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Old 05-30-2017, 06:54 PM   #1
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Mini cycle

I changed the substrate in my tank from gravel to sand over the weekend. I realized I may cause a mini cycle doing it and I have. This morning I had nitrites at 0.25 and ammonia at 0.25. So I did a 25% water change and dosed the tank with Prime. Now today after work I'm at roughly 0.5 nitrites and 0.25 ammonia. I did a fishless cycle so cycling, even a mini one, with fish is VERY new to me. Any help would be great. I really don't want to lose any fish.

Do I change the water at a certain point? Is a 25% change enough? Should I be dosing my tank with Prime regularly until this is over?
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You could change as much as 50% and use Prime.
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Should I dose with Prime daily until this is over?
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I have never tried adding Prime unless I was also doing a water change. Perhaps someone else will chime in. I recall that it binds the harmful stuff but only for a certain amount of time. So a water change is always good.
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Thank you for your help. Doing a 50% water change now. I always get great advice here and my tank is turning into something beautiful because of it.
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Your welcome. I have been a member for a year now and I am very grateful to everyone who has helped me and put up with me. Lol. Click image for larger version

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I have 5 tanks now, this is my main one 29g. It's contagious.
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That is beautiful. This is my tank. I just started with plants but I had to change my substrate first so I could get the fish and plants I wanted. Now I can get swords and crypts.
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Very pretty. Live plants are satisfying to grow just like fish. I love my crypts. I had an Amazon sword and it always looked poorly so it was fed to the snails.
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lol I have a few java ferns and a few anubias. I do nothing in terms of fertilization and stuff and they seem to be thriving Best kind of plants.....ones that thrive on neglect.

I like the black sand so much better. Much better than the large brown rocks I had.
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I love the Java ferns and Anubias. You know what else is easy but slow and beautiful is bucephalandra. Lots of sizes and colors too.
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Low light?

I need to find a place to buy plants. I thought about trying the classifieds on here and another forum I'm on. It's hard to get plants locally and online the shipping is so high
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Most of my better plant purchases were on our classifieds. Shipping is a pain but I also have local fish stores with very limited options. I needed MORE and got some great stuff.
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