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Old 06-14-2012, 06:02 AM   #1 
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Cycle Logs

Have you have kept track of your cycling procedures? This is a good place to post it, it you'd like.

This might work better if only cycle logs are posted here. Thank you.
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Old 06-14-2012, 06:05 AM   #2 
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My ammonia zeroed 06-12-12, for the second time. So I decided to log this cycle

--06-03-12 Started the ATU Hydro sponge filter in a 3 gal bare-bottom tank with a few plants and an already running (1 day) Tetra cheapo bubbler filled with seeded gravel. NH3 0.0, NO2 0.0, NO3 0.0, pH 7.6, temp 87* Added 12 drops NH3

--06-06-12 NH3 0.25, NO2 2.0, NO3 40, pH 7.4, temp 87* Impossible readings confirmed by second test. Added 18 drops NH3

--06-07-12 NH3 >4.0, NO2 0.0, NO3 >40, pH 7.4 temp 87* Totally confused by low NO2 yet high NH3 and NO3. Hope I didn't kill my BB.

--06-08-12 Ditto

--06-09-12 Diito Performed >70% change to clear high NH3 and NO3. Added 18 drops NH3

--06-10-12 NH3 >0.25. NO2 0.0, NO3 <40, pH 7.6, Temp 83* Guess my BB is still alive and kicking. Added 12 drops NH3

--06-11-12 NH3 0.5, NO2 0.0, NO3 20, pH 7.6, Temp 86* Performed 70% change to clear NO3. Added 12 drops NH3.

--06-12-12 NH3 <0.25, NO2 0.5, NO3 >40, pH 7.4, Temp 86* Added 12 drops NH3 (2hr NH3 >2.0)

--06-13-12 NH3 0.0, No2 0.0, NO3 40, pH >8.0 Temp 87* Performed 80% change to lower pH. Added 12drops NH3 (2hr NH3 >2.0) Temp 84*

One more round like this and I''ll be ready to stock the tank.

Conclusion so far.: Confused by early low NH3 results. Everything else is more or less as expected. As learned on my last (5g, bare) cycle, it takes 3 to 4 times as much pure NH3 as Dr Tim's suggests: >2 drops/1.0ppm^/gal (Dr T says 1 drop/2.0ppm^/gal)
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Old 06-14-2012, 07:05 AM   #3 
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I'm not new at fish-keeping, but have never cycled a tank before. I always just ran them as bubbling bowls, since they have always been under 3gal.

This time:
10 gallon tank
faux plants
gravel
decor
75W heater
thermometer
Hydro I sponge filter
Intended inhabitants: 6 female bettas
Hard water, pH tends to test at 8

June 3rd: no heater yet, plugged in hydro 0 sponge filter that has been running in my 2.5 gal tank since March. All decor in the tank. 2 Tbs Ammonia added, per some faulty instructions. Seeded the tank with gravel and decor from uncycled 3 gal tank that has been recieving water changes, but not scrubbing.

June 5th: 75% water change to bring ammonia back down to 4-5ppm

June 6th: added Hydro I filter, removed Hydro 0 to put it back in little tank. Ammonia still at 4-5ppm.

June 8th: Ammonia 3-5ppm (crappy test strips)

June 9th: Ammonia 3ppm add 3 drops ammonia, Nitrites and Nitrates test at 0ppm.

June 10th: Ammonia at 3ppm

June 11th: Ammonia at 3ppm

June 12th: added heater, temp to 82F. Added second bubbler stone. Ammonia 3ppm

June 13th: Ammonia at 3ppm, water beginning to cloud. Nitrites 0.15ppm (or maybe 0.5ppm, must recheck chart tonight.) temp 86F.

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Old 06-19-2012, 06:20 AM   #4 
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I'm not new at fish-keeping, but have never cycled a tank before. I always just ran them as bubbling bowls, since they have always been under 3gal.

This time:
10 gallon tank
faux plants
gravel
decor
75W heater
thermometer
Hydro I sponge filter
Intended inhabitants: 6 female bettas
Hard water, pH tends to test at 8

June 3rd: no heater yet, plugged in hydro 0 sponge filter that has been running in my 2.5 gal tank since March. All decor in the tank. 2 Tbs Ammonia added, per some faulty instructions. Seeded the tank with gravel and decor from uncycled 3 gal tank that has been recieving water changes, but not scrubbing.

June 5th: 75% water change to bring ammonia back down to 4-5ppm

June 6th: added Hydro I filter, removed Hydro 0 to put it back in little tank. Ammonia still at 4-5ppm.

June 8th: Ammonia 3-5ppm (crappy test strips)

June 9th: Ammonia 3ppm add 3 drops ammonia, Nitrites and Nitrates test at 0ppm.

June 10th: Ammonia at 3ppm

June 11th: Ammonia at 3ppm

June 12th: added heater, temp to 82F. Added second bubbler stone. Ammonia 3ppm

June 13th: Ammonia at 3ppm, water beginning to cloud. Nitrites 0.15ppm (or maybe 0.5ppm, must recheck chart tonight.) temp 86F.
The heater is working very well and I am not seeing any fluctuations in temp: 86F.

June 14th: Ammonia at 4-5ppm, Nitrites at 0.5, Nitrates at 10ppm.

June 15th: Ammonia at 3ppm, Nitrites at 0.5, Nitrates at 10ppm.

June 16th: Ammonia at 3ppm, Nitrites/Nitrates not tested. Added 2drops of ammonia.

June 17th: Ammonia at 3ppm, Nitrites 0.5, Nitrates 10, added 2 drops ammonia

June 18th: Ammonia at 3ppm, Nitrites/Nitrates unchanged, added 2 drops of ammonia
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Old 07-06-2012, 02:00 AM   #5 
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Okay, so it took a bit longer than anticipated to start the bucket cycling. I started it in my bathroom at first...but two days in it stank so badly of ammonia that my entire upstairs reeked...and the bucket had to be dumped and moved to my garage. Plus, I'm a Radiographer, and I work on an on-call basis at a local hospital...and it got crazy there for a bit with working, so I didn't have time to purchase the bucket or to start the cycle as soon as I'd planned.

As of right now, it's been about three days since I started it, ammonia is at 8.0ppm (which is probably overkill, but I wanted those little bacteria to be *well fed* when they finally started growing in there!) and I've got airstones running in addition to the filters in hopes of creating more oxygen to, again, assist in breeding the bacteria I need. It's HOT in my garage, which, I'd think, would again assist in the bacterial breeding.

All water has been treated to eliminate bacteria-destrying chlorine/tap water additives, and so far no readings on nitrate or nitrite, just crazy high ammonia and a gosh-awful stink in that brown, brown water. ;) Will keep posted once readings start changing. :)

7/6/12 (four days into cycle)
- ammonia at 8ppm, zero on nitrate/nitrite,
- temp in the 90's (fluctuates)
- original additives: 1 tbsp tropical flakes, 1tbsp goldfish flakes, 1/2 tbsp betta pellets (had a lot of old sitting around, thought I'd use it up), nothing additional as of right now because ammonia levels are high
- 5 gallons of water with 2 waterfall 5-10 gallon filters going, both sponged through the "fall" portion and on the intake. Filter has it's own "biofiber" inside to assist in bacterial surface area.
- stink is atrocious, water is a murky brown
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Old 07-06-2012, 02:47 AM   #6 
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I dunno, but something about brown, stinky water makes me wonder if something hasn't gone a little pear shaped?

I'm crazy sensitive to smells (I'm the family canary!) and I cycled a tank in my bedroom without the smell overwhelming me. Part of the problem could be the high ammonia level? I think you want to aim for something between 2-4 ppm, maybe 5 ppm at the highest? With a level of 8 ppm, I'm not sure the tank will ever start cycling properly.

Hopefully someone else will chime in.
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I had wondered about that...I'll dump out a portion of the water and get the ammonia level down. Thanks for the information! I've never done this before, and I'm always up for more information!

And the water is so brown and smells so bad because of the high ammonia. I've got horses, and ammonia in high levels (IE, improperly cleaned stalls... :P) can absolutely reek to the point of making it hard to breath and causing your eyes to water. It's nasty, nasty stuff. :P

Okay, starting again:
7/6/12:
ammonia at 4ppm
two well-sponged filters going with airstones as well
temps in the 90's
5 gallon bucket, water treated with API dechlorinator
seeded with fish food for ammonia
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Old 07-08-2012, 04:26 AM   #8 
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Okay, starting again:
7/6/12:
ammonia at 4ppm
two well-sponged filters going with airstones as well
temps in the 90's
5 gallon bucket, water treated with API dechlorinator
seeded with fish food for ammonia[/quote]

7/8/12
ammonia at 3-4ppm
some *slight* change in the color for the NitrITE...so maybe just the beginnings of some bacteria
0ppm on the NitrATE
Water no longer stinks but is cloudy from fish food
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Old 07-08-2012, 08:24 AM   #9 
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Sounds like you're finally getting somewhere!
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Bluefish. Are you using crushed/powdered fish food to avoid mold?
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