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Old 01-02-2016, 04:06 PM   #1
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Noob here always wanted a tropical tank so I got one for my son on his birthday. Like so many I trusted the big box stores and started my tank. Long story short I killed fish, purchased some feeders to do a fish in cycle. I check the water a few times a day and have been monitoring my cycle. It seems to have stalled out. Here is my tank

High ammonia, fish in cycle.

I am doing a fish in cycle with three feeder fish (small) and one small plant.

I am on day 17 and have not seen nitrites appear yet. I test water daily and sometimes twice a day. 10 gal 78 degrees Ph7.6 ammo .25-.40 o nitrate o nitrite. I have done 50 % water changes for two days and ammo drops to .25 then climbs up to .40. I de chlorinate and check for free chlorine with oto.
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welcome to AA here's a article about fish in cycling
Fish-in Cycling: Step over into the dark side - Aquarium Advice

you can also get more info in the freshwater section don't be afraid to ask questions
once you get things right you and your son can enjoy many years of fish keeping
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Thank you for the article, essentially it sounds like I have two too many fish to start the tank. Maybe it would be good to cull one out to my buddies turtle? If this would help with the ammonia levels I would consider it.
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