Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Freshwater > Freshwater & Brackish - 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 03-20-2012, 07:21 PM   #11
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
paytertot's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: joplin missouri
Posts: 1,822
Sounds good
__________________

__________________
"A fish with his mouth closed never gets caught" -mob quote
paytertot is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-20-2012, 07:36 PM   #12
Look It Up
 
librarygirl's Avatar


 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Rhode Island
Posts: 7,052
Quote:
Originally Posted by jlbfish View Post
We have 2 tanks cycling. I want to make sure my thought prices is right.

First tank
28 Gallons
Fish In Cycle (6 Neon tetras)

Today's measurements:
Ammonia .25
Nitrates 10
Nitrites 0

We have never had a reading above 0 for nitrites on this tank.

We have been cycling for about 3 1/2 weeks and added seeded media about a week ago.

I figure for this one water change every other day wait for ammonia to read 0 for 48'ish hours and nitrites to stay below 10. Is that right ?

In this tank I'm wary of a nitrite spike to come should I be?
Second tank
20 Gallons
Fish Free Cycle

Today's measurements:
Ammonia 1-2
Nitrates 10
Nitrites .25

Dose ammonia back up to 2/3 or wait till it falls below 1.
No water change at the moment change if nitrates go higher


So excited to be seeing changes!
Jana
For the tank with the neons, since the load is quite small and you added seeded media you may not see nitrite. Nitrate is a good sign; that means the nitrite is being converted. Nitrates will go as high as the fish load (or ammonia load); so in the fishless cycling tank nitrates will rise higher as the cycle progresses. With fish, nitrates can end up being anything depending again on what fish. 10 seems a bit high for just neons though; have you tested your tap water for nitrate? This tank looks good though. Also it can be hard to tell between 0 and .25 on the API kit; you might want to test against some spring or distilled water to see if the ammonia is really .25 or actually 0 (might be a good idea to test tap water too).

I'd wait a couple more weeks on this tank just to see if ammonia can stay at 0 consistently and nitrites don't show up. If all is good then you can add some fish slowly.

The fishless cycling tank looks good too; nitrites are starting to show which is good. As the others said, watch the PH in this tank. Because there is so much conversion happening so fast PH crashes are common. How long has this tank been cycling? If it's been a few weeks and you haven't done any water changes it wouldn't hurt to do one to replenish minerals and such in the water.
__________________

__________________
Every living thing is significant.
🐠 Guide to Starting a Freshwater Aquarium
Community Rules | Custom Site Search
librarygirl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-21-2012, 11:46 AM   #13
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
jlbfish's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Texas
Posts: 805
So if the load is small and the measurements are looking better would it help? hurt? be dangerous to new fish? if I added the last 2 of the neon school?

The measurements looked good this morning:
Ammonia about .125
Nitrites 0
Nitrates 10ppm


The FISHLESS cycle has been going for a little over a week. We use this link to set it up:
Tips and tricks for your fastest fishless cycle!

I have been checking the PH and it is staying consistently 8 for now I might check again after a PWC. Do you do 50?

This morning the fish less read:
pH 8
Ammonia 1.5
Nitrites 2.0
Nitrates 40

I am doing a PWC and dosing the ammonia back up to 3-4.

Thanks again for all the help! Love this forum.
Jana
__________________
jlbfish is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-21-2012, 07:32 PM   #14
Look It Up
 
librarygirl's Avatar


 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Rhode Island
Posts: 7,052
As long as ammonia and nitrite are 0 in the tank with fish then it's OK to add slowly. The more fish you add at a time the more ammonia is put into the tank from the fish and the bacteria have to adjust, so if you add fish slowly and let the bacteria adjust between adding fish you may still get some small spikes but some water changes to keep things low would help and wait in between before adding fish (1-2 weeks of consistent 0 ammonia and nitrite readings). Adding a few more Neons would be fine.

Wow you've only been cycling fishless for a week and have nitrite and nitrate already? That's great. Have you tested your tap water for ammonia, nitrite, nitrate? I'd just be curious if any are coming from your tap water. If it's only been a week and PH is stable then no need for a water change yet unless you're bored and want to do one lol
__________________

__________________
Every living thing is significant.
🐠 Guide to Starting a Freshwater Aquarium
Community Rules | Custom Site Search
librarygirl is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
cycling, cycling tank, tan

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
5 Gallon Planted Tank maxwellag Freshwater & Brackish - Planted Tanks 1156 07-31-2014 03:29 PM
Planning a reef tank ?'s Bearchumjs Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started 347 04-11-2012 06:59 PM
Why is my sand in my 10gallon tank so dirty? Ryleyman Cichlid Discussion 153 03-29-2012 07:36 PM
What is a good nano reef tank? somethingsfishy Nano Reefs 32 03-23-2012 03:38 AM
Betta in a community tank? chappers Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 12 03-21-2012 10:17 PM







» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 04:41 AM.


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