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Old 07-08-2010, 09:09 PM   #31 
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How do you know that it's cycled?
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Old 07-09-2010, 12:00 PM   #32 
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It has alge growing and the water was already cycled from my other tank.
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Old 07-09-2010, 05:02 PM   #33 
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Algae growing in a tank doesn't mean it's cycled. The benificiial bacteria doesn't grow in the water, it's on the surfaces of the tank, plants gravel and decorations.So, unless you got gravel from an established tank, I'd say that it's probably not cycled.
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Old 07-09-2010, 05:55 PM   #34 
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Algae growing in a tank doesn't mean it's cycled. The benificiial bacteria doesn't grow in the water, it's on the surfaces of the tank, plants gravel and decorations.So, unless you got gravel from an established tank, I'd say that it's probably not cycled.
+1 with DQ...

a cycle needs to build beneficial bacteria on all that parts of your tank DQ mentioned, and on, mostly importantly, your filter media.

Think of it this way, if you do the weekly 25% weekly water change, if bacteria grew in your water, it would be gone with 4 weeks. your want would be having to build new bacteria colonies constantly. It's for this reason that bacteria needs to seed itself on the decorations and gravel in your tank. Because when you do your weekly water change, you're not losing that bacteria.

Algae in a tank does not = a suitably established aquarium.
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Old 07-09-2010, 09:28 PM   #35 
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DQ , Johnny, i am surprised at you two!! not only is the BB (beneficial bacteria) on the decor it is primarily in the filter.. be it a sponge with the growth on it, or a filter pad in a HOB type... you kow i am kidding but i want to be sure all the facts are out there.. after all their is no magical little water sprite that takes a 4-8 week process of establishment and completes it in a week.... unless of course you count seeding it from another tank (NOT THE WASTE WATER).......
just tossing my final two cents in sorry to address you all in such a fashion

oh hey here is a great article to read for any one interested
http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/f...m-cycle-38617/
it is well written and offers a TON of great information
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Old 07-10-2010, 12:29 PM   #36 
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Its not waste water and plus my tank had a spike in ammonia and it went.I also have had it set up for about 3 weeks.Its not foggy or anything.I understand the cycling.By the way how else do you tell its cycled?I now stupid question since I said I understand cycling but my book only said there whould be a spike in ammonia and to wait 3 weeks.Thanks.
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Old 07-10-2010, 01:26 PM   #37 
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I think it's cycled when there is 0 ammonia, no more than 20 ppm of nitrates and no nitrites.
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Well theres 0 ammonia and I think there is 0 nitrites and like 10ppm or nitrates
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Old 07-10-2010, 03:42 PM   #39 
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If you take time and read the link from btf, you'll understand the nitrogen cycle. The ammonia you saw is from excess food and fish waste. You'll see the spike in ammoonia and then the spike in nitrites also. Please take some time on how to effectively run a cycle. After reading the link you should be able underdstand a completed cycle.
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Oops I didn't see the link untill now thanks a ton Im reading it!By the way I think every thing that needs to be said has been so could some one lock this thread?
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