Cycle a ten gallon?

  1. shak585schs Initiate Member

    I'm trying to properly cycle my ten gallon tank using substrate I had in said tank before my Betta died. I did a 75% water change, replaced filter cartridge, and lightly scrubbed plants and decor. What should I do next? What ammonia, nitrate and nitrite levels should I look for before I stock my tank again? Am I doing this right?
     
  2. Aquaphobia Fishlore Legend Member

    Are you adding an ammonia source?
     

  3. clk89 Fishlore VIP Member

    First you need an ammonia source such as pure ammonia (ammonia, and distilled water) which you can find at ACE. It's called Janitorial Strength ammonia. You put the ammonia in just a little drop or two with syringe or baster or something until it gets up to 2.0 ammonia. You need to test daily, and keep the ammonia at 2.0.

    Eventually ammonia will go down and you will get Nitrite. Keep feeding ammonia even after this happens. Nitritie will go up, then down, then turn into Nitrate.

    When ammonia is 0, Nitrite is 0 and Nitrate is 20 or less PPM then you are cycled.