Cycling W/t Fish - Do I Perform Partial Wather Changes?

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by Arrielle, May 23, 2019.

  1. Arrielle Valued Member Member

    I am cycling the tank with fish. Do I perform water changes during the process, or do I let the fish (zebras) go through the process without intervention?
    If former, when is it a good time to change some water?

    Thank you.
    Here is the current level of ammonia (& others).

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    Last edited: May 23, 2019
  2. RyanC14 Valued Member Member

    Definitely do water changes if there are fish. You would probably have to do water changes every day.

  3. Arrielle Valued Member Member

    Don't I start the process all over again each time I do water changes?
    Thank you.
    I did change 50% of the water now.

  4. Morpheus1967 Well Known Member Member

    No, you don't start the process over by changing the water. The process is nearly all happening in your filter. Just keep changing the water, and let the bacteria you need grow in/on your filter. I would treat each water change with Prime as well, as it helps detoxify small amounts of ammonia and nitrite for 24-48 hours. Any exposure to ammonia is going to be harmful to your fish.
  5. kallililly1973 Well Known Member Member

    It doesn't start the process by changing your water most of your BB is being grown in your filter. Your reading are pretty close. Be sure to add Prime with every WC so it can neutralize the ammonia for 24-48 hours.

    Is there an echo in here :):)
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  6. Morpheus1967 Well Known Member Member

    Now that is funny lol.
  7. kallililly1973 Well Known Member Member

    It was honestly like we were telling each other what to type almost to a T.
  8. Arrielle Valued Member Member

    Yes, I do use Prime and I do check the parameters every other day.
    I keep a folder with pictures to see the change.

    PS. What do you do with the fish once the cycle is finished, if you do not want to keep them?
    And of course if they did not die in the process?
    I am trying to keep my fish as happy as possible. So far non died.

    Thanks again.
  9. Morpheus1967 Well Known Member Member

    You can either keep them, or try to find a new home for them.
  10. Donthemon Valued Member Member

    Did you use Safestart or any bb when you started the fish in cycle.?
  11. Arrielle Valued Member Member