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Old 03-08-2013, 12:52 PM   #1
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Starting a 90gal tank! Cycling starts today.

Hi All,
I am new to this site and I have found so much information already on setting up new tanks, what kind of fish to get, all that jazz.

We found and bought a used 90 gallon tank online for $60, can't beat that! We cleaned it up using fish safe methods and actually re-caulked the inside because it didn't look all that great or clean.

After a few days of preparing we are finally ready to start the fishless cycle!

we have sand as the substrate ($30 for 50lbs), we have a piece of driftwood from our established 30g tank and live plants from there as well. Currently there are a half dozen feeders in the tank just to add a little bit of bacteria for a few days before the cycle starts, don't worry they will get transferred out before we start the cycle (they will be dinner for our gar).

Today we will begin and give some information about how much ammonia we needed for the 90g's of water, as this isn't well documented from what I have read online.

I live in Canada and it has proven difficult to find the proper ammonia. After calling a dozen stores we found that Walmart carries the product that we need. A 1.8L jug is $2. Very affordable!

We are using the API's freshwater master test kit from Pisces Pet Emporium!

I will post our testing results and such as well. Should be fun. I can't wait to get started!!

Can't wait for feedback and the results. This is the first time we have tried a fishless cycle but we want what is best for our little fishies!
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Old 03-08-2013, 12:55 PM   #2
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Welcome to AA! $60 is a great deal congrats
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So we added about 35ml of 10% concentrate household ammonia and that brought the ammonia level up to 4ppm for 90g of water.

I'm not sure how much we will need to add tomorrow but I'm assuming it won't be quite as much.

That's all to report for tonight. I hate having to wait but it is the right thing to do!
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That sounds about right and great find. Btw your tank looks great.
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So we added about 35ml of 10% concentrate household ammonia and that brought the ammonia level up to 4ppm for 90g of water.

I'm not sure how much we will need to add tomorrow but I'm assuming it won't be quite as much.

That's all to report for tonight. I hate having to wait but it is the right thing to do!
Congrats on the new tank! You might not need to add more ammonia for a while; it can sometimes take 1-2 weeks to see the initial drop in ammonia. You'll get there though, just hang in.
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Thanks! Ya. We need to be patient!

I will post more results as they come in. It will be good to monitor the progress and I like sharing.
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One question, if it starts to go down within 24 hours is that a good thing?? Do we let it drop right to about 1ppm before adding more??
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One question, if it starts to go down within 24 hours is that a good thing?? Do we let it drop right to about 1ppm before adding more??
If it does, then yes, but the bacteria need some time to find their way into the tank and then start to multiply, so without any seeded media or anything from an established tank to introduce bacteria, the initial drop may take some time. Once it does start to drop, yes you can wait until it drops to 2 or less and then redose (but dose less than you did the first time if there's ammonia still in the tank when you redose).
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Sweet, checked on the ammonia today it is still up at the 4ppm mark. It is fun for the kids to learn about the chemistry in the water and what is required for a healthy tank.

Ill update next once the nitrite starts showing up! It was at 0 today.
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We tested again today and no change in the ammonia levels and no sign of the nitrite. Fingers crossed for tomorrow!!
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