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Old 07-31-2006, 02:53 PM   #1
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The cycle is finally progressing

A week ago, I had my water tested for ammonia, nitrites and nitrates. The woman at the fish store who tested it said it was zero for all three parameters. This week, I tested my water again (using my own test kit), and it registered the following:

ammonia: 0.25 ppm
nitrite: 0.25 ppm

This was a few days after I put a piece of shrimp under the sand. I seeded the aquarium with bacteria last week, and this week as well. Judging from these figures, would it be safe to say that the bacteria are flattening out the cycle? Is is normal to have these figures? What can I expect to see next?
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Do you have any nitrAtes yet? If not, then I'd say you are in the middle of the cycle. Ammonia looks to be going down while nitrItes are starting to rise. Its hard to say though, with just one reading. Check it every day or every other day to see how things are progressing.
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I just tested the nitrates a few minutes ago, and it registered at 0.00 ppm. So I guess I am in the middle of the cycle after all. How long do you think it will take for me to start seeing nitrates?
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Depends. BTH, what are you testing with?

and....How are you cycling the tank?
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Old 07-31-2006, 09:08 PM   #5
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I am testing the water with the Freshwater Master Test Kit, by Aquarium Pharmaceuticals.
The tank is being cycled with six zebra danios, and a piece of shrimp that I placed under the substrate. (I put the shrimp in there on the advice of a woman who worked at an aquarium shop, who said it would help the cycle progress faster.) The fish have been in the tank exactly three weeks, while the shrimp was placed in there almost a week ago.
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What size tank? Depending on the size of the tank, adding shrimp will not help with the cycle IMO. As you will have to do water changes to keep the ammonia down to safe levels for the fish. Or remove the fish and do a fishless cycle. If the ammonia and nitrite levels get too high the fish will suffer and possibly even die.
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Zagz:

To answer your question, it is a 55 gallon tank. Would you recommend that I take out the fish, and just leave the shrimp in there? The woman who recommended putting in the shrimp told me that the zebra danios could withstand the extra ammonia, but maybe you're right about the water changes. I have been putting bacteria into the tank to speed up the process, by the way.
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definitely take the shrimp out if you already have zebra danios... all the shrimp will do at this point is further pollute the water and cause more stress for the danios... although they are very hardy being exposed to ammonia still burns their gills and can cause premanent respiratory damage and discomfort... although you may never actually see it. '

What kind of "bacteria" are you adding? is it something from a seeded tank or a product like biospira?
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buttercup,

I've added both Nitromax and TLC bacteria cultures I bought from independent fish stores.
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You need to remove the shrimp
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