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Old 03-09-2020, 03:08 PM   #1
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Cycling fresh water tank

Hello! I have a tank everything is good but ammonia won't go down to turn in nitrate how can I help with that?
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Old 03-09-2020, 03:53 PM   #2
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Hi mama bear. A few questions.

- How are you dosing ammonia? Do you have any idea the ppm you have added?
- How long have you been cycling? A couple of weeks to see ammonia turning to nitrite, and a further 2 to 4 weeks to see nitrites turning to nitrates is typical.

With regards speeding up the process.

- Putting some biological media or sponges from a cycled tank is the best way if you know someone who could give you some. Some gravel from a cycled tank will also help to a lesser extent.
- You can get beneficial bacteria in a bottle as well. Fluval Cycle or Dr Toms One and Only for example.
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Hi mama bear. A few questions.

- How are you dosing ammonia? Do you have any idea the ppm you have added?
- How long have you been cycling? A couple of weeks to see ammonia turning to nitrite, and a further 2 to 4 weeks to see nitrites turning to nitrates is typical.

With regards speeding up the process.

- Putting some biological media or sponges from a cycled tank is the best way if you know someone who could give you some. Some gravel from a cycled tank will also help to a lesser extent.
- You can get beneficial bacteria in a bottle as well. Fluval Cycle or Dr Toms One and Only for example.
It's only been a week and a half and I haven't added anything but water conditioner when I first sat it up letting do its thing
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You'll have to wait it out, no way around it unless you have access to cycled media. Research fishless cycling.
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Okay thank you. C:
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You need a source of ammonia to get the cycle started to replicate fish waste and fuel the nitrogen cycle


The link describes the process for what is called a fishless cycle. I would recommend Dr Tims Ammonium Chloride rather than ammonia or fish food or shrimp.

https://www.aquariumadvice.com/tips-...ishless-cycle/
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Water conditioner alone is no going to do anything. A lot of folks here are into the fishless cycle, I’m sort of old school and just put in a fish or two, lightly feed it, do some partial water changes and let the filter do it’s thing. Takes about a couple of months for your filter to get “established” and never change the filter media, just slightly rinse it.
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Just wait it out. Cycling a tank takes 3-8 weeks to complete.
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Can you tell us the type of filtering used?
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