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is my cycling working?

Postby IndianoAnnie » Thu Sep 13, 2012 5:57 pm

Hi,
I have a 55l tank with 4 danios and its been running for about a week and i have seen no change in the water tests yet, is this normal ?
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Re: is my cycling working?

Postby englishmx » Thu Sep 13, 2012 6:26 pm

It vary's from tank to tank for lots of reasons, but I would expect a wee trace of Ammonia after a week, given that your tank is 55L, could be them strips :wink:

I'm sure give it a few more days it will show, this gives you are rough idea of the timings of a 'fish in cycle'

http://www.bestfish.com/newtank3.html
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Re: is my cycling working?

Postby IndianoAnnie » Thu Sep 13, 2012 10:35 pm

Thanks mike :)

Also which test kits better Tetra or API?
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Re: is my cycling working?

Postby englishmx » Thu Sep 13, 2012 10:42 pm

Doubt there would be much in it, but its the API one seems to get the nod most of the time

http://www.google.co.uk/products/catalo ... CDMQ8wIwAQ
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Re: is my cycling working?

Postby IndianoAnnie » Thu Sep 13, 2012 10:56 pm

okay thanks :)
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Re: is my cycling working?

Postby J9P » Sat Sep 15, 2012 12:49 am

I have a Nutrafin test kit for ammonia, the one with 3 bottles and a test tube, it gives really precise results for ammonia. For everything else I use an API 5 in one test strip (GH, KH, pH, Nitrite and Nitrate). The ammonia really started to climb in my tank during week 2 after adding fish.
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Re: is my cycling working?

Postby IndianoAnnie » Sat Sep 15, 2012 12:40 pm

aw okay thanks alot :)
Andrea.
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Re: is my cycling working?

Postby IndianoAnnie » Sat Sep 15, 2012 5:40 pm

wellll, turns out it was those test sticks! Rubbish! Got a water sample tested at shop today and they said I have whats called "New tank syndrome" or something so they gave me some API Quick start to help sort it out and cycle it properly. Good job I ordered a good testing kit yesterday.
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Re: is my cycling working?

Postby IndianoAnnie » Tue Sep 25, 2012 4:34 pm

I recieved my water kit last wed and I tested it straight away, ph 7.4 amonia 2.oppm and everything else was 0 ppm my tank has been set up about 3 weeks now. just checked everything again today and the amonias only gone up to 4.0 ppm is this okay because it sems to be taking forever :?

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Re: is my cycling working?

Postby englishmx » Tue Sep 25, 2012 6:01 pm

IndianoAnnie wrote:I recieved my water kit last wed and I tested it straight away, ph 7.4 amonia 2.oppm and everything else was 0 ppm my tank has been set up about 3 weeks now. just checked everything again today and the amonias only gone up to 4.0 ppm is this okay because it sems to be taking forever :?
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You need to be water changing in order to keep your Ammonia ideally below 1.0 as you have fish in there

As it's up to 4.0ppm do 35% asap
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Re: is my cycling working?

Postby IndianoAnnie » Tue Sep 25, 2012 6:59 pm

yeha but i am just cycling so should it be going up ?
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Re: is my cycling working?

Postby englishmx » Tue Sep 25, 2012 7:36 pm

IndianoAnnie wrote:yeha but i am just cycling so should it be going up ?
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You are cycling with fish Unless you want the poor sods suffering and possibly expiring you need to be doing water changes, here's something I posted the other day :) ...


Introduce a few 'hardy' fish, options are going to be limited with only 20Litres to play with. Ideally you then monitor the water with a liquid test kit and do plenty of partial water changes as required over the next few weeks in order to keep the levels safe for the fish. The filter won't be able to cope with the fish waste (poisoning the water) until it is cycled usually taking 4 to 6 weeks.

Plenty to read abut cycling a new tank and getting and keeping your water safe here........

http://www.thetropicaltank.co.uk/cycling.htm

http://www.firsttankguide.net/cycle.php
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Re: is my cycling working?

Postby IndianoAnnie » Tue Sep 25, 2012 7:44 pm

I did a water change earlier today) Im confused now because I thought if i keep changing water its going to kep amonia down and therefor will either take forever to cycle or never get there because obv the more i change the water the less amonia therefor it will not change to ni then to na :? my god, I officially feel dumb and useless.

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Re: is my cycling working?

Postby englishmx » Tue Sep 25, 2012 7:59 pm

Only need a trace of ammonia to start the 'cycle' process on your filter, large amounts will not speed it up much, that will just kill your fish

That's what the test kit's for, to tell you when to do a water change :)
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Re: is my cycling working?

Postby IndianoAnnie » Tue Sep 25, 2012 8:09 pm

so the next stage will show ni the na ? :s
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