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I finally got my 10gal Marineland Bio-wheel tank up and running :-D it's such a beautiful tank and it includes(as seen in picture) neon gravel, bio-wheel filter, heater, thermometer, bee hive cave, ancient bridge, leaf bed, LED lights that have 3 settings(on daylight, on nighttime... blue, and off) I will be adding the ceramic octopus holding a "no fishing" sign and a neon cave into the tank once it is fully cycled.... it is in my male VT's current 2.5 right now. On this journal I will be posting questions, pictures on progress and daily parameters, and maybe some betta pictures of my baby :3. Below are the pictures of the tank as of 15 mins ago.

Start date of cycling: 2/26/13. Added 4ppm pure ammonia (in my case 1.5mL).
i have a question now by the way, when exactly should i start testing for nitrites and NitrAtes?( i test Ammo daily)
 

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thank you thanks you!
oh my goodness i'm sooo happy!!! my cycling is half way done!!! i did my daily ammo testing today and the ammonia was at 1ppm!!! and i checked the nitrites and it was up so im gettin' there:p it's going more smoothly than i was expecting! oh and, when should i do a water change to my cycling tank and how big of a WC? i heard you should at some point in cycling....


todays parameters:
Ammo.: 1ppm... dosed back up to 4ppm at 5pm
Nitrites: 5ppm
NitrAtes: 5 or less ppm.
(are these looking good?)
thanks and please answer my 2 questions that're in red;-):roll:
 

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Those sound good to me..... Getting closer to the ideal parameters! But as a fair warning I'm not very knowledgeable in the criteria of cycling..... It is very much still a learning process of trail and error with me :/ Can't wait for more pictures and updates! Keep up the good work! :)
 

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yay!!!! :3 i just added a medium sized red plant to the cycling tank too:-D i can't wait to see how Zuko reacts!!!

my ammonia went back down to 1ppm so i dosed it back up :p it's dropping faster and faster!! i'm happy everything is goin' smoothly.

plant:
 

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Hahaa thank you!!!! I may also add a mini version of that plant too so he has a second plant but its base broke so im not sure :roll: i just hopE the cycling takes just one more week :3
 

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If things keep going as smoothly the way they are going now, I think you are right! :)
 

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urgh :C i added more ammonia last night cause it went back down to 1ppm and this morning i checked it and it was at 8ppm -.- i just did a 30% water change so i hope it will be back to normal:|
 

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good luck! :D

I did a fish-in cycle 3 times already, so it seems like that's what works best for me. Knocked the ammonia down to 0 in only about 2 weeks the first time :) I think I might do a fish-out cycle fr my next tank project.
 

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hahaa it's been a little over 2 weeks now :| i'm hoping it'll be done in the next weeek.... i'm just waiting for those dang nitrAtes to rise!!
 

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I started 2/25 sooo today is day 17 :3 i hope by right when my spring break starts itll be done :-D
 

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Spring break for me starts march 22 :3
 

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Oh well im a high schooler (female) so im not sure what grade youre in but i cant wait till being able to sleep in :3 i get up at 6am
 

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Yeah I bet you can't! I'm home-schooled currently but I take classes at different schools so I wake up fairly early... Because the sooner I''m done, the better! lol But I can't wait to just be able to relax and not have to worry about being knee deep in work studying for my finals tests! lol
 

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ergh!!! today is day 29 of my cycling, which means it's been 4 weeks!! when will my cycling be done?? :c i just added in some seeding material to hopefully speed things up. (a ceramic octopus from Zuko's old tanky)
 

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guess what today is?!?!?!?!!!

Nitrite decreased!! it went from 5-2ppm :3
i'm sooo happy now!!
here was my parameters as of 2pm:
ammo:.50ppm
Nitrites: 2ppm
NitrAtes: 5ppm
i'm very haappy now i was running around the house Oh my gooodnessss! i can tell things will be ready fast now :-D
 
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