One of the things that OldFishLady had to drum into my head (because I am am advocate of fishless cycling) is that bacteria grow or diminish to process the exact amount of ammonia they are provided. In practice, this means that most of us who perform a fishless cycle wind up with much more bacteria than is needed by the stock. The bacteria actually winds up dying back.
Stresszyme is an excellent product which will probably help your cycle. It's been a valuable tool for many years. If your nitrite is 0.0ppm and your nitrate increases every week, you're effectively cycled. My ammonia consistently reads >0.0ppm. I think it's just my lights and my eyes. I've noticed the API color chart varies from kit to kit.
Throw in some plants and stock your tank, already.
Yes I think that might be the best idea. If you're watching parameters anyway you should be able to safely throw in your fish.
Yah soo i added 10ml of stresszyme to my 10gal tank last night (as it said on directions). I checked my ammo a few hours ago and it read 2ppm. Should i consider my cycling done, let my ammo drop to 0ppm, check it daily for another week, do a large WC to get my nitrAtes down, and add fish as long as my ammo and nitrites stay at 0?
Becuase i think once my ammo is at 0 and stays at 0 it should be ok. I think i built one heck of a BB tank if u ask me!
Hallyx: my Ammo didn't increase... It actually decreased from 3-4ppm to 2ppm. Cause the night before I bought the Stress Zyme I doses my ammo back up to 4ppm.
So to approve I am going to do this right:
A) my cycling is done
B) let my Ammo drop to 0ppm, test all parameters daily.
C) once Ammo fully drops, do a 80-90% WC to lower nitrAtes.
D) check parameters for a week. If nitrAtes are below 20ppm than I am done..?
E) stock peaceful community fish first, then Betta.
Please confirm these are good plans.
THANK YOU ALL!!!
I'd noted before, from the thread on cycling, that for your final test you only want to dose it up enough to get it to 2 ppm. If you kept dosing it back to 4 ppm, that was probably your issue all along.
For your final test, wait until your ammonia is pretty much at zero, and dose to 2ppm. When ammonia falls to 0ppm within 24 hours (or less) your tank is cycled!
Now, do a large water change, 75-85%, and you are ready to add your fish!
Hallyx: I am currently QTing 5 neon tetras and they won't be ready till around June 10th-ish. Soo that was my plan to add the fish then. Should I just keep monitoring the ammo and make sure it stays low and watch my other levels until it is time to add the tetras?
Also, is there anything I should be doing in the mean time to "keep the bacteria alive"? Like dose 1ppm ammo everyday or something?
And also, you said nitrAtes should always increase... Aren't they supposed to stay below 20ppm?
I'm a little bit confused here sorry I just need some explanations in what to do while waiting for tetras to be done.
Last edited by bettaluver14; 05-26-2013 at 10:16 PM.
Alrighty, soooo i should dose my ammo in this tank to 2ppm, let it go down to 0ppm and repeat the process up until i am able to add the tetras?
So once my Tetras are done being QTed, I add them as long as the ammo in the tank is 0ppm before I place them in. And for the 5 tetras how big of a PWC should i do a week to keep their ammo-nitrite-nitrAte release down?
Then I am going to keep the tetras in the tank by themselves since they're peaceful community fishies.... and then after around 1-2 weeks of the tetras adapting to their new environment, I am going to add my betta to the tank. Once I have my total of 6 fish in the cycled tank (5tetras and 1 male betta), should I increase the amount of Water i change during my WC's cause I have added one more fish adding additional ammonia= nitrAtes to the tank?
Also, thank you for all the help and allowing me to understand cycling better!