First Time Cycle

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    Shannon1007 New Member Member

    Hi all,
    Have just setup my first freshwater tank for myself (I did have a tank before but at the time my partner cycled it for me) and am wondering what these readings indicate. I know the tank isn't cycled yet but am I far off? Started cycling using Api quickstart 12 days ago. Any advice and or expertise appreciated.
     

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    Caleb Smith Valued Member Member

    You are still in the very beginning stages of cycling. How have you been adding ammonia to your tank? Right now you have 0.25-0.5 ppm Ammonia 0 Nitrite, 0 Nitrate. It will take some time for the bacteria to develop and start to convert that Ammonia into Nitrite and then a while longer after that to convert the Nitrite to Nitrate. Do you have another tank you can borrow some filter media from?
     
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    Shannon1007 New Member Member

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    Caleb Smith Valued Member Member

    I would steer away from quickstart as the bacteria used are land based and wont do well in an aquarium in the long run. This is a useful thread on the topic Question - API Quick Start

    Tetra Safe Start is more common but most bacterial starters are hit and miss. The best way to start is with media from an established tank whether that be your own, a friends, or from a fish store that you trust. A decent amount of media (especially in such a small tank) will have you cycled in less than a week compared to a few weeks with most bacterial starters. Also, the cycle from established media is less likely to crash and just tends to be a more efficient option IMO.