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Old 05-20-2015, 07:34 PM   #1
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Cycling getting to the end already?

Hey guys. This is my first tank and was given fish before i knew about the nitrogen cycle so i unfortunately have been doing a fish-in cycle. Fortunately, i am extremely obsessive about stuff when i really get into something, and have been spending alot of time looking up every aspect of this hobby. (Didnt know there was so much to know!)

So i have 12 fancy guppies in a 30 gallon tank. I have been doing daily 30% or so treated water changes to keep things ok for the little guys. Water temp kept at around 80-82*F throughout. I had ran the tank empty for a few days prior to getting the fish and the fish have been in for 8 days now. I have been testing every other day for amonia/nitrites/nitrates and seen amonia spike first, the nitrites up and amonia start to decline, then all nitrites and very little nitrates. Just now i tested and seem to read no amonia, no nitrites, and about 5mg/L nitrates (if there was any of the first two, it wasnt enough to really show on the chart). My kit is the liquid Nutrafin "mini master test kit"

So i know i have been changing the water very frequently, so im going to skip today and let things progress up to a high enough nitrate reading. But could this mean ive somehow went through the cycle that fast? I was under the impression it could take 1.5-2 months. We are excited to be in the clear!
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That is pretty fast. Did you accidentally get ahold of some cycled media or something else that might've jump started things?



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Fortunately, i am extremely obsessive about stuff when i really get into something, and have been spending alot of time looking up every aspect of this hobby. (Didnt know there was so much to know!)

Good for you. I wish that more people who are new to the hobby adopted your attitude.



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Cycling getting to the end already?

My fish in cycle with 2 adolescent fancy goldfish, some danios and a handful of live plants in a 290ltr tank with 20% wc every 2nd day took 4 weeks
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That is pretty fast. Did you accidentally get ahold of some cycled media or something else that might've jump started things?



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Gravel and decorations were given to me by someone who has a tank, however i thought they were the stuff she wasnt using. Im definately going to ask her though! Fish also came from there and we added the water as well, but i was under the impression that tank water didnt carry the bacteria. Although her tank isnt really clean... so maybe she had some floatys to help me :P Tank and equipment were either new or sitting in a basement for a year so

Tested again today and showed no ammonia or nitrites, and once again seems to show nitrates as the first box, which indicates 5 ppm. So seeing as nothing changed, im thinking im onto a more established schedule now. Not a clue how it came so fast, but ill take it!

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Thanks! It has its ups and downs lol My girlfriend finds it anoying for sure :P
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