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Old 01-28-2011, 12:39 PM   #1 
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Does it take longer to cycle a tank fish in?

Just curious. I'm on day 7 and after a water change two days ago when the ammonia hit about 0.5 ppm it's been stuck at 0 or maybe just a hair over ever since...I only did a 50% water change once and didn't mess with anything else.

Nitrites have been at 0 since day one. Tank is a 10 gallon.

I'm not impatient or anything but I was just wondering if anyone could give me a time frame so I know what to expect...0 ammonia is great and all but I do want my tank to cycle!
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Old 01-28-2011, 01:13 PM   #2 
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Yes, because you have to keep the ammonia around .25 ppm to keep the fish safe, wheras in a fishless cycle you can let the levels rise without worrying about the fish's safety.
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Old 01-28-2011, 01:28 PM   #3 
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It can take months sometimes for the cycle to fully kick in sometimes. Just keep a watch and wait for the nitrites to rise and then fall back to zero and nitrates to come in at a low number then you no its in progress.
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Old 01-31-2011, 12:45 AM   #4 
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I don't think you need to do a water change until nitrates show up. Someone can correct me if I'm wrong.That's if you're doing a fishless cycle.
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Old 01-31-2011, 01:34 AM   #5 
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It took my (5 gallon) tank 8 weeks to cycle fish-in with no seeding. I kept ammonia below .25 ppm with water changes.
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Old 01-31-2011, 09:32 AM   #6 
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A lot more going on in the tank than just what you can test for....fish in cycling doesn't take any longer than fishless cycle.....you do need to make frequent water changes to keep ammonia/nitrite level safe with fish in cycling...as long as you don't over clean the filter media or vacuum the substrate more than weekly and only in places that can be reached without moving anything in the tank...you should start to see nitrates within 4-8 weeks.....unless you have lots of active growing stem plants and/or floating plants....then it may be much longer....
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