Cycle Complete??

Discussion in 'Aquarium Nitrogen Cycle' started by mtorts, Apr 21, 2017.

  1. mtortsNew MemberMember

    just started cycling my tank 3 days ago but had it seeded with a good amount of media from a established tank. Here are my results with a api test kit. Keep in mind I have a lot of coral and it's going to be a cichlid tank so I don't mind the high ph.

    Ph- 8.0-8.2
    Ammonia- 0.25ppm or less
    Nitrite- 0.50ppm
    Nitrate- 20ppm

    You think it's ready for fish after a few water changes?? Thanks

    Last edited: Apr 22, 2017
  2. aquatickeeperFishlore VIPMember

  3. mtortsNew MemberMember

    Yes there's a small amount of nitrites but I thought nitrates were the last stage stage in the cycle ??
  4. AllieStenFishlore VIPMember

    I wouldn't say you are cycled yet. Not until you have zero Ammonia and zero nitrites. You need more of the nitrifying bacteria to grow. There are some present that is why you have nitrates. Just not enough to be fully cycled yet. You are almost there though. Shouldn't be too much longer. Just keep doing what you have been doing.
  5. mtortsNew MemberMember

    Ok great thanks everyone I'll wait and keep testing.
  6. FanaticFishlore VIPMember

  7. aquatickeeperFishlore VIPMember

    You can have some ammonia when a cycle is finished but I think if nitrites are present, you aren't cycled.
  8. mtortsNew MemberMember

    I will keep a eye on it I'm sure it will happen shortly. Should I bother to do a water change or no. There's no fish in the tank.
  9. aquatickeeperFishlore VIPMember

    Are you using a bacteria supplement? If so, what kind?
  10. mtortsNew MemberMember

    No not any bought supplement just media from my 20g tank. I have some of the gravel in there I have a established filter cartridge in there and a large fake plant. That should be a good amount of beniificial bacteria I think ??
  11. aquatickeeperFishlore VIPMember

    Oh, so you got some of the media from an established tank. I would just let it sit next to the new media in the new filter for 4 weeks. Then, you can remove the old media and put it back to the old filter.
  12. mtortsNew MemberMember

    Ok ya that's how it's set up right now

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