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Old 09-05-2008, 02:12 PM   #1
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amateur fishman HELP!

Hi everyone, ive just recently bought a 45L tank thats got a heater, sponge filter and a UV light. I also have 2 zebra danios and a male betta cycling the tank. It's been 3 weeks and im a little worried that the nitrite levels have not increased yet the amonia is still rising. Please not that I am using the liquid testers for the nitrite, ammonia and nitrate.

Does anyone have an idea of how long it should take. I've been doing partial water changes once every 4 days...the aquirium is well planted also, and im treating the water to kill the chlorine before water changes..

Any advice is much appreciated.

PS: I think my danios were spawing....
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Old 09-05-2008, 02:13 PM   #2
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Im from Sydney, Australia guys..

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Welcome to the site! Take a look at my sig and read up on the fishless cycle and other articles.
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Old 09-06-2008, 10:50 PM   #7
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ive got a sponge from another persons tank and squezed it into my tank... was this a good idea???
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Welcome to AA! That will help your cycle along. It's called seeded media. If possible take a portion of your friend's media and either put it in your filter or sit it on the substrate of your tank.
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Hey thefishman.. I'm currently doing a pretty similar thing up in Newcastle and my tanks been on the go for about the same period as yours and I'm not seeing any nitrites either.. Is it possible that the nitrosomas don't like our east coast water too much? Or are we just impatient? I've heard it said that a cycle can take upto 6 weeks, so I'm just biding my time at the moment, doing PWC's when the ammonia gets too high (up near .5ppm) and trying to keep it at around or under .25ppm. Any comments as to whether .25ppm is a safe level?

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the nitrates have in fact increased to 5ppm but my ammonia is still at 2, I think we're beeing impatient... Im going to try and get some gravel from an already established tank hopefully it'll speed up the process..

In regards to high ammonia as I understand is'nt it related to the hardiness of your fish.. Ive got some zebra danios in there cycling the fish and theyve been fine with ammonia around 2ppm.. then again im just an amateur maybe some of the more experienced people can give you some helfull hints..

Is it possible for nitrites to spike and then drop before I had a chance to test them.. like spike and then drop in 24 hours??

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