31 AM   #154 
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Your setup is just fine for a single Betta. You have everything you need to cycle safely. This is as simple as I can make it. CYCLING: the two-sentence tutorial

It's based on some of the information above, as well as other sources and experience.

With that Wisteria, Ludwigia and Frogbit eating up all the ammonia before the bacteria can get to it, I think you'll find your cycle is going to be a "backup" ammonia-reducer. The plants will be doing most of the work.

Not my business, but I think you ought to investigate why you have so much ammonia in your well.
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Old 03-23-2015, 08:41 AM   #155 
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thanks hallyx, I was told its from the run off from the snow melt. when I had bettas several yrs ago I did not have the problem. hoping it will clear up after spring. If not then yes, definitely need to investigate it.
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Old 04-07-2015, 03:54 PM   #156 
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Hi, I'm new to the forums and looking for a little help... I am trying to set up a new tank, and I was reading these forums before I bought anything so I'm trying to do a fishless cycle with pure ammonia, to have everything ready before I put a Betta into my tank.

I dosed the tank with ammonia and tetra safe start on 3/31, and finally started seeing a change two days ago, when it looked like nitrates were maybe starting to show in the tank. I tested again today, and I definitely have nitrates now (5.0ppm) but 0 nitrites and the ammonia hasn't seemed to drop at all since I dosed the tank (it's at about 4.0ppm). Should I be doing a water change, or just continue to let it to its thing?

I've attached a photo of my test from a few minutes ago. Thanks!
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Old 04-07-2015, 05:16 PM   #157 
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As long as you don't dose the ammonia any higher, you're OK. But you might want to cut the ammonia in half by changing water. It'll make reproduction easier for the sensitive nitrite-oxidizing bacteria.

If your cycle is producing nitrate already, you're really ahead of the game.

Would you start a new thread with this information? Because you're doing a fishless cycle, it would be easier for us to track.

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Old 11-14-2015, 10:40 PM   #158 
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I need a little advice here...We got our betta late September but of course, didn't know about cycling the tank. So dumb. I did get the API test kit and was concerned about ammonia, so I was doing 100% water changes, destroying any chance for our bacteria bed to grow. We have a 5 gallon filtered tank, with a heater at 78 degrees. After doing research, I realized I need to let some ammonia build but not too much, to attempt the nitrogen cycle. In the meantime, I noticed our new fish came home with fin rot. I was doing 25%-50% water changes with Prime conditioner, but I was also adding aquarium salt to attempt to address the fin rot. After off an on treatment, I wasn't seeing much improvement and was concerned about fin biting due to stress. I realized my filter current was too high, so I created a clean water bottle shield that diverts/blocks the water current. This has helped tremendously and I see that he is able to swim so much more easily. I have stopped using salt in his tank, instead opting for salt baths for 5 minutes but I have only done two, three days apart. I am noticing new growth on his tail...a clear, milky appearance. THe problem is that treating for the fin rot may have caused my cycle never to occur. Today I did a 30% water change and treated new water with Prime. When I tested the water my ammonia level was between .25 and .50! My nitrite was between .25 and .50 and my nitrate was between 0 and 5.0. Do I just continue to do daily water changes? Did the Prime affect my test results? I don't want to do too many water changes because I want my tank to cycle. I believe I was overcleaning the sand in the beginning. I hope all of this makes sense! Thank you in advance!!
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Old 11-16-2015, 02:14 PM   #159 
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So far, it sounds like you're doing everything right.

Your current readings indicate your tank is well on the way to being cycled. Keep doing what you're doing. Double check it against this: CYCLING: the two-sentence tutorial

Some people claim Prime can slow down a cycle. At the rate yours is progressing, this is a moot point. Use Prime regularly (daily) as long as you have ammonia in your water.

Your treatment for finrot seems to be working. Once you read 0.0ppm ammonia, just warm, clean water will do the trick -- along with high-protein, good-quality food.

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Old 12-27-2015, 09:25 AM   #160 
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Saltwater filter material?

I am a complete newby. My mom is 89 and lives with me. She got a 2.5 gal. National Geographic tank with filter for Christmas. She doesn't want to wait to cycle the tank and I thank you for your initial post with such great information. I was wondering if we could speed up the process by adding a small piece of salt water filter medium or if it has to come from a fresh water tank. My neighbors have a salt water tank. And if I could use it, how much would I need for such a small tank. We plan on getting a betta fish tomorrow. Would I add the medium before or after getting the fish. Any advice is welcome.
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