Hello im trying to speed up my tanks cycle

coolio3991

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Trip
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Gunsmith
Quarantine?
No I didnt but I watch them very closely and I make sure I pick the best healthiest ones at the stor
List any water conditioners and test kits used:
I use api master test kit. And I use ammo lock amd stress coat not at the same time lol
Experience
Just started
Do you know of and understand the Aquarium Nitrogen Cycle?
No
Aquarium Size
A 20g long
Aquarium Type
Freshwater Planted Tank
Fish, Plants, Inverts, etc.
My 20g has 2 1-2 in black molle, 4 ember tetras, 6 neon tetras, 5 zebra danios, and 7-10 shrimp 3 types
Aquarium Start Date
May 12 2021
Ammonia
20 varies some days it stays under 4 others it goes to 8ppm. Change water often
Nitrite
0
Nitrate
0 once in a while a .5 but very rare
Temperature
20g 77f
pH
About a 6.6 in 20g
Lighting
. In 20g I have aq color max n white light
Aquarium Filter Type
2 spong filters and a protein skimmer
Aquarium #2 Size
10g
Tank #2 Type
Freshwater Fish Only
Tank #2 Fish, Plants, Inverts, etc.
1 double tail male betta and 3 Mexican dwarf crawfish
Tank #2 Start Date
May 12 2021
Tank #2 Ammonia
Always under 2ppm
Tank #2 Nitrite
0
Tank #2 Nitrate
0
Tank #2 Temperature
76f
Tank #2 pH
6.6ish
Tank #2 Lighting
Came with tank idr
Tank #2 Filter Type
Hob
Can I use both seachem stability and fritzyme 7. Or what would be the best cycle help you all can think of. I need help spreading it up. Finally got all the ammo lock out of both my tanks so I will be able to cycle my tanks properly. thank yall.
 

ButtercuptheOranda

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Missouri
Aquarium Details  
Gender
Female
Nickname
Megan
Occupation
Nursing home helping person
Quarantine?
Depends on where I get my fish from and what fish
List any water conditioners and test kits used:
API liquid test kit,prime and seachem stability
Experience
2 years
Do you know of and understand the Aquarium Nitrogen Cycle?
Yes
Aquarium Size
20 g
Aquarium Type
Freshwater Planted Tank
Fish, Plants, Inverts, etc.
1 oranda 1 clown pleco and 2 mystery snails and 2 Java ferns
Aquarium Start Date
I forgot
Ammonia
0ppm
Nitrite
0ppm
Nitrate
30 ish ppm
Temperature
70 - 72 f sometimes 74-76!
pH
7.6
Lighting
Regular LEDS
Aquarium Filter Type
Sponge filterx2 and hob
Aquarium #2 Size
5.5 gal
Tank #2 Type
Freshwater Fish Only
Tank #2 Fish, Plants, Inverts, etc.
Nothing at the moment
Tank #2 Start Date
7/23/21
Tank #2 Ammonia
5 ppm
Tank #2 Nitrite
0ppm
Tank #2 Nitrate
0 ppm
Tank #2 Temperature
78
Tank #2 pH
7.0
Tank #2 Lighting
API plant light
Tank #2 Filter Type
Small hob filter
Aquarium #3 Size
10 gal
Tank #3 Type
Freshwater Fish Only
Tank #3 Fish, Plants, Inverts, etc.
Baby mollies
Tank #3 Start Date
7/12/21
Tank #3 Ammonia
0
Tank #3 Nitrite
0ppm
Tank #3 Nitrate
0 ppm
Tank #3 Temperature
76-78 f
Tank #3 pH
7.0
Tank #3 Lighting
Reef light(only light I currently have)
Tank #3 Filter Type
Sponge filter
Lol I put seachem stability because that’s all I used and I say it works pretty good
 

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Aquarium Details  
Gender
Female
Nickname
Angela
Do you know of and understand the Aquarium Nitrogen Cycle?
Yes
Aquarium Size
55 gallon
Aquarium Type
Freshwater Planted Tank
Fish, Plants, Inverts, etc.
Turquoise jewel cichlid, convict cichlids, electric blue jack dempsey, giant danios, albino rainbow shark, rubberlip pleco
Aquarium Start Date
March 2021
Aquarium #2 Size
37 gallon
Tank #2 Type
Freshwater Planted Tank
Tank #2 Fish, Plants, Inverts, etc.
Harlequin rasboras, peppered corydoras, nerite snails, amano shrimp
Tank #2 Start Date
May 2021
I have not used any but have heard good things about the Fritzyme 7.
 

awilkinson871

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New Mexico
Aquarium Details  
Gender
Female
Nickname
Angela
Do you know of and understand the Aquarium Nitrogen Cycle?
Yes
Aquarium Size
55 gallon
Aquarium Type
Freshwater Planted Tank
Fish, Plants, Inverts, etc.
Turquoise jewel cichlid, convict cichlids, electric blue jack dempsey, giant danios, albino rainbow shark, rubberlip pleco
Aquarium Start Date
March 2021
Aquarium #2 Size
37 gallon
Tank #2 Type
Freshwater Planted Tank
Tank #2 Fish, Plants, Inverts, etc.
Harlequin rasboras, peppered corydoras, nerite snails, amano shrimp
Tank #2 Start Date
May 2021
But it still is a ways out. There is nothing super fast or everyone would be using it.
I agree. If we could buy instant cycle in a bottle we would all probably have way more tanks going...lol. I have never used an additive because I know the old fashioned way works and I know how to do it. I hate adding more chemicals/medication that I have to because you never know what negative effects it may have.
 
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coolio3991

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Gender
Male
Nickname
Trip
Occupation
Gunsmith
Quarantine?
No I didnt but I watch them very closely and I make sure I pick the best healthiest ones at the stor
List any water conditioners and test kits used:
I use api master test kit. And I use ammo lock amd stress coat not at the same time lol
Experience
Just started
Do you know of and understand the Aquarium Nitrogen Cycle?
No
Aquarium Size
A 20g long
Aquarium Type
Freshwater Planted Tank
Fish, Plants, Inverts, etc.
My 20g has 2 1-2 in black molle, 4 ember tetras, 6 neon tetras, 5 zebra danios, and 7-10 shrimp 3 types
Aquarium Start Date
May 12 2021
Ammonia
20 varies some days it stays under 4 others it goes to 8ppm. Change water often
Nitrite
0
Nitrate
0 once in a while a .5 but very rare
Temperature
20g 77f
pH
About a 6.6 in 20g
Lighting
. In 20g I have aq color max n white light
Aquarium Filter Type
2 spong filters and a protein skimmer
Aquarium #2 Size
10g
Tank #2 Type
Freshwater Fish Only
Tank #2 Fish, Plants, Inverts, etc.
1 double tail male betta and 3 Mexican dwarf crawfish
Tank #2 Start Date
May 12 2021
Tank #2 Ammonia
Always under 2ppm
Tank #2 Nitrite
0
Tank #2 Nitrate
0
Tank #2 Temperature
76f
Tank #2 pH
6.6ish
Tank #2 Lighting
Came with tank idr
Tank #2 Filter Type
Hob
But it still is a ways out. There is nothing super fast or everyone would be using it.
Thank you I was thinking of using brightwell aquatics micro bacterstart. I've read a lot of good things about it with fish in cycle. Also I need help reading the api test results today.
First is nitrites 0ppm
Second is nitrates5ppm
And last ammonia .5-1ppm
Am I right right about all of those. 20210619_072250.jpg20210619_072807.jpg20210619_070958.jpg
 
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coolio3991

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Aquarium Details  
Gender
Male
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Trip
Occupation
Gunsmith
Quarantine?
No I didnt but I watch them very closely and I make sure I pick the best healthiest ones at the stor
List any water conditioners and test kits used:
I use api master test kit. And I use ammo lock amd stress coat not at the same time lol
Experience
Just started
Do you know of and understand the Aquarium Nitrogen Cycle?
No
Aquarium Size
A 20g long
Aquarium Type
Freshwater Planted Tank
Fish, Plants, Inverts, etc.
My 20g has 2 1-2 in black molle, 4 ember tetras, 6 neon tetras, 5 zebra danios, and 7-10 shrimp 3 types
Aquarium Start Date
May 12 2021
Ammonia
20 varies some days it stays under 4 others it goes to 8ppm. Change water often
Nitrite
0
Nitrate
0 once in a while a .5 but very rare
Temperature
20g 77f
pH
About a 6.6 in 20g
Lighting
. In 20g I have aq color max n white light
Aquarium Filter Type
2 spong filters and a protein skimmer
Aquarium #2 Size
10g
Tank #2 Type
Freshwater Fish Only
Tank #2 Fish, Plants, Inverts, etc.
1 double tail male betta and 3 Mexican dwarf crawfish
Tank #2 Start Date
May 12 2021
Tank #2 Ammonia
Always under 2ppm
Tank #2 Nitrite
0
Tank #2 Nitrate
0
Tank #2 Temperature
76f
Tank #2 pH
6.6ish
Tank #2 Lighting
Came with tank idr
Tank #2 Filter Type
Hob
0/5.0/1.0 looks to me.
Thank you I just had to confirm because I have bad eyes lol. But that's what I figured. should I do a 50% water change 2 times today or would that hurt my cycle I've been doing my best to keep it at or under .25ppm ammonia. But that means I've been doing 2-3 50% water changes a day. Fish dont mind. But it might affect my shrimp I've only lost 1 in the last week. But idk what killed him. Could have been my fertilizer it has .0001% copper, and idk my kg or gh but I havnt lost that many shrimp out of the blue like that. Most were eaten by fish, amd some died while molting or shortly after. I havnt had any nitrites show up but .5ppm nitrates so it starting to cycle properly but I dont want to ruin it again
 

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Thank you I just had to confirm because I have bad eyes lol. But that's what I figured. should I do a 50% water change 2 times today or would that hurt my cycle I've been doing my best to keep it at or under .25ppm ammonia. But that means I've been doing 2-3 50% water changes a day. Fish dont mind. But it might affect my shrimp I've only lost 1 in the last week. But idk what killed him. Could have been my fertilizer it has .0001% copper, and idk my kg or gh but I havnt lost that many shrimp out of the blue like that. Most were eaten by fish, amd some died while molting or shortly after. I havnt had any nitrites show up but .5ppm nitrates so it starting to cycle properly but I dont want to ruin it again
It probably is the water changes for the shrimp. They do not like big swings in parameters. What is your ammonia number when you do 1 50% a day?
 
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coolio3991

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Aquarium Details  
Gender
Male
Nickname
Trip
Occupation
Gunsmith
Quarantine?
No I didnt but I watch them very closely and I make sure I pick the best healthiest ones at the stor
List any water conditioners and test kits used:
I use api master test kit. And I use ammo lock amd stress coat not at the same time lol
Experience
Just started
Do you know of and understand the Aquarium Nitrogen Cycle?
No
Aquarium Size
A 20g long
Aquarium Type
Freshwater Planted Tank
Fish, Plants, Inverts, etc.
My 20g has 2 1-2 in black molle, 4 ember tetras, 6 neon tetras, 5 zebra danios, and 7-10 shrimp 3 types
Aquarium Start Date
May 12 2021
Ammonia
20 varies some days it stays under 4 others it goes to 8ppm. Change water often
Nitrite
0
Nitrate
0 once in a while a .5 but very rare
Temperature
20g 77f
pH
About a 6.6 in 20g
Lighting
. In 20g I have aq color max n white light
Aquarium Filter Type
2 spong filters and a protein skimmer
Aquarium #2 Size
10g
Tank #2 Type
Freshwater Fish Only
Tank #2 Fish, Plants, Inverts, etc.
1 double tail male betta and 3 Mexican dwarf crawfish
Tank #2 Start Date
May 12 2021
Tank #2 Ammonia
Always under 2ppm
Tank #2 Nitrite
0
Tank #2 Nitrate
0
Tank #2 Temperature
76f
Tank #2 pH
6.6ish
Tank #2 Lighting
Came with tank idr
Tank #2 Filter Type
Hob
It probably is the water changes for the shrimp. They do not like big swings in parameters. What is your ammonia number when you do 1 50% a day?
So its starts at 1ppm then I do a water change it drops to .5ppm. Then I do 1 last change which drops it to .25 once and a while I will do another to get it to 0ppm but I only do that on fridays. But my ph is 6.6 ppm and ammonia is the only thing that changes. So idk what it is. Also I use amazonia v2 but over the last few weeks I've noticed my ph in tap water has gone down and now amazonia v2 doesnt lower my ph anymore. I will be double checking my ph in the morning tomorrow to verify that but I just tested my 10gs ph and it has a lot less amazonia but still has some mixed into the gravel because I reused the gravel from my old tank but the ph was the exact same in my tap as 10g and i havnt changed the water since yesterday morning.
 

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