Cycling fresh water tank for 3 weeks with no changes.

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

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Hello and Welcome to Fish Lore!

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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.
 
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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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What are you using to test the water? Liquid test or test strips?
 
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I use the liquid and I have the strips too. Sometimes I use both to see if they are similar.
 

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