Cycling fresh water tank for 3 weeks with no changes.

  1. Zoeg25

    Zoeg25 New Member Member

    I have a 36 gallon fresh water tank that has been running for 3 weeks now i have 4 small feeder fish in there.
    I have had no spikes that would have been expected from the nitrogen cycle. I did use the product cycle to help the process and i have also added the biomax filter medium from my other cycled tank into my new filter.
    Should i expect to see anything happen ? When can i add my new fish.
    Thanks :)
     
  2. LiterallyHydro

    LiterallyHydro Well Known Member Member

    It's possible you have an instant cycle since you added media from an established tank. But are you getting nitrates?
     
  3. Dom90

    Dom90 Fishlore VIP Member

    Hmm maybe the feeder fish are not putting out enough fish waste to get an ammonia reading. How big are they?


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  4. leftswerve

    leftswerve Well Known Member Member

    Look for nitrates. Depending on the bioload of the 4 small fish, you could experience a little cycle when you add more fish later.
     
  5. Aquarist

    Aquarist Fishlore Legend Member

    Hello and Welcome to Fish Lore!

    I hope you enjoy the forum!

    Ken :)
     
  6. CindiL

    CindiL Fishlore Legend Member

    Because you added the biomax, that would give you an instant cycle. I would add fish, but only two or three with a week apart and check your ammonia readings.
     
  7. M

    MtnTiger Well Known Member Member

    What are your water parameters?

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    Zoeg25

    Zoeg25 New Member Member

    That is all great info thank you!
    My ph is 7.2
    Ammoinia Nitrate and nitrite 0 PPM Temp 80 F Warm due to hot weather in house .
    Hardness... Soft
    Also there are live plants in there too!!!
    The feeder fish are about 1.5 to 2 inches long .
    Thxs

    Quick note ----- Also my tank did go cloudy 3
    Days after i set it up. But it went away after 2 days. Possible bacteria bloom? And the parameter did not change at that point.
     
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    Zoeg25

    Zoeg25 New Member Member

    Thank you.
     
  10. DanB80TTS

    DanB80TTS Well Known Member Member

    What are you using to test the water? Liquid test or test strips?
     
  11. OP
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    Zoeg25

    Zoeg25 New Member Member

    I use the liquid and i have the strips too. Sometimes i use both to see if they are similar.