Clear Tank = Cycled Tank?


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I'm getting kind of excited now cause right now I'm about 12 days in fishless cycling and i had a bacterial bloom that clouded my water for like a week. But, now my water is nearly completely clear . I was wondering does this mean my cycle is completed, I don't have a test kit so I'm going to head out to the LFS to get my water parameters checked asap!
 

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I'm getting kind of excited now cause right now I'm about 12 days in fishless cycling and i had a bacterial bloom that clouded my water for like a week. But, now my water is nearly completely clear . I was wondering does this mean my cycle is completed, I don't have a test kit so I'm going to head out to the LFS to get my water parameters checked asap!
Woohoo! That's exciting stuff! As @APierce mentioned, clear water doesn't always mean cycled water. It's great that your LFS offers water checks! Down the line, you may want to consider a liquid test kit. It can be a bit of an investment (as are most things in the hobby ), but it's way more accurate than testing strips and more convenient than driving to the LFS. Good luck with the test! I hope you're cycled soon
 

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I agree with everything that has already been said.

Getting your own API test kit would be great and make sure to ask for exact numbers when you go get your water tested. Often when people go to a store to get their water tested and they come back here, people ask what the parameters were and all they've said at the store is "safe for fish".
 

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Woohoo! That's exciting stuff! As @APierce mentioned, clear water doesn't always mean cycled water. It's great that your LFS offers water checks! Down the line, you may want to consider a liquid test kit. It can be a bit of an investment (as are most things in the hobby ), but it's way more accurate than testing strips and more convenient than driving to the LFS. Good luck with the test! I hope you're cycled soon
My LFS is only a few blocks away so it's not too bad of a walk but i do like the idea of just being able to test the water any time I want!
 

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My water actually only started clouding and getting algae when my cycle completed, so no guarantees there. It would be awesome if your tank is cycled after 12 days, but usually tanks take at least a week longer than that. The API test kit is great
 

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Yeah get the water tested first, you don't want any surprises. I would even wait another week or two before putting fish in just to make sure it's good. You probably want to get a good sample of readings.

The car might look good but until you check under the hood and kick the tires it might be crummy.
 
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