Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started
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 11-15-2002, 02:59 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: nj
Posts: 170
Newbie: tank cycling question

I'm new to the hobby, but have been doing a lot of reading. I have been cycling my new 30 gallon tank since the beginning of the month. Started with live rock about two & half weeks ago. added the three blue damsels about a week ago. Two days later one of the damsel had been killed by the others. About three days ago, an other one was killed. Now I have one damsel, live rock and the beginning growth of brown algae. The remaining Blue damsel looks fine. I've been watching him closely and color is good, eating well, etc. Ammonia is at 0.2 Nitrite and Nitrate are both 0.

So my question is: Is the cycling process working? Do I need to get more Damsels (although, I afraid this one will kill them)? Should I be doing anything else besides waiting, watching and montoring?
__________________

__________________
clownfish is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-15-2002, 03:14 PM   #2
AA Team Emeritus
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Chatsworth, GA
Posts: 4,071
Send a message via Yahoo to loganj
new tank

Since you're showing an ammonia concentration, the process is probably on it's way. Damsels are very agressive and a 30 isn't enough room for more than one to establish a territory. Something you might want to consider is "fishless cycling". Check out the post in the Saltwater Beginners Forum on this. At any rate, keep testing for ammonia and nitrite.
Logan J
__________________

__________________
loganj is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-15-2002, 07:11 PM   #3
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: nj
Posts: 170
I did think about fishless cycling, but since I have a fish I wasn't sure if it would work or is appropriate.
__________________
clownfish is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-15-2002, 07:31 PM   #4
AA Team Emeritus
 
Join Date: May 2002
Location: Virginia
Posts: 2,256
Send a message via ICQ to fishfreek Send a message via AIM to fishfreek Send a message via MSN to fishfreek Send a message via Yahoo to fishfreek
since you have fish now the fishless method should not be used.

this would just add extra ammonia into the sytem and put the fish at greater risk of death.

keep a watchful eye on that ammonia. should it rise much more do a small water change of 10% or so. you dont want to remove the ammonia 100% but you dont want it getting to high either.

feed very sparingly. maybe even feed every other day, once durring that day. Feed on like Monday - Wed - Friday - Sun - Tue - Thurs - Sat - Mon - ...

Only feed enough that the food is totally gone in 5 min. if its still in the water after 5 min try to get it out.
__________________
Remember dont tap the glass, your fish will think you're an idiot -Anonymous mother

Check out our articles area. 30+ Aquatic articles for your enjoyment
Are you in or around the Shenandoah Valley area? If so click here to join our regional forum.
fishfreek is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-15-2002, 07:44 PM   #5
AA Team Emeritus
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Chatsworth, GA
Posts: 4,071
Send a message via Yahoo to loganj
fishless

I should have mentioned, when talking about fishless cycling, that the remaining damsel would have to be removed or face almost certain death. My mistake .
Logan J
__________________
loganj is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-15-2002, 07:46 PM   #6
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: nj
Posts: 170
thanks, that's what I thought.
__________________
clownfish is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-15-2002, 08:07 PM   #7
AA Team Emeritus
 
michealprater's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Highland , IL
Posts: 2,311
Send a message via Yahoo to michealprater
i always kept an eye on brown algae. if it is growing your tank is cycling. when it dies of then your tank should be cycled in. this is not a scientific method by no means, but it always worked for me. its an easy way to tell where your tank is as far as the cycle.
__________________

__________________
michealprater is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
cycling, tan, tank 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
Newbie Question re:cycling brineyone Nano Reefs 12 02-09-2009 08:56 AM
newbie cycling question (help!) diogenes Freshwater & Brackish - Getting Started 5 09-16-2008 08:10 PM
Newbie Cycling Question DPirateRoberts Freshwater & Brackish - Getting Started 13 07-06-2006 10:56 AM
Newbie with a tank size question David03 Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started 4 05-04-2005 08:23 PM
A question about cycling my tank? gump3842k Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started 4 06-23-2004 04:49 PM







» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 07:48 PM.


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