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Old 07-26-2012, 02:49 PM   #1 
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just some info on my cycling

im about 3 weeks in my cycle.im doing a fish in cycle.using 4 rosy red minnows(fathead minnows).unlike my past cycle.nothing seem to change for the 2 months or so i had it setup.i now have readings on ammonia,nitrate,and nitrite.im excited to finally see a change.

ammonia-0.25ppm
ph-7.6
nitrite-2ppm
nitrate-5ppm

using API master kit.10 gallon with live(red ludwigia) and plastic plants and decor...i have a DIY moving bed filter using a water bottle,plastic straws cut into about 1 inch cuts and a dual air pump..heated to about 78F.and as well as a HOB filter i replaced the stock filter cartridge with an aquarium sponge filter.

im going to keep the rosy reds as tank mates with my male betta.but before i do any water changes or anything else to the tank...i want advice on what i should do now.i had to clean my tank really we before..i dont want to mess it up this time and get my male out of the 1 gallon hospital tank into his 10 gallon.

how should i do water changes or anything else to the tank?im very hesitant rite now not to mess anything up.the readings i have above are from about 15 minutes before this posting.i just moved into a new apartment and am surprised my tank is still cycling after emptying out 50% of the water for the move the other day.but it doing even better.

what should i do?
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Old 07-26-2012, 04:38 PM   #2 
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  • This is a 10 gallon tank you're trying to cycle?
  • What kind of HOB filter are you using?
  • There's 4 fathead minnows in residence?
  • What type of gravel/substrate are you using?
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Old 07-26-2012, 05:44 PM   #3 
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yes its a 10 gallon.sorry as i was typing i thought i had mentioned the info about it but think i lost focus(trying to stop smoking) and forgot some detail ;)

its a quiet flow Aqueon 10 HOB replacing the cartidge with a fluval foam sponge.

yes there are 4 fathead minnows in there.but im about to add a fifth as 1 died several days ago and i want to add another back in.plus needed to purchase 1 to get a special deal on dried blood worms.

its white gravel..and my live plants are in a mixture of gravel in water bottle pots i made.

in my aquarium pix is somewhat how my setup is in the 10 gallon.i just took out some fake plants and changed them around.if needed i can take a few pix of the setup showing the decor,plants,fish and substrate as well as the filters im using.
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Old 07-27-2012, 12:26 PM   #4 
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there are now 5 fatheads in the tank
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Old 07-28-2012, 01:32 AM   #5 
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Yes, Nate, you did say it was a 10gal tank.

It sounds like it's almost cycled based on the nitrite and nitrate readings. Wait until the nitrites go down, then a big change to cut nitrates and you're done.
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wow great.really want to get my male out of the hospital tank into the 10 gallon....i did the water change yesterday as u mentioned in my other post.i kept delaying for a day because i wasnt sure.

but im glad its almost done :) im excited about that.and getting ready to prepare to cycle another tank as well..
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Old 07-28-2012, 08:59 PM   #7 
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.... getting ready to prepare to cycle another tank as well..
That one will go much faster because you'll have seeded biomedia to kickstart the new cycle.
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Old 07-28-2012, 11:10 PM   #8 
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im glad it will.i have a female in a bowl waiting to get in there...would i also be able to add like another moving bed filter i made into my 10 gallon and then transfer over to my 20 gallon?i mean i know i can.but i guess i need to ask how long should i leave in the cycled tank to allow BB to grow on it before i put in the other?and or just add some of the media from it as planned in with new media and that would rapidly create BB and is just as good?
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I've found that it takes about a week for a filter to fully colonize when placed in a cycled tank with a cycled filter running.

Yes, you can do it with one filter by putting both cycled and new media (50/50) in the filter chamber.

Keep an eye on your parameters and spot clean as necessary.
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Old 07-29-2012, 12:05 PM   #10 
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sounds great...thank you for the info...getting ready for the new tank is going to be exciting :)
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