Cycling new tank

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Could anyone tell me what a reasonable timeframe would be to start seeing ammonia, nitrite and nitrate activity in a new 75 gallon tank being cycled with 5 white clouds. I know it takes up to 2 months for a complete cycle. Thanks
 
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Also am I correct in thinking that until there is ammonia activity that there is no reason to test for nitrite and nitrate after initial test??
 

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I'm not sure how long it will take. 5 white clouds in a 55 gal. is not very many. I cycled my 20 gal. long with 3 zebra danios, and it took about 6 weeks. If you don't see any ammonia in a week, test the nitrites. Your cycle might be a little less than normal because of the fish in your tank.
 
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do you mean less than normal because of the small number of fish??
 

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Yep. I've cycled a 10 gallon with just 1 betta before. The cycle was so slow that I never had the ammonia and nitrite spikes that were stressful to the betta.
 
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So should I get some more fish...If so how many?? I was thinking about some cories
 

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Go ahead and stick with what you've got for now and see how long it takes for ammonia to show up. Cory cats don't do well in a tank that's cycling, and they will probably not survive.
 
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Thanks for info...I'll see how it plays out...
 
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