Cycling Question

Pishies

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HI guys.

I have 3 small tanks I am trying to fishless cycle with fish flakes. I have added flakes everyday or every other day.

Size: 28L x 2
14L x 1
Temp 26 C
PH 7.6

I put filter media, plants, gravel and ornaments from an established tank at the start in all 3 tanks.

API Test kit readings have been trace amounts of ammonia no nitrItes and no NitrAtes.

After 10 days I now have O ammonia 0 NitrItes and 5ppm of nitrAtes.

There are little snails in the tanks and the water is slightly brackish from driftwood.

Any chance the tanks have cycled?
 

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Are you using a bacteria supplement? If you used only food flakes, cycling a tank usually takes months. And I'm wondering why your nitrates is so low too.
 

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It's possible, but with tanks that small you might have some swings. How did the driftwood make the water brackish?
 
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I only used Prime to dechlorinate. No other bacterial supplement. I have read that, because I am in Australia, the bacterial supplements get irradiated in customs which make the supplements useless.

The water is turning brownish/yellow from the driftwood I put in the tanks.
 

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Ahh, I understand, brackish also means it has salt in it. I have a brackish tank, but it isn't brownish yellow
I doubt that the xray in customs kills the bacteria, but the length of time and heat/ cold would definitely kill it. It is possible you had enough bacteria from the stuff you used from the other tank, to just really kick start the cycle!
 

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