12 Days Fishless Cycle Showing High

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by oehMY, Apr 24, 2019.

  1. oehMYNew MemberMember

    hi, i have a 12 days fishless cycle tank. i got my API master freshwater test kit after a week setting up the tank. After testing, it constantly showing extreme high ammonia , nitrite and nitrate. I did 2 partial water change (20%) and one major (50%) in hope to bring down all 3 readings but readings still sky high. This morning notice 4 pond snail crawling around the driftwood and i have no idea where they came from.

    - Never add any pure ammonia, or fish flake or any other stuff from day one. Pure tap water only. The ammonia just appear from no where, from the soil or driftwood i guess.
    - Been using Nutrafin conditional for every water change.
    - Been adding Seachem stability daily (abit extra amount than the recommended).

    (i have uploaded my tank photo for better understanding)

    Extra info
    Tank size 12 Gal Fluval edge

    -pH is around 6.5-6.8
    -Ammonia 8ppm
    -nitrite 5ppm
    -nitrate 40-80ppm

    Is this a normal phenomenon for cycling a new tank?
    Should i leave it just like that or i need regular water change ?

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    Last edited: Apr 24, 2019
  2. Morpheus1967Well Known MemberMember

    Please test your tap water for all 3 and let us know what the readings are.

  3. oehMYNew MemberMember

    Thanks for reply, i have tested ph and ammonia on my tap water before. Below are my readings.

    pH 7
    Amonnia 0ppm
  4. Morpheus1967Well Known MemberMember

    Ok, well then something in your tank is leeching some serious ammonia. What is the substrate? Was the driftwood purchased or found?

    The high nitrate readings are mostly likely from the Stability.
  5. oehMYNew MemberMember

    That is what i suspect too, all purchase from local fish shop.

    As for the nitrate it shows up before i drop in the Stability.

    This is one weird aquarium i have. Thinking to wait for coming sunday, retest, if same readings i will do a 90percent flush
  6. Morpheus1967Well Known MemberMember

    Did you test nitrate out of the faucet? That is not an uncommon thing to have them.
  7. oehMYNew MemberMember

    I have not test the nitrate from the tap, i thought it will be 0 too
  8. NC122606Valued MemberMember

    This is not really helpful but, I’m jealous of your test results...
  9. oehMYNew MemberMember

    The readings are no good... It doesnt look like a normal cycle and very confuse right now.. Haha..
  10. JKC18New MemberMember

    I would check the tap for nitrates. Mine is usually elevated.