Cycling status

Discussion in 'bubblynutter' started by bubblynutter, Mar 22, 2010.

  1. bubblynutter

    bubblynutter Well Known Member Member

    I love having an awesome test kit...

    Came home from work tonight, and conducted my daily test.
    Just a reminder - added 6 honey gouramis to two tanks two weeks ago, and suffered an ammonia spike to 8.0+ ppm. In both tanks.

    I've been doing partial water changes every day until Saturday just gone, when I dropped them back to every two days.

    Tonight's readings:

    46G
    ammonia - 0!!! :;bananarow
    nitrite - 1.0
    nitrate - 80
    pH - 7.4 (This seems to be fluctuating a bit - any suggestions?)

    23G
    ammonia - 1.5
    nitrite - 0.75
    nitrate - 40-80 (can anyone read that accurately?!!!)
    pH - 7.1


    Does anyone else get really excited when their tank progresses through the cycle? ;D
     
  2. Aquarist

    Aquarist Fishlore Legend Member

    Hello BubblyNutter,

    Looks like you're on the right track!:happy0064:

    Ken
     
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    bubblynutter

    bubblynutter Well Known Member Member

    Thanks Ken!
    It's so exciting...

    It seems pretty obvious that the 46G will finish before the 23G, which is silly cos the 23G has been set up since August (just not cycled properly).

    Anyone have any estimates on how much longer the cycle will take? How long does it take for a nitrite spike to go down? What are the variables?
     




  4. Shawnie

    Shawnie Fishlore Legend Member

    the ph is going to jump all around while it cycles..thats normal :) it will stablize out after a few weeks of it being completed...with fish in the tank, I would go back to daily changes for their safety...it does take longer, but its their health that needs to be looked at not the fast cycle at this point...the high nitrates are also telling you theres a bunch of waste in the tank...the fish need that clean water as they are going to be stressed with going through the cycle as it is .......my tank with fish took 9 weeks :( it wasnt fun but im glad I learned the proper way! good luck! things are coming along for sure
     
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    bubblynutter

    bubblynutter Well Known Member Member

    OK thanks Shawnie. I was planning on doing a pwc tonight, and will plan to go back to nightly changes (d'oh!)

    Nice to hear about the pH. I was concerned about the shell grit - the pH was registering 6.0 (bottom range of test kit) so it could well have been lower, so I put the grit in there to increase the hardness buffer. The pH shot up to 8.8, so I took it out, now it's been hovering around 6.8-7.4. Should I keep the grit in there? Leave it out? How long does the buffering effect last for?

    Recommended size of daily pwc?

    Thanks for the help. Hopefully by keeping this thread updated, others can see what I am going through if they have the same problems with a fish-in cycle. (NOT recommended! ;))
     
  6. Shawnie

    Shawnie Fishlore Legend Member

    I wouldnt worry about the ph like I said for some time :)
    I wold do at least 50% with that high of nitrates..have you tested your tap for ammonia/nitrites/nitrates?
     
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    bubblynutter

    bubblynutter Well Known Member Member

    Yeah, I tested last night (had to leave the water out for a while.
    Registered no ammonia or nitrites, but a small (between 0-5) amount of nitrates.
     
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    bubblynutter

    bubblynutter Well Known Member Member

    UPDATE - LATEST TEST RESULTS

    50% pwc today (I was feeling too sick last night) on both tanks. Results from just before the changes:

    46G
    ammonia - 0.25
    nitrite - 1.0
    nitrate - 20
    pH - 6.0 (I think I'm going to stop testing this one until the cycle finishes - it's doing my head in!)

    23G
    ammonia - 1.0
    nitrite - 1.0
    nitrate - 10
    pH - 7.2

    Any feedback welcome, as always!
     
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    bubblynutter

    bubblynutter Well Known Member Member

    UPDATE

    46G
    ammonia: 0.25-0.5
    ni: 1.0
    na: 10

    23G
    ammonia: 0.25 (first time this has been so low!)
    ni: 1.0
    na: 10
    pH: 7.0

    What do you all think? Progressing nicely, yes?
     
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    bubblynutter

    bubblynutter Well Known Member Member

    UPDATE

    Today's test results:

    46G
    a: 0!!!!!!:;banaman
    Ni: 1.0
    na: 15
    pH: 7.0

    23G
    a: 0!!!!!:;banaman
    Ni: 0.5
    na: 10
    pH: 6.9

    I can't believe how quickly this is coming together! So happy with tonight's results.
     
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    bubblynutter

    bubblynutter Well Known Member Member

    UPDATE

    My 23g is CYCLED!!!!
    Readings 0,0,15. PH is 7.2
    Will check over the next couple of days to confirm, but that is awesome!

    46G readings:
    a: 0
    ni: 0.25-0.5 (coming down! Wahoo!)
    na: 10
    pH: 7.1
     
  12. bolivianbaby

    bolivianbaby Fishlore Legend Member

    Congratulations! It looks like the 46g is right behind the 23g.:)
     
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    bubblynutter

    bubblynutter Well Known Member Member

    got that right bb! Tested tonight, and ONE DAY later - both tanks ARE CYCLED!!!!!!!!!!

    Tonight's readings on the 46: 0,0,10!

    Time to par-tay!! :;rocker :;banaman:;banaman
     
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    bubblynutter

    bubblynutter Well Known Member Member

    As my cycling on both tanks is well and truly complete, I am closing this thread.
     




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