Cycle Question

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by Tommy1284, Apr 19, 2018.

  1. Tommy1284Valued MemberMember

    by these numbers how far into my cycle does everyone think I am ?
    And is it good I’m doing 50 percent water changes and then adding prime or should I stop ?

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  2. Lchi87ModeratorModerator Member

    You’re nearly there, you just need to wait for your nitrites to zero out. Are you doing a fishless cycle or with fish?

  3. Tommy1284Valued MemberMember

  4. Lchi87ModeratorModerator Member

    Gotcha, keep that up. High nitrites can stall your cycle so its good that you’re doing water changes. Prime only detoxifies up to a certain ppm of nitrite ( can’t remember the exact number now of course ) if you’re not already aware. :)
  5. Tommy1284Valued MemberMember

    Ya I think it’s 1ppm
  6. Hunter1Well Known MemberMember

    I agree you are almost there.

    Your ammonia is getting eaten, your beneficial bacteria are converting nitrites to nitrates, just not as fast as they are producing nitrites.

    And the WCs are necessary to keep your fish safe.

    Quicker it happens, the better for your fish.

    Just keep on keeping on.
  7. SnailwhispererValued MemberMember

    I have similar numbers, but with Amonia 0, Nitrates 2, Nitrates at 160ppm. I am doing no-fish cycle. Should I be changing my water if there are no fish?
  8. Hunter1Well Known MemberMember

    Never done a fishless cycle. In fact i’ve only done one fish in cycle although I have 6 tanks. Always use old media to immediately cycle new tanks.

    But to answer the question, I would not worry about nitrates since you have nothing live in your tank.

    Plants would probably thrive in that environment.

    But before you add fish once nitrites are gone, you need to do a 75-90% water change.
  9. Tommy1284Valued MemberMember

    Awesome I can’t wait for it to be over :)
  10. Professor CatfishNew MemberMember

    Very nice, you’re doing great, especially with the water changes! I have recently recovered from a tank crash and I’m at stable levels. Just need to keep it up so I can bump up my poor shrimp colony ^.^
  11. Tommy1284Valued MemberMember

    Ya I have a few ghost shrimp in my tank. I love watching those guys get around the tank

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