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Old 06-14-2017, 04:21 AM   #1
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Unplanned fish-in cycle?

Hi,

So backstory, on June 4th I impulse bought a gorgeous betta I'd fallen in love with at my LFS. I wasn't planning on a betta, but I did have an empty 10 and extra filters, so I figured cycling wouldn't be too hard. I used 50% of the established media in one of my other tanks, picked up some seachem stability, and figured I'd go through a mini cycle but that it'd establish pretty quickly and be fine. Unfortunately this betta doesn't seem to be able to tolerate any filter flow at all- even with the exact same filter baffled the exact same way that I have it in my other betta tank. I had to switch to a sponge filter just to keep him from refusing to swim and getting stuck places, but now I'm back to square one with cycling. (Side note I did put the filter the betta didn't like on my uncycled to-be snail tank and it cycled within 5 days!)

My question is, how long will it probably take to do a fish in cycle in a 10 gallon with a sponge filter? I've been doing 30-40% water changes every day or every other day and using seachem stability and prime, ammonia tends to be around .25ppm. I've never done fish in cycling before, so I know usually it takes me about 6 weeks with no water changes to cycle a tank, but obviously I can't let the ammonia build up as high as I do without fish!

I know it's at least half my own fault for impulse buying, but I'm just kind of tired of such frequent water changes and I'm hoping to know if I should expect to have to do daily water changes for something like 2 weeks, or 6 weeks, or 4 months?
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Old 06-14-2017, 05:21 AM   #2
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Probably 4-6 weeks, but if you get a bacterial starter (Dr. Tim's all in one, tetra safe start+, seachem stability) they considerably speed up a cycle.
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Throw some plants in there to speed up the process
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I've got a few plants and I'm dosing seachem stability daily. How much (ish) should that speed it up?
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May knock a couple weeks off, sometimes better. Fish in cycle's are just more work to keep fish safe.
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Awesome, thanks you! I woke up to nitrites this morning, so at least I'm getting somewhere!
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