Happy To Be Here :)

Discussion in 'Welcome to FishLore' started by GrdnDelite, Nov 29, 2012.

  1. GrdnDelite

    GrdnDeliteNew MemberMember

    I've been reading here for a few weeks now and am currently doing a fishless cycle with ammonia in a recently acquired 55 gallon tank that I intend to become a planted community tank.

    Just the other day I read jetajockey's threads on seeded sponge filters from angelsplus, and I ordered one of those today in hopes that I might be able to have a few fish in the tank before Christmas.

    I can't complain about my cycle to date; ammonia is being converted with increasing speed, nitrites are sky high, and nitrates are climbing respectably. I am hoping the seeded filter will lead to a much faster conversion of nitrites than it appears is the usual case while awaiting bacteria proliferation.

    I'm retired, have had a couple of tanks in the past, including a saltwater years ago. I appreciate the wealth of information I see here, and the apparent general friendliness.

    We also are active with our dogs. The younger one is training for "versatility" (known until last January as Schutzhund). The older has that training and more, but is now arthritic enough that it is best she keep all four feet on the ground more often than has been her habit in the past.

    In addition to my husband and son, I also have a grandson & grand-daughter upon whom I dote, I hope appropriately. ;)
  2. Donnerjay

    DonnerjayWell Known MemberMember

    Hello and :sign0016: to FishLore! Glad to have you!
  3. Lucy

    LucyModeratorModerator Member

    Welcome to FishLore!!
  4. featherblue

    featherblueWell Known MemberMember

    Welcomed to fishlore! Hope the extra media speeds u into fishes sooner :)
  5. Aquarist

    AquaristFishlore LegendMember

    Hello and WelcomeXmas.gif to Fish Lore!

    I hope you enjoy the site.

  6. guppygrl

    guppygrlValued MemberMember

    welcome! this is a wonderful forum. I'm sure you will enjoy it. lots of great people on here with great ideas and help is always here.
  7. JoannaB

    JoannaBWell Known MemberMember

    Welcome to fishlore!

    Glad you got an active filter. For my first tank I did pure ammonia with fishless cycling without an active filter, and it took about 3-4 weeks. For my quarantine tank I had bought active filters twice thus far because I had decided to disinfect my quarantine tank with bleach after an unexplained death, and this had to start over again. The first time I got an active filter I had the expectation of instant cycle and was disappointed because it took a week to fully cycle with the active filter, then I thought about it and realized that fully cycled in one week is actually really good. After the aforementioned unexplained death and bleach disinfection, I tossed that filter and got a new one, and this time I was too busy with life to remember to add ammonia every day to the quarantine with active filter, but even with this irregular feeding this filter cycled in two weeks - which is as good as Tetra Safe Start fish-in cycle, but I got a very good filter out of it as well. So I would say that active filters are definitely worth it, even though they may not always result in an instant cycle, but they do speed up the cycle a lot.
  8. jetajockey

    jetajockeyFishlore VIPMember

    Welcome to the forum! I feel like a celebrity :p
  9. OP

    GrdnDeliteNew MemberMember

    Thanks for warm welcomes. :)

    JoannaB, faster is plenty. The nitrites are way high now, so I don't expect them to correct overnight just because I've added some of the correct bacteria.
  10. pirahnah3

    pirahnah3Fishlore VIPMember

    Welcome to the site, so glad you decided to do a fishless cycle!
  11. Tigress Hill

    Tigress HillWell Known MemberMember

    :sign0016: to the forum! Good of you to join us;)
  12. Disc61

    Disc61Well Known MemberMember

    Hi there, welcome to Fishlore:;hi2
  13. Magoo

    MagooFishlore VIPMember

    Hello :) welcome to fishlore it's a friendly fantastic forum full of fish lovers and a font of information :) we are a here to help share and enjoy pictures :D