Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Community Forum > Member Introductions
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
Old 10-15-2011, 07:47 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Activist
nextgeneration40's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Illinois
Posts: 125
Talking would well water help in cycling?

I have well water that has been tested by the state and it is better than most municipal water (and without the chlorine) It does have a slight rise in nitrites from the surrounding farmland but that is it, I let the tank cycle for 2 weeks and then added 3 glofish, they have been happy in their new home for 3 weeks and show absolutely no signs of stress, I test daily and have 0 ammonia, 0 nitrites (which amazed me) and 0 nitrates. I do regular PWC's and am not new at the hobby (I had a 20 gallon for 15 years before I got married and had kids, I am now bringing my 6 year old son into the hobby.. hence the handle..) so the only thing I have come up with is that I seeded the tank with BB from my well and pipes ? I might think I got a false reading from a test but ALL of them?? and if it was wrong I would notice stress in my glofish wouldn't I?? I guess I should not be posting as I actually DONT have a problem, I guess I just find it odd... anyhoo glad to find a forum I can ask strange things like this on and am glad to be here

nextgeneration40 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-16-2011, 08:59 AM   #2
Aquarium Advice Addict
jlk's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: philadelphia suburbs
Posts: 11,119
Welcome!!! Healthy well water is great for your fish-i have city water and HATE it! Im glad your doing well with your tank and are testing daily for amm/nitrite/nitrate along with regular pwcs. I am a bit surprised that you have zero nitrates though. Are you shaking & banging the bottles for nitrate test thoroughly (liquid tends to clump/crystalize)? That said, its unlikely you seeded your tank from your well water because very few bb actually live freely in the water. They congregrate & stick on the surfaces of everything. Keep up the good work and keep an eye on everything!!!

jlk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-16-2011, 11:20 AM   #3
Aquarium Advice Addict
redsea's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: United States
Posts: 8,066
Welcome to AA!
Please don't forget about the toxins in some corals (like zoas and palythoas)
180 gallon reef announcement!:
redsea is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-16-2011, 10:30 PM   #4
Aquarium Advice Activist
nextgeneration40's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Illinois
Posts: 125
Thank you

It is nice to be welcomed warmly! hope to be a part of this community
nextgeneration40 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-16-2011, 10:41 PM   #5
Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 144
Welcome to the forum. Enjoy your stay.
PHP is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-17-2011, 12:01 PM   #6
Community Admin
melosu58's Avatar

Tank of the Month Award
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Virginia
Posts: 38,409
Welcome aboard. We are glad you found us here at AA.


You can view many of my fish and corals in my photo albums in my profile.

View my tank

AA Community Rules|AA TOS

Forums 101 - posting, accounts, basics
melosu58 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-20-2011, 07:05 PM   #7
Aquarium Advice Activist
starquest's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Cypress, TX
Posts: 174
Hi, and welcome to the AA forum. I, also, have well water, and have had many questions with regard to it. My daughter had a small freshwater tank for almost 4 years, and the water was always tan to brown, so she quit using tap water, and bought spring water at the store for pwc's. Last summer she bought a slightly larger tank which I ended up setting up and taking over cause she had so little time. So, since I knew nothing about freshwater fish or freshwater fishkeeping, I began to research, found this forum, and discovered fishless cycling, API liquid test kits, etc. I have researched at great length, the issue of well water, and to the best of my knowledge, it seems that the worst problem I have is in regards to the amount of dissolved carbonates and other minerals, and that the pH is a tad on the high side, from usually 7.6 but sometimes as high as 8.4. Don't know what causes the occasional spike, but then again, Texas has been under the worst drought in its recorded history this year. That may have some bearing on it.

So...that said, IMO, I think it is very strange that you have no nitRATES, and, in any case, BB's would have little effect on your trates. Perhaps, your tank hasn't really cycled yet. Maybe, the ammo load on your tank is too small, so you haven't been able to get the ammo spike, followed by the niTRITE spike, which would then both drop to 0, as I'm sure you already know. I'm just thinking out loud, here. Could you throw some extra fish food, or a shrimp in to start an ammo surge, and see if your filters can convert it?
Anyway, it's a very interesting challenge, and I hope you find the answer soon. But I DO think well water is very good for African Cichlids, since they like alkalotic, hard water. Something to think about, when you get this cycle issue resoved. Have fun with your son. I have a 5 year old granddaughter who helps me with her mommy's tank. She loves it.

Sorry to be so long winded. Promise I won't do it again.
starquest is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-20-2011, 07:40 PM   #8
Aquarium Advice Activist
nextgeneration40's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Illinois
Posts: 125
I am honored that you put that much effort into a response please feel free to do so again, input such as yours is always welcome and appreciated and that is why i am enjoying this site
Thanks again
26G BF, fish-in cycling,(Aqueon 30)(Soon to be AC70) 3 GloFish, 2 Peppered Corys
90G,fishless cycle, (AquaClear 110 & Aqueon 75) (my MTS flared)
Both Tanks: Prime,API Kits,Not Planted
Don't remember the question, the answer is large PWC's, Prime, and OVERfiltering...
nextgeneration40 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-20-2011, 08:13 PM   #9
Aquarium Advice Addict
eco23's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Fredericksburg, VA
Posts: 6,314
I would definitely NOT advise intentionally overfeeding or dropping a shrimp into the tank. That's basically doing a fishless cycle with fish in the tank. If the ammonia and no2 is at zero...great! . Just stock the tank slowly (only a few fish at a time every couple weeks), continue testing, perform pwc's as necessary and give the beneficial bacteria an opportunity to adjust to the increased bio-load.

To me, the API nitrAte test isn't necessarily the best tool to decide where you are in a cycle. For one, it's very finicky, and if not done exactly as advised in the booklet (involves LOTS of shaking) the results won't be accurate. Also, if you have a small bio-load in your tank and have been doing water changes, it's possible the no3 simply hasn't reached testable levels.

Being "cycled" simply means you have a large enough colony of beneficial bacteria that proportionally it's capable of converting the waste your fish produce. With a small bio-load it won't take as much bacteria...so a 3 week cycle is perfectly possible. It's just moving into the future where you'll need to continue being cautious because the BB will need to continue colonizing and increasing in numbers as they adjust to the new fish that are being introduced.
The (almost) Complete Guide and FAQ to Fishless Cycling
Being responsible...fishless cycling defines it, fish-in requires it. Choose wisely.
eco23 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-20-2011, 08:43 PM   #10
AA Team Emeritus
Wy Renegade's Avatar

Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Wyoming
Posts: 4,748
Pretty well said there Eco, I'm impressed.

@ the OP, one of the most common missconceptions in this hobby is that an aquarium has to experience these massive spikes in ammonia, nitrites, and nitrates in order to be fully cycled. As Eco pointed out, cycled simply means having enough bacteria to handle the bioload of your tank effectively. So long as you stock slowly and carefully, and keep an eye on levels, you shouldn't have any issues. And welcome aboard.

the Bog

"Listen to some of these guys talk, and it's like they were born from their momma's belly with a fishkeeping encyclopedia in one hand and an API kit in the other" (unrevealed).
Wy Renegade is offline   Reply With Quote


Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Anyone use pure distilled/RO water? If so, steps on prepping please! librarygirl Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 7 09-18-2011 01:28 PM
Milky water after water change fishiefish51 Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 14 08-08-2011 12:27 AM
A primer on un-filtered aquariums BlackMagic Freshwater & Brackish - Getting Started 1 08-07-2011 07:25 PM
Milky water after water change fishiefish51 Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 0 08-07-2011 09:29 AM
Log for cycling my new tank. zparticle Freshwater & Brackish - Getting Started 146 07-13-2011 03:34 PM

» Photo Contest Winners

Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 04:39 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.