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Old 08-06-2011, 05:06 PM   #1 
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Cycling confusion

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I'm about a week into cycling a new 5gal tank. As of yesterday, ammonia was just about 8.0ppm, and I pulled the shrimp out. Nitrite tested at 0. Should I have taken the shrimp out? I was under the impression (there I go thinking again) that leaving the shrimp in too long can present a new set of problems.

Reading some of the past posts, it appears that when Nitrite shows up, it will need a source of ammonia to keep the process moving along. Do I need to add another shrimp then?

I thought I had this straight.....any advice is greatly appreciated!
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Old 08-06-2011, 05:16 PM   #2 
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Welcome to the forum......

The ammonia is too high even for a fishless cycle at 8ppm.....you can either monitor daily and when you see ammonia drop below 3ppm add the shrimp or pure ammonia...you need to keep ammonia at 3-4ppm until you see nitrate...

What kind of testing products are you using...

What is your stocking plan, what kind of filter are you using and any live plants.....do you already have the Betta....
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Old 08-06-2011, 07:16 PM   #3 
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Thanks, glad to be here. I'm using the API Master kit; I've kept a log since starting.

The plan is to have 1 fish; we have none thus far. I currently am using a Tom Aquarium mini filter, set to high flow. Silk plants only.

I've been able to keep the water temp at a steady 82F; no sign of Nitrite yet.

Thank you so much for trying to help!!!
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Old 08-07-2011, 10:22 AM   #4 
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With your stocking plan-why not do a fish-in cycle....you can safely establish the nitrogen cycle with the Betta provided that you are willing and able to make the needed water changes......
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Sometimes I'm away from a computer for a few days, my apologies for taking a bit to reply.

When I started to research this forum, the fishless cycle seemed like to way to go. I have no objections to a fish in cycle; fishless seemed a better fit for me.

As of last night, ammonia is at 7.0ppm, nitrite is STILL at 0.0, water temp is 82F. Would it help to turn up the heat a bit?

Also, is ok to replenish evaporated water with water conditioned with Prime while cycling?

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Old 08-09-2011, 10:05 AM   #6 
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Yes, top off the tank with dechlorinated water....Prime is fine to use.....now you just need to wait and monitor the water prams daily...it can take 4-8 weeks regardless of method used.....
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Thank you very much! We will monitor, record and report as the parameters change......
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