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  1. Need Help, fairly urgent.

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    Hello all. I have abruptly and unexpectedly come into the ownership of a new betta fish, which will be arriving Monday. I was not really expecting this, so I decided to start a cycle in my 5 gallon tank. The substrate and decor all came from a fairly old yet neglected tank, so I do not know if...
  2. Pure Ammonia-based fishless cycle question

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    As title says, went with the pure ammonia seeding option. Made sure it was actually pure ammonia, no soaps etc, no bubbles. Got it at a hardware store and everything (It's actually the Ace hardware brand ammonia, which flat up had people reviewing it for fish tank use! LOL) I've read a LOT on...
  3. New to cycling ; am I worrying too much?

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    Hello! So this is my first time cycling a tank. I do the fishless fish food method. I plan on getting a betta once the cycle is done! So my tank is around 4.5 and 5 gallons. I started last week. Everyday I tested the ammonia and it never went over 0.50 ppm. Even today, it is still at 0.50 ppm...
  4. Partial water change after completed cycle??

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    Housing: How many gallons is your tank? 3 Does it have a filter? Yes, foam block, and two bags of BioMax bio rings. Does it have a heater? Yes What temperature is your tank? 80 Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? no Does your Betta have tank mates? What kind? no Food...
  5. A 3 gallon tank fishless cycle

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    In the Oldfishlady sticky 'Nitrogen cycle - Betta specific', she recommended in one post that people share how they do it in their particular case; the more different examples for comparison the better. Anyway, seeing as I have learned a lot from reading this forum in preparation for starting...
  6. Having Trouble With Fishless Cycle

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    Hi everyone! I'm new here, and I hope I'm posting in the right place. I purchased a Fluval Spec V tank and started my fishless cycle Wednesday, August 19th. However, when I tested the water today (August 21), I'm getting a 0ppm reading on all ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate. (Kinda freaking...
  7. fishless cycle?

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    This is my new betta Draco Malfoy (Draco for short). He is currently in a half-gallon My Fun Fish Tank and I am planning on upgrading him to either a 1 gallon or possibly even a 3 gallon! But, anyways, when I get the new tank, I want to do a fishless cycle (either with ammonia or fish food). But...
  8. Help cycling a 3 gallon

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    Hi everyone! I need some help with my fishless cycle for a 3 gallon tank. I'm planning to keep a betta. I have a heater now heating the tank at 82F, an air stone running at its max capacity, and a filter that comes with carbon. Today I added two small sponge filters. I also have two fake...
  9. Trying To Cycle Tests showing no Ammonia, Am I not adding enough or is the test bad?

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    I'm wanting to do a fishless cycle and I keep adding ammonia (10% ammonium hydroxide, passes the shake/foam test) but am still getting a reading of zero when I take a water sample in to the local pet store for testing. (I'm over budget already on this tank by about double, so can't get my own...
  10. No Fish (yet) Cycle Question

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    Hi All! I hope this is the right place to put this - sorry if it isn't. So, I have been cycling my tank in preparation for getting my very first Betta:-). I have been testing the water and my cycle finished earlier this week and I had plans to get my new buddy this weekend, however, it's not...
  11. How long is the cycle time with seed gravel and filter media?

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    I just set up a 10 gallon tank with ADA amazonia and gravel mixture that was previously in a tank running cycled (fishless, but I had the plants and added fish food and ferts to keep the bacteria and plants healthy) as well as an aquaclear 20 filter with a biobag and prefilter sponge pulled from...
  12. Cycling a 5.5 Gallon Tank?

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    I just set up a new 5.5 gallon tank and I was wondering about how long it would be for it to cycle. I added water from an established tank in the filter and in the tank. Then filled the rest up with conditioned tap water. I wont be adding any fish anytime soon. I actually set it up for my baby...
  13. DR TIM'S ONE & ONLY and LOW PH

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    I have a 2.5g filtered and planted (substrate w/gravel cap) tank that I was attempting a fishless cycle with. Ammonia zipped up to 8 once I added shrimp. The shrimp has been removed, I've done several PCWs and my ammonia now goes back and forth between 2 and 4. My nitrite and nitrate readings...
  14. Fishless Cycle in Blackwater Aquarium

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    Has anyone had any experience with fishless cycling in a blackwater aquarium? Most specifically do the tannins in the water effect the test results? I am using the API Freshwater Master Test Kit and, like most tests, results are read via comparing the water color after the additives to the color...
  15. Help with getting a tank ready for a new betta!

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    I recently bought a beautiful red veiltail male from petco (Charlie). He was doing amazing until he a few days ago. He went to little fishy heaven today :cry: I believe he died of ich as he had some white fluffy mold like substance on his fins and some white spots on his body After doing some...
  16. Fishless cycling for a betta fish... HELP!!!

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    Hello Everyone! :wave: Clearly, I am a newbie here. I have been roaming the internet for centuries now, & the stress of my betta fish is making my head ache! :cry: Can someone PLEASE help me?! I am currently attempting my first fishless cycle, & I am pretty impatient. Info: ~ 5 gallon...
  17. cycling my sorority tank....

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    so i have just started the cycling on my 20g tank, that will soon be the home of my betta sorority. :) but i have a few questions, and i would love some answers from anyone who can help :) first, i am doing a fishless cycle using fish food (betta pellets, figured that since none of my fish...
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