Cycling Question

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by Pishies, Apr 8, 2017.

  1. Pishies

    PishiesValued MemberMember

    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?
  2. aquatickeeper

    aquatickeeperFishlore VIPMember

    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.
  3. AWheeler

    AWheelerWell Known MemberMember

    It's possible, but with tanks that small you might have some swings. How did the driftwood make the water brackish?
  4. OP

    PishiesValued MemberMember

    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.
  5. AWheeler

    AWheelerWell Known MemberMember

    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!