Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Freshwater > Freshwater & Brackish - Coldwater, Native Fish & Ponds
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 09-24-2017, 10:46 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Sep 2017
Location: Texas
Posts: 21
Question Fish in cycling

So I e already posted several times and have another change of plans. I've become too emotionally attached to my goldfish so I want to keep him. I'm purchasing a 55 gallon tank for him to live in for a couple of years until I can figure the pond thing out or a bigger aquarium. He's currently in a 7.5 gallon so keeping him in there to wait for my new tank to cycle is out of the question. If I understand correctly I just put the water, filters, and fish in and test water daily, rt?
__________________

__________________
Newlyobsessed is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-24-2017, 11:23 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Toad's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Posts: 1,041
Correct, and congrats on being a caring and awesome owner to go and get him a tank that will be a much healthier enviroment
__________________

__________________
Toad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-24-2017, 11:33 PM   #3
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Sep 2017
Location: Texas
Posts: 21
Fish in cycling

Thank you! I am really attached to him. He ate from my hand today! I have another question. What do I do about my tap water testing positive for ammonia?
__________________
Newlyobsessed is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-24-2017, 11:49 PM   #4
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Join Date: Jul 2017
Location: Oklahoma
Posts: 669
Fish in cycling seems to be a rarity nowadays. When i started fish keeping, fish in was the only way. Essentially you are correct. Fill the tank, using "Prime" water conditioner. That brand seems to be the chemical of choice among members. Get the power filter up and running then let the tank stand empty a few days to let the water chemistry stablize. No need for a heater with gold fish. Feed your fish sparingly through the process and probably best to use floating pellets to ensure all food is eaten. A small WC every third day will probably suffice and test periodically to monitor the progress of your BB.
I dug a huge koi pond for my parents years ago. Started with a few koi and goldfish. Within two years had a large population. Ponds really are the way to go with goldfish. Good luck.
__________________
V227 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-24-2017, 11:56 PM   #5
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Join Date: Jul 2017
Location: Oklahoma
Posts: 669
If your goldfish is currently living in your tap water, probably no worries. I believe the Prime water conditioner has a neutralizing effect on ammonia.
__________________
V227 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-25-2017, 10:50 AM   #6
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
dalto's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Texas
Posts: 2,103
Yes, but test daily in a tank that small. I think you are going to find you will need larger, more frequent water changes than would normally needed during a cycle because you relative bio-load is very high(meaning the amount of fish as compared to the volume of water).

Don't be afraid to do large water changes. It will make your life easier in the long-run
__________________
dalto is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-25-2017, 12:05 PM   #7
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
BBradbury's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 4,307
Fish In Tank Cycling

Quote:
Originally Posted by Newlyobsessed View Post
So I e already posted several times and have another change of plans. I've become too emotionally attached to my goldfish so I want to keep him. I'm purchasing a 55 gallon tank for him to live in for a couple of years until I can figure the pond thing out or a bigger aquarium. He's currently in a 7.5 gallon so keeping him in there to wait for my new tank to cycle is out of the question. If I understand correctly I just put the water, filters, and fish in and test water daily, rt?
Hello New...

Cycling a tank with fish is very efficient and done correctly, most aquarium fish have no trouble tolerating the process. The risk in cycling a tank is using those boosters. They'll cycle a tank in a couple of days or several months. Other than the standard water treatment, putting chemicals into the tank is never a good idea. Because you don't know how the fish will react.

Once the tank is set up, add some floating plants to help steady the water chemistry. Hornwort is a good one. Add 3 to 4 small to medium fish for every 10 gallons of tank water and feed a little every day or two to maintain a steady ammonia source. Test the water daily for traces of ammonia and nitrite. If you have a positive test, remove 25 percent of the water and replace that with treated tap water.

Just test daily and replace the water when needed. Don't remove more water, though. This will starve your bacteria colony and delay the cycle. When you have several daily tests with no traces of ammonia or nitrite, the tank is cycled. Takes 30 days or so.

After cycling, just remove and replace half the water every week to maintain good water conditions.

Easy peazee.

B
__________________
"Fear not, my young apprentice. Just change the tank water."
BBradbury is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-25-2017, 10:16 PM   #8
Aquarium Advice Addict
Community Moderator
 
Fresh2o's Avatar



Tank of the Month Award
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Northern Virginia
Posts: 11,637
Quote:
Originally Posted by BBradbury View Post

...Add 3 to 4 small to medium fish for every 10 gallons of tank water...
Is this really necessary? OP has a single goldfish and is cycling the tank for that goldfish.
__________________

__________________
I am an ALGAE farmer.
Terms of Service | Community Rules | FresH2O's Planted Tank | Fresh2o's Shrimp Tank
Fresh2o is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
cycling, fish, fish in cycling

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Confused on cycling (not cycling) DrHockey Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 1 03-22-2014 06:28 PM
The big debate: Fish-less cycling VS Fish-in cycling! trickshot3102 Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 9 01-02-2014 09:43 AM
Going to fish-in cycling from fish-less cycling Aqualady40 Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 21 10-25-2012 11:17 PM
do water changes delay cycling? will it make cycling LONGER? Bubble_Boy Freshwater & Brackish - Getting Started 3 10-09-2004 12:17 PM
Confused About Cycling--Am I re-cycling? Why? hummingbird114 Freshwater & Brackish - Getting Started 9 08-13-2004 05:09 PM







» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 03:52 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.