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Old 07-29-2010, 04:23 PM   #11 
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Old 07-30-2010, 07:03 AM   #12 
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Well I tested it again today and the results were

Ammonia - 0.25
Nitrites- 0
Nitrates - 0

I just want it to be finished and its only been 2 days haha

My tank (fishless cycle with mature media) took 40ish days to drop the levels of ammonia!
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I can't wait 40 days I have barely been able to wait 4
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Old 07-30-2010, 11:51 AM   #14 
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Thats unusual... you should see your ammonia drop after a little over a week.... as your nitrites go up.
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Old 07-31-2010, 08:46 AM   #15 
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Day 5 of the cycle and we finally have the start I think lol

Ammonia - 0.25
Nitrite - 0.25
Nitrate - 5.0
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Old 07-31-2010, 01:06 PM   #17 
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That's exactly what I said haha it better be done by next week
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Old 07-31-2010, 01:19 PM   #18 
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Hey All,

Sorry to hear about your tetra welsh. Im very interested in the water cycling however.

I do a weekly water change of 80% of the water and daily 20% water changes.

Is there an article that has info on cycling and what % of level i need. i dont do water test as i dont know how or what to do, and know nothing about cycling. What is it and why is it needed?

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Old 07-31-2010, 01:44 PM   #19 
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The cycle is basically you growing good bacteria. It takes 2-6 weeks for these bacteria to be established and plenty of time to convert ammonia to less toxic nitrate. Ammonia/nitrites are a waste product which are produced by rotting food or fish waste, without the good bacteria the ammonia will keep building up until the fish eventually die.

The bacteria first deals with the ammonia, this is converted into nitrites which are still poisonous. The bacteria continues and this is then converted into something much less toxic, nitrates. If you use a test kit on a cycled tank the healthy reading should be 0 ammonia, 0 nitrite and under 20ppm of nitrates. When the nitrates start to raise over 40ppm then this is bad and will eventually start to kill off your fish too

What you can do to start the cycle is either feed your tank with fish food once every 12 hours, add a dead shrimp or piece of raw fish, also if you can hands on old filter media or substrate this will speed up your cycle too

There are plenty of articles on the internet about cycling a tank, but it always helps to ask here and get a broken down version

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Thanks Welsh,

So would you reccomend leaving a tank to cycle for the 2-6 weeks before putting ANY fish into the tank?

I am setting up a new tank, with a bunch of live plants, so maybe keep them in their current home until after 3 weeks?

I guess I should also get a test kit and make sure the water is OK. I just assumed that changing the water every week with water conditioner and some aquar. Salt should be ok?

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