Fish-in Cycling

Discussion in 'Aquarium Nitrogen Cycle' started by emmysjj, Apr 13, 2018.

  1. emmysjjWell Known MemberMember

    I have my ten gallon cycling and I'm stopping at Petsmart, so I might get a little betta :eek: I want to try to save one of them, but my ammonia was still around .75 - 1 ppm (kind of a mint green). If I dose Prime, could I consider a half fish in/half out cycle? Would that work?
  2. DutchAquariumWell Known MemberMember

    That won't work very well. .75 is still high and more harmful to your fish than what ever petsmarts conditions are in. Hold off the on the betta from petsmart right until your ammonia reads 0

  3. emmysjjWell Known MemberMember

    Okay, I'll try to go in later. Any tricks to getting it down faster :p
  4. DutchAquariumWell Known MemberMember

    you can buy an aquarium starter which does speed up the process a bit.
  5. emmysjjWell Known MemberMember

    I used Tetra SafeStart, is that what you mean?
  6. DutchAquariumWell Known MemberMember

    that's the stuff
  7. emmysjjWell Known MemberMember

    If I get her today, will it be safe if i dose Prime? I'll test my ammonia in a little bit.
  8. FashoogaFishlore VIPMember

    You’ll need to be doing daily water changes if you don’t have an established tank.

    Do you think your doing the right thing by rescuing a fish at a Petsmart vs putting a fish into a tank that isn’t cycled? A lot of things can go wrong, especially if a tank isn’t set up.

    If you can try to wait it out great but if your really need to do what you think is right I commend you for your efforts.
  9. emmysjjWell Known MemberMember

    How much water?

    I understand. That's why I'm holding off getting shrimp until it is cycled. I just want to either get a betta out of those community tanks where their fins are getting nipped, or out of that stupid cup. :)
  10. emmysjjWell Known MemberMember

    I just tested. My nitrite bottle is a dud but my ammonia is at 1.0 ppm. I'll get my nitrite tested when I go. If my tank is 10 gallons, how much prime?

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