Feeling discouraged and giving up

Discussion in 'Aquarium Nitrogen Cycle' started by Brisilda Kodra, Jun 24, 2016.

  1. Brisilda KodraWell Known MemberMember

    All I get for my cycle is high ammonia no nitrites or nitrates at all it's been three weeks already

    And no I am not a patient person

  2. QuibblesValued MemberMember

    Just hang in there! Fish keeping requires lot of patience, even if you have none!

  3. clk89Fishlore VIPMember

    How are you cycling your tank? How high is the ammonia? What is the PH?

  4. Five 97Well Known MemberMember

    I've had that happen to me, but it always eventually cycles... :)
  5. Brisilda KodraWell Known MemberMember

    Ammonia 8ppm

    Even in high ammonia?
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  6. Five 97Well Known MemberMember

    That's pretty high, are sure your going through the procedures properly (adding ammonia etc...)?

    need some of your wisdom here, @CindiL :)
  7. Brisilda KodraWell Known MemberMember

    I did try to lower it I think it raised by itself
  8. Five 97Well Known MemberMember

    The ammonia has to be coming from a source...
  9. Brisilda KodraWell Known MemberMember

    I used pure ammonia my tap water does not have ammonia
  10. clk89Fishlore VIPMember

    8PPm I believe is too high, I would try a water change to reduce it. If you are using a bacteria starter like TSS then it needs to be reduced to 2PPM. If just a fishless cycle without a bacteria starter then you can reduce to 4PPM.
  11. Brisilda KodraWell Known MemberMember

    That's what I hear everyone say tomorrow I will and a good water change will do a fish cycle
  12. LucyModeratorModerator Member

    Hang in there! It takes 6 to 8 weeks to cycle a tank.
  13. Brisilda KodraWell Known MemberMember

    Thanks Lucy I will wait a few more weeks
  14. CindiLFishlore LegendMember

    Hi, your ammonia is WAY too high which is the major problem here :). Free ammonia at low levels are inhibiting to the growth of bacteria you need. They need a food source but cannot be bathed in it like that.

    I would take a water sample, add prime to it and then test it for ammonia and let us know what it is ok?

    What else is in the tank? You can't have 8ppm ammonia without a source for it so I am guessing it's the water. Do you have any fish food in there? Plants that could be rotting? Substrate from another tank?

    I would get it down to 2.0 and then add in Tetra Safe Start Plus or Seachem Stability. Are those available where you're at? Even without a bacterial additive I would not have it past 2.0 initially.
  15. Brisilda KodraWell Known MemberMember

    My high ammonia is due to pure ammonia in bottle I added I will do a water change to lower down the ammonia and would Tetra Safe Start be good with my bottled ammonia?
  16. CindiLFishlore LegendMember

    Oh ok, I thought I mis-read. We were discussing this in another thread somewhere weren't we? I can't remember off the top of my head. But yeah, TSS+ would be perfect to use. Just get the ammonia down to 2.0 or below before adding in the bottle and then wait a couple days to test everything. TSS+ comes bottled in an ammonium solution itself so that's why I would wait a couple days for your test.

    You'll get there and if you add it like this it should cycle pretty quickly.
  17. Brisilda KodraWell Known MemberMember

    Yep I will do this for sure now we will see cause today is moms birthday and it's her day not mine so maybe tomorrow I will go to PetSmart

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