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is my new tank ready for fish?

Postby IndianoAnnie » Thu Sep 06, 2012 10:55 pm

hi, I bought a 55l tank last week, set it up and treated the water all in that day, its now been on 5 days. I intended to go and buy a couple of snails and a couple of shrimp tomorrow just to start off but the more I read about 'cycling' the more im confused. Have I left it long enough and am I safe to put those in tomorrow?
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Re: is my new tank ready for fish?

Postby Carylnz » Thu Sep 06, 2012 11:37 pm

When you cycle a tank, it means you build up the good bacteria in the filter to match the fish bioload. There are a number of ways to do this but all take about a month if done correctly;
1. Get some mature filter media from a tank that has already going for at least 3 months or more and add it to your filter.
2. Attach your filter to a mature tank and run it for 1 month on that one before transferring it to your own.
3. Fishless cycling - starting with ammonia and/or dead prawns and waiting for the bacteria to grow, measuring the ammonia and nitrites daily so you know whethr it is cycling correctly.
4. Add a few hardy fish (in your case 4 danios for example), wait 1 month then add another 4 and repeat until stocking level has been reached.

Are you thinking the shrimp and snails will just cycle the tank or are these going to be permanent residents?
Setting up a tank and leaving it for 5 days (apart from adding dechlorinator or whatever if necessary) does nothing except tell you the equipment is working and enables you to check the heater has stabilised the water at the correct temperature.
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Re: is my new tank ready for fish?

Postby kissofdeath » Thu Sep 06, 2012 11:38 pm

when you say you treated the water, what did u use?
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Re: is my new tank ready for fish?

Postby IndianoAnnie » Thu Sep 06, 2012 11:46 pm

they are going to be perminent, i thought they would help keep alge at bay and i used chlorine control and a weekly cleaner which says it only contains Natural micro organisims. So whats my next step :s ?
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Re: is my new tank ready for fish?

Postby IndianoAnnie » Fri Sep 07, 2012 12:10 am

p.s I have been doing about more research and alot of sources say they you can cycle by using fish, i could do it this way right?
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Re: is my new tank ready for fish?

Postby englishmx » Fri Sep 07, 2012 1:07 am

IndianoAnnie wrote:p.s I have been doing about more research and alot of sources say they you can cycle by using fish, i could do it this way right?
thanks :)


Yes, as mentioned above.....

4. Add a few hardy fish (in your case 4 danios for example), wait 1 month then add another 4 and repeat until stocking level has been reached.

You will need a water test kit and be prepared for the regular water changes to keep the Ammonia and subsequently the NitrIte down.

I would advise you to avoid shrimps until the tank is established
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Re: is my new tank ready for fish?

Postby IndianoAnnie » Fri Sep 07, 2012 11:35 am

okay thanks alot :), much appriciated
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Re: is my new tank ready for fish?

Postby IndianoAnnie » Fri Sep 07, 2012 9:07 pm

how often should i test and change the water?
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Re: is my new tank ready for fish?

Postby Carylnz » Fri Sep 07, 2012 10:10 pm

Many like to test daily while a tank is cycling so they can tell how it is doing. Have a look at this as it shows you what to expect. If the ammonia gets over .25 do a water change of 20 - 30%. If you start with 4 danios, you may not notice much rise and fall in levels at all as it will cycle slowly and gently, with no noticeable rises in toxins and no harm to the fish.
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